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Trinity Medical Center has taken a step closer toward relocating from its Montclair Road campus to the brand new 13-story medical facility on Highway 280 at Grandview Parkway. The proposed move into the building previously described as a “digital hospital” by former owner HealthSouth has had both support and opposition. In August, the hospital achieved a major victory in its effort to gain state regulatory approval for its move to the Highway 280 facility. State Administrative Law Judge James Hampton issued his recommendation in favor of the move. The decision follows months of deliberation and a comprehensive review of the facts during what was the longest such hearing on a healthcare matter in Alabama history. “We are thrilled that after carefully considering the testimony of more than 61 witnesses during four weeks of hearings,


Kathryn Acree listens as Trinity CEO Keith Granger explains the features of the patient rooms in the 280 Hospital.

Alabama & Auburn Preview

With Jay Barker and AL DelGreco

Al DelGreco - Auburn

By Dan Starnes and Will Hightower

To mark the beginning of football season, we were fortunate to sit down with Jay Barker and AL DelGreco to preview the Alabama and Auburn seasons. Jay and Al can be heard along with Tony Kurre weekday mornings from 6 a.m.-10a.m. on The Opening Drive on JOX 94.5 FM.

Jay Barker - Alabama Q: The Tide only returns a couple of starters on Defense for 2010. Can the defense be as dominant as they were the last two years? Barker: The key question is the secondary. Most of these guys are household names. They have played a lot, but they have not played together. What kind of chemistry they have as starters will go a long way toward determining their success.

Jay Barker

Q: Many coaches have a big year in year two Do you see this as being a big year for Gene Chizik? DelGreco: I think we will certainly be better than we were last year for a number of reasons. Chizik just needs to keep doing what he’s doing, and keep winning games. A big part of determining whether this second season will be successful is if we have a few breakthrough wins – we are 0-8 vs. Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, and Alabama in the last two years. Chizik must go 2-2 or maybe just 1-3 in these games. Q: Last season was a big turnaround for the offense while the defense was somewhat of a weak link. Will Ted Roof’s defense be able to turn it around this year and allow the Tigers to put it all together? DelGreco: I don’t think it’s fair to put a grade on Ted Roof’s defense last year because of the lack of depth and the lack of talent. He had to play more walk-ons than any other SEC team last year. So yes, there will be drastic improvement this year now

Q: Can Josh Chapman replace Terrance Cody at Nose tackle? Barker: He’s huge, not tall, but very big. While Cody was a mountain, Josh is a stump. He is experienced enough to make a big difference. The key to that position is to

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It’s Personal Traveling from I-20 West

Traveling from I-20/59 East

Traveling North on I-65 or Hwy. 280 North

Traveling South on I-65

• Take I-20 west to Montevello Road (exit 132), exit left

• Take I-20/59 east to I-20 east (exit 130 to Atlanta)

• Take I-459 and exit north to I-20 west (exit 29 to Birmingham)

• From I-65 south take the I-20/59 exit east

• Turn right onto Montclair Road

• Continue on I-20 east to Oporto-Madrid Blvd. (exit 132A), exit right

• Continue on I-20 west to Montevello Road (exit 132), exit left

• Turn right onto Montclair Road

• Turn right onto Montclair Road

• In 1.6 miles the main entrance of the hospital will be on the right

• In 2.3 miles the main entrance of the hospital will be on the right

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Editor’s note

This month’s editor’s note brings two exciting announcements. For one, 280 Living is celebrating its 3rd Birthday! Yes, this September marks the beginning of Volume IV! That’s hard to believe! Over the years 280 Living has grown and improved in so many ways. What started as a two person operation in the basement of my house, hand thrown every month out of the back of our family truck, now utilizes several writers, photographers, even an intern, and various other contributors. It has become a trusted, well-informed, welldesigned staple in the community. It is no longer hand thrown, but mailed directly to homes. It is a true media contender reaching 36,000 homes each month with its sister publication in Mountain Brook, Village Living. It’s for real and it’s here to stay!

It is with mixed emotions that I also announce I am stepping down as Editor to pursue other endeavors. I will, however, contribute to 280 Living from time to time editorially and/or graphically. From the bottom of my heart, I thank this community for the support you have given me. I thank my original advertisers who were willing to take the gamble with me, and I thank those who have stuck with the publication over the last three years ~ those who have believed in the power of advertising in good times and bad. This newspaper is not about me. It’s about us! I love this area, I love its people, and I truly believe this paper gives us a voice and a border. So, advertisers ~ keep advertising! And readers ~ keep reading!

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Beverly Russell, owner of Olivia’s Restaurant and Lounge in the Inverness area, wanted her third restaurant to give the traditional “meat and three” meal an overhaul. “I didn’t want the look of a steam table set-up like a cafeteria,” says Russell. “I wanted it to be more upscale than that.” Olivia’s Restaurant and Lounge opened July 23rd in the former Indigo Joes location, and Russell has put her touch on the redesigned eatery. “When I first saw this space, I knew it was too big for what I wanted to accomplish,” explains Russell. “I loved the location and it’s close to my home in Brook Highland, so I made it work.” A wall was put up, reducing it to a more manageable size for Russell, but leaving the large kitchen. “That kitchen is what I wanted,” Russell explains with a smile. “That kitchen” is busy Monday through Saturday preparing sandwiches and salads, as well as Russell’s extensive menu of meats and vegetables. “My idea of this place is based on traditional Sunday dinners,” says Russell. “My mom made Sunday dinner the best meal of our week and some of the recipes are hers, while others are recipes I’ve developed through the years.” Russell’s previous restaurants were on Morris Avenue downtown and most recently near Brookwood Village. After 22 years in the business, she was proud to name this restaurant after her daughter Olivia, also named for Russell’s mother. Born and raised in Montevallo, Russell gives her mother’s touch to some of her favorites. “I serve my turnip greens with a slice of tomato and onion,” explains Russell. “Customers tell me they remember their mother doing the same thing.”

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Olivia’s best selling menu items are the weekday lunch specials. Favorites include country-fried steak, pot roast and pork chops. The pork chops are listed as baked, but can be grilled upon request. Menu specials rotate each day, but always include a choice from four meats and six vegetables. At night, a special of the day remains available in addition to heartier entrees including a New York strip steak and fried or grilled tilapia. Russell offers a hamburger selection as well for those looking for this classic with fries. “My hamburgers are all handmade with a combination of ground beef and ground chuck,” says Russell. “They have been a big seller because they are so juicy, plus I have a secret recipe!” If you’d visited the old Indigo Joes, you’ll be impressed with the upscale touch of Olivia’s. Gone are all the televisions and sports logos. A classic, tasteful bar runs the length of the back wall of the dining room now completely redesigned in subtle, earth tones. Although the sports aura is gone, Olivia’s can still pull in an evening crowd. A bar special is available everyday and Russell believes they make a great martini. “We’ll always have something on the board,” explains Russell. “Recently we had a $3.00 martini night and that was a hit.” Plans include a live band appearing twice a month to make better use of the outdoor seating. The first band scheduled to appear is “To the Max,” a jazz band Russell thinks her customers will really enjoy. Russell also caters special events and Olivia’s can host private get-togethers such as birthdays and rehearsal dinners. Olivia’s Restaurant and Lounge open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Opa! Opa! It’s the Greek Food Festival By Kari Kampakis

9,000 pounds of chicken 3,000 pounds of ground beef 15,000 pastries 900 pans of pastichio 25,000 plates served over three days Add all this together and what do you get? The 38th Annual Birmingham Greek Food Festival. Yes, it’s that time of year again, so mark your calendar for Sept. 23 through 25 and come hungry to one of Birmingham’s most highly anticipated events. A true cultural experience, this festival is an act of love of Birmingham’s Greek community and more than 100 parish volunteers. Besides delicious Greek cuisine, you’ll enjoy live music, Greek dancing by the youth, and a warm, spirited atmosphere that embraces everyone as family. As thousands of returning patrons can attest, you will leave a devoted fan. If you work downtown and want to pick up lunch or dinner for the family, remember the take-out option. Take-out is now 40 percent of the festival’s business and offers both drive-thru and walk-up lines. Check out the festival’s website (www. for the menu, and call ahead for orders of 10 or more. The festival’s frozen food sale is

another opportunity you don’t want to miss. Frozen pans of homemade pastichio – in essence, a Greek lasagna – will be sold for $30 at take-out and with the pastries. Each pan feeds 9 to 12 people, perfect for large gatherings and holidays. Last year’s pastichio proceeds went to help the Bell Center and the UAB Civitan-Sparks Center. Below are details for the upcoming event. We look forward to seeing you! 38th Annual Greek Food Festival Dates and Time: September 23, 24, 25, 2010; 10:30am-10:00pm Place: Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral- 307 19th Street South Birmingham, Alabama 35233 205-7163088 Price: Free Admission. Food items are individually priced. Featuring: Delicious Greek food favorites! The Greek Market Place has imported food, icons, fine jewelry and much more. Take Out Orders Can be picked up between 10:30am and 7:00pm Thursday thru Saturday. Call Festival Take-Out 716-3086 or fax 716-3085. Go to www. for take-out information.

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Past Perfect |

by Lauren Nix

Lee Branch 980-1898

Business Spotlight Past Perfect, located at 230 Doug Baker Blvd., offers its customers a wonderful selection of new and consigned home furnishings. “We really have anything you need furnishing wise for your house; from artwork, to upholstery and rugs and anything you’d need to decorate with,” Owner Mary Carol McDaniel said. When walking through the extensively decorative showroom, one would find it almost impossible to distinguish between the new and used items. The store will have been open seven years this November, and approximately 25 percent of their furnishings are consigned items. “People walk in here and they say ‘Oh, I thought you had consigned items.’ They’ll be half-way around the store and they haven’t even realized that a lot of what they’re looking at is consigned,” McDaniel said. Customers usually send pictures of items they would like to consign so the staff can determine if it is an item that they could use in the store. “We look for things that are still current and desirable, and it has to be in good condition,” McDaniel said pointing to two chairs in the store window that look like they just came from the manufacturer. If a consignment item is sold, Past Perfect and the consigner split the money 50/50. McDaniel says they try to sell the item at half of what the retail price would be, but sometimes that’s not possible. “People who are shopping at consignment stores are usually looking for a really good deal, so we have to keep that in mind and price it where it’s still attractive to someone, and they can still feel like they’re getting a deal for something great,” she said. Selling a home furnishing through Past Perfect is successful for so many customers because new and consigned items share the showroom.

Mary Carol McDaniel

“They’re displayed attractively and someone can really see how it would fit in their home,” McDaniel said. The store also has a decorating program called “Accessories On Wheels” where customers pay to have Past Perfect decorators transform any room in their house. The decorators go to a customer’s house, take pictures and talk to them about what they would like for $120. After the initial meeting, the customer can come back in the store where the decorators will present their ideas and the customer can choose which items they like. If an item is not in the store, Past Perfect will order it. “Once everything is in, we’ll deliver it all at the same time and install it, if the customer decides to have us do that, and just kind of transform the whole room and pull it all together,” McDaniel said. McDaniel said the program is popular for them and an easy way for customers to improve a room in their house. Another popular aspect of the store is the quick turnaround when ordering upholstery. McDaniel says the upholstery will be in the store 35 days after it is ordered. All of these facts, plus the friendly staff, make Past Perfect the perfect local store to shop for furniture. For more information on Past Perfect visit their website at www.pastperfectstore. com or call at 980-1898.

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The Humidor Room, located at 5479 Highway 280, brings unique aspects to their cigar shop. The store carries a large selection of cigars and cigar accessories and also has a full bar and lounge. “We’re the only cigar bar in town. There’s nowhere else you can go that has a full selection of cigars and a full line of liquor, beer and wine,” Owner Saeid Morshedi said. Customers can watch television on large leather couches while smoking a cigar and enjoying their drink of choice. “What I built was a cigar shop and cigar bar. There’s not one like it anywhere where you have wine, beer and of course liquor,” Morshedi said. The store is under new ownership now and Morshedi says he tried to make it as classy and comfortable as possible. Humid lockers are available so customers can keep their cigars fresh and store them at The Humidor Room. They also carry a large selection of cutters and other cigar accessories, and of course humidors. Wednesday is Ladies Night at the Humidor Room where there are specials on martinis and wine, and the first ten women receive a free cigar. “We welcome all the ladies,” Morshedi said.

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During football season they will be playing all the games and would love for people to watch them at The Humidor Room, Morshedi added. The store also has late hours, closing at midnight Wednesday through Saturday. “Our hours will be later for football season,” Morshedi said. Oct. 1 is the grand opening party for the store. “We’re going to have drink tastings and two cigar vendors here, along with food and music,” Morshedi said. For more information visit their website at or call at 995-4481.

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Revelry Abounds at the Mt. Laurel Elementary Renaissance Faire By Kathryn Acree

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Mt. Laurel Elementary School is making preparations for their 7th annual Renaissance Faire on September 24th from 5:30-8:30. Lords, ladies, a king and queen, swordsmen, and magicians from the Alabama Renaissance Festival in Florence, Alabama, are scheduled to appear at the faire. Carnival food vendors, inflatables, period games, and renaissance displays will be available to entertain the entire family. A village market with arts and crafts vendors is also planned along with a silent auction featuring a variety of items, including bowl tickets. Tickets to the faire are $10 per adult, $5 per child and children age 4 and under are free. This is Mt. Laurel Elementary’s biggest fundraiser of the school year. “The Renaissance festival is a great event for our school,” says PTO first vicepresident, Colleen Burback. “We hold it in September to get families acquainted with one another, and to get the parents involved in the preparations of each classroom “themed” basket (for the silent auction). The baskets are made up of donated items from local businesses.” The “medieval” themed food doesn’t go unnoticed, either. “The giant turkey legs are a big hit,” says Burback. “Of course, everyone always loves the funnel cakes, too.” Volunteers keep the faire running year after year. The 18 members of the school’s PTO are involved, along with parents from each classroom. The administration, including Principal Angela Walker and Vice Principal Tina Neighbors, also help out and this year, the staff will dress in period-themed costumes. “This will be the first year that the Alabama Renaissance Festival Players will be helping us,” explains Burback. “So far

Dressing up is fun at the Mt. Laurel Elementary Renaissance Faire

we have 14 Festival Players confirmed, including the royal court. The King and Queen will be “knighting” children that finish our treasure hunt game and get all the answers correct. They will receive a prize and a certificate from the King. “ “In the past our faire has been more of a carnival type atmosphere,” says Burback. “This year we thought we would stay with the true theme of the faire, and introduce the parents and the kids to the Renaissance period with shows, skits, sword battles, and the King and Queen and their Lords and Ladies.” For more information on the Mt. Laurel Elementary School Renaissance Faire, contact the school at 205-682-7230.

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OMHS hosts First Annual Little Miss Oak Mountain Pageant Oak Mountain High School will host the First Annual Little Miss Oak Mountain Pageant on Saturday, September 18th at 5:00 pm in the Oak Mountain High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be $8.00 for an adult and $5.00 for students 12 and under. Children under 2 will be free and seating is limited. The pageant will be open for any girl attending an Oak Mountain area school, grades K-8. There will be a Princess winner and two alternates per age group, and a

Little Miss Oak Mountain 2010 from the 8th grade contestants. Awards will be given out for Prettiest Smile, Hair, Eyes and Dress in each age group. Every contestant will receive a trophy. The goal in hosting this pageant is to provide a fun and uplifting pageant experience while recognizing the beauty in each participant. Overall judging will be based on natural beauty and poise. For more information on the pageant, contact Ashley Walls at awalls@shelbyed.

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Connecting across the globe Briarwood School adds Mandarin Chinese Language Program


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By Kathryn Acree Dr. Barrett Mosbacker has traveled to many parts of the world, but his July trip to the Yunnan Province of China allowed him to bring home part of that experience to share with the students of Briarwood Christian School. This year Briarwood will launch its Distance Learning Program offering a course in Mandarin Chinese to students at its high school campus. Superintendent of Briarwood Christian School since 2006, Mosbacker’s professional background included teaching business and for this reason, he understands firsthand the advantages of learning the Mandarin Chinese language. “Personally I feel all indications are we’ll see China emerge as a world power in the next fifteen years, “ says Mosbaker. “Exposure to this language and culture will certainly provide opportunities for our students as they prepare for college and a career.” Mosbacker’s 10-day trip to China set the groundwork for Briarwood’s language course. He visited with the Yunnan Province’s Secretary of the Municipal Committee of the CPC (Communist Party of China), Li Cun Gui. The Secretary gave enthusiastic approval for Briarwood to form a partnership with Ky High School. Ky High School has the reputation of being one of the best high schools in the Yunnan Province. The partnership will allow Briarwood and Ky High School to link up through the Oovoo software system. The schools will connect through video conferencing and file sharing and the program will grow to include other high schools that connect online.

Although the program is set-up as an online course, it is an all-year, credited class, facilitated through teacher, Cari Cook. Cook’s specialty is math, but she had the opportunity to live and teach in China before coming to Briarwood, so her exposure to the culture gives the 30 students signed up for the course an advantage. “The Chinese culture fully embraces education as a priority,” explains Mosbacker. “When the Ky High School principal and I discussed the 13 hour time difference in our locations, he said simply, “Our students will be available (for video conferencing) during their 7:00 p.m. study hall.” Mosbacker sees this course expanding in the next few years to include student and teacher exchanges between the schools. Plans are underway for an 11th grade Ky High School student to live in a host home in Birmingham for two years as the first exchange student. He will receive reduced tuition at Briarwood in exchange for serving as a tutor to the students in Briarwood’s course. Although the program will be established with a school in a country led by a communist regime, Mosbacker sees the Yunnan Province’s desire for a positive, healthy relationship with the United States. “This trip exceeded my expectations as far as the doors this language course will open. The economic market simply drives the Chinese culture to look to the outside world,” explains Mosbacker. “It is by necessity they will become a more open society and a program like this is a step in that direction.”

Ky High School in China’s Yunnan Province will form a partnership with Briarwood Christian School

New Cub Scout Pack Charters in Meadow Brook Meadow Brook Baptist Church is chartering a new Cub Scout Pack. Den meetings will be twice a month and the first meeting will be held this fall. The pack

is open to boys in 1st-5th grade. For more information, contact David Eanes at 205991-8384. Meadow Brook Baptist Church is located at 4984 Meadow Brook Road.

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Friendship garden yields abundant summer harvest

(L-R) Stephanie McDonald holding Beckett McDonald, Amy O’Dell, Laura Pastor, Arden McDonald, Gardeners not shown in photo: Jessica Headrick-Springer and Brandy Davis

by Patti Henderson Laura Pastor sat looking out the back window of her office. As she scanned the view, a thought occurred to her. “I saw all this great unused land and started thinking about creating a garden.” But it would be no ordinary garden. It would be a familyfriendly- organic-co-op-garden. Laura and her husband Pete own The Painting Company on Highway 119. Laura tends to administrative duties while her husband handles the day-to-day operations. The small house that holds their business sits on approximately 28 acres of beautiful flat grassy land. Based on the size she wanted the garden to be, Laura knew she would need help. Her sister Stephanie was a “shoe in.” After that, Laura relied on her facebook account to solicit friends who would not only be willing to pitch in cost-wise, but also commit to three days of work per week. They started with eight interested friends, of which 5 paid, and four stuck with it. It’s no slouchy garden measuring out at 4,000 square feet! Keep in mind, it’s organic too. “No chemicals are used in the garden. We wanted it to be organic because we wanted it to be better for us to eat, and better for the environment,” said Laura. She also added, “it’s quite an expense to buy organic foods and quite a challenge to find a good selection in local grocery stores.” Organic means extra tasty! But organic also means a little more labor and sweat. “We’ve had our fair share of pests including deer. For the bugs we used neem oil, soapy water, or picked them off one by one. The squash bugs were our biggest

problem during the summer. We also had deer munching on our veggies, so we used Irish Spring soap shavings, and human urine around the perimeter to deter them, and it worked!” To get the garden started, each gardener contributed $200, which they spent on compost, soaker hoses, seeds, tomato cages, trellises and tools. “We used the Yahoo service called ’Freecycle’ to acquire many other needed items,” added Laura. They ordered organic seeds online or purchased them at local garden shops. To save money, they created a grow room inside the office where they were able to sprout their own seedlings. They borrowed some equipment and hired a local farmer to help with the initial tilling of the soil since the ground was so hard. And the work paid off! “We had over 45 tomato plants, 30 squash and zucchini, 25 pepper plants (all different kinds), 12 okra plants, 2 rows of corn, sweet potatoes, eggplants, black beans, green beans, gourds, loofah, every herb you can think of, carrots, radishes, watermelon, pumpkins, cantaloupe and more cucumbers than we knew what to do with!” exclaimed Laura. They not only had enough for every family involved, but also enough to prop up a local veggie stand where their children helped sell the excess. “We had a great first season, and our children are learning a lot from us having the garden.” Money earned at the stand is put right back into the garden. Already the group has started its fall planting. Come harvest time, they hope to have all types of lettuces, cabbage, beets, and many other cold- loving crops.

