Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Weekend Events

Wow! There are a lot of fun things to do this weekend! 
Besides the Alabama National Fair, there are TONS of free Fall Festivals and Halloween events in Montgomery , Prattville, Wetumpka, and the river region. 

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.  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Giveaway & Book Review: Flash The Donkey Makes New Friends by Rachel Anne Ridge





Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends is a story of an adventurous donkey who finds himself in a little trouble at the beginning of his story. In his time of need, he is taken in and cared for by three barnyard animal friends-a hen, a pig, and a goat. The story emphasizes how helping others can lead to friendships and fun. This book is inspired by an actual stray donkey that the author, Rachel Anne Ridge, adopted. The author’s page can be found here.

The book is beautifully illustrated by the author herself and includes a fun little extra: a hidden daisy on each page spread that my children love finding. My children, aged 3-8,  love the humorous situations and dialogue between the characters. I find myself identifying with Ruby the “mother hen” of the group (I wonder why) and appreciate how she is drawn with a kind, caring look about her face.

At the end of the book, the author provides some questions that can be the start of some good conversations with your children. We have recently had friends move away and have other friends who are currently planning a move so moving is on my mind. I can’t help but think that this book would be great for a family that is facing a move or has recently moved. Making new friends in their new place can be difficult for children and adults, alike. The discussion section provides several great examples of ways to help others that can lead to new friendships such as: Help someone who is having a hard time with a chore or task. 

The author even offers a free download of a Mommy & Me Journal with activities, more discussion questions and coloring pages on her website here

I was given a copy of this book by Tyndale House for review purposes. I want to share this book with you so I will be giving away our review copy to one River Region Family reader who has a U.S. mailing address. The contest will end on 10/30/16 and I will pick a winner the next day. To be entered to win, comment on this blog post with an answer to this question. What is a practical way to help others and make new friends? 

(If your comment profile doesn't have your email address accessible, you will need to leave your email in the comment, so I can contact you if you are the winner.) 

Disclaimer: This giveaway isn't sponsored by Tyndale, they just gave me the book to review. I am choosing to share it by giving it away myself.

Weekend Roundup

Here are a few events coming up this weekend in the river region! 

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! As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!



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.  






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, October 19, 2016

Local Grocery Deals 10/19-10/25/16

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



AG Store: 
Cooks Shank Portion Ham $1.39/lb
Fresh Fryer Drumsticks Family Pack $0.59/lb
Jumbo Pack Ground Beef $1.69/lb
Russet Baking Potatoes 5lb bag $1.50
Whole Fryers $1.09/lb
Yellow Onions 3lb bag $1.50
Red Delicious Apples 3lb bag $2.79
Bone In Select Chuck Roast $2.69/lb

Renfroe's Market: 
Boneless Shoulder Roast $2.99/lb
Idaho Potatoes 8lb bag $2.98
Gala or Red Delicious Apples $0.88/lb
Food Club Cheese 5-8 oz shredded, cube, chunks 3 for $5.00
Springer Farms Whole Chicken $1.18/lb
Beefsteak Tomatoes $1.28/lb
Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Peppers $1.48 each
Almond Breeze Milk 64 oz $2.50

Cashsaver: 
Bone In Sirloin Pork Chops Family Pack $0.97/lb
Family Pack Ground Chuck $1.97/lb
Best Choice Ccanned Vegetables Select Varieties $0.49
Best Choice 4lb Sugar $1.79
Green Cabbage $0.47/lb
On The Vine Tomatoes $0.99/lb
Red Delicious Apples $0.99/lb
Mandarin Oranges 3lb bag $4.50
Sweet Red Onions 2lb $1.77
Jumbo Yellow Onions $0.45/lb

Food Outlet:
Join the Mobile Rewards Club for deals texted to your phone. (I usually get a message on Friday about special deals only on Saturday and Sunday.)
Download the app for more deals like 2 for Tuesday and Thrifty Thursday
Ground Beef $1.95/lb
Fresh Ground Chuck $1.68/lb
Russet Potatoes 20 lb bag $4.94
Red Delicious Apples 3lb bag $2.61/lb

Capital Market: 
Boneless Shoulder Roast $2.89/lb
Tilapia Fillets 10 lb box $19.99
Family Pack Beef Stew Meat $2.99/lb
Bell Peppers 2 for $1.00
Cabbage $0.49/lb
Tomatoes $0.99/lb
Bananas $0.59/lb




Saturday, October 15, 2016

Weekend Roundup

Here are a few events going on in the river region this weekend and early next week. I have marked with a * events that are a River Region Family Favorite Pick. 



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. More info at the ASF FB page here.
For tickets to the matinee of Gravedigger’s Tale, please visit ASF.net.
Event schedule:
12 p.m. –5 p.m. First Folio Exhibit - MMFA
12 p.m. Theatre in the Mind Lecture -Festival Stage with Dr. Susan Willis and Ray Chambers
1 p.m. Craft Activities at MMFA
1 p.m. SCA Shire of Thorngill Demonstration -ASF Grounds
2 p.m. **Gravedigger’s Tale -Festival Stage
3 p.m. Craft Activities at MMFA
3:30 p.m. SCA Shire of Thorngill Demonstration -ASF Grounds
4 p.m. Theatre AUM: No Holds Bard- Shakespeare Garden
5:30 p.m. SCA Shire of Thorngill Demonstration -ASF Grounds 


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. 





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, October 7, 2016

Weekend Event Roundup

Here are a few events this weekend in the river region!
As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!



