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Jeff Beabout grew up hearing stories of World War II battles from his great uncle who served in the Navy. He never tired of the stories and it instilled in him a deep respect for the men and women now known as our “Greatest Generation.” In 2004 he asked a friend’s grandfather, a World War II veteran, if he could record his story on video. Until that time, Beabout’s experience with videography was limited, but he felt certain that veterans of World War II had so much to teach us and to share, so he compiled a list of questions for the interview that became the basis of what is now known as “The Veteran DVD Project.” By 2006, Beabout’s website on the project was up and running and interest in the interviews grew rapidly. To date, Beabout has recorded the stories of approximately 100 veterans. His largest group of veterans came from Homewood’s Dawson Memorial Baptist Church when he recorded the individual stories of 31 men. By the time the interviews were completed and a banquet was held to honor the project, three of the


Jeff Beabout with Cecil Wooten. Mr Wooten served in the European campaign. Part of his story can be viewed at

Tax Free Weekend is August 6-8

By Kathryn Acree and Erica Breen

Since 2006, Alabamians have had a little extra help with getting ready for the start of the school year with a sales tax holiday held the first weekend in August. For 2010, the holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6, and ends at midnight Sunday, August 8. The term “tax free” officially means no state sales or use tax will be collected during that period on certain school supplies, computers, and clothing. While the state of Alabama does not collect sales tax, local city and county governments individually decide if they will participate. In our area, the cities of Birmingham, Chelsea and Vestavia Hills participate every year, while Hoover, Mountain Brook and Homewood have said yes for 2010, but will evaluate every year. Jefferson County will not participate in the sales tax holiday weekend but Shelby County will. The Alabama Department of Revenue defines clothing purchases that will be sales tax free as “all human wearing apparel suitable for general use” that is $100 or less, per article of clothing. Items excluded from this, for example, are jewelry, cosmetics, umbrellas, sunglasses and handbags. Also excluded are items of protective equipment such as hard hats and tool belts, in addition

to sport or recreational equipment like goggles or ski boots. In regards to computers, the dollar limit is a single purchase with a sales price of $750 or less. This includes computer software and school computer supplies such as printers and printer supplies, but excludes furniture and any systems, devices, software, peripherals designed or intended primarily for recreational use, or video games of a non-educational nature. The sales tax free school supply category includes school supplies, school art supplies and school instructional material with a sales price of $50 or less, per item, and books with a sales price of $30 or less, per book. Items excluded are magazines, newspapers or periodicals. A full listing of items included and excluded in the sales tax holiday weekend is available at www. Erica Breen, 280 Living’s Retail Shopping Expert offers these shopping tips to make the most of the tax-free weekend: Identify dollar limits for each item- Know what the holiday applies to and what it does not apply to for each store. Make a list- List everything you need and

then check and see if those items are sales tax free on the state’s list. Plan ahead and have a game plan- List stores in order of importance that you want to visit. Stores may be crowded and items may sell out quickly. Study sales flyers- Stores sometimes offer sales just for the sales tax holiday hunt. Check coupon rules- If using coupons, check and see if they are applicable during the sales tax holiday weekend.

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280 Living neighborly news & entertainment

Staff & Friends Contributing Writers

Allie Black | Michael Deitz | Alison Grizzle | Paul Johnson | Irma Palmer | Andy Portera | James C. Reilly | Edd Spencer | Patsy Smith | Brent Watson |Rick Watson

Contributing Photographers

Theresa Newton, Oak Mountain | Cari Dean, Chelsea

Editor Patti Henderson

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Editor’s note

Well, it is August, and you know what that means….Back to School! Sometimes I don’t know whether to cry or jump for joy at that statement. Either way, be sure to read the cute article titled Looking forward to a great school year. Find out what it means to three local students facing the new challenge. I want to call your attention to three other excellent articles in this issue. Our cover story about Jeff Beabout and his Veteran DVD project is a true testament to the men and women of the “Greatest Generation.” Jeff still welcomes volunteers to help with the project. See the article and the Veteran DVD Project website for the full details. Secondly, Hope 4 Gabe. Please take time to read this heartwarming and heartwrenching article about Gabe Griffin of Highland Lakes – a three year old twin

diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. See if there might be a way you can help him and his family in their fight against time. And lastly, Gee’s Bend quilters meet Highway 280. In December of last year, we told you about a local author named Irene Latham and her recently published book called Leaving Gee’s Bend. Well now there’s a store right here in our community actually selling these famous quilts! In other words…enjoy this issue. It’s packed full of “the good stuff.” PS. Remember, you have until August 9th to submit your photo in our 2nd Annual Lake Lovers Photo Contest. To enter, simply email your photos in a jpeg file to

Meet Kathryn Acree

Our Features Writer, Kathryn Acree has really been a great addition to 280 Living over the course of the last few months. Kathryn has lived in Meadow Brook since 2000 and been a Birmingham-area resident for 17 years. She is originally from Georgia and graduated in Public Relations and Journalism from Georgia Southern University. The mom of two daughters, Ashton and Erin, in the Oak Mountain Schools, she’s been married to her husband, Adam, since 1991.

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Winners will be published in the September issue.

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By Erica Breen We at 280 Living focus on sustainable printing for all of our issues. This is done with the help of Signature Offset, our printing company, who believes firmly in the cause. There are four component of sustainable printing. The first is education. Signature Offset educates their staff, suppliers and customers about their commitment to the environment and they promote awareness and accountability on environmental issues. For our company, we want our printing to incorporate the latest information and advances in green technology. It’s an important issue for us and we want to better the development of environmental standards concerning our papers. The second is fiber sourcing, paper recovery and recycling concerning our paper. These are very important issues for us because we want to promote sustainable forestry and recycling. Paper products are highly recyclable and this is why all paper waste, returned rack copies are always recycled. The majority of the newsprint we use for our papers is from recycled paper facilities.

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In our May issue, we featured local cookbook author Patsy Smith. Here is another great recipe from her second cookbook, A Southern Daughter Entertains. Kathy’s Rolls 1 pkg. rapid rise yeast ¾ c. warm (not hot) water (@110°) ½ t. salt 2 ½-2 ¾ c. bread flour 2 T. sugar 2 T. canola oil 1 large egg Butter or margarine, softened


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As I sat down at Maki Fresh, Dan, the publisher, looked at me and nicely said, “Just the facts. Less fluff; more facts.” With that in mind, I must tell you that the Seared Ahi Tuna brown rice Maki bowl was absolutely exquisite. When he first suggested, less fluff, I was sitting and eating my Edamame. I thought to myself, “I can do this; it should be relatively easy to get to the facts at a Japanese Grill; how special can a dinner here really be?” So, I pondered over the Edamame and started writing my piece in my head. I was going to express that the Edamame was fresh and crisp and a wonderful beginning to a meal. Shortly after, an art piece was placed in front of me. I had never seen anything like it. I suddenly was presented with a brown rice bowl decorated with an array of colors. The greens and yellows and reds distracted me from the fact that this was my dinner. The rice was covered with golden raisins, cucumbers, sliced avocados, and slices of Tuna. The taste was as magnificent as the appearance. I couldn’t believe that this masterpiece was less than $10. Maki Fresh also offers a variety of sushi rolls. This evening Dan chose the Crunch Crunch and the Spicy Tuna. The sushi rolls were great. But to be honest, I know that from him and from past visits. This time, I didn’t eat any of his sushi because I had no desire to share my Maki bowl. Now for facts… As we were sitting and eating dinner, I couldn’t help but stare at some of the selections that were being delivered around us. The table behind us had a cup filled with something fried. We stopped the waiter because we just had to know what they were eating. They had ordered fried green beans. The waiter explained that they weren’t on the menu, but they could be prepared upon request. The girl to the left of us had ordered a Maki salmon sandwich that looked like it would be a definite must on a future visit. After our dinner,

we walked across the parking lot to visit Yogurt Mountain. In Yogurt Mountain, the right side of the wall is filled with a row of various frozen yogurt flavors. The left wall is filled with all of the toppings: candies, cereals, syrups, nuts, fruits, granola…If you can imagine it, they probably have it. So, here’s how it works, you choose your yogurt flavor or flavors, fill your cup with as much as you would like and then circle around to the toppings. Choose your pleasure; you can make it sinfully decadent or as low fat as possible; make it big or make it small… just know that you weigh and pay at the end. Dan chose sinful with an assortment of chocolate candies and chocolate syrups topping his vanilla yogurt. It tasted wonderful. I chose to explore the rich array of yogurt flavors and avoid the toppings all together. In my cup, I made little hills of different yogurts and carefully spread them in the cup with precision and purpose. I tried the blueberry, pomegranate, green apple, cheesecake, and banana pudding. Overall, a great night at Cahaba Village Plaza! Oops! Do you think Dan will think that I missed the boat and don’t understand about facts? Well, here are some facts for the reader. Maki Fresh was opened by John Cassimus, who is the head of the Zoe Kitchen chain and the chic sushi restaurant, Jinsei. The restaurant opened in October 2008 and serves sushi, salads, rice bowls, and mini sandwiches. And, Yogurt Mountain… Yogurt Mountain is a franchise, but we are glad that it finally made it to Birmingham!