Purposeful Art at NSL this month By Lauren Nix Imani Anderson, a 15-year-old senior Girl Scout, has created Purposeful Art, a program aimed at raising awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis diseases. The program consists of four art classes in which people diagnosed with a chronic illness will create a piece of artwork pertaining to their feelings about the disease. “This project does work along with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. They have been very beneficial in getting everything pulled together,” Tampia Anderson, Imani’s mother, said. The main event will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. at the North Shelby Library. Each session is expected to last approximately one hour. Other sessions will be held at Children’s Harbor on Sunday, Sept. 19 as well as Oct. 3 and 11. “Out of the four classes we’re having, there will be a group that will choose the best artwork,” Anderson said. The first place winner will receive a $75 gift card and a trophy, the second place winner will receive a $50 gift card and the

third place winner will receive a $25 gift card. All of the artwork will be converted to a canvas to be included in a quilt which will be designed by Anne Hooks for Tapestry Designs. The quilt will be given to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America which they will use in their fundraising efforts. “That’s why we’re really trying to get the word out, because in addition to having the art contest, there’s going to be an additional benefit for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation where money can be raised to find a cure,” Anderson said. Imani Anderson created the event to both achieve the Gold Award for Girl Scouts, as well as to raise awareness for the diseases. “The whole purpose of this is to publicize Crohn’s and Colitis and to give to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America,” Anderson said. For more information on Purposeful Art and how you can participate please call Imani and Tampia Anderson at 616-6484 or email them at

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Chelsea’s Citizen Observer Patrol Dedicates New Vehicle By Kathryn Acree The city of Chelsea’s all-volunteer Citizen Observer Patrol (C.O.P.) dedicated a new patrol car in a ceremony held at city hall on August 4th. The car will be added into service with two other vehicles used by the 34 active volunteer members of the C.O.P. doing their part to keep Chelsea safe. Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry and Chelsea Mayor Earl Niven were part of the dedication ceremony, along with C.O.P. director Dale Neuendorf and many members of the C.O.P. organization. The patrol car is equipped with lights, siren, sheriff’s department radios, Southern Linc radios, hand-held radio/scanners and an array of safety and traffic equipment. “I couldn’t be any more pleased with this program,“ said Chelsea Mayor Earl Niven. “This is such a strong organization and it’s as strong as it’s ever been. The 30 to 35 people out patrolling, directing traffic, assisting with events and the beginning of school- they make such a difference.” Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry gave the organization high praise as well. “In law enforcement, no agency works by themselves,” said Curry. “The C.O.P. program works with our department on such a professional level providing Chelsea with efficient service. Plus, think of all the people that travel through Chelsea on 280 and you’ll see what a benefit this organization really is.” The C.O.P. organization is a unique enhancement to the city of Chelsea. Established in 1998, the program assists law enforcement by patrolling

New patrol car for Chelsea’s Citizen Observer Patrol

neighborhoods, churches, playgrounds, schools and businesses. Volunteers monitor all emergency calls from Chelsea Fire and Rescue and from the Sheriff’s dispatch, being in constant contact to report any unusual activity. The C.O.P volunteers do not engage on any situation, are not armed and are non-confrontational, but instead watch for situations that might need attention. The C.O.P. volunteers wear uniforms and work in teams of two. After a training period that includes procedures for observing techniques, first aid, traffic directing and driver’s safety, they commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week of patrols. Two-thirds of the volunteers are retirees with the other third still working full or part-time. The members of C.O.P have a true dedication to the program. Ernest McConnell and his wife, Kathy, moved to Chelsea Park from the Logan Martin area five years ago. McConnell retired from the Southern Company and now has his own business, but he wanted to volunteer what time he could to the C.O.P. program. “I’m not as active as some members are, but I’ve seen the commitment this program draws from the community,” says McConnell. Bill Weldon has lived in Chelsea since 1952 and is an original member of the C.O.P. program and was its director for two years. He holds the record for most volunteer hours served- over 4,500 hours. He’s been on some memorable patrols. “One night I reported a car without its taillights; it looked suspicious to me,” explains Weldon. “I called it in and sure enough, the driver had a warrant out. It was a good feeling to know I’d helped with that.” Weldon’s deep connection with the organization is evident. “I love it,” Weldon says. “Chelsea is my home and like the other members of this group, I want to contribute to making it better.” For more information on the Citizen Observer Patrol or how you can volunteer with the program, visit their website, www. or contact Director Dale Neuendorf at 205-678-3050.

Historic church seeks help By Kathryn Acree

The Friends of Mt. Calvary Church and Cemetery have been busy this summer working to preserve this Shelby County landmark. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and its cemetery are south of Chelsea at the intersection of County Road 39 and County Road 74. The church established in the 1840’s and 50’s by the original pioneer settlers in Shelby County’s Yellowleaf district no longer has an active congregation to care for the property and current church building built in 1901. Lee Anne Wofford of the Alabama Historical Commission The support organization meets with Glenn Nivens, Norma Jean Howell and Allan made a recent trip to the Staib of The Friends of Mt. Calvary Church and Cemetery. Alabama Historical Commission in Of the 153 marked graves in the Montgomery to submit the application to cemetery, only 59 have headstones with register the cemetery at Mt. Calvary as a names marked on them. The remaining historic landmark. The church building graves are marked with stones placed by itself is listed on the Alabama Register families to locate the graves but with no of Landmarks and Heritage. Adding the identifying markings. “In the early days cemetery to the state register will ensure of rural life in Shelby County, settlers either the property remains protected. had no access to engraved markers, or “We are trying to reach other could not afford them,” says Staib. “Our descendants related to the Calvary group would like very much to identify community to ask for their help and the 94 graves marked with these simple participation,” explains Allan Staib of stones.” The Friends of Mt. Calvary Church and Cemetery. “The original pioneer families For more information on the Mt. in the community were Farrell, Harper, Calvary Church and Cemetery, visit their Kendrick, Minor, Mooney, Moore, Shaw & website, or Roper. Most of the marked graves in the contact Norma Jean Howell, president of cemetery belong to these families.” the organization, 205-663-0729.

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Photos courtesy of Arik Sokol It’s time again for the Grape Stomp at Harperville’s Morgan Creek Vineyards. This year’s Stomp is planned for September 18, rain or shine. Admission to the event is $5.00 and activities are to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wine tastings will take place throughout the day of all the vintages produced by Morgan Creek. You can bring your own picnic or food vendors will also be set up. At this time, Full Moon BBQ and a local cheese producer are scheduled to be at the event with other vendors to be added. Started in 2001, kids and adults alike

love the grape stomp. Participants get to stomp grapes barefooted in a barrel, just like the “old days” of wine making. The stomping can be memorialized with a certificate. “Stompers” step on a purple dye-pad and then make an impression of their feet on the certificate. And, just to clarify, the winery throws those grapes out. They don’t actually end up in the wine! The highlight of the day is the Lucylook-alike contest held at 2 p.m. “We didn’t start out doing this, but people always talked about the old “I Love Lucy” episode where she dances around in the grape stomp barrel,” says Morgan Creek

Vineyard’s Charles Brammer, Jr. “So the idea for a contest was born and contestants really have a great time with it. Not only is it about looking like Lucy, but also acting the way she did in the episode. It’s always hilarious.” Contest participants get into the Grape Stomp for free, plus, no matter if they win the grand “Lucy” title or not, they all get a little gift for their effort. “It’s become the best part of the whole day, “ explains Brammer. “The outfits are great, and in years past, our emcee really plays up the audience to get into it.” Attendance last year was estimated

A “Lucy-look-alike” contest is a highlight of the Morgan Creek Vineyards Grape Stomp

at 2,000 and it’s the vineyard’s biggest event of the year. The vineyard often hosts weddings, so they have a large tent ready in case of rain. The band, Bonus Round, is scheduled to play starting around 11 a.m. They are a neo-soul/ jazz band popular in the Birmingham area. Morgan Creek Vineyards is located off Hwy 280 at 181 Morgan Creek Lane. For more information on the Grape Stomp, visit or call 205-672-2053.

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The Market set for Oct. 14-16 Looking for an early start on holiday shopping? The Junior League of Birmingham’s The Market announces its 2010 dates will be Oct. 14 through the 16 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. This three day shopping extravaganza features a wide variety of vendors from all across the country. Shoppers will be invited to browse and shop for unique items including house wares, gift items, clothing and art. Shoppers can also enjoy lunch in the Community Dish Café which offers recipes featured in the cookbooks of the Junior League of Birmingham. Special events at The Market begin Thursday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., with The Market Morning Brunch, an event that will feature Wildflower Design’s Sybil Sylvester and a light brunch. Later that evening, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Southern Beauty Magazine and Diamonds Direct will present the Beauty

and Bauble Preview Party. This event includes a silent auction with Southern Beauty Magazine, the Diamond Drop presented by Diamonds Direct and gift bags for the first 200 party patrons. Troy Black, author of The Big Book of BBQ, will also be on hand to sign his book. Enjoy general shopping hours at The Market Friday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are available now at www. Market Morning Brunch Tickets are $32 and Beauty & Bauble Tickets are also $32. A three Day Market Must Have Pass is $24, while general admission tickets are $12. All Proceeds benefit the community projects of the Junior League of Birmingham.

