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November 2012





Two-Day Event Nov. 16-17 Art in Concert & Artist Market p22

Veteran's Day November 11

A Special Tribute to a WWIIVeteran p10

Thankfulness from a Child's Perspective p38

Connecting you to the Capitol City

Spend Your Holiday Season Having Fun Downtown, Not Circling for a Parking Spot! Free Parking Downtown The City of Montgomery is once again doing all they can for their residents! With the new free public parking currently implemented in the downtown area at night, you will spend less time looking for an empty space, and more time enjoying your holiday activities. Not many people know about the hundreds of free public parking locations downtown that are available from six o’ clock in the evening until six o’ clock in the morning.

“The purpose behind the City’s plan is to bring awareness of all of the free parking available in the downtown area at night,” reports Bryan Dunn, Parking Deck Manager for the City of Montgomery. Just look for the many signs posted around downtown to direct you to these locations. At five feet tall by three feet wide, the signage posted on the poles will be extremely visible. In addition, there will be a sign, ten feet high by eight feet wide, on top of the actual facility where parking is available. There are at least 1,200 parking locations in four to five facilities alone. Hopefully, this new signage will bring awareness to the free public parking available in the downtown area at night. Be looking for the signs, and enjoy the free parking that will now be clearly marked to all downtown visitors.















Downtown’s Sights and Businesses are much more accessible when there is so much free parking offered... you just need to know where to find it! Look for the new “Public Parking” signs downtown and use this map to locate the different lots downtown.


























A Word from our Mayor How Investing in our Sports Facilities Benefits Us All In this climate of economic uncertainty on the state and federal level, Montgomery has scored several important accomplishments including building new sports facilities as well as hosting significant sporting events. The renovated Cramton Bowl and adjacent multiplex are key to Montgomery’s status as a sports magnet. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting Alabama’s best high school athletes during the recent all-star week. And in January, the eyes of the nation will focus on the Capital of Dreams when the inaugural Raycom College All-Star game is broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

Recently, we hosted thousands of athletes and their families in Cramton Bowl, as well as several other parks throughout the city, when the National American Softball Association tournament brought in teams from across the country. That meant seven days of home runs in our ballparks and at our hotels, restaurants and shops.

In addition, championship competitions are also coming to our newly completed soccer complex. We’ll be hosting the Southern State Athletic Conference Championship men’s and women’s tournaments and the national NAIA men’s championship tournament later this year. All of these athletic events are helping us realize our dream to become the sports capital of the South!


On the Cover





Publisher Frank K. Rho

Editor Virginia Saunders Creative Director Emily Cobern Operations Manager Allie Manzari Advertising Representatives Donna Ellis Virginia Saunders Contributing Photographers Dreamers Photography by Adrienne Quick Adrian Freeman Photography Nick Drollette Photography Contributing Writers Dr. Wendy Coleman Sherry DeBray Rebekah Edwards Corey & Donna Ellis Jodi Hatley Henry Hernandez Kasey Hope Allie Manzari Dr. Kalai Mugilan Dr. Frank K. Rho Brett Richardson Yvonna Richardson Dr. Phil Mitchell, DVM JT & Leanne

Distribution Daphne Wilson

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a two-day event on November 16 - 17! Start your weekend out with Art in Concert, a brand new event hosted by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art's Junior Executive Board. Join us Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. for a Preview Party with early access to the Artist Market, beer tasting with hors d'oeuvres. There will be a cash bar. Art in Concert is from 7:30 - 11 p.m. and will feature the Dexateens and Fly Golden Eagle. This event is rain or shine and is held in conjunction with our Annual Artist Market. The 3rd Annual Artist Market is FREE and open to the public on November 17, beginning at 10 a.m. Start your holiday shopping by browsing works created by more than 30 regional artists who are represented in the Museum Store - paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry and more!

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Ticket Information Friday, November 16, 2012 Art in Concert: $12 advance tickets/ $15 night of the concert Preview & Concert: $30 members and pre-sale/$35 night of the concert Blankets and chairs welcomed, no outside food or drinks. Saturday, November 17, 2012 Artist Market 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. FREE Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts One Museum Dr. Montgomery, Alabama 36117 Tel 334.240.4333


In This Issue Departments Sights To See 8 Health & Fitness 14 Life Lessons 18 Good Taste 22 Faith 32 Education Station 34 Kid’s Corner 38 Meow Woof & Chirp 42 The Parking Lot 46 Insurance 101 48 Shopping Spree 50 Worth A Look 54 Datebook 56 Map It Out 62 Advertisers Alabama Shakespeare Festival 61 American Forest Management 31 Artistic Expressions 35 ASU Theater 19 Auburn University Montgomery 37


Carrabba's Italian Grill 23 Chick Fil A Prattville 30 Chick Fil A RSA Tower 29 Child Evangelism Fellowship 33 Churchill Academy 36 City of Montgomery 311 4 Doug's 2 Salon 55 Dreamers Photography 40 Eastside Grille 26 Filet & Vine 24 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 53 Fitzgerald Museum 6 Holy Cross Episcopal School 35 Hue Studio 53 It’Za Gift & Interiors 51 Jim ’n Nicks 28 Lee & Lan Florist 39 Line-X 46 Looney’s SuperSkate 41 Lush Makeup Art 54 Marquirette's Fine Jewelry 9 Mary Kay 55

McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 31 McQuick Printing 47 Mela's Boutique 52 Montgomery Humane Society 33 Montgomery Multisport 17 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 59 Montgomery Spine Center 15 Nick Drollette Photography 7 NY Gold & Diamond Buyers 11 Primary EyeCare 13 Resolution Fitness Camps 12 River Region TV 21 Riverfront Park/Harriott II 57 Sa Za Italian Back Cover State Farm, Henry Hernandez 49 Steak ’n Shake 27 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 43 The Look Boutique 53 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 39 Tonya Speed’s Dance 40 Triton Performance Apparel 12

Sights To See

Turkey Burner November 17


urkey Burner was started in November 2000 by MetroFitness. Marney Garzon, owner of MetroFitness, has always had a passion for the community of Montgomery and a desire to give back to it. As plans were being made to determine the charity to which the proceeds would go, September 11 happened. That tragic event changed everyone's perspective, and the decision was made to give the proceeds to the Red Cross Relief effort. The next year, in order to keep the money closer to home, the Montgomery Area Food Bank was chosen, since it was a perfect fit for the Thanksgiving season.


he first year started out with 200 runners. Last year there were 800. Turkey Burner is a race in Montgomery that is so well known now, that people look forward to it. It truly has become a Montgomery event. Turkey Burner is known for the really cute logo on the shirt (above), as well as the “pancake� man. Each year, a chef cooks pancakes on a grill for the participants, and this has become a highlight of the event. Kids are also included to make this a real family event. A kids' Fun Run is right after the 5k, with the Chick-Fil-A cow serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Families come to have fun and give back to the city of Montgomery. Each participant in the race is also asked to bring a can of food as part of their entry.



he race became so big that it outgrew MetroFitness as being the primary sponsor. MetroFitness has now partnered with Montgomery MultiSport to help the event become bigger and better. Pepper Tree Shopping Center has become the presenting sponsor, and the shops of Pepper Tree have the opportunity to offer special deals for the race participants. Supper Suppers in the Pepper Tree Shopping Center donated Thanksgiving dinners last year delivered by the families of Montgomery MultiSport.

eigh Anne Richards, General Manager of MetroFitness, and Hardy Sellers, of Montgomery Multisport, work together to make this 5k race and one-mile Fun Run one of the best in the city.

or more information or to volunteer to help with this race, contact Leigh Anne Richards at: or MetroFitness at 334-396-0040. Look on p17 for a discount code to enter!



Old Hickory Recon: A WWII Veteran's Remembrance Old Hickory Recon, a book recently published by local history enthusiast Jeff Rogers, recounts the war stories of WWII veteran Marion Sanford, who served in the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Below is an excerpt describing how the idea for this book was conceived. I first came to know Marion Sanford around 1998 when my family and I joined a small church near Wetumpka. As we became friends with the members of the congregation, those who knew of my fascination with the Second World War mentioned that Mr. Marion Sanford had served in Europe. It did not take long for me to zero in on him and establish a friendship. That task was not too hard since he is a delightful, gregarious man. Initially, I asked him somewhat benign questions about his service, trying to get some idea of his willingness to discuss such a potentially heart-rending subject. I quickly discovered that Mr. Sanford enjoyed telling old war stories and had no problem talking about the those terrible years. We soon settled into fairly regular conversations after church about his service in the war. The title of the book was inspired by one of the two nicknames given to the 30th Infantry Division: Old Hickory and Roosevelt’s SS. Both of these names were given to them by the Germans because of the fighting prowess of their division.

Mr. Sanford seemed to have a trove of humorous stories to tell, but eventually as our friendship grew, he began to talk about the other side of the war. He told me about the great men from his troop that didn’t get to come home. As I listened to him talk, I could sense the sorrow he felt for those men, never once did he try to build himself up in any way. “We were just doing our job,” he told me many times.

In 2009, Mr. Sanford asked me if I would be his guardian on an Honor Flight scheduled in March of the next year (2010). I was grateful and proud to accompany him. The trip was a wonderful excursion and the reception those men and women received in Washington and back home was beyond description. After we returned, Mr. Marion and I began to talk about writing a book on his service during the war. Considering that the war had been over nearly 65 years before we began talking, Mr. Sanford’s memory of events and dates were excellent. He may not have known exactly what day an event happened, but he usually knew within a week or so. He reminded me several times that often during the fighting, he didn’t always know where he was to begin with, especially in the middle of the long advances that they made across northwest France, western Belgium and into central Germany. He said it was not uncommon for them to drive off of their own maps and not be sure exactly where they were to begin with. Regardless, these are Mr. Marion’s memories of serving with the 30th Infantry Division, aka Old Hickory. We acknowledge that there may be some discrepancies between what is recorded on official documents or with accounts from other soldiers and how Mr. Marion recalls the events. If any errors are found, please understand that there is no intent by the authors to mislead the reader or cast aspersion on innocent parties. It is just how he remembered it. - Jeff Rogers For more information or to purchase "Old Hickory Recon," please find us on Facebook: Old Hickory Recon.


Then & Now: Mr. Marion Sanford in the war (top row, 2nd from right) and a recent picture.



Health & Fitness Dr. Rho Knows... Gums & Teeth How to Care for

Baby Teeth! by Dr. Frank Rho

Last week a friend dropped by my office to visit and brought her daughter with her. While we visited she hugged her mom for security and looked at me with a mixture of caution and curiosity. I offered her a toy as a peace offering and she slowly reached out and took it with little hands, stared at it with big dewy eyes, then handed it back. We played a little game of back and forth until she turned to her mom and smiled. I love baby teeth. Perfectly sized for their little mouths and faces, when they smile you can’t help but smile yourself.

Then you find yourself making nonsensical noises and sounds and acting like a baboon just to conjure up one more smile. It’s worth it! Just a tip, this only works on kids. Don’t try it on your boss.

Of course, baby teeth do much more than make you act like a nut. They are just as important as adult teeth. Besides helping them say their first few words and eating their first real food, they act as place holders in their developing jaw and skull to help guide their adult teeth as they come in. You’ll generally see your child’s first baby teeth start to erupt around the age of three months and they’ll have all twenty of their baby teeth in by the time they are three. At around six years old, their first permanant teeth arrive and the baby teeth begin to shed. Save your money. Kids don’t expect the tooth fairy to give just quarters anymore! Many expecting and new mothers and fathers often ask me two common questions. The first question is...

When should parents bring their children in to see the dentist?

A good time to bring your baby to your dentist is soon after they begin to show their first teeth. The American Dental Association recommends within six months of getting their first tooth. Their first dental experience should be a pleasant one with a doting staff and fun prizes. Hopefully this will set the stage for making all their future visits associated with a good experience and less with dental anxiety. Also, your dentist or hygienist can give you instructions on how to take care of your child’s teeth and what to expect over his or her next few years. We can also check for tooth decay and 14

make recommendations on how to evaluate any adverse conditions like thumb sucking. The other question many new parents ask me is:

How should we take care of their baby’s teeth? This can begin even before your child has his or her first teeth. After every feeding, wipe your child’s gums with a clean gauze pad or rag to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that can harm erupting teeth. When your baby’s teeth begin to show, brush them with a child’s toothbrush and water. When your child turns two, you can begin to use a fluoride toothpaste to brush their teeth and show them how to spit it out when you are finished. Just use a small amount of toothpaste on the brush about the size of a pea. By the time they are six or seven, your child is likely to be able to brush on their own. About flossing... I’m forty one years old. I always hated flossing. I still hate flossing. But I still do it. It’s just as, if not more important, than brushing alone to remove plaque from in between teeth. When your child has two teeth next to each other, you can begin to floss their teeth and show them how so they can do it on their own by the time they are six or seven. Brushing and flossing your child’s teeth twice a day is a fantastic way to reduce dental decay and make their visits to the dentist much more pleasant. Diet also plays a huge part in the health of your baby’s teeth. Avoiding sugary snacks, carbonated and sugary drinks and eating a diet rich with healthy fruits and vegetables is beneficial in ways that we still are discovering beyond just our dental health. It’s still amazing to me when I study a child’s radiograph and see all the baby teeth and budding adult teeth developing even before they show up in their little mouths. There is a flurry of activity that happens under the gums over their first couple decades of life. Proper diet, good hygiene and regular dental visits ensure that you’ll be acting like a monkey for years just to get that feeling that comes watching a child’s smile light up their - and your face. Enjoy! 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.

Montgomery Spine Center Timothy A. Holt, M.D.

Specializing In: • Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar Surgery • Nerve and Disc Problems • Back, Neck, Shoulder, Arm, Leg Pain Dr. Timothy Holt is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and is fellowship trained in Orthopedic Spine Surgery. He completed his fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Inglewood,CA in 1991. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopedic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that he attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, and completed his undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfeesboro, TN. Dr. Holt specializes in the treatment of low back pain including degenerative disc disease, instability and spinal stenosis of the lumbar and cervical spine. He offers a variety of treatment plans ranging from a conservative approach to a surgical approach.

New Patients Welcome Most Insurance Accepted

257 Winton M. Blount Loop Montgomery, AL 36117 334-396-1886

Health & Fitness

It’s Never

Personal by Corey & Donna Ellis

One more month, and we’re there! We’ve been pushing really hard this year at Resolution BOOTCAMP (crosstraining) & PT’s. Our mindsets, as well as yours, are changing with becoming more in shape and fit. We’ve stepped it up a notch on the way we motivate and encourage you. We want to see you all succeed, while striving to create the best looking body that you can. So, to do that, it’s going to take a little bit of a higher tempo, and intensity type of mentality. We understand, as trainers, that there are times where schedules and circumstances may conflict with staying consistent. We also know that with being consistent or not, the workouts are tough! So we try to keep you in the same mind frame that we continuously strive to be in, and push you into the mindset that you possess, but just has not manifested itself yet. In other words, it may seem as though we’re being really tough, or just not being understanding towards your lack of strength or endurance. Don’t take it personally, but we want to see you healthier, and with a better-looking physique. You have to view it this way: we are sculptors, and your bodies are our objects to sculpt. Wouldn’t you think that we would want you to look your best? Absolutely, we want you to look your best. That would also be the reason that we push you mentally, as well as physically. If you can ever surpass the simultaneous comfortable pain and mental threshold, and mentally accept the feeling of being uncomfortable, that is the place where your body operates to consistently reap the benefits from your workouts. Meaning you will always see results, and you will NEVER hit a plateau. The end of the year is here, and year 6 is approaching us at Resolution Fitness. This is definitely not the time to slack on the workouts due to tailgating and Thanksgiving. We have to make sure that you stay accountable to yourselves, to keep your bodies continuing to obtain results. So, that will take us pushing your tempos to a higher level. It’s just something that has to be done, to help us help you. It’s never personal. If you need a personal trainer, or seeking a BOOTCAMP to join, contact us at or Facebook keyword (Resolution Fitness). Follow us on Twitter: Corey - @C_E_Fitness or Donna - @ResolutionCamp

Corey & Donna Ellis Owners of Resolution Fitness Camps 504.915.7879


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Life Lessons

On Gratitude

Dr. Kalai Mugilan, MA, MPH, PHD

Much like hope, gratitude is a rather unusual emotion. Just as hope is pegged on a greater outcome, regardless of the feasibility, so is gratitude. It is focused on the positive no matter what, and not the negative. In general terms, gratitude refers to being thankful. If the opposite of showing gratitude is to complain or be ungrateful, then gratitude is the attitude attached to being grateful. However, to appreciate the full meaning of gratitude, perhaps it is the value of what it means not to feel gratitude. The antithesis of a grateful moment is a complaint. So, whenever a person slips into a place in their minds of non-grata, or ungratefulness, it may have no end. If a person wants to be ungrateful or complain, the universe closes up to them like the black hole. Everything gets pulled into it. Our minds, our speech, our attitudes, even our spirituality; nothing is left out. We will complain about everything, because it is possible to complain about everything. While one may argue the world is a depressing place, there is credence to the observation of despair. Bad things happen to all of us, and nobody is left out. In a manner of thinking, they are right: there is much to complain about. If our attention or mind stays in this dangerous place, we arrive at a place of destruction and become tired and restless. Ungrateful people are often destructive, and they often don't care about the outcome of the things they do or say. While most of us do not think of


ourselves as destructive or ungrateful, staying in a place of complaining sucks us dry from all things that give energy. Depression, anger, hatred, anxiety and hopelessness sets in our lives just as a cat that decided to move in because you fed it that one day. We sometimes shake it off by turning to the television or other mundane things. The feelings then deepen, and now we might become clinically depressed. Sometimes people in destitute situations arrive at a place of gratitude in order to survive. For instance, the chronic pain patient often stays "in gratitude," because the terrible pain may not be at its plateau that day. Similarly, the dying sometimes say, “at least I have today.” Sometimes, those who have lost a loved one are able to feel grateful for the time they shared with that person. The one-legged person is glad he or she has one leg, because they know there are people without any legs. These people seem to arrive and remain in a spiritual place, a place of gratitude. Almost all religions give thanks to a creator or God no matter what. Sometimes, I say, “If you are aware enough to know to complain about something, then you are not dead and your mind is still intact. Do something already!” One cannot be spiritual unless one is grateful; it is not possible. In contrast, let's say a person simply shifts into a place of gratitude. Something quite similar to complaining takes place, but in the opposite direction. We become

thankful for everything. We become thankful for the guy who cut us off and slowed you down, because we just saw a cop pass by that could have given us a ticket. We become thankful for the health we have. We become thankful for the job we hate so much, and we realize at least it pays our bills and at least we have a job. We become thankful that we did not have lunch because we were so busy; we did not need that lunch anyway and did not have to go on a diet to skip a meal. We become thankful for the craziest of things. We become thankful for the life we have today; not the death that will come someday. We become thankful for everything, because there is always someone worse off than us. When we do this, we generate energy. We become focused on the outcome of all that we do. Gratitude is a perspective and an attitude. So forget that the glass is halfempty or half-full. What about feeling gratitude that we have a glass to fill in the first place? There are many without a glass or water. Gratitude generates energy from almost nowhere. Thankful people do more, think more, forgive more and love more. Thankful people are happy, not happy people thankful. 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.

Life Lessons

JT & Leanne:

Married with Microphones It's the time of year when we're thinking about getting ready for the holidays and pulling the long sleeves out of the closets. JT likes to set stuff on fire, he says it's to keep warm out back but I think the inner-pyro takes over from November thru March and he suddenly turns into Fire Marshall Bill (if you have never seen this Jim Carrey character on "In Living Color" you should head to YouTube immediately - it's hilarious!). Our neighbors, Dee and Venus Jones have Fire/Rescue on Speed Dial for this specific reason. If it's not throwing gas on the fire (literally), JT turns over his Grill Master oven mits to become Mister "Deep Fry Daddy" for the season. Whether it's hens, chicken, turkey, or a turducken - anything is game for the outdoor fryer. Just remember to put the bird in first, add water to check the level, remove the bird and water, and then add oil. If you don't measure the amount of oil correctly before you heat it up, you end up with a big mess. Just ask JT. Who's ready for BLACK FRIDAY? The holliest and jolliest shopping day of the year where everyone is out for a deal at 3am! Leanne starts checking in July and has a preliminary game plan laid out by October. By now, the plan is being fine tuned into an all out assault on the stores that have made her list. Hail, sleet, snow, extreme temperatures, heavy traffic, it doesn't matter - they won't stop her! Christmas 2011 was all about the Kindle Fires, and with 3 girls we had to find a good deal. So I guess the weeks of preparation and strategic planning were worth it. Hot Toys this year include the Furby (REALLY?), Master Moves Mickey, Fijit Friends Yippits, and Sesame St. Flying Super Grover 2.0, so if you've got the 1.9 version you are now officially in need of an update! All three of our girls (Kimberlee, Rebeccah & Ashlee) have all requested cash for Christmas. That's what I'm talking about, keep it easy! Stroke the check and let them fend for themselves at the Mall. We get entertainment value from watching them squirm when they can't shop on Christmas Day with the check in their hand! 20

We can't wait to see everyone around town this Christmas! We will once again welcome Santa Claus to Eastdale Mall on Ice November 9th at 7p.m. and will also be at Santa's Grand Parade at the Shoppes at Eastchase November 17th starting at 9am! There will be many Christmas Tree Lightings, Holiday Parties and more. Don't forget they'll also be giving away $3,000 in gift cards at Eastchase on Black Friday - there's 3,000 reasons to stay in town and get up early! And of course, Sounds of the Season Christmas Music 24/7 on Mix 103 with all sorts of new music and surprises this holiday season! Be sure to catch the River Region TV Show every Friday Noon till 1p.m. on Montgomery's CW, now broadcasting in HD! We are also on WSFA12 two weekends per month and it's always LOCAL and FUN! We had Air Supply on the show with us not too long ago, we've been doing cooking segments with Chef Leo at Railyard Brewing Company and October was all about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There's lots of fun ahead for Christmas - so tune in or set the DVR, just don't miss the show! Get more info on our website at www.RiverRegion.TV! Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday and if you're looking for a Christmas gift idea JT is currently looking for a spacesuit and helium balloon that will possibly take him higher than 23 miles into space! He thinks he can break the record or every bone in his body depending on whether the chute works. More from our crazy family next month, thanks for watching the River Region TV Show and Listening to Mix 103! Contact Information: JT & Leanne Mix 103 Radio Personalities River Region TV Show (CW & WSFA12) Direct Cell: (334) 380-1950 Email: Websites: and www.RiverRegion.TV

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Good Taste

Spotlight On . . .

by Chris Leighton, Owner of Carrabba's Italian Grill This January, I will have been with Carrabba’s Italian Grill for 13 years. I moved to Montgomery in 2004 to be the Managing Partner for our Carrabba’s at 1510 Eastern Blvd. My wife and I were married here, we bought our first home here and our son was born in Montgomery. Although we moved here for business related reasons, we call Montgomery our home because we love the people and it is great place to raise our family. We are very proud of the fact that all of our food is prepared fresh daily. Although we don’t open till 4p.m. on most days, our kitchen staff arrives early every single morning to begin preparing our dishes—including sauces and soups from scratch. Our kitchen staff spends hours every day chopping vegetables, simmering soups, and creating our signature sauces.

Chris Leighton

Our dining experience is a unique one with the entertainment of our open kitchen. Our guests are invited to enjoy our menu with a wide variety of sandwiches and pastas, to great seafood and steaks. We also offer an extensive wine list with homemade sangria. On Tasting Tuesdays, we invite our guests to sample wines with a “technological twist”. Every Tuesday we will offer red and white tasting flights. Using Carrabba’s “Uncorked” iPhone App, our guests can find more information about the wines they taste, rate them and take notes.

L-R, Kendra Rudeen, Chris Leighton, Candice Richards



tastIng tuesdays Join us this week for Tasting Tuesday. Every Tuesday, enjoy delicious wine flights featuring three red or white wines from our expansive wine list. Enhance your Tasting Tuesday experience with the Carrabba’s Uncorked app for your iPhone


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Recipe of the Month

Tuscan Strawberry Salad

tossed in a Strawberry Vinaigrette

Salad Ingredients: 3 cups mixed salad greens 4 strawberries cut in ¼ inch slices 1 slice of a red onion, cut in half and separated into 12 pieces 3 grape tomatoes, halved ½ ounce blue cheese crumbles ½ ounce toasted pine nuts Dressing Ingredients: (Makes 6 ounces of dressing) 1 tablespoon raspberry syrup ½ cup of your favorite store-bought plain vinaigrette (We use our homemade Carrabba’s Italian Vinaigrette.) 2.5 ounces of frozen strawberries

For dressing, place strawberries, vinaigrette and raspberry syrup in a food processor and puree till smooth. Set dressing to the side. Place salad mix, strawberries, red onions, and tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add strawberry, 1 tablespoon of vinaigrette to salad mixture and toss well. Top salad with blue cheese, pine nuts and, if you wish, add 5 ounces of grilled chicken breast, steak or salmon.

