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April 2014



of Montgomery

Connecting You To The Capital City

A Word from Our Mayor

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

Capital of Dreams Springs into April with Action-Packed Special Events Calendar

Spring has sprung and many of us are enjoying nature and the beauty of the great outdoors. Thanks to the hard work of the Montgomery Convention and Visitor Bureau, the Central Alabama Sports Commission, Montgomery's Department of Parks and Recreation and many other organizations, our city's calendar of special events stays full year-round. But in April, it seems things are being taken up a notch! The Biscuits begin their pursuit of the team's third Southern League championship. And this year they promise to really "ham it up" as they start their second decade of baseball action. Collegiately, the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Baseball Championships will be contested here. SSAC student-athletes in golf and tennis will also be paying visits to the "Capital of Dreams" in search of victories. A man who knows all about college victories is making a visit at the end of the month. "An Evening with Nick Saban" is a fundraiser for the Cancer Wellness Foundation. Youth sports will also take center stage in Montgomery in the coming weeks. High school tennis players, AAU basketball hoopsters and a huge soccer tournament will provide plenty of athletic action for us to view. For folks who enjoy individual sports the State Archery Competition and the Montgomery Black Rodeo will take place at the Multiplex and the Garrett Coliseum, respectively. Old Alabama Town will be the setting for the annual Alabama Book Festival. Each year authors, storytellers and craftsmen team up for a day of family fun. Zoo Weekend and the Earth Day Safari are both taking place this month. Second Saturdays and cruises on the Harriott II are also excellent ways to enjoy the return of warmer weather. Fans of the dramatic arts will enjoy "Timon of Athens" at ASF, "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Faulkner and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof " at Theatre AUM. The city is rolling out the welcome mat for many groups coming here for their conventions. AHSAA principals and athletic directors, a group from AEA, the Gerontological Society and the International Wild Pig Conference, just to name a few, will be here to enjoy Montgomery-style southern hospitality. We know they'll have a great time and be back to visit with us again soon. I hope you take every opportunity to take part in the fun too. Todd Strange Mayor 4

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On The Cover Lee & Lan Florist was founded in the early 1960’s and is in its original location. The building was originally designed for Earl James, who opened the first curbside dry cleaners in Montgomery. However, James was elected mayor in 1958 and Lee & Lan moved in soon after his election. Lee & Lan was named for Lee and Lanier High Schools. They were the largest high schools in Montgomery at the time the business was opened. The shop has retained the original name and its ties to the community. Geoff Stough, the owner of Lee & Lan, states, “I enjoy speaking with customers who tell me when they first began using Lee & Lan and how they have continued to use the business for every important event in their lives.” Geoff purchased the business from his cousin when she decided to retire in 2011, and is only the third owner of the shop. With the support of his wife, Toni, and a background in finance, Geoff purchased the business, with no knowledge of flowers. His very talented staff takes care of the orders and delivers incredible work. Geoff and Toni have been married for 12 years and have four children. Not only has Toni been emotionally supportive, she has helped answer phones, arrange the shop, clean, or whatever needs doing at the time. Geoff says, “I know I would not be where I am without her love and support.”

Lee & Lan is a full service florist, specializing in weddings, parties, funerals as well as everyday flowers. Their slogan is “flowers for all occasions.” As the official florist for the Miss Alabama and Miss Alabama Teen USA pageants, they pride themselves on being able to say “yes,” regardless of how difficult or unusual the request. Lee & Lan has also carries a new line of specialty food baskets. Several are kept in stock such as the Traditional Specialty Food Basket, Baby Baskets, and a Southern Basket. Of course, customers can always customize a basket. Lee & Lan delivers to both military bases and offers a discount to all active and retired military. Lee & Lan is proud to have placed as Best Florist in the Montgomery Advertiser Reader’s Choice Awards and are proud to be one of the top florists worldwide for TeleFlora.

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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 18 Life Lessons 24 workforce 26 Good Taste 32 Faith 36 Education Station 40 Kid’s Corner 42 Meow Woof & Chirp 44 Insurance 101 46 Shopping Spree 54 Worth A Look 56 Datebook 62 Map It Out


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Alabama News on CBS & ABC 22 Alabama Shakespeare Festival 5 Alabama State University Theatre 21 American Forest Management 17 Artistic Expressions 51 Cafe Louisa 29 Carrabba's Italian 31 Chris' Hot Dogs 26 Churchill Academy 37 Community Leaders Institute 35 Cronier's Fine Jewelry 47 Dentistry for Children 12 Deramus Hearing Aid Centers 33, Back Cover DoubleTree by Hilton 49 Doug's 2 Salon 55 Eastside Grille 60 Filet & Vine 27 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 51 First Congregational Church 34 Fitzgerald Museum 56 Golf Charity Tournament 23 Grace McPhillips at Capri Theater 56 Green Gate School 36-37 Harriott II 18 Hue Studio 50 Jackson Hospital 13 Lee & Lan Florist 9 Looney’s SuperSkate 40 Lush Makeup Art 54 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 25 McQuick Printing 41 Mela's Boutique 50 Montgomery Humane Society 55 Montgomery Medical Supply 15 Nick Drollette Photography 57 Oak Grove Inn 59 Old Alabama Town 15 Pediatrics at Twilight 13 Pet Pawtography by Diana Bunch 17 Phoenix Salon & Spa 14, 53 Primary EyeCare 11 Quite the Pair 50 RezFIT 14 River Region TV 20 Riverfront Second Saturdays 18 River Bend Brew Fest 61 River Jam Music Festival 61 State Farm, Henry Hernandez 45 Steak ’n Shake 28 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 43 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 53 The Space Walker 36 Tomatino's 29 Tonya Speed Dance Studio 40 Troy University Montgomery 16 Two Blessings Gift Boutique 52 UPS Store 13 WCOV / Fox 20 19 Wilson Shaw IT 24

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The Founding of Montgomery


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he town of Montgomery was established on December 3, 1819, the same year Alabama became a state. How was Montgomery founded? Who hasn’t driven the downtown streets and wondered why they are so oddly drawn? The best place to start is always at the beginning. Two men purchased land located in Montgomery County, which was organized out of the Mississippi Territory in 1816. The land auctions were held in Milledgeville, Georgia in 1817. One man was Andrew Dexter and the other was John Scott. Dexter founded “New Philadelphia” in the eastern section of the new county. Scott first founded “Alabama Town” on the bluff of the river in the western part of the same county, but moved the town closer to New Philadelphia, which included the river area, and renamed it “East Alabama.” There was a bitter rivalry between the two towns and the streets in each town were drawn so the towns would not touch.


