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April 2012

Inside: Sherry DeBray talks about her passion for sharing her faith and her store p38

New Madison Avenue Sketches! Results of Last Month’s Charrette p2-3 Finding Hope through Organ Donation The Shelton Family’s Personal Story p24 Fitzgerald Gala Pictures p37-38

Valentines in the City p2-3 Getting Past Discouragers p10 Love Gone Bad p24



Madison Avenue

T h e C i t y o f M o n t g o m e r y Wo r k i n g fo r Yo u On March 12-13, the City of Montgomery’s Development Department led the Madison Avenue Gateway Charrette. The Development Department teamed with Dover Kohl and Partners, who have created several plans for Montgomery areas, to examine the public and privately owned areas along Madison Avenue from North Ripley Street to Vonora Street. The goal of the charrette was to focus on improving assets in the community: assets such as Paterson Field, Cramton Bowl, Sportsplex (under construction), New Municipal Court (planning stage), the Learning Arts Armory, the Curb Market, St. John AME Church, and the potential to promote construction of supporting land uses to these assets. During the two day charrette, the team examined the area, taking an inventory of structures and their uses, as well as the land between the buildings. On Monday night, there was a opening presentation and hands-on session in which the public was invited to give input by drawing on maps and by discussing openly with each other and the designers. During the two days, the team of designers met with over a dozen stakeholders in the area to discuss the future of the corridor. These meetings provided 5 big ideas: • Make it greener: street trees, trail, small park • Continue to support & improve existing assets: Paterson Field, Montgomery Curb Market, Armory Learning Arts Center, other businesses • Provide multiple transportation options: inviting sidewalks, trail connection, possible streetcar • Create gateway feel: create a sense of arrival, two-sided main street, signage, branding • Unleash private investment: government partnership, market plan to developers These ideas were consolidated into an illustrative plan that showed how new buildings or renovations to existing ones could conform to urban form, providing an enjoyable pedestrian environment and viable commercial potential. Improving the street section will increase the appearance of the gateway to motorists and pedestrians.

Sights to See

Conceptual improvements to the Curb Market that will enhance its appearance and provide an opportunity to capture more revenue.

Conceptual commercial structures located in the parking lots of Cramton Bowl and Paterson Field’s parking lots, offering amenities to the visitors to the new Sportsplex, guest to Cramton Bowl, and the employment centers adjacent to this area. 3

Sights to See

A Word from our Mayor

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

My vision for 2012 is that we’ll have a vibrant and growing city. Outsiders will continue to be impressed with our place in history. While we have had pivotal roles in the Civil Rights Movement and the Confederacy, Montgomery also has the distinction of having the Wright Brothers’ First Civilian Flight School, the first electric street car line, the first air-

conditioned theater and many other unique firsts. Outsiders will see the bold steps we are taking to sustain a safe, vibrant and growing community that we are proud to call home. A place where individuals, families and businesses flourish, and revitalization projects come together, such as the West Fairview Initiative beginning at Montgomery Mall, and the plans for downtown Montgomery and Maxwell Boulevard. Our care about our children will be evident as we pursue charter schools, continue to support career academies and move forward in constructing new schools, ensuring the best future possible for our students. Our crime statistics, which are at a 20-year low, show Montgomery is safe. We will advance the public success, to ensure perception reflects this reality.

April 2012 Departments Sights To See 6 Health & Fitness 10 Good Taste 16 Faith 24 Education Station 26 Kid’s Corner 30 Meow Woof Chirp 32 The Parking Lot 35 Shopping 38 Datebook 42 Map It Out 46 Special Sections Madison Avenue Pride Ribbon Cutting 15 Fitzgerald Gala 36-37 Advertisers Adrian Freeman Photography 7 American Forest Management 33 Artistic Expressions 27 Biscuits Baseball 29 Chick Fil A Prattville 23 Chick Fil A RSA Tower 16 Child Evangelism Fellowship 25 City of Montgomery 311 45 Dougs 2 Salon 40 Eastside Grille 17 Filet & Vine 21 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 41


Increased tourism numbers prove that outsiders know Montgomery is a place for fun. Continued tourism investments will heighten this view and reap economic dividends. Montgomery’s reputation as a place that is progressive and innovative will be maintained as we nurture the partnerships that are attracting new jobs and leading to re-development and improvements in neighborhoods across the city. In short, outsiders will see we’re not just the Capital Of Dreams, but also the City For Success. The



Publisher Frank K. Rho Editor Virginia Saunders Creative Director Emily Cobern Operations Manager Allie Manzari

Green Gate School 26 High 5 Productions 11 Holy Cross Episcopal School 27 It’Za Gift & Interiors 39 Jim ’n Nicks 22 Lee & Lan Florist 25 Line-X 35 Looney’s SuperSkate 31 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 9 Montgomery Humane Society 33 Montgomery Multisport 13 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 30 Montgomery Veterinary Assoc. 34 Painted Pink 41 Resolution Camps 9 Riverfront Park 43 Sa Za Italian Back Cover Steak ’n Shake 20 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 32 The Look Boutique 41 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 40 Tonya Speed’s Dance 29

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Sights to See

River walk

On the Cover “I have always had a love for design, people and sharing the Lord with my customers. I dreamed of creating a place where people felt at home – a place to shop where you are known.” Sherry said.

It’Za Gift & Interiors opened their doors in April of 2008. Sherry DeBray, owner, began with a gift and home décor neighborhood shop. Sherry’s love for her work and her customers could be seen in her designs from custom floral arrangements to the unique touches in her gift lines. 5

Sherry is an author and columnist. Her work has been seen in magazines, newspapers and bookstores. She is the author of The Teacher’s Gift and Desperate Christian Women. She also has two new books in the works. You can find her books on Amazon and in her shop. It’Za Gift has become well known for its Christmas Celebration Season. Each year Sherry and her staff choose a theme and bring to Montgomery “The Christmas Shop.”

“I am so excited about 2012’s theme. I’ve been blessed to have Donnie Sasser come on board at It’Za Gift and the two of us have already been to market and bought for next year’s celebration of the birth of our Lord. I think it’s going to be the best yet. We are already working on it behind the scenes.” Read more about Sherry and It’Za Gift in the Shopping Section, p38.

Stylist for cover is Sara DeBray, apprentice under Teri Ray at Prattville’s Instyle Hair Studio.

Sights to See

Proud of... The Biscuits!




The 2012 Biscuits Baseball season is cooking up some new fun! There are many new features at Riverwalk Stadium to be welcomed this year, highlighted by the addition of a state-of-theart video board and ribbon board which will revolutionize the fan experience. The video board is one of the biggest in all of minor league baseball, and the ribbon board is the only one in the Southern League. The stadium will also include a closed circuit TV-system, Video Board as seen from the stands. where 4 new cameras will allow the game to be broadcasted to the suites, the Club Car Bar and the Biscuit Basket team store. The boards were installed by Daktronics, which has outfitted 26 of 30 major league teams. The Biscuits will open up the 2012 season on Sunday, April 15th, at 5:35. Tickets may be purchased by calling (334)323-2255, visiting, or at the Box Office located at the stadium on Tallapoosa Street.


