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Equestrian Drill Team Rides High

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When 13-year-old Emily Adams joined a mounted equestrian drill team at River Run Farms two years ago, she “found her calling,” her mother, Kelly Adams said. Equestrian drill teams perform a coordinated routine to music where riders and horses must be trained in the moves. “It is definitely a team sport as each

member has to be supportive and help each other,” Kelly Adams said. “They have to work together in order for the team to be the best they can be.” This year teams from River Run Farms on Highway 119 competed in the first mounted drill team competition in the state of Alabama at the Montgomery State

Fair. The teams competed in Chatsworth, Ga., the previous two years because no drill team competition existed in Alabama. Mick Knerr said his two daughters really enjoy the camaraderie of the River Run Farms teams. “It’s really the only way in this sport that you can get a team together and perform,” he said. “The kids really love it.” His oldest daughter Kathryn, 12, has been riding for four years and on River Run’s drill team since it started two years ago. She says her favorite part is being able to work as a team, and she also enjoys dressing up for theme runs. “Everyone loves watching it, so I love dressing up and putting on a show,” Kathryn said. Each team typically consists of 12 members that perform routines with their horses in the arena to music. Performances are usually six to seven minutes long, and often have a theme. The teams are judged on different aspects, including how they stay together, how in sync they are and how their horses perform for them during the routine. The teams practice and perform their drill team routines from Labor Day weekend until the next show season starts in March.


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November is here and it’s another great issue. It’s time to give thanks. I am thankful for all of the community support this paper receives. Without that, 280 Living wouldn’t exist. It seems as if every issue we publish is the best one yet. That’s made possible by the fact that we continually have new people getting involved. This month we were lucky to have our first submissions by our High School Correspondents. See page 14 and 15 to read their reports on homecoming at their respective schools. We also are preparing for the holidays by publishing some great gift ideas in the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide.

If you like this publication and appreciate the venue it provides for telling the story of your community, the best way you can show it is by supporting the businesses who make it possible. If you are typically later to the shopping party like I am, pull out these pages and hang on to them. Thank you for reading and supporting this publication. Thanks for sharing your story with us and with your community. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Mt. Laurel Welcomes Community to Free Events The Town of Mt. Laurel hosted a pair of special events in October. Great fall weather made these events even more enjoyable. On October 3 the Alabama Symphony Orchestra visited the town square and

delighted visitors with a free concert. On October 9 Mt. Laurel hosted its 9th annual Harvest Festival with area vendors offering something for everyone, plus great food and music.

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With locations in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona, Alabama’s only Village Tavern location is at The Summit, and as their slogan states, “Village Tavern celebrates classic American food.” The restaurant offers full brunch, lunch and dinner menus all having a wide selection of premium meats and ingredients to choose from. General Manager Jake Schuler says the freshness of the food at Village Tavern distinguishes the restaurant from others in Birmingham. “We cut our own steaks, we get fresh seafood everyday and we cut our own pizza dough daily, so everything that you get is going to be fresh,” Schuler said. Each menu contains a large selection of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. In addition to the traditional menu items, Village Tavern also offers gluten-free menus. Wood-fire grills and ovens are used, and a premium selection of aged meats is offered. The restaurant also boasts an impressive wine list to complement menu items, which earned them the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2007. Whenever a guest chooses to eat at the restaurant they can expect to see a variety of seafood, chicken and beef options in appetizers, entrees, salads, pastas and pizzas. Village Tavern’s brunch menu offers a wide variety of lunch and breakfast selections for whichever meal you are in the mood for. Breakfast items include benedicts, omelettes, Belgian waffles and French toast.


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Also on the menu are the Tavern brunch specials that put a spin on traditional breakfast items with Southwestern elements and Southern favorites, like shrimp and grits. Lunch at Village Tavern also provides guests with more then enough options to choose from. Appetizers range from bacon-wrapped scallops to spinach tortilla dip, and soup and salad combinations as well as large salads are delicious entrée possibilities. Lunch entrees, wood oven pizzas, whole-wheat flatbreads, burgers and sandwiches are available to provide something for everyone. Village Tavern’s dinner menu has, like the brunch and lunch menus, multiple appetizers and salads to choose from. Unlike the other menus, however, the dinner menu offers larger selections of fresh market fish, steakhouse steaks and prime rib. A delicious steak entrée is the Steak Oscar which is an eight ounce filet served with fresh asparagus, jumbo lump crabmeat and house-made Bearnaise. The Tavern specialties section of the menu contains a variety of entrees


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Celebrating Her 10th on 10/10/10 Clara Anne Fuller, a 4th grader at Oak Mountain Intermediate School, celebrated her 10th birthday on 10/10/10. She enjoyed a surprise birthday party with some friends and family. Front row: Mallory Edwards, Hope Morton, Sarah Katona, Lilly Pirkle, Second row: Kendall Scharbert, Clara Fuller, Taylor Harrington, Riley Pirkle, Third row: Mia Karle, Maddie Katona, Emily Rush, Mary Margaret Mitchell

NCAA Division I Cross Country Regional Event Coming to Veterans Park The 2010 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship South Regional event will be held Saturday, November 13 at Hoover’s Veterans Park on Valleydale Road. Samford University will serve as the official host organization for the event

with assistance from the Hoover Track Foundation. The event will feature 50–60 collegiate cross country teams. This meet qualifies teams and individuals to compete at the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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The OMMS Cross Country Team met Governor Bob Riley Members of the Oak Mountain Cross Country team participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 9th. Team members ran as the Eagle Runners to support women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Instead of competing against other middle school teams for trophies and medals, the kids chose to share their talent for running with

the greater community. The team made a statement by dressing in their blue Oak Mountain training shirts and as much pink as they could find. Teammates spray painted each other’s hair pink and donned pink wings and tutus. Before warming up for the race, the kids were honored to have their picture made with Gov. Bob Riley.

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Members of Ashley Crossno’s 5th grade class at Oak Mountain Intermediate School participate in the annual Zoomathon to raise funds for the OMIS PTO.

Oak Mountain Intermediate School held its annual Zoomathon to raise funds for its PTO. 5th grade teacher Ashley Crossno runs the Zoomathon course with her class.




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Oak Mountain Bands Announce “An Oak Mountain Christmas” Fundraiser Performance “An Oak Mountain Christmas,” featuring the Bands of Oak Mountain with special guest Carrie Tillis, will be held December 3 at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. Tillis, daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis and sister of country artist Pam Tillis, is an internationally known vocalist with an incredible range of music styles, from opera and Broadway musical theatre to classic country tunes and standards. Known for standout performances, Tillis plans to include her rendition of “O Holy Night” in the evening’s performance. Popular demand for her performance of that song brought her back to the Meridian

Symphony Orchestra two years in a row. Tillis will perform a range of music with Oak Mountain High School’s nationally recognized jazz, symphonic and wind ensemble bands, culminating with a mass band “sing-a-long” that will appeal to all ages. This special evening also will include music by the Alabama’s “Mighty Wurlitzer” organ. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are general admission. All proceeds benefit the Oak Mountain band program. For more information, visit For tickets, including group sales, email

Oak Mountain and Spain Park Selected for Top Public High School List in Newsweek By Kathryn Acree Congratulations to Oak Mountain and Spain Park High Schools for their 2010 listing in Newsweek magazine’s best public high schools in the country. Alabama had eleven schools named to the list. Just over 1,600 schools, only six percent of all the public schools in the U.S, made the list based on the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge (AICE) tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors graduating in May or June. Newsweek selected schools that achieve a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had as many tests in 2009 as they had graduates. The 2010 list is based on each school’s numbers for 2009. Spain Park was ranked at #1042 with a ratio of 1.609. “This is a great honor for our school

and the district. This award is really a tribute to our staff, parents, and the support we receive from our central office,” said Chris Shaw, principal of Spain Park High School Oak Mountain was ranked at #992 on the list with a ratio of 1.661. “The faculty and staff at Oak Mountain High School are so excited to have received this honor,” said Principal Joan Doyle. “We have incredible students with supportive parents who rise to the high expectations of our academic program each year. All our teachers, including those at our elementary, intermediate, and middle schools work collaboratively to create an environment that prepares our students for life beyond high school. This just confirms our idea that together we can accomplish great things.”

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Oak Mountain High-Tech Solutions (OMHS Robotics Team) was awarded the 3rd place Overall BEST Award at the UAB Blazer BEST competition held The team Oct. 9th at Bartow Arena. also won 1st place for Website Design (, 1st place for Marketing Presentation, the BEST Founders Award for Most Creative Robot Design, and Most Elegant Robot. Oak Mountain’s creative theme for this year’s competition was Dr. Seuss’ “We Will Succeed, Yes We Will Indeed, 99.99966% Guaranteed!” and the team incorporated the Six Sigma management and engineering processes in building and testing the robot design. The “High Tech Solutions” team also developed an iPhoe “app” for the competition. O.M.H.S. will advance to Regional competition at South’s BEST at Auburn University held Nov. 1920. The contest featured middle and high school student teams from 25 central Alabama schools. Each team competed with a built-from-scratch robot and had six weeks to develop and build the robot for competition based on this year’s theme “Total Recall”. BEST features two parallel competitions: A robotics game, based upon the annual theme, and the BEST Award, presented to the team that best embodies the concept of Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology. Engineers and other technical professionals from local industries serve as team mentors who advise and guide students through the design and construction of their machines.

Oak Mountain Robotics Team members at UAB’s Blazer BEST competition

In 2007 and 2008 Oak Mountain’s team placed fifth and third in the UAB competition and also competed in the regional BEST championships in Auburn. In 2009, the team placed 1st in Best Web Page Design, 1st in Best Table Display and Interview, 2nd in Best T-shirt design, and 2nd in Most Robust Robot, plus earned the 3rd Place BEST Overall Award. The team advanced to compete at the Regional South competition at Auburn University in Dec. 2009. BEST, the brain-child of two Texas Instrument engineers, is a national, nonprofit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competition.

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Eighth grade students at Liberty Park Middle School recently celebrated Greasers and Socs Day as a concluding activity for their unit of study on the The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton in English class. The novel tells the story of two different social-classes, the Greasers and the Socs who choose not to associate with each other because they

grew up on opposite sides of town. The students dressed as either Greasers or Socs from the 1960’s time period, brought chocolate snacks, watched Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the novel, and had a thumb war “rumble” during homeroom. Eighth grade English teachers are AnneCarter Finch and Baylor Knott.

New SGA Officers Sworn In The SGA officers from Vestavia Hills High School recently swore in the Liberty Park Middle School Student Government Association officers into office at a school wide assembly. The new officers were presented with a copy of the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers, by Sean Covey. The 2010-2011 SGA officers are James Harris, President; Claire Hand, Girls Vice President; Nick Hernandez, Boys Vice President; Caroline Lytle, Secretary; Wynne Pietrantoni, Treasurer; Harrison McRee, Sergeant-at-Arms; Steffie Rosene, Historian; Bradley Copeland, Chaplain and Rachel Nesbitt Parliamentarian.

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Newbery award-winning author, Linda Sue Park, holds a question and answer session with Liberty Park Middle School students

On September 21, 2010, Linda Sue Park, a 2002 Newbery award-winning author, spent the day with Liberty Park Middle School students. The author is known for her books A Single Shard, When My Name was Keoko and Keeping Score. While at the school, Mrs. Park, who began writing at the age of four, talked about being the daughter of Korean immigrants. She was first published at the age of nine and stated that she received $1 for the haiku that she wrote. Mrs. Park advised, “Read. That’s the single best thing an aspiring writer can do for his or her work.” She also mentioned her dog Fergus who she considers her writing companion because he always sits at her feet when she writes. The day consisted of Mrs. Park meeting with the whole student body as well as two small group sessions. One small group session included the winners of a book review contest. The students were asked to submit a review of one of Mrs. Park’s books. The winners attended a question and answer pizza party with Mrs. Park. These students were: 6th

grade: Audrey Meloun, Daryl Wilson, Aggie Dent, Cooper Jones, Ashley Orkus, Savannah Hayes, Britton Copeland, Dominic Pautler and Samantha Jesse, 7th grade: Meghan Levant and Kate Cox and 8th grade: Claire Hand and Graham Llivina. The second session called “The Art of Writing,” consisted of 8 students from each grade level who were recommended by their Language Arts teachers. Mrs. Park guided these students as they wrote a story. The students who attended this session were: Sixth Grade: Michael Schroeder, Clayton Bowden, Savannah Hayes, Samantha Jesse, Emma King, Sara Haynes, Emily Rutland and Ryhus Harris Seventh Grade: Logan Holyfield, Ellen Li, Jake Rice, Nick Weldon, Mitchell Hauberg, Sara Hameed, Caroline Kirkconnell and Maddie Henkey Eight Grade: Graham Llivina, Arthur Triantos, Kaitie Sneed, Caroline Lytle, Lee Watterson, Isabella Aldana, Hunter Webb, and Bonnie DeCarlo


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Out of the Darkness Walk Supports Suicide Prevention By Kathryn Acree Local suicide statistics are cause for alarm: • There have been more suicides in Shelby County in the first nine months of 2010 than in all of 2009, according to the county coroner’s office. • In Alabama, suicide is the 11th ranking cause of death, claiming 603 lives in 2008. • In 2008, there were 603 suicides statewide compared to 450 homicides. It is because of these disturbing numbers that the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is passionate about raising awareness in local communities. The Out of the Darkness Walk set for Sunday, Nov. 7 at Heardmont Park will raise funds to benefit AFSP. The Birmingham chapter of AFSP expects this to be the largest walk in Alabama to date, with more than 1,000 people hoping to raise more than $100,000. There are more than 200 Out of the Darkness Community Walks taking place throughout the U.S. this fall, and more than 56,000 walkers are expected to participate. Through past fundraising efforts, the Alabama AFSP group has placed DVDs concerning suicide prevention in every Alabama high school and college, both public and private. AFSP members worked with the Governor’s office, the Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education to receive endorsement for the project. Many involved in the walk are “survivors” – the term AFSP uses for

family and friends left behind after a suicide occurs. Survivor and active AFSP member Marissa Grayson, a Samford professor, experienced the loss of her father to suicide in 2005. At the time, Grayson was completing her graduate work at the University of Florida when she received a call from her 16-year-old brother in Chicago that her father was hospitalized following a suicide attempt. “My Dad was released after three days because he wasn’t considered a threat to others,” Grayson said. Suffering from depression, financial concerns, marital problems and mourning the loss of his mother a year earlier, Grayson believes her father was actually dealing with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. “He was very convincing in the days following his first attempt, telling friends and family that he would be alright,” Grayson said. “When left alone one afternoon, he shot himself.” Although she was devastated by the loss of her father, Grayson and her family sought counseling and she soon returned to graduate school. To her horror, a professor in the graduate program she considered to be a mentor committed suicide. “It was an overwhelming time, but in dealing with everything that happened, I knew working with others in the cause to prevent suicide would be the best way for me to cope,” Grayson said. “My boyfriend, Bryan, lived in Birmingham and I contacted the AFSP group here to say I wanted to be

Signs listing suicide statistics and pairs of shoes signifying lives lost in Alabama to suicide line the path at AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Walk.

involved in the Out of the Darkness Walk.” The evening after Grayson completed her first walk, her boyfriend proposed. “Something wonderful came out of the loss,” she said. Married in August of 2009,

Grayson and her husband, Bryan, have continued being involved in AFSP and she serves as a registration co-chairman for the event.


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Coman Baum Fine Jewelry and Gifts, located at Lee Branch, has been open for nine years and worked to create a reputation of quality and honesty. Owner Coman Baum knew he wanted to be in the jewelry business after working in his step-father’s jewelry store in San Antonio, Texas. After attending the G.I.A. Institute in Carlsbad, Calif. where he received his Graduate Gemologist Degree, Baum returned to his home town of Birmingham and pursued his dream. “Living in all those different places really gave me a feel for different areas and what people like,” Baum said. “But I wanted to get back here because the closeknit communities are really something I enjoy.” Baum attributes the success of his store to the customer service offered and the relationships they form with customers. “Every piece of jewelry that comes in here I touch,” he said. “We’re small and we’ll always be small, and I like it that way. It allows you to establish a truly close relationship.” Baum describes the jewelry he sells as functional, mid to high-end pieces, and although extravagant pieces are available, the most popular type of jewelry he sells can be worn every day as well as at an evening event. The selection ranges from fun charm bracelets to elaborate diamond settings so there truly is something for everyone. The store sells jewelry from unique and distinctive brands to ensure that pieces from Coman Baum stand out from the rest and really have a custom feel. “Having our pieces remain unique is



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really a big asset,” Baum said. The store’s goal is to find out about the customer and what they like to help narrow the search down to a few key pieces to find the perfect fit. They offer appraisals, repairs and custom designs, and also buy and sell preowned Rolex watches. Customers can sell scrap gold and vintage pieces to the store, and Baum says all repairs are completed in two days to a week. Coman Baum Jewelry has a close working relationship with its peers Isbell Jewelers, Barton-Clay and Bromerg’s and is endorsed by local celebrities such as Stan White. “Honesty, good service, fair pricing, consistency and passion for what we do are all things that mark us,” Baum said. Maui Jim sunglasses and Silly Bandz are also sold at the store. For more information visit their website at or give them a call at 9911812.

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What do you enjoy most about playing football? I love the friendships that I have built while being a part of this team for the past three years. I have made some life-long friendships that have made football more enjoyable.

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By Lauren Nix Wilson Whorton is the kicker for Briarwood Christian High School’s successful varsity football team. Whorton, a senior, has recently been selected as this year’s kicker at the Dec. 11 Alabama-Mississippi Football Classic all-star game, which Coach Fred Yancey says makes him “one of the best kickers in the state.” He will be playing for Yancey who was selected as head coach for the Alabama team at the allstar game. Whorton is productive as both a wide receiver and a kicker and has started every game this season for Briarwood. 280 Living spoke with the talented student-athlete to learn more about him.

football? The most important thing I’ve learned in high school has been to always have a good work ethic and do your best at everything. Learning this as a sophomore from my senior teammates really helped me learn to work hard on the field, which has carried over into the classroom. What do you enjoy doing in your free time when you have a break from football? In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family or friends and going to Young Life on Thursday nights. I also love wakeboarding when I can make a trip to the lake.

What other honors have you received for playing football? I was a preseason all-metro kicker before my senior season (this year) and my junior season. I placed second in the 2010 Orlando Expo (field goals) and in Dec. 2009 I participated in the Underclassmen Challenge “Top 15 Elite” kickers in Orlando. What are your plans after high school? After high school I would hope to be able to continue my kicking career by playing football in college while getting a degree in engineering. How do you feel about being selected as the kicker for the AL-MS all-star team? I was very excited when Coach Yancey

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Spain Park Cheerleaders Excel at UCA Camp, Name Captains The Spain Park varsity, junior varsity and freshman cheerleaders won top honors at the UCA cheerleading camp at Auburn University in June. The teams together won the prestigious Leadership award, voted on by all the other cheerleading squads at camp. Captains for each squad were also announced, for varsity Alexandra Renfroe and Jordie Lorino share the captain position and the program captain is Mallory Murphy. For the JV squad, Katherine Burleson and Amanda Ivy share the captain position and freshman captains are Lauren Burks and Catherine Milling.

OM Youth Football Cheerleaders Host Cheer for the Cure Campaign

Members of the OM Blue Team cheer squad are: Front row: Sheyenne Pannell, Mary Carson Collins, Kaylee Brannon, Abby Jones. Back Row: Amelia Reardon, Mae Pimentel, Kathryn Civils, Ally Wynn, Mary Kathryn Green, Lauren Whittle, Abby Brown, Ryanne Ritter, Kara Wingard. The coaches are Debbie Civils and Michele Hawkins.

The cheerleaders of the Oak Mountain 130 lb. Blue Team sponsored a CHEER for the CURE event at their Oct. 14th game versus Cahaba Valley to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The cheerleaders handed out pink ribbons and Breast Cancer

Awareness brochures and collected $428 for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The fans wore pink, the Oak Mountain football players wore pink armbands and the Cahaba Valley football players wore pink taped shoes.

Oak Mountain Girls Basketball Registration Still Open Registration continues for girls interested in the Oak Mountain Girls Basketball League. Players will be divided into two divisions: 2nd- 4th grades and 5th – 6th grades. Sign up for the league continues until Nov. 13 when final registration and evaluations will be held at Oak Mountain Middle from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Younger players will be evaluated from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and the older players from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Evaluations are extremely helpful in making the teams even and all players are encouraged to attend. If participants plan on registering at this time, coaches ask you please arrive early. The registration fee is $100. All checks should be made payable to Oak Mountain Girls Basketball League. Forms may be dropped off at Oak Mountain Elementary

School or mailed to: Mike Whitt 4849 Keith Drive Birmingham, AL 35242 Practices will be held at Oak Mountain Middle School from 7 – 8 p.m. or 8 – 9 p.m. on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Games are held at OMMS on Saturday mornings beginning Dec. 4 with an eight game schedule. Second through fourth grade games are played on 9-feet goals to provide higher scoring and will use a 28.5 size basketball. Fifth and Sixth grade games are played on 10-feet goals with a 28.5 size basketball. The basketball program is dependent on volunteer coaches and volunteers are needed. Please contact Coach Allen McGowan at amcgowan@shelbyed.k12. or Mike Whitt at for additional information.



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The Oak Mountain High School volleyball team celebrates after defeating Grissom in the AHSAA Elite Eight Volleyball Tournament on October 27. The win sent them to the Class 6A title game. Photo courtesy of Barry Clemmons.

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visited with each other on the court and exchanged well wishes for the remainder of their season. Coach Dillingham’s squad finished their regular season on Saturday, October 9 in a tri-match, and prepared for Toy Bowl tournament play held Oct. 18.

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Oak Mountain Celebrates Homecoming Week



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Oak Mountain High School correspondent Homecoming week at Oak Mountain High School is always an exciting time; there are always a variety of activities that everyone looks forward to. This year’s theme for homecoming week was “Hard Rock Homecoming.” Everyday there were activities planned such as themed dress up days including medical scrub day, classic rock day, class unity day, and obnoxious Oak Mountain fan day. Tuesday night’s activity was the annual Powder Puff Football game which pitted the junior girls against the senior girls with the senior girls being victorious this year by a score of 12 – 0. Wednesday there were dodge ball tournaments with a junior class team winning the final competition. Thursday was the athletic battle of the classes with the senior class winning yet another competition. Friday’s activities included a talent show, parade, and pep rally with the senior class winning the spirit award.

Courtney Maddox, 2010 Oak Mountain High School Homecoming Queen. Photo courtesy of Barry Clemmons.

The Eagles took on the Homewood Patriots in their Homecoming game. Photo courtesy of Barry Clemmons.

Homewood High School was the opponent for this year’s homecoming game, and each class created a float based on the theme of beating the Homewood “Patriots.” All floats were displayed during Friday night’s game. The half time festivities highlighted the Spirit of Cahaba marching band and members of the homecoming court. The homecoming court included freshman class nominees Kristina Bass, Brooke Lowery, and Betsy Moates with Sara Grace Bezkor being named freshman class attendant. Sophomore class nominees were Olivia Day, Morgan Fields, and Jordan Laxson with Emily Stevens being named as sophomore class attendant. Junior class nominees were Emma Brooks, Mallie Stone, and Scarlett Walker with Anna Catherine Manning being named as junior class attendant. The senior class nominees for homecoming queen were Peyton Fields, Wimberly Sproull, and Catherine Wilson with Courtney Maddox being crowned as the 2010 homecoming queen. Oak Mountain took the lead with a late game TD by Bradley Bostick, but in the end Homewood won the game by a score of 2117. Homecoming activities were concluded on Saturday night with a dance held in the OMHS cafeteria.

From the Classroom to the Community: Spain Park is more than Just Academics



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Spain Park High School correspondent During the 2008-2009 school year, Spain Park High School attained Blue Ribbon status on both the state and national levels. These awards represent the high school’s academic excellence. Additionally, since the end of last school year, Spain Park has participated in two major service projects, proving that Spain Park also encourages community outreach. The first project the school participated in was called Hope for Gabe, later nicknamed H4G. This project was initiated to honor Gabe Griffin, a 5 year old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an incurable disease that affects muscle mass. The disease affects 1 in 3,500 young boys. At the end of last school year, the Spain Park baseball team wore red wristbands that read H4G. On May 13, 2010, the baseball team, as well as the Diamond Dolls, a group of girls who support the baseball team, held a charity softball game, in which senior athletes played the faculty and held a birthday party for Gabe. Marks Abernathy, a senior baseball player, was a junior last year during the event. “He (Gabe) loved being out there with us and seeing us play and we all took a liking to him and wanted to do everything

Spain Park students enjoy wearing pink to the Pink Out Pep Rally to raise awareness for breast cancer research

Jaggy, the Spain Park mascot, enjoys wearing a pink ribbon shirt during the Pink Out Pep Rally

we could to help him out. We wanted to encourage both him and his family and make the community more aware of him and his disease,” said Marks. The event raised almost $2,500 for the Hope for Gabe Foundation. You can follow Gabe and his family at: http://www. The most recent community outreach event hosted by Spain Park was the Jags “Pink Out the Eagles” game. On September 17th, 2010, the entire student body wore pink to the pep rally and the game that evening to remember and support those affected by Breast Cancer. The event was led by Spain Park’s National Honor Society, the school’s premier service organization. According to Martha Inman, the teacher sponsor of the National Honor Society, a check for $1,318.66, raised from T-shirt sales and donations, was donated to the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Research Center. To donate to either cause, visit www. or

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Chelsea High School Homecoming 2010



Joie Glass

Chelsea High School correspondent Chelsea High School had their annual homecoming week Oct. 12, through Oct. 15. Students were out of school Oct. 11 due to Columbus Day, but the students started their homecoming off with a bang Tuesday, Oct. 12. The dress-up days for Chelsea were as follows: Tuesday- Pajama Day, Wednesday- Wacky Tacky/ Tie Day, Thursday- When I Grow Up Day, and Friday- Spirit Day. On Tuesday Oct. 12, Chelsea had its homecoming dinner, catered by Long Horns, with special guest speaker Tyler Watts, former Alabama quarterback. Following the dinner, the annual kickball game was held. The match up was the senior and sophomore class versus the junior and freshman class. The seniors and sophomores won by a landslide score of 21-6. There was a bonfire directly after the kickball game that all students were invited to. The band and the cheerleaders got the crowd pumped up and excited for homecoming week.

Chelsea High School senior class homecoming court members Lauren Swee, Lindsay Kate Glausier, Chelsi Ganus and Sarah Ham. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

Chelsea High School football team players enjoy their school alma mater during a homecoming pep rally. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

The homecoming football game was Friday Oct. 15. The Hornets played the Talladega Tigers. Chelsea quarterback Jake Ganus had 155 passing yards and two passing touchdowns. He had 256 rushing yards on 16 carries and three rushing touchdowns. At the end of the first half, the Hornets were up 21-0. The Hornets went on to defeat the Tigers in an overwhelming 42-14 victory. This win gave the Hornets an overall 6-2 record. The Hornets were then 5-1 in class 5A, Region 5, making them second in their region as of the game against Talladega.

Former Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts speaks at a Chelsea High School event during homecoming week. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.


Homecoming: A Tradition at Briarwood Like No Other


Collier Kauffman

Briarwood High School correspondent Briarwood homecoming has been a tradition for many years, and is considered one of the biggest events of the year. The players and students get fired up for the big game with the many festivities, such as the parade. The parade consists of the following: the Elementary Safety Patrol; marching band; dancers; a float for every class; and the junior high and varsity football teams. “My favorite part of the parade is the floats,” said 1st grader Lily Kauffman. Students of all ages crowd around the curbs of the North Campus as the parade loops around the school. The younger elementary kids wear face paint in the colors of blue and gold, and everyone wears Briarwood T-shirts and hats. The Varsity football team played the Shelby County Wildcats, and won 41-18. At the beginning of the game, Shelby County took the lead with two touchdowns in the first quarter. However, Briarwood struck back with a complete domination of the second half. “We struggled at the beginning of the game, but we got it back together after a while,” said varsity player Kevin Wilson. At halftime, the homecoming queen candidates rode to the middle of the field

Students cheer on the Briarwood Lions at this year’s homecoming game. Photo courtesy of LifeTouch.

A float for Briarwood’s homecoming parade sits ready next to the football field. Photo courtesy of LifeTouch.

in convertibles. Candidates had an escort who opened the car door and walked with them to the center of the field. This year’s homecoming queen was senior Madison McKenzie, escorted by her younger brother, Sawyer McKenzie. Another part of homecoming is the dance, which takes place the Saturday after the game. Students and faculty dress up in their nicest clothes and prepare for a great time. Couples go in groups, plan a fun filled evening with dinner at a restaurant, and then attend the dance at the school’s gym. When asked what his favorite part of the homecoming dance was, Sawyer McKenzie said, “Hanging out with friends and just having a great time.” Freshmen are known for asking dates to the event very early, sometimes after eighth grade graduation. The upper classmen tend to ask closer to the date and some students find very creative ways of asking such as writing on the person’s car windows, or holding up a banner at a football game. Homecoming is always a fun event for all students at Briarwood Christian School, and will hopefully continue to be a tradition at Briarwood like no other.


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Spain Park Senior Danielle Phillips with her father Major Kenneth Phillips Spain Park High School Senior Danielle Phillips recently coordinated a fundraiser to benefit military soldiers and their families and to honor their sacrifice and service to our nation. Funds were donated to various branches of the military’s “Family Readiness” groups at the conclusion of the “Trak Shak Coaches Challenge & All Comers 3K Race” held Saturday, Oct. 9 at Veterans Park. Danielle’s father, Major Kenneth Phillips, has served in Iraq. This initiated

her idea to raise funds to support military families and help fight the stress this separation places on family members. Danielle and her sister, Victoria, paid a special surprise tribute to their father by presenting him with an honorary Veteran Paver on Veterans Park Memorial Walkway. Danielle is the Student Government President and a Student Ambassador at Spain Park High School. After college, she plans to attend law school and become a Military Jag Officer.

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Operation Christmas Child, an outreach ministry coordinated by the charitable organization, Samaritan’s Purse, will be hosting its annual collection week Nov. 15-22. Operation Christmas Child collects gift filled shoes boxes and delivers them to children living in desperate situations around the world. Chelsea’s Mountainview Baptist Church is a relay center for the project. Their collected items will be delivered to Mountain Brook Community Church, a main collection center for Birmingham. Jennifer Hughes of Chelsea is the coordinator of Mountainview’s relay site. Last year her church was able to fill and ship 50 shoeboxes for the charity and she hopes this year will be even better. “Last year I began searching and praying for ideas I could do with my pre-school Sunday school class and our

youth to teach them the real meaning of Christmas and how it is better to give than receive,” said Hughes. “God laid Operation Christmas Child on my heart.” To be a part of this event, fill shoeboxes with gifts that would delight a child such as small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, toiletries, hard candy or lollipops. Please refrain from used items or anything that could leak or break. Boxes should be labeled as for a boy or girl. Mountainview Baptist Church is located at 1800 Highway 39 in Chelsea. Hours for collection beginning November 15th are Monday – Friday from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., and the final day being Monday, November 22 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. For more information on Operation Christmas Child, go to www.

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Chelsea High School Student Attends National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Kayla Ogletree recently attended the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) as a National Scholar representing the State of Alabama in Washington D.C. from Sept. 21–26. She was personally selected by teachers at Chelsea High School as an outstanding individual who has achieved academic excellence and possesses leadership potential. To complement the schedule of special meetings and briefings, students participated in a number of leadership skill-building activities and simulations. In one role-play activity titled If I Were President, students acted as the president and Cabinet members responding to an international crisis. Ms. Ogletree played the role of vice president in this simulation. Students also participated in Testing the Constitution, in which scholars assumed the roles of U.S. Representatives and debated, amended, and voted on proposed mock legislation. “The National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. was by far one of the best experiences of my life. I met so many new people from all over the U.S. and made new friends that I will always keep in touch with,” Miss Ogletree stated. “I was most influenced by one of the many speakers at the conference who made the statements: ‘There is no such thing as no, unless you tell it to yourself’ and ‘If you are afraid of being told no, get over it!’ It

made me realize that you are in control of yourself and your pursuit of your own life’s dreams and ambitions. You have to keep working on them and never give up!”



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Osburne Replaces Morris as Athletic Director Spain Park High School’s new Athletic Director/Assistant Principal, Clay Osburne, began his new post Monday, October 18. He replaced Gena Morris who retired from the position Oct. 1. Morris served as Athletic Director since Spain Park High School opened ten years ago. The Hoover Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 11 approved Osburne, who most recently served as principal at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Georgia. “I am eager to get started meeting the entire community to see how I can play a part in helping Spain Park continue its unparalleled success,” said Osburne. “Emily and I feel God has led us to Hoover and we are looking forward to becoming part of the Spain Park family. We are excited about the opportunity that Mr. Shaw, Mr. Craig and the school board have given me to serve as the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal. I look forward to investing in student-athletes as they navigate the now to impact the future,” explained Osburne. Osburne holds a Bachelor of Science/ Secondary Social Science Education degree from Auburn University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the State University of West Georgia. Prior to his principal position at Strong Rock Christian School, Osburne held posts in the Cobb County (GA) school system as athletic director/assistant principal at Pope High School and teacher/literacy coordinator at Mabry Middle School.

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New Spain Park High School Athletic Director Clay Osburne “I am thrilled to be able to hire someone of Clay’s caliber to Spain Park High School. He brings a lot of experience and energy to the position,” Spain Park High School Principal, Chris Shaw, said.

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More than 80 members of the Greystone Ladies Club recently gathered to learn about classic interior design techniques and the latest design trends from some of their very own. The October program featured four creative interior specialists who reside “behind the gates” in Greystone. Powerpoint and other visuals demonstrated overall goals to achieve in design, such as balance, successfully mixing antique and contemporary pieces, and a list of top 10 current trends. Each presenter shared visual samples of their work that showcased their specialties. Featured presenters were Carolyn Haynes, Merle Howard,

Kay Miller, owner of Yellowhammer Construction LLC, and Wilma Thompson. New Members Ashley Fuentes and Eleanor Hall were introduced. A social mixer concept was introduced at the lunch meeting called “Chat & Chew.” GLC President Sue Nuby said “This is a fun way to mix it up and have a progressive meal around the room so that more people can get better acquainted-especially helpful if you are a newcomer!” For membership information on the Greystone Ladies Club contact Tina Douglas at 437-0226, or visit www.

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Moving in the Right Direction Everyday, change is they develop the pain and illness happening in our bodies. Everyday, that is “expected” as we age. whether we know it or not, our In chiropractic care, we bodies are either growing into our approach health as a whole potential or slowly deteriorating. body concept, seeking to counsel The decision to go to bed early or patients in ways to improve their stay up late, drink a soda or a glass physical, mental, emotional and of water, whether to smile through spiritual health. Chiropractic care troubles or dwell on the negative- Dr. Irma Palmer is the lynchpin of our treatment- a all of the small decisions we make each day natural, drug free way of relieving pain add up to affect our quality of life. and correcting the root cause of that pain, The problem is, most people don’t misalignments in the spine. My staff and think about the many little decisions that I strive to keep all of our patients moving come up through an average day. And most towards the green zone on that sliding scale of the time these decisions don’t seem to of health, towards the fullest expression of matter, anyway. After all, if a person isn’t their health potential. sick and isn’t in pain, they tend to believe The biggest difference between there is no problem with their health. If it traditional medicine and wellness-oriented isn’t broken, then there is no need to fix it, chiropractic care is that wellness care right? focuses on removing impediments to Wrong. The truth is that we are natural health, while traditional medicine all getting stronger-or slowly growing focuses on adding things to control weaker- each day. If you picture a sliding symptoms. Think about it: a person scale, with perfect health on one end and diagnosed with high blood pressure will disease and death on the other, most of us be prescribed medicine to keep their blood tend to hover somewhere in the middle. pressure at safe levels. Often this is a vital And most of us never think that there are and potentially lifesaving intervention. But major improvements to be made. After all, even with medication, the cause of the high no pain and no sickness mean no problem. blood pressure is left unresolved and now But what most people never attain the body has to process chemicals that were is a state of health that enables them to not present before. Is there interference in not just live in health, but to live to their the nervous system that is causing the fullest potential! Being absent of pain does pressure to rise? Maybe an unhealthy not mean a person is living in total health. response to stress? Is a simple lifestyle If someone who lives their life hovering change needed? in the middle of that health continuum Every human body strives for keeps ignoring all the little decisions that homeostasis. This even, balanced, healthy are made everyday, they are likely to keep state is the natural and normal state of sliding slowly towards the red zone, until health for every person that has ever lived.

It is only when things get out of balance that health declines. Just like a plant that gets too much water and not enough sun, these imbalances will eventually destroy the health we take for granted. Too many people are content to continue with the status quo, easing symptoms with medications and never looking for the answers to the core problems. This is why so many of us simply accept sickness and pain as a natural result of living. It does not have to be that way, and one of the easiest decisions a person can make to help them move toward the green, to the fullest expression of their God-given potential, is to maintain the most important system in the body- the nervous system. The nervous system affects everything in our bodies, from how quickly we heal, to the intensity and presence of pain. If there are problems with your spine, which houses and protects the main conduit of your nervous system, those problems can manifest themselves throughout your body through symptoms that range from headaches to constipation. There are a myriad of success stories that have walked out of my office. Some of

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them could barely walk when they came into my office. I have seen chiropractic care accomplish health benefits ranging from eliminating the need for pain medication to helping control ADD to resolving chronic digestive problems. The message here is simple. Where do you land on the sliding scale of health, where do you want to be, and how do you want to get there? Right now most of you reading this are probably feeling pretty good and are lucky to be without much in the way of real health problems. I invite you to broaden your horizons and look towards the future. Everyday you make decisions that are going to affect your health, whether you acknowledge them or not. Take control of your health and build the habits that are going to lead you to a long, healthy life. Why not take action now? You get your teeth checked, your eyes checked… why not get your nervous system checked? Consultations don’t cost a thing, and my office door is open for you. Dr. Irma Palmer and Dr. Steven Johnson are chiropractors at Chiropractic Today in Inverness at Hwy 280 and Valleydale Rd. in the Inverness corners shopping center. Between them they have a unique set of experience and expertise, as Dr. Palmer has been practicing for more than 17 years, and Dr. Johnson specializes in sports chiropractic and performance training. Appointments can be made at 991-3511, or on the internet at

Healthier Lives- Try Square Dancing! By Walter Brough, Caller for the Heardmont Squares We are told that good social interaction, several dances per week somewhere in the diet, and exercise are the keys to a better life city where all square dancers can visit and experience as age creeps up on us. When dance. If you like to travel to other countries the kids leave home you realize that most and meet the locals, square dancing is of your circle of friends and activities were enjoyed in many countries, among them forged because of your children. Little by Japan, Germany, England, and Canada to little those relationships and activities go name a few. Even if the caller and dancers away and you are left with the “what now” don’t speak English, the square dance is question. Then you look down and find always called in English and the Japanese, that middle age has brought with it the loss in particular, love to dress in the traditional of fitness, and all the machines that you square dance attire. Square dancing was bought are now headed for the next garage originated in America, is “America’s Dance”, sale because you find exercise boring. All and continues to represent us wherever this only to find that the void is still there squares are formed around the world. and there is little left to talk about. Try Square dancing consists of four dancing. Modern Square Dancing, that is! couples forming a square (with as many Most of us experienced some form of squares as the dance floor allows) and is led square dancing in our early years, and when by a caller who ‘calls’ out the movements/ people find out we are square dancers, they calls to the beat of the music for all to hear begin to recite their experience, usually and execute. The music is to a 2/4 or a 4/4 from elementary school or junior high. beat, with flourish, and anyone can learn. Unfortunately, many of the experiences It’s not uncommon for men to avoid any are not recalled favorably. But there is type of dancing. However, square dancing hope! Unlike your school experience, is different - it differentiates from ballroom square dancing as an adult is a great social and pop culture dancing as it’s more like equalizer. a march with each man and his partner Modern Square Dancing is a dancing in concert or precision with the wholesome, fun activity, dancing with other men and their partners. great people from all walks of life. In the Success is measured as a team effort Birmingham area there are 15 clubs with 20 with fun, laughter, and the Allemande Left to 50 members at each club usually holding as the main goal. The dancers have learned dances every other week, so there are through lessons how to execute each call.

The caller combines multiple calls then leads the dancers through 3 to 4 minutes during each dance of almost endless routines to great music leading them to the crescendo of the dance, Allemande Left, Swing your Partner, and Promenade. Square dancing is each dancer doing his/her part, working together as a group and staying in step with the music, all to be ready to hear the caller say “Allemande Left”. It is a team effort that bonds us together for fun and fellowship for years to come. The dances last approximately two hours (with breaks and great food) and each dance is both mental and physical and full of surprises, keeping you alert and in tiptop shape. By the way, there are many square dancers in their 80’s that have been dancing for 3040 years or more, in great shape and still dancing. Ideally, if you started dancing when you became ‘empty nesters’ you’d have a good 30 plus years of great dancing and subsequent health benefits ahead of you! My wife and I started dancing as teenagers, met at a square dance, married and had children, became empty nesters, experienced the void and fitness issues, and began square dancing again and making friendships with some of the greatest people we have ever met. Fun - yes! So what’s the Health Factor?