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India Palace 3007H McGehee Rd 334-281-1200

Miyako Japanese 8173 Vaughn Rd 334-215-2275

Sushi Yama 2070 Eastern Blvd 334-612-7800

Wishbone Café 61 Bridge St 334-356-4175

Bombay Masala 109 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8510

Kabuki Steakhouse 7834 Vaughn Rd 334-273-8885

Saigon Deli 2323 Eastern Blvd 334-279-5921

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Wishbone Café 7028 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-7270

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King Buffet 2727 Bell Rd 334-273-8883

Satsuki 6534 Atlanta Hwy 334-239-7450

Top China 9160 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1668

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

Choices Restaurant 80 Commerce St 334-262-0888

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


Ala Thai Classic 963 Ann St 334-240-2549 Ala Thai East 6663 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-3141

Green Papaya 409 Coliseum Blvd 334-395-7654 Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet 6561 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-7799 181D Eastern Blvd 334-260-6111

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

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


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Café M One Museum Dr 334-240-4333 Cool Beans at Café d'Art 115 Montgomery St 334-269-3302

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

The Deli at Alley Station 130A Commerce St 334-263-2922

Sam’s Bar-B-Que 3510 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-0008

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

Sophia’s BBQ 1055 Adams Ave 334-269-1177

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Café Louisa 1034 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241


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 The Exchange at Renaissance Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5165

Roux 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814 Ruby Tuesday 1310 Eastern Blvd 334-396-0224 Ruby Tuesday 6970 EastChase Loop 334-215-2285 Sinclair’s 1051 E Fairview Ave 334-834-7462 7847 Vaughn Rd 334-271-7654 Smoothie King 7026 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-5621

Island Delights 323 Air Base Blvd 334-264-0041

Smoothies & Things Café 109 S Court St 334-241-0770

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

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

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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 Olive Room 121 Montgomery St 334-262-2763 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


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


Cantina 130 Commerce, Ste 103 334-262-2339 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

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

Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant 6132 Atlanta Hwy 334-272-5232

Moe’s Southwest Grill 7028 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-3333

Jalepenos Restaurant 8157 Vaughn Rd 334-277-2840

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Cornerstone 5336 Atlanta Hwy 334-386-0449

Salsaritas 8015 Vaughn Rd 334-356-5430

Cracker Barrel 9191 Boyd Cooper Pkwy 334-244-1085

San Marcos Mexican 61 N Burbank Dr 334-279-6680

Davis Café 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015

Santa Fe Express 15 Commerce St 334-262-7676

Eastbrook Café 520 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-2438

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 Marina 617 Shady St 334-288-4217 Jubilee Seafood 1057 Woodley Rd 334-262-6224 Red Lobster 300 Eastdale Cir 334-277-0780 Ric & Mos 3150 Watchman Dr 334-517-1140 Wintzell’s Oyster House 105 Commerce St 334-262-4257 Young Barn Pub and Oyster Bar 5331 Young Barn Rd 334-819-7423 Southern Style


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Fried Tomato Buffet 6050 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-6162 Gail’s Down the St. Café 2739 Zelda Rd 334-279-1009 Golden Corral 1480 Eastern Blvd 334-532-0020 Isaiah’s Restaurant 135 Mildred St 334-265-9000

Mamma Nem’s 1200 Eastern Blvd 334-420-6262 Martin’s Restaurant 1796 Carter Hill Rd 334-265-1767

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

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to Give For Sharon, it’s a regular Tuesday morning. The alarm goes off signaling the beginning of another day: get the kids up (although they’ll complain and lay in the bed so that everybody’s late), make sure the coffee pot came on automatically (sometimes it acts up and she has to spend money and make an extra stop for her daily shot of caffeine), let the puppy out the back door (the one the kids “promised” to take care of “for real”), jump into the shower (can’t stay longer than 5 minutes or there won’t be enough hot water), do her hair (which never holds any kind of style regardless of what she does), make sure the kids are actually out of bed (invariably at least two of the four will be sleeping like logs), get dressed (can’t find her nametag and her uniform needs ironing), put some breakfast cereal out for the kids (they’ll complain and say it’s not the kind they eat), and eventually head out the door without having a moment to think about what the day might hold.

For Nicholas, it’s also a regular Tuesday morning. The alarm goes off, but he doesn’t silence it. He has to wait until someone comes in to turn it off. Although he hasn’t had a job to go to in three years, he still likes to hear the sound of the clock’s buzzer. Although he would love to take a 5-minute shower, even in cold water, he realizes that’s only a dream right now. His breakfast consists of coffee or juice he sucks through a straw and eggs that are very softly scrambled so they won’t cause him to choke. He hears the sound of children running to the bus stop as they pass the house he shares with his mother, his sister, and his puppy. Well it’s not really his puppy. But he’d love to be able to take it out for a walk, to pick up the shredded bits after one of its fights with the daily newspaper, or give it a “bad dog” lecture because of the brand new leather shoes that lay ripped in the middle of the living room floor.

by Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman

You see, Nicholas can’t do any of these things on his own because he’s lived as a quadriplegic for three years now. An accident happened. A split second between the guy he used to be and the guy he has become. He’s not sad or angry though. He’s thankful to be alive, but he does miss doing some of the regular things. He knows some people don’t understand how he has kept the faith and still manages to offer a sincere smile when asked, “How you doing, Nick?” But his intent today is to talk to his home nurse again. He wants to help her realize that things could always be worse – for him and for her. She often complains about her kids, her hair, her life . . . a lot of things. So before she gets to his house on this regular Tuesday morning, Nicholas prays, “God, help me to help Sharon see that regardless of how inconvenient life’s circumstances might be, every day we have on this earth offers the perfect opportunity to give thanks. Amen.”

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. 32

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Education Station Spotlight on . . .

Holy Cross Episcopal School Located at 4400 Bell Road, the lovely, quaint campus sits on 18 acres of beautiful land which is utilized in educating the River Region’s children. The charming chapel, which is the hallmark of the campus, serves the students, faculty and staff for daily morning worship, special events and school productions. Founded in 1998 by several local Episcopal churches, Holy Cross provides students a rigorous education for Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. With a well-rounded program of faith, academics and arts, students are encouraged to discover and develop their gifts and talents. Children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds are welcomed and valued for the diversity they bring. Holy Cross offers a stimulating liberal arts program in a caring, Christian community. Students receive exceptional instruction in Spanish, visual arts, music, technology, performing arts and physical education. Holy Cross provides a small school atmosphere, allowing students and parents to feel like part of the Holy Cross family. With superior academics, a commitment to the arts and spiritual nurturing, the program is designed to instill confidence, self-discipline, responsibility, intellectual curiosity and sensitivity to others. With a mission driven by a commitment to faith, academics and the arts, Holy Cross offers an educational journey that is second to none. In addition to a strong academic and arts program, Holy Cross places a strong emphasis on outreach and community service to others. “We strive to create an academic mind and a servant’s heart in each child we teach,” says Melanie Kelley, principal of Holy Cross Episcopal School. For more information about our school, visit, or call 334-395-8222.



Education Station Our article on the AUM Wellness Center in the last issue reported that the Wellness Center is open to the public. This is not the case. It is open to students (no charge), faculty, staff, retirees, members of the alumni association, and their dependents (at a charge). For more information, see Our apologies for any confusion! 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

Lighthouse Christian Academy 334-271-4200

Seventh Day Adventist 334-272-6437

Faulkner University 334-272-5820

Macon-East Montgomery Academy 334-277-6566

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

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

St. Bede 334-277-8551

Holy Cross Episcopal School 334-395-8222


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

Prince Institute of Professional Studies 334-271-1670 South University 334-395-8800 Trenholm State Technical College 334-420-4200 Troy University 334-241-9537 Virginia College 334-277-3390

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Kid's Corner

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Lord’s Been Good To Me

by Yvonna Richardson, Green Gate School

hanksgiving is the one holiday that is celebrated much the same across our country. When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of my Grandmother’s house and the love I felt surrounded by family. Thanksgiving has an aroma like no other holiday: the traditional scent of turkey, dressing with cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie mixed with my mother’s ham, grandma’s potato salad and my uncle Gene’s collard greens. Too bad that can’t be manufactured into a candle. While we are all blessed throughout the year, I worry we sometimes overlook our blessings and take them for granted.


s I was standing in the hallway at Green Gate earlier his week, I heard a K-4 class singing the Johnny Appleseed Blessing. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the words to this simple tune, let me share them with you.