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Helping Make Life a Little Easier “I’ve seen all aspects of care-giving, from the atrocious to the angelic,” says Stephen Baldwin, owner and operator of Birmingham’s Seniors Helping Seniors inhome services. “I wanted to offer a service that met the needs of senior citizens in a caring and compassionate manner.” Baldwin knew he’d found his true calling after reading about the Pennsylvania-based in-home service group in the Wall Street Journal last November. A cancer survivor himself, Baldwin served as caregiver to his first wife, who had Crohn’s Disease, and now his current wife, Shelley, who was diagnosed with MS in her early twenties. “I know what it means to be the provider of loving care and what a privilege it is to serve others this way,” explains Baldwin. He retired from his office furnishings business and opened his Alabama franchise of Seniors Helping Seniors in early 2010. Seniors Helping Seniors brings together senior citizens who want to provide care with senior citizens who want to remain in their own home but need outside, non-medical help. This can mean something as simple as a few hours a week of companionship or possibly more of a commitment such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, transportation or even yard work. Providing intra-generational home help is a unique service. “Many seniors will say they don’t want to talk all day to a 25-year-old. They share nothing in common,” says Baldwin. “But let them spend time with a peer who can talk about

the Korean War and they’ve made a friend.” “Part of what drew me to this company was the business philosophy of its cofounder and chairwoman, Kiran Yocom,” explains Baldwin. Yocom, who worked with Mother Theresa in India, has stated “we all age and we want to continue to live independently without becoming a burden on our family or friends. We want to, and deserve to, engage fully with the world.” Seniors Helping Seniors seeks providers who don’t necessarily have professional training in care-giving. “I look for the senior citizen who has cared for their own loved one,” says Baldwin. “Those are the types of people that will make the connection our seniors need.” Baldwin personally meets the family of prospective clients and listens to their needs. He then goes to work making the correct “match” of provider and client. One example Baldwin gives of a great connection is a recent client who is a retired minister. His wife, his primary care-giver, needed a few hours a week away to pursue her passion of painting. Baldwin was able to link the minister with a another retired minister who enjoyed caring for other seniors . “What a relief for our client’s wife who can have some time away knowing her husband is with someone he really enjoys talking to,” says Baldwin. For more information on the in-home services provided by Seniors Helping Seniors, contact Stephen Baldwin at 981-1926 or his email: sbaldwinshs@ Their website is www.



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Oak Mountain Athletics Host Kick-Off and Fish Fry The Oak Mountain Athletic Booster Club will hold their annual Kick-Off/Fish Fry dinner on August 14th at Heardmont Park. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to go toward the debt on Heardmont Field and to support Oak Mountain High School athletics. Oak Mountain Middle School 7th and 8th grade teams plan to compete in football scrimmages and the Oak Mountain High School freshman, junior varsity and varsity football teams will compete in an exhibition football scrimmage. The award-winning Oak Mountain High School Spirit of Cahaba Band will perform its 2010 halftime show and the Oak Mountain youth football players and cheerleaders will be announced during the event. There will be a 3-day high school-age baseball tournament at Oak Mountain High

School and an open tennis tournament. A 5K cross country open run will begin inside Heardmont Park between football scrimmages and end inside the park. Plans now also include tug-of-war competitions between boy’s sports teams and a powderpuff football game between girl’s sports teams. The Kick-Off/Fish Fry is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Tickets to the catfish dinner held at the Heardmont Senior Center are $12.00 and includes admission into the park for all events. Visitors will also be able to enter the park for events for $5.00 without a meal. Tickets are available through any Oak Mountain High School, Oak Mountain Middle School or Oak Mountain youth football player or cheerleader. For additional information, contact Scott Ridley at

Shaw excels in academics, athletics Missy Shaw of Sterrett has had a great year. The former Briarwood Christian standout is on a soccer scholarship at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. The Lady Flames won the National NAIA Soccer Championship this past fall. In addition to being a part of the National Championship team, Missy was named to

the Dean’s List for both semesters of the 2009-2010 school year. Missy is the daughter of Bob and Cindy Shaw. Congratulations Missy, thanks for making the 280 community proud! Lee university is a comprehensive four-year liberal arts university located about 25 miles north of Chattanooga.

OMIS Back to School Splash planned; Seeks Sponsors Saturday August 28, Oak Mountain Intermediate School will host the fourth annual Back to School Splash. The event will be held behind the school from 11 am - 3 pm. The BTSS was started in 2007 as a way to unite incoming third graders from Inverness Elementary and Oak Mountain Elementary, as well as encourage community involvement. There is fun planned for kids of all ages – water slides, giant slip-n-slides, a dunking booth, face painting, nail art, hair art, various inflatables, and lots of food! There will be popcorn, Kona Ice, Chick-fil-A, and Dominoes available for purchase. The funds raised from sponsors, ticket sales, and food go to the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) to support the school and the many needs of OMIS. Due to proration, the school’s funding has been reduced significantly. The PTO

depends on events such as the BTSS to raise extra money to help the school in this time of proration. In years past, the PTO has helped with expenses such as classroom needs, computer and science lab supplies, the purchase and maintenance of copy machines, laminators, playground maintenance, among other items. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $12 ($15 at gate) for ages 9 and up, and $8 ($10 at gate) for ages 2-8. Adults are free! Tickets are available at OMIS during school hours until Friday, August 27. Call the school at 682-5220 for more information. Sponsorships are available. The cost of the sponsorship is $150 ($125 is tax deductible). The $150, includes a professionally printed sign placed next to the activity sponsored and two complimentary tickets to the BTSS. For more information on sponsoring an event, please call OMIS at 682-5220.

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August means it’s time for the buses to roll and the hallowed halls of school to open. 280 Living asked three area students what they are looking forward to this year. Charlie Goodwin will start second grade this year at Greystone Elementary School. He’s a huge baseball fan and likes to spend his free-time playing PSP, Wii, going to the pool and hanging out with his friends. His favorite subjects in school are computer class and science, but he admits he really loves recess! Charlie says the best thing about Greystone Elementary is the computer lab, having PE in the gym, and the library. The jaguar paws in the parking lot are really cool, too. Charlie is looking forward to being a better reader and getting to play on a bigger playground. Look for this guy to be a future Auburn baseball player and then an SEC baseball coach. Abby Clark will be a 7th grader at Chelsea Middle School. Abby’s interests are fast-pitch softball, volleyball, reading, and swimming. She enjoys social studies at Chelsea Middle and likes all of the extra activities her school offers such as math team, Battle of the Books and all the sports teams. She likes her teachers and principal, William Harper, and says they are fair. Abby’s looking forward to being more organized this year now that she’s better experienced with managing her time. She’s not certain what her future career will be… it sounds like Abby has a lot of choices! Josh Handley is ready to take on second grade at Inverness Elementary School. Josh is into animals, go-karts and baseball. He lists PE, lunch, and writing as some of his favorite “subjects” at school. Josh thinks the best things about Inverness Elementary are the teachers, being a Shining Star and earning a prize from the treasure box! Josh is looking forward to second grade because this year he will get to

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Chelsea 8U All Stars captured 4th place at the Alabama NSA tournament in Gulf Shores June 24-26. They entered the tournament with a 16-0 record.  They won the South Central Area Tournament in Columbiana and both of their Pre-Area tournaments in Calera and Millbrook.

Oak Mountain 11u All-Stars Back row(L to R): coaches: Head Coach Jack Hartsfield, Assistant Coaches: Trey Pattillo, Tammy McClure & Pat Rakers Middle row: John David Allred, Nathan Nix, Justin McClure, Jacob Williams, Scott Flemming, Bradford Pattillo, Will Wallace Front row: Luke Rakers, Kyle Mohon, Evan Gove, Jakob Wilson, Joseph Hartsfield

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That’s Sew Gee’s Bend Opens near Lee Branch By Kathryn Acree The quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, create world-renowned artwork in their famous quilts. De’Lon and Claudia Charley, owners of That’s Sew Gee’s Bend, wanted to share this art with the residents of our area. Their store highlighting the collection of quilts known as “Tinnie (pronounced “tiny”) Pieces with Minnie Designs”, opened this summer in a retail space on Highway 280 next to Cowboy’s near the Lee Branch Shopping Center. Claudia Charley is a Gee’s Bend native and daughter of Tinnie Pettway. Pettway is the first self-published author from this Wilcox County community with her 1995 book, The Gee’s Bend Experience, Vol.1. Gee’s Bend is on a sliver of land five miles long and eight miles wide making a bend in the Alabama River. Its remote location became only slightly more accessible in recent years when a ferry service was added. The women of Gee’s Bend quilted out of necessity, but their work became sought-after art with its imaginative and colorful design. Charley herself is a fourth-generation quilter. “We’ve had so many requests for a store,” says Charley. “Demand for these pieces has never stopped. People can buy the quilts in Gee’s Bend, but we’ve had so much support from the Birmingham area, we knew this is where the store needed to be.” Because of its world-wide fame and appeal, the quilts have taken on the identity of gallery pieces. That’s Sew Gee’s Bend hopes to change that by offering a variety of items inspired by Gee’s Bend. The fullsize quilts start at $400, but wall-art is priced below $350 and even potholders are available for $15. Gee’s Bend “gear” such as key chains, mugs and T-shirts will be in the store and in the future, boutique items such as cosmetics and jewelry will be available. “People come to us wanting some part of the Gee’s Bend story, so we’ll

Claudia and De’Lon Charley, owners of That’s Sew Gee’s Bend

carry a variety of things,” explains Charley. The money the store earns goes back to help the Gee’s Bend community. “When people saw our website, www.geesbend. net, they wanted to buy the quilts but also assurance they were helping the community, too,” says Charley. “Shopping here means they’ll do both.” The store wants to make a name for itself in the local arts scene as well. Artists will be invited to have showings of their work, whether it’s stained glass, painting, clay- whatever medium they work in. The Charley’s know of many local artists but hope to meet new ones as the store is established. In addition to local artists, they plan to invite quilters from Gee’s Bend to be at the store for a day, perhaps to do some storytelling and be available for questions. Additionally, the Charley’s plan to arrange “field trips” to the Gee’s Bend

community for groups of around five. “It can be children, too, with adults, and since we know the area first hand, we could give them access to the quilters at work,” explains Claudia Charley. They hope to arrange the trips on Saturdays for interested groups. A unique item the store offers is the “heirloom heritage” quilt. If a customer has fabric that has been in their family, perhaps linen or clothing from a grandparent or special family member, the Gee’s Bend quilters can use that fabric in a one-of-akind quilt. “Every quilt we sell is unique, but we know the ability to have something like that created would mean so much to people,” says Charley. The store is located at 5492 Highway 280 and is open everyday but Sunday. The Charley’s can be reached at the store for more information, 205-408-2969.

