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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Aug. 17 Deadline: Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program

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Books-A-Million launched a Summer Reading Program with bestselling children's book author Carl Hiaasen. 

The summer adventure kicks off on May 19th when children can pick up their summer reading checklist at their neighborhood Books-A-Million. Children who participate in the Carl Hiaasen Summer Reading Program and read six featured books between May 19th and August 17th will receive a free exclusive Carl Hiaasen CHOMP or HOOT backpack (while supplies last).

June - August, Lowe's: Build & Grow Summer Schedule

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  • June 8 & 9 - Monsters University Scarers
  • June 22 & 23 - Monsters University Chest
  • July 13 & 14 - Toy Story Pizza Planet Truck
  • July 27 & 28 - Toy Story's RC
  • August 10 & 11 - Planes Dusty
  • August 24 & 25 - Disney's El Chupacabra
You will need to register online before you go. They hold the packs for the folks who registered up to 20 minutes into the build. If you don't arrive the pack is forfeited.

June 1, Cullman: Bird Watching at Peinhardt Farm

Saturdays in June

David Pylant will lead a series of beginner bird watching programs beginning at 8:30am Saturday, June 1. Bird identification of habitat, behavior, song, etc., will be discussed and observed. All ages welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required: Carolyn Johnson at 256-734-7271 or 734-0850 or bjohn781@aol.com.

End of May, Pinson: End of the Year Picnic & Swim!!!


Wow! It's time to celebrate all things "summer"!!! Let's celebrate together at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. This nature preserve offers a beautiful area to picnic, swim, and hiking trails.   There is a very shallow area for the littles to play in, plenty of area to just splash around, and an AWESOME natural water slide to slide down.  Don't forget to bring floats for the water slide!!!  

Click here for park information and directions
Time: 1:00 - ????
What: End of the Year Picnic & Swim
Who: All homeschoolers welcome!
Cost: FREE

Teens: Special shout to all homeschooling teens!!!  We always have lots of teens at our events, so please don't leave your teens at home for this event! 

Picnic Lunch - Please bring a picnic and drinks for your family. 

Buy/Sell/Trade - Bring your gently-used curriculum, clothes, books, toys etc. that would benefit other families.  We will have a Freecycle area set up.  If you are selling or trading, please DO NOT put your for sale/trade items near the Freecycle area.  Please take any of your left over items home with you when you leave.  

Things to bring:
  • picnic lunch and drinks for your family
  • chairs
  • sunscreen
  • floats
  • socks*
  • Freecycle items
  • Friends 
  • Please note that the rocks at Turkey Creek are very slippery.  The best thing I have found to prevent falls is wearing socks.  The socks work MUCH, much better than water shoes.  Don't say I didn't warn you! 
Questions?  Contact Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  

Aug. 24, Cullman: Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Growing Contests

Giant pumpkin and watermelon contests for Cullman youth up to age 18 will be held August 24, 2013 at the Farm Y’all Festival at the Festhalle Farmers Market. Cullman County youth or parents may pick up free seed—while they last—with growing instructions on growing giant pumpkins and watermelons.

There will be cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of $100, $50 and $25 respectively for both the giant pumpkin and melon divisions.

To register for the contest and pick up your seed packets, drop by the Cullman County Extension Office (402 Arnold St., Cullman) from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. For more information, call the Extension office at256-737-9386.

To be ready for the August 24 contest, seeds should be planted as soon as possible.

June 3 - 7, Cullman: Driver's Ed Class

Students who are interested in obtaining their driver's license or boating license, and possible insurance policy discounts, are invited to take part in the West Point High School's 'Summer Drivers Education Class' from Monday, June 3, through Friday, June 7, with classes being held from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at the school. The course will consist of one week in the classroom, with one day of driving before the end of classes. Cost is $150.00 for Cullman County students, and $200.00 for out-of-county students. To reserve your spot, please call West Point High School at 256-734-5375 or Mr. Ed Oaks, 256-595-7050.


  • Students will learn about programming by building a game.
  • The class will be live, conducted by an experienced teacher.
  • The class will be one hour long and meet on two occasions.
  • The class is being brought to you by Young Engineers Of Today.
  • The software is FREE. 
  • Did we mention the class is FREE? 
  • Already know Scratch? We will offer mini courses in Python, Java and Alice
  • Would your student rather build than program? We have that covered too!
  • Please check out YoungEngineersOfToday.com
  • Email youngengineersoftoday@gmail.com to get signup information. 
The class will meet online Monday (June 24) and Wednesday (June 26) at 2 pm eastern (11 am pacific). 