Taste of Shelby County Offers Something for Every Appetite The 3rd Annual Taste of Shelby County will be held September 23 at the Heart of Dixie Harley Davidson’s Hog Room. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 and proceeds benefit the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation. Sponsored by the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Shelby County now expects to draw over 500 attendees in anticipation of the some of the best food Shelby County vendors have to offer. Restaurants/vendors scheduled to

attend as of mid-August are: Alabama Crown Distributing, Blue Bell Creameries, Dairy Queen – Alabaster, Firebirds Wood Fire Grill, Full Moon BBQ, Joe’s Italian, McAlisters, Momma Goldbergs Deli, Morgan Creek Vineyards, Nino’s, Panera Bread, Pelham Civic Complex, Tazikis’ Mediterranean Cafe, Texas Roadhouse, Vizzini Farms Winery. Vendors will continue to be added to this showcase event. Call 663-4542 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Saturday, Sept. 18 will be Alabama’s first Wellness, Academics and You (WAY) Day. WAY Day is presented by a host of partnering agencies and sponsors who care about wellness, health and “green” living. The event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held outdoors at Oak Mountain Middle School and is free to the public. WAY Day kicks off with a Fun Run/Walk on the campus at 9 a.m. After the Fun Run, attendees can participate in gardening and cooking presentations and rain barrel workshops. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Healthy Homes Initiative, and visit dozens of booths and displays promoting Alabama food and agricultural products. Farmers will be on hand to sell locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and nursery stock Some of Alabama’s food product companies will also be there for sampling and sales. Exercise demonstrations and healthy living tips will be provided by WAY and several other partners. WAY, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Institute for America’s Health, is funded by the Alabama State Department of Education and has free wellness programs for schools across the state. Many other agencies are supporting the day including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, USDA Specialty Crops, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Green Industry Associations. Better Basics, one of the non-profit sponsors, will be on-hand to promote their mission

of advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs. Better Basics touches the lives of 19,000 children in the central Alabama region annually through its school day and afterschool programs. Although the main purposes of WAY Day are education and awareness, the event is also designed to help Oak Mountain Middle School and promote having a similar event in Fairfield next May. To help raise the needed funds, sponsors supporting the day include local nurseries, farmers, health and fitness providers and area merchants. Non-profits will be on-hand to give away lots of great items, including health, gardening and forestry related activity books for children. New adult and children’s books will also be offered for sale, with the proceeds going to the schools. The PTA’s are participating with face painting and much more. There will be several “Be At Your Best” musical performances at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Alabama Green Industry Training Center, located in the North Shelby Library, will have staff on hand to answer gardening and landscape questions, guide tours of Auburn’s Phenology Garden, demonstrate installing a fall garden and much more. Plant clinics, designed to diagnose your plant problems, will be staffed by Cooperative Extension Agents and the AGITC. For more information on the event, including sponsorship or the fun run, contact Natalie Steed @

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“Team Alabama competed this year at Level One, “ says Sullivan. “The levels begin at A and B, and then Levels One, Two, Three and Four. The program is compulsory, meaning the music and routines are pre-set. Erica, Abby and Meredith were required to learn four separate routines, each approximately two minutes in length.” Rhythmic gymnastics are a new competitive division Erica Watts, for Alabama, and fortunately, Sullivan is acquainted with Cindy Abby Long, Bickman, the Special Olympics Meredith Rucker Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Rhythmic Delegate who is based in Marietta, Georgia. Bickman and Gymnastics other coordinators develop the Team Alabama program so that the national level Special Olympics of competition would challenge even a “typical” athlete. By Kathryn Acree The routine categories are ball, ribbon, hoop and rope. When the national games Not only do the judges watch of the Special Olympics for memorization, but also the Erica Watts, Abby Long and Meredith Rucker with got underway in July in skill of the routine and making Coach Debbie Sullivan Nebraska, Team Alabama was sure particular movements represented by 130 specially selected members hailed from Auburn and Mobile, are identified and executed properly. athletes competing in the weeklong but Erica, Abby and Meredith were already Movements from ballet and dance are games. The rhythmic gymnastics prepared to work and support each other, intertwined in the routine; arms must be competition had six positions available training each week with coach Debbie straight and toes must be pointed. for the trip and these Alabama gymnasts Sullivan. Coaches must teach the movements would be the best of the best, meeting Sullivan, a volunteer coach with based on Special Olympic requirements the requirement of earning a gold Special Olympics for 25 years, knew Erica, from a 42-page coaching guide. Even with medal at the state Special Olympics. Abby and Meredith would be up for the the stringent requirements, the athletes Oak Mountain-area athletes Erica challenge. The girls train at Head Over bring their own touch to a performance. Watts, Abby Long and Meredith Rucker Heels Gymnastics on Caldwell Mill Road “I love to play up the drama of the were part of this select group. The other and began their road to the national games movements,” says Meredith. Alabama rhythmic gymnastics team by competing in local meets. During their week at the national

games held at the University of Nebraska, the girls earned the following medals: Erica Watts-4th place-ribbon, goldhoop, bronze-ball, bronze-rope and bronze in all-around Abby Long- silver-ribbon, gold-hoop, gold-rope, gold-ball, and gold in allaround Meredith Rucker-bronze-hoop, silver-ball, gold-rope, gold-ribbon, and silver in all-around “The goal of the Special Olympics is not to put the focus on the medals themselves,“ explains Sullivan. She shares the organization’s mission statement: to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Now that the national games are complete, Erica, Abby and Meredith have begun training for next year’s events. Their state teammates, Cheryl Hively and Emily Belk of Auburn and Veronica Harwell of Mobile, will do the same. After local meets in the spring, the gymnasts will look toward the Alabama state games held in May. The next national games will be in four years, just like the “typical” Olympics. We wish Erica, Abby and Meredith all the best!

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The East The Southeastern Conference’s eastern division doesn’t look very strong “on paper”, but they’re reading the publications and will be ready to prove the prognosticators wrong. Florida’s Tim Tebow is gone, Tennessee has a new coach and is rebuilding, and Georgia’s Mark Richt has made changes in his staff to help cool his seat as the Dawgs head coach. These are the headlines throughout the east side of the SEC. These are also the “power teams” in the east and they have talent. One thing you can count on is a good running back will emerge in Athens for the Bulldogs. So they’ll be competitive. Plus UGA fans will finally get a chance to see star QB Aaron Murray. Speaking of QB’s, Florida will place promising quarterback John Brantley behind center to fill the big shoes Tebow left for him. With the Vols, who knows? They have talent that can’t wait to hit the field, but it’s unproven talent at key positions that has some wearing orange concerned. I see it falling in place this way: Florida: The Gator’s recruiting classes over the past few years will have them fielding the best talent and probably the best team. It will be interesting to see how they gel, but Urban Myer has proven that he knows what he’s doing. So I look for Florida to represent the east in the championship game…again. Georgia: If Richt can pull his guys together and pull out a string of victories, he could see himself in a good spot. Like Florida, Georgia consistently brings in top tier talent. They could challenge for the eastern

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division crown, but consistency is the key and the question mark as well. South Carolina: The ol’ ball coach returns. The crafty Gamecock coach in Steve Spurrier has put together some stable recruiting classes that should produce another decent season. There looks to be some balance in Columbia and could compete nicely in 2010. Tennessee: The Vols have a padded schedule this season which is probably a good thing for those in Rocky Top. An easy schedule could build confidence to a team that seemingly is trying to find itself again. Then again, a loss outside of the SEC could be devastating. Kentucky: The Cats of the blue grass have also put together good talent as of late, but with Rich Brooks gone I’m thinking “down year”. They could surprise and probably will a game or two, but winning more than four games will surprise me. Vanderbilt: I had the ‘Dores just ahead of Kentucky until Bobby Johnson put in his resignation. That gave me reason to predict Vandy to place in their familiar spot at the bottom of the East. They had begun making inroads in recruiting and adding depth, but the new coach will have his hands full with that program. Besides being an avid sports enthusiast, Brent Watson dedicates much of his time to running his business -- Comfort Keepers – a non-medical in-home care company. You can reach him at (205) 981-1800 or visit



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have a great push. He is very strong and is able to do that.

that the physical ability is there, along with some depth.

Q: Will this year’s Alabama team be a team known for its offense? Greg McElroy is a senior, the Heisman trophy winner returns, Trent Richardson returns, and this figures to be Julio Jones’ last year and he is one of the best receivers in the conference and country. Barker: Coach Saban wants them to be explosive. I think you will see them take more shots. Although, one school of thought is that with a less experienced defense, you would want them to have more sustained drives and keep the defense off the field.

Q: Last year Auburn had three losses by one touchdown or less. Will they be able to win a few of those games and improve on the win total this season? DelGreco: Yes. Most of last year’s issues in close games were depth issues. An SEC game is like a 15-round boxing match. You keep wearing on the other team, just pounding them to death, and whoever gets tired first loses. I fully believe that we will have a better record because the wear and tear on our defense will be less.

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Q: Do you see any similarities to this year’s team and the 93 team, besides being defending national champions? Barker: They are both run dominant, defensive dominant teams. Like the 93 team, this team has a lot of players returning on offense. Q: Are there any teams in the Western division that can provide a legitimate challenge to the Tide? Barker: The west is always a challenge every week. Arkansas looks to be good, with a great quarterback, Ole Miss with Jeremiah Masoli joining the team should be strong, Auburn could surprise a lot of people and challenge this year. Q: Can Alabama repeat? Barker: They have a great shot; they certainly have the talent. It should come down to chemistry and how the ball bounces for them. You always have to have a few breaks. Q: Are there any story lines we missed that you’d like to mention? Barker: Greg McElroy is undefeated as a starting quarterback. It is really amazing what he is accomplishing. He manages the game and makes big plays when necessary.

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Q: What are Auburn’s chances in the Iron Bowl? DelGreco: Well, obviously Alabama has superior talent. There’s no getting around that. But their style of offense, where they just try to pound it through, gives our defense a chance to succeed. And the biggest difference will be how our offensive style is different from any they will see all season. Now, it is the 12th game, but the Alabama defensive backs are still a little inexperienced. The styles of play could tilt the game in our favor. Q: Can Cameron Newton live up to expectations? DelGreco: From everything I’ve heard, yes. He is unlike anyone else out there physically. With his running ability, he brings an entirely new dimension to our offense that we haven’t had before. I really think he will be who the fans hope he will be. Q: What do you predict the final record will be? DelGreco: Nine or ten wins is what I’ve been saying. My best prediction would be 9-3. Could they do better? Sure. Now that we have some more talent and depth, with a few lucky breaks, everything could go our way and we could have one of those magical seasons where we just can’t lose.


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Opponent / Event vs. Florida Atlantic at SMU * vs. Troy at Tennessee at UCF * TV vs. UTEP * at Mississippi State at Southern Miss * TV vs. Marshall (HC) * TV vs. East Carolina * TV vs. Memphis * at Rice *

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Opponent vs. San Jose State vs. Penn State TV at Duke TV at Arkansas * vs. Florida * at South Carolina vs. Mississippi at Tennessee * at LSU * vs. Mississippi State * vs. Georgia State vs. Auburn *

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Liberty Cup Elite Challenge and Soccerfest Experiences Growth The first weekend of the Alabama Ortho Sport and Spine Liberty Cup held at the Liberty Park Sports Complex unfortunately opened to a rainy weekend on August 14 – 15. The event, in its 12th year, was to begin with the Elite Challenge for U13-19 teams, but was unfortunately cancelled due to very wet playing fields. The Elite Challenge has grown from 64 teams registered in 2008 to 124 registered in 2010. The second weekend of the event, Soccerfest, is scheduled for September 3 - 5 for U10 -12 teams from around the Southeast. Over 40 teams are registered for the event. The Vestavia Hills Soccer Club, sponsors of the Liberty Cup, recently held try-outs. The club has grown from 24 to 32 competitive teams with additional teams formed for younger age groups. The club will also host the Liberty Park Residential Socctoberfest on October 30, featuring a two-mile Fun Run, as well as free inflatables, games, and live music. All events are open to the public.