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M&As: Now more than ever, it pays to shop around by James C. Reilly For years, “noshop” provisions, which prevent selling companies from seeking other offers, have been standard in acquisition James C. agreements. “GoReilly shop” provisions are a more recent development, but they’ve quickly become popular in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. They can protect boards and majority owners from litigation, and — particularly attractive in the current sluggish M&A market — help sellers receive higher bids. The problem with no-shop Go-shop provisions originally arose to protect the boards of directors of selling public companies from shareholder litigation. Boards owe fiduciary duties of care and loyalty to the corporation and its shareholders. During a sale, the board must act reasonably to maximize the company’s value for its shareholders’ benefit, considering not only a potential buyer’s bid but also the terms of the deal and the bidder’s ability to close the transaction. Go-shop provisions can also benefit privately held businesses and are being seen with greater frequency. Like public boards, private company majority owners must act reasonably when negotiating an M&A to avoid mismanagement or related claims by minority owners. To fulfill its duty, a board or group of majority owners typically determines the company’s market value through an auction or by conducting a market check. Both methods, however, have drawbacks. An auction announces to the general public that the company is for sale, which can damage customer, employee and vendor relations, and even depress its sale price. A market check — where the company approaches a small number of potential bidders, subject to a confidentiality agreement — could neglect higher bidders. Despite these flaws, a board or majority owner group has no other option when the company signs an acquisition agreement with a traditional no-shop clause. As a result, other shareholders could contend that the company’s fiduciaries failed to obtain the best value. Everyone wins A go-shop clause solves this problem by permitting sellers to solicit other potential bidders for a specified period of time after they sign the acquisition agreement — and skip the auction and market check processes altogether. This allows the seller to attempt to increase the company’s value, while enjoying the certainty of the floor price set in the agreement with the initial bidder. Buyers often are open to a go-shop clause because they also can benefit from one. Instead of competing in a preagreement auction or market check, the buyer can negotiate a deal on its own terms in the hope that the seller will accept it. If the deal falls through because of a

higher bidder, the initial bidder receives a termination fee from the higher bidder — typically 1.5% to 3.0% of the transaction value. These fees are usually two-tiered, with a smaller payout if the new deal is signed within the specified time period. Subsequent bidders must, therefore, offer a price that exceeds the initial bid and covers the termination fee. Negotiating the clause Each go-shop provision should be tailored to the specific circumstances of the M&A transaction. But the highest priority for most sellers is ensuring that the provision makes competitive bidding viable by addressing: Duration. A 20-day go-shop period is unlikely to attract viable competitive bids. So a seller should seek at least 30 days — and preferably 40 to 50 days — from the date of the agreement. Particularly in the current tough M&A market, the longer the duration, the more likely viable bidders will emerge. Also, courts are likely to look at the reasonableness of the duration of a go-shop clause in analyzing the enforceability, and the protection afforded the shareholders, of such provisions. There are no hard and fast rules, but courts have found 40- and 45-day provisions to be reasonable. Openness. Under an open go-shop clause, the seller can negotiate with a bidder identified during the period after that period expires. Under a closed clause, the seller must identify the bidder and execute an agreement within the period. Matching rights. Matching rights allow the initial bidder to match any higher bids received during the go-shop period. Including these rights in the agreement, however, could potentially discourage other bidders thereby defeating the purpose of the provision. Termination fee. This fee should be as fair as possible. If it is set too high, a court could interpret it as creating too heavy a burden for other bidders — thereby undermining the viability of competitive bidding and precluding the maximization of value. The court, therefore, could find the agreement unenforceable. Give a deal the green light Although they are not right for every M&A transaction, go-shop clauses should be considered. Not only do they shield boards and majority owners, but go-shop provisions can help sellers realize a better sale price than they might have hoped. Anyone desiring to utilize such clauses should seek any attorney’s legal advice. James Reilly is an attorney with Feld, Hyde, Wertheimer, Bryant & Stone, P.C. Jim’s practice focuses on representation of closely held businesses, contracting, advising in the sale and purchase of businesses, joint ventures, start-ups and health law. For questions or comments you may contact him at To learn more about Feld Hyde, visit its website at


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Paws for the Cause 5K Run and Fun Run/Pet Walk The Second Annual Paws for the Cause 5K Run and Fun Run/Pet Walk benefitting the Shelby County Humane Society will be held Saturday, September 11 at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road. Last year’s event raised $12,000 for the humane society. Events include a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run/pet walk. All participating pets receive a special bandana and certificate! Entry fee is $25.00 for the

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Hope for Gabe

By Kathryn Acree

Gabe Griffin and players from the Spain Park Jaguars

Scott and Traci Griffin’s lives were changed forever in June 2008 when their three-year-old twin son, Gabe, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The Highland Lakes family learned Gabe had this terminal disease affecting one in every 3500 boys born and the number one genetic killer of all boys in the world. The muscles of children with DMD continue to waste due to a lack of the protein, Dystrophin. The ability to walk is usually lost by the early teens and it is always fatal due to cardiac or respiratory failure by age 20-30. Although the molecular defect responsible for DMD was identified 20 years ago, there is still no effective treatment available for this devastating disease and research is tremendously underfunded. Gabe’s family is determined to fight. “If any family out there is going to beat this thing, it’s us, “ says Scott Griffin. “We are investigating treatments around the world

because we know we are fighting time.” Awareness and raising funds for research have connected the Griffin’s to many supporters in our area who want to help. On May 13, the Spain Park High School baseball team sponsored a softball game with players, students and faculty. The event, held on Gabe’s 5th birthday, raised over $2,300 for Hope for Gabe, a non-profit foundation started by the Griffin’s. After hearing Gabe’s story the Jaguar players dedicated the later part of their season to Gabe, wearing red tape on their wrists with “H4G”(Hope for Gabe) written in black. Hope for Gabe’s message continues to spread. “A contact through Spain Park passed on Gabe’s story to the Auburn baseball team,” explains Griffin. “When Auburn played Ole Miss in the SEC baseball tournament, the players wore red armbands with H4G on them. Imagine Auburn players wearing something redthat says a lot!”

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“We’re so thankful for the support of this community,” says Griffin. “The care that’s shown especially by teenagers and young people in this cause just means so much. It gives us hope.”

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SEC West Preview The Southeastern conference never made a deal to bring in another power team like Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, or others that were speculated on, but the conference still looks to pound out a championship contender. The SEC is not expected to miss a beat this year as college football season approaches. The conference has produced a national champ the past four years in a row, with Alabama being the latest to “bring it home.” The Crimson Tide are the early favorites to win it again, but the target has gotten bigger on their backs. The league will be strong this year as always and I see ‘Bama making another visit to Atlanta, but think they’ll have a close loss or two. In the East, I think you’ll see Florida come out on top despite Tim Tebow’s departure. The eastern division could be the weak side of the conference this year. The Gators have more talent than anyone in the east and that cream will rise to the top in the end. I see the western division shaking down as follows: Alabama: The Tide returns an undefeated quarterback in Greg McElroy, Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, and another Heisman candidate in Julio Jones. They are also bringing in another stellar recruiting class. Plus, they have several talented players who are aching to show they have the skills to be stars. Their weakness will be some positions on defense and in the return game, which can cause a good team a slip up a game or two. Auburn: The Tigers are now ready to go to war again. They are returning their entire offensive line from last season. They had an outstanding recruiting class and have the all-important confidence to win again. The weakness on the plains will be replacing some skill players. No matter how much talent you introduce to the SEC, it can

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humble you quick with its speed and size. LSU: The Bengals out of the Bayou will again bring talent in all areas. They return a QB who could be special in Jordan Jefferson. They have had solid recruiting classes year in and year out. So the talent is there. The question will be pulling the talent into playing team ball for a whole season. Difficult task. Arkansas: The Hogs were predicted by most to be the surprise team last season, but settled into the familiar spot of mediocrity. Many “experts” have them riding the strong arm of Ryan Mallett. It’s a good place to build, because he has a big time arm that’s accurate. He’s rehabbing an injury that I’m thinking will get Arkansas off to a slow start and ultimately settle them in a familiar spot. Ole Miss: As the search for the Rebel’s mascot continues, there’s a hunt going on to replace playmaker Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss has put together some good talent through back-to-back top 20 recruiting classes. The Defense will be a strength, but the offense will make it difficult to win in 2010. Miss. State: The Bulldogs will be replacing a lot of players who won only four games last season. Their defensive line could be stout, but winning for Dan Mullen won’t get any easier this year. Bruising running back, Anthony Dixon will be missed as the ‘Dogs continue to revamp. In the next issue we’ll break down the eastern division. Besides being an avid sports enthusiast, Brent Watson dedicates much of his time to running his business in Chelsea: Comfort Keepers – a non-medical in-home care company. You can reach him at (205) 981-1800 or visit