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

9 am-1 pm Capitol Heights ARToberfest
 
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. Concessions available.
 
10 am Lowe's Build & Grow Pumpkin Carving Demonstration FREE Registration opens 10/3 




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.

Walmart Grocery Pickup Review & Save $10 off $50

I picked up my first Walmart Grocery order today! Overall it was a good experience and I recommend it highly for most people. I do have a few reasons why I don't see us using grocery pickup regularly and I will share those at the end. If you want to hear all about my experience then keep reading, but if you just want the link to save $10 your first $50 purchase, skip down to the last paragraph.

Before I even made my order I searched for a few things that I know I always buy at Walmart and when I found the exact item that I wanted, I clicked on the heart in the corner of the item listing to add it to my favorites list. It was fun and easy to make a list of all my favorite items so that shopping was even easier when I was ready to make a purchase. When you are ready to shop just look for the words "Add items from your favorites" in your cart. Click there and your list will come up to shop from. Easy as pie.


You can choose your pick up time first or add items to your cart and then pick a time. When I shopped, the next available pickup was the next day but according to their site you can get it as fast as the same day. You can book a time slot up to three weeks in advance if you are super prepared.

The minimum order is $30 for the service. It was convenient to be able to add my grocery items to the cart online, see the total and then schedule a pick up time. Being able to keep up with my total in the online cart made it easy to stick to a budget. (Walmart collects your payment info and the total showed up as pending in my account when I placed the order but doesn't charge you until you pick up so that they prices can be adjusted for things like produce, meats or out of stock items.) Much better than walking around the store writing down prices and adding them up so I don't spend more than I mean to. Plus, I was on my comfy couch in my pajamas-bonus!

On the day of my order pickup, I received a phone call before my scheduled time to let me know that my order was ready and to tell me to call to give them 10 minutes before I came to pick up. When I called with my "10 minute warning," I was instructed on where to park and to call when I got to the special parking places and tell them my parking space number.

My pickup store is the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Federal Drive. The Grocery Pickup parking is clearly marked with signs leading you from the entrance of the parking lot all the way to the side of the store where the pickup parking places are located.  You can't miss the orange signs and you should not be able to not find your way to the right place.



When I got to my parking spot I called the number on the sign and told the person my parking spot number and in a few minutes, my cart of bagged groceries was wheeled out by a nice, friendly Walmart employee. She gave me a goodie bag for trying Grocery Pickup (the kids loved all the snacks in the bag!)

My order included some produce and some chicken, so she showed the packages to me to make sure they were acceptable and the contents were as nice as I would have chosen if I had shopped for them myself. One item that I ordered was not in stock so she let me know that I would not be charged for that item. Then she loaded them in my van, I signed for my order and I was ready to go.

After you pick up, you get an emailed receipt with the correct total for your purchase.

Even though the experience was fun & convenient (not having to take all the kids in the store, being able to drive up and have them load the bags in your vehicle) I don't think it will be something that we will be doing very often and here's why.
- I'm pretty thrifty. I buy marked down (close to sell by date) meat if I can find it and there is no chance of getting the mark downs when you order online. I also shop the local grocery stores weekly because they have superb deals on produce and meats and are hardly ever beaten by Walmart on their sale prices.
-We prefer to use cash for our groceries. Ordering online and using the credit card for us makes it easier to justify overspending. Right now Walmart Grocery Pickup can only be paid for by credit card, not even Walmart gift cards.
-There are certain items that we use regularly that the particular Walmart Grocery Pickup store in our city doesn't carry. So after I left with my order I ended up having to go to another Walmart anyway to get a certain pita bread that we eat for our low carb lifestyle. The chance is that they will begin to carry it if enough people request it though so maybe that will change.

Overall, I recommend the Walmart Grocery Pickup and will gladly use it sometimes. Especially when there is a coupon code to save money on my order. Speaking of that...

Click this link (it's my referral link) to save $10 off your first order of $50 or more, then get your referral link and share with your friends to save even more! 


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Local Grocery Deals 10/5-10/11/16

Here are the best deals at local grocery stores in the river region this week.
 


AG Store:
Fresh Quarter Loin Chops $1.49/lb
Yellow Squash $0.99/lb
Tomatoes $0.99/lb
Sugardale Shank Portion Ham $1.29/lb

Piggly Wiggly/Mega Meats: 
Boston Butts $1.29/lb
Yellow Onions 3lb $1.69
10lb bag Chicken Leg Quarters $3.99
Grapes $1.99/lb
Ground Beef $1.69/lb
Medium Eggs Dozen 2 for $1
Double Q Salmon 14.75 oz can $2.00

Renfroe's Market: 
Boneless pork loin $1.98/lb
Boneless Skinless Chicken breast $2.28/lb
Yellow Onions 3lb $1.00
Split Chickens $1.49/lb
Seedless Grapes $1.68/lb

Cashsaver: 
Ground Beef $1.78/lb
Bone In Sirloin Pork Chops $0.97/lb
Boneless Fryer Breast $2.19/lb
Wrights Bacon 40oz $8.77
Green Cabbage $0.33/lb
Barlett Pears $0.99/lb
Golden Delicious or Gala Apples $0.99/lb
Hot Jalepeno Peppers $0.99/lb
Russet Potatoes 10 lb bag $2.50
Medium Yellow Onions 3lb bag $1.25

Food Outlet: 
TBone Steak $4.96/lb
 Ground Beef $1.86/lb
Lean ground chuck $2.28/lb
Fryer Drumsticks $0.88/lb