Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekend Roundup


Here are a few things coming up this weekend in the river region. If you know of any other events to add, please leave a comment here or on the facebook page.


Saturday 8/27/16 8 am Montgomery Dragonboat Race and Festival 
10 am Alabama Nature Center-Canoeing and Kayaking Basics 

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow-Hulk FREE
11 am Vicarious Vacations @ Old Alabama Town FREE  
12-2 pm LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Building Event @ Toys R Us FREE Build and take home a Captain America Mosaic. Ages 6 and up.
1 pm En Fuego En Fuego is an annual Christian Music Festival held in a natural amphitheater in Verbena, Alabama. It is FREE to the publicGates open at 1 pm 
Tuesday 8/30/16 11 am-Noon Naturalist Led Hike Lanark   
6-8 pm Chick-Fil-A Eastchase Kids Night
Icedream Sundae Bar






Disclaimer: We do our best at River Region Family to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are posted here. Sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. River Region Family is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site.

 

Alabama History Field Trip- Horseshoe Bend National Military Park





When my oldest was in 4th grade we covered Alabama History but not very well. We used a book but never got out to do field trips like I had envisioned. (I wonder if having twin babies around that time had anything to do with it.) At any rate, 7th grade and 2nd grade seems as good a time as any to do a little exploring and learning around Alabama and now that the twins are older (3!) it's a lot easier and more fun to get out and about.  

We have a few field trips planned for this year with our local homeschool group and also just as a family. I plan on blogging about them to maybe give you ideas of field trips you can take in our area. 

My 2nd grader's curriculum this year will cover the historical period from 1000 AD to the middle ages and include medieval England and discoverers. The big plan for field trips for her is the Alabama Medieval Fantasy Festival in March 2017 in Greenville but we may also try to visit the Alabama Renaissance Faire in October in Florence.

My 7th grader's curriculum this year covers a historical time period from about 1800 up to World War I which means we will hit several major Alabama history events this year-the Creek War, Statehood and the Civil War. So much good stuff related to these events in Alabama and most of it not too far from home!

When I saw that the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park was having a special event called Muster On The Tallapoosa last week, I couldn't pass it up. 

Can I be honest? I have lived in Alabama all my life and taken Alabama history and never really "got" what the Creek War was about until we visited this park. The Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is only about an hour and a half from Montgomery but I had not even heard of it until this year. Before we left we read some of the history of the park on the website so we would have an idea of what we were looking at. I love that the website has some primary source documents about the battle-letters from Andrew Jackson to different people telling what happened-that you can read.

Saturday morning we hit the road for our first Alabama History field trip of this year. I will say that the road to HBNMP is a little winding but the park is not too hard to find. We used the directions from the website and a GPS and had no problems. It was my first time ever going through Dadeville. (Got to see the Dadeville Renfroe's Market.)

My older kids act like they never want to leave the house but once we get somewhere they always enjoy themselves and this time I think they may have even learned something. 

The Horseshoe Bend visitor center has a small, but nice museum inside with a timeline of events and interesting displays. When you go, have the kids get a Junior Park Ranger booklet to fill out with info found in the park and when you are done, you show it to the ranger to get a prize. Ours was a nifty National Parks pin, postcard of Horseshoe Bend and a Battle of Horseshoe Bend commemorative patch.




When we first got there, it was nearly time for a musket firing demonstration, so we headed outside to see that. After the demonstration, the reenactors let people ask questions and then we walked around to the other displays that were set up for the special event. We got to see a cannon firing demonstration, also and make corn husk dolls. 








We took our lunch and ate it at the large picnic area. (Downside: the bathrooms are back at the visitor center so after lunch we had to drive back there to "go".) After that, we took the park tour. You can walk it but it's about 3 or more miles and with the small ones, it was easier to drive from stop to stop. You can pull up to the stop and dial the number on the sign with your phone to hear a park ranger describe the area. The kids thought that was really neat. Most stops you will want to get out of the vehicle and walk to the exhibit. It's not very far. Some are fine to sit in the car and see out the windows. 




The Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is beautiful and my kids and I learned a lot about Alabama's history by visiting this park. I'm excited for our other field trips this year. 

Here are a few of our other possible/ planned Alabama History trips for the year: 

10/1/16 Ft Jackson 1814 Militia Living History





Cahawba-Alabama's First State Capitol


If you have any suggestions for fields trips in Alabama, I want to hear them. What are your favorite places to field trip in Alabama?








Thursday, August 25, 2016

Local Grocery Deals August 24-30


Here are a few deals this week at local grocery stores. For store locations or to view the complete ad, click the links below.

USDA Fresh Ground Beef Jumbo Pack $1.99/lb
Fresh Fryer Leg Quarters 10 lb bag $3.99
Fresh ½ Loin Pork Chops $1.29/lb
Sweet Potatoes 2 lbs for $1.00
Bananas 2 lbs for $1.00
Baking Potatoes 5lb bag $1.50
White and Red Seedless Grapes $1.99/lb
Weiss Medium Eggs 2.5 dozen $1.50


Fresh Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks Family pack $0.99/lb
Boneless Chuck Roast $3.29/lb
Russett Potatoes 5lb bag $1.48
Yellow Onions 3lb bag $1.98
Beefsteak Tomatoes $1.00/lb
Fresh Green Beans $1.00/lb
Luck’s Beans or Peas 2 for $1.00
Food Club Cheese 6-8 oz select varieties 3 for $5.00
Ground Chuck Family Pack $2.99/lb
Hass Avocadoes $1.00
Green Cabbage 3 lbs for $1.00
Luvs Diapers 21-48 ct. $6.48

Family Pack Ground Chuck $2.31/lb
Bonelessn Fryer Breast $1.67/lb
Best Choice Mayo 30 oz jar $1.53
All Purpose Potatoes 5lb bag $1.47
Green Bell Peppers $0.44
On The Vine Tomatoes $0.86/lb
Kiwi $0.24
Mangoes $0.74
Seedless Red or Green Grapes $1.67/lb
Green Cabbage $0.39/lb
Yellow Onion 2lb bag $1.41




Whole Boneless Pork Loin $0.98/lb
Boneless Pork Chop $1.33/lb
Tomatoes $0.72/lb
Medium Eggs Doz $0.55


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Birthday Freebies 2016

It's my birthday month and what better way to celebrate than with free stuff! I've gotten a bunch of freebies in my email box this month and I wanted to share my very favorites with you guys!





Chappy's Deli : Join Chappy's Deli E-club for a coupon for a free sandwich or salad on your birthday. 

CVS: Sign up for CVS Beauty Club for a $3 off any purchase coupon on your birthday.

Gigi's Cupcakes: Sign up for a free cupcake when you join and then a free cupcake on your birthday plus other special offers.  

Golden Corral: Join Golden Corral's Good as Gold Club for a welcome surprise and a special gift on your birthday. (I got a free buffet with adult buffet purchase coupon.)

Newk's Eatery: Join Newk's Roundtable Club for free dessert and exclusive offers. (I got a coupon for a free entree and drink for my birthday.)

Red Robin: Sign up for Red Robin Royalty rewards for a free birthday burger, surprises and other special offers. 

Ruby Tuesday: Join Ruby Tuesday's So Connected email club for a free appetizer, special offers and a free burger on your birthday. 

Toys R Us: Sign your kids 10 and under up for Geoffrey's Birthday Club. Members receive a birthday card and gift from Geoffrey. Bring your birthday child into the store to receive a birthday crown, Geoffrey balloon and a personalized announcement broadcast to the entire store! Plus during in store birthday events, members receive special surprises with coupon including a Geoffrey plush toy and storybook.

Ulta Beauty: Join Ultamate Rewards for a free gift on your birthday. I had not signed up for this one yet so I don't know what the gift is.


Toys R Us: Sign up your kids 10 and under for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club and you’ll snag a free party planner with a special offer, a birthday greeting card and gift, an in-store celebration (including a birthday crown, a balloon, and an in-store announcement), and even a birthday call from Geoffrey.

Zaxby’s: Kids 10 and under can join the Zax Kidz Club and receive a free cookie club in the mail just for joining and a free kidz meal card mailed on their birthday; Adults can join the Zaxby’s Mail club and will receive via mail a members-only FREE Meal Deal coupon to the address you provide within six weeks of joining and a free Nibbler on your birthday. I got a card in the mail for the free Nibbler.


Just saying: Offers can change, so check before you sign up. If you know of any other great birthday freebies, let me know so I can add them to this list and share the love! 

Enjoy! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Calendar: August 2016




Here are a few fun, free or nearly free things for families in the river region this month. If you know of anything else that I could add to the list, leave a comment here or on the facebook page.

For library storytimes and other events check these links: 
Wetumpka Library:

Autauga County Library:

Montgomery County Library:  http://mccplblog.wordpress.com/


Saturday 8/13/1610 am Still Creek Trek-Alabama Nature Center
$5 per person.

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow FREE

11 am Vicarious Vacations @ Old Alabama Town FREE



Tuesday 8/16/16
11 am-Noon Naturalist Led Hike Lanark  

6-8 pm Chick-Fil-A Eastchase Kids Night
DIY flowerpot painting

Thursday 8/18/16
6 pm Alabama Nature Center Aquatic Invertebrates 
Brian Helms, Assistant Research Professor and Invertebrate Collection Manager at Auburn University, will be here with live invertebrates for guest to touch and hold! Come out and learn all about these fascinating creatures! Wear appropriate clothing to get in the creek and hike to find aquatic inverts ourselves. Bring your own dinner at 5:30. $5 admission.

Friday 8/19/16
11 am-Noon Naturalist Led Hike Lanark  

3-9 pm Buckmasters Expo

Saturday 8/20/16
9 am- 3 pm Rosa Parks Museum Family Free Day
Events include voter registration, free tours, arts and crafts, and performances by Adira Burton as Rosa Parks beginning at 10am!

9 am- 7 pm Buckmasters Expo
Meet Jack Link’s Sasquatch!
Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship / Presented by Mathews: See archers from across the country compete for the title of champion!
Meet Hosts of Major League Bowhunter TV Show: Chipper Jones and Matt Duff - Saturday / Sunday.
FREE River Boat Rides: Saturday and Sunday on the Alabama River.
Two Concerts!
Friday Night, August 19
- The Kentucky HeadHunters sold via Ticketmaster or Montgomery Performing Arts Center: 334-481-5100.
Saturday Night, August 20
- The Charlie Daniels Band: Limited number of FREE tickets for members. Pickup at Info Booth, 4:30 – 6:30pm Saturday.
FREE Young Bucks Kids Activities: Bucky and Droptine appearances!
Drive Nationwide's NASCAR Simulator!
See #88 Nationwide Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #24 NAPA Chase Elliott Show Cars!
 
9 am Alabama Nature Center GO Fishing Day 

11 am Vicarious Vacations @ Old Alabama Town FREE 


10 am-3 pm Alabama Archives 70's Family Fun Day 

3-4 pm Geoffey's Birthday Club Party

Sunday 8/21/16
10 am- 5 pm Buckmasters Expo

Tuesday 8/23/16
11 am-Noon Naturalist Led Hike Lanark  

Thursday 8/25/16
5:30-7:30 pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Military Open House 
Free event for military families. Guests will enjoy art-making activities, music, and dinner provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House. The galleries and ARTWORKS will be open for everyone to enjoy.

Friday 8/26/16
11 am-Noon Naturalist Led Hike Lanark  

Saturday 8/27/16
8 am Montgomery Dragonboat Race and Festival 

10 am Alabama Nature Center-Canoeing and Kayaking Basics 

11 am Vicarious Vacations @ Old Alabama Town FREE  

12-2 pm LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Building Event @ Toys R Us FREE
Build and take home a Captain America Mosaic. Ages 6 and up.

1 pm En Fuego
En Fuego is an annual Christian Music Festival held in a natural amphitheater in Verbena, Alabama. It is FREE to the publicGates open at 1 pm 

Tuesday 8/30/16
11 am-Noon Naturalist Led Hike Lanark   

6-8 pm Chick-Fil-A Eastchase Kids Night

Icedream Sundae Bar





Disclaimer: We do our best at River Region Family to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are posted here. Sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. River Region Family is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site.




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Local Grocery Deals August 10-16

Here are some of my favorite grocery deals at local stores in the river region this week. For the entire ad or to find store locations, click on the links below.



AG Store
USDA Select Shoulder Roast $2.69/lb
Fresh Fryer Thighs 2 lbs for $1.00
Quarter Loin Chops $1.49/lb
Whole Fryers $0.99/lb
Seedless Grapes $1.99/lb
Double Q Pink Salmon $2.50
Fresh Tomatoes 4 pack $1.50

Renfroe's Market
Whole Boneless Pork Loin $1.99/lb
Boneless Pork Chops $2.29/lb
Apples-Red Delicious, Gala or Granny Smith $1.38/lb
Boneless Chicken Breast $2.29/lb
Food Club Peanut Butter 16 oz $150
Food Club Milk Gallon $2.99
Butterball Ground Turkey 1lb $2.39
Cabbage $0.44/lb

Renfroe's Market Three Day Sale 8/12-8/14
Ground Beef $1.75/lb
Golden Flake Variety Pack Chips $4.99
Double Luck Canned Veg. $0.39
Seedless Watermelon $3.98
Seedless Grapes $1.48/lb


Piggly Wiggly: 


Capital Market:

Cashsaver
Boneless Beef Shoulder Roast $2.47/lb
Whole Boneless Pork Loin $1.57/lb
Fresh Fryer Thighs and Drumsticks $0.97/lb
Best Choice Mayo 30 oz $1.53
Borden Cheese Shreds, slices or singles 5-12 oz $1.67
Seedless Red grapes $1.17/lb
Red or black plums $1.09/lb
Green Cabbage $0.37/lb
Baby Peeled Carrotts 1lb $0.99
Yellow Onions 3lb bag $1.63
20 lb bag All purpose red potatoes $3.50
Dole Cole Slaw 14 oz bag $0.99


Food Outlet: 
Chuck Roast $2.96/lb
Pork Chops $1.67/lb
Red or White Seedless Grapes $1.71/lb 
Sandwich Bread 20 oz $0.65



 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Local Grocery Deals July 27-August 2, 2016

Here are a few good deals at local grocery stores in the river region this week! For the entire sales ad or to find store locations, click the links below.



AG Store: 
Fresh Fryer Thighs Family Pack 2 lbs for $1.00
Boneless Chuck Roast $3.49/lb
Sugar Dale Shank Portion Ham $1.29/lb
Boneless Pork Chops $1.79/lb
White or Red Seedless Grapes $1.99/lb
Fresh Green Bell Pepper 2 for $1.00
Fresh Tomatoes $0.99/lb

Renfroe's Foodland/SuperFoods
Boneless Chuck Roast $3.29/lb
Food Club Sugar 4 lb $1.50
Lucks Beans or Peas 2 for $1.00
Chicken Leg Quarters 10 lb bag $4.99
Green Cabbage $0.44/lb
Seedless Grapes $1.68/lb
Mangoes $0.88
Bama Mayonnaise $2.48

Cashsaver: 
Famly Pack Ground Chuck $2.19/lb
Boneless Skinless Fryer Breast $1.78/lb
Wrights 24 oz Sliced Bacon $5.99
Best Choice Cheese 6-8 oz chunk, shred $1.57
California Peaches $0.99/lb
Red or Black Plums $1.17/lb
Red Delicious Apples $0.99/lb
Tomatoes $0.87/lb
Medium Yellow Onions  3lb bag $1.47
Baking Potatoes $0.55/lb
All Purpose Potatoes 20 lb bag $4.99

Capitol Market (prices good July 27-Aug 9)
Ribeye Steak Family Pack $4.99/lb
Beef Stew Meat Family Pack $2.99/lb
Split Fryer Breast Family Pack $1.39/lb
Chicken Drumsticks 40 lb bag $22.99
Lee Bacon 10 lb box $26.99
Chicken Leg Quarters 10 lb box $4.99
Shank or Butt Portion Ham $0.99/lb
Green Cabbage $0.49/lb
Watermelons $4.99
Red Bell Pepper $1.99/lb
Idaho Potatoes 5lb bag $1.79

Food Outlet
Boneless Pork Chops $1.76/lb
Cube Steak 2.98/lb
Cucumber $0.35each
Ground Beef $1.86/lb
Shurfine Medium Eggs Dozen $0.44
Shurfine Sandwich Bread $0.64