Why is the class being offered? 

First, our mission is to help create the next generation of engineers and programmers. Second, we want you to check out Young Engineers Of Today. We offer both virtual engineering classes for young people as well as classes that meet both virtually and physically.

June 10 - 14, Montevallo: FREE Teen Yoga Camp

By CATHERINE LEGG / Community Columnist

Teenagers are invited to the second annual free teen yoga camp this summer from June 10-14, 10 a.m. until noon, in Bibb Graves Dance Studio on the University of Montevallo campus.  Information from the American Yoga Association explains that the classical techniques of yoga can be traced back more than 5,000 years, and originated due to a desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” as it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.

Referring to this year’s camp, Diane Landers, UM kinesiology instructor, said, “We want to give teens an opportunity to have fun while learning and experiencing some of the life long benefits of yoga.  Yoga can be a primary source of exercise and fitness, a complement to team sports and other recreational activities, and can help us relax and unwind from a busy day. Yoga helps the whole body — inside and out, up and down. Everyone should know a little yoga, so why not start young!”  She explained that other benefits of yoga include increased physical strength, balance and flexibility, improved mental focus and concentration and learning techniques to relax and de-stress.

The camp is sponsored by the UM Kinesiology Department. Landers, along with Cairisti Britton, a UM graduate with a degree in kinesiology, will lead the activities.  Each day of camp will have a special theme such as earth/red, water/orange, fire/yellow, etc., and the flow yoga class (postures and breath work), group activities and guided meditations will support the day’s theme.

For more information, or to RSVP, phone 665-2373 or email landersd@montevallo.edu by June 6. Registration forms can to picked up at Parnell Library. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, and to wear comfortable clothes that will allow for movement.

Catherine Legg can be reached by email at clegg2@bellsouth.net.

Summer, Throughout Alabama: FREE/Low Cost Movie Series

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Here is a list of summer movies series to check out across the state of Alabama:

All 2013 Friday Night Movies will be shown at Veterans Park located at
7305 Highway 119, Alabaster.

The movies are FREE so it makes for a fun, yet economical evening of entertainment for family and friends.  All you’ll need to bring is a blanket or chair to sit on, and some snacks and drinks.  The movies will begin showing around dusk (usually 8:00).

2013 Schedule 
June 7 – “The Lorax” – PG (86 minutes)
June 21 – “Madagascar 3″ – PG (93 minutes)
July 12 – “Hotel Transylvania” – PG (91 minutes)
July 26 – “Wreck-It Ralph” – PG (108 minutes)
August 9 – “Happy Feet Two” – PG (100 minutes)

The Forest Park South Avondale Merchants' Association and REV Birmingham are proud to present a FREE, fun, family night out!

The dates and titles for Movies at Avondale Park are as followed
• UP - June 4
• Princess Bride - June 11
• ET - June 18
• The rain date is June 25

Show times are 8:15pm, with the amphitheater open for seating at 7pm.

Parking is available on the streets surrounding the park and in the park itself, and security will be on hand to guide movie-goers to the amphitheater. 

Alabama Theater
Tickets $8. Times & films vary. Go here for more info.

Southern Museum of Flight
Admission: Free
Every fourth Friday of the month at 7 p.m. you can stop by and watch a free movie with an aviation theme. 

May 24 Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines or How I flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes
June 28: Airplane!
July 26: Amelia
August 23: The Right Stuff
Sept. 27 Battle of Britain

Clark Theaters Wednesday College Cinema group movie program. 

Premiere Cinemas 16
Admission $1
Schedule listed below under FREE PCC movies. 

Dates & Times
May 24, 2013
Heritage Park 125 E Laurel Ave, Foley 
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with an archery demonstration by the Foley High School Archery team. At 6:30 we'll be entertained with music by Danny D Band.. At dusk, the movie "Brave" will be featured on the giant inflatable screen. Admission is free and concessions will be sold on site. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and join us for an evening under the stars.
Admission: Free to Public.

May 31 Big Miracle
June 7 Hotel Transylvania
June 21 Hair Spray
June 28 Babe the Gallant Pig

Sundown Cinemas 2013 at Helena Old Town Amphitheater
Movie Schedule
May 31 Brave
June 7 Paranorman
June 14 Rise of the Guardians
June 21 Happy Feet 2
June 28 Escape from Planet Earth
July 5 The Lorax
July 12 Hotel Transylvania
July 19 Frankenweenie
July 26 Madagascar 3
August 2 The Avengers
Concession Stand Opens 6:30pm
Movie Starts Approximately 8:00pm
Admission Free
No outside food or beverages allowed
Go here.