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Location Opponent Away Auburn (Preseason) Away Grayson (Preseason) Away Hoover Away Homewood Home Oak Mountain Home Bob Jones Away Mountain Brook Home Vestavia Hills Home Pelham Away Thompson Away Clay-Chalkville


Spain Park Jaguars Football Preview The Jaguars begin with two preseason games in August, both televised and both away. They’ll play Auburn High School in Montgomery at the Crampton Bowl on August 21st at 7:30 p.m. to be televised on Raycom. On the 28th, they’ll play Grayson High School from the Atlanta area at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia, at 5:00 p.m. EST to be televised on CSS. Spain Park will have only 15 seniors returning this year versus 36 last season. “We will be building back and working to keep our guys healthy,” says head coach, David Shores. Key players to watch for this season on offense are offensive linemen and returning seniors Taylor Kelley and Ryan Fox. Senior Zak Michaels will be relied on heavily at wide receiver. Defensively the Jaguars expect great things from defensive linemen Ryan Akers and Manny Cooper. Two other seniors providing leadership on the defense will be Keylan King and Alex Payne. For special teams, Coach Shores is looking to younger players to develop into the place-kickers and punters Spain Park will need. Overall, the Jaguars will be challenged early with their cross-town rival, the Hoover Bucs, in their regular season opener on September 3. They finished last season with a 10-3 record and made it to the quarterfinals of the 2009 6A Football State Championship.

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Chelsea High School Football Preview The Chelsea Hornets open their varsity football season in an August 20th game against Curry at home. Their schedule is tough early on, facing Brookwood, Shelby County and Briarwood by mid-September. “We’re focusing on building two solid classes back to back,” says head coach Wade Waldrop. “We have several juniors who really proved they are up for the challenge in spring practice, so we are excited about what this year and next year will hold.” Offensively, the Hornets will look to

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quarterback Jake Ganus, tight end Joey Mock, and wide receiver Jake Campbell. Senior Woody Searcey will show leadership on the offensive line. On defense, Junior Joey Mock will make his mark by also playing defensive end. Senior Blake McLaughlin will head the defensive line along with John Michael Lawley. For special teams, the Hornets will turn to Ashley Page, a first-year placekicker coming from the soccer team. “We had a great spring session,” says Waldrop. “Our schedule is tough and we’ll know by the half way point of the season if we’ve been up to the challenge of molding these guys into a strong team.”

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The Briarwood Christian Lions open their season with a jamboree game at Vestavia on August 20th. They then play an out-of-region game with Demopolis on the 27th before beginning their regular regional schedule at home against Moody on September 3rd. Head Coach Fred Yancey, starting his 21st year with the Lions, says this is one of his largest teams with 95 players on the roster. Offensively, Senior receiver Wilson Whorton will look to make his mark by also working as a placekicker. He punted for a 35-yard average last year and Coach Yancey has big plans for all Whorton has to offer. Offensive lineman Nick Maxey, a junior, is back. He started all 13 games last year. Junior Sam Whitaker returns as a fullback. On defense, the Lions are looking to Cooper Harrington, a defensive back who has committed to Southern Mississippi. Tyler Whitworth will move to noseguard this year and Caleb Ward will start his 3rd year at defensive end. The Lions will expect a lot from Brooks Willoughby, a senior in his first year as starting linebacker. Overall, Coach Yancey says this year’s team will chart their own course. “They’ve worked hard and given me all the effort I’ve asked for,” says Yancey. “I think they’ll certainly prove to be talented boys.” The Briarwood Christian Lions ended last season with a 9-4 record and went to the 2009 5A Football State Championship quarterfinals.

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The Oak Mountain Eagles begin their season with an out-of-region game against Buckhorn on August 27. They face the challenge of tough teams early in the season, playing Pelham, Hoover, and Spain Park in their first three region games. Head Coach Jeff Harris says his team is young but has the benefit of a good core group of seniors. Offensively, the Eagles deal with the loss of Paul Angel who’d been slated as quarterback. Angel tore his ACL during summer baseball and will be replaced with a former receiver, Trey Page. “I know he’ll (Page) provide the leadership we need,” says Coach Harris. “He is truly capable of big things.” Two-way starter Jakaryus Redwine is a junior but will pull his weight both offensively and defensively. Other key players for the offense are Rico Dunn, Brady Faulkner and running back Bradley Bostick who Harris calls “one of the fastest guys in the state.” On defense, the Eagles will call on Senior Linebacker Andy Whitcomb who’s proven to be one of their top tacklers. The defense will be a proving ground for several sophomores who will round out the line.

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Still haunted by nightmares of her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father’s relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder—something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn’t do anything if it

involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward. But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts. (From Product Description). The Month of August – Online Book Club Want to find another teen book to read? Join our Online Book Club and receive portions of a teen book each week through your email! Sign up at www. to get started!

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Boy Scout Works to Collect Supplies for Outreach Ministry By Kathryn Acree Colin Lambert has made the most of his summer vacation. The ninth grader at Oak Mountain High School is in the process of completing his Eagle project for his Boy Scout Troop 538. Colin wanted to make a positive impact through a ministry sponsored by his church, Asbury Methodist. The ministry he chose to help is Acknowledge Outreach Ministry (AOM), a non-profit center in the Wylam area of Birmingham that has helped over 300 families with clothing, food and utilities assistance. Asbury Methodist’s youth group has helped support this ministry headed by Ms. Wilma Patterson and a handful of volunteers for five years. “I decided that I wanted to help this group after going on a mission trip with my church to New Orleans during Spring break,” says Lambert. “The community center there was so well organized, I wanted to help a similar program in my own community.” Lambert organized a food and school supply drive to benefit the inner-city children served by AOM. He contacted his church and local businesses to join him in donations of canned foods and school supplies needed by the students of Wylam Elementary of which many are served by AOM. By mid-July, Lambert’s supply drive collected over 1,000 cans of food, four boxes of school supplies and $1,900 in cash donations for the purchase of supplies. Target on Highway 280 and Cartridge World in Lee Branch were two retailers that offered Lambert assistance in his project. “We offered a discount to our customers who brought in canned food for Colin’s project. We were happy to help, “


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Colin Lambert organized a canned food and school supply drive says Cristine Ferguson of Cartridge World. The bulk of Lambert’s donations were from Asbury Methodist members and families of children attending summer camps at the church. Lambert updated the congregation and members of his troop as the supply drive progressed. “I hope this is a good example of our church (Asbury) “leaving the building” as our pastor, Kip Laxson, has said,” commented Lambert. The Asbury Methodist Church youth group will continue to support Acknowledge Outreach Ministry. Donations of food and school supplies throughout the year are always welcomed and can be dropped off at the church at any time.  For more information on how your company or group can help, please contact Suzanne Owens at 271-9912.


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Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce AUGUST Calendar of Events for around the 280 Area Tuesday, August 3rd – GOLD STAR CUSTOMER SERVICE CERTIFICATION COURSE – presented by John Cotton, BestBiz – Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce – 8:30am to noon – contact jennifer@shelbychamber. org for information ($147 per employee). Register online at www.shelbychamber. org or call 663-4542. Thursday, August 12th – 30th ANNIVERSARY GALA – Inverness Country Club – 5pm to 7pm – celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce – contact for information

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Fundraising Never Tasted So Good By Kathryn Acree Karla Butler of Alabaster was searching for a business she could enjoy operating while also providing a means to give back to the community. Kona Ice, with its colorful truck playing tropical music and delicious flavors of shaved ice proved to be the perfect business venture. “Kids go crazy when they see us coming,” says Butler. Her franchise began with one truck in the summer of 2009 and now operates three trucks. “I have always wanted to start a business which would provide both a rewarding career plus do good things for our local schools and organizations. I knew it had to be a business geared toward kids.” “The first time I laid eyes on the Kona Truck, I knew that was the business I had been looking for,” explains Butler. “When I found the Kona Ice website and the tropical music started playing, my three-year-old son started dancing! I had stumbled onto something big.” Helping the community through fundraisers at schools and other special events is a big component of the Kona Ice story. “Our slogan is Fundraisers Never Tasted So Good,” says Butler. “This past spring we raised more than $10,000 for local Shelby County schools. Our fundraisers are a quick and fun way to raise money. Our trucks are built for high volume; we can serve as many as 150 kids per hour.” So far, Butler’s Kona Ice trucks have made appearances at Oak Mountain Elementary, Oak Mountain Intermediate, Oak Mountain Middle, Mt. Laurel Elementary, and Chelsea Intermediate. “The kids have a blast and they don’t even realize they are helping raise money for their school,” explains Butler. “It usually takes us about two to three hours at a venue and could possibly raise $400 to $500 per visit. We donate a generous portion of our

sales to the school. One school in Shelby County invited us three times this spring and we wrote them a check for $1,500. They (the schools) love it and the kids love it!” Butler shares a unique feature of the Kona franchise. “The characters on the outside of the truck all have names and a story behind them,” says Butler. “The franchise is shopping the Kona story to Hollywood to develop a TV show involving these characters and a book is in the works. It would teach kids about manners, living a Christian life and having good character.” Kona Ice Trucks are available for birthday parties and other special events in southern Jefferson County and throughout Shelby County. Contact Karla Butler at 9086365 or her email: The full Kona Ice story is available on the company website, www.Birmingham.