ndrew Dexter believed his town would grow and profit from new settlers as they entered the area via the Federal Road. John Scott believed his town would profit from river traffic. Unfortunately, both men were only somewhat correct and economics forced the two towns to join in 1819. The junction of Market Street (now Dexter Avenue) and Commerce Street was chosen to bring the two towns together and is known today as Court Square. It was the site of the first Court House, slave auctions, land auctions and other important events. The well at Court Square, which would later be known as “Big Basin,” was just a small spring in 1819 and not dug-out to its present size until many years later.


nce the two towns joined, the new town needed a name. A local businessman, Walter Lucas, who owned Lucas’ Tavern on the Federal Road, offered the name of Montgomery after the Revolutionary hero, General Richard Montgomery. Montgomery County was named for Major Lemuel Purnell Montgomery who was killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814.


nd what became of the city founders? Andrew Dexter was a prospector and always on the lookout for a new or better business venture. He moved to Mobile, where he


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died of Yellow Fever and was buried in an unmarked grave in that city. His wife and son are both buried in Oakwood Cemetery. John Scott outlived Andrew Dexter by two years and died at his plantation home outside the city of Montgomery with his grave being lost to history, although there is a head-stone with his name in the Scott burial plot in Oakwood Cemetery. It is ironic that neither of the city founders is buried in the city they helped found and lie in unmarked graves.


he city of Montgomery did benefit from the Federal Road as well as river traffic. Andrew Dexter and John Scott both had a vision, which eventually propelled Montgomery to become one of the leading cities of the growing South as the country expanded westward.

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Don't Go Blind

From Macular Degeneration b y D r. Fre d r i c k J a c k s o n

There are two exciting new developments that have the potential to delay the onset and lessen the damage of macular degeneration. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that impairs central vision and is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. In some people, AMD advances slowly, which is called dry AMD. Others have a faster progression known as wet AMD. AMD is irreversible and has no cure. It does not manifest until we are older. It interferes with simple everyday activities such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, cook or fix things around the house. Due to the aging baby boomer population, it is estimated that the number of people with AMD will double by 2020. By age 65, as many as one in four will develop AMD. Some risk factors cannot be changed, but others can and should be modified. Non-Modifiable Risk Factors: Age, Family History Light Skin and Eyes Female Gender Modifiable Risk Factors: Smoking, Poor Diet Low Macular Pigment Obesity Since oxidation of the macula is the culprit for AMD, the first breakthrough in slowing this damage is through oral supplementation with three carotenoids, which are pigments that protect against oxidation.


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This is found in a product called MacuHealth. The amount of macular pigment can now be measured by an instrument called a Macular Pigment Densitometer. Lower macular pigment correlates with progression of AMD. The second breakthrough is a new spectacle lens that blocks ultraviolet and blue wavelengths. These medical glasses called BluTech are recommended for anyone wanting to increase their contrast sensitivity, and visual acuity, while decreasing their risk of developing AMD. They are available in an indoor and outdoor lens and protect the retina from damage of UV/blue light. Both of these solutions are the sunscreen of the future. I am recommending you have annual eye health evaluations from an eye doctor that is serious about educating you on your current risk for developing AMD and providing treatment options that give you the best chance at quality vision for life. Primary Eyecare Associates is located at 8436 Vaughn Road. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 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.

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Dental Appreciation 101

It’s a good time to go to your dentist. Going to the dentist today is pretty awesome. Of course, I may be biased since I’m a dentist and I’m not in denial about how unpopular it is for people to go to their dentist appointment to get a cavity filled. We’re right there with taxes and ingrown toenails. But I’m telling you that you’re the luckiest people in the history of humanity. When you are laid back in that dental chair with your dentist hovering way too close to your face with both hands and elbows in your mouth, you should look at him or her with heartfelt, teary eyed gratitude. You’ve got it made. I’ll tell you why. In recorded history, people were treated for tooth pain as far back as 7000 B.C. They used a bowdrill. This was an ancient, primitive wooden tool where they used a bow and a stick with a drill bit made of green jasper. The string of the bow wrapped around the drill spindle and the operator would pump the bow back and forth so the string would spin the drill back and forth in order to make a hole. The tool was also used for woodworking and starting fires. There was no anesthesia. 2000 years later, the Sumerians believed that all tooth ailments were caused by tooth worms which bored into the teeth and wiggled around inside of it causing pain. Some even believed they were demons from hell. They treated it by having people breathe in the smoke from burning beeswax and henbane seed and smoking out the little devils. Then if that didn’t work, they drilled into the tooth of the poor patient and physically pulled out the nerve of the tooth which they mistook for the worm. This theory stood for over 6000 years until the 1700s. There was no anesthesia. In the middle ages, there was still no official dentists, but there were barbers. Barbers cut hair and extracted teeth. The used an absolutely terrifying looking tool called a dental pelican or a dental key which pulled the tooth out by forcing it sideways. Afterwards, the barbers would wash the blood stained towels and hang them outside to dry and they would spin in the breeze. This became the symbol for the barber and is still represented today by the spinning red striped cylinders outside of your local barbershop. There was no anesthesia. It wasn’t until 1840 that the first dental college was opened in Baltimore. From there, dentistry continued to evolve and dental techniques and technology became what it is today. Dental anesthesia was discovered, then prevention with the advent of toothpaste in 1873 and the toothbrush in 1885. Today, the continuing evolution of dentistry has us keeping our teeth longer and pain free. We can beautify, straighten, whiten, prevent and unstinkify. We can have dentistry performed comfortably and safely.

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In the last ten years, I’ve seen the technology of dentistry make remarkable advances that will only accelerate in the years to come. A nasal spray that can replace injections for half of dental treatments is awaiting FDA approval. Dental lasers and digital dentistry is advancing by leaps and bounds. Today’s dentistry has come a long way from wooden hand drills and evil tooth worms. So, my friends, in regards to your dental health and your beautiful smile, along with your dentist who cares for you, makes you the luckiest people in the history of humanity. You’ve got it made and it will only get better!

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.