Veterans Park next to Spain Park High School. Movies will be shown every Friday night starting at dusk. 
(This series was formerly at Homewood Park)
Follow https://twitter.com/BYMovieParties for updates and cancellations.

May 31: BRAVE
June 7: Ice Age Continental Drift
June 14: Escape from Planet Earth 
June 21: The Odd Life of Timothy Green
June 28: Hotel Transylvania 
July 5: The Lorax
July 12: Madagascar 3
July 19: Wreck it Ralph 

Monoco Theaters
Mondays & Wednesdays 
Admission: Free
Time: 10 a.m. 

June 5 Madagascar 3
June 10 Marmaduke
June 12 The Smurfs
June 17 Romona & Beezus
June 19 Rise of the Guardians
June 24 Rio
June 26 Puss in Boots
July 1 Monsters vs Aliens
July 3 Lorax
July8 Megamind
July 10 Surfs Up
July 15 Hotel Transylvania
July 17 Kung Fu Panda 2
July 22 Ice Age Continental Drift
July 24 Night at the Museum 
July 29 Horton hears a Who
July 31 Diary of Wimpy Kid Roderick Rules
August 5 Diary of Wimpy Kids Dog Days
August 7 Despicable Me

US Space & Rocket Center
Admission: Free
Dates: Every Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Family Films: 
May 22: Monsters Inc.
May 29: The Iron Giant
June 5: Meet the Robinsons
June 12: Atlantis: The Lost Empire
June 19: Up
June 26: Treasure Planet
July 3: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
July 10: Wall-E
July 17: Jetsons: The Movie
July 24: Mars Needs Moms
July 31: Planet 51 

Madison (2 locations)
Free summer movies
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. 
$2 popcorn and $2 drinks
June 11 Despicable Me 
June 18 Parental Guidance
June 25 Hotel Transylvania
July 2 The Smurfs
July 9 Thunderstruck
July 16 Alvin & The Chipmunks The Squeakquel
July 23 Rise of the Guardians
July 30 The Lorax
Aug. 6 Ice Age Continental Drift
Aug. 13 Madagascar 3

Capri Theater
May 30 thru August 2
Thursdays & Fridays
10:00am & 1:00pm
The price of admission is still just $1.00 per child. Concession prices are the same as last year also - 50¢ each for a box of popcorn and small drinks (Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke or Dr Pepper) and $2.50 for all candy.

The Muppets Take Manhattan(G)
May 30 - 31
Madagascar 3(PG)
June 6 - 7
The Lorax(PG)
June 13 - 14
Puss In Boots(PG)
June 20 - 21
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs(PG)
June 27 - 28
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits(PG)
July 11 - 12
Monsters vs Aliens(PG)
July 18 - 19
Hotel Transylvania(PG)
July 25 - 26
Rise Of The Guardians(PG)
August 1 - 2

Outdoor Movie Series to the list. It is only $5 for an entire group of people, and we will be showing many family friendly movies throughout the summer (and some in the Fall as well).

Our summer schedule, which can also be found herehttp://mwwtm.com/index.html and here www.facebook.com/mwwtm, is as follows:

June 14: "It Happened One Night" (1934)
June 21: "Airplane!" (1980) -- PG
June 28: "The Goonies" (1985) -- PG
July 5: "Cloud Atlas" (2012) -- R
July 12: "The Train" (1964)
July 19: "The Time Machine" (1960)
July 26: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968) – G
Admission will be $5 per carload or group, up to seven people. Attendees can bring snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, blankets, and chairs to make their viewing experience more pleasurable. The movies will be shown on a 45-foot inflatable theater screen, set up atop the old Queen City Pool behind the MWWTM, located at 1901 Jack Warner Parkway, and will start at 8 p.m. 
For more information, please contact the Museum directly at 205-248-4931, call Tuscaloosa 311 at 205-248-5311 or visit www.mwwtm.com

Alabaster and Oxford
Admission: $3.50 includes free box of popcorn and kids soda
Movies: every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

Each location will host the Summer Movie Express on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am for nine weeks. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute.

Week Title Rating Start Time
1 The Three Stooges PG 10am
1 Ice Age: Continental Drift PG 10am
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days PG 10am
2 Parental Guidance PG 10am
3 Mr. Poppers' Penguins PG 10am
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked G 10am
4 Monte Carlo PG 10am
4 Rio G 10am
5 Coraline PG 10am
5 ParaNorman PG 10am
6 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax PG 10am
6 Big Miracle PG 10am
7 Yogi Bear PG 10am
7 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island PG 10am
8 Racing Stripes PG 10am
8 Happy Feet Too PG 10am
9 African Cats G 10am
9 Chimpanzee G 10am

(Call before you go) 
Every Tuesday and Wednesday June 4 through August 7 at 10 a.m. 
$1 per movie or 10 shows for $5

Gulf Shores, Tuscaloosa & Jasper. 
Admission: Free
Times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.) Same day ticketing only.