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Act of Congress comes to Mt Laurel

By Erica Breen

On August 29 at 4 p.m. the band Act of Congress will perform a benefit concert for the Mt Laurel Public Library. The public is invited to pack a picnic and bring a blanket as the band performs outdoors at Mt Laurel’s Turtle Back Park. Act of Congress is a band from Birmingham that is delighting audiences across the country with smooth harmony and terrific acoustic instrumentation. Having released their first debut album “Declaration” in 2008, the band has quickly become a favorite for many. Their songs have a smooth harmony with relatable lyrics and a hint of traditional bluegrass music style that has been compared to the likes of Nickel Creek, Radiohead and John Mayer. They have recently performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Huntsville Symphony. T h e concert is being presented by a nonprofit

organization called Friends of Mt Laurel Library, Inc. They are hoping to raise funds to build a public library in Mt Laurel to serve the entire Dunnavant Valley area as a branch of the North Shelby Library. In April a temporary space was opened on 33 Olmsted Street in Mt Laurel to provide library services while funds are being raised. Sponsors for the event include CocaCola, Hoover Toyota, and Walmart. Tickets are on sale at the Mt Laurel Sales Office, Main Street Florist, Simplicity, and the Mt Laurel Library temporary site. (Tickets are $15, children 12 and under are free). In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Double Oak Community Church on Olmsted Street. For more information and directions: call 205-981-9772 or email Mt Laurel is located just off Hugh Daniel Drive on Shelby County Highway 41.

Lori Johnson 5k and Fun run The Sixth Annual Lori Johnson 5K & 1M Fun Run will be held Saturday, August 14 at 8am at Greystone Golf & Country Club. You may register online at www. or email cjohnson@greystonecc. com to request a registration form. The event will benefit Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The foundation is a 501(3)c and based locally out of Birmingham. The foundation promotes ovarian cancer awareness and funding for ovarian cancer research. Lori Johnson was a healthy woman who rarely complained of having any health problems. She was unaware of the signs & symptoms of ovarian cancer, which lead to a stage 4 diagnosis. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and often not reported, which is why ovarian cancer is labeled “the silent killer.” If detected early,

the survival rate is 89% but unfortunately many are not diagnosed until stage IV and the survival rates are reduced to 18%. Most women mistakenly assume they have been screened for this disease with their annual pap smear and pelvic exam. There is not an accurate screening method for this disease. Approximately 25,000 women will be diagnosed in 2010 with ovarian cancer. To date NLOCF has raised over $500,000 for research. Funding to date has benefitted ovarian cancer research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center under the direction of Dr Ronald Alvarez and his associates. The Lori Johnson Fun Run raised approximately $20,000 for ovarian cancer research in 2009, and hosted approximately 400 participants. The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the event.

Cartridge World Greystone to hold Technology Day On Friday and Saturday August 1314, Cartridge World Greystone will be working with technology partners Wilson Support Services and Technical Knock Out from 9-6 on Friday and 10-3 on Saturday. The event will take place at the Cartridge world store at Lee Branch. “This is a great way to help people get organized for the new school year,” said Cristine Ferguson, Owner of Cartridge World. “We are excited to bring our three organizations together for this special event to help our customers.” Wilson Support Services offers a wide range of business and residential IT services. During the Technology Day, staff from Wilson Support Services will be on site to answer any computer questions and run free diagnostic tests. Technical Knock Out will also be on site to recycle used electronics. They specialize in the reclamation of electronics devices, with the exception of televisions. This includes (but not limited to) computers and their components, copiers, scanners, telephones, cell phones, and battery backups, as well as household items such as microwaves, washers, dryers etc. Most

electronics are recycled free, however there is a nominal charge for hard drives and monitors. Customers can bring empty ink and toner cartridges into the store and have each refilled or swap out their cartridge for one that is ready to go. All Cartridge World products come with a money-back guarantee on quality and are typically priced lower than new cartridges. “This is the ultimate form of environmental responsibility, not only recycling but reusing cartridges,” said Ferguson. She added that 600 million ink cartridges will be used in North America this year alone. For more information on Cartridge World - Birmingham, and their recycling programs, please contact Cristine Ferguson at (205) 408-0506 or visit their website at For more information on Wilson Support Services, contact Allan Wilson at (205)985-9942 or visit For more information on Technical Knock Out, contact Elise Warren at (205) 451-0180 or visit

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Everyone felt like a winner at the special “Casino Night” event held on June 23,, at Danberry at Inverness Retirement Community off Valleydale Road. Approximately 50 current and future residents of Danberry played games including blackjack, poker and roulette, followed by a buffet-style casino dinner. “At Danberry, we want our residents to enjoy a lifestyle that’s as much fun as it is fulfilling,” said Danberry Marketing Director Lori Dodd. “Everyone had a wonderful time.”

Staff receives national award

The staff of Danberry at Inverness retirement community recently was honored at a national gathering of senior living industry professionals. The CRSA Spirit Award was presented to members of the Danberry staff at the annual Cooperative Retirement Services of America (CRSA) Conference June 17, 2010, in Memphis, Tennessee. According to Randy Dabney, Daniel Corporation Vice President of Senior Housing, Danberry staff members were honored for their “outstanding spirit and mission both during and following the opening of the retirement community. In the first seven months since Danberry opened, the staff has received countless cards, letters and verbal accolades for outstanding service levels. As owners, we at Daniel are very pleased with the quality of service provided by our staff members and we congratulate each and every one of them,” said Dabney. CRSA is a national leader in senior housing and handles the marketing and management of Danberry. The yearly

conference assembles staff and residents of CRSA communities nationwide, as well as other stakeholders and nationally recognized experts in senior lifestyles

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Danberry at Inverness Director of Sales and Marketing Lori Dodd received the CRSA Sales and Marketing Appreciation Award at a national conference in June. Dodd received the award at a special ceremony at the Cooperative Retirement Services of America (CRSA) conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Randy Dabney, Daniel Corporation Vice President of Senior Housing, said, “Lori has overcome challenges, retained a positive attitude and from the beginning, has demonstrated integrity and determination. She is highly dedicated to Danberry and its entire staff, and we congratulate her on playing an integral role in the success of Danberry.” The annual conference brings together almost 200 industry professionals, including staff members and residents of CRSA communities nationwide, as well as other stakeholders and nationally recognized experts in senior lifestyles. CRSA is a national leader in senior housing and handles the marketing and management of Danberry. Danberry at Inverness offer distinctive senior living and is located on Lake Heather off the Highway 280 corridor in Hoover. The community offers independent apartment rental and cottage ownership, with Assisted Living as needs change. Danberry is the flagship senior housing development of Daniel Corporation. Call 205-443-9500 or visit www. to learn more.

Casino night residents and guests enjoyed roulette and other games

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HEARDMONT PARK SENIOR CENTER CALENDAR Don’t forget our library and exercise equipment any time during operating hours! SPECIAL AUGUST EVENTS:

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Chiropractic Today

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Food for Thought By Dr. Irma Palmer These people do not fully If you are very hungry and understand that the purpose of you eat some food, will your chiropractic care is to maintain the hunger go away? The answer is flow of communication freely over yes, if you eat enough. If you eat the nerve systems between their food regularly, will it keep you brain and all of their trillions of from becoming hungry again? The cells, so that the natural energy of answer is yes, if you eat enough of life within the body can actually it consistently. But is preventing Dr. Irma Palmer perform all of the functions hunger the purpose of food? Even though eating food is a very listed above – animating, coordinating, effective strategy for decreasing or even adapting, healing and growing our eliminating hunger temporarily, hunger bodies from conception until death. They will always return over time. This is the do not understand that without totally nature of life. As your body uses up the unobstructed neurological connection, nutrients contained in the food, it requires nothing would function as well as intended. Maybe it’s because chiropractic care in more to continue operating at peak efficiency. And so, hunger returns again. the right amount is so good at decreasing Even though eating food consistently or even eliminating pain and dis-EASE. can be a good way to keep from getting Or perhaps it is because with consistent too hungry, it is ridiculous to believe the enough care many people can even prevent purpose of food is to eliminate or prevent the recurrence of their health problems. Although chiropractic care is a very effective hunger. Certainly we are all aware that food strategy for helping regain a natural state of serves many more important functions health, your level of health and vitality will than simply relieving hunger. It is our always vary over time due to the physical, fuel for keeping us alive, providing much chemical and mental stresses of everyday needed nutrients to allow our bodies to life. If these stresses exceed your “internal heal, function, adapt to the environment, resistance,” they break you down and you and continue growing throughout our progressively lose your health and welllives. But hunger is merely the physical being. Health (normal function and the sensation that tells us our bodies need to be ability to adapt to stress) is a result of the refueled. Just like the sensation of hunger, free flow and adequate expression of your pain is often the first sign people notice natural vitality. When your brain and body are fully indicating they may have a problem that can be addressed through chiropractic care. connected through a well-aligned spine And yet, just like believing that food exists and fully functioning nervous system, they merely to relieve hunger, many people communicate effectively and your body apply the same limited line of thinking to properly comprehends and responds to any changes (stress) in your daily environment. pain and chiropractic care.