Walter Brough, Caller for the Heardmont Squares

Dancing combines all the physical, mental, and social benefits that keep us fit and mentally active into our senior years. Square dancing is “Friendship Set to Music” and combined with laughter and fun, aerobic exercise, you can fill the void and make a host of great friends. Sources: Health Benefits of Dancing by www.SixWise. com Want to be Healthier? Give Square Dancing a Whirl Square Dance for Physical & Mental Exercise Join us for an introductory night at 7:30 PM on January 21, 2011 at the Heardmont Park Senior Center located at 5458 Cahaba Valley Road (Hwy 119) Shelby County, Alabama. For more information call or e-mail Walter Brough at 914-3737 or

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Increasing versus Fixing (Part 1 of 12)

Over the course of the past 12 months, I’ve attempted to provide articles that were topical in nature to the season that each month represented or holiday each month held. I hope the articles proved to be helpful and hopeful. This next year I’d like to take on a different theme, a different flavor, if you will. Over the next 12 months, I and the counselors of Samaritan will be addressing the theme of wellness, of living well in the second decade of this century (we were tempted to make the theme “The Year Before the Year the World Ends,” in honor of 2012 and the Mayan calendar reference, but we thought we’d save that stress until next year when it really mattered). I see several folks in my office that are embarrassed to be here, as if being in my office represents an admittance of failure, that perhaps something they are encountering is not something they can fix alone though they “should” be able to fix it alone. Well, in the words of Lee Corso, let me say, “Not so fast, my friend.” I like fantasy football. I have four teams (I limited myself this year). I like guessing and prognosticating sports stuff, and to be honest, I’m not the slightest bit good at it. I really stink at predicting football outcomes or guessing football performances. In fact, I might go so far as to call myself a jinx, if I believed in such a thing. Because, like Lee Corso, my prediction in favor of a certain team or player is a sure sign that said team or player will have a spectacularly awful game. And if I try reverse psychology on myself, and pick the opposite team or player than what I prefer, they perform outstandingly well, which defeats the purpose of reverse psychology. Alas…. But every now and then a finicky child eats his or her brussel sprouts, and last year one of my teams actually made it to the finals, and lost spectacularly (I drafted good players who were on good teams and by that time their teams had qualified for the playoffs, so my fantasy players all sat on the bench, which meant no points for me. My opponent’s players were on teams that still had something to fight for. Double Alas…). Anyway (and yes, this is a rather long rabbit trail I’m chasing because truthfully, what I have to say in this article this month is not very long, so thank you for your indulgence)—anyway, three of my teams are on sites that offer a new feature for it’s participants this year, to place a personal sport’s cliché by their team name, which I think is fun (though I’m not a personal fan of clichés, especially when used in movies or by comedians). Buuuut, I created one for those teams. For one team I have, “Without football, there is darkness” (that team has a losing record; obviously the owner is still in the dark). For another team I have, “For those who can’t handle it, the truth feels like a blunt instrument” (that team is called the Blunt Instruments, and probably should be called the Dull Instruments; they too have a losing record). And the third team, which also has a losing record, says this: “Therapy is less about fixing problems, and

more about understanding experiences; one then has the power to choose” (I have “Therapist” in the team name). And that’s the point I want to make: Therapy is less about fixing problems, and more about understanding experience; one then has the power to choose. Let me explain briefly in the next paragraph what I mean, because we the staff of Samaritan will unpack this more fully over the next twelve months. When I sit with a person or couple or family for the first time, I don’t see people with an insurmountable problem. I see people who are overwhelmed with the place they are in life and simply cannot see the resources that are at their disposal. I don’t have a magic pill, or fairy dust, or sacred script, that instantly and permanently “fixes a problem.” I have patience, and I have a process, that over time, makes incremental impact and a lasting change. You see, counseling looks at the world through the lens of the wellness model; that is, people want to be healthy. They want to grow, they want to develop, they want good things for their lives and their loved ones. Yes, sometimes that drive leads to decisions that lead to stuckness and hurt. I try not to fix the decision. I try to help the decision maker see more of what is really going on so that next time the decision maker can make a better choice, a healthier choice, a more connected-to-others choice. And most of those decisions are not a quick fix, just like a snap decision is usually not the best decision, unless you are very lucky (you’re probably good at fantasy football, too—lucky fool). Truth is, having quality relationships, success, and faithfulness is the result of a refining process: the journey of identity and intimacy takes a lifetime. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “I may act kindly, correctly, justly toward someone, and yet withhold the giving of myself, which is love.” In other words, I can do it all right, but if I don’t give myself, it really doesn’t matter. My children and my wife are less interested in what I accomplish in life and more interested in if I noticed what they did. First Corinthians 13 put it in terms of a noisy gong or clanging cymbal when love (presence, attention) is absent. Only understanding, wisdom, can lead to better decisions for you towards the goals you have in life. That’s my role, to help you understand more fully the context, internally and externally, in which you live. I know and trust you’ll do the rest. To talk further about understanding your personal context, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. You may reach us at 205-9673660, or visit the website at www.samaritancc. org. Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as an associate licensed marriage and family therapist and associate licensed counselor at Samaritan. And though he embraces his terribleness in prodigious prognostication, a term he learned from his father, he will not be deterred from trying—after all, an acorn finds a visually-challenged squirrel every now and then.

Townhouse Tea Shoppe to Host Celtic Singer Jim Malcolm

270 Doug Baker Blvd., Suite 500

Open 10 - 6 Monday - Friday • Saturday Appointment Only

On Sunday, Nov. 7, Mt. Laurel’s Townhouse Tea Shoppe will proudly host one of the foremost Scottish singers to tour the US, Jim Malcolm. Malcolm been the ScotsTrad winner, has won numerous awards internationally and has worked with public television in a televised special on the country of Scotland. He has been called “one of the finest singing voices in Scotland in any style” by Living Tradition. The shoppe will offer a wonderful

selection of heavy hors d’oeurves, tea and coffee with a few other surprises in store for the concert. Tickets to the event are $25. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. To learn more about singer Jim Malcolm, visit The TownHouse Tea Shoppe is located at 23 Olmstead Street in Mt. Laurel. Contact owner Rebekah Mills for more information on this event at 205-529-0081 or email

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November Happenings 2010 The library will be closed on November 24th, 25th, and 26th for Thanksgiving. North Shelby Library Special Programming Mondays, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th – 3:15-4:15pm: “Sit, Stay, Read!” A non-profit organization through Handin-Paw dedicated to providing volunteer services to children. Sit, Stay, Read! brings children together with specially trained dogs to help them gain more confidence in their reading abilities in an individual setting at the North Shelby library that is supportive, relaxed, and furry! All Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Friday, November 12th at 3:30 – Intermediate Book Club Join our book club for kids ages 8-12. We will be discussing The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. This is a selection from the Battle of the Books that Shelby County schools are participating in. Our discussion will be great practice for the actual competition. Please join us even if you are not participating in the Battle of the Books and are just interested in knowing more about it. Registration required. Snacks served. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Saturday, November 13th Family Movie Day: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Disney’s Pocahontas Join Pocahontas and John Smith as they fight to bring two cultures together. Will they be successful, or will allout war ensue? All Ages. Snacks served. No Registration Required. Tuesday, November 16th – 4 p.m.: Paper Plate Turkey - Kids will love making this festive turkey craft. Registration All Ages. begins November 2nd. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Wednesday, November 17th at 1:00 p.m.: Homeschool Hangout: Autumn Crafts Join us as we celebrate the beautiful season of Autumn by making some great crafts! Ages 8-12. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Story-Time Programming Toddler Tales Mondays, November 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans. Registration will begin one week prior to each storytime. Ages 19-36 months. Registration Required. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up. Baby Tales Story Time Tuesdays, November 9th and 23rd – 10:3011:00 a.m. A story time designed especially for babies and their caregivers. Stories and music provide interaction for the babies and time for caregivers to talk and share with each other. No siblings please. Ages: Birth to 18 months. Registration Required. Registration begins two weeks prior to program date. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up. Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!) Wednesdays, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 10:45 a.m.

Stories, puppets, and lots of music for every member of the family. All Ages. No Registration Required. P. J. Story Time Thursdays, November 4th, 11th, and 18th at 7 p.m. Come in your PJs, have milk and cookies, and hear some wonderful bedtime tales. All Ages. No Registration Required. Teen Scene November 1st, 6pm Writer’s Club/Book Club Meeting This group is for teens in grades 6th-12th that enjoy talking about books or enjoy creative writing. Join us each month for pizza as we talk about what we have read since the last meeting and discuss things we are working on (and maybe get some fresh ideas). For more information, please call 205.439.5512 or email nsyouth@ Teen Book Pick of the Month: The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger Are you the DUFF in your group of friends? Oh, don’t know what the DUFF is? It’s the Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper didn’t know that word either until the richest, hottest guy in school, Wesley Rush, used it --- to describe her. While sitting at a teenage club one night, waiting for her friends to stop shaking their booties, Wesley strikes up a conversation with Bianca. When she asks why he is talking to her, he let’s her know it’s because he wants to get with one of her friends, and the best way to do that is to talk to the DUFF. When Wesley explains what the DUFF is, Bianca throws her drink in Wesley’s face. After that episode, Wesley and Bianca start being thrown together more and more and eventually begin a relationship in which they both say there are no strings attached and they are just using one another. Everything is going great until Bianca realizes Wesley isn’t the slimy pig she envisioned and she begins to have feelings for him. The Month of November – 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.northshelbylibrary. org to get started!

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Tuesday, Nov 9

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Mt. Laurel Library Toddler Tales Wednesdays, November 3 and 17 – 10 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and more make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans and their caregiver. Registration begins two weeks prior to each storytime. Ages 36 months and younger. Registration required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register. Storytime with Ms Kristy Wednesdays, November 3 and 17 – 11 a.m.: Stories, music and more for every member of the family. All ages. No registration required. Crafty Saturday Saturday, November 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Autumn Suncatcher: We’ll use fall leaves and crayons to make a colorful suncatcher. All ages with parent help. Registration Required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register.

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Byers Family Shares Photos from Rett Ride Across America In October, 280 Living featured KC Byers of North Shelby County and his goal of cycling 2,800 miles across the United States. Byers ride served to increase awareness and raise funds for Rett Syndrome research. Byers, 54, is a cancer survivor and has a personal reason for the Rett Syndrome cause. His 16-year-old stepdaughter, Katelyn Hale, suffers from the disease. We’re proud to share these photos the Byers family sent us as part of their fundraising event. For more information, go to

KC Byers and Byers’ family supporters in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, at the beginning of the Rett Ride

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Kristi Byers and her daughter Katelyn Hale with country artist Clint Black. The Byers family traveled to The Woodlands, Texas, as part of husband KC Byers Rett Ride route on October 4th. Black performed in the 3rd annual “Spending Time Ending Rett” concert benefitting Rett Research. In 2002, Black’s niece, Courtney, lost her battle with Rett Syndrome.

Mt. Laurel Elementary Turkey Trot to Benefit Phys Ed Department Mt. Laurel Elementary School is making preparations for its Turkey Trot, a one-mile fun run/walk being held in Mt. Laurel on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Laurel physical education department to purchase new equipment, weekly track club incentives and monthly track club challenge incentives. The Turkey Trot is a family/community event to promote lifetime fitness and healthy choices.