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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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Life Lessons

Just Enough is Sometimes Enough


For all the perfectionists out there who suffer from “got to get it right” syndrome, listen closely. Sometimes, just enough is enough. Seriously, this is so true. You do not need to keep the cleanest home when you have two children running around. The meals you cook do not have to be gourmet all the time. Your cakes can burn a little on the edges. Your house does not have to be so tidy 24/7 that it appears as though the maids just left. Your clothes don’t have to be folded so neatly that it looks like you just bought them (especially your undies, nobody really cares about those). Your pantry does not need to stay so straightened that it looks like the aisles of a grocery store.

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And in return for giving up a little order, you get a little extra time with your family to do things that really matter. Because, on your death bed, you will never look back and wish you had spent more time cleaning the bathroom. But you may wish you had spent more time in the company of family and friends. People who truly love you simply do not mind a little mess. They are missing you and your time while you are trying to be perfect. They are waiting for you to laugh a little more, smile a little more, sleep a little more. They would prefer you be a little more present and a little less perfect.

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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Spring Has Arrived... See You Downtown! After one of the coldest and most brutal winters on record, things are thawing out in the Southeast and here in Montgomery we're getting ready for warm weather, baseball, and enjoying the beautiful downtown entertainment district! It is simply amazing that since we arrived here in the Summer of 2006, Montgomery has gone thru such a major transformation that now includes the Alley Station Entertainment District, a world-class Renaissance convention center and hotel, The Montgomery Performing Arts Center and new developments on the horizon including luxury apartment and retail developments set to begin construction this Spring! Besides watching Big Mo and the Biscuits in action on GameDay, one thing our family loves is BBQ! How can you be from the South and NOT love BBQ? That is the question! And when it comes to downtown, nobody does it like Dreamland BBQ! Ever since 1958 in Tuscaloosa, (coincidentally the first year Paul "Bear" Bryant starting coaching at Alabama) Dreamland has been a fan favorite for great ribs with that secret Dreamland BBQ sauce! JT loves the ribs and Brunswick Stew, not to mention the fact that they have so many great draft beers and craft brews on tap! Leanne is all about the pulled chicken sandwich and the girls of course have a special place in their heart for the banana pudding for dessert! Bob Parker (pictured above) and the staff at Dreamland BBQ are featured regularly on our television show on WSFA12 News (River Region TV Show with JT & Leanne). We love highlighting local businesses that are doing it right with great customer service and community involvement. You won't have to travel too far to see Dreamland Catering at events all over town, they'll even come to YOUR next event as well! Stop by and see them at 101 Tallapoosa Street in downtown Montgomery across from Riverwalk Stadium, or call them at (334) 273-7427. After teasing us with a couple of exposition games like the Capital City Classic and Rays at Riverwalk in March, the Biscuits are officially opening their regular season here in April - get a look at the schedule online at - we'll see you downtown this Spring! Come support all the great entertainment and restaurant venues and show YOUR Montgomery Pride!


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The Rev. Dr. A.W. Watkins Charity Golf Tournament: Providing Scolarships for Seniors in Central Alabama

The Rev. Dr. A.W. Watkins Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in December 2003. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors living in Central Alabama. The foundation also provides financial assistance to juniors and seniors enrolled in the Bible and Pastoral Ministry at Selma University in Selma, Alabama. Since the initial awards in 2005, the Foundation has awarded 57 scholarships totaling over $57,300. The foundation relies upon fundraisers and donations throughout the year to provide the much needed financial assistance to deserving students. The biggest fundraiser is the annual golf tournament held in May of each year.

Pictured below: scholarship recipients from 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The foundation is named in honor of Rev. Dr. A. W. Watkins, Jr., who was a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama for over 45 years until his death in November 2003. He was pastor of three churches simultaneously, Mobile Heights Baptist (45 years), Daniel Baptist (26 years) and Helion Missionary Baptist (36 years). Even though he didn't graduate from college, in 1987 he was presented with an honorary degree for his faithful service as a board member by Selma University. Reverend Watkins was a strong advocate for higher education and he emphasized that throughout his ministry.

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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

Lunde’s 201 Montgomery St 334-265-3663

Tenda Chick 5951 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-8547

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

Wings Xpress 5780 Woodmere Blvd 334-244-7898

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

Courthouse Café 100 S Lawrence St 334-832-1684

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 7005 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1078

El Paso Chili Company 539 N Eastern Blvd 334-244-0118

Ruddle’s Pub Grill 3133 Bell Rd 334-277-8710

Five Guys Burgers & Fries 7220 EastChase Pkwy 334-239-7220

Schlotzsky’s Deli 5055 Carmichael Rd 334-409-9993

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 26

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

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

Kabuki Steakhouse 7834 Vaughn Rd 334-273-8885

Saigon Deli 2323 Eastern Blvd 334-279-5921

Thai Gratiem 8868 Minnie Brown Rd 334-215-9960

King Buffet 2727 Bell Rd 334-273-8883

Satsuki 6534 Atlanta Hwy 334-239-7450

Top China 9160 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1668

Korean Garden 2891 Vaughn Plaza Rd 334-277-5685

Shilla 3526 Eastdale Cir 334-354-3026

East China 8153 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1779

Lek’s Railroad Thai at Union Station 300 Water St 334-269-0708

Shogun Japanese 5215 Carmichael Rd 334-271-6999

Green Papaya 409 Coliseum Blvd 334-395-7654

Lek’s Taste of Thailand 5421 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8994

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet 6561 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-7799 181D Eastern Blvd 334-260-6111

Midori 5824 Woodmere Blvd 334-593-1754

Bombay Masala 109 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8510 Buffet City 5461 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1678 Choices Restaurant 80 Commerce St 334-262-0888

India Palace 3007H McGehee Rd 334-281-1200

Ming’s Garden 1741 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8188 Miyako Japanese 8173 Vaughn Rd 334-215-2275

St. Café 2777 Eastern Blvd 334-396-2232 The Super Buffet 5831 Atlanta Hwy 334-215-0055

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

Louisa's Bakery 1039 Woodley Rd 334-356-1212 Barbeque

Sushi Café 3004 Zelda Rd 334-819-7060

Country’s Barbecue 2610 Zelda Rd 334-262-6211 5761 Atlanta Hwy 334-270-0126

Sushi Yama 2070 Eastern Blvd 334-612-7800

Dreamland BBQ 101 Tallapoosa St 334-273-7427

Good Taste Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q 6415 Atlanta Hwy 334-213-0046