Go here for the Tuscaloosa schedule.
Go here for the Jasper schedule. 

Summer Kids Fest
Admission: Free
Dates: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 
June 19 The Smurfs
June 26 Alvin & Chipmunks Chipwrecked
July 3 Madagascar 3
July 10 Horton Hears a Who
July 17 Rise of the Guardians
July 24 Despicable Me
July 31 Rio
Aug. 7 The Lorax 

June - August, Cullman: Summer Agricultural Programs

Now registering for North Alabama Agriplex Summer Youth Programs. Summer Garden Camps for ages 3-10, starting May 29th, 9:30-11:00am. Touring Farms for Kids, June 19-20, ages 7-13, and Sewing Camp July 9-12 ages 5-10. For more info call 256-297-1044 or e-mail cullmanag@gmail.com

Farm Kid's Club- Natural Dyeing- Saturday, June 1st, 9:00-10:30am, North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center,. For ages 5 and up with an adult. Come see what colors black walnuts, Queen Anne's Lace, and more make fabric. Each child will make a tie dye project to take home. $5 per child. To register call 256-297-1044 or e-mail cullmanag@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013 6:00-9:00pm Heritage Center

Saturday, August 24, 2013 FARM Y'ALL Festival
Festhalle and Depot Park
Celebration of Cullman County Agriculture

Rachel Dawsey
North Alabama Agriplex Coordinator
P.O. Box 2428
Cullman, AL 35056

June - July, Bham: Writing Camps

Know an intrepid student looking for something a little different this summer? The Desert Island Supply Co. is offering six week-long summer camps.
Each camp is $90 (materials and snacks included) and meets Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Scholarships are available for students with financial need.
Here's the schedule:
June 10-14: Fly Your Flag HighAges 10-14 
In this flag-making camp, we will create a new unofficial flag for Birmingham and design our very own personal flags. 
June 17-21: Mapper's Delight!
Ages 9-12
At our popular mapmaking camp, we will spend the week exploring and charting real and imagined places

June 24-28: Fashion Camp
Ages 13-16
DISCO and the Bib & Tucker Sew-Op are partnering for this "up-cycling" fashion camp.
July 8-12: You Write The Songs
Ages 10-14
At DISCO's music camp, we will craft some amazing lyrics and then collaborate on the composition with local bands.
July 15-19: Writers' Workshop
Ages 15-18
This signature writing camp is for teens who want to spend one solid week working with professional writers and editors, and collaborating with other young writers in a workshop setting. 
July 22-26: Summer Food Stories 
Ages 7-11
This food-appreciation and food-writing camp culminates with a special Saturday session at Pepper Place Market. 
Have a question? Email Lillis Taylor. Look forward to seeing you this summer! Thanks for your continued support of the Desert Island Supply Co.!

5500 1st Avenue North | Birmingham, AL 35212 US

Student Spotlight: Malik Kofi (Deemed a Child Prodigy)

Malik Kofi has been enrolled with Everest Academy since 2009.

By Michael Huebner | mhuebner@al.com 
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --Malik Kofi, the 11-year-old cello prodigy from Birmingham has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Grio and several other national publications.

"Little Music Manchild: The Malik Kofi Story," which was recently completed after four months of filming, takes viewers inside Malik's world -- including homeschooling with his grandmother, lessons with Alabama Symphony cellist Craig Hultgren, and testimony from jazz musician Frank Adams and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar David.

In addition to his cello studies, Malik is a public speaker who, at 7 years, addressed a Boutwell Auditorium at the occasion of President Obama's inauguration. He was speaking in sentences at 8 months, reading fluently at 2 years old and has has been studying cello for six years. He has his sights on studying at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore or the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, two of the nation's finest music schools.

Malena Cunningham, an Emmy award-winning former news anchor, wrote and produced the film.

"Birmingham is known for its rich musical heritage," Cunningham wrote in a statement. "Malik is an amazing talent destined to put a new focus on the The Magic City in the classical music arena."

Organizers plan to submit the documentary to various film festivals.

See the trailer:

If you have an Everest Academy student you would like to see spotlighted, please send a brief write up along with a picture to everestacademy1@gmail.com .