participants had passed away. “I thought it might be uncomfortable for the families of the men who had recently died to come to the banquet when we showed the videos, “ says Beabout. “However it was just the opposite. These families were beyond excited to have their relative’s story shown and you could see the pride on their faces. It just proves how quickly we are losing these brave men and women.” When an interview is set up for a World War II veteran, he asks that a “sponsor” such as a family member or close friend complete a form on the veteran’s background and branch of service. The interviews not only ask about the World War II area, but also their lives after the War. In a section of questions called “advice for future generations,” Beabout asks the men and women to consider those that will come after them. “I ask them what they would tell their great-great grandchildren, the generations ahead they’ll never meet. I’m always touched and amazed with the advice they give to those who will go after them,” explains Beabout. Every video session differs. Beabout’s questions allow the veterans to share and hopefully remember details they may not

have thought about for years. “I’ve had veterans sit down for their interview in full uniform. The level of dedication, bravery and loyalty from this generation of Americans is an example we all can follow,” says Beabout. “They simply went to war when called. It was a time in our country when honor and duty overshadowed self-interest.” As news of the project has spread, Beabout has been contacted by the Discovery Channel and the Library of Congress. “At this point, we are still a small project, but it’s great to know the awareness is now there and efforts are being made to preserve these life stories,” says Beabout. Beabout does not charge for his services. A DVD copy of the interview is given to the family and he only charges a fee of approximately $15.00 for additional copies. Beabout’s growing business, Backyard Adventures, certainly keeps him busy, so he always welcomes volunteers interested in assisting with The Veterans DVD Project. “If someone has camcorder experience or is familiar with computer editing, or even willing to help with scheduling, I’d love to talk with them,” says Beabout. For further information about The Veterans DVD Project, contact Beabout at 6638700 or go to the website

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HUGE NEWS!! 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. The result is an ability to adapt to these changes with effortless ease. In addition, you are able to heal and continually grow in every way – physically, mentally and emotionally – and are thinking at a high enough level to make good choices in every area of your life. The truth is everyone is growing and dying at the same time, but one of these two processes always dominates the other every day. In other words, every day we are either becoming weaker and moving toward disease and death, or we are growing stronger and moving toward health, wellness and wholeness. The chiropractic approach to life and the adjustment process allows us the opportunity to progressively grow stronger

rather than weaker, everyday. So you see, believing the purpose of chiropractic care is to eliminate or prevent pain and illness is as short-sighted as believing the purpose of food is to eliminate or prevent hunger! The real purpose of lifelong, family chiropractic care is to continually maximize the flow and expression of your natural, God-given health and to help you consistently and progressively possess the highest levels of health, happiness and the fullest expression of life! Simply put, Chiropractic is about life and what makes people live. Visit us online at www.ChiropracticToday. com for upcoming events, to request your next appointment, or send us a question.

Wholesome by Allie

Last month in 280 Living, you may have noticed the article on page six “Eating local” by Allie Black. This month we wanted to share a little of Allie’s story with our readers.

Having been raised in a nutritional family owning several health food stores in south Florida, Allie Black learned more than her share about eating healthy. As a reporter on television, she expanded her knowledge through investigative reporting and brought the headlines to her viewers. As a mother, she learned how to implement her knowledge to her family and eat healthier, adapt to her son’s food allergies and be proactive in sharing her knowledge to family and friends. Her passion to help others and share this knowledge led to the founding of Wholesome by Allie, a service for families who want to eat and live more healthfully, but don’t know where to start. Allie knows all too well how hard it is to keep children interested and enjoying foods that are best for their health. For 15 years she’s lived it and done the hard work for you finding all the ‘cool’ items for lunches, meals and snacking. No one wants their children being affected by dyes, chemicals, hormones and other sneaky things found in today’s foods. With obesity, autoimmune diseases,

ADD and other childhood issues on the rise, living clean is the best route to take. Through both a mom’s point of view and a reporter’s approach to sifting through the often confusing health and nutrition information, the Wholesome mission was sparked: to make healthy living simple, affordable and flexible enough to suit every family’s unique needs. You can read more about Allie and her eight services she offers to clients on her website at www.wholesomebyallie. com where you can join her blog and Twitter to keep up with great deals and specials.

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‘Tis August—the month of the restart. Not so much new beginnings, but the restart. Restart of what, you ask? Why, school of course. Which is odd. In my day, school started again much closer to September. Now, it’s much closer to July. Hence, why the topic is assigned to August. Restarting. School restarting always put a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. That “ugh” feeling of “the long journey to the end of the year begins again.” I hated the beginning of the school year. School years were soooooo long, and it wasn’t just the assignments and tests that made it that way. Sometimes it was the anticipated social trouble combined with the gettingup-early/lack-of-sleep-all-the-time fatigue combined with never-ending-expectationsand-something-is-always-due feeling Yeah, in restarting the school year I always felt like I had a rock in the pit of my stomach. A 20-pounder. Restarts are not fun. And I generally don’t like to start anything over. At all. Which made restarting a marriage a wee bit of a problem. Slight detour: when I work with clients, the first session is something like this: after we go over the basic policies and procedures, I then tell folks a brief bit of my professional and personal background, get an overview of the season of life the clients are in along with their expectations of how counseling can play a part, and then give my prognosis, how I would work with them. All of this is about determining if I can offer helpful help; if so, we continue; if not, then I refer to another counselor (all of this at half the cost of a regular session because I do most of the talking, and who wants to pay full price to hear me talk the entire time?). In disclosing my background, I give some particular highs and lows. One of those lows is that my life has been touched by divorce, in several ways, one of those being very personal in the loss of my first marriage. As many of you know, divorce (cover small children’s ears) sucks. It’s awful, terrible, horrible, and can definitely ruin a good day, especially if you never saw it coming, especially if you did work to hopefully ensure it would never happen. But it did. And it was not fun. It was a surprise party I would have preferred not being invited to or the object of. But then again, getting remarried was a bit of a surprise, too. Didn’t really expect that, at least not to anyone other than my first wife. And no, we didn’t HAVE to get married. We chose to. We wanted to. We were a fit, a match, a complementation (if that’s a word), and others saw us that way, too. So we married, and it has been

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awesome, a great pairing and a great adventure, with 2 kids that have joined us, and a third on his way. But what made the restart challenging? Well, I hate starting over, particularly because of my mindset that “this year will be different—this one will be better—I’ll get this one right.” I had to do a “hold on there, bub; not so fast; not sure if that way of thinking is going to be real helpful here.” At the time, I wasn’t a counselor yet, and was not the wealth and fount of relational wisdom I am now (chuckle, chuckle; tongue firmly inserted into cheek). But I felt that if I made my aim for this marriage to do better, then I was aiming for the wrong target. “Doing better” is slightly subjective, wouldn’t you say? “Doing better” is kind of vague, and hard to guess at, which is what you have to do a lot of. A better approach for me, I determined, was to be; to be more of myself (which ultimately was my biggest problem in my first marriage; I compromised myself away in order “to do the right thing”), which meant living vulnerably and cooperatively, fully present, fully myself, fully divulging my perspective but open to deciding together OUR approach to whatever was in front of us, be it disciplining children or deciding dinner. And being me was doable and the best thing for US (provided being me didn’t mean being a mule/donkey/youknow-a-stronger-word-for-that-but-isn’tnecessarily-a-good-word-to-print). This determination led to a rootedness that allowed me to be more solid in myself and in my relating to my spouse, which made our relationship more secure. And because I was choosing to be more secure, which made me more secure and stable, it gave US something to work with, and makes her and the whole family more secure, more stable. And security and stability are good things in marriage. Marriage, like a school year, is a loooooooong test of endurance. Finishing well requires starting well, and starting fast isn’t necessarily a well-start. My doingbetter approach generally led to a fast start. My being-me approach has led to an authentic pace that has been sustainable, respectful, and ultimately very fulfilling and successful. And even though there are days when I don’t show up like I want to, I think my wife would say I’ve had perfect attendance in our marriage. And that brings me a huge sigh of relief. Whew—that restart wasn’t so bad. To talk further about restarts or other life encounters that leave a rock in your stomach, 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.

First Annual Corrine Emma Brown Onesie Drive is huge success By Erica Breen Melissa and Kevin Brown, along with the store Paper Dolls, recently sponsored a onesie drive that benefited the Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. It was in honor of the Brown’s daughter Corrine Emma Brown. She was born on May 27,2009 and later passed away due to complications on July 3, 2009. The drive was created to assist other families who experienced the same tragedy her family went through. The success of this drive was due to the donations and numerous support throughout the community. Onesies, infant socks, blankets, boppy pillows, mobiles, musical & light up toys, and disposable cameras were donated to the intensive care unit. With over 1000 donations it took three SUV’s to take all the

donations to the Children’s Hospital! “It has meant the world to us and we appreciate it,” Melissa Brown said. “May the memory and honor of our sweet daughter Corrine Emma Brown continue to be that of a giving time for others who need us. A tragic loss for us, God turned it into great gain for others and for His Glory. We are so thankful!”

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by Rick Watson

Every day is a school day My wife Jilda and I wrote a song with our friend Tracy Reynolds called Life 101. In the chorus it says “sometimes you get the test, before you get the lesson”. I was reminded this week just how true those words are. I’m planning some foundation work on the barn and our old storage shed so I bought a spiffy new concrete mixer. On the way home from the tool store, I stopped by a local hardware store and bought four eighty pound bags of concrete to get started. I almost busted a gut loading the bags and I knew I didn’t want to lug each sack a few hundred feet to the shed, so I fetched the wheelbarrow for the job. My old wheelbarrow has a flat tire so I used the new garden tool which is a combination wheelbarrow and cart. It’s ergonomically designed with two wheels in front and a handle that is a single bar across the back so that you can pull or push it. It’s perfect for most small hauling jobs. So anyway, I positioned the wheelbarrow/cart at the back of the truck and I then hoisted the eighty pound bag of concrete off the back of the truck and dropped it into the wheelbarrow. Now I didn’t take physics in school, but if I had, I would have understood things like gravity, force, balance, and Newton’s third Law of Motion which says - To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The action and reaction act on two different bodies simultaneously. Having missed those lessons was costly because as soon as I dropped those eighty pounds onto the front of that wheelbarrow, the front plunged downward, and the

handle sprang up with remarkable speed and whacked me across the nose so hard that it made me see stars. I decided to sit down right there in the driveway and think about life, liberty and the pursuit of knowledge. It also gave me a moment to shake those stars out of my head. I looked around to see if any of the neighbors saw the mishap. Doing something stupid is bad enough, but when someone sees you do something stupid, you not only have to deal with the mishap, but you have to deal with the embarrassment too. As it turns out, all I had to deal with was excruciating pain, bleeding nose, and the possibility of having two black eyes. The headache eventually subsided, so all in all, I think I was lucky, and I learned something valuable. Someone could have told me a thousand times to be careful when loading heavy objects on wheelbarrows, and I probably would not have learned a thing. But getting decked by a wheelbarrow handle traveling at the speed of light brought the lesson home. I can promise you this, I will, from this day forward, be very careful when loading heavy objects on ANYTHING! The chorus to the song I mentioned above goes like this: Every day is a school day No matter how old you are Sometimes the test comes before the lesson. Welcome to life 101.