“Oh, the Lord’s has been good to me, and so I thank the Lord for what I need, the sun, and the rain, and the apple seed. Oh, The Lord’s been good to me.”


grandparent picking up her grandchildren turned to me and said “Don’t you just love to hear that song? We have so much to be thankful for!” I have known Joann most of my life and she has certainly experienced some of life’s challenges. The return of her breast cancer is her latest challenge. Despite that, Joann has certainly been blessed, along with her family and everyone who knows her.

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Charlie, Charlie, pictured pictured center, center, with with his his friends friends and and his his doughnuts doughnuts


ater that day, I looked in on an afternoon class also singing the same blessing, when Charlie, one of the students, caught my eye. He was singing at the top of his voice “Oh, the Lord’s been good to me…” Instantly my thoughts were carried back to earlier this summer when sweet Charlie, age six, survived a drowning accident at the home of friends. Not only was Charlie blessed, but his mom, dad and big brother, along with countless others received a blessing. Fortunately, he doesn’t remember most of his story.


he blessing of wonderful families, good health, employment, nice homes, and great friends are only a few of the many blessings we celebrate. We will be forever thankful for the many Joann’s and Charlie’s, grandmothers and little boys. The next time you have the chance to sing the Johnny Appleseed blessing, sing it with all your heart. Someone will be listening.

Did you know that the first Thanksgiving meal lasted 3 days feeding 53 pilgrims and 90 Indians. Their Thanksgiving dinner consisted of any kind of fowl for meat, boiled pumpkin because they had no ovens for baked pie, no fresh breads due to the low supply of flour, and no cranberry sauce because cranberries had not been introduced at the time. So their menu consisted of duck, geese, fish, lobster, berries, dried fruit, and veggies. I'm so glad that the menu has changed over the years. Thanksgiving has been an annual tradition since 1863 here in the US but it didn't become a federal holiday until 1941. Thanksgiving has always been considered a religious holiday giving thanks to God. The first thanksgiving was celebrated by giving thanks to God and the Native Americans for helping the Pilgrims survive the harsh winter weather. When the Pilgrims had arrived on the Mayflower half of them were already dead but many more would have been if it hadn't been for the Indians teaching them how to harvest their food. 38


Kid's Corner

Living a Thankful Life by Kasey Hope

by Kasey Hope

In today's culture it seems that we always want more and rarely stop and reflect on how much we truly have to be thankful for. This seems especially true for children. They beg for a new toy, only to discard it within days and begin begging for something else. During the Thanksgiving season we often reflect on 'Thankfulness' but how do we teach our children that thankfulness is a lifestyle and not just a thanksgiving prayer before our meal.

One idea is to create a "Thankful Journal" with your child. Make it a habit that each night before bed or maybe in the morning at breakfast your child can list several things they are thankful for. We started this with my little girl before she could write. She would simply list off 5-10 things each night and I would write it down for her. Now she is beginning to learn to write so we bought a sketchbook with no lines.

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We ripped off the front cover, turned it over, and used the cardboard back as our new cover.

We painted it together and added a fun fall flower. She has her own personalized "Thankful Journal."

by A d r i e n n e Q u i c k

Now she actually looks for things to be thankful for so that she can write them in her journal. This is a meaningful activity that keeps the Thanksgiving Season lasting all year long!

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. 40

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Meow, Woof & Chirp The Big Bad Wolf on Pet’s Grooming Habits by Dr. Phil Mitchell, DVM

Keeping your dog and cat healthy means paying regular attention to bathing, grooming and brushing. Even pets with short hair will benefit from this often overlooked aspect of pet care. Grooming does more than just make your pet look and smell nice. There are also medical reasons why regular grooming will help your dog and cat stay healthy and feel better. “The Better to See You With” Keeping your dog’s face free of long hair that can irritate the eyes will make your pet more comfortable and could help prevent common eye problems. Many dogs, such as the shih tzu, Lhasa apso and poodle, have long hair that hangs in the eyes causing irritation and damage to the cornea. If your dog has hair lying on their eyes it may be time for them to visit a a groomer. Another option is pulling this hair back in a bow to keep your dog’s face clean and clear. Never use scissors or sharp implements around the eyes. Scissoring needs to be done by a trained groomer or under a veterinarian’s supervision. “My, What Big Ears You Have” Those long floppy ears are endearing but they cover your dog’s ear canal creating a moist warm environment that lacks air circulation. This can cause dogs to suffer from chronic ear infections that can be difficult to cure and can re-occur. Cocker spaniels, shar-peis and golden retrievers are just a few of the breeds that suffer from this all too common problem. Infections that go unchecked can result in serious and painful ear disease. Cleaning your dogs’s ears may look easy, but it is more difficult than you may think. Dogs have long ear canals and improper cleaning can result in a ruptured ear drum, pain, or lacerations of the canal. Consequently, if your dog’s ears are infected, they will be too painful to clean at home. This job is better left to the experts. Having your dog’s ears regularly cleaned at your veterinarian’s office or by a trusted groomer will make this task more pleasant for your dog.

“What Sharp Nails You Have” By far the most dreaded grooming chore for many pet owners is trimming their pet’s nails. Although, this process is not painful, pets typically do not like their nails trimmed and can be completely uncooperative. Despite your pet’s protest, nail trimming is a must. Long overgrown nails often break at the base exposing the nail bed. Walking on long nails can be painful, aggravate arthritis and cause the toes to splay. Long nails can also curl around and grow into the pads. Most pet owners choose to have their pet’s groomer or veterinarian perform this task to avoid trimming the nail too close to the nail bed which can cause pain and bleeding. “My, What Long Hair You Have” Long hair or a thick fluffy coat may look great, but this lustrous coat can cause complications if not groomed daily. Most cats groom themselves, swallow the shedded hair and the hair is eliminated in fecal matter. However, the more proficient your cat becomes at removing excess hair the more likely hair balls will form. Owners can reduce the occurrence of hairballs by daily brushing the cat’s coat with a cat brush or comb. Dogs typically do not share the same desire for daily grooming as their cat counter parts. Depending on your dog’s lifestyle, breed and skin condition, shedding is a factor that must be addressed. Bathing will help remove excess hair, however over bathing can also cause skin irritations by depleting oils from your dog’s skin. Doing nothing to help your dog remove shedded hair, can lead to matting which can causes skin irritations. A good solution to the problem is having a consistent bathing and grooming schedule to help stay ahead of the unwanted hair problem. Other cost effective options are to shave your dog or cat’s coat once or twice each year. Consulting your veterinarian is the first place to start when trying to control the “hair is everywhere” problem. There is no need for the Big Bad Wolf of poor grooming habits to steal the thunder away from the loving companionship our furry friends provide. By staying abreast of your pet’s grooming needs, you can continue to experience the joy found in the unconditional love pets provide.

Dr. Philip Mitchell has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital. 42

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Who would have known twenty-two years ago, that the little grey hospital sitting in the middle of a field would grow to become one of the premiere veterinarian hospitals in the Southeast? Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital’s founding owners Robert M. Speight, Jr. and Philip V. Mitchell always knew they had something special when they joined forces to provide compassionate care for companion animals. Their commitment to providing the best quality of care possible has meant expanding three times to accommodate surgical and boarding demands of the River Region. When asked what makes Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital unique, Dr. Mitchell explains, “Providing our clients with the most up-to-date diagnostic tools including digital x-ray, otoscope, laser, ultra sound, and blood analyzers is essential to our continued success of offering comprehensive veterinarian care for the River Region. With the diverse cases we are faced with daily it is imperative to work with state-of-the art equip.m.ent. It is not uncommon for me to go from extracting a tooth, to repairing a ruptured cruciate ligament to solving a complicated medical case. This would be a daunting process without the latest technology available. “Seeing the benefits ultra sound offered human medicine, I bought my first ultra sound twenty years ago. Although ultra sound technology has improved over the years, the benefits of catching diseases in their early stages before they have time to spread has remained the same. In addition to diagnostic capabilities, sending images to specialist across the country has helped us maintain our standing as a top provider of veterinarian care." Dr. Robert Speight is often asked what makes Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital different. "My response is always: ‘our staff.’ Each staff member brings a unique perspective to our practice and it goes deeper than just having a love for animals. The old cliché ‘actions speak louder than words’ rings true here daily. “I can’t tell you the times I’ve been witness to seeing our veterinarian technicians holding a sick patient or going the extra mile to make a suffering animal more comfortable. It’s a common occurrence to watch our receptionist console a client who has made the painful decision to euthanize a suffering pet. Or, patiently calm a client down who has phoned in witnessing their pet going through a violent seizure. “To watch dogs literally pulling their owners into our facility, impatient to get back to their daycare friends, makes having the pool, dog toys, and shaded play yards worth it. Yes, I am blessed that I come to work each day in a facility that offers all the ‘bells and whistles’ but, at the end of each day, I know it’s my staff that makes all those bells and whistles worthwhile.” An example of the compassion Dr. Speight mentions is the survival story of three special needs kittens (pictured right). The staff's compassion and sheer determination are the reason Sherlock, Holmes, and Watson are thriving and well. Born two weeks premature, five

