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100 Women Strong

JULY/AUGUST 2017

For 36 years, the Family Sunshine Center has been a beacon of hope to victims of family violence, and/or sexual assault. This includes women, men and children. Offering hope, healing, and eventual happiness, the Family Sunshine Center’s mission is to aid victims of domestic violence and assault. Many arrive at the Family Sunshine Center with often just the clothing on their back. After a series of counseling sessions, self-esteem workshops, and other aid, these individuals gain the tools to be independent of their abusers. Although this process is not an easy one, the victims are always appreciative of the center’s aid. Many even come back to the center to share their testimonies of healing with supporters. 

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Mobile Cuisine

MAY/JUNE 2017

The food truck industry has exploded in major cities across the country, and Montgomery is no exception. The City of Montgomery is very supportive of the food truck movement, and those who live and work in the area are excited to have more dining options available here. Some of the trucks currently operating in Montgomery are Southern Smoke Shack, On a Roll, NYC Gyro and Fire Meats Wood, among others. There are even plans in the works by Lomar Benson of Fire Meats Wood to create an app that allows people to see where each food truck is every day. Steve Jones, director of general services for the mayor’s office, graciously agreed to answer questions about the food truck movement.

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Heritage to Horizon: Legacy of the Great War –A Century of Airpower

MARCH/APRIL 2017

Maxwell Air Force base has been gearing up to celebrate two historic marks in history, anniversaries that bring to light the importance of not only aviation, but the United States’ efforts in making this country the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Blackberry Smoke

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017

A lot can happen in 16 years, and there may be very few bands that understand that more than Blackberry Smoke. The Atlanta-based Southern rock band formed in 2000, the brink of the new millennium. Emerging during the time of frosted tips and boy bands, Blackberry Smoke--consisting of Charlie Starr (lead vocals/guitar), Richard Turner (bass), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitars) and Brandon Still (keys)-- started to grow their audience against all odds. Though a southern-bred band, the quintet got their big break in the northern states, maybe because of the saturation of Southern rock at the time or maybe because Northerners like Southern music more than they’d like to admit. Whatever the reason, Blackberry Smoke doesn’t care because that recognition was a catalyst for their music career.

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Real Men Wear Pink 2016

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

Twenty-one Montgomery men were selected on September 1st to take part in the American Cancer Society’s second annual Real Men Wear Pink of Montgomery campaign. The statewide campaign raises awareness and funds during breast cancer awareness month. Last year, the men raised $113,650 to support the fight against breast cancer with Al Dees, executive vice president of marketing with Alfa Insurance, being the top fundraiser raising $26,170. Other top fundraisers included Dr. Stephen Davidson, oncologist with Montgomery Cancer Center, who raised $14,389 and Dr. Donny Goodwin, owner and veterinarian for Goodwin Animal Hospital, who raised $13,937.

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Be Our Guest

JULY/AUGUST 2016

It’s no secret that Disney musicals are loved far and wide, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival is no stranger to bringing Disney to the River Region. Devoted fans have come out in droves to see ASF bring to life some of Disney’s most timeless and enchanting stories that captivate and ignite the imagination of all ages.

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The Mulligan Brothers

MAY/JUNE 2016

Survey any group of artists and 98 percent of them will say they grew up wanting to play music. It's very rare that serious artists realize their passion for music later in life. It happens, no doubt, but it's rare. Some hop from instrument to instrument, trying to figure out which one suits them best; others know from the start exactly what they're meant to play. While Ross Newell, lead singer and guitarist of The Mulligan Brothers, reminisces about his experience growing up with a passion for music, he pauses to recall drummer Greg Deluca's experience before continuing on.

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A Tribal Trifecta

MARCH/APRIL 2016

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is known for doing positive things, and I’m not just talking about the numerous sponsorships they donate to enrich our community or all the jobs they provide. I’m talking about bringing us first-class entertainment and dining just a few miles away. The $65 million dollar renovation of Wind Creek Montgomery is not something to just read about. It is a must see.

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Real Men Wear Pink

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

Some pretty awesome men are wearing pink around Montgomery these days. Is this a bold fashion statement or an alternative new look? Well, perhaps it feels that way for the men, but all this pink supports awareness of a worthy cause.

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Part of ASF's World

JULY/AUGUST 2015

In 1989, the world was introduced to a beautiful, redheaded, cartoon mermaid named Ariel. Her ambitious and curious nature led her on an adventure of a lifetime to discover a new world. Today, her story continues to enchant both young and old in the form of theme park attractions, movie sequels and a musical. The latter has landed right here in Montgomery, Alabama to help us escape from the summer heat with a little trip under the sea.

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