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Lee Benson submitted by Amanda Benson

Best Fishing Photo

Robert Fritze fishing the perfect stream in the waters of Canada. submitted by Cheryl Fritze

Best Pet Photo

Best Kid Photo

Lucy submitted by Lisabeth Greene

Lilli, Thomas, and Ella Adams of Meadowbrook, Richard and Bits Terrell of Mountain Brook, and Ethan Wilkinson from Saraland, AL gear up before a day on the lake. submitted by Leslie Terrell

We want to thank everyone who submitted photos this year. Please visit our Facebook page to see more photos. 6 th A N N U A L


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Hero the Fire Dog makes TV Commercial Meet Hero, the Chelsea Fire Department’s mascot and ambassador of fire safety. Two-year-old Hero is currently starring in a PSA showing on our local CBS affiliate on weekend mornings. The TV spot is a public service announcement made possible by Creative Dog Training of which Hero is a prized graduate. Hero is a four-legged member of the family of Lt. Don Williamson of the Chelsea Fire Department.

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Shelby County Towns Part of Alabama’s Year of the Small Town and Downtowns In August, the Shelby County Historical Society welcomed representatives from Shelby County’s towns and cities to their quarterly meeting held in Columbiana. The representatives were there as part of Alabama’s 2010 Year of the Small Town and Downtowns event created by the Alabama Tourism Department. More than 200 Alabama cities and towns will take part in “homecoming” style events this year to promote life in a small town. City council member Ricky King and his wife, Becky, represented the city of Chelsea with a display highlighting life Bobby Joe Seales with his print signed by Shelby in Chelsea. They also brought County’s mayors along cookbooks created for the first annual Celebrate Chelsea Day last created for the 2010 Alabama Year of the Small Town and Downtowns celebration. March. Stacy Walkup, the Executive Director The print was signed by the mayors of of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce, Shelby County’s towns in honor of his presented Shelby County Historical Society contribution to the historical markers their President, Bobby Joe Seales, a gift. Seales towns received this year from the state of was given a framed print of the artwork Alabama.

Local Company Raises Awareness on Requirements for Backflow Devices By Kathryn Acree

Area residents with lawn irrigation systems should be aware of the requirements of local water and sewer utilities regarding backflow devices. Travis and Jennifer Walker, owners of Walker Backflow and Fire Protection Services, LLC, say their business has received many calls recently from homeowners needing to purchase or have this device inspected. “Since most homeowners use fertilizers and various chemicals on their lawn which work their way into the irrigation system, backflow would result in these chemicals entering the domestic water supply and possible ingestion,” explains Jennifer Walker. “In Liberty Park, every residence is required by the homeowner’s association to have a lawn irrigation system. We’ve been made aware that homeowners received notice they must have their backflow prevention device tested annually.” “Our understanding is that other communities are under this requirement as well, including Highland Lakes, Brook Highland, and Meadow Brook,” says Walker. “We’ve received many phone calls asking, “what is a backflow prevention device?” followed by, “why do I have to get one installed or have my device tested?” Backflow is the reversal of the flow of water from its intended direction in any pipeline or plumbing system. Backflow is dangerous because it can allow drinking water in plumbing systems to become contaminated and unusable, possibly even deadly. Backflow can allow bacteria and other contaminants to enter a home’s tap


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Author Sheila Booth-Alberstadt will be in Birmingham Sept. 16,17 and 18 promoting her children’s book Maggie McNair Has Spiders In Her Hair. She will be signing books at Paper Dolls, located at 5426 Highway 280, on Friday Sept. 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s just going to be really quick for people who went to school that day and want to come by,” Crista Roemen from Paper Dolls said. She will also be signing books at Paper Dolls the next day, Saturday Sept. 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The store is extending their hours for the signing. The author plans to read at schools Thursday Sept. 17 and Friday Sept. 18, but

the schools are still unknown. Maggie McNair Has Spiders In Her Hair is the story of a girl, Maggie, who refuses to brush her hair and the consequences that follow. It is Booth-Alberstadt’s first book in a planned series about Maggie. Roemen says the book is very popular at Paper Dolls and they are looking forward to her visit. “We’re really excited about it. The book is absolutely precious,” Roemen said. “[Booth-Alberstadt] went ahead and sent some copies to us that she’d already signed and we have one left, so people really seem to enjoy the book.”

iJump Provides Incentives for the School Year by Lauren Nix iJump, the “ultimate kid’s adventure,” is presenting schools and students with incentives for the present school year. The family entertainment center has plans to distribute coupon books to daycare centers and elementary schools in the area which teachers and school officials can then give to students as rewards. “The teacher would have to sign it and it would have to have the name of the school to be valid,” Patty David, iJump’s Marketing Coordinator, said. The schools have the authority to decide how they would like to distribute the coupons, but they are meant for students who deserve a reward for good behavior or good grades. Most coupons are for free general admission, which is normally $9 for a two hour play time, and some may give discounts on birthday party rates. “We’re also passing out a free go kart pass if you make straight A’s on your report card. If you get A’s and B’s you get a free rock climbing pass,” David said. Go kart rides and the rock climbing wall are usually an additional fee. Students will also be able to show report cards at Chik-fil-A to receive the coupons. The coupons will be passed out to most daycares and elementary schools in the area, including Inverness Elementary, Greystone Elementary and the Hoover school systems, David added.

Inverness Elementary used the coupons last school year as rewards for students. “We use [the coupons] to reward the students who get our good citizen award,” said Christine Hoffman, principal of Inverness Elementary. iJump also has promotions for schools who choose to hold fundraisers and night events there. “For every dollar amount that they spend at iJump we will give 10 percent back to the school,” said David. David said the family entertainment center will also be giving away tickets to events in town, such as Disney On Ice and iJump’s Halloween Spectacular. “There will be a lot of other things besides just coming to iJump and getting to play for free,” she said. “They’ll have an opportunity to do other things too.” iJump also hopes anyone having a large event, such as a baby shower or a business meeting, will consider having it at the indoor entertainment center. “We’re trying to expand it so that people don’t just think of it as a kid’s adventure because we have all the separate party rooms, and we also have the parents lounge,” David said. Coupons and promotions for football season are currently being passed out by iJump. For more information on iJump and the promotions being offered visit their website at

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Antiques at The Gardens will be held Friday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 3. American and Continental furniture, jewelry, antique silver, lighting, paintings, china, oriental rugs and more will be at the Garden Center at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Dealers from the show include Atlanta Silver and Antiques, Butler and Butler, Thomas M. Fortner Antiques, Trace Mayer Antiques, WhiteHall Antiques and more. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be several special events held in addition to the dealers which include: The Sterne Agee First Look Party, Flower Designer Preview and the Red Diamond Lecture Series featuring De Juan Stroud and Miles Redd. The Sterne Agee First Look party kicks off the weekend’s events on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This exclusive black tie party gives guests a chance to shop before the sale opens to the public Friday morning. The flower Designer Preview is an invitation-only event for interior designers, decorators and architects which allows them to enjoy brunch and shop with clients on Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. On Friday at 10:30 a.m., DeJuan Stroud, renowned event designer and native Alabamian, takes the stage. Born in Andalusia, Stroud was a stockbroker of Wall Street who eventually realized his love for flowers and design and

turned himself into a well-known flower arranger and event planner. In 1996, he left Wall Street and started his own event design firm, DeJuan Stroud, Inc. in Tribeca in New York City. He has been featured as an entertaining expert in many well- known publications and television programs. Interior designer Miles Redd takes the stage at 1 p.m. on Friday. In 2003, Redd was named creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home Furniture and the decorative arts. He describes his style as “cozy grandeur,” a blend of Southern hospitality and modern flair. As a speaker, he is famous for his quick-wit and charm. His talk, titled “Decorating in a Cold Climate: A Field Guide for Showing Yankees How It’s Done,” draws on his Southern roots and his design experiences in New York. Proceeds from Antiques at The Gardens benefit the educational mission of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which includes programs such as Discovery Field Trips, Horticultural Therapy and family classes. Since 2006, Antiques at The Gardens has raised more than $1.3 million for The Gardens. General Admission is $10 and lectures $25 or $40 in advance for both. For more information about Antiques at The Gardens contact Shelly McCarty at 205.414.3965 or, or visit

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Life is a sport! Chiropractic Care and Sports Performance By Dr. Steven Johnson

When people think about chiropractic care, they often make an association with headaches and back pain. It is true that chiropractic care can and does alleviate these symptoms by locating and adjusting subluxations, or areas of improper alignment and mobility in the spine. However, most people don’t realize the profound effect chiropractic care can have on athletic performance, as well. Chiropractic has immersed itself in all athletic arenas. During one of “The Major” tennis tournaments, one commentator talked about how he believes that all of the professionals should be under chiropractic care. During a professional football game I saw last year, one of the players came off the field, jumped directly on a table and the team chiropractor adjusted him right there on national television! The U.S. Olympic team has utilized a staff chiropractor since 1980. Some of the biggest names in sports, including Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong, are regular recipients of chiropractic care. This is all great news, but how does the “neck and back pain treatment” help an athlete perform better? Let us first discuss what makes an athlete so athletic. Agility, speed, power, quickness, endurance, reaction time, and mental capacity are all key components to athleticism. All of these traits are under the control of the nervous system, and that is exactly what chiropractors address. The brain tells the body what to do via the nervous system, and the body turns around and tells the brain what is going through three different sensors: your eyes, your ears, and your joints. This is referred to as

proprioception, or the perception of where your body is in space. To demonstrate this concept simply stand on one foot with your eyes open. Now, do the same test with your eyes closed. Notice any difference? When your eyes were open your body knew where it was using the three means listed above, but when you closed your eyes you removed the most dominant means of proprioception and had to rely more on feedback from your joints and inner ears for awareness. Joints have receptors in and around them that send information to the brain to tell it where your limbs are located in relation to each other. This is typically not a problem unless something interferes with the system, such as subluxations or injuries. When this system is compromised the old adage “garbage in, garbage out” holds true. For example, if your brain is getting incorrect information from the ground via your ankles- where most athletics beginyour brain will supply incorrect responses. Studies conducted in biomechanics and chiropractic have termed this the “repetitive injury cycle.” If there is damage to the ligaments and/or tendons as a result of sprains, strains or subluxations and they are not functionally rehabilitated, then the joints can become structurally unstable and injuries perpetuate until failure. The problem arises during athletics when there is an unexpected obstacle and the brain has to respond with a movement. Since the information to the brain is compromised due to the injury or subluxation, the motor output is going to be compromised and a more serious injury

could occur. This scenario occurs regularly in athletics and everyday life. We hear all the time, “It was something I have done for years but something was different today,” or “I must have stepped down wrong or something.” What chiropractic does to break this cycle is adjust the spine and extremities in order to allow proper information flow from top to bottom, and from the inside out- resulting in the nervous system performing at 100% capacity. If there is a structural injury to a joint or muscle, then proper management of the injury should be conducted through another healthcare professional. Once all the structural components are 100%, then chiropractic can help with the neurological integrity and functionality of the body, helping to prevent injuries in the future. Injury cycle aside, chiropractic care is essential to all aspects of athleticism. Several different research programs have found quantifiable decreases in reaction


