As summer turns to fall, Brett Buckner's attention turns to the Star’s third annual HorrorFest, a buckets-of-blood marathon during which he will watch 31 horror movies in 31 days.

The blood was still churning in the water and the bikini-clad, blonde damsel had just barely escaped the jaws of the man-eating (or, in this case, woman-eating) great white shark when my 8-year-old daughter used a handful of buttered popcorn to steal my attention away from the movie screen.

My first concert was Alabama and Juice Newton. Not a lot of cool points in that statement, but I was maybe 8 years old — same age as my daughter.

I was sitting at the kitchen table a couple of weeks ago when I idly wondered, "Did I remember to get the air-conditioner serviced this spring?"

1. To beat the "dog days of summer," run through the sprinklers or visit one of the local splash pads at Oxford Lake, Zinn Park in Anniston or the new elaborate splash pad at Lakeside Park in Pell City. After cooling off, ask your parents to help you research why most of July and some of Aug…

Balloon pingpong: Tape or glue wooden popsicle sticks to the back of paper plates, blow up a balloon and get to whacking.Laser maze: Using a roll of crepe paper (preferably red so it looks like lasers), create a maze down a hallway, then try and make it through without touching the paper.Rol…

Musicians love to write songs about their mamas — from Ozzy Osbourne to Kanye West (yes, he has a mother) to the mighty George Jones, who wrote more songs about mama than all the rest combined. Some personal favorites:

1. The annual Noble Street Festival in downtown Anniston — featuring bicycle races, live music, a pop-up art gallery, food and lots of kids activities — is April 2 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free. See Page 4 for more details.