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Racing for the kids

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Clint Guthrie raced a BMW 330 in the Barber 200 for Children’s Hospital. Photo courtsey of Clint Guthrie.

By MADOLINE MARKHAM Clint Guthrie didn’t complete 77 laps of the Barber Motorsports track at the Indy Grand Prix in April to win or even just for thrills. He did it for the kids whose handprints lined his race car. Many of those children undergoing cancer treatment

at Children’s Hospital, along with their families and former cancer patients, were there cheering him on during the Barber 200. A small business owner who lives in Inverness, Guthrie’s work with Racin’ 4

Continuing the fight

Kids is all about raising awareness and support for the UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital. “The highlight of the event was the money raised for the kids—that and the smiles on their faces,” Guthrie said. “It was a lot of fun. “ Through the event, Racin’ 4 Kids raised more than $100, 0000 for Children’s Hospital, including more than $40,000 in auction items. Some people donated $100 for each child’s handprint on the car. Others pledged between $1 and $10 for each lap Guthrie’s team completed with teammate Rick Skelton of Atlanta. On Friday, 35 kids from the cancer wing rode in the race cars on parade laps around the track. When Guthrie and his team didn’t have enough cars for all kids to have a turn, Grand-Am officials jumped in and invited the rest of the kids into their cars. “They were thrilled,” Guthrie said. “Some said it was the coolest thing they’ve done. A lot of the kids wanted to know how fast they were driving.” The Tuesday before the race, all the kids currently in the oncology and hematology wings at Children’s Hospital kids placed their handprints on it on Guthrie’s car. The children had earlier painted their prints,

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Sending aid to Japan

A mother’s story of loss and hope

By KATHRYN ACREE AND MADOLINE MARKHAM While raising her daughter Laura, Cecelia Crandall often advised her to “put on your big girl panties and deal with it.” Laura began to share the same advice with friends years later and bought her mom a magnet bearing the words. Today when Cecilