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“Take Your Son Fishing”

September 26, 2018

Photo Fun Trail Life Troop AL-0254/Vestavia Hills recently hosted “Take Your Son Fishing” at Oak Mountain State Park. Trailmen and guests enjoyed fishing and learning from guest speakers including fly fishing expert George McDougal, who showed the boys how to select flies and cast a fly rod.  

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Mistakes Parents Make, and How Not To: STEPS Proactive Parenting

September 26, 2018

Parenting Points Brought to you by: White Plume Technologies All parents make mistakes, but we can learn from them and help protect our kids from the dangers of addiction. Parents want to raise their kids the right way. But many are hampered by some prevalent misconceptions of modern-day moms and dads. By correcting these …

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Native American Experience: Authentic, Educational & Fun!

September 25, 2018

Are We There Yet? Bring the family to Aldridge Gardens in Hoover on Sunday October 7 to experience a day discovering the culture and contributions of Native Alabamians. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Whispers From the Past – A Native American Experience, offers demonstrations, activities, and presentations authentic to American Indians of the Southeast. …

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1st Annual Fall Festival at Alabama Splash Adventure Spells Family FUN

September 25, 2018

Are We There Yet? Say goodbye to summer and hello to Alabama Splash Adventure’s 1st Annual Fall Festival! Alabama Splash Adventure will turn the amusement ride section into a festive fall playground every Saturday and Sunday in October from 12-6 p.m. Expect a day of family fun that will include full access to over 15 …

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Dre Kirkpatrick Gives Back to Alabama Children in Need

September 25, 2018

Doing the Next Right Thing “Life is about doing the next right thing.” As a player on two national title teams at the University of Alabama, Dre Kirkpatrick heard this statement more than once from his football coach, Nick Saban. “You don’t focus on winning the game or the title, you focus on winning the …

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Overcoming Childhood Cancer: Odenville’s Payton Ray

September 6, 2018

Healthy Living Visits to the doctor are certainly not an event most children look forward to, but for Payton Ray, a routine doctor’s checkup turned out to be a potentially life-saving moment. Payton’s mother, Joy, took him in for a routine appointment with his pediatrician to check his thyroid levels. “He frequently had issues with …

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Overcoming Childhood Cancer: Lilianna Thompson, Clanton, Ala.

September 6, 2018

Healthy Living If the big brown eyes don’t melt your heart, then the sweet, bright smile certainly will. Those are the first things you notice about Clanton’s Lilianna Thompson, a walking, talking, giggling miracle. Lilianna was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, in August 2011, just after she turned 2 in May. While on …

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“Go Team!”

August 27, 2018

Photo Fun Patients at Children’s of Alabama recently had a visit from Alabama and Auburn University cheerleaders along with team mascots. The visit was a part of the annual Wells Fargo Picks for Kids program kickoff. As part of the campaign, Wells Fargo will donate $1,000 to Children’s for each pass interception made by the …

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“Distinguished Young Women”

August 27, 2018

Photo Fun Emmy Beason, 2019 DYW (Distinguished Young Woman) of Jefferson County from Leeds High School and Brooke Tarrant, 2018 DYW of Alabama and Jefferson County from Vestavia Hills High School. Beason will compete for the title of DYW of Alabama 2019 in Montgomery, January 18-19, 2019,

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How to Avoid & Recover from Mistakes: STEPS Proactive Parenting

August 24, 2018

Parenting Points Brought to you by: White Plume Technologies, It’s easy for parents to make mistakes when we are angry, scared, or frustrated. And when one of our kids is going down the path toward addiction, we will feel all of those emotions. Strongly, and likely over and over. During those tough times, parenting …