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Sights to See

Spotlight On...

The Ampitheater Located on a gentle bend of the Alabama River, Montgomery’s Amphitheater sits at the eastern edge of Riverfront Park. Since opening in 2002, the amphitheater has hosted an array of events ranging from concerts featuring top rock, country and pop acts to the Alabama Dance Theater, Montgomery Symphony and numerous special events and private parties. With the city’s downtown revitalization efforts, new emphasis has been placed on Riverfront Park and the Amphitheater as a venue for new and recurring downtown events such as the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Dragon Boat Races, Water Cross competition, the Jazz on the Grass Music Festival, Riverwalk Wine Festival and the newly established 2nd Saturday Riverfront Festival beginning in April of 2012. Whether you are searching for a unique and picturesque wedding venue, the perfect spot for a romantic picnic overlooking the scenic Alabama River at sunset, or some place to enjoy a day of outdoor family fun, Montgomery’s Riverfront Park and Amphitheater has something for everyone. For more information on venue availability or upcoming events go to or contact the Riverfront Facilities Office at 334.625.2100. 8

McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP Th e Pe o pl e’s Law Fi rm

Senior partner Julian McPhillips founded this firm in 1978 to provide the people of Alabama with top-quality legal services at an affordable cost. Our firm represents clients throughout Alabama in cases involving: personal injury, auto accidents, wrongful death, workers' compensation, employment law, social security law, criminal law & general civil litigation.

Montgomery, Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys Protecting the People of Alabama for 33 Years

516 South Perry Street, Montgomery, AL 36101



When You Need a Lifeline No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Health & Fitness

A r e Yo u Ju s t G o i n g T h r o u g h T h e Mo t i o n s ? by Corey & Donna Ellis, Resolution Camps When you work out, are you just going through the motions or are you doing what it takes to get the job done? Working out is a lot more than getting on a machine and pressing start, or lifting weights up and down, especially if you would like to see results.

in a routine so that you get bored and quit exercising altogether. If you don’t know what to do, ask for help. You can hire a personal trainer, ask the fitness trainer at your gym, or join a class. People are there to help you reach your goals. All you have to do is find that right person, ask for help, and make it happen.

When I was at camp the other day, I was watching Resolution Campers push themselves. I was thinking, when is it time to push yourself out of your comfort zone once you’ve built more endurance and strength than you could have expected in such a small time?

How to keep yourself from going through the motions? I have said it before and I will say it again and this probably won’t be the last time either.

It’s not realistic to expect to continuously lose, tone, and tighten doing the same routine, in the same manner, same amount of weight, and the same amount of repetitions. Not to say that you are not working out hard, but I find myself at times in the gym going through the same routine over and over again. Nothing is wrong with that, but if you’re striving to change your physique, you MUST stop exercising comfortably, and stop “Going Through The Motions.”

You have to stop and ask yourself, “What do I need to do to get the results that I want?” Make small goals to help you reach your ultimate goal. Small goals keep you motivated and focused at the same time. Too many times I have seen people with an ultimate goal, but have any small goals to help them get there. The important thing is not to get complacent. Always strive to do better, and you will never be just “going through the motions.”

If you want to push yourself to a higher level of fitness, it’s beneficial to exercise with one or more individuals that are on a higher fitness level than you. I understand that it’s difficult to get your mind focused to push hard every single day. If you TRY to run faster within your sprints, long distance run, faster pace walk, do two more push ups or pull ups, you would get much more satisfaction. You will know that you pushed yourself to do more, and it’s all about trying to push yourself out of a comfortable state of exercise.

What do you do if you find yourself “going through the motions?” You go work out and realize that you can complete your workout with your eyes closed. You know your way through out the gym without thinking, and then wonder why you can’t see results. There’s nothing wrong with being familiar with the gym or your workout, it is great. However, in order to progress to the next level, you have shake it up. What do I mean by shake it up? It means to get out of your comfort zone and try something different. Different is good. You never want to get stuck 10


For those individuals that may be seeking an avenue to fulfill his or her fitness goals, come and join us at Resolution Camp! See Health and Fitness section, p9, to view ad.

The photo was taken at 31 weeks pregnant by Jon Cook with High 5 Productions. We will be welcoming into the world Corey Terrell Ellis II aka “Dos” any time now. Dos will be our second child. Our baby girl will turn 1 on April 7. We look forward to completing our family this spring. -Corey & Donna Ellis


Health & Fitness

Spotlight On... 8436 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36117 503-C Greystone Way, Prattville, AL 36066 241 N. Court St., Montgomery, AL 36104

staff is fully engaged in their work and committed to making your experience the best possible. I know this personally. Primary Eyecare Associates is one of the oldest and largest eye care practices in Montgomery. They are proud of their reputation for offering total eye care and cutting edge technology. They again are proving it by being the first LASIK center in the Montgomery region to offer state-of-the-art, bladefree, all laser Z-LASIK to improve results and reduce healing time in the LASIK procedure. They also are a macular degeneration center for excellence. Using the newest high-resolution, 3-D retinal imaging, Primary Eyecare offers early diagnosis and treatment that is vital to manage this disease and save sight.

Patients can expect excellence at Primary Eyecare Associates. Their motto “Total Vision, Total Caring, Total Care� reflects that their entire 12

Last November, my car was hit by an eighteen-wheeler. I was in the hospital for most of December and January, where I went through dozens of tests and procedures. During this time, my eyesight had worsened to the point of being legally blind. Medical doctors were unsure whether this was a reaction to all the testing or injuries from the accident, and it was then I was referred to Primary Eyecare, where I saw Dr. Fredrick Jackson. As I stumbled in, scared of what the doctor might find, I found

Fredrick Jackson, O.D. Benjamin Harris, O.D. Patrick Rossi, O.D. Everett Marshall, O.D. Bret L. Fisher, M.D.

myself met with sympathy and compassion and my nerves were immediately calmed in their professional hands. When I saw Dr. Jackson, he spent time with me talking in detail about the accident and took time to research my injuries, examine me in detail, then explain my diagnosis and how my eyesight could be corrected. To meet with a specialist with that much compassion and knowledge was invaluable to someone who was going through so many different physical issues. Thank you, Primary Eyecare Associates and Dr. Jackson! Virginia Saunders Owner, The Pride of Montgomery Magazine

Sights to See

Our vision is to be the premier swim, bike and run facility in the southeast by exceeding the expectations of the beginner to the elite, inspiring athletes of all ages.

Back in 2004, a group of local triathletes organized to start the Montgomery Multisport website and club. On September 1st, 2010, five club members opened the doors of Montgomery Multisport, the Triathlon Store. By March 2011, our store expansion allowed us to deepen our investment in the running community, while adding new diagnostic equipment and four additional shoe manufacturers. Currently the club has over 200 members, a masters swim group, and various racing subteams.

“Motion Pro” software is used to coach people in the “Endless Pool.” Our coaching services help swimmers and triathletes improve their form in open water.

Mon-Fri 10am-7pm Saturday 9am-6pm Sunday Closed 13

We use “Motion Pro” software Gait Analysis and an “iStep” machine to properly fit clients in the best shoes and orthotics. We sell the following brands of shoes and running apparel: Asics, Brooks, K-Swiss, Mizuno, Newton, and Saucony and more.

8107 Vaughn Road Peppertree Shopping Center


Health & Fitness Dr. Rho Knows... Gums & Teeth

Smiles of All Styles I’m the youngest of three children. My brother, Robert, and my sister, Jane, both live in the bay area of California with their families. My parents, both in their 70’s, live in Washington state. Being so far away, its always a very special occasion to see them. Last week, my mother and father came to visit for a few days. It was a great time and I enjoyed being with them.

The beautiful thing about family is that for better or worse there is nobody else we’ve known so well for so long. My mother always wakes up the earliest, makes breakfast and sips tea while she waits for the others to stumble into the dining room. Conversations begin and somewhere somehow the first smile breaks through the heaviness of waking. The first morning they were there, I dutifully stumbled into the dining room and was met with the toothless grin of my father. My mother, seeing that he’d forgotten his dentures and, having not put in her own, smiled her own smile with one tooth missing 14

in the front. I laughed, then she laughed, then he joined in too. Two generations of people, one generation with teeth. I remember my parents when they had all of their own teeth. Nothing’s changed. Just the shape of their smile. Every day I talk to people who, for one reason or another, have lost some or all of their teeth. To them, it’s debilitating. Their ability to eat, speak and smile proudly is diminished. To many, its a symbol of their vibrance and wellness. Having a full set of healthy shiny teeth is important not only for our physical well being, but for our emotional and social well being as well. Today’s dentistry allows us not only to keep our teeth longer, but also gives us options to replace missing teeth that can function well and look just as good as natural teeth. Today, there are three good options to replace the absentees: 1. Removeable full or partial dentures. The first known denture was made back in 700BC. Although the materials and construction of custom dentures have progressed tremendously (thankfully!), the basic look has not changed very much from some of the earliest wooden dentures traced back to the Japanese in the 1500s. They’ve been around for a long time and have served millions of people well. Today, the benefit of full or partial dentures is still very available. It is the most economical way to replace missing teeth and although we don’t use wood, ivory or human and animal teeth anymore, the modern denture looks good, is strong and functions well.

2. Fixed bridges. The same society, the Etruscans, who made the first known denture in 700BC were known to create the first dental bridge around the same time. Using gold wire, they weaved in human teeth into the spaces where teeth were missing. Today, a dental bridge can replace a missing tooth by preparing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth for crowns which secures a pontic or dummy tooth in between them that fits into the toothless area. This is not meant to come out of your mouth like a removeable partial denture. Dental bridges can last for decades and with today’s materials, they look and feel very close to a natural tooth. 3. Dental implants. Over the last few decades, dental implant technology has become the best way to replace missing teeth. The first known implant was found by archeologists in the jaw of a Mayan woman from around 600BC. It was made of pieces of shell that was shaped to resemble a tooth. In the late 1900s, Dr. Branemark, an orthopedic surgeon discovered by accident that titanium and bone love each other and they fuse together solidly. He called his discovery osseointegration. Other materials were tried with less success including gold, silver and even human teeth from donors. By the mid 1980’s and after hundreds of scientific tests, titanium implants were proven to be a phenomenal success in replacing teeth. In the years since, the titanium implant has evolved into a simple one or two piece design that has made replacing teeth quick, simple and painless.

Sights to See When I was in college, I went over the handlebars of my mountain bike. I lost four of my front teeth in the accident and wore a denture for four years until I was a junior in dental school; then I got dental implants myself. Today my implants are still doing well even though the technology has evolved so much in the fifteen years since mine were placed. The long-term success rate of a dental implant surpasses any other dental option and there is no other way to replace a missing tooth that more closely looks, functions and feels like ones we were created with. All of the options that we’ve discussed here have their benefits and challenges and the best option for you may be one or a combination of these. Talk to your dentist about which option is best for you.

That’s what my parents did. Both of them wear removeable dentures now. Both of them talked to our old family dentist back in Washington state and sometime this summer, my mother and father will both have dental implants. I’ve got to admit, I’m going to miss the little black squares in their smiles in the morning. I’d love for you to meet them someday, but this week they’re all mine. Toothless grins and all. 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.

The Pride of Montgomery Ribbon Cutting The



The Pride of Montgomery Magazine held its Ribbon Cutting at the Chamber of Commerce on February 24, 2012. Partial staff pictured (top right) are (l-r): Jennifer Harrelson, Donna Ellis, co-owner Dr. Frank Rho, co-owner Virginia Saunders, Corey Ellis and Katy Reid.


Good Taste

Restaurant Guide American/Deli

American Deli 971 Ann St 334-262-6122 Chick Fil A EastChase 6921 Eastchase Loop Montgomery, AL 36117 334-271-1095 Chick-Fil-A at RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334-293-4773 Chris’ Hotdogs 138 Dexter Ave 334-265-6850 Courthouse Café 100 S Lawrence St 334-832-1684 El Paso Chili Company 539 N Eastern Blvd 334-244-0118

Five Guys Burgers & Fries 7220 EastChase Pkwy 334-239-7220 Flames Grill 142 Montgomery St 334-264-0100 Flips Uptown Grill 3900 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8833 7900 Vaughn Rd 334-270-5559 Guthrie’s 5376 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-8300 7216 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-3331

Jason’s Deli 1520 Eastern Blvd 334-409-9890

Panera Bread 7224 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-9170

Lunde’s 201 Montgomery St 334-265-3663

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

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

Ruddle’s Pub Grill 3133 Bell Rd 334-277-8710 Schlotzsky’s Deli 5055 Carmichael Rd 334-409-9993

MiMi’s Café 6814 EastChase Pkwy 334-271-0124

Scott Street Deli 412 Scott St 334-264-9415

Momma Goldberg’s Deli 7960 Vaughn Rd 334-517-1071 Montgomery’s Café at Embassy Suites 300 Tallapoosa St 334-269-5055

Hamburger King 547 S Decatur St 334-262-1798 Honey Baked Ham 2816 E South Blvd 334-284-9100

Panera Bread 2775 Eastern Blvd 334-272-2122

Shoney’s 850 Eastern Blvd 334-396-8533 Steak Out 3271 Malcolm Dr 334-270-0747 2930 Carter Hill Rd 334-269-1800

Chick-Fil-A at RSA Tower 10 minutes from Maxwell AFB!

Come visit the Chick Fil A located inside the RSA Tower. Grab a lunch for yourself or let us cater your event! Catering Options: Chick-Fil-A Trays Packaged Meals, Salads & Wraps Sides, Beverages & Desserts

Convenient Catering Available!

Catering menus and details found online: Catering-Menu

Coming in Late April! Sundaes & Chocolate Chunk Cookies Chick-Fil-A at EastChase 6921 Eastchase Loop Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 271-1095 Order Online: EastChase: M-Th 6a-9p; Fr-Sat 6a-10p 16

Chick-Fil-A at RSA Tower (Downtown) 201 Monroe Street Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 293-4773 Order Online: RSA Tower Hours: M-F 7am - 3pm

Sights to See

A tasteful experience

eastside le il Eastside Grille LLC 6667 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-274-1200 17

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Live Music: Thurs, Fri & Sat Steaks, Pasta, & Seafood Daily Lunch Specials, Early Bird Menu Happy Hour Daily From 3-7 Reservations Accepted Montgomery’s Largest Outdoor Dining Area

Good Taste Stop & Sip Coffee 981 Adams Ave 334-230-9989

Green Papaya 409 Coliseum Blvd 334-395-7654

Street Café 2777 Eastern Blvd 334-396-2232

Café M One Museum Dr 334-240-4333

Sundown East 3416 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-0501

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

The Super Buffet 5831 Atlanta Hwy 334-215-0055

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

Sushi Café 3004 Zelda Rd 334-819-7060

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

Sushi Yama 2070 Eastern Blvd 334-612-7800

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

Tenda Chick 5951 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-8547 Wings Xpress 5780 Woodmere Blvd 334-244-7898 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 Bombay Masala 109 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8510 Buffet City 5461 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1678 Choices Restaurant 80 Commerce St 334-262-0888 East China 8153 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1779


India Palace 3007H McGehee Rd 334-281-1200 Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse 7834 Vaughn Rd 334-273-8885 King Buffet 2727 Bell Rd 334-273-8883 Korean Garden 2891 Vaughn Plaza Rd 334-277-5685 Lek’s Railroad Thai at Union Station 300 Water St 334-269-0708 Lek’s Taste of Thailand 5421 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8994 Midori 5824 Woodmere Blvd 334-593-1754 Ming’s Garden 1741 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8188 Miyako Japanese Steak & Sushi 8173 Vaughn Rd 334-215-2275 Saigon Deli 2323 Eastern Blvd 334-279-5921 Satsuki 6534 Atlanta Hwy 334-239-7450 Shilla 3526 Eastdale Cir 334-354-3026 Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi 5215 Carmichael Rd 334-271-6999

Thai Gratiem 8868 Minnie Brown Rd 334-215-9960 Top China 9160 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1668 Barbeque

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

Café Louisa 1034 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241

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 Chappy’s Deli 1611 Perry Hill Rd 334-279-7477 2055 E South Blvd 334-286-9200 8139 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1226 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

Sights to See

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Jennifer and Patrick Cooper are the owners of two locations of Gigi’s Cupcakes, which are located in Auburn and in Montgomery. Before opening Gigi’s, Jennifer was a seventh grade science teacher in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee; while, Patrick, who is from Fort Payne, Alabama, worked in a textile mill. The mill was a family business of twenty-six years, and Patrick worked his way up from purchasing to upper management. The couple, who are both graduates of Auburn University, met in college and was married in August of 2005. Patrick’s family mill closed in June of 2009, and he was on the hunt for a job. He decided to run his own business and happened to come across Gigi’s home store in Nashville and later came across a franchise in Chattanooga. In November 2010, the Coopers had their first baby. The Coopers met with Gigi’s in December 2010, and then moved to Auburn in March 2010. By August 2010, the Coopers opened their first Gigi’s franchise in Auburn, Alabama. The Montgomery location opened in December 2011 and the business has been booming since day one. When the Auburn store was just getting off the ground, Jennifer spent all day in the kitchen. Now, she is the head of personnel and marketing. Patrick does all the bookkeeping and takes care of the financial end. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t grab a whisk and get down to business! Gigi’s offers a wide variety of delectable creations from Margarita inspired cupcakes to Hot Fudge Sundae flavored cupcakes. Of course, more traditional cupcakes are available as well including the Wedding Cake, the Midnight Magic, and the Carrot Cake. The spring and summer menus are available now. Ordering is as simple as a few clicks or a quick visit to their store. By liking Gigi’s on Facebook, you get a heads up about specials too! Look for a Gigi’s springing up in June of this year in Columbus, Georgia! 7918 Vaughn Rd Montgomery, AL 36116

(334) 356-3737

Recipe of the Month

For a different take on our regular recipe of the month, Eastside Grille has provided us with a drink recipe. This is their specialty!

Bikini Martini 1.5 oz Absolute 1.5 oz Malibu 4oz Pineapple (shake with ice, strain in a martini glass) 1.5 oz Blue Curaco (pour slowly near edge of glass it will sink to the bottom for a layered effect) 19

Good Taste Island Delights 323 Air Base Blvd 334-264-0041

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

City Grill & Next Door 8147 Vaughn Rd 334-244-0960

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

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

Garrett’s 7780 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-9950

Roux 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814

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

Ham & High 5251 Hampstead High 334-239-9982

Ruby Tuesday 1310 Eastern Blvd 334-396-0224

Steak ’n Shake Prattville 2313 Cobbs Ford Rd. 334-290-0036

Ruby Tuesday 6970 EastChase Loop 334-215-2285

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

Sinclair’s 1051 E Fairview Ave 334-834-7462 7847 Vaughn Rd 334-271-7654

The Tipping Point 5015 Hampstead High 334-260-9110

Smoothie King 7026 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-5621


Fine Dining

The Chophouse at Vintage Year 405 Cloverdale Rd 334-264-8463

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


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

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

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431 Cloverdale Road 334.262.8463 • Fax: 334.834.9463 Monday - Friday 10am - 7pm Hotbar 11am - 6:30pm

on our Lunch & Dinner menus including our popular Hotbar

Saturday 7am - 5pm; Breakfast 7am - 10:30am BBQ and Hotbar 10:30am - 4:30pm

Check out our new Bottleshoppe & Banquet Room, with plenty of seating!



Corsino’s Italian 911 S Court St 334-263-9752

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

Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant 6132 Atlanta Hwy 334-272-5232

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

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs 1712 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-8988

Tomatinos 1036 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241

Jalepenos Restaurant 8157 Vaughn Rd 334-277-2840

No Way Jose 5338 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-2222

La Zona Rosa 2838 Zelda Rd 334-274-1153

No Way Jose 8844 Minnie Brown Rd 334-819-7363

Las Salsas Mexican Cuisine 7921 Vaughn Rd 334-260-9096

Salsaritas 8015 Vaughn Rd 334-356-5430

Los Cabos Cantina 1801 Eastern Blvd 334-277-7571

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

Los Ranchos 127 Eastern Blvd 334-270-1509

Santa Fe Express 15 Commerce St 334-262-7676

Los Vaqueros 2195 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8339

Taqueria El Cantaro 1130 Ann St 334-356-7361

Moe’s Southwest Grill 2900 Zelda Rd 334-273-9198

Tipico De Mexico 3441 Malcolm Dr 334-356-0459

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 Pizza 130 Commerce St 334-495-7292



Cantina 130 Commerce St Suite 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

Good Taste

M I R RO R S ? N O WAY. At Jim ‘N Nick’s our trick to serving the most authentic Southern food is to avoid the tricks altogether. Everything is made fresh. Nothing is frozen. Ever. So from the slow-smoked ribs to the garden fresh vegetables you can taste the deep respect for Southern tradition in every bite.