Cool Beans at Café d'Art 115 Montgomery St 334-269-3302

Chili’s 7355 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1973

Nancy’s Italian Ice 7976 Vaughn Rd 334-356-1403

Sommer’s Place 7972 Vaughn Rd 334-279-5401

Ham & High 5251 Hampstead High 334-239-9982

K&J Rib Shack 4255 S Court St 334-356-1368

Shashy’s Fine Foods 1700 Mulberry St 334-263-7341

City Limits Bar & Grill 3585 McGehee Rd 334-239-9130

True 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814

32 Degrees Yogurt Bar 7030 EastChase Pkwy 334-272-4773

Dreamz 511 E Edgemont Ave 334-239-7303

The Tipping Point Ruby Tuesday 1310 Eastern Blvd 5015 Hampstead High 334-260-9110 334-396-0224 6970 EastChase Loop 334-215-2285

The House Restaurant at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5166

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

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

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

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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 Sommer’s Grill 9188 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-0275

Michael’s Table 2960 Zelda Rd 334-272-2500

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

La Jolla Restaurant & Bar 6854 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-2600

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

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Good Taste

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


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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

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

Seafood Bonefish Grill 7020 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1770

Capitol Oyster Bar at The No Way Jose Marina 5338 Atlanta Hwy 617 Shady St 334-396-2222 334-288-4217 8844 Minnie Brown Rd 334-819-7363 Jubilee Seafood 1057 Woodley Rd Salsaritas 334-262-6224 8015 Vaughn Rd

Good Taste Red Lobster 300 Eastdale Cir 334-277-0780

Cracker Barrel 9191 Boyd Cooper Pkwy 334-244-1085

Isaiah’s Restaurant 135 Mildred St 334-265-9000

Ric & Mos 3150 Watchman Dr 334-517-1140

Davis Café 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015

Martin’s Restaurant 1796 Carter Hill Rd 334-265-1767

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

Eastbrook Café 520 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-2438

Odessa’s Blessings 726 Forest Ave 334-265-7726

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

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

Peyton’s Place 5344 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-3630

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

Southern Style A Social Event/Bandanas 301 Jefferson St 334-265-911 Blue Moon Café 7725 Averritt Dr 334-356-0543 Cornerstone 5336 Atlanta Hwy 334-386-0449

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

Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub 10044 Chantilly Pkwy 334-281-3911

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

Longhorn Steakhouse 4095 Eastern Blvd 334-613-7555

Key Largo Bar & Grill 1343 Dalraida Rd 334-272-1402

Outback Steakhouse 1040 Eastern Blvd 334-270-9495

Rock Bottom American Pub 2430 Eastern Blvd 334-239-7625

Texas Roadhouse 7525 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-7774

Wingers Sports Grill 2773 Bell Rd 334-277-3379

Golden Corral 1480 Eastern Blvd 334-532-0020

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Good Taste

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Unveils New Menu An all new menu features over 15 new items for $15 or less. In March, Carrabba’s Italian Grill® launched its new menu featuring Carrabba’s Italian Values™, 15 new items for $15 or less. The menu offers Carrabba’s classics, as well as innovative new Italian dishes - all made with fresh ingredients and prepared by hand in our kitchens daily.

The menu also features great new appetizers like Shrimp Diavolo hand-battered and lightly fried shrimp tossed in house-made lemon butter sauce, topped with pepperoncini, red bell peppers and crushed red peppers for a spicy twist and Panna Cotta - a creamy dessert of Madagascar vanilla bean custard, topped with fresh raspberries. Classic dishes, such as Chicken Bryan and Sirloin Marsala continue to be long standing favorites, along with over 20 dishes under 600 calories. You can view the new menu

A sampling of new tastes includes Grilled Tuscan Skewers - woodgrilled sirloin with red onions and tomatoes topped with Chianti wine sauce, creamy Shrimp Risotto – sautéed shrimp and risotto made with a light tomato sauce and Rigatoni Martino – wood-grilled chicken with sautéed mushrooms and sundried tomatoes tossed with rigatoni and a house-made tomato cream sauce.


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Carrabba’s has also updated its popular Amore Monday threecourse, price-fixed menu. The menu features some of the new dishes and classic favorites, and all three delicious courses still start at just $12. To find the nearest location or for more information about Carrabba’s Italian Grill,® visit www.carrabbas. com.

“Our new menu is a well-developed combination of Carrabba’s classics, lighter dishes and new favorites in an easy-to-navigate format,” said Danielle Vona, Chief Marketing Officer for Carrabba’s Italian Grill.® “At Carrabba’s, we are creating an authentic and delicious experience at every table and our new menu makes great choices easy.”

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N e w L i f e . . . A R e a s o n t o C e l e b r at e ! by Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman


My excitement is hard to conceal! I can hardly contain it! Do you know why? Because I have to wait a little

longer to celebrate one of my favorite days of the year: Easter Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, now. I enjoy Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day and other holidays. But for me, Resurrection Sunday is the most special because of what it represents. Easter Sunday reminds me of the tremendous sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary. It reminds me that He

didn’t have to lay His life down for me, but He did it anyway. It reminds me that God didn’t have to give “His only begotten Son” so that I could enjoy life on earth and anticipate with wonderful hope spending eternity in Heaven, but He did it anyway. Easter reminds me that before I even knew Him, before my soul was even reconciled to this human shell, God was thinking about me and planning a way for me to be redeemed. Most of all, Easter Sunday makes me so happy because it’s all about RESURRECTION. It is about new life, having another chance to get it right, to start over fresh, to begin again. The pattern God established by raising His Son from the dead is one He intends for us to apply to every area of our lives here on earth. When life threatens to overtake us and put us in a tomb of negativism, fear, doubt, anger and other destructive emotions, we must look to Our Savior for an example. When the cares, worries, troubles and conflicts of everyday life try to put us in a chokehold, Jesus’ empty tomb is all the proof we need that God has the power to break any and every hold life can present. Are you beginning to understand why I love Easter Sunday so much? My friends, I pray that while you are reading this article, God’s precious Holy Spirit will whisper in your ear that He’s ready to help you find the new life, new joy, new opportunity for which you have longed. I believe that in this Easter month, there will be an unprecedented release of fresh, fulfilling and freeing newness in your life. It might be something as simple as a new material item - that thing you’ve denied yourself because you thought you didn’t deserve it. It might be a more significant manifestation - perhaps it’s time to buy the new house and make it a home. Or perhaps you are ready to make the most important decision you could ever make - to begin a new life by starting a NEW relationship with the one who made it all possible. Now that, brothers and sisters, is a real reason to celebrate!

A Blessed & Holy Easter to You!

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Jeff Nursey, Montgomery, AL On October 9, 2007 I was hit by a pickup truck while riding my bicycle. My extreme injuries included a shattered left tibia, 5 broken ribs, a broken pelvis and a punctured leg. Even after a year, the pain in my leg was so severe I was barely able to walk. In October of 2009, I even consulted a doctor about amputation. That Christmas, a friend gave me the New You Miracle Band. After two days, the results were unbelievable! It has been almost a year since I have taken any pain medications and I highly recommend this product to anyone suffering from pain. To me, the Miracle Band is worth a billion dollars and is the best Christmas present I have ever received. Glenda Deramus, Montgomery, AL Every morning the arthritis in my hands was so bad, I had to run hot water over them just to loosen my fingers. After I saw the results that Jeff Nursey had with the Miracle Band, I tried it and the pain of my arthritis is completely gone. Now we have to go tell the world. The Miracle Band is a true miracle!

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Education Station Public Schools Montgomery Public Schools 334-223-6700

Lighthouse Christian Academy 334-271-4200

Private Schools Alabama Christian Academy 334-277-1985

Macon-East Academy 334-277-6566

Calvary Christian 334-281-9633 Churchill Academy 334-270-4225

Montessori Academy 334-262-8685 The Montgomery Academy 334-272-8210

Eastwood Christian School 334-273-1164

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School 334-272-7220

Evangel Christian Academy 334-272-3882

SafetyNet Academy 334-277-1334

Frazer Memorial 334-279-0271

Saint James School 334-277-8033

Green Gate 334-281-3300 Holy Cross Episcopal School 334-395-8222


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St. Bede 334-277-8551 St. Jude Educational Institute 334-264-5376

Seventh Day Adventist 334-272-6437

Faulkner University 334-272-5820

Success Unlimited Academy 334-819-8005

Fortis College 334-272-3857

Trinity Presbyterian School 334-213-2100

Huntingdon College 334-833-4497

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

Jones School of Law 334-386-7495

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

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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Kid's Corner

Easy Mosaics For All Ages! I love browsing the hardware store and finding new uses for common items. I recently discovered that this stucco patch is excellent for easy mosaics. In just 2 easy steps, you are done! 1) Apply stucco mix to wood, wood frames, terra cotta pots, or almost any hard surface.

2) Apply "found" objects, such as rocks and sticks, or even store-bought objects, like glass beads, broken glass, or tile.

Let it dry overnight and there you have it! An awesomely easy mosaic that you and your kids are sure to love!

Kasey Hope is an Auburn University graduate and the owner of P'zazz Art Studio in Prattville, where she has been teaching art lessons to adults and children for 5 years.


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Meow, Woof & Chirp

E a r I n f e c t i o n s … t h e Wh o l e B a l l o f Wax by Dr. Zeb A. King, DVM

If you own a dog in the south, chances are certain that at some point you will be faced with treating otitis externa, an infection of the external ear canal. Generally speaking, ear infections are fairly common in dogs, with 15-20 percent experiencing at least one infection in their lives (although this is the national average, in the south, this percentage is higher). Fortunately for cats, ear infections occur less frequently, only about 6-7 percent. With lucky pet owners, this ear infection will be a “one time” occurrence. However, in the south, about 60 percent of the ear infection cases end up being chronic. Often times, the chronic ear infection is due to allergies, causing repeated ear infections, and then these infections actually lead to a narrowing of the ear canal, which predisposes those pets to further infection. Making the matter even more frustrating, is that ear infections often occur alongside, or are secondary to other, primary factors which can include: allergies, foreign bodies (excessive hair, wax buildup, water), and hypothyroidism. Otitis externa is a vicious cycle that can be frustrating, time consuming, and expensive for the pet owner, not to mention miserable for the animal.

So what’s an owner to do?



First make sure you understand the signs and symptoms of an ear infection. Dogs or cats may paw or scratch constantly at the affected ear and shake their heads. Often, owners notice a foul smell or a discharge coming from the ear. When these symptoms occur, it’s time to visit your veterinarian. Selfdiagnosing or using Dr. Google and Nurse Yahoo can make matters worse. Remember, the infection could be secondary to an allergic reaction, hypothyroidism, bacteria, yeast, and/or a combination of these. Each presents symptoms that are similar and a proper diagnosis is critical before a treatment option begins.

The treatment for your pet’s ear infection will depend ENTIRELY on the underlying cause.

The prognosis for your pet’s ear infection varies. If caught early, and you are persistent with treatment protocols, most ear infections can be managed. Chronic cases will require more patience and diligent treatments. Fortunately, noticeable improvement has been seen with newer medications that are available especially if the underlying cause of the infection is allergy related.

Once the diagnosis has been made, usually a topical ear drop or ointment is sent home for owners to administer. Commonly steroids are used to combat inflammation and/or antibiotics are prescribed if a severe bacterial infection is diagnosed. It is imperative that pet owners follow their veterinarian’s instructions completely when treating their pet’s infection. A poor outcome is certain if medications are not given as directed.

The best advice I give pet owners is be proactive at the first sign your pet is having problems. Leaving an ear infection to get “better on it’s own” will most definitely mean a more expensive and prolonged treatment regiment.

Dr. King is a 2005 graduate of the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a current member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.


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7 Common Driving Distractions by Henry Hernandez, State Farm™ Insurance Agent


he Centers for Disease Control estimates that each day in the United States more than nine people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions, but it’s not the only one. Here are seven other unsafe habits to avoid:

1. Grooming Pressed for time, some people conduct grooming activities in the car, such as putting on makeup or using an electric shaver. Do yourself and other drivers a favor by completing your morning routine at home.

2. Eating and drinking: Your steaming cup of coffee spills or ingredients slip out of your sandwich — any number of distractions can arise when you drive and dine. Stay safer by saving the refreshments until you’re parked.