Mt. Laurel Elementary students are excited to share with their parents and siblings the progress they have made during its weekly track club at MLES. Entry fee of the turkey trot is $5 per person. Non-school aged children are free. Entry fee and a long sleeve t-shirt are $10. Entry forms are available at the office of Mt. Laurel Elementary School. For more information, contact Lisa Bagley at

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made and can easily be seen in person at the shop. “A lot of our vendors sell their items online, so you’re not going to be able to see these items in stores,” Chapman said. All proceeds from the shop go directly to Briarwood’s Parent Teacher Fellowship, which brings parents and teachers together to support educational programs at the school. Chapman says they try to have the shop as diverse as possible with only a few vendors selling similar items. “Out of 90 vendors, we’re not going to have 15 jewelry vendors,” she said. “That’s for our customers’ benefit, and also our vendors’ benefit, because we want people to come and know that they will have variety.” The vendors are also arranged in a way that allows customers to see different items at each section. Chapman says she does not want people to miss great items because they look similar to the table beside them. In previous years, there has been a central checkout location where customers pay for all their items at once. This year, however, each vendor will take payment for their items, meaning that customers should have multiple forms of payment in case a vendor cannot take credit cards or checks. Since Thursday, Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day and many kids will be out of school,

Chapman says there will be a children’s Christmas shop so younger shoppers can enjoy the event as well. She also says it’s a great place for teenagers to shop. “A lot of our vendors have items that are perfect for teenagers to buy for friends and family for Christmas,” Chapman said. With all the vendors being in one easily accessible location with plenty of parking, Chapman says they really hope to reach out to those who are unable to shop in crowded malls. The event is free to the public and tickets are given at the entrance for door prizes. “All of our vendors are so generous to give door prizes, and what started out as hoping to be able to give a door prize away every hour, turned into giving a door prize every 15 minutes because we have that many items,” Chapman said. You have to be present to win the door prize, however, because they do not take addresses or phone numbers with tickets. “We also really strive to not be overpriced with our items because we want people to come and feel comfortable to buy and not be blown away by exorbitant prices,” Chapman said. For children-friendly, unique holiday shopping, be sure to check out Briarwood Christian School’s Christmas Shop on Nov. 11 and 12. For more information email Deana Chapman at briarwoodchristmasshop@ or call her at 995-1430.

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Holiday Shopping in Mountain Brook

Thurs., Nov. 11 - Diamonds Direct Champagne Diamond Drop– 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Chance to win a 0.75 Carat Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Valued at $2500. Percentage of all sales benefit Children’s Hospital. Holiday Trunk Show: Friday, Nov. 12 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 - Noon – 5 p.m.

Facelogic Spa – 637-1128

3 month Signature Facial Gift Membership, $147 Includes: 3 Signature facials plus free lip or brow wax.

Massage Envy - 834-8140 3 Month Gift Membership. $177 Includes: 3 1-hour massages plus 1 free upgrade choice of Aromatherapy or Deep Heat Relief Therapy. Paper Affair – 977-2275

Extended hours: Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun. Noon – 5 p.m.

Piggly Wiggly River Run – 776-8755 Complete Holiday dinners. Several packages available. Place your order by Mon. Nov. 15 for Thanksgiving or by Fri. Dec. 17 for Christmas and get your choice of a FREE 8” Pumpkin, Sweet Potato or Apple Pie.

MOUNTAIN BROOK VILLAGE Sunday, Dec. 5th - Holiday Christmas Parade - parade will begin at 2 p.m. A’Mano – 871-9093 Saturday, Nov. 20th – Grand Opening of new space! Holiday Shopping hours in December Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1-4 Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers

871-7060 Thurs. Nov. 4- Slane & Slane Trunk Show – 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 5- Open House – 2 p.m.– 7 p.m. Holiday Hours for Dec. Mon. – Sat. - 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. Dec. 12 and 19- Noon – 5 p.m.

Bromberg’s – 871-3276

Nov. 4 - Julia Knight Signing Event Nov. 29 - Lord Wedgwood Signing Event November 28th - Tree Lighting Event and Open House Nov. 19 & 20 - George Mendlebaum Estate Sale Dec. 6 - 9:30-5:30 - John Hardy Trunk Show

Lulie’s on Cahaba – 871-9696

Thurs. Dec. 9 - Open House with refreshments served all day, a trunk show with Simply Earristable Handmade Jewelry and a special St. Nick sale. Holiday Hours: Mon. – Fri. - 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Smith’s Variety Toy & Gift Shop

871-0841 Thurs. Nov. 11 – Holiday Open House 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Wine & hors d’oeuvres, 15% off ALL purchases, free personalization of ornaments &plates/platters, several local artists will be present. First 50 to arrive will receive a gift card for up to $25. Fri. Nov. 12 - Clay Rice, Silhouettist – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Nov.14 - Arthur Smith, Pastel Portrait Artist Saturday, Nov. 20 - 18th Annual Playday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Roger Day in concert, Little GoldenBooks characters, Pokey Little Puppy and Saggy Baggy Elephant and Wild Thing from Where the Wild Things Are will be in the store. Lots of giveaways and drawings. Extended Holiday Hours: Nov. 26- Dec. 23 Monday thru Saturday - 8:30 a.m. -7 p.m. Sundays – Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 24: Close at 3 p.m. & reopen on Monday, Dec. 27th at the regular time.

Table Matters 879-0125 or 1-866-861-0125 Nov. 10-11 - Craven Trunk Show - 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Hand-built porcelain Dinnerware, serving

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pieces, bowls and vases. Nov. 17- Michael Aram Trunk Show The objects range from tableware to furniture, Dec. 11 – Good Earth Pottery Signing Event – 11 a.m.–5 p.m. One-of-a-kind pieces such as dramatic crosses and canisters Save Our Shore - On-going sale of Save Our Shore Merchandise. All merchandise is $15 cash/check (made payable to S.O.S.)

Village Press – 871-5498

Oct. 27- Nov. 7 - Junior League Shop, Save and Share Card During the month of November we will have a sale on personalized items such as embossed stationery, Super Slabs, Foil Stamped Napkins and Guest Towels.

CRESTLINE VILLAGE Crestline Sunday Shopping Days Kick-off – Nov. 21 - Crestline Village - 1 - 5 Dyron’s Lowcountry – 834-8257 Let Dyron’s cater your holiday party with lowcountry and coastal favorites for the holidays. We can cater to your office, your home, many different event venues, or we proudly host private parties in our main dining room (some minimums apply). Norton’s Florists - 313-1904 Fri. Nov. 12 , Sat. Nov. 13 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Holiday Open House at our Crestline Village location with wine, cheese and refreshments. 10% to 15% off home decorations and gifts Fri. Nov.12 – 10 a.m.–1 p.m. – Mud Pie Trunk show with special door prizes Snoozy’s Kids – 871-2662 find special details on our facebook page. Sun. Nov. 21- selected items reduced for 4 hours during the first Holiday Shopping Sunday. Every Sunday from Nov. 21 until Christmas Snoozy’s will be open from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Junior League Shop, Save and Share Card - October 27 – November 7 Purchase a $40.00 card from select participating stores and receive a 20% discount at participating retailers. To learn more about where to purchase a card or what stores are participating please visit Proceeds benefit the mission and projects of the Junior League of Birmingham



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by Rick Watson

Pickin’ Cotton

Jilda and I attended the funeral of my first cousin, Glenn Parker last week in Huntsville. As we drove on I-565 I noticed fields of cotton just off the Interstate, the boles bursting open like popcorn. It looked as if a light snow had fallen. I have some experience in the field of cotton (pun intended). It only took one day for me to realize that I wasn’t meant to be a cotton picker. The only job I liked less was catching chickens in those huge chicken houses, but that’s another story. I was about thirteen when mama hooked me up with Big John Watson (no relation) to spend an autumn day dragging a canvas sack, trying to fill it with something that weighed just slightly more than a sneeze on a cool morning. The temperature was in the fifties as I climbed in the bed of the cotton-picking truck (I’m loving these puns). I tossed my sack lunch in the back, found me a spot, and then slapped the side of the truck to signal Big John that I was situated. He eased out on the clutch and we wobbled down the red-rock road toward the fields. I immediately wished I had worn a jacket, and pulled my flannel shirt up around my ears to block the wind. The morning seemed a lot colder in the back of that open truck. By the time we rolled through Sumiton, there were several folks in the bed of the truck, but Big John made one last stop to pick up another picker. This lady looked as old as a Greek ruin, but now that I think back, she was probably younger than I am now. She wore a long dress to her ankles, a sun bonnet, and a sweater. Apparently she had seniority, because she rode in the cab. Once we reached the fields, Big John handed out the pickin’ sacks. My sack was a six-foot canvas sack that was big enough to put a full-grown man in if you needed to. The sack the older lady got was a nine-foot sack. I wasn’t sure why she got the bigger sack, but after an hour or so, I

understood. She was thin as a fencepost with long spider-like fingers that wrapped easily around the cotton boles. She moved quickly down the middles, her hands almost a blur, picking two rows at a time. I tried to keep up, but my inexperienced hands felt like I was wearing baseball gloves. I barely managed to get the cotton from one row. When the sun came up, the morning warmed up quickly. I pulled off my flannel shirt, tied it around my waist by the sleeves, and worked in my cotton tee shirt. Later in the morning, she had picked to the end of the field and had started back toward me. When we met, she paused for a moment and stood up straight to stretch her back and wiped her brow with a handkerchief. Her bag was almost full, and mine wasn’t even half way. I told her that she sure did pick fast. “It’s best to pick faster in the morning while the dew is on the bole” she said, “because it weighs more.” At that she winked as if she’d shared a valuable piece of information with me, and then she got back to her work. I upped the pace and filled my sack before the sun dried the dew off the boles. We knocked off around 3 p.m. and I had picked the grand total of 101 pounds. At 3 cents a pound, I took home the grand total of $3.03. I don’t remember exactly how much the lady picked, but I remember being a little embarrassed at my performance when measured against hers. I will say that I’ve never worked harder, or been more proud of a payday in my life. Trying different kinds of work was important to me. It gave me a chance to decide what I wanted to do with my life. Bad jobs were as valuable as good ones in those days, because they gave me incentive to work harder in school so that I could find a good job - one that paid well even when the dew wasn’t on the bole.