Take a fresh look at LASIK

Today’s LASIK procedure LASIK is the procedure to choice for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and in patients who like mono-vision, presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). It is a brief, painless outpatient procedure. Mild sedation is given beforehand. Most people see well enough to drive a car the next day and return to normal activities. LASIK requires the creation of a microthin flap in the cornea (the clear covering of the eye that a contact lens is placed on). The safest way to do this is with a laser called Intralase (vs. the use of a metal blade). This improvement has eliminated the potential

LASIK “fear factor”. The Excimer laser then reshapes the cornea with a “fingerprint map” of the eye yielding incredibly precise results. The combination of these two technologies is called iLASIK. As a former flight surgeon, I was not surprised when NASA approved iLASIK for astronauts and fighter pilots due to its safety and precision. What if you are not a candidate for LASIK but don’t want to wear glasses? Good alternatives to LASIK include Visian Implantable Lenses, Refractive Lens Exchange with bifocal implants (ReSTOR), or a LASIK-type procedure called PRK. Is there an age limit for LASIK? If your eyeglass or contact lens prescription has been stable for one year, the lower age limit for LASIK is 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit. Does LASIK hurt? There is little to no discomfort,

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Dr. Palmer’s new radio show, Every Body For Life starts Saturday, August 7th at 4:00 pm on WERC 105.5 FM. Tune in every Saturday for this one hour of discussion on a variety of topics on how to support life and restore health through a natural, inside out approach. The Birmingham News reported on June 30th that Alabama’s obesity rating is near the worst in the nation, and as Dr. Palmer says, “There is no time like the present to provide strategies to reposition health in the state of Alabama.” Jump on board, join us and tune in. Become an active player who positively impacts future generations and the direction of health in Alabama. Listen, learn and support the mission of Chiropractic Today.

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LASIK is still the most effective option to glasses and contacts. It is the most commonly performed procedure in the world. As with any technology, there have been improvements over the years. This article will discuss the latest technology for this amazing procedure.

following chiropractic adjustments. Power and strength can be enhanced through proper spinal and extremity alignments, allowing the proper relationships of the muscles and joints, or arthrokinematics, to be optimal. Also, the neural drive, or the “program of the muscle movement,” is corrected and maximized through adjustments. Agility and quickness are considered a type of reactive power, so footwork, precise movements, and speed can also be enhanced through chiropractic care. Making the body work more efficiently and with less wasted energy helps athletes perform longer within a given activity. Chiropractic care concomitant with proper performance training can help an athlete achieve a potential that they didn’t even know they had.

pay for LASIK. Some insurances offer a LASIK discount such as VSP, EyeMed and Spectera.

Will I be sedated for the procedure? Patients receive oral sedation so they are very relaxed during this brief procedure.

How long does LASIK last? Generally the effects of LASIK last a lifetime. A small percentage of patients may require an enhancement if the eyes change over time.

Are there different types of LASIK? Yes, there are two types, Conventional and Custom. Both yield excellent results, but Custom LASIK is more like HD TV. Your eye doctor will help decide which procedure is right for you.

Can LASIK interfere with an eye procedure I may need later in life, such as cataract surgery? No, a LASIK patient can safely undergo any eye procedure that may be necessary later in life.

Are both eyes treated on the same day? Yes, in most cases.

How should I choose my LASIK surgeon? Most experts agree that LASIK should be performed by an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon) who has the additional training of a Cornea Specialist. Experience is very important, so make sure your prospective surgeon has performed thousands of procedures.

especially with the newer iLASIK method.

Can I afford LASIK? Interest free financing has removed the financial barrier for LASIK with many plans costing a few dollars/day. While LASIK costs can vary slightly, the savings from the cost of glasses and contacts over time far exceeds the cost of LASIK. Medical Savings Accounts are an excellent way to

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In September there is Labor Day, a long weekend for not laboring in order to celebrate our labor, or our ability to labor. All 50 states observe it as an official holiday. It generally means an extra long weekend followed by a short workweek, and usually connotes the end of summer and the official beginning of football season. For my family, it is usually the last weekend at the lake for the year, thus beginning the Fall routine that leads up to the Christmas holiday. Labor Day actually became a recognized holiday by Congress in 1894 in order to make peace with labor unions after a prolonged and rather nasty strike in the railroad industry. It was an effort to make amends. It was a holiday signed into law six days after the strike ended, and put in August in order to avoid stirring up negative emotions that might have occurred if it had been placed in May. Kind of an odd reason to make a holiday, don’t you think? And a strange way to go about it: appease and avoid/ protect. It was more of a reaction rather than an intention. By that I mean this: I like it when someone says “this is worth celebrating; why don’t we celebrate”— makes me feel valued and well thought of intentionally by someone, that someone wanted to do something for me about me. As a reaction, it feels like someone is throwing the party as an afterthought, as an apology, in order to make up for something, which is nice, but it does not speak of great value, but rather of deprived value. It feels like an obligation, and that it is half about me feeling better about the other person, rather than the other person just feeling good about me. I don’t want to sound ungrateful or seem to be looking a gift-horse in the mouth, but this kind of living-by-obligation is a rather frequent occurrence. Our motivations for others are frequently and liberally peppered with “this-will-make-me-look-better”-itis (as in “appendicitis” or “tonsillitis”—inflamed organs that need to be removed because rather than contributing to health, are taking away health). We do this all the time. ALL….. THE…… TIME….. We do this when we say “yes” too quickly; when everything within us screams to say “no”. We do not say “no” to someone because we do not want that person thinking “bad” or ill of us. Because in the South, to say “no” is hurtful, harmful, and can cause permanent pervasive long-term damage (I recognize you can’t see my tongue sticking my cheek so hard it’s about to pop through). Problem is, we commit to do something that we sometimes do not have time to do, or are not good at, and then do a bad job or a halfdone job and everyone is frustrated and we are right where we did not intend to be (being thought “bad” of) because we did a half-done or poor job, or did it and are exhausted and feeling underappreciated or that the other just wasn’t grateful enough. “Jeez!!! What’s the point? I was just trying

to help!!” Really? All of this could have been avoided if we politely had said, “Thanks, but no.” It easy to say “yes”. It’s the universal way to get ahead in life and to get people thinking well of you. The actuality is that it can be “the dark side of the Force, Luke.” It can be too quick—to get the reward of acceptance before you do the actual work. Acceptance and trust are fragile things, and take a long time to earn, and a longer time to re-earn if ever broken. Not following through on a commitment to the appropriate level of expectation is one way to damage or break a reputation and a trust. Saying “yes” before you are ready or capable can do more harm than good. An article in the Living Section of the Birmingham News in August talked about job stress being at an all time high; and that more people were seeking help through their employee assistance plans and counseling for job related stress than any other time since the year 2000. I can’t help but wonder if much of the stress is attributed by the quick “yes” and the inability to say “no.” It takes serious work to say “no.” “No” comes across as “being mean,” but it is actually a sign of respect and trust. You really demonstrate trust in a relationship when you tell a person “no.” You actually show self-respect by not subjecting yourself to something that does not fit you or is beyond your personal limit, and you respect the other person by saying their request is worth more that what you could offer at that time. Saying “yes” all the time can set a person up for exhaustion and burn-out, and can keep other people from reaching their potential. Oftentimes, telling my son “no” ensures that he learns for himself how to do something, and teaches him not to be lazy (especially when it is all about getting his cup out of the fridge). Saying “no” seems to come at cost, but it is only short term. Yes, it might frustrate the other, but that frustration is very small in comparison to the frustration you both may endure when what you said “yes” to is not satisfying or done satisfactorily. Work at saying “no.” It is labor that is worth your time and energy. When you have a “no”, then your “yes” really becomes “Yes.” And that’s worth celebrating. To talk further about boundaries and increasing your ability to say “no”, or to say “yes” and mean it, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. You may reach us at 205-967-3660, or visit the website at Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as an associate licensed marriage and family therapist and associate licensed counselor at Samaritan. And he is glad that football season has returned; though this year, with three boys in the house, is not sure how much he’ll actually get to see.