3. Monitoring passengers: In a recent State Farm® Distracted Driving survey, 40 percent of drivers indicated that attending to children in the backseat was very distracting, while 53 percent of drivers said the same thing about having a pet in their lap while driving. Passenger distractions are particularly important for teen drivers to avoid: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm teamed up to analyze a sample of 677 teen drivers involved in serious crashes. The study found that drivers who had peer passengers were more likely to be distracted before a crash as compared to teens involved in accidents while driving solo.

4. Rubbernecking: Slowing down to look at a traffic accident could cause an accident of your own. The same thing goes for lengthy looks at billboards, a street address or a great mountain view.

5. Listening to music: Playing your radio at a high volume, wearing headphones or even catching a glimpse of your kids’ DVD take your focus away from the road. These distractions reduce the likelihood you’ll hear car horns, emergency vehicles or other key noises.

6. Daydreaming: If you’ve ever realized you just missed an exit because you weren’t paying attention, you’ve experienced a common distraction: daydreaming. Resist the urge to drift off while driving, and keep your attention on the road. Vary your typical driving routes. A change in scenery and traffic conditions could help you stay alert.

7. Nodding off: According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 60 percent of Americans have admitted to driving while drowsy, and 37 percent have nodded off behind the wheel. If you feel sleepy, pull over. Walk around to rouse yourself, switch drivers or find a safe place to nap before you resume driving. Learn more about driver distractions from State Farm®. Henry Hernandez State Farm Agency Find us on Facebook and let us know what other topics Henry can help you with!


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Shopping Spree

Out With the Old, In With the New! by Geri Cronier Graduate Gemologist, Jewelry Designer, and VP Croniers Fine Jewelry

Bring in old family heirlooms and let Cronier’s Fine Jewelry redesign them to fit your style! They can take diamonds or other stones out of jewelry you already own or inherited to make a new unique piece. Cronier’s will also buy any unwanted gold jewelry you have. Cronier’s starts the design process with a sketch of your desired jewelry piece. The sketch is then is mapped as a blueprint on Cadcam (computer aided design). A woman came in with her mother’s wedding set and she wanted it remade into something new. With this technology, Cronier’s made a prototype on the computer for the client to see. Then a wax prototype that the client could actually try on was sent to Cronier’s Fine Jewelry to see if it was what she wanted! Cronier’s Fine Jewelry offers even more unique services! They can start off the creation process with not only an heirloom or an old piece of jewelry, but by combining in house jewelry pieces or taking inspiration from a photo.

Cronier’s uses the “Ready to Wear” jewelry and creates a bridge to enable their customers to tweak and compile designs, effectively turning the buyer into the creator or artist. Cronier’s Jewelry gives the average person, such as a college student with a budget of $1,500, access to design a unique piece without the design learning curve and without an additional hourly rate. They want to help customers make each piece of jewelry more special by providing an exceptional experience. The custom design department even has the ability to take a $20,000 dream ring and create a $4,000 version that everybody will love! Cronier’s Fine Jewelry is located at 2307 Eastern Boulevard and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-6pm. You can also reach them by phone at 334-272-4995 or visit their Facebook page or website:

Step 1 of Redesign Process: View Original, Discuss Ideas Step 2: A Sketch of the New Ring

Step 3: CAD (Computer-Aided Design) for Square Ring

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Only 10 “Summer Eggs” Were Made Summer Egg is made from 18 karat yellow gold, french enamel, diamonds, paillons, mother of pearl, chrysoprase, sapphire, rock crystal

Only 75 “Egg with Spring Bouqet” Were Ever Made Egg with Spring Bouquet is made with 18 karat yellow gold, with multiple coats of pink translucent enamel on guilloche ground. Spring bouquet of gold, leaves covered with green translucent enamel. Blossoms of blue topaz, pink quartz and rock crystal. Mounted diamonds from pollen in the blossoms. Pedestal of hand-cut bowenite decorated with a braided gold ring, resting on a golden base.



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Spotlight On . . . The Chefs of Executive Chef Kit D. Tatum in Old Cloverdale. His time there was just the start of a great learning process. Soon, he was promoted to manager. He later moved to Orlando, Florida and took a kitchen position at Hue Restaurant in Downtown Orlando. There, he started off as a chef and quickly moved up to assistant manager. After several years he moved back home to help start a new restaurant, Garrett’s Restaurant as a manager.

Kit started his culinary journey at H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College. From there, he went straight to work at The Vintage Year Restaurant

Bobby, a native of New Orleans, hails from a family of chefs. He grew up working with his family, who owned Danny’s Seafood and were best-known for their 5 star comfort food! He learned many lessons from his grandparents, but it was his grandmother that taught him one of his best lessons in food. “Always make sure you put love into your food!” Bobby brings his multicultural flair with a touch of Creole and Caribbean ingredients to many dishes. He loves cooking with a multitude of ingredients and enjoys recipes that use alcohol and liqueurs in them. He has over 182 recipes in his repertoire that include alcohol. Bobby‘s nickname, “The Beast”, was given to him because of his wild and aggressive style in the kitchen. He is always on the search for new and exciting ways to be creative. Coming up

Half a decade later, he became executive chef for Auburn University Montgomery. Feeding over 1500 patrons daily was great in itself, but on top of that, catering came into play. In this position, he was in charge of managing the staff, menu development, inventory, production counts, waste counts, product ordering and receiving, and P-n-L statements. The demand for quality and quantity were the same, as well as managing a budget. After two years, the executive chef position

with off-the-wall recipes or just putting a twist on an old favorite keeps him ahead of most other chefs. One of the quotes the guests will hear him saying is “Freshest is the Bestest,” as he uses only fresh ingredients.

became available at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Montgomery. He jumped at the challenge to learn another aspect of the culinary world. Kit joined the Doubletree family 6 months before the doors opened, to gain even more knowledge in the culinary field. When it was time to start working for Doubletree, Kit used his cumulative culinary and managerial knowledge to help with everything to make One2Zero the restaurant it is today! Now that the hotel is open, the responsibilities are demanding but exciting. What does this culinary genius enjoy doing outside of work? He loves going to concerts and discovering new music. He also likes to spend relaxing time at Lake Martin with his family, playing with his two wild and crazy dogs, and spending as much time as he can with his incredible wife and beautiful daughter who keeps him laughing all the time!