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A few weeks ago I went to visit some friends who moved into a new garden home off highway 280. It is a lovely home with a backyard that is breathtaking. A peaceful place that is filled with the fragrance of gardenias, the beauty of magnolia trees, and the lovely sight of green plants everywhere. The highlight of the garden is a wooden swing facing toward Oak Mountain in the distance. A swing where my friends can sit early in the day or late in the evening to celebrate God’s creation. A swing where one can be reminded of some wonderful lessons about God and life. Lessons that focus especially on the attitude of being thankful and grateful. As one sits on that swing and looks toward the mountain, there is the opportunity to be grateful for the things that are obvious. To be grateful for the beauty of nature. In the springtime one can see the beauty of the misty green on the slopes of the mountain and the splash of white in the dogwoods. In the beauty of the fall, when the red and yellow of the maples, the brown of the oaks, and the green of the pine trees all mingle in a mixture of color that is magnificent. These precious moments with God’s creation are a time to cheer. A time to be grateful and shout with the psalmist in Psalm 100 for the obvious. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Also one can sit on that swing and look toward the mountain and be thankful for the things that are objectionable. In a spirit of meditation to be thankful for those


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experiences in our lives that are painful. There was a remarkable lady named Corrie ten Boom who served the Lord. She and her family lived through the Nazi holocaust and they hid Jewish people in their home who would otherwise have been killed. When she was in a Nazi prison camp it was such a flea ridden, terrible place that she could not stand it. Her older sister said, “But I have found something in the Bible that will help us. It says, “In all things, give thanks. “Corrie said, “I can’t give thanks for the fleas.” Then her sister said to Corrie, “Then give thanks that somehow the guards didn’t check our belongings and our Bible that is with us.” She gave thanks for that. But Corrie would not even think of giving thanks for the fleas. Later the sisters found out that the only reason they were not harassed by the guards was because the guards were so repulsed by the fleas that they would not go in. Give thanks even for these creatures. This story reminds us to give thanks for the presence of God in any situation and the promise that God has not left us. To realize that even through the worst circumstances God can work. To be reminded that even the cross where Christ died can be a tool that brings a new and beautiful life. The lesson from the swing gives us all something to cheer about. With all the joy and all the problems of life we still have many blessings to be grateful for. We have so many precious moments that can lift our spirits if we have the eyes of faith to see them. I guess this is what the psalmist was talking about when he said in Psalm 118: 24, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Let’s do it! About the author: You can reach Pastor Edd Spencer at: First Christian Church 4954 Valleydale Road 205-991-5000 website:

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Buying vs. renting band instruments By Michael Dietz For most parents, renting an instrument for the school band program can be more of a costly and confusing process than necessary. The problem is most parents are simply unaware of what to look for in an instrument rental program, not to mention the pricing can often be more complicated than playing the instrument. Especially in today’s economy, parents want to know they will get the most value from investing in a child’s new interest in music or being able to support the development of their unique musical talent.   There are some things to consider to ensure you have the best experience. Often times, music stores will offer rentals at “school band night” at the school, rushing you into a decision.  Take your time!  Explore and compare local music retailers based on price, service, and quality.  Do they offer a choice of new, used and rentals? Are there a variety of financing options? Do they provide repair and service? Is the staff knowledgeable?   Be wary of lowering monthly rent payments in exchange for longer terms

on rent-to-own contracts. Most of the time, this means higher interest rates.   It is important to remember that if all goes well, you and your child may someday be purchasing this instrument.  Would you pay 20% interest for 6 years of financing on a car purchase?  Find a store whose rental program both fits your budget and won’t make you regret purchasing an instrument down the road. A child’s success in school band is often hit or miss for a variety of factors.   Don’t get caught in a long term contract that forces you to commit to purchasing an instrument after only a few months.  It generally takes at least a year for you and your child to decide whether your child shows enough interest in music to warrant a $1,000+ purchase. Price shop!   There are many great places to rent an instrument in the Birmingham area, and most of them offer great repair services, quality instruments, and a full selection of accessories.  Renting an instrument for $50+ per month can really add up, so don’t be afraid to ask why a store charges more for their rentals than

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their competition does. The world’s top educators have long been saying that music is one of the most cerebrally diverse academics known.   Children exposed to music commonly exhibit stronger skills every academic discipline including math, languages and science.   Don’t rule out lessons as a way to really increase your child’s chances to find a lifelong hobby in music.  Often times a band director doesn’t have much one on one time with each child.  A private lesson instructor can spend time finding which aspects of music attract your child and nurture these interests into a strong passion for music.   Your decision to provide your child with an opportunity to play a musical instrument is one that can benefit him or her

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By Andy Portera Tired of those one and done plants that bloom for a couple of weeks then are done till next year? Everyone loves a yard in full bloom. Unfortunately, many plants’ blooming season is very short. Make your yard happy and your neighbors jealous by planting flowers and shrubs that offer an abundance of color for weeks and months on end. The following plants have long blooming periods or have unique foliage that offers a splash of color year round: Perennials Chapel Hill Lantana is a low, spreading shrub (18” tall by 2-3’ wide) that blooms yellow and prefers full sun. It is extremely cold hardy and has been known to live through mild Winters in the Southeast. Balloon Flower is a low-growing, profuse bloomer (blue, white and pale pink) that blooms throughout Summer. It appreciates a just a little afternoon shade in our climate. Pincushion Flower grows to about 2-3 feet tall and is a heavy bloomer all Summer long. ‘ Becky’ Shasta Daisy was the 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year. It is a whitebloomer that grows to about 3.5 feet tall

and looks great in both formal and informal gardens. Deciduous Shrubs Double Knockout Rose offers a ton of blooms from Spring to Fall. This shrub can grow tall (6-8 feet) and is extremely low maintenance. Drift Rose is a lower-growing, shrub rose with a long blooming season. These roses grow to only a couple of feet tall and do great in small gardens. Butterfly Bush is a large shrub that can grow to 10-12 feet tall. They bloom in a variety of different colors depending on the variety and are some of the best shrubs at attracting butterflies and other wildlife as it’s name suggests. ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea offers an abundance of blooms all Summer long. It needs afternoon shade and grows to about 4-5 feet tall. Evergreen/Semi-Evergreen Shrubs Encore Azalea is an evergreen shrub that blooms repeatedly from late Spring through Fall. They do best with afternoon shade and ‘Autumn Twist’ is my favorite variety. Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a compact, ornamental shrub that offers “electric” yellow foliage that changes colors with the seasons taking on a reddish-orange hue at times. In Winter, it tends to hold it’s leaves better than other Abelia varieties but it does suffer some. ‘Purple Diamond’ Loropetalum has deep burgundy foliage that is a great contrast in most landscapes. I like this variety because it keeps its color year round and is more compact than most loropetalum varieties. Try one or more of these and you will be happy you did! Andy Portera is the co-owner of Portera Landscape Design, which is located in the Mountain Brook area. You can find out more about Andy and his company at www.

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Cocktails in The Gardens Cocktails in The Gardens, Birmingham’s favorite garden party returns for its fourth season on August 12, September 9 and October 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hill Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Hundreds of young professionals, garden enthusiasts and local music fans flock to The Gardens to enjoy food and libations from Occasions by Wynfrey, live music from local bands, giveaways and more. Tickets are $15 to each event, but members get in free. “It’s All About The Green” on August 12, with entertainment provided by the new band FisherGreen, a cast of local “musical all-stars” created by Chad Fisher and Heath Green. Occasions will serve up a selection of (free) hors d’oeuvres, including roast beef pinwheels, green apple and chicken salad, mini key lime pies, prosciutto wrapped melon and spinach fettuccini. The signature drink is the ever-popular Green Apple Martini, with wine and domestic beer also available at the cash bar. The series continues on September 9 with the theme “Down Home Delights,” with Southern rocker Hunter Lawley entertaining the crowd and Spiked Lemonade as the cocktail du jour. Jazzy Bonus Round and Black Cherry Rum Punch round out the year on October 14 for the “Autumn Harvest Feastival.” Proceeds from Cocktails in The

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8/1- 6 p.m., Jazz in the Park Concert Series, Birmingham Railroad Park,

8/6,13- 10 a.m., “Wild About Books” Zoo Storytime with Books-A-Million,

8/3- 12 p.m., Artbreak at Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham

8/6- 6 p.m., Movies on the Mall in Trussville - Great family films and rides

8/6- 11 a.m., Documentary an Inconvenient Truth, 1112 Montgomery

8/7- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Consignment Chic’s Sales Tax Holiday Bus Tour of