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by Rick Watson

The Autumnal Equinox sneaks in this year on September 22 at 11:09 p.m. That’s a Wednesday and I usually go to bed with the chickens- well, not WITH the chickens because that would sound a little too much like the movie Deliverance, but my point is, I go to bed early and so I’ll need to set my alarm clock and get up just to make sure Autumn gets here on time and without incident. Yes, autumn is upon us, but it didn’t take the Farmer’s Almanac or a Wikipedia Internet search to tell me fall was around the corner because I could see it in the quality of the light filtering through the oak and pine trees. When ironwood leaves turn the color of home churned butter and sumac leaves turn red as lipstick, you know that frost cannot be far behind. People love fall of the year for many reasons and I could make a list a mile long. My list would start with autumn leaves. It’s not only the color, which here in Alabama can be stunning, but also the smell of burning leaves. They don’t taste that good, but “two out of three ain’t bad.” One of my chores when I was a kid was raking leaves from under the gigantic cottonwood and sycamore trees in our yard. I would rake mountain-sized piles and then I’d dive in like a Hawaiian cliff diver. I wasn’t allowed to burn the leaves unless one of the older kids was around, but when I’d had as much fun as I could stand, my older brother Neil would fire those piles of leaves up. I sat on our concrete steps for hours and watched those burning leaves until there was nothing left but embers. Even today, a hint of autumn smoke puts a smile on my face and in the blink of an eye, I’m ten years old and sitting on

those concrete steps again. I also love the sky in autumn. It seems to be a richer shade of blue and I don’t believe the moon gets any prettier than in the fall. Last year as we headed home after a visit with our nephew and his wife, we saw a light filtering through the trees. We weren’t sure what it was at first, but when we came to a clearing, we saw the full moon as bright as a spotlight just above the horizon. Jilda and I got into a competition to come up with a word that best described the moon. “It’s the color of orange sherbet,” I suggested. That was close, but Jilda won the prize when she said, “it’s a Dreamsicle Moon.” I immediately conceded because I knew I would not come up with anything that rivaled that description. Autumn to me is the best time of year to walk. We have a yard full of older dogs and there’s nothing they love better than going for a walk. When the weather warms, they walk for a while but they soon get hot, seek the shade of the back porch and wait for us to return. But in autumn when the sun is warm and the air is crisp, they run around as if they were pups. Another reason I love autumn is the harvest. Our apples turn a deep crimson a few weeks before the first frost, and are sweeter than dime-store candy. The veggies that we grow and store in the summer are biding their time until the first cold snap. Jilda then builds the masterpiece that is her vegetable soup. I bake up a pone of my world famous cornbread, and we get down to some serious eating. Yes I enjoy all seasons, but thanks to football, carving Halloween pumpkins, as well as the aroma and taste of Thanksgiving turkey, I think autumn just might be my favorite.

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How long has it been since you had one of those moments that takes your breath away? I had one of those moments backpacking in Oak Mountain State Park. After setting up camp down in the valley near Maggies Glen, I climbed up the mountain to a spot with a wonderful view. It was in the evening and I had a clear view of the night sky that was absolutely breathtaking. A sky filled with the twinkling stars of God. This glorious sight reminded me of the Wise Men in the Christmas story. In their journey they followed the star to the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. The star was their navigation point and it led them to the Christ child. In almost every journey we make we have a navigation point. Some marker we are using to make sense of the journey. The maker might be our home. The marker might be our high school. It can be a church we are going to on a Sunday morning. It could be a mountain we are going to climb in the distance. The navigation point could be almost anything. And we all create navigation points for our lives, points of reference that help us make sense out of who we are and what we are doing. There is one very important navigation point that is essential to life. One that really tells us who we are and what we should be doing. This navigation point is called our Morning Star. It is Jesus Christ. Jesus can be our Morning Star that guides us in our interaction with people. He can be the Morning Star that helps us provide the right examples for our children. He can be the Morning Star that guides us through the stresses and pressures of life. In hymn writing everybody knows the name of Fanny Crosby. She wrote more than 6,000 hymns. Hymns that we are all

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familiar with: “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine, O what a foretaste of glory divine”. “Jesus is calling thee home, calling today, calling today.” “I am, O Lord, I have heard thy voice, and it told thy love for me.” What most people do not realize is that she was blind all her life. At the age of six weeks she was blinded for life by an illness, but she never became bitter. One time a sympathetic minister remarked to her, “I think it’s a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you.” She quickly replied, “Do you know that if I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I should be born blind.” “Why?” asked the surprised pastor. “Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.” At the age of 95, Fanny Crosby passed into glory and saw the face of her Savior for whom she was willing to wait all the days of her life. That is the power of faith that claimed Jesus as her Morning Star. The blessing of allowing Jesus to be her navigation point in life. Just as the heavens are filled with stars, our lives too are filled with our blind spots, duties, obligations, responsibilities, fears, hopes, and dreams. We need a navigation point to keep us from getting lost, a navigation point that will not let us down, a navigation point that can give us the best truth there is about ourselves and our lives. Jesus Christ is that navigation point. He is the Morning Star for us. He is a most wondrous Star. He is Savior! You can reach Pastor Edd Spencer at: First Christian Church 4954 Valleydale Road Birmingham, Al 35242 205-991-5000 Visit us on our website:



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North Shelby Children’s/Teen Department September Happenings 2010 The library will be closed on September 5 and 6 in observance of Labor Day. Special Programming Mondays, Sept. 20 and 27 – 3:154:15pm: “Sit, Stay, Read!” A non-profit organization through Hand-in-Paw dedicated to providing volunteer services to children. Sit, Stay, Read! brings children together with specially trained dogs to help them gain more confidence in their reading abilities in an individual setting at the North Shelby library that is supportive, relaxed, and furry! All Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or NorthShelbyYouth@gmail. com for more information. Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. – Intermediate Book Club Join our book club for kids ages 9-12. We will be discussing the Newbery Honor Book, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Please join us even if you have not read the book and are just interested in knowing more about it. Registration required. Snacks served. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Saturday, Sep. 11 : Family Movie Day: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Matilda Join us in celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday by watching this re-make of his fabulous book by the same name. All Ages. Snacks served. No Registration Required. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 1:00 p.m.: Homeschool Hangout: Alabama Author: Irene Latham Join us for a talk from the author of Leaving Gee’s Bend as she discusses the process of researching and writing a book about Alabama life during the Great Depression. Ages 8-12. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information.

Saturday, Sep. 18 – Talk Like a Pirate Day: Avast me hearties! Stop by the Children’s Department anytime today to celebrate this day by talking like a pirate and go home with some special “booty!” Tuesday, Sept. 21 – 4 p.m.: Happy Campers Craft -. Remember Summer Camp memories fondly with this crafty paper plate memento. Registration begins September 7th. All Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or NorthShelbyYouth@gmail. com for more information. Story-Time Programming Toddler Tales Mondays, 13, 20, & 27 - 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans. Registration will begin one week prior to each storytime. Ages 19-36 months. Registration Required. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up. Baby Tales Story Time Tuesdays, Sept. 14 & 28 – 10:30-11:00 a.m. A story time designed especially for babies and their caregivers. Stories and music provide interaction for the babies and time for caregivers to talk and share with each other. No siblings please. Ages: Birth to 18 months. Registration Required. Registration begins two weeks prior to program date. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up. Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!) Wednesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 10:45 a.m. Stories, puppets, and lots of music for every member of the family. All Ages. No Registration Required. P. J. Story Time Thursdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 7 p.m. Come in your PJs, have milk and cookies, and hear some wonderful bedtime tales. All Ages. No Registration Required. Teen Scene @ NSL September 13, 6pm Writer’s Club/Book Club Meeting This group is for teens in grades 6th-12th that

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enjoy talking about books or enjoy creative writing. Join us each month for pizza as we talk about what we have read since the last meeting and discuss things we are working on (and maybe get some fresh ideas). For more information, please call 205.439.5512 or email Teen Book Pick of the Month: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books - but we are real. Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing. But they know. They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They killed them all. I am Number Four. I am next. (From Product Description. *Librarian’s Note: This book has a huge amount of buzz and the movie will be released early next year.) Mt Laurel Public Library September Happenings Toddler Tales Wednesdays, Sept. 8 and 22– 10 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and more make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans. Registration begins two weeks prior to each storytime. Ages 36 months and younger. Registration required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register. Storytime with Ms Kristy Wednesdays, September 8 and 22 – 11 a.m.: Stories, music and more for every member of the family. All ages. No registration required. monitoring have been run throughout the building; pipes and hoses for medical gases are already in place. The term “digital hospital” is not embraced by Trinity as it was by original owner, HealthSouth. “This facility will certainly be state-of-the-art, however, in the years since that phrase was adopted, those technologies are already part of the healthcare industry,” Granger said. A 50-room behavioral-care unit is planned and an innovative intensive care floor is near completion with rooms designed for a premiere-level of patient care. Trinity has the facility under contract from Daniel Corporation. Daniel and other supporters seek completion of the site with an innovative healthcare facility for the 280 corridor. Daniel Corporation is looking at supporting the area with possible plans for a four-star hotel and additional retail growth. Questions have been raised regarding the hospital’s impact on Highway 280. “Studies through the Department of Transportation have predicted this to be a neutral impact,” Granger said. Some of the most intensive support for the hospital has come from suburban residents that have to travel to downtown hospitals for the level of care provided by a major facility. Trinity Medical Center’s administration contends the move and renovation would provide a $700-750 million dollar impact on the local economy through jobs and additional tax revenue. Granger predicts an 18-24 month construction period to prepare the site for the opening of the main hospital facility. “This is will be a flagship facility,” Granger said. “Our move here is estimated to put 5,000 people to work finishing this campus. We’re ready to go.”

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Fall Forecast!

So what is the forecast for Fall 2010? Hopefully cooler temperatures, winning football teams, and fabulous new fall looks!! So what should you be looking for this Fall as the temperature changes and you say goodbye to your tank tops and flip flops? Time to dress up again! The look this fall will be back to a more professional look. Don’t be afraid to dress up again. Bring out the dresses and the suits. Just make them fresh with a few new accessories or footwear. Show a pop of color in these and it will change an old dress from two years ago into a new look for 2010. Menswear is back too. So wear that suit but add a twist with a shell underneath that shows color and pattern. Keep it feminine with your accessories and no one will accuse you of trying to break into the “Boys Club.” Another look on the runways that is easy to duplicate is to dress all in one hue. Not just black. Try head to toe plum or gray. Use textures to break up the look and give it interest. Mix a cable sweater with tweed, all in the same color. Trust me, it won’t look like Garanimals if you do it right. Elegance is back for 2010. Think English style, European flair. High collared, ruffled blouses, bows on everything and capes will be back. When the weather finally takes a dip, throw a cape over your sweater instead of that heavy coat. And of course don’t forget your boots!

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Short boots, tall boots, low heels, high heels. You will see it all this Fall. Of course this makes me happy!! I will not even wait for a cool day. My boots will be out immediately! And then, don’t forget about fur. You will see fur as an accent and from head to toe. If you don’t like the real thing, or in my case, can’t afford it, don’t worry, faux fur is just as good and, in my book, better! Look for a fur vest or a fur lined jacket. Try adding a fur collar to add to your coat or denim jacket. And right along with fur come the animal prints. I don’t know that animal prints ever go out of style. If you shy away from animal prints, just use an accent of animal. Throw on an animal print scarf or grab an animal print purse. I love to wear a neutral dress or pants and top and throw in animal hair on shoes. All in all, Fall 2010 will be a season of texture, color and style. And don’t panic, you don’t have to throw out the old and buy all new!! Just revisit last year’s clothes and add a few new items or force yourself to mix up your old wardrobe to come up with a new look. Be daring, set a trend by reusing what you have in a new way. You probably have more style in your closet than you thought, just look at your wardrobe with a new eye. Fall is here, be bold!