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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

Farmers Market Café 315 N McDonough St 334-262-1970 Farmhouse Kitchen 5251 Hampstead High St 334284-8989 Filet & Vine 431 Cloverdale Rd 334-262-8463 Fried Tomato Buffet 6050 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-6162 Gail’s Down the Street Café 2739 Zelda Rd 334-279-1009 Golden Corral 1480 Eastern Blvd 334-532-0020

Chick-Fil-A Prattville

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

Daniel Grier, Owner/Operator 1967 Cobbs Ford Rd.

Premiere Place Shopping Center


Mamma Nem’s 1200 Eastern Blvd 334-420-6262

Monday - Thursday: 6am - 9pm Friday & Saturday: 6am - 10pm

A Social Event/Bandanas 301 Jefferson St 334-265-9113

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

Blue Moon Café 7725 Averritt Dr 334-356-0543

Mary B’s Buffet 3428 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-7890

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

Cornerstone 5336 Atlanta Hwy 334-386-0449

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

Baumhower’s Restaurant 201 S Union St 334-263-8800

Cracker Barrel 9191 Boyd Cooper Pkwy 334-244-1085

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

Buffalo Wild Wings 7971 Vaughn Rd 334-215-7977

Davis Café 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015

Piccadilly Cafeteria 2610 Eastern Blvd 334-271-6189

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

Eastbrook Café 520 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-2438

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

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

Wagon Wheel Café 1961 Maxwell Blvd 334-265-9979

Wingers Sports Grill 2773 Bell Rd 334-277-3379

Eastside Grill 6667 Atlanta Hwy 334-274-1200


Sports Pub


Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub 10044 Chantilly Pkwy 334-281-3911 Longhorn Steakhouse 4095 Eastern Blvd 334-613-7555 Outback Steakhouse 1040 Eastern Blvd 334-270-9495 Texas Roadhouse 7525 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-7774


The Shelton Family

Finding Hope in their Heartbreak by Halee Harrelson

On January 14th, 2000, Brian & Carolyn Shelton and their two sons, Hunter and Hudson, welcomed a new addition to their family. Delaney Elizabeth Shelton was born a beautiful, inquisitive, and playful child. She was a girl who loved Jesus, her preschool, her friends, and especially her family. When Delaney was 4 years old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor: gemistocytic astrocytoma. The tumor was so rare, there was only one other known case at the time in Europe. The Shelton’s world was on the verge of collapse. On May 12th, eight days after the diagnosis, Delaney passed away during a brain biopsy. The family was devastated but was able to find solace in the fact that Delaney’s organs saved the lives of three critically ill people. Delaney’s lungs, liver, and kidneys were a blessing for the recipients: a young man in the Montgomery area, a woman in Mobile, and a young woman in Nebraska. The Sheltons never experienced a lack of support from their family and church. When asked about his faith, Brian replied, “I know God carried us through it. I correct people who say that God took her. I tell them he caught her. I also think that this was a peek at God’s great working in our world. We often don’t see it. His ways are so outside of what we can understand that we often say ‘Why?’ or ‘Why me?’ What I saw was God take something horrible, dark and dreadful and make something good out of it.” The following year the Sheltons chose to become a foster family for two young girls, Ariel and Brittney. The girls were instantly accepted as family. Carolyn and Brian made the decision to adopt the girls on no set day as Brian says, “kind of evolved.” The adoption was finalized on January 15, 2008, which would have been the day after Delaney’s birthday. Soon after adopting the girls, the youngest Shelton was born. “I like to say God has a sense of humor in giving us two girls and then Benton eleven months later,” says Carolyn. With Easter being right around the corner, Brian’s message ties in with the Easter celebration beautifully. “I always like to point out this is exactly what God did in Christ. He took the black day of Good Friday, and turned it into a bright and glorious Easter. The death of Christ turned into the defeat of death, sin, and the devil on that first Easter Sunday. I’m not comparing Delaney to Jesus by any stretch, but it was a glimpse of how He works good out of the trials of life.” Since that time, the Sheltons have championed the cause of organ donation, bringing awareness to the critical need of hopeful recipients, and the need for adults to seriously consider becoming registered donors. As a registered donor, you are choosing to make a difference in someone’s life and to create a legacy that will live on long after you’re gone.



Lee & Lan F l o r i s t

Flowers for all Occasions

• Traditional and modern floral designs • Specialty food, fruit, snack, and gourmet baskets • We wire flowers anywhere in the world and deliver to all of Montgomery, including Pike Road, Waugh, Cecil, and Hope Hull • Choose a design from one of our websites or allow our team of talented designers create a one of a kind arrangement for you

Discount for active and retired military

Lee & Lan Florist

3365 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109

(334) 277-8040 (800) 239-1600

Mon-Fri: 8am - 4:30pm Saturday: 8am - 12pm Lee & Lan Florist FTD:

The purpose of CEF Military Children’s Ministry™ is to serve alongside military chaplains, chapels and churches in military communities to specifically meet the spiritual needs of military children. We strive to establish them in the Word of God and in the local military chapel or church for Christian living. Our programs bring continuity, consistency, and positive reinforcement of each child’s value to God, family, and the military community.

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Army


Ed Solomon, Director CEF Military Children’s Ministry™ (334) 233-0133

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 Montgomery Academy 334-277-6566

Calvary Christian 334-281-9633

Montessori Academy 334-262-8685

Churchill Academy 334-270-4225

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 Frazer Memorial 334-279-0271 Green Gate 334-281-3300 Holy Cross Episcopal School 334-395-8222

SafetyNet Academy 334-277-1334 Saint James School 334-277-8033 St. Bede 334-277-8551 St. Jude Educational Institute 334-264-5376

Seventh Day Adventist 334-272-6437 Success Unlimited Academy 334-819-8005

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 University at Montgomery 334-244-3000

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Fortis College 334-272-3857

Trinity Presbyterian School 334-213-2100

We believe childhood lasts a lifetime ... children learn valuable life lessons while playing. Playing is the foundation for learning. Our teachers focus on building each child’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills. We offer multicultural and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment. We offer an exciting pre-school curriculum full of discovery and hands-on learning. We make the effort to enhance your child’s learning opportunities and environment.

Call 334-281-3300

Faulkner University 334-272-5820

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


Education Station

In the Spotlight . . . Success Unlimited Success Unlimited Academy is a Christ-centered educational academy founded on Christian principles and dedicated to the development of young leaders. Specifically geared in the beginning to the Special Needs child, soon developed into an inclusive school for all children. Today, SUA helps over 250 students annually, with an average graduating class of 50 each year.

2328 Fairlane Dr Montgomery, AL 36116 (334) 213-0803

Quick Facts:

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 250 Average Class Size: K4-5: 10 6th-8th: 15 9th-12th: 18 After Care: 12:30pm-3:00pm Uniforms: School polos & khakis


Abeka, Bob Jones, Steck-Vaughn, Houghton-Miffilin, Silver Burdette Ginn K-8 Subjects include Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, Health, Social Studies, and Bible 9-12 High School courses follow state requirements for graduation Gifted and Special Education programs for eligible students No exit exams Resource Center ACT required for graduates

Night School

Night School is a great opportunity for the older adult working population wishing to receive their high school diploma. The program is open to students 15 years of age and older. Classes are attended twice a week from 3:30-6:30pm. Direct instruction is provided from our Christian teachers. This exciting, affordable program is also available for students who need to complete a course to get back on track. They can dual enroll with us and complete the class in the evening while still attending their regular high school during the day. Night School provides you with the option to get the accredited high school diploma you’ve been wanting and the ability to graduate on time with your peers!

The Tutoring Center

Success Unlimited began in 1997 as a tutorial center. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that Success Unlimited became an academy. We have never lost sight of our original vision to help educate children around Montgomery and the River Region. As a tutorial center, we provide teachers with experience in individualized instruction to help your child find success in school.

Mission Statement

Success Unlimited Academy provides a safe and loving environment where students feel accepted and are challenged by educational excellence, instilled with loyalty to our country, and developed through spiritual growth. We believe all students can be a success through Christ who strengthens them. 28

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Kid’s Corner

Kid’s Art Gallery at Home by Kasey Hope

As an art teacher and a mom, I am always searching for creative and stylish ways to display children’s art work. There are tons of ideas out there, but I tend to lean towards quick and easy. Below are a few ideas that I just love. They take just a little bit of time to set up but then you’re set! When your little one comes in with their newest masterpiece, you now have the perfect place to display it beautifully! 1 The key here is matching 1. white frames, white background, and the grid style display. What could make this even easier is the front loading frames from Target. No more taking the picture off the wall to change out artwork! If you aren’t so keen about putting this many nail holes in the wall, check out Command Hanging Strips which leave no holes or residue on the walls. 1

2 This shows that you don’t have to 2. have a ton of wall space to get this look. You can find any nook around the house. As long as the art is protected by glass you can even do something like this in the bathroom.

5 Below is my little girl’s first painting at age 2 5. proudly displayed on her wall. One day the whole wall will be filled with her art! 5

Children feel such pride and a sense of accomplishment when they see that you’ve created a space just to display their creations! I would love to hear how some of you display your little one’s masterpieces! 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.



3 Open frames, 3. insert art! This works great if your child’s art comes in all different sizes! Be sure to buy varying size frames. This is also great for canvases or canvas board that you don’t want to put behind glass. I would again recommend the Command Hanging Strips for canvases. 4

4 Spray painted clips boards to 4. match your child’s decor! I’m sure you’ve seen this wonderful idea on “Pinterest.”

And sometimes the easiest solution is the most obvious.... Just hang it up! A plain nail works just fine! 30

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Meow, Woof & Chirp To Brush Or Not To Brush: That’s A Good Question The purpose of National Pet Dental Health Month held each February is to raise awareness that pets need dental care too. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the time they are three years old. Not only is oral disease common, if left untreated, it can affect the overall health of your family pet. This is because bacteria thrive in the plaque and tartar that build up along the teeth and below the gums, causing gingivitis. Gingivitis, as it progresses, causes periodontal disease, a painful inflammation that leads to gum recession, bone infection, loosening of teeth, and ultimately tooth loss. However, the bacteria that causes gingivitis does not stay in your pet’s mouth. It spreads through the bloodstream and infects other internal organs. Thus, periodontal disease can be a source of recurrent infections in the liver, pancreas, heat valves, kidneys, and urinary tract. The initial sign of periodontal disease is often bad breath. Many pet owners associate this odor with “doggie breath” and believe it is part of normal aging. However, bad doggie breath could be more than just “normal aging.” Bad breath may be a symptom that needs to be addressed. Periodontal disease is a problem that can be prevented with proper care. Regular dental care through tooth brushing and using appropriate diets designed to minimize the accumulation of plaque and tartar can help. In addition, regular veterinary visits for dental examinations and complete cleaning and polishing help prevent the long-term affects of periodontal disease. Dental disease in pets is a serious health risks for our pets, in part because it is a “silent” disease. Our pets cannot convey to us their teeth hurt. Therefore, we must look at our pet’s teeth often, brush those teeth, and visit the veterinarian at least twice per year so that he/she can look for evidence of gingivitis and/or periodontitis.

Dr. Philip Mitchell, Veterinarian at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital


Meet Brandie and many more adoptable pets at the Montgomery Humane Society. Open Daily 10 - 5 (adoptions also made by appointment) All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. Didn’t find the pet you were looking for? Complete a Wish List Application


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Meow, Woof & Chirp Common Toxicology Emergencies by Dr. Frank Aman, DVM

As spring unfolds here in the south, there is an increase in the amount of toxic substances that can harm our household pets. Many different flowers and plants are used to decorate our houses; however, many of these can do permanent damage to certain organs or can even kill our pets. Knowing which plants are toxic and keeping them at a safe distance from animals is a vital step to keeping our pets safe. During February, love is in the air. Women and men alike are showered with gifts from their “crush” or significant others. As you ride down the streets of Montgomery, you can see vendors setup on the side of the road selling balloons, teddy bears, candy and flowers. They also will be selling CHOCOLATE! Everyone loves to divulge into a heart-shaped box of fine chocolates, especially a curious, hungry dog or cat. Theobromine, the active ingredient in chocolate, stimulates the central nervous system, cardiac muscles, and induces smooth muscle relaxation. Different types of chocolates have varying levels of theobromine, with cacoa beans being the highest concentration and milk chocolate being the lowest. No matter how much chocolate your pet ingests, always consult with a veterinarian for a treatment plan.

Everyone has heard the phrase “April showers bring May flowers.” Beautiful lilies adorn many people’s ornamental gardens. Many people enjoy white Easter lilies during the month of April. But did you know that this could be deadly if ingested by your pet? All parts of the Easter lily are considered toxic and can cause acute renal failure. Ingestion of this plant should be considered a medical emergency and should be taken immediately to a veterinarian for treatment because of a high mortality rate associated with this toxin. Palm trees remind us of the beach and relaxation. Well many people have the smaller version of the palm tree in their homes. It is the sago palm. Although it may represent something beautiful and relaxing, it can be deadly to both humans and animals. The toxin is cycasin and it causes liver and kidney damage. The seeds are the most potent part of the plant and should never be consumed. Treatment is only supportive, as there is no antidote available for this toxin. All of these things were created for us to enjoy. However, all of them can be harmful for both humans and animals. Be careful what you make available to your pets. Always consult your veterinarian with questions regarding toxicities.

As March arrives in Alabama, so does warmer more humid weather. As many know, the south is known for beautiful flowers, one of those being the azalea. Azalea bushes have beautiful flowers that bloom in the spring. However, consumption of the leaves and flower nectar can cause cardiovascular effects that can be lethal.


Dr. Aman was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He has a special interest in orthopaedic, soft tissue surgery, radiology and ultrsaonography. He is a member of the Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Aman and his wife, Laura, have a Boykin Spaniel named Tyson.