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It seems that every Saturday morning there is a special activity taking place at Veterans Park off of Valleydale Road. I have noticed that many of these gatherings are races for the cure of cancer and hunger. As I have watched the runners and walkers move around the gravel track at the park to raise funds for these worthwhile projects, I am reminded of a wonderful scripture in the New Testament. The scripture is found in the words of Hebrews 12: 1-2, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.” The first part of the scripture encourages us to run in the race of life with perseverance. In other words, hold on to your faith. Whatever happens, don’t lose heart! Keep on running! Keep on trusting God! Keep on growing spiritually! Don’t give up! Don’t quit! But we need to be honest, sometimes we give up and quit. What do you wish you had not quit? College? Do you wish you would have finished and received a degree? How about piano lessons? Do you wish you had not stopped? What about exercise? Did you give up running or working out too soon? And what about God? Have you stopped praying, or going to church, reading the Word, or stopped believing? What do you wish you had not quit? And why did you quit! We all know the answer. It is the same reason we all quit. Because it is easy to quit.

Edd Spencer

How many times did Jesus think about quitting? Did He want to quit when they beat him, cursed him, betrayed him, and nailed him to a cross? How many times did He think, “I can’t do this? I want to quit. Surely there has to be an easier way than this.” But He did not quit. He ran the race with perseverance. He endured. He ran the race and kept the faith. And we are called to follow His example of perseverance and endurance. To make the choice not to quit. A woman came to her doctor and said, “Doctor, I feel depressed and sad today. I don’t have the energy to keep on going. I want to quit. Give me something that will give me energy and make me happy.” The Doctor answered, “Come back here, I want to show you something.” He took her back into one of the supply rooms where there were rows and rows of empty medicine bottles. He said, “Do you see these bottles? They are all empty now, empty bottles just waiting to be filled. I have to make a decision about what to put into them. I can either put in poison that will kill or I can put in medicine that will heal. The choice is mine.” He paused for a moment to let that sink in, and then he said, “You know, our days on this earth are like those empty bottles, and the question we face daily is, what am I going to put into the bottle today? Will it be poison that will destroy and kill? Or will it be good medicine that brings hope



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Comida Encore Dinner Dance Club holds Luncheon at Greystone Country Club

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2815 Greystone Commercial Blvd. Hwy. 280, Issis Shopping Center (Near Jim ‘N Nick’s) Members of the Comida Encore Dinner Dance Club at their annual business luncheon at Greystone Golf and Country Club

On Sept. 23, 2010 the Comida Encore Dinner Dance Club of Birmingham held its annual Business Luncheon at the Greystone Golf and Country Club. Agenda items included changes to the bylaws and six newly proposed members. The bylaw changes presented included changes to the timing of when our two annual dances will be held. This change provided greater flexibility to the club leadership. The food, provided by Greystone, was delicious, membership representation

was exceptional and a good time was had by all. Members in attendance included Joanne McConnell, Elaine Hughes, Sherry Best, Frances Bailey, Patrisia Hunter, Mollie Midlik, Lillian Somers, Wilma Thompson, Alice Ellison, Mary Ann Nelson, Deborah Platt, Margarita Clements, Sue Nuby, Suevaughn Hicks, Pat Coshatt, Rose Stephenson, Sylvia Stagner, Beth Yoder, Kim Paduck, Julie Narz, Peggy DeVane, Ellen Staner, Carolyn Haynes, and Mayra Diaz.

PREVENTION from pg 10

“I hope to start a support group specifically for survivors who have lost a parent,” Grayson said. “I feel that is my calling now and a way I can share with others what I’ve learned.” Meadow Brook’s Alan Weeks also has a personal reason for being active with AFSP. He and wife, Cindi, lost their youngest son, Matt, in 2006 to severe depression leading to his suicide. Matt was only 18 years old. The Weeks family immediately became involved with AFSP, participating in the first Out of the Darkness Walk held in Alabama that same year. Weeks is now chairman of the Alabama AFSP chapter and on the national board based in New York City. The Matt Weeks Family and Friends Team has been the number one Out of the Darkness walking team in the nation for the past three years. They typically recruit 150 walkers and many more supporters to raise about $40,000 per walk. “The walk is a chance for our family to gather with family, friends, supporters and Matt’s pals to remember a great young man that was lost to a fatal case of depression,” Weeks said. “It is a chance to do our part in raising awareness and to reduce the stigma about all causes of suicide.” Ruth Locklin, Alabama AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk chairwoman, explained a symbolic touch to this year’s walk. “As a special part of the Out of the Darkness Walk, 605 pairs of empty shoes will line the pathway of the walk, representing the number of lives lost to suicide in one year in the state of Alabama,” Locklin said. “A bagpiper will

Marissa Grayson holds a favorite photo of her father. Grayson lost her father to suicide in 2005.

play just prior to the beginning of the walk and weather permitting, a butterfly release will be the concluding event at 4:15 with an Indian folk tale read by a survivor of suicide.” The Nov. 7 walk will begin with walker registration from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. At 3 p.m. walkers will begin a route on a paved path that will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Pets on a leash are welcome. For more information, contact Lisa Dunn, Area Director of AFSP at 205-3351876 or at or Ruth Locklin, Walk Chairman at 205-478-2293 or at

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and life and healing? The choice is our each day.” With the example of Jesus before us, the choice is clear. With the help of God we can say, “We will not quit the race.” With the help of God, we can say, “yes to life.” With the help of God we can fill our bottle of life with everything that is good and precious. So the scripture in Hebrews calls us to run with perseverance. It also says, “let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.” Therefore, as we are running, we may find that our energy is low, and we want to drop out. If our feet

are hurting, our sides are aching, and we are grasping for breath, let us look up. Just ahead of us on the track is the One who has run this race before. He is the “author and perfector of our faith”. He is the pioneer of our faith. He is leading the way. If we look to Him, we can keep putting one foot in front of the other and not quit. About the author: You can reach Pastor Edd Spencer at: First Christian Church 4954 Valleydale Road Birmingham, Al 35242 205-991-5000 Visit us on our website:


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The Service Guild to “Live Our Legacy” with Dinners on November 20th The Service Guild’s annual Gourmet Dinners Event will be held on Saturday, November 20th, at gracious homes and venues throughout the Birmingham metro area. This year’s theme for the event is “Living Our Legacy.” The theme celebrates the work of The Service Guild, which supports The Left to right is : Leslie O’Kelley, Gourmet Dinner Coordinator; Bell Center for Early Kristie Stewart, Gourmet Dinner Chair; Lori Bailey, Gourmet Dinner Co-Chair Intervention -a facility for working with children at risk “’Tradition’ Al Fare: An Evening honoring for developmental delay. Each moment the Legacy of the Southeastern Conference,” Service Guild members spend giving their serve 60 guests, and offer cuisine prepared time for the children of The Bell Center, by The Bright Star Restaurant. they are creating a legacy for the children This year, a very special event and families that they touch. will precede the dinners. Bromberg’s In order to meet the needs of the Center’s in Mountain Brook will host “Taste of student population, Service Guild members Wedgwood” at 5:00pm as a kick-off to and other supporters are committed to Gourmet Dinners with special guest Lord maximizing the potential of children from Piers Wedgwood. This will give our guests birth to three years of age who are at risk the opportunity to socialize, have cocktails for developmental delay. and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before departing The Service Guild Gourmet Dinners to the individual dinners. Event provides guests the opportunity As always, the Service Guild continues to enjoy dinners prepared by some of the its mission to provide the Bell Center most celebrated chefs in the Birmingham children with the tools they need to build a area while contributing to the future of the more fulfilling future. The gourmet dinners children of The Bell Center. In preparation on November 20th will provide guests the for the upcoming November event, Service opportunity to enjoy a night out while Guild members are already planning their contributing to the future of the children menus and venues for these signature of The Bell Center. For information about dinners. the upcoming gourmet dinners, please The Service Guild anticipates seating contact Kristie Stewart, Gourmet Dinner 800 guests at the various dinners in Chair at 936-0265 or kristiedabbs@hotmail. the area. Each dinner will have its own com. theme, and the menus will be varied and Further information may also be found unique. One featured dinner will be held on The Service Guild’s website www. at 3509 Salisbury Road with the theme of

SportClips to Raise Funds for Operation Uplink Beginning Sunday, Oct. 17, the seven Sport Clips in Birmingham will join the franchise’s over 700 stores across the country to kick off their annual “Help A Hero” fundraising campaign supporting the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Operation Uplink™. In its fourth year supporting Operation Uplink, a program that offers free call days for deployed and hospitalized American service members, Sport Clips hopes to raise $300,000. “We’ll be taking part in Sport Clips’ ‘Biggest Haircut Day of the Year’ cut-athon on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, when stores nationwide will donate a dollar from every haircut service to

Operation Uplink,” says Team Leader Michael Williams. “Donations to ‘Help A Hero’ will be collected at our store and online at through Nov. 13.” Williams’s store will also raise funds through an in-store raffle featuring many restaurants, auto shops and retail stores around Birmingham. Sport Clips is now the VFW’s largest single-donation “free call day” sponsor, having donated almost $500,000 to Operation Uplink since 2007. For more information, visit the Sport Clips store in Hoover, Pelham, Alabaster, Homewood, Lee Branch, Fultondale and Trussville or go to

Shepherd of the Hills Remembers Loved Ones on All Saints Sunday Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will celebrate All Saints Sunday on Nov. 7 during its regularly scheduled services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. During both services, the names of loved ones who have passed will be read and a bell will toll for each. If you plan to attend this service and would like to include your loved ones in the reading of the names, please call the church office at 205-

995-9673 or email sothchurch@bellsouth. net no later than Wednesday, Nov. 3 with the names and correct spellings. Please consider bringing a framed photo of your loved one to the worship service. The photos will be displayed around the sanctuary to illustrate the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” which surrounds us. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is located at 4887 Valleydale Road.

Off-Road Duathlon Set for Oak Mountain State Park XTERRA Alabama will be hosting the Dirty Spokes Off-Road Duathlon on Nov. 14 at Oak Mountain State Park. Dirty Spokes will be donating a percentage of the race proceeds back to the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) Group for setting up the course at Oak Mountain State Park. Packet pickup will be the morning of the race starting at 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Race starts at 8:30 a.m.

The race is a single and double track off-road running experience. The race will start on a street (required for spacing) but will soon lead into the woods. The terrain is made up of a little bit of everything, rolling hills, climbs, single track, double track, roots, along with some technical sections. The course is beautiful and offers something for every runner truly wishing to ´ditch the city´. For registration information, go to

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All teams must have even numbers because they line up across the arena from each other and do patterns during the routine. This type of riding requires a lot of practice to ensure that horses do not collide and riders do not fall off. Two teams did a theme run at the Montgomery competition where they dressed up in costumes. Some past themes include 101 Dalmatians, firemen and the Ghosts of River Run. The teams performed at the Alabama Horse Show in Montgomery in January where they carried in the opening flags and performed their routines, and they have been asked to perform at the show again this coming January. River Run Farms has four teams that compete in the mounted drill team competitions: the River Run Rampage, the River Run Rapids, the River Run Runaways and the River Run Renegades. The River Run Rampage, or Team A, is made up of 12 experienced riders who perform fast-paced routines. They performed two routines and placed first place in one and second place in the other. The River Run Rapids, or Team B, consists of 12 riders who have been riding for two years or less. This team competed in two events and received first place in both. The River Run Runaways, or the Bareback team, consists of ten advanced riders who perform fast paced routines

without saddles. This team competed in two events and placed second in one and first in the other. The River Run Renegades, or the Adult Quad team, competed in one event and received first place. For more information on River Run Farms visit their website at www. or search for River Run Farms on Facebook.