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Alabama Ballet welcomes children ages 8-16 to audition to be a part of this year’s holiday classic. Alabama Ballet is one only of six companies in the world licensed to perform Balanchine’s Nutcracker and it is truly an opportunity of a lifetime for area children to dance alongside Alabama Ballet’s professional dancers. “I was nervous before the curtain went up but when I started to dance it just felt natural. It was exciting,” Keira Mays, an 11-year-old from Vestavia, said about her experience. Community cast members will get to work under the ballet’s artistic director Tracey Alvey, as well as working with Darla Hoover, Repetiteur from the Balanchine Trust in New York. She will rehearse both ething in there saying the community cast and company to meet Balanchine’s standards. ent or new Alabama arrivals Ballet is the state’s premiere professional ballet company and boasts 35 company members for the 2010-2011 season.

Balanchine’s version of The Nutcracker is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale with music by Pytor Ilich Tchaikovsky. “Watching the Alabama Ballet perform the Nutcracker is a magnificent experience, but watching your child be a part of it creates joy and pride that only a parent can know. It’s the best Christmas gift you can receive,” Vestavia mother Therese Mays said. Auditions for the community cast will be held on Thursday September 16 at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance. Registration for 8-12 years old will begin at 4pm and the audition at 5pm; 1316 years old will begin at 6:30pm and the audition at 7pm. For audition information call Libba Owen at 205-322-1874 or email libbaowen@ The dates of the performance are December 10-19 with a total of nine performances including two school shows at 10am on December 14 and 15. Matinees start at 2:30pm and evening shows start at 7pm. For ticket information, call 205-975-2787 or visit www.

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Family Fun

9/3- 7 p.m., An Evening of Flavor, Botanical Gardens, Scholarship fundraiser for AKA/Upsilon Eta Omega Service Foundation featuring music, food, wine tasting, art and a silent auction. $30

8/27-9/6- Alabama State Fair, Verizon Wireless Music Center, Pelham, rides, shows, midway, food, for tickets and information, go to www.

9/3,6- BurningHam Birmingham, Oak Mountain State Park, DIY Art, Music and Dance event, free all-day event

9/4- 8 a.m., Ross Bridge 8K Run/Walk and Health Expo, Ross Bridge, $25 Early Registration & $15 for Kids Run, visit www.

9/6- 19th Annual Labor Day Celebration and Moon Pie Eatin’ Contest, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, 9/9- 5:30 p.m., Cocktails in the Gardens, music, food, mixing and mingling, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, $15, visit 9/10- 5 p.m., Art on the Rocks, Birmingham Museum of Art, $25 for nonmembers, $15 for museum members, 9/10,11- Birmingham ArtWalk 2010, downtown Birmingham, features the work of more than 100 visual artists, live musicians, street performers, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. visit www. 9/16- 6 p.m., inter-ART-ive Has the Beat: Percussion Fest, Alys Stephens Center, live performances, prize giveaways, cash bar and food vendors. Free to the public, visit 9/17- 11 a.m., Brown Conducts Schumann, Alys Stephens Center, $14- 24, visit 9/18,19- Leeds Downtown Folk Festival and John Henry Celebration, fine/ folk artists showing, selling, demonstrating original art, live music, storyteller, children’s arts and crafts, regional and ethnic food, outdoor play about John Henry. Free admission, visit 9/19- 4:00 pm, UAB Department of Music presents pianist David Korevaar, Alys Stephens Center, individual performance tickets, $15, UAB employees and students, $5, contact 975-2787 9/20- 7:30 p.m., Kings of Leon, Verizon Wireless Music Center, For ticket info visit 9/23- 8 p.m., Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, led by Christopher Confessore, performs the musical score to Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, Alys Stephens Center, $15-40, visit www. 9/21,22,23- 12, 2 & 6 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents MASS Ensemble’s Giant Outdoor Earth Harp, See twenty minute performances as the Alys Stephens center building is transformed into a giant musical instrument, Free admission visit www.alysstephens.uab. edu 9/25- Artscape Festival, Lakeside Park in Pell City, Annual fine arts and crafts festival, visit 9/25- 9 a.m, Art in the Park-Hoover Shelby Art Association, Heardmont Park, annual fall juried art show and sale featuring 20-25 local artists, visit 9/25- 7 p.m., An Evening with Liza Minnelli, UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, visit 9/30- Sugarland in Concert, Verizon Wireless Music Center, for ticket information go to

Gardening/Nature 9/1-15, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Baby Season at the Alabama Wildlife Center, observe wildlife patients being cared for in the nurseries, solarium and raptor flight cages through one-way glass viewing windows. Oak Mountain State Park, Adults $3 and children/senior citizens $1, 9/4- 7 pm, Stargazing at Oak Mtn State Park, go to for more information 9/5- 10 am, Nature Walk at Oak Mtn State Park, go to for more information 9/11- 1 p.m., Bird of Prey Show, join Becky Collier for a fun & interesting program about federally protected birds, DeSoto State Park 9/17-19- 10 am – 6 pm, Alabama Orchid Society’s 26th Annual Orchid Show and Sale, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, contact Margaret Holder, 933-8588 9/25- 8 am- 12 p.m., Aldridge Botanical Gardens Kids/Family Fishing Day, bring the kids out to try their hand at “catching the big one” in our 6-acre lake, Aldridge Gardens,

SPORTS 9/3-5, Liberty Cup Soccer Fest tournament for U10-12 teams, Liberty Park Sports Complex, go to for more information 9/1,2,3,4,5,6- Birmingham Barons home games, Regions Park, game times vary, for tickets call 205-988-3200

Theatre 9/10-19- 2:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., Magic City Actors Theatre presents FAME, Virginia Samford Theatre, Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15, for tickets visit 9/16-26- 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., Red Mountain Theatre Company presents Cabaret, Tickets $35, visit for more info 9/24-26- Broadway in Birmingham presents Legally Blonde, BirminghamJefferson Convention Concert Hall. For tickets call 1-888-611-0964 or visit 9/24-26- 12th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Alabama Theatre District,

9/5- 2 p.m., Scholastic Chess Club at Books-A-Million, Brookwood Village, All skill levels beginner to advanced, ages K-12. Lessons, informal games and blitz chess, free to attend 9/11-8:00 am, 2nd Annual Paws for the Cause Fun Run/Pet Walk benefiting the Shelby County Humane Society, Veterans Park, for registration information, go to 9/11- 9 am, yard sale benefiting the Pelham Senior Center, all proceeds go to the senior center’s bus fund, for more information, call 620-6064 9/11- 9 a.m., Harvest Day at the Birmingham Zoo, the zoo will have some old fashioned fun with music, games, and animal demonstrations. $12 Adult/ $7 Child, 9/18- 8 am- 1 pm, 1st Annual 5K Run for Alabama Veterans sponsored by Kelly Ingram VFW Post #668, Oak Mtn State Park, to register go to or 9/18- 7 am- noon, Meadow Brook and Eagle Point Subdivisions neighborhood-wide garage sales, look for balloons 9/18- 5:00 pm- 1st Annual Little Miss Oak Mountain Pageant, Oak Mtn High School Performing Arts Center, tickets $8/adult, $5/student, contact Ashley Walls, 9/18- Morgan Creek Grape Stomp, Morgan Creek Vineyards, jump barefoot and crush grapes while enjoying the outdoors and live music, wine tasting and winery tours will be given. $3 for each person, kidfriendly event, visit 9/20-25, 61st Annual Shelby County Fair, exhibition grounds, Columbiana 9/23- 6:30 pm – 9pm, Taste of Shelby County, Hog Room at Heart of Dixie Harley Davidson, benefits the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation, tickets $35, contact 663-4542 for more information 9/23-25- 10:30 am – 10:00 pm, Greek Food Festival, authentic Greek food, music, dancing, Holy Trinity/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 307 19th Street South, visit for more information 9/24- 5:30- 8:30 pm, Mt. Laurel Elementary’s Renaissance Faire, food, games, period costumes, tickets $10/adult, $5 child, for more information contact 682-7230 9/25- Walk for Midwives 2010, sponsored by the Alabama Birth Coalition, Rojo, 2921 Highland Ave South, contact Amanda Ellis 213-5374 9/25- 10 a.m., Cahaba River Fry-Down, All day fish fry competition with live music, kids water play area, fly-fishing lessons, nature walks, and local vendors, $20 includes fish and sides, three 12 & under free with one adult admission, visit for more info 9/25- 7:00 am, 1st Annual Coosa Fest 8K Run/Walk Race to Save the Grist Mill, RS Limbaugh Community Center, Childersburg, race fee $20, contact the Childersburg Chamber of Commerce for more information, 256-378-5482 9/30- 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, 19th Annual Shootout at Farmlinks benefiting the King’s Ranch/Hannah Homes, for more information, go to www.

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9/1- 3 p.m., Irondale Community Farmers Market, Irondale Cafe on 1906 First Avenue North 9/2- 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Stir Fry Made Easy Class, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co., 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125, cost is $35.00, call 980-3661 for more information 9/11- 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Pepper Place Fall Market, a family-friendly outdoor farmers market featuring locally grown produce from Alabama farmers, locally created art, food and music. Call 205-313-4120 or visit www. 9/4,18- 8 a.m., Fresh Market on the Green at Ross Bridge, Fresh Alabama grown fruits & vegetables, live music, arts and crafts 9/21- 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Guest Chef Mary Grace Viado Howard demonstration class, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co., 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125, cost is $25.00, call 980-3661 for more information 9/23- 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Authentic Tagine Cookery Class, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co., 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125, cost is $35.00, call 9803661 for more information 9/28- 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Sharpen Your Knife Skills Beginner Level Class, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co., 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125, cost is $25.00, call 980-3661 for more information 9/30- 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Sharpen Your Knife Skills Level II Class, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co., 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125, cost is $30.00, call 980-3661 for more information

Special Events 9/3 & 9/17- 7:00 pm, God’s Redeeming Love Ministry, encouragement/ outreach ministry, prayer room at The Bridge, 4445 Crescent Road, contact Denise McGill at 218-7085 for more information 9/23- 11 am, Oak Mtn Missions Ministry’s Harvest of Hope Luncheon, Cahaba Grand Conference Center, for tickets and information, call 6855757

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September 2010


280 Living September 2010  

News, sports, and weather from the 280 south area of Birmingham

280 Living September 2010  

News, sports, and weather from the 280 south area of Birmingham