Sherlock and Holmes during a follow-up visit

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ent. My response is always ‘our staff.’" -Dr. Robert M. Speight

sick kittens had little chance for survival. The intensive care needed for their survival meant countless hours of milk preparation, aroundthe-clock feedings, cleaning and intensive care. Taking on this responsibility was a task that several employees at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital took to heart. Knowing the responsibility would compete with the demands of job, family and regular day-to-day commitments, they did not waiver in their decision to give the kittens their best. Although two kittens passed after three weeks of care, the other three are alive and well. Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital's newest doctor is Dr. Zeb A. King. After graduating from Auburn in 2005, he had the opportunity to join many practices in different parts of the state. “Not being a native of Montgomery made me hesitant to start out in a new town," explains Dr. King. “What drew me to Montgomery was the quality of the practice Drs. Speight and Mitchell had built at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital. There are many qualities that separated Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital from other practices I had the opportunity to join. It started with the opportunity to provide my clients with the most complete veterinary care in the River Region. Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital not only had progressive veterinary diagnostic tools, but also many other ancillary services like boarding, grooming and doggie day care. This practice had it all! Becoming a partner several years ago and making my home in Montgomery was a decision I have not regretted. The city of Montgomery has been welcoming to me and my family, and after seven great years I now look at Montgomery as home.

Dr. Philip V. Mitchell

Dr. Zeb A. King

Providing a veterinarian facility that offers medical care along with fun is important. Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital has been on the forefront of this provision. Their facility offers a variety of boarding options, as well as, doggie day care, grooming, and obedience training. Pets can come in for vaccinations, enjoy a dip in the heated, boneshaped swimming pool, play with a caring staff, then head to the doggie spa for a shampoo and blow dry. If you are interested in finding out more about Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital, visit their new website at or follow them on Facebook for daily updates and pictures of the furry friends that visit the practice.

Dr. Robert M. Speight, Jr.

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Super Sport…. NASCAR on the Horizon by Brett Richardson

Chevrolet plans on changing their lineup for next year’s NASCAR circuit. The tried and true Impala has been headlining Chevrolet’s campaign for years now, and they plan on making changes next year. The Impala has brought in 77 victories since 2007 and has been a trendsetter on the circuit. The showroom holds a completely different creature than what is currently seen on the track. The Impala is a front-wheel drive V-6 with little power, but with great efficiency and drivability. Next year, they plan on racing a completely new vehicle the Super Sport (SS). The SS will not actually be released for sale until 2014, but will hit during the 2013 NASCAR season and hopefully spur sales. This will be Chevrolet’s first rear-wheel drive car in the lineup in over a decade and will probably not fly off the showroom floor. Although they plan on using the old adage: “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday,” Chevrolet is hoping to grab a niche market similar to the Pontiac G8 of a few years ago. This car will be a V-8 with substantial power. Many excited enthusiasts are looking forward to the unveiling at the end of this race season, but we still are not exactly certain where the price point is going to fall. Dodge and Ford already have their horsepower sedans on the market and the SHO Taurus and the SR-T Charger already dominate the street scene while Chevrolet has nothing to compare. Chevrolet plans on building the car in Australia in connection with Holden, which produces the Commodore and a couple of other vehicles. These vehicles are Australian versions of the late GTO and G-8. General Motors says that due to the limited production, it was not cost effective to retool an American assembly line and to keep the costs and profitability there; it will be produced overseas. I am completely and utterly excited to see this new beast, and as a fan of the LS series aluminum motors, know that the aftermarket will be ready to embrace this. I hope they truly impress at the auto shows, or I may switch my loyalty to the German manufacturers once and for all.


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Insurance 101 More Accidents Happen When Teens Are Out of School by Henry Hernandez, State Farm™ Insurance Agent The odds of a teenage driver having an accident are high. According to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) research, teens spend 44 percent more hours driving each week in the summer than during the school year. Furthermore, 16-yearolds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20year olds. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation almost 3,500 drivers in this age group died in motor vehicle crashes in 2006, and an additional 272,000 were injured. In the same year, drivers aged 15 to 20 accounted for 12.9 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 16 percent of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes. “Teens think they are indestructible and often engage in risktaking behavior,” said Loretta Worters, Vice President of the Insurance Information Institute (III). “They are distracted by things they shouldn’t do in a car like eating, talking on their cell phones, text messaging, talking to friends in the car – and they often don’t wear their seatbelts.” It’s important for families with teen drivers to educate them about driving safely and to make sure that they, along with their teen drivers, are properly insured.

Protection for your teen The III recommends taking the following steps to ensure the safety of your teen: Pick a safe car. The type of car a young person drives can dramatically affect the price of insurance. You and your teenager should choose a car that is easy to drive and would offer protection in the event of a crash. You should avoid small cars and those with high performance images that might encourage speed and recklessness. Trucks and SUVs should also be avoided, since they are more prone to rollovers. Have your teen take a driver’s education course. A teen who has learned to drive though a driver’s education course is viewed more favorably by insurers than a teen who has been taught by his or her parents. Indeed in some states, teens must take a driver’s education course if they want to get a license at age 16; otherwise, they have to wait until they are 18. Enroll your teen in safe driver programs. Some insurers offer “safe driver” programs. Teen participants in these programs sign contracts stating that they will not, for instance, drink and drive. Check whether your insurance company has such a program. If your teenager completes the program, you may be eligible for a discount. Talk to your teen about the dangers of combining driving with alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep and distractions. Teach your children about the dangers of drinking and driving and other distractions. Accidents occur each year because a teen driver 48

was drinking, using a cell phone, text messaging, playing the radio, or talking to friends in the backseat. Also, teens should be careful not to create distractions and to exhibit safe behavior when they are passengers in their friends’ cars. Be a good role model. New drivers learn by example, so if you drive recklessly, your teenage driver may imitate you. Always wear your seatbelt and never drink and drive. Graduated driver’s license programs. New drivers are restricted from certain activities, such as driving with passengers, until they have had their licenses for a set period, such as six months. A number of states have reduced teen accidents by restricting the amount of time new drivers may be on the road without supervision. If you live in one of these states, ask if any discounts are available. If your state does not have such a program, you can still institute this same policy with your own children.

Protection for you The III also offers the following suggestion to help you protect yourself financially while minimizing the cost of adding a teen to your insurance: Insure your son or daughter on your own policy. It is generally cheaper to add your teenagers to your insurance policy than for them to purchase their own. If your teen owns a car, insure it with your company so that you can get a multi-policy discount. Increase your liability insurance. State minimums for liability insurance will probably not be enough to fully protect you from lawsuits should your teen get into an accident. Many vehicles today are worth more than $15,000, and medical bills for injuries could easily exceed $20,000 for one person. If your teen is found negligent in an accident and the damages exceed your insurance limits, you will be financially responsible and can be sued in court for those amounts not covered by your insurance. Raise your deductible. Going from a $250 to $500 or $1,000 deductible can save you 10 percent to 20 percent on your premium. You can use that savings to increase your liability insurance. Let your insurer know if your teenager is going away to school. You may be eligible for lower premiums once your teen heads to college, providing he or she leaves the car behind. Many insurers will reduce rates for students attending a school at least 100 miles away from home and who do not have a car on campus. Encourage your teen to get good grades and to take a driver training course. Most companies will give discounts for getting at least a “B” average in school and for taking a recognized driver training course. Got QUESTIONS? Find Henry's State Farm Agency on Facebook to ask any questions YOU may have about insurance. Henry Hernandez State Farm Agency

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November is an exciting month. It's a time of Thanksgiving and the gathering of friends and family. We are so blessed to live in a country where we can gather freely and praise God for our blessings. As a retailer I am aware of the reaction of many who watch as the shops bring out the Christmas decorations a bit early. It may seem to you that the retail world has forgotten Thanksgiving. I can assure you this store owner has not. Let me try to explain. In the retail world, we must be ahead of the game. It may surprise some of you that I bought this year's Christmas last January. Retailers only have a short window to receive, display and sell their products. Sadly, this makes us appear at times insensitive to the season of the moment. I've laughed at times when leaving the shop and coming home feeling as if I was living in two different seasons. It might be Christmas at work, but it was Autumn with all it's brown, gold and orange at home. 50

The retailer concentrates on the season when the customer buys the most. I sell 75% more Christmas decorations than I do Fall merchandise. We all love the Christmas season and it shows in our purchasing of gifts and celebration decor'. No matter if it's Thanksgiving or Christmas the most important thing to remember is where our blessing come from. This Holiday Season give thanks to our Lord first then spread the love to others. You can kick off this year's Christmas Season at It'Za Gift, November 1st through the 3rd for our Christmas Open House, and yes, it's happening this Fall.