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2012 Car of the Year by Brett Richardson

VW vs. Chrysler This year, the Volkwagon Passat beat out the flagship Chrysler 300 for Car of the Year, which is strange if you think of the stigma attached to the price of German autos. In this category of car, you have: the Toyota Camry (a longtime staple with Toyota fans), the Chrysler 300 (363 hp and offering over 30 mpg), the Nissan Maxima (the ultimate sedan sports car), the Dodge Charger Sedan (recently revamped and greatly improved) and a few others. To think that Volkswagen can beat out the likes of these with price and quality is a tough one for me to swallow. The four billion dollar plant outside Chattanooga has allowed this German auto company the ability to bring to market an exceptional vehicle without having to fight the value of the Euro. They have models (TDI) that are averaging over 43 miles per gallon. The base model is averaging at 30 mpg. A couple of perks are the great gas mileage the first 3-years and/or 36,000 miles of free maintenance. You are receiving a great deal and the amenities of an Audi starting at less than $20,000, with the most loaded models pricing out around $28,000-$30,000. The main problem is that Volkswagen has never been known to produce a really reliable car. Imagine how many Bugs, Bajas, Buses, and Things that are nowhere to be found anymore. The quality has greatly improved over the last few years, but that stigma will be difficult to overcome despite the newly improved products. Another possible issue is the reliability at resale value.

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The Last of The Belles 2012 Fitzgerald Gala

The 18th Annual Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Gala took place on March 3, 2012 at the Fitzgerald Museum, 919 Felder Avenue, Montgomery. The Gala was catered by King’s Table Catering, and jazz was played by Henry Pugh and Ted Mann. A silent auction and a Scott and Zelda look-alike contest highlighted the night and as the pictures suggest, a great time was had by all!


The Shopping Spree Before I ever opened It’Za Gift & Interiors, I prayed over the empty store front with a friend. I longed for it to be more than just a place of material goods. I prayed it would become a place of prayer, hope and friendships.

It’Za Gift & Interiors opened their doors in April of 2008. Sherry DeBray, owner, began as a gift and home décor neighborhood shop. “I have always had a love for design, people and sharing the Lord with my customers. I dreamed of creating a place where people felt at home – a place to shop where you are known.” Sherry said. It’Za Gift has become the place she dreamed of, with a few growing pains that produced the shop of today. “I never dreamed I would be selling apparel. It was not part of my original plan. I first decided to introduce apparel to my shop when the request from my customers kept rolling in…and am I glad I listened! We were able to secure several top lines such as Comfy USA, Chalet, Tempo and Oh My Gauze.” Boutique New to the industry of fashion, Sherry jumped right in and redesigned her store to house a boutique in the back half of the shop. “The more I ordered cute tops, pants and dresses, the more my customers asked for…it’s been exciting watching it grow. We’ve added scarfs, a larger line of jewelry and handbags, too. ” Sherry smiled. It’Za Gift & Interiors also carries Jaunty rugs, lamps, mirrors and special order furniture. “If the customer doesn’t see the lamp, table or mirror they are looking for, we can order it for them. We have wonderful catalogs for them to choose just the right piece for their home or office.”


Bridal Registry It’Za Gift offers Bridal Registry for the bride and groom: “We are very proud of our Casafina Stoneware line. Casafina is stoneware made in Porgal that goes from the oven, to the table to the freezer. It also sets a beautiful table.” Brides are not only able to choose the best stoneware line on the market, but also Sherry and her staff can help with hostess gifts, bridesmaid and groomsman gifts. Local Art “I guess one of my favorite parts of owning It’Za Gift is the opportunity to introduce local artist to our community and to the nation. When I first opened, I discovered Donnie Sasser at an art show. Donnie’s Faceless Angels have touched many hearts. It’s over whelming how well these special angels have done in my store. So much so, I felt I couldn’t keep him to myself. I introduced him to three large companies who became very excited about his work. Signing with one of those companies, Donnie’s work is now mass-produced and loved by people throughout the nation. And to think it all started at It’ZaGift. Of course, Donnie’s original work is still only sold at my shop.” “Working with several artists: oil portraits, pet portraits, angels and landscape artist, have become a very important part of my business. I love art and enjoy painting and writing, myself.” Sherry is a columnist and author of The Teacher’s Gift and Desperate Christian Women. She also has two new books in the works. “The shop has given me the opportunity to work, serve and love my community.

How blessed I am to see my dream come true. It’s not unusual for someone to ask us to pray for their family member who’s sick or a husband that lost his job. I’ve watched friends meet in the store to shop together and listened as they laughed and shared stories. It’Za Gift is more than just a store – it’s, as one customer put it, the neighborhood gathering place.” The customers love not only the atmosphere of this special shop, but the greeter that meets them at the door. Sherry’s little dog, Daisy, welcomes each guest as they enter the store. “The customers love her. In fact I have a few customers that will call first to make sure she is at work before they’ll come to shop.” Every year Sherry and the staff throw Daisy a birthday party in September at the store, but instead of Daisy receiving the gifts she gives gifts to her guest. “We love giving door prizes for Daisy’s birthday party. We do, however, have some sweet ladies that bring her treats and cards.”

Sights to See

Pepper Tree Shopping Center 8127 Vaughn Road 334-819-7098

Featured Lines: Lollia – Hand creams, lotions, soaps, bath salts and bubble bath. (Sold exclusively at It’Za Gift. ) Lux Candles – Beautifully packaged candles that fill a room with a lasting aroma. (Sold exclusively at It’Za Gift. ) Gerson’s Serving Pieces (GG’s) Beautiful decorative iron and stoneware. K Hall soaps – These olive oil and shea butter soaps cleanse, soften, and smooth stressed skin.

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Monday & Saturday 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 6pm (Closed Sunday)

The Shopping Spree Junior League Of Montgomery To Host

“Bloomingdeals Rummage Sale�

Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at Garrett Coliseum Proceeds benefit local community organizations through Junior League grants. The sale begins Friday, April 13, 5 - 9 PM and continues Saturday, April 14, from 8 - 10 AM. On Saturday only, all merchandise will be half price. Advanced tickets are $3, while tickets at the door are $5. Advanced tickets will be available for sale March 14th through March 31. Tickets can be purchased online at


















1941 Mulberry Street 334-834-2220 Historic Old Cloverdale Open Mon-Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5

Datebook Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! March 31, 9 - 10 a.m. & April 7, 9 - 10 a.m. Artistic Expressions, 2481 Pinnacle Way, High Point Shopping Center, Prattville 334-285-7878 Come join us for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Sign up quickly to register for this event! $20 per child is due at registration. It includes breakfast for the child of juice, milk, muffins, doughnuts, ect. It also includes a jumbo Easter Egg for them to paint and all the pictures you can take! Our custom artist will put name and year on all the Easter Eggs!

to paint and all the pictures you can take! Our custom artist will put name and year on all the Easter Eggs! Blues Cruise April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Harriott II Riverboat, 200 Coosa Street (334) 625-2100 This cruise will board at 5:30 p.m. and cruise from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Ticket Prices are $20 per adult and $15 per child. Includes Live Entertainment (Entertainers TBA) and the Cash Bar and Concessions will be available. announcements/blues-cruise-12

Zoo Weekend 2012 March 31 - April 1, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Montgomery Zoo, 2301 Coliseum Parkway 334-240-4900 Annual event the Zoo has been presenting for 36 years. There will be entertainment, games and animals. Everyone can enjoy the many activities, fantastic food and have fun together at an affordable price. Admission fees charged. www. Cookies with the Easter Bunny April 1, 4:30 p.m. Artistic Expressions, 2481 Pinnacle Way, High Point Shopping Center, Prattville 334-285-7878 Come join us for Cookies with the Easter Bunny. You must sign up and register for this event! The fee is $20 per child and is due at registration. It includes cookies, juice, and milk. It also includes an Easter Egg for them 42