Sous Chef Bobby Harper

When he first moved to Montgomery, he was an Executive Chef of The American Pie at the Ramada Inn before he started a 10-year career as a Sous Chef and Banquet Chef at the Embassy Suites downtown. When he heard of the DoubleTree by Hilton opening, he decided to make the move to a different hotel to gain more experience. In his spare time, Bobby likes to spend as much time as he can with his two beautiful twin daughters that are 5 years old and his 13-year-old son. He also coaches little league football and is active in the community by helping the less fortunate and volunteering with different projects. The Pride of Montgomery


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Worth A Look

Spring is here, which means one thing...

Wedding Season! Here are some beauty tips and advice to keep

brides looking your best. First and foremost, go ahead and begin a proper skin routine. Monthly facials with an Esthetician work wonders to keep your skin healthy. (My go-to girl is Kelly Hoots at Doug's 2 Salon-Spa!) Estheticians can also get you on the right skin regimen. Secondly, go ahead and get on the right track with matching your makeup look to your style of wedding. For example, dramatic makeup styles likes smokey eyes and deep lips may not go well with a outdoor garden-themed wedding. You don't want your look to be overbearing, drowning out your other details such as your dress and hair. This is why trial runs are a great idea. Also, don't book your trial run on the same day as your bridal portraits. Sometimes trial runs can take a few hours due to trying one makeup look, removing it and starting over with a new idea. Last, but certainly not least, pamper yourself! It is your big day. Enjoy it! It's all about YOU! Book a spa day a few weeks prior to your wedding to be relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Datebook works Spectacular of the 2014 baseball season immediately following the game. For more information on purchasing your Opening Day tickets, visit!

Dinner Cruise April 4, 11, 18, 25; 6:30 p.m. - 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. There will be live entertainment, cash bar and concessions available.

The Trojan Trek for the Track 10k/5k/1mi April 5; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saint James School 6010 Vaughn Road; 334-356-7271 The Second Annual Trojan Trek for the Track begins on the beautiful campus of Saint James School and takes you on a scenic tour of the park surrounding the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Museum. Awards include medals for age group top three and a little something extra for the overalls. Packet Pickup will be Friday April 4th, 3-6pm on the campus of Saint James.

Oakwood Cemetery Tour April 5, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Scenic Lunch Cruise April 2; 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.

Old Alabama Town Revue with Karren Pell and Southern Rendition; April 3; 7:00 p.m. The Old Church at Old Alabama Town 420 Columbus Street; 334-240-4500 Join Old Alabama Town for the Old Alabama Town Revue with Karren Pell and Southern Rendition. The Old Church at 420 Columbus Street. You do not want to miss this event!

Opening Day Baseball Montgomery Biscuits vs. Birmingham Barons April 3; 7:05 p.m.; Gates open at 5:50 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium 200 Coosa Street; 334-323-2255 Join the Biscuits on Thursday, April 3 as we celebrate our eleventh year of professional baseball in downtown Montgomery! The Biscuits lead off the summer with the first MAX Fire56

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Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street; 334-240-4500 Join Old Alabama Town for the Oakwood Cemetery Tour! Get advice on the care of markers and fences, and an understanding of monument engravings. Free to Landmarks members, $5 for the public. RSVP at 334-240-4500.

Zoo Weekend April 5, 6; 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum 2301 Coliseum Parkway; 334-240-4900 This event includes festive environment with live entertainment, games, rides, concessions and animals from around the world. Enjoy the many activities, fantastic food and have fun together at an affordable price. It is also an excellent opportunity to take advantage of discounted memberships.

Getaway Cruise April 5, 12, 19, 26 4:30 p.m. - 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. There will be live entertainment, cash bar and concessions available. For pricing information visit: www.

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Datebook Blues Cruise April 6, 13, 20, 27; 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa Street; 334-625-2100 The Blues Cruise boards at 5:30 pm, departs at 6 pm and returns to dock at 8 pm. There will be live entertainment, cash bar and concessions available.

Wine Tasting Dinner with Phipps Family Cellars April 7; 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Garrett’s Art of Food 7780 Atlanta Highway; 334-396-9950 You will not want to miss this 5-course tasting wine dinner at Garrett’s Art of Food. Andy Phipps is coming to Montgomery from his home in California to serve his wine at this dinner event. Not only will there be wine, but Garrett’s will be serving plenty of food in this unique 5-course dining experience. Filet & Vine is also teaming up with Garrett’s to allow guests to order bottles of wine. At this event, you will feel like royalty with only around fifty people will be there. The chef and Andy will be taking the time between courses to speak about the food and wine. Call today to make your reservations! It is only $100 per person!

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Senior Advantage Fun Time Band Performance April 8; 3:00 p.m. Oak Grove Inn 3801 Oak Grove Drive; 334-215-8881 Oak Grove Inn IndeOAK GROVE INN pendent at Grove Park & Assisted Living has the Senior Advantage Fun Time Band coming to play for the residents. The band consists of wonderful Volunteers from Baptist who will leave us with a "toe tapping time" of fun.


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Dog U Tante 16th Annual Tuxedo & Blue Jean Ball April 10; 6:00 p.m. RSA Activities Center 201 Dexter Avenue; 334-409-0622 You are invited Thursday, April 10 for the 16th Annual Dog U Taunte Tuxedo & Blue Jean Ball! The silent auction with dinner and cocktails starts 6:00 p.m. The presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. You do not want to miss this fabulous event!

Poker Run April 10; 6:00 p.m. Fleet Feet Sports 2934 Carter Hill Road; 334-356-5412 April 10th at 6pm come out for a 3-mile walk or run and pick up 5 poker cards along the route. Best hand wins a prize. This event is sponsored by Mizuno.

ARMSChair Concert April 10; 7:00 p.m. Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street 334-240-4500 ARMSChair Concert featuring the New Orleans Suspects in Kiwanis Park. $2 admission only and lawn chairs are encouraged.

Car Show/Second Saturday April 12 Riverfront Park 335 Coosa Street 334-625-2100 Come join the City for the Antique and Classic Car Show starting at noon! Do not end your day there! Second Saturday starts at 5:00 pm. There will be interactive activities for kids, various food vendors, face painting, magician and balloon twisting, and the “John Lee Paint “Paint the Sky Fireworks Show.” The event is only $1 admission, and kids under 12 are free! Proceeds will benefit the Montgomery Humane Society. No outside food, beverages, or coolers are allowed.