Emily Adams and Buckeroo at a competition in Montgomery. The team dressed as firefighters for the theme division.

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plates available for those who don’t want a full entrée. On Wednesday nights the restaurant has “Wine and Dine Wednesdays” where all of the restaurant’s 60 glasses of wine are offered at half price and live music is performed by Jeff Tyler at the bar area. “I don’t think that you’re going to find as fresh of food, with as much variety in a great atmosphere in other places in Birmingham,” Schuler said. For more information visit www. or call them at 970-1640.

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11/1,3- 7-8:30 p.m., Intro to Zydeco Dance Class, Vestavia Hills Civic Center. Learn the basics of this sultry, bluesy dance in this 2-night class with instructors David Doggett and Dolores Hydock. May attend with or without a partner, pre-registration not necessary if arrive 15 minutes early, tickets $10 per person for both nights. Visit or call 951-3463 for more info. 11/2- 7:30 p.m., Alabama Symphony Orchestra: All Baroque at Samford University’s Brock Recital Hall, tickets $30 or $12 for students. Visit or call 975-ARTS for more information 11/2- 12 p.m., Artbreak at Birmingham Museum of Art, 20-30 minute gallery talk followed by lunch at Oscar’s, every Tuesday at noon, free to the public. Visit or call 254-2571 for more info. 11/3- 12 p.m.-1 p.m., Birmingham Public Library, “Artists on Relief: The Men and Women Behind Birmingham’s Murals” lecture by Graham C. Boettcher the Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, free to the public. Visit html or call 251-1880 for more info. 11/3- 3 p.m., Alabama School of Fine Arts Student Recital, free to the public, visit for more info. 11/4- 4-8 p.m., Mountain Brook Art Association Holiday Show and Sale at Park Lane in English Village, kid-friendly and free to the public. Visit for more information. 11/4- 5:30 p.m., The Harbert Center, FOCUS on Recovery Art Auction, enjoy a wide palette of delicious appetizers, wine and coffee while viewing a stunning collection of incredibly affordable art for every taste and budget, $15 in advance, $20 at the door, visit or call 822-7300 for more info. 11/5- 7:30 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers, tickets range from $45-$25 or $20 for students, visit or call 975-2787 for more info. 11/5- 8 p.m., Sarah McLaughlin live at the Alabama Theatre, tickets $53+, visit or call 251-0418 for more info. 11/5-6- 8 p.m., Alys Stephens Center, Alabama Symphony Orchestra Masterworks: Brown Plays Shostakovich featuring John McElroy on the trumpet and Justin Brown as conductor and pianist. Tickets $72/$45/$27/$15 and $12 for students. Visit www.alabamasymphony. org or call 975-ARTS for more info. 11/7- 6 p.m. Celtic Singer Jim Malcom, Townhouse Tea Shoppe, Mt. Laurel, tickets $25, go to for more information

Food & Wine 11/4- 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 2nd Annual Cookie Swap, bring 4 dozen cookies, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, contact Susan Green, 980-3661 11/5, 12, 19, 26- 6:30 pm, Wine Tastings at City Vineyard, Arbor Place, call 437-3360 for more information 11/6- 5 p.m., Ruffner Mountain Wine and Cheese Hike at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, adults only, reservations required. Tickets $15 or $10 for members. Visit or call 833-8264 for more info. 11/9- 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Autumn Herbal Soups and No-Knead Artisan Breads Class, $40.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, contact Susan Green, 980-3661 11/11- 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Traditional Hanukkah Delights Class, $35.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, contact Susan Green, 980-3661 11/16- 6:30-9:00 pm, Turkey 101 Class, $30.00, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company contact Susan Green, 980-3661


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11/1- 10 a.m., Children’s Story Time at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. Story and activity with a nature theme, suited for children 2-5, tickets $3 or $2 for members, visit or call 833-8264 for more info. 11/1-1/1/2011, times vary, Christmas Light Show at DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park, Childersburg, special lighting event to celebrate the birth of Jesus, part of daily caverns tour, go to www.desotocavernspark. com for more information 11/3-11/7, show times vary, Disney On Ice: Princess Wishes, BJCC Arena, ticket prices start at $20.00, go to for tickets and information 11/4-11/7- 10:00 am, Christmas Village, BJCC Exhibition Hall 11/6- 1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Jones Valley Urban Farm’s Farm Field Day- Mt. Laurel’s organic farm, all ages will enjoy food from Jim N Nicks, live music, farm tours and hayrides, kids activities will include meeting farm animals, hula-hoop making, scarecrow stuffing, make-your-own trail mix bar and more, suggested donation is $10 per adult, with free admission for children 12 & under. All proceeds will support more children participating in education programs on the farm, 1185 Dunnavant Valley Road. For more information, please visit www.jvuf. org 11/6- 10 a.m.-12 p.m., M Studio for Kids! sculpture class at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Kids ages 7-12 will create their own sculpture and learn about shape while experimenting with color theory, tickets $20 or $15 for members. Visit or call 254-2571 for more info. 11/11-1:30 p.m., National Veterans Day Parade, downtown Birmingham, with 5,000+ participants, recognized as the nations oldest and largest Veterans Day observance held since 1947, go to www. for more information 11/11-11/14, 10:00 a.m., North American International Auto Show, BJCC Exhibition Halls, general admission ticket price is $9.75, go to www. for more information 11/11-9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Military Appreciation Day at DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park, Childersburg, active military or veterans receive free fun pac which includes cavern tour, light show and more, go to www. for more information 11/16-11/21, opens at 4:00 p.m. daily, 2nd Annual Fall Fair and Carnival, outdoors at the BJCC, gate admission $5.00, food, rides, carnival midway, sponsored by Kissel Entertainment, go to for more information 11/19- 6:30 p.m., Lights Up at the Summit, a festive parade from Barnes & Noble to Sephora at The Summit. complete with marching bands, antique fire trucks, floats and more. Plus, The Summit will magically light up with twinkling holiday décor, the evening will conclude with Santa’s grand arrival and a spectacular fireworks show, visit Santa’s sleigh in front of Belk for a free photo, Free admission, call 205-967-0111 or go to

Special Events / Ministry 11/1- 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., monthly bingo game benefitting Birmingham AIDS Outreach, $15 for 5 games, must be at least 19 years old to enter. Call 322-4197 or visit for more info. 11/1-11/19- Oak Mountain High School Booster Club annual fruit sale. Fruit may be purchased through any Oak Mountain High School athlete. The fruit will be delivered the week of December 11. For more information on the sale, contact until November 30. 11/2- 6:30-7:30 p.m., Southern Museum of Flight, “London Can Take It: American and the Battle of Britain” lecture, speakers will give audiences an overview of how American technology and American pilots helped win what some have called the most important air battle ever fought, tickets are free. Call 934-0901 for more info.

11/13- NCAA Division I Cross Country South Region Championship, Veterans Park, hosted by Samford University,

11/5- 12 p.m., Condoleezza Rice signing her new biography at Books-AMillion Brookwood Village, call 870-0213 for more info.

11/14- 9:00 am, Dirty Spokes Off Road Duathlon, Oak Mountain State Park, go to for registration and information

11/6- 9:00a.m., Turkey Trot Fun Run at Mt. Laurel, all proceeds benefit the Mt Laurel physical education department, $5.00 entry fee, contact Lisa Bagley at for more information

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11/6- 7:30 a.m., Alzheimers of Central Alabama Walking to Remember, Riverchase Galleria, contact Vance Holder for more information at 8717970

Tuesday, Nov. 9th – Focus Mt. Laurel – The TownHouse at Mt. Laurel – 8:30 to 9am – contact for information (no charge to attend).

11/11-12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 11/12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Briarwood Christmas Shop, Fellowship Hall, Briarwood Church

NOV Calendar of Events for around the 280 Area

Wednesday, Nov. 10th – New Member Orientation – Greater Shelby Chamber (1301 County Services Drive, Pelham) – 8:30 to 10am – contact wendy@ for information (no charge to attend). Wednesday, Nov. 17th – Sporting Clay Shoot – Selwood Farms (Alpine) – morning

and afternoon shoots available – contact for details. Tuesday, Nov. 23rd – Prayer Breakfast – 7:30 to 9am – Pelham Civic Complex – contact for information ($17 for Greater Shelby County Chamber members / $20 for nonmembers). For information about Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce events, go to or call 6634542.

11/7- 9:30 a.m., Fan Day at Valleydale Church, guest speaker Siran Stacy, tailgate fellowship following service, go to for more information 11/7- 3:00 pm, American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide’s Out of the Darkness Walk, Heardmont Park, contact Lisa Dunn at 205-335-1876 for more information

Gardening/Nature 11/16-4:00 p.m., Vince Dooley book signing, Aldridge Botanical Gardens, call 682-8019 for more information

Theatre 11/1-6- 8 p.m., Terrific New Theatre presents “NOVEMBER”, a new play by David Mamet, Tickets $20, visit for more information.

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November 2010



Six wonderful OBs. One wonderful place to have your baby. Just like you, we want the best for you and your baby. And the OBs at Trinity OB/GYN have devoted their lives to providing attentive, individualized care. They’re supported by leading-edge technology and dedicated professionals who care for new moms and babies in our beautiful Women’s Center. We even have a Level III NICU for babies who need a little extra help. For an appointment with an experienced OB, call 205-592-5499. We have satellite offices in Liberty Park, Pell City, Pinson, The Narrows and Trussville.

It’s Personal J.C. Brock, M.D.; Lindsay Killingsworth, M.D.; Mary B. Adams, M.D.; Andy Lemons, M.D.; Natalie Reddington, D.O.; Lewis Schulman, M.D. Traveling from I-20 West

Traveling from I-20/59 East

Traveling North on I-65 or Hwy. 280 North

Traveling South on I-65

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

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

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

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

• Turn right onto Montclair Road

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

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

• Turn right onto Montclair Road

• Turn right onto Montclair Road

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

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

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

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• Continue on I-20 east to Oporto-Madrid Blvd. (exit 132A), exit right • Turn right onto Montclair Road • In 1.6 miles the main entrance of the hospital will be on the right

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November 2010


280 Living November 2010  

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

280 Living November 2010  

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