Scenic Lunch Cruise April 4, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat, 200 Coosa Street (334) 625-2100 Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosta St. 334-625-2100 This cruise will board at 11 a.m. and Cruise from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ticket Prices are $19/person (with lunch), $9/Adult (Ride Only), and $7/Child (Ride Only). http://www. scenic-lunch-cruise-3 The Merry Wives of Windsor April 13 – May 18 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF Women rule and the knight’s the fool in this hilarious

Shakespearean yarn. Sir John Falstaff is down on his luck and out of cash, so he concocts a scheme to woo two married women in an attempt to get at their husbands’ money. The merry wives get wind of Falstaff’s intentions and hatch their own plan to thwart the wayward knight. Bloomingdeals Rummage Sale April 13 -14 The Garrett Coliseum 1555 Federal Dr. 334-242-5597 The Junior League of Montgomery to host the BloomingDEALS Rummage Sale. Proceeds benefit local community organizations through Junior League grants. Advanced tickets are $3, while tickets at the door are $5. Advanced tickets will be available for sale March 14th through March 31. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Bill Traylor in Montgomery April 14 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF A free symposium supported by the Alabama Foundation for the Humanities. When artist Bill Traylor (1854?-1949) came to Montgomery from rural Alabama, he brought with him a lifetime of experience and memories that became the basis for a remarkable body of artwork. To reserve a boxed lunch or to register, please call by April 6. Adult Art Class April 14, 6:30 - 9:30p.m. Artistic Expressions, 2481 Pinnacle Way, High Point Shopping Center, Prattville 334-285-7878 Our in store artist will be here to teach this month’s technique, “Polka-Dot Monogram”. The only cost is the piece you paint. There is a $10 fee to hold your space, however it goes toward the piece you paint. Spaces are limited so call to register.

Sights to See

Coming up on the Riverf ront Second Saturdays at the

Riverfront Park

April 14th - Sept. 8th, 5-8 p.m.

Free event and open to the public. Live entertainment, interactive activities for all ages, food vendors, cocktails from the SandBAR and Firework Show on April 14th For more info: 334-625-2100 or Vendors: Cantina, Dreamland, Peppertree Steaks and Wine, Cheezies Pizza, Nancy’s Italian Ice, Spacewalker, Bruster’s Ice Cream and Nathan’s Hotdogs.

Fireworks Sponsored by:

More Information 334-625-2100


Datebook Henry VIII April 19 – May 20. Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-8414ASF So you thought The Tudors on Showtime was juicy? Then check this out. The conniving Cardinal Wolsey maneuvers money and power his way, and sends his rivals to the chopping block - all while keeping favor with the king. But when Henry VIII seeks to divorce his queen so that he can marry the beautiful Anne Boleyn, Wolsey finds himself playing on both sides of the executioner’s axe. The 11th annual Walk of Life 5K Run / Walk for Breast Cancer April 21 Joy to Life Foundation 334-284-LIFE The new Walk of Life course is now USATF Certified! The starting line will be on Tallapoosa Street near Dreamland BBQ with the finish line on Commerce Street near the Alley Station entrance. The route will once again wind through historic downtown Montgomery; however, there will be a few changes in the course. Visit for more information. A Midsummer Night’s Dream April 21 & 29, May 4, 12, 20 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF Uncertain love is in the air as two couples find themselves lost in a mystical forest on an unforgettable midsummer’s night. Caught in a tug 44

of war between fairies and foes, the four become engaged in a delightful game of “she/he loves me, she/he loves me not.” A plot that only the Bard could devise. This ASF Intern Acting Company abridged one-hour production is available to tour in schools. Tech Trot April 21 Daniel Pratt Elementary School, 420 Harvest Loop, Prattville 334-361-6400 T-Shirt is included with 5 k and 1 Mile Fun Run Registrations. Proceeds from the Tech Trot go to support Daniel Pratt Elementary School Technology Department. Register online at or The 39 Steps January 27- May 19, 12 - 5 p.m. Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF Four actors play 140 roles in this Tony award-winning Broadway smash that is a combination of Alfred Hitchcock, James Bond and Monty Python. Richard Hannay’s dull life is transformed by a meeting with a mysterious female spy. When she is murdered in his home, he is forced to become a fugitive. But who really done it? And what are the 39 steps? Don’t miss the chase of a lifetime and a death-defying finale! Travels with My Aunt April 22 - May 19 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-8414ASF In this delightful comedy, Henry

Pulling’s careful life is turned upside down at his mother’s funeral when he reunites with his disturbingly eccentric Aunt Augusta. The two begin an around-the-world adventure in which they encounter spies, thieves, smugglers, and unearth a long-held family secret. A comical tour de force! Admission charged. The Shoppes of My Kids Attic Women’s & Home Decor Consignment Sale April 25 - 28, 10am - 6pm 401 Coliseum Blvd. Eastbrook Shopping Center 334-270-1456 New Consignors Welcome! Receiving dates are April 19-22. Visit www. for more information.

Witness of Destruction and the Strength of the Human Spirit An Artist Reflects on the Tuscaloosa Tornado April 26, 7 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts One Museum Dr. 334-240-4363 Artist Caleb O’Connor left Chicago in 2009 to undertake a mural commission for the Federal Courthouse in Tuscaloosa. Caleb was working on a scene of Moundville when the city was ravaged by a tornado on April 27, 2011. Moved by the nobility of spirit of the citizens of Tuscaloosa who helped each other across lines of race and class, Caleb reworked his mural design

to commemorate the event. The artist relied heavily on images and eyewitness accounts of the five minutes following the devastation along with his own documentation. The result is a composite of many scenes envisioned to celebrate the courageous and selfless acts in Tuscaloosa.

A day of imagination, creativity and art for the whole family. There will be artists, art making, chalk art, entertainment, food, and many other family activities. The fun begins at 10 AM. Special group rates are available. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s education programs.

FLIMP Festival May 4 and 5, 10am - 2pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts One Museum Dr. 334-240-4333

FLIMP Chalk Art Competition May 4 and 5 Montgomery Museum of Fine ArtsOne Museum Dr. 334-240-433 The annual FLIMP Chalk Art Competition will be held all day May 4 and the morning of May 5, 2012 before the FLIMP Festival begins. Chalk artists of all ages are invited to create vivid works of art on the Museum’s parking lot, and the MMFA provides materials to all who register on time. All students and adults who would like to register to participate in


the chalk art competition should do so by April 13, 2012. Please contact or visit for an application.

Women of Hope Cancer Support Group April 10 Frazer United Methodist Church 6000 Atlanta Highway, Room 8114 Join us the 2nd Tuesday of every month for a themed meeting. Women of Hope firmly believes “A woman lifted up by others is stronger than a woman standing alone!” Please feel free to download our Support Group Schedule. www.

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April 2012 Pride of Montgomery  

The magazine dedicated to showcasing the individuals, businesses and attractions of which Montgomery is most proud.

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