Second Saturday Fireworks Cruise April 12; 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa Street; 334-625-2100 The Second Saturday Fireworks Cruise boards at 8 pm, departs at 8:30 pm and returns to

dock at 10:30 pm. There will be live entertainment, cash bar and concessions available. For pricing information visit:

Free Injury Screenings April 15; 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Fleet Feet Sports 2934 Carter Hill Road 334-356-5412 Call to reserve your 30 minute time slot.

Good Friday Worship Service at Oak Grove Inn, April 18; 10:30 a.m. Oak Grove Inn 3801 Oak Grove Drive; 334-215-8881 Oak Grove Inn will OAK GROVE INN have their at Grove Park Good Friday Worship Service for all the residents and guests. Kirby Smith and Nathan Hamilton will be conducting our worship. Deacons from The First Baptist Church in Montgomery will serve communion.

Saturday Jam Sessions April 12, 26 Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street 334-240-4500 Pick and grin at our Saturday Jam Sessions in the Rose House. Bring your acoustic instruments and have fun!

Alabama Book Festival April 19; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street; 334-240-4500 Come hear talks from your favorite authors in a casual & friendly setting. Enjoy a Children’s Activity Area; free writing workshops, and food & book vendors. Admission is also free.

Earth Day Run April 22; 6:00 p.m. Fleet Feet Sports 2934 Carter Hill Road; 334-356-5412 Tuesday, April 22nd at 6pm come to celebrate Earth Day with Fleet Feet and Earth Fare. Wear your retro running gear, bell-bottoms and love beads. Best costume will win a prize. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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Datebook Moms and Martinis April 24 Charlotte’s Jewelry 8161 Vaughn Road; 334-396-1919 Charlotte’s Jewelry celebrates its second annual “Moms and Martinis” event; a night dedicated to mothers of all ages. “Moms and Martinis” night provides moms a relaxed atmosphere to socialize and unwind from the busy life of “motherhood,” while admiring beautiful jewelry. For more information about Charlotte’s Jewelry or to RSVP for “Moms and Martinis,” please give them a call.

Pub Run April 24; 6:00 p.m. Railyard Brewing Co. 12 W Jefferson Street; 334-356-5412 April 24th at 6pm at the Railyard Brewing Co. Downtown Door prize sponsored by Brooks Running and Fleet Feet Sports.


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Community Leaders Institute April 25, 26 City Hall Auditorium 103 North Perry Street Come out for this FREE event! All are invited! This event includes breakfast and lunch! The purpose of this institute is to emphasize the unique relationship between environmental protection, human health, environmental justice and economic development as an essential part of community development. Register online at http://pico.library.musc. edu/CLIs.php or fax in the registration form in this magazine to 843-792-1375 by April 18. The event starts on Friday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. The event continues on Saturday, April 26 at 8:30 a.m.

TIMON of Athens April 25-May 24 Alabama Shakespeare Festival 1 Festival Dr., 334-271-5353 Just in time for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival will complete the Bard’s canon with the production

of Timon of Athens. This special adaptation using modern English was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and will have its world premiere at ASF.

The Alexanders Performance at Oak Grove Inn April 25; 3:00 p.m. Oak Grove Inn 3801 Oak Grove Drive; 334-215-8881 Oak Grove Inn residents will OAK GROVE INN have the pleaat Grove Park sure of a musical performance by "The Alexanders." Wayne & Margaret Alexander are talented singers and as always we look forward to hearing Wayne's performance on the saxophone.

Walk of Life April 26; 8:30 a.m. Downtown Montgomery 334-284-5433 This is the primary fundraising event for the Joy to Life Foundation, helping the Joy to Life Foundation raise as much money as possible so we can continue to create breast



Featuring a Large Selection of Craft, Specialty and Seasonal Brews from Local, Regional and National Breweries Gates @ 3:00pm—Tasting Starts @ 3:15pm Tickets are $20 and includes a commemorative tasting glass



Brews Cruise

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Boarding : 6pm Cruise: 6:30-8:30 Tickets: $10 w/ Festival Ticket ($25 w/ out Festival Ticket)



Riverfront Amphitheater 6:00 p.m.

cancer awareness and provide free mammograms to those who need them throughout Alabama.. There are a variety of ways to participate - either as a walker, runner, volunteer, survivor, sponsor or even virtually! For more information, visit

Civil War Tour April 27; 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street 334-240-4500 Explore how Montgomery went from reveling in its status as Capital of the Confederacy to reeling as cotton burned in the warehouses and Wilson’s Raiders approached. Free to Landmarks members, $5 for the public. RSVP at 334-240-4500.

The Fitzgerald Museum’s 25th Anniversary, May 3

For tickets or additional information come by our office at 200 Coosa Street, visit us on or give us a call at 334.625.2100. (Tickets also available at Peppertree Steak N’ Wines and Derk’s Filet and Vine.)

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!

Taste of the Gardens May 8; 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Southern Homes & Gardens 8820 Vaughn Road; 334-260-3981 Southern Homes & Gardens and the American Red Cross present Taste of the Gardens, a benefit for the American Red Cross. The event includes a silent auction featuring works from local artists; tasting from the River Region's finest restaurants & caterers; wine and music with Henry Pugh. Also, during the Taste of the Gardens event, items purchased at SH&G will be discounted 20%.

For more information contact Kelly Hodges at 334-260-3981 or email kelly.hodges@

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 334-538-3961 or at, CSM (Ret) Earnest Watkins at 256-457-6874 or at, or Dwight Watkins at 703-869-4153 or at The Pride of Montgomery


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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 Capri Theater 49 Carrabba's Italian Grill 38 Chris' Hot Dogs 51 Churchill Academy 47 City Hall, Community Leaders 6 Cronier’s Fine Jewelry 7 Deramus Hearing 52 DoubleTree Hotel 55 Doug's 2 Salon 8 Eastside Grille 9 Filet & Vine 10 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 11 First Congregational Church 14 Fitzgerald Museum 12 Garrett's Art of Food 15 Green Gate School 13 Hue Studio 43 Jackson Hospital 1 Lee & Lan Florist 17 Looney’s SuperSkate 19 Louisa’s Bakery 35 Lush Makeup Art 8 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 20 Mela’s Boutique 24 Montgomery Humane Society 21 Montgomery Medical Supply 37 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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