Thursday, April 30, 2015

Weekend Roundup

Here is your list of things to do around here this weekend! 

If you know of an event I should add to the list, please leave me a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page! Have fun exploring the Montgomery area with your family! As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!

Friday 5/1/14

8 am-7:45 pm Prattville Splash Pad Opening Day FREE



6:45 pm Opening Ceremonies Prattville CityFest  FREE
with live music by the Tip Tops 



Saturday 5/2/15


Free Comic Book Day   
Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Find a participating store here. (There are two currently listed in our area.) In our past experience there has been a table of all the available free books and you pick which ones you want. There are special editions of comics printed specifically for Free Comic Book Day. FYI: not all of the comics are what I personally consider to be kid-friendly so I always look through them first before we pick them up or before  the kids look at them. Some are obviously kid-friendly, though. You can actually take a peek at the comics that will be available at this site. I know my 11 year old will really like the Transformers and TMNT ones!  


9 am-Noon Home Depot Kids Workshop-Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame FREE
Register in advance.  

9 am-5 pm Prattville City Fest 
Pay at the gate. Admission $2 per person. $1 with Military ID. Children 5 & under get in free.
Kids Area, Live Music, Arts and Crafts, Food vendors, and more!

10 am-2 pm Flimp Festival at MMFA $5 adults, $3 children Free for museum members and active duty military and their family. 



Sunday 5/3/15

12-2 pm Toys R Us LEGO Star Wars Build FREE
Make & Take a FREE & exclusive LEGO® Star Wars mini Wookiee Gunship.
Meet Geoffrey! Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and bring your camera to capture the moment.

1-2 pm First Sundays at MMFA
Free docent-led tours of the museum.


3- 4 pm May Festival at College Street Park FREE
The event is being billed as a festival for the entire family, particularly for children, with activities for kids and refreshments. The event also will include traditional May Festival staples such as a procession of the May Queen and dancing of the Maypole.

4pm Cloverdale-Idlewild Association Spring Concert Series FREE
ADMISSION IS FREE!  Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks.  Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Best Local Grocery Deals This Week 4/29-5/5/15


Here are some of my favorite deals this week at local grocery stores in the river region. Follow the link to see the entire sales ad for each store. 

Vowell's CashSaver: 
Boston Butt $1.17/lb
3lb bag yellow onions $1.27
Granny Smith apples $0.89/lb
5lb bag red potatoes $1.37
1lb container strawberries $1.97
Whole seedless watermelons $5.28
(Keep in mind that Cashsaver adds 10% at checkout) 

AG Store
Fresh quarter loin chops $1.49/lb
8lb Russet potatoes $2.00
4pk tomatoes $1.29

McGehee Rd Super Foods 
Boston Butts $1.28/lb
Iceberg lettuce head $0.98 each
Avocados $0.88
Vine ripe tomatoes $1.48/lb
Select apple varieties $0.88/lb
Turnip or collard greens bunch $0.78
3lb bag vidalia onions $1.98
Freshland Large eggs dozen $1.50

Renfroe's Foodland:
Boston Butts $1.28/lb
Iceberg lettuce head $0.98 each
Avocados $0.88
Vine ripe tomatoes $1.48/lb
Select apple varieties $0.98/lb
Turnip or collard greens bunch $0.78
3lb bag vidalia onions $1.98
Freshland Large eggs dozen $1.50

PLUS! Renfroe's has a coupon on their Facebook page that you can print to save $5 off a $50 or more purchase! It expires Thursday 4/30/15

Shop Local! 






A Tale of Pencil Woe or How I Found The Best Pencil Sharpener In The World

I have always loved pencils.

I prefer a pencil for my lists. (Yes, I'm a list maker.)

I always, ALWAYS use a pencil for my checkbook. I just cannot use a pen in the checkbook. It's just wrong. WRONG.

The children use pencils for drawing and school work. Obviously. 

I've had extremely bad luck with pencil sharpeners lately. Bought an electric one that we somehow managed to kill. Then I tried a old school type one but it really needed to be mounted on the wall or something and I just couldn't bring myself to drill into the wall and don't even get me started on trying to hold the sharpener and the pencil and turn the hand crank at the same time. Hashtag Exhausting.

So, we've been using mechanical pencils for a while now. Problem is we always seem to use up either the lead or the eraser. Then we have a bunch of mechanical pencils with no lead or no eraser. Ugh. We also have a whole drawer full of regular pencils in various states of unsharpenedness. I always pick up freebie pencils when we go to events around town.

The other day after searching for just ONE pencil in the house to use for my checkbook and coming up empty-handed I resorted to using a cheap, plastic, hand-held sharpener and ended up with this:

What in the world? Why?

I ended up peeling back the wood part with my fingernails so I could use it for my checkbook, then I hopped on the internet determined that I would find the best pencil sharpener EVER.

I actually Swagsearched "Best pencil sharpener in the world" and the internet led me to www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com

I figured I may as well give it a shot so I asked if I could review one in my homeschool and on my blog and they actually sent me one to try! {So much happy!}


Such a pretty sharpener!

I could hardly wait to test it out! My first impression is that it's very heavy and sturdy feeling not cheap feeling at all. Which seems like a good thing to me. My kids immediately wanted to sharpen something with it and when the pencils turned out like this:





They decided we must sharpen ALL THE PENCILS.

Now I have a drawer full of nicely sharpened pencils.

A Rainbow of Sharp Pencils

I love this sharpener! I am so glad I found this sharpener and I highly recommend it. I haven't ever used a sharpener that always produced perfectly sharpened pencils and was so easy to use. I don't think I will ever buy a different pencil sharpener again. We love the little clear drawer in the front for shavings so you can see when to empty the sharpener and it's so easy to do.




Check out Classroom Friendly Supplies if you are looking for the BEST PENCIL SHARPENER IN THE WORLD to use in your homeschool or classroom.

(Links in this post are affiliate links. Which means that if you click through and make a purchase the price you pay is no different but I get a small percentage for referring you to the site. I really would appreciate if you did. The kiddos like to eat.)







Monday, April 27, 2015

Calendar: May 2015




Here are some important dates and links for May 2015! This is what I have so far and, boy, is May jam-packed with events for families! 


If you know of an event I should add to the list, please leave a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page! Have fun  exploring Montgomery with your family! As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!

Library story times for this month can be found here:
May Montgomery City-County Public Library Events and Storytimes Listings
Autauga Prattville Library Storytimes
Wetumpka Public Library Storytimes

Rabies clinics dates can be found here: 
Montgomery County Rabies Clinics Dates and Times 
Autauga County Rabies Clinics Dates and Times
Elmore County Rabies Clinics Dates and Times will be announced closer to August.
 
Friday 5/1/14

8 am-7:45 pm Prattville Splash Pad Opening Day FREE

6:45 pm Opening Ceremonies Prattville CityFest  FREE

Saturday 5/2/15


Free Comic Book Day   
Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Find a participating store here. (There are two currently listed in our area.) In our past experience there has been a table of all the available free books and you pick which ones you want. There are special editions of comics printed specifically for Free Comic Book Day. FYI: not all of the comics are what I personally consider to be kid-friendly so I always look through them first before we pick them up or before  the kids look at them. Some are obviously kid-friendly, though. You can actually take a peek at the comics that will be available at this site. I know my 11 year old will really like the Transformers and TMNT ones!  

9 am-Noon Home Depot Kids Workshop-Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame FREE
Register in advance.  

9 am-5 pm Prattville City Fest 
Pay at the gate. Admission $2 per person. $1 with Military ID. Children 5 & under get in free.
Kids Area, Live Music, Arts and Crafts, Food vendors, and more!

10 am-2 pm Flimp Festival at MMFA $5 adults, $3 children Free for museum members and active duty military and their family. 



Sunday 5/3/15
12-2 pm Toys R Us LEGO Star Wars Build FREE
Make & Take a FREE & exclusive LEGO® Star Wars mini Wookiee Gunship.
Meet Geoffrey! Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and bring your camera to capture the moment.

1-2 pm First Sundays at MMFA
Free docent-led tours of the museum.

3- 4 pm May Festival at College Street Park FREE
The event is being billed as a festival for the entire family, particularly for children, with activities for kids and refreshments. The event also will include traditional May Festival staples such as a procession of the May Queen and dancing of the Maypole.

4pm Cloverdale-Idlewild Association Spring Concert Series FREE
ADMISSION IS FREE!  Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks.  Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.

Tuesday 5/5/15
6-8 pm Chick-fil-A Eastchase Kids Night Mommy and Me Craft

Saturday 5/9/15
8 am-3 pm Herb Day Old Alabama Town FREE
Herb Day is a fun-filled public educational event for the entire family. It will feature children’s activities, programs by experts on growing herbs, a cooking demonstration using herbs, and a session that explores the medicinal properties of herbs. An open-air market will feature vendors selling crafts, books, food, herbal teas, garden wares and a huge selection of herbal plants. Tempting herbal recipes can be found in the members own cookbook “Roses and Rosemary, Favorite Recipes of Old Alabama Town Herb Society,” which will be available for purchase along with free tasting samples of selected recipes.


9 am-2 pm EAA 822 Fly-In
Where: Wetumpka Municipal Airport
Details: Free airplane rides for youth 8 to 17 years olds (Young Eagles). Free simulator rides for children 7 and younger. Hosted by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 822. EAA is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes a variety of sport and recreational aviation activities and focused on fostering interest in aviation by young people.


10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Mother's Day Planter FREE
 Register online in advance. 

4 pm Second Saturday $1 adults, 12 and under Free
Food and drink vendors, music, kids activities, fireworks at 9 pm.

Sunday 5/10/15
9 am-5:30 pm Mother's Day at Montgomery Zoo- FREE admission for moms on Mother's Day

4pm Cloverdale-Idlewild Association Spring Concert Series FREE
ADMISSION IS FREE!  Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks.  Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.

Tuesday 5/12/15
5-8 pm Chick Fil A Premier Place Kids Night
Featuring Prattville Fire and Prattville Police Departments. They will have their vehicles open for the kids to explore. The Police Department will be doing the kids fingerprints for Free Child Safety Kits.

7pm Veg Out Montgomery
Monthly plant-based diet pot luck dinners on the second Tuesday of the month.


Saturday 5/16/15
10 am Elmore County Fire Rescue Alabama Antique Tractor Show and Pull- BBQ cookoff, kids activities, vendors and more! Gates open at 7 am.


9:45 am Mayor's Bike Ride Kids to Parks Day FREE



10 am-2 pm Touch a Truck & More Prattville FREE
Fire trucks, dump trucks, racecars, Humvees, and many more vehicles will descend on Pratt Park on Saturday, May 16, for the 6th Annual Touch-A-Truck event. This event will be held in conjunction with National Kids to Parks Day and the 4th Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride. The bike ride will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Upper Kingston Park and will end at Pratt Park where kids can join in the Touch-A-Truck fun. Join Mayor Bill Gillespie for this fun bike ride and remember that everyone riding must wear a helmet. There will be a police escort to ensure the safety of our riders.

Sunday 5/17/15

1-4 pm Art Museum Day FREE
Bring the entire family out for a fun-filled afternoon. It will consist of Jazz Jams and hands-on art activities in the studios, in connection with the exhibition History Refused to Die: Alabama African-American Self-Taught Artists. Charlie, Lucas, one of the 15 artists featured in this exhibition, will take part in the festivities.

2pm Prattville Pops Spring Concert  FREE

4pm Cloverdale-Idlewild Association Spring Concert Series FREE
ADMISSION IS FREE!  Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks.  Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.

Friday 5/22/15
7pm Jubilee Pops Concert FREE
Downtown Montgomery

Saturday 5/23/15
Bass Pro Shops Outdoors Family Event FREE
Kids Crafts, Scavenger Hunt, Free fun photo, Cooking Demos and Samplings, Outdoors seminars for the family and more!  

9am-5 pm Children's Harbor Art on The Lake

10 am-Noon Michael's Kids Club Red, White, and Blue Craft Stick Flags 
$2 per child. 

Sunday 5/24/15
Bass Pro Shops Outdoors Family Event FREE
Kids Crafts, Scavenger Hunt, Free fun photo, Cooking Demos and Samplings, Outdoors seminars for the family and more! 

9am-2 pm Children's Harbor Art on The Lake 

4pm Cloverdale-Idlewild Association Spring Concert Series FREE
ADMISSION IS FREE!  Bring your chairs or blankets (or both), coolers, snacks.  Plan to sit under the beautiful oak trees in the park setting and enjoy the music.

Monday 5/25/15

10 am-5 pm Pratt Park Pool Party 
$1 admission includes hot dog and drink. 

Tuesday 5/26/15

6-8 pm Chick-fil-A Eastchase Kids Night with Home Depot Workshop 


Saturday 5/30/15
7 am- Noon Eastchase Farmers Market

10 am-Noon Michael's Kids Club DIY Paper Fans 
$2 per child.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Autauga County 2015 Rabies Clinics Dates and Locations



RABIES CLINIC TO BE HELD IN AUTAUGA COUNTY
To protect humans and the domesticated animal population from Rabies, Alabama law requires vaccination of dogs and cats. Failure to have your pets vaccinated may result in fines and court costs. For your conv
enience, Rabies Clinics will be held at the following locations to vaccinate your pets. The fee is $10.00 per pet.

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015
7:30-9:00 am--Hwy 14 & 82 Intersection
9:15-10:15 am--Autauga County Ag Complex
10:30-11:00 am--Mulberry Community Center
11:30-12:30 pm--Henderson Grocery (Hwy 82 & Co Rd 40)

8:00-9:30 am--Hwy 31 North at Autauga Heights Rd.
9:45-10:45 am--Pine Level Community Center
11:00-12:00 pm Liberty Church

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
8:00-9:00 am --Billingsley Junction
9:15--10:30 am--Vida
11:00-12:00 pm--Booth Fire Department

8:00-9:00 am--Marbury Fire Department
9:30-10:30 am--White City
11:00-12:30 pm--Posey's Crossroads

PLEASE KEEP ALL DOGS ON LEASHES AND ALL CATS IN BOXES

*****Please do not contact PAHS concerning the Rabies Clinic. This is all the information we have been given.


Thanks to Prattville/Autauga Humane Society for the info!  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montgomery, Alabama 2015 Rabies Clinics

Because everybody always asks me:


Montgomery Rabies Clinic times and locations.

Weekend Roundup and Upcoming: Things To Do In The River Region April 25-26


Here is a listing of free or cheap family friendly events coming up this weekend! If you know of an event I should add to the list, please leave a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page.  

Have a great weekend! 

As always I recommend following the links for more information and calling ahead to confirm. Event information can sometimes change.


Saturday 4/25/15
7-9 am Wetumpka Earth Day  Wetumpka Recycle Center FREE 

Free compost, plant care advice, free t-shirts (first 50), door prizes, electronic recycling, bring your recyclable materials to drop off. 

10 am April Alabama Walking Tours FREE
Community leaders will guide these free tours through the historic districts or courthouse square areas of their hometowns. The hour-long tours start at 10 a.m. on April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Participating towns in the area include: Montgomery, Prattville, and Selma. 

5 pm-10 pm Global Astronomy Month and National Astronomy Day FREE
 W.A. Gayle Planetarium in Oak Park
Telescope Clinic, Kids activities,Guest Speakers, Tour of the Nightsky.
Join the Auburn Astronomical Society for an awesome evening of star and planet gazing after sundown in Oak Park. 


Register for the upcoming Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic that will be on May 9th.  

Sunday 4/26/15
1-4 pm Bark In The Park 

 2-4 pm Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams at MMFA FREE
 




Tuesday 4/28/15
6-8 pm Chick Fil A Eastchase Kids Night
The Home Depot Workshop. Build a craft with The Home Depot Crew.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekend Roundup: Things To Do In The River Region April 17-19

Here is a listing of free or cheap family friendly events coming up this weekend! If you know of an event I should add to the list, please leave a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page.  

Have a great weekend! 

As always I recommend following the link for more information and calling ahead to confirm. Event information can sometimes change. 



Saturday 4/18/15
9 am-Noon Plant It Montgomery FREE
at Oak Park. There isn't a lot of info out about this right now but in past years there have been plant and tree giveaways, kids activities and other info that's good for gardeners or those wanting to learn about gardening. 

10 am April Alabama Walking Tours FREE
Community leaders will guide these free tours through the historic districts or courthouse square areas of their hometowns. The hour-long tours start at 10 a.m. on April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Participating towns in the area include: Montgomery, Prattville, and Selma. 


CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER- 2 pm-7pm Wetumpka CraterFest

The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce has a very exciting day planned for Wetumpka! Live Music, Free Kidz Zone (2-5 pm), Art Exhibits, Craft & Food Vendors, and much more!!
Festival begins at 2:00 PM  in Gold Star Park
2:00-5:00 PM Crater Tours $5

Friday, April 10, 2015

Weekend & Upcoming Events

This is a big weekend around Montgomery! Lots of things to do! Here's to hoping the weather cooperates.

Have fun!

Saturday 4/11/15
8 am-6 pm Alabama Flora & Fauna Arts Festival Lanark 
Admission charged

9 am-6 pm Zoo Weekend at Montgomery Zoo
Festive environment with live entertainment, games, rides, bouncy houses, big slides, inflatables, pony and camel rides, petting zoo, karate demos, Montgomery Police K-9 presentation, live animal presentations, concessions and animals from around the world.  Enjoy the many activities, fantastic food and have fun together at an affordable price.  It is also an excellent opportunity to take advantage of discounted memberships.  Zoo Weekend admission: $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3-12 years old, FREE for toddlers 2 years old and younger and Montgomery Zoo members.  Special discounted admission for the Mann Museum: $3 all ages. Discounted Zoo memberships:  Save $5 on single membership, zoo or museum.  Save $10 on a combo membership, zoo and museum.


9 am-5 pm Alabama Book Festival FREE
With over 50 authors and more than 60 vendors and exhibitors, this free public event is the state’s premier literary event. Thousands of people from around the state and the Southeast gather at the festival each year to meet their favorite authors and scholars. A fun activity area for children makes this a day of fun for the entire family! The 2015 Alabama Book Festival will continue the tradition of promoting reading and literacy to Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds. This year we're also celebrating Alabama's Year of Barbecue and International TableTop (Games) Day.

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow FREE
Kids can build a See It Grow Planter. Register online.  


10 am April Alabama Walking Tours FREE
Community leaders will guide these free tours through the historic districts or courthouse square areas of their hometowns. The hour-long tours start at 10 a.m. on April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Participating towns in the area include: Montgomery, Prattville, and Selma.

12 pm Second Saturday Festival
 Location: Riverfront Park, Riverwalk Antique and Classic Car Show at 12 p.m., Live Entertainment by Fly by Radio at 6 p.m., Interactive Activities for Kids, Various Food  and Drink Vendors, Fireworks at 9 p.m., Fireworks Cruise aboard the Harriott II
$1 Admission, 12 and Under Free * All Proceeds benefit EAT South
NO OUTSIDE FOOD, BEVERAGES OR COOLERS! Call (334) 625-2100 for more information


Sunday 4/12/15
9 am-6 pm Zoo Weekend at Montgomery Zoo
Festive environment with live entertainment, games, rides, bouncy houses, big slides, inflatables, pony and camel rides, petting zoo, karate demos, Montgomery Police K-9 presentation, live animal presentations, concessions and animals from around the world.  Enjoy the many activities, fantastic food and have fun together at an affordable price.  It is also an excellent opportunity to take advantage of discounted memberships.  Zoo Weekend admission: $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3-12 years old, FREE for toddlers 2 years old and younger and Montgomery Zoo members.  Special discounted admission for the Mann Museum: $3 all ages. Discounted Zoo memberships:  Save $5 on single membership, zoo or museum.  Save $10 on a combo membership, zoo and museum.

Tuesday 4/14/15
6-8 pm Chick Fil A Eastchase Kids Night
Spring Fling Fun-Paint a mini flower pot

Thursday 4/16/15
6-8 pm Free Homeschool Informational Meeting FREE
Considering homeschooling? Come to a free, informative meeting at Lakeview Baptist Church (9225 Atlanta Hwy in Montgomery) No Childcare. More info here
RSVP to HomeschoolRules2015@yahoo.com