Museum of Art, 205-254-2571 Highway, 205-978-3684

8/6- Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Tenth Avenue North with special guest The

Museum, Briarwood Church, tickets and information, call 776-5211 or purchase at the Briarwood Bookstore

Birmingham Zoo, 205-870-0213 for Kids!, call 205-655-7535

Consignment Shops, Collage Designer Consignment, Tickets $29 with free lunch, call 205-LOV-CHIC

8/8- 2:30 p.m., Introduction to Family History & Genealogy, Birmingham Public Library, 205-226-3665

8/7- 10 a.m., Forstall Art Presents: Ceramics with Frank Fleming., Forstall

8/14- Train Rides at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Heart of Dixie

8/8- 5:30 p.m., 8th Annual ArtPartners Live Auction and Showcase, live

8/21- 7 a.m., Birmingham Start! Heart Walk, Linn Park, contact 205-510-

Art Center, contact 205-870-0480

and silent auction featuring works of art created by community artists and individuals with chronic illnesses, B&A Warehouse, tickets $100, call 205-307-6300 ext. 10 or visit

8/12- 3 p.m., Lilith Fair, Verizon Wireless Music Center, for tickets visit

Railroad Museum, 205-382-3946 1500

8/28- 6 p.m., Fairy Tale Ball, Birmingham Sheraton Ballroom, tickets $150 Family of Four, $70 individual adult tickets, contact 205-252-1991

8/28- 9 a.m., Zoo Olympics at the Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Zoo, tickets $12 Adult/ $7 child, call 205-879-0409

8/13- 5 p.m., Art on the Rocks, Birmingham Museum of Art, http://www.


8/14- 6 p.m., Music & Fireworks in the Vineyards, Morgan Creek Vineyards, contact 205-672-2053

8/19- 6 p.m., The Old City String Quartet, Cabaniss Fine Arts Center at Altamont, free

8/28- 8 p.m., Jonny Lang, Alys Stephens Center, tickets 205-975-2787 8/29 – 4:00 p.m. Act of Congress in Concert, Mt Laurel’s Turtle Back

Park. Pack a picnic & bring a blanket. Tickets ($15 children 12 & under free) on sale at the Mt Laurel Sales Office.  Call 981-9772 or email for more information and directions.  Proceeds benefit the Mt Laurel Public Library building fund. 

Food & Wine 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27- 6 p.m.- Friday Evening Wine Tasting, cost is $10 with

8/5- 6:30 p.m., Gardening Tips for Going Green with Sallie Lee, 1112 Montgomery Highway, 205-978-3684

8/7- 10:30 a.m., Gardening 101: Herbs & Herbs Swap with Sallie Lee & Salena Stalker, 1112 Montgomery Highway, call 205-978-3684

8/7- 10 a.m., “Playful Mosaics: Can you Pique Asslette? (Part one),” Aldridge Botanical Gardens, call 205-682-8019

8/8- 2 p.m., “Playful Mosaics: Can you Pique Asslette? (Part two),” Aldridge Botanical Gardens, call 205-682-8019

8/12-8/27- 8 a.m., Aldridge Botanical Gardens: Heads Up Alabama! Exhibit, Aldridge Botanical Gardens, 205-682-8019

8/12- 5:30 p.m., Cocktails in the Gardens, “It’s All about the Green”,

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Hill Garden, tickets $15, call 205-4143950 or visit www.bbgardensorg/cocktails for more info

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8/7,14,21,28- Cooking Demonstrations, Pepper Place Market, visit

8/8- 5 p.m., UAB Presents “Uncork Education”, UAB National Alumni

Society to Host Wine Tasting, Silent Auction, Flower Stems 213 Richard Arrington Blvd, tickets $30 each or $50 per couple, call 205-934-3555

8/10- 6:30 p.m., Get Your (Indoor) Grill On Cooking Demonstration,

$30.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

8/12- 6:30 p.m., Soiree@Saks, Live music, appetizers, beverages & silent

auction, Saks Fifth Avenue, $25 (includes choice of wine tasting or two beverages), call 205-980-4750

8/12- 6:30 p.m., Burger Bonanza! Cooking Demonstration, $30.00,

Birmingham Bake and Cook Co, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

8/14- 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., Boiling N’ Bragging, all you can eat low country boil

& football season kick-off party with music by The Hurlers, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Rotary Club’s Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport – District 6860 campaign, Otey’s Tavern, 244 Country Club Park, tickets $20 in advance $25 at the door,

Kids 10 & under FREE, register online at, or contact or call 205.939.9956.

8/17- 6:30 p.m., Skewers, Brochettes and Kabobs Cooking Demonstration,

$30.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

8/19- 6:30 p.m., Wings, Wings, and More Wings Cooking Demonstration,

$30.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

8/20,21- 6th Annual Sloss Furnaces Stokin’ the Fire BBQ and Music

Summer Movie Series 8/1- 2 p.m., Oklahoma!, Alabama Theatre, 8/6- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Homewood Park, www.

8/7- 2 p.m., Lady and the Tramp, Alabama Theatre, www.alabamatheatre. com

8/7- 7 p.m., Gone with the Wind, Alabama Theatre, www.alabamatheatre. com

8/8- 2 p.m., Gone with the Wind, Alabama Theatre, 8/14- 2 p.m., Peter Pan, Alabama Theatre, 8/14- 7 p.m., The Birds/Psycho Double Feature, Alabama Theatre, www.

8/15- 2 p.m., On The Town, Alabama Theatre, 8/21- 2 p.m., Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Alabama Theatre, www.

8/21- 7 p.m., Ghost Busters, Alabama Theatre, 8/22- 2 p.m., Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Alabama Theatre, www.

8/28- 2 p.m., Pocahontas, Alabama Theatre, 8/28- 7 p.m., A Hard Day’s Night, Alabama Theatre, www.alabamatheatre. com

8/29- 2 p.m., South Pacific, Alabama Theatre,

Festival, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 205-324-1911

8/24- 6:30 p.m., Two-Fisted Tailgating Sandwiches Cooking Demonstration, $30.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

8/26- 6 p.m., “The Taste of Birmingham,” features cuisine from the

Birmingham area and will benefit two children’s organizations, Grand Ballroom of The Club, visit for more details.

8/26- 6:30 p.m., Football Party Favorites II Cooking Demonstration, $30.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

8/31- 6:30 p.m., Sharpen Your Knife Skills Class, $25.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

Theatre 8/6,7- 7 p.m., “He’s Not The Man I Married” presented by Virginia Samford Theatre, tickets $20, call 1-877-71-AMRAE

8/7- 7 p.m., Crescendo Event- Theatre Production State Fair, Arts Council of the Trussville Area Community Theatre, Tickets $10 adult, $8 seniors, call 205-655-7145

SPORTS 8/1,7,8,9,10,11,18,19,20,21,22,31- Birmingham Barons home games, Regions Park, game times vary, for tickets call 205-988-3200

8/7- 9 a.m., Southeastern Outings Canoe Trip on the Tallapoosa River, Tallapoosa River, call 205-410-9996

8/14- 4 p.m., Oak Mountain Athletic Booster Club’s Annual Kick-off/Fish

Fry, Heardmont Park, fish fry, football scrimmage, performance by the Oak Mtn. High School Band, fish fry tickets $12 or $5 for admission to events only, contact Scott Ridley at for more information

Special Events

8/2- 7 p.m., BAO Bingo, Birmingham AIDS Outreach, tickets $15, for more info call 205-322-4197

8/13/-8/14- Technology Days, free diagnostic tests on your computer or

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Every Wednesday / Thursday 8pm Live Music by Razz Ma Tazz Every Friday / Saturday 9pm - Until Live Music by Razz Ma Tazz

8/5- Bonus round 8/6- Erica & the Soulshine Band 8/7- Rights Over Left 8/12- The Peeping Toms 8/13- Live Wire 8/14- Crooked Road 8/19- Little Memphis Blues 8/20- Swag 8/21- The Hunter Lawley Band 8/26- The Elijah Butler Band 8/27- Meet the Next 8/28- On Live


2007 Blue Kawasaki 125cc Eliminator Cruiser - 2600 miles Price $2,300 Contact Stuart at 205-995-5563 or 205-746-6235

HOGANS Irish Pub & Grill

4701 Highway 280 (205) 991-5112

August 2010

Motorcycle For Sale

neighborly entertainment



5426 Highway 280 (205) 874-6361 8/3- Live Music w/Cordy 8/4- Live Music w/Cordy 8/5- Wine Lovers’ w/Chase 8/10- Live Music w/Cordy 8/11- Danny and Randy 8/12- Wine Lovers’ w/Chase 8/17- Live Music w/Cordy 8/18- Live Music w/Cordy 8/19- Wine Lovers’ w/Chase 8/24- Live Music w/Cordy 8/25- Danny and Randy 8/26- Wine Lovers’ w/Chase 8/31- Live Music w/Cordy

is looking for an experienced DME Customer Service Rep. Must have at least 3 years experience working with all aspects of DME billing/ collections for BCBS, Commercial Ins, Medicare & Medicaid. Must be proficient with Online Billing,Word, Excel and QuickBooks. Please submit resume to : or mail to 194 Narrows Drive, Suite 2. Birmingham, AL 35242


MOMs Club of BirminghamInverness Want to meet other stay-at-home moms and their kids for playdates? Come join MOMS Club of Birmingham-Inverness. Email for info.

Comfort Keepers is looking

to hire people who enjoy working with the elderly. Qualifications: HS Diploma, must be bondable.

Call (205) 981-1800.


August 2010


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