• For those willing to brave the cold, there will be a meeting of the Montevallo Astronomical Society and the UM Astronomy Club Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory. All visitors are welcome for an evening of celestial observing and good company. For those with GPS navigation systems, the physical address of the JWSO is 1093 Pebble Road, Montevallo, AL 35115. Directions to the JWSO: Following 119 South through Montevallo, turn right onto 10 West (Middle Street) and continue for 1 mile, bearing right onto 17 North. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto 206 West, and after 0.4 miles, turn right onto Pebble Road, continuing 0.7 miles to the UM Gentry Springs property.
• The 2014 Montevallo Holiday Parade will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m., on Montevallo’s Main Street. UM is this year’s presenting sponsor, and Freddie Falcon will serve as grand marshal. He will be joined by the Montevallo Bulldog, Ronald McDonald and the Birmingham Barons’ Babe Ruff. Parade-goers are encouraged to join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Montevallo Elementary School, following the parade, for the Christmas Bazaar, which will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
• In conjunction with Family and Consumer Sciences Day Wednesday, Dec. 3, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences will sponsor a “‘Dining In’ for Healthy Families” event, and the UM Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is encouraging everyone to participate! Studies link better nutrition to better overall health and weight management for people of all ages. Additionally, children and teenagers who share family meals have been shown to make better grades and possess improved literacy skills. There is also a significant financial aspect to dining in vs. eating out. The emphasis for the “Dining In” Day is to promote eating healthy meals prepared at home as a family. Some of the things you can do to participate are:
Questions? Contact the UM Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at 9-665-6385.
• The UM Child Study Center will host its annual Breakfast with Santa event Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. All are invited to come and enjoy sausage biscuits, donuts and juice with Santa, to visit the Christmas bazaar and to bid on silent auction items. Take pictures with Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes. Proceeds benefit the Center. For more information, contact the Center at 9-665-6585.