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Marquirette Fields has merchandised fine jewelry throughout the world for nearly 20 years. Marquirette, along with her husband Lyle, established one of the first foreign companies in Asia that now sells over one billion dollars of jewelry per year. They started in the retail jewelry business in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1980's. She moved to New York as a jewelry designer and national marketing director in 1990. After 8 years, with stops in Bombay and Bangkok, Marquirette returned home to Montgomery in 1998. She continued selling to thousands of retail stores in US, Canada, the Carribean and Australia until she opened Marquirette’s in 2003. Lyle Fields has followed in the footsteps of his Uncle Harry and father, David Fields. Both his father and uncle began in the diamond business just after WWII working under the tillage of Harry Winston at his prestigious Fifth Ave. office. Lyle has traveled to the major diamond trading centers around the world over 150 times. He is one of the few Americans to personally have conferred with Sir Charles Oppenheimer of DeBeers. He was a regular “site holder” of DeBeers (Diamond Trading Company) during the 1980's. The renowned diamond world bank ABN-AMRO; Netherlands conveyed the convented title of DIAMANTAIRE on Lyle Fields in 1994. Lyle and Marquirette merchandised diamond and color stone jewelry for AAFES, Ross-Simon, Zales, Ames Department Stores, Sam’s Club, Caldor’s, HSN, Fred Meyers, Venture as well has 4000 independent retail jewelry stores. After moving to Montgomery with Marquirette in 1998, Lyle has continued to merchandise to independent retail jewelry stores throughout the USA. They are now putting all their experience towards designing and manufacturing their jewelry designs at “Marquirette’s.” Marquirette's features the following lines: Eyewear- Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Versace, Tory Burch, Dolce, Prada, Roberto Cavili, Diesel, and many more Giftware- Juliska, Waterford, Vietri, Pickard, Royal Crown Derby, Herend, Arte Italica, Gien, Versace and 30 more Diamonds- Forevermark , Lazare , Passionstone and Marquirette's Jewelry- Marquirette's, Tacori, Timeless Design Timepieces- Longines, Tissot, Swiss Army Visit us at 52

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Datebook Cross Country November 1, 1 p.m. Gateway Park 3800 Davenport Pkwy 334- 625-2300 Local and area high school teams will compete at Gateway Park beginning at 1 p.m. This event is free to the public. Evening With the Curator: Rembrandt, Master Printmaker November 1, 5:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in the Weil Print Room 1 Museum Dr. 334-240-4369 Join Curator Michael Panhorst in exploring the great Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt is known for the depths of humanity evident in everything from his portraits to Bible stories. These selections from the MMFA permanent collection are a few of the many artistic treasures donated by the Weil family, for whom the Print Room is named. After School Art II (ages 9 to 13) November 1, 15, 29; 4-5 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Dr. 334-240-4369 This series of weekly classes offers more advanced art techniques and principles of design, in connection with works of art and exhibitions in the Museum. Lessons will include a variety of art materials and techniques, such as drawing with pen and ink, colored pencils, oil and chalk pastels; painting with acrylics and watercolors; creating mixed media and collage works of art; sculpting with clay, and mixed media. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Instructors will be Donna Pickens & Education staff. Cost: $125 members; $185 non-members for the series of 10 classes. 56

Anniston Vs. Carver November 1, 7 p.m. Cramton Bowl 1022 Madison Ave. 334-288-8826 Anniston vs. Carver will be at the Cramton Bowl on Thursday, November 1st. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Farm-to-Fork Food Invasion Festival November 1-30 Hampstead Institute 425 Moulton St. 334-422-9331 Check website for dates and details: Harriott II Dinner Cruise November 2, 9, 16, 30; 6:30-9 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa St. 334-625-2100 The Harriott II Dinner Cruise boards at 6:30 p.m., departs at 7 p.m. and returns to dock at 9 p.m. There will be live entertainment, cash bar and concessions available.

presents the Men's Soccer Chamionship. Semi final games will be played on November 8 with the championship game on November 10. Winners of the first round will play each other; with the winner in Game 1 playing the winner of Game 4 and the winner Game 2 will play the winner of Game 3 for the opportunity to play in the Championship match. For more information please visit: SSAC Volleyball November 8-10 Multiplex Building at Cramton Bowl 1022 Madison Ave. 334-288-8826 The Southern States Athletic Conference will be using the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl as the site for their volleyball tournament from November 8th - 10th. For more information please visit: 1st Round Football Playoffs November 8 & 9, 7 p.m. Cramton Bowl 1022 Madison Ave. 334-288-8826 The AHSAA First Round Playoffs will take place at Cramton Bowl on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th. Both kickoffs will be 7 p.m.

Getaway Cruise November 3, 10, 17, 24; 4:30-7 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa St. 334-625-2100 The Getaway Cruise boards at 4:30 p.m. and will cruise from 5-7 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided, as well as the cash bar and concessions. SSAC Men’s Soccer Championship November 3-10 Emory Folmar YMCA Stadiums 300 Brown Springs Rd. Southern States Athletic Conference

Yeshua the Musical November 9, 7 p.m. Aldersgate United Methodist Church Christian Activity Center 6610 Vaughn Road; 334-272-6152 Yeshua is the newest musical by The New York Times-acclaimed writing! composing! Performing team of Ellen Sanborn and David M. Sanborn. Fall in love with YESHUA, the most courageous, charismatic and compassionate of heroes. Admission is free; A love offering will be taken. For more information please call or visit:


Datebook Girls Night Out November 10; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Artistic Expressions 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 334-285-7878 Have a ladies night to let loose! Paint, hang out, relax, and have some girl time. Bring in your favorite beverage and munchies. Reservations are required. The $10 deposit due at registration goes toward the piece you paint. This month's featured item is a Christmas Platter; however, you can paint whatever piece you want. Veteran’s Day Week November 11-17; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, 2301 Coliseum Pkwy, 334-240-4900 Join the Montgomery Zoo in thanking the proud men and women of the United States Armed Forces. During Veteran's Day Week, Nov 1117, all veterans, active duty military personnel and immediate family receive a 50% DISCOUNT on regular admission to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. Thank you for your service and dedication. T'was the Night Before Thanksgiving November 11; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Artistic Expressions 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 334-285-7878 Back by popular demand this year. Our farmer friend is coming to read the story "T'was the Night Before Thanksgiving" to the children. We will also be having juice and cookies during the story. When our story is over everyone will be painting a turkey!! Reservations are REQUIRED for this event as spaces are limited. The total cost is $20 and is due at registration! This is going to be a GREAT fun-filled afternoon!! Registration is now open! 58

After School Art I (ages 6 to 8) November 14, 28; 3:45 -4:45 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Dr. 334-240-4369 During these weekly classes with instructor Donna Pickens & Educational Staff, students will explore different art techniques, elements of art and principles of design, related to art in the Museum. They will use a variety of art materials to create drawings, paintings, ceramics, and sculpture, including oil and chalk pastels, colored pencils, acrylic, watercolor, and tempera paint, clay and mixed media sculpture. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 12 students. Cost: $125 members; $185 non-members for the series of 10 classes. The Forum November 15; 8:30 am-1:15 p.m. The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-244-3804 Some of the nation’s leading business and political experts will gather in Montgomery for the capital city’s 30th annual economic summit. An impressive agenda of renowned speakers has been lined up for the event organized by Auburn University at Montgomery and the Montgomery Area Committee of 100. Registration is $195 per person or $1,560 for a table of eight. For more information, visit theforum. The Forgotten Carols SEC Tour November 16 Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts 251 Montgomery St. 334-241-9567 Christmas musical tour featuring professional Los Angeles actor and local choirs. For more information visit

2nd Round Football Playoffs November 15 & 16; 7 p.m. Cramton Bowl 1022 Madison Ave. 334-288-8826 The 2nd Round Playoffs will take place at Cramton Bowl on Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th. Both kickoffs will be at 7 p.m. Artist Market Presents Art in Concert November 16, 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Dr. 334-240-4369 Concert on the Lawn. Preview Party Event at 5 p.m. See "On the Cover" information on p5 or ad on p59.

The Artist Market November 17; 10 am- 4 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Dr. 334-240-4369 See "On the Cover" information on p5 or ad on p59. The Peppertree Center Turkey Burner 5k powered by Metro Fitness & Montgomery MultiSport November 17, 8 a.m. Peppertree Center in front of Montgomery MultiSport, across from Metro Fitness, 8107 Vaughn Rd. For information on this event, please look in our “Sights to See” section for the Spotlight Article on the Turkey Burner (page 8) or visit

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker November 19, 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100

The Great Russian Nutcracker 20th Anniversary production overflows with holiday delight for the entire family! “Knock-out” New York Times and “Delight ” Washington Post and “Exceptional” Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” November 20 & 21 Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 Mark your calendar for a musical event like no othermonsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music." Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny's new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover 'instruments' they never knew existed...rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. Adults will hear music they'll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as "The Hustle," "You Should Be Dancing" and "Rockin' Robin." "Elmo Makes Music" features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as "C Is for Cookie" and "The Alphabet Song." Turkey Day Classic November 22 ASU Athletics 915 South Jackson St. 334-229-4100 Traditional rivalry featuring Alabama State University Hornets of Montgomery against the Tuskegee University Tigers. Admission is charged.

3rd Round Football Playoffs November 22 & 23, 7 p.m. Cramton Bowl 1022 Madison Ave. 334-288-8826 The 3rd Round AHSAA Playoffs will take place at Cramton Bowl on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd. Both kickoffs will be at 7 p.m. A Christmas Carol November 23-December 23 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF Festival Stage

A Magical New Twist on the Holiday Favorite! The snowy London streets ring with carols that set the stage for Dickens’ magical tale of hope and redemption. Join us as the ghosts of the past, present and future reawaken Scrooge’s conscience. A great family outing to brighten your holiday. Recommended for ages 6+. Appropriate for most audiences. 59

Datebook Ryan's Run 5K Show Your Team Spirit November 24, 8 a.m. Frazer United Methodist Church 6000 Atlanta Hwy. This event is being held in memory of Ryan Colburn, who was an avid sports fan, and especially loved this time of year & the Iron Bowl Rivalry. Proceeds will go to support The Frazer Youth Worship Arts Program & also The Ryan Colburn Youth Scholarship, which will support youth with disabilities to attend the national Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Annual Conference. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite team colors! For more information visit www. NAIA Men's National Soccer Championship November 26-December 1 The Emory Folmar YMCA Complex 300 Brown Springs Road The 54th Annual NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship presented by Carrabba's Italian Grill and cohosted by the Central Alabama Sports Commission & the Southern States Athletic Conference is coming to Montgomery! The tournament will be played at the Emory Folmar YMCA Complex. For more information visit Girls Night Out Trunk Show November 27, 6 p.m. It'Za Gift 8127 Vaughn Rd., 334-819-7098

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scarf to a lucky winner at the party. It’Za Gift hopes you will save this date and bring a friend to enjoy the evening with other women from our community! Don't miss the Girls Night Out at It'Za Gift in the Pepper Tree Shopping Center off Vaughn Road. (You can find us on Facebook.)

Compulsory State Gymnastics Meet November 30- December 1 Cramton Bowl 1022 Madison Ave. 334-288-8826 The compulsory State Gymnastics Meet will be held at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl from November 30th thru December 1st.

4th Round Football Playoffs November 29 & 30; 7 p.m. Cramton Bowl 1022 Madison Ave. 334-288-8826 The 4th Round Playoffs will take place at Cramton Bowl on Thursday, November 29th and Friday, November 30th. Both kickoffs will be at 7 p.m.

2012 Jingle Bell Run and Walk December 1, 8:30 a.m. Huntingdon College 1500 East Fairview Ave. 334-557-1577 Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Baptist Health Care Presents MERCY ME November 29, 7 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100

MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian band founded in Greenville, Texas. The band consists of vocalist Bart Millard, keyboardist James Bryson, percussionist Robin Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul. The group first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, "I Can Only Imagine" which elevated their debut album to becoming certified double platinum. Since then, the group has released five additional studio albums, three of which have been certified gold, and a greatest hits album. MercyMe has won numerous Dove Awards and has had various Grammy Award nominations.

Breakfast with Santa December 1, 8, 15; 9-10 a.m. Artistic Expressions 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 334-285-7878 Santa is coming to visit all the good boys and girls. Breakfast for the children will be included: milk, juice, muffins, pastries, doughnuts, etc. They will be painting an ornament for the tree. Parents are welcomed to bring their cameras. Make your required reservation early: in past years it fills up very fast! The cost is $20.00, and is nonrefundable; it includes everything to make a wonderful Christmas memory! Registration is now open.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Oct. 6–20 A Christmas Carol Nov. 23–Dec. 23 Macbeth Jan. 25–Feb. 9; May 10 & 18 Ethel Feb. 8–March 3

To Kill a Mockingbird March 8–24; May 12–18 Twelfth Night March 28–30; April 23 & 30; May 9 Around the World in 80 Days April 19–May 19 God of Carnage April 18–May 19 Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash July 11–Aug. 4

Call and get your season tickets today!

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Polar Express Night December 1& 8, 6:30 p.m. Artistic Expressions 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 334-285-7878

ALL ABOARD for the Polar Express! Back by popular demand, we have our engineer coming in to read the Polar Express to the children. During the story, they will enjoy a yummy snack of hot cocoa and cookies. When story time is over, the real fun begins! Every child will paint

a train bank, when the banks have a new coat of paint our custom artist will be putting their names on each bank! Reservations are required for this event and they will fill up fast. The fee is $35 per child, and is due upon registration, which is non-refundable. The fee includes everything to make a great memory, and don't forget to wear your P.J.'s! Call today for reserve your little ones a spot on the train! Cookies with Santa! December 9 & 16, 4:30 p.m. Artistic Expressions 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 334-285-7878 Come have cookies and cocoa with Santa! The cost is $20 per child. This includes cookies, hot cocoa, an ornament for them to paint, and all the pictures you want to take! Reservations are required for this event, and the fee is due upon registration. You can come by the studio or call and reserve your little ones a space with a credit card over the phone. Last year ALL the Cookies With Santa's Filled up very fast so call today to get your little ones a space to make a wonderful Christmas memory! 61

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1 Alabama Shakespeare Festival 46 Alabama State University Theater 2 American Forest Management 3 Artistic Expressions 36 Auburn University Montgomery 4 Biscuits Baseball 38 Carrabba's Italian Grill 5 Chick Fil A Prattville

6 Chick Fil A RSA Tower 7 Chick Fil A Eastchase 47 Churchill Academy 34 Cupcakes by Tish

8 Dougs 2 Salon 9 Eastside Grille 10 Filet & Vine 11 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 35 First Cong. Christian Church 12 Fitzgerald Museum



13 Green Gate School 14 Holy Cross Episcopal School

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43 Hue Studio 15 It’Za Gift & Interiors


16 Jim ’n Nicks 17 Lee & Lan Florist 18 Line-X 19 Looney’s SuperSkate

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25 Lush Makeup Art 39 Marquirette’s Fine Jewelry



20 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 21 Montgomery Humane Society


22 Montgomery Multisport 23 Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

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37 Montgomery Spine Center 24 Mela’s Boutique


40 NY Gold & Diamond Buyers 45 Primary EyeCare


26 Resolution Camps 27 Riverfront Facilities





28 SaZa Italian 29 Steak ’n Shake 30 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 31 The Look Boutique 32 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 33 Tonya Speed’s Dance 41 State Farm - Henry Hernandez 42 Triton Sports Apparel 44 Troy University

130 Commerce Street Downtown Montgomery in Alley Station 334-495-SaZa (7292)

Heated Outdoor Seating New TV's at Outside Bar Happy Hour 4-6 Mon-Fri Open 7 Days a Week Call for Reservations Catering Available

November 2012 Pride of Montgomery  
November 2012 Pride of Montgomery  

The November issue has articles on local businesses such as Taylor Road Animal Hospital, Carrabba's Italian Grill, MMFA and Marquirette's.