Friday, September 30, 2016

Calendar: October 2016



Fall is in the air, finally! Time for pumpkin picking, dressing up in fun costumes, boots, hoodies and hay rides!!!! 

Here is a list of family-friendly events in Montgomery, Prattville, Wetumpka and surrounding areas for October.
As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!

If you know of any other events to share with families in the river region, send an email to: riverregionfamily @ gmail . com or leave a message on this post or on the River Region Family Facebook page.

For library storytimes and other library events and clubs: 
Wetumpka Library:


Autauga County Library:


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


 Now on to the other goodies:

Saturday 10/1/16
8:30 am River Region Prayer Walk 
This is a FREE community event! FREE T-shirts (while supplies last)! FREE hot dogs and hamburgers! FREE Surviving The Fall concert! Union Station Train Shed, Montgomery, Alabama
Registration begins 8:30 AM, Activities begin 9:00 AM Online Registration: RiverRegionPrayerWalk2016.eventbrite.com

You may support Valiant Cross Academy by bringing donations to the 5th Annual River Region Prayer Walk:
~ Student and/or teacher school supplies
~ BOYS' uniform khaki pants, white button-down or polo shirts, and belts (youth sizes needed - small-XL; adult sizes - small-large)
~ BOYS' black socks and brown loafers (sizes needed - 6 to 10)


9 am-Noon Home Depot Kid's Workshop FREE
Build a firetruck. Kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin. While supplies last. 

9am-4 pm Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park 
Living history. Ft. Jackson 1814 Militia. 

9 am-4 pm Alabama Nature Center Saturday Program-Tour of Lanark Hike
Hike begins at 11:30. Admission Charged.  

9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm-Guided Tours of State Capitol FREE
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not required, for groups of 15 or more.

2-5 pm World Wide Day of Play - Pratt Park Amphitheater FREE
The Parks and Recreation Department has planned a carnival-themed FREE event that will encourage kids to get up and get active during the Worldwide Day of Play event in the City of Prattville! The Carnival will include water bucket musical chairs, football toss, face painting, balloon darts and more, and prizes will be provided. We encourage all kids K-6th grades to come out and participate.

Sunday 10/2/16
1 pm First Sundays at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts FREE
Free docent-led tours. 

Tuesday 10/4/16 
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission. 

6-8 pm Prattville National Night Out FREE
Target parking lot, Meet local law enforcement, get to know your neighbors, motorcycle demonstrations, fun activities for kids! 

6-8 pm Chick-fil-A Eastchase Kids Night Pumpkin Fun
Decorate a pumpkin. Enjoy a free Icedream. 

Friday 10/7/16
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission.


Saturday 10/8/16
9 am-4 pm Alabama Nature Center Saturday Program-Birding With Binoculars
$5 Admission Charged. Birding hike begins at 11:30.

9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm-Guided Tours of State Capitol FREE
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not required, for groups of 15 or more.  
9 am-3 pm Ag Discovery Adventure FREE
Tour wagons, gps treasure hunts, corn maze, milking demonstrations and other fun activities. Located at E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter. 

10 am Lowe's Build & Grow Pumpkin Carving Demonstration FREE
Registration opens 10/3

Tuesday 10/11/16
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission. 

Wednesday 10/12/16
10:30 and 11 am Tales For Tots at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts FREE
For ages 2-5 with parent or adult caregiver. 

Friday 10/14/16
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission. 

Saturday 10/15/16
9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm-Guided Tours of State Capitol FREE
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not required, for groups of 15 or more. 

Noon-7 pm A Shakepeare Celebration-Blount Cultural Park  FREE
MMFA and ASF in collaboration will present a day for families to view the First Folio with offerings on the grounds of the theater including performances, creative children’s activities, artisan demonstrations, fight presentations, talks on Shakespeare, and more. Several arts activities (1 to 2 P.M. and 3 to 4 P.M.) will also be offered at the MMFA. The day will begin at noon with a special Theater in the Mind Lecture on ASF’s Festival Stage in anticipation of a 2 P.M. performance of Gravedigger’s Tale. The First Folio will be on view at the Museum until 5 with related drop-in arts activities offered at the Museum from 1 – 2 and 3 – 4 PM. At these times young visitors will be invited to create their own paper Hamlet characters with costumes. Throughout the day, a variety of the entertainments listed above will be ongoing at ASF.
For tickets to the matinee of Gravedigger’s Tale, please visit ASF.net.

3-4 pm Toys R Us Geoffrey's Birthday Club Celebration

4pm-6:30 pm Alabama Nature Center-Creatures of the Night FREE
Activities will begin at 4:00pm and include a slithering snake encounter, Black lighting for insects, ewwy gooy touch table, flashlight spider search and night hike, and a movie under the stars! Smores is complementary for the movie. Please feel free to bring a blanket or chairs for the movie. Recommended ages 5 and up. 

 
Sunday 10/16/16
1-4 pm HALO 5th Annual Make a Memory Day
 Free fall family fun, live music, live characters, games, pumpkin patch, bounce houses, concessions, and more!

2 pm Landmarks Foundation Discovery Sundays FREE
Fieldtrip to Sidney Lanier High School, Meet at the school, 1756 S Court St.

3-5 pm Prattville Pops Fall Concert  FREE

Monday 10/17/16
4-6:30 Farm City Festival FREE (with canned food item donation)
Pony rides, farm animals, tshirt painting, equestrian drill team performance, petting zoo, live music and much more! Hot Dogs and refreshments provided. 

Tuesday 10/18/16
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission. 

Thursday 10/20/16
6 pm ANC  Program- Exploring Alabama's Caves. 
$5 admission.  Exploring Alabama's Caves - Ray Knott, Executive Director of The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc, will tell us all about the secret world below our feet. The SCCI is the largest land conservancy solely dedicated to the conservation of caves and karst environments. Watch an exclusive screening of Southern Exposure's Sharing the Secrets, a film that takes viewers underground into the vast subterranean geology of a few of Alabama's more than 4,000 caves! We will also have some live bats on-hand as part of this cool presentation!

Friday 10/21/16
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission. All ages.

Saturday 10/22/16
9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm-Guided Tours of State Capitol FREE
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not required, for groups of 15 or more. 

9 am-4 pm Alabama Nature Center Saturday Program- Creek Trek
Admission charged. 

10 am-4pm Lifeway Christian Stores Fall Family Fun Day FREE
Decorate a superhero mask, enjoy snacks, enter for giveaways and save money on one-day specials. We’re also hosting a canned food drive to raise awareness about global hunger. 

11am-3 pm Whole Foods Pop Up Pumpkin Patch FREE
Stop by between 11AM to 3PM in the Whole Foods Market parking lot to pick out your pumpkin and meet some of our team members! We're excited to get to know our community as we prepare for our grand opening in November. Pumpkins are first come first serve and one per household. 
  

Sunday 10/23/16
2-4 pm Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams FREE
Participants will be invited to explore the exhibition Federico Uribe: Transformart and create inventive 3-dimensional artwork with jazz performances ongoing. The afternoon will end with a dance interpretation of Uribe’s work by the Booker T. Washington Magnet High Dance Theater starting at 4 P.M.

4-5:30 pm FUMC Pumpkinfest
Trunk or treat, hayride, music, inflatable, face painting and more.  

Monday 10/24/16
6-8 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE

Tuesday 10/25/16
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission. 

6-8 pm Chick-fil-A Eastchase Kid's Night- Costume Contest
Dress up for Halloween and receive a free chocolate chunk cookie. The Cow will be judging the contest and the winner will receive a grand prize! 

4:30-6:30 Wetumpka Candy Walk FREE (with canned food donation)

6-8 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE  

Wednesday 10/26/16
6-8 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE  


Thursday 10/27/16
 4-6 pm Prattville Candy Walk FREE (non-perishable food item requested)
This free event is for toddlers through second graders.Lineup will begin at 3:30 p.m. and this year we plan to have two starting points for the lines to begin. We will have our usual starting point in front of City Hall and to relieve the congestion and long waiting times, we will have a second starting point at the end of Main Street at Heritage Park. Each of the lines will continue through the shops of Downtown, with many of the businesses participating. 

6-8 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE 

Friday 10/28/16
11 am Naturalist Led Hike at ANC 
$5 admission. 

6-8 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE

Saturday 10/29/16
Halloween Comic Fest
Halloween ComicFest is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and beyond celebrate the Halloween season by giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Find participating shops here.


9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm-Guided Tours of State Capitol
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not required, for groups of 15 or more. 

10 am-Noon BooFest Village Green Millbrook

12-2 pm Lego Bricktober Make and Take Frankenstein- FREE






Noon-5 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE

2-5 pm River City Church Trunk or Treat FREE

4-5:30 Harvest Family Church Trunk or Treat FREE

5pm Eastdale Mall Malloween FREE  
Spooky movie and trick or treating at the mall stores. 


5-7 pm Trick or Pink at Shoppes at Eastchase 

Sunday 10/30/16 
Noon-5 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE 

3-4:30 pm Capitol Sounds Concert Band Fall Concert FREE
at Montgomery City Hall. 

4-6 pm  LBC Fall Festival FREE
Free hot dogs, hayride, games, inflatables, and more!

4-6 pm FBC Prattville Fall Festival 
Inflatables, pony rides, prizes, candy, games. 

4-6 pm FBC Montgomery Familyfest
Free games, fellowship, prizes, hot dog dinner $3  

4-8 pm Taylor Road Treats the Town FREE 

Monday 10/31/16 Halloween
4-8 pm Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Event FREE 
Face painting, hot chocolate samples, decorate a treat bag, costume parade, trick or treating, free photo with the Peanuts gang.  

4:30-6:30 Prattville Fire Department Trunk or Treat Free 


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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Calendar: September 2016

Better late than never. Lots of good stuff coming up this month. I love that cool weather is coming and lots of fun fall events are on the horizon. If you know of something to add to the calendar or something fun that's coming up, leave a comment here or on the River Region Family Facebook page. Or send an email to RiverRegionFamily (at) gmail.com.



Saturday 9/17/16
9 am-5 pm Alabama Wildlife Federation GO Fishing Weekend (Catch & Release) 
Daily admission is $5/person with a $20 maximum per family. 

12-2 pm Toys R Us Lego Disney Princess Build
build & take home a FREE LEGO Disney Princess Cogsworth (9/17) and a Lumiere (9/24) character.

2-5 pm Worldwide Day of Play at Pratt Park Amphitheater 
The Parks and Recreation Department has planned a carnival-themed FREE event that will encourage kids to get up and get active during the Worldwide Day of Play event in the City of Prattville! The Carnival will include water bucket musical chairs, football toss, face painting, balloon darts and more, and prizes will be provided. We encourage all kids K-6th grades to come out and participate.

1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. 


Sunday 9/18/16
1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God.  


Monday 9/19/16
1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. 


Tuesday 9/20/16
1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. 


Wednesday 9/21/16
1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. 


Thursday 9/22/16
1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. 


Friday 9/23/16
1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. 


6-9 pm Ballet & The Beast at Montgomery Zoo 
Montgomery Ballet invites all of Montgomery to join us at our annual Ballet & the Beasts performance on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Montgomery Zoo! Ballet and the Beasts is a wonderful, free family-friendly event you don’t want to miss! Picnic baskets and chairs are welcome. Gates open at 6:00pm and the performance begins at dusk.


Saturday 9/24/16
Museum Day Live
Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free. To find a participating museum, click here.

9 am-5 pm Alabama Wildlife Federation Amphibian Journey

10 am Lowe's Build & Grow-Fire Boat FREE 

11 am-6 pm Montgomery Korean Festival  

12-2 pm Toys R Us Lego Disney Princess Build
build & take home a FREE LEGO Disney Princess Cogsworth (9/17) and a Lumiere (9/24) character.

1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God.  


Sunday 9/25/16
1-7 pm Messiah's Mansion Tours
Free tours every 15 minutes for this traveling exhibit that brings ancient history back to life. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God.  


2-4 pm Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams at MMFA FREE
Bring the whole family to this FREE Museum program where all are welcome to listen to Jazz jams and create individual works of art!  Participants are invited to make and take home a fun work of art inspired by the exhibition Dark City: Urban America at Night.  All materials are provided. Join us for Jazz Jams featuring Gypsy Cornbread from 2-4pm in the Orientation Circle. 
  
 
Tuesday 9/27/16
6-8 pm Chick-fil-A Eastchase Kid's Night- Back To School Bash
 


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.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Messiah's Mansion Traveling Exhibit

The Messiah's Mansion traveling exhibit brings the Montgomery area a chance to learn a little bit of ancient history through a living museum. 


Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. Each element in the tabernacle had deep significant meaning to the Hebrew people and this tour will bring each symbol to life. 


Messiah's Mansion will be at 4233 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery, AL 36109​  from September 17-25, 2016.  

Free tours of the Messiah's Mansion exhibit will run from 1-7 pm daily.
Tours start every 15 minutes and last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
We visited this in the past and it is educational and also amazing to be able to see in person and in actual size what you have only read about in the bible. 

Local Grocery Deals September 7-13

Here are a few of my favorite deals at local grocery store in the river region this week. For the entire ad or for store locations, click the links below. 



AG Store
Whole Fryers $1.09/lb
Shank portion hams $1.19/lb
Boneless Pork Chops Family Pack $1.79/lb
Fresh Fryer Breasts $1.39/lb
Bottom Round Roast $2.99/lb
Cabbage $0.50/lb


Renfroe's Market

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.28/lb
Ground Chuck Family Pack $2.99/lb
Butterball Ground Turkey 1lb $2.39
Beefsteak Tomatoes $1.00/lb
Michigan Apples 3lb bag $2.68
Food Club Cheese 6-8 oz 3 for $5.00
Bama Mayonnaise 30 oz $2.50
Starkist Chunk Light Tuna 5 oz $0.79

Piggly Wiggly/Mega Meats
1/2 Loin Pork Chops $1.29/lb
Chuck Roast $2.89/lb
Lettuce $0.79
Chuck Steaks Family Pack $3.29/lb

CashSaver
Family Pack Ground Chuck $2.45/lb
Boneless Chuck Roast $2.87/lb
Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast IQF 40 oz bag $3.99
Best Choice 4lb sugar $1.69
Yellow Onions 3lb bag $1.17
Red Delicious Apples $0.99/lb
Roma Tomatos $0.78/lb
Green Peppers $0.58 each
Red bell Peppers $0.67
Kiwi Fruit $0.25
Wonder Bread 18 oz loaf $1.12

Food Outlet
Pork Steaks $1.44/lb
Sirloin Tip Roast $2.95/lb
Drumsticks or Thighs $0.88/lb
Bananas $0.37/lb
Potatoes 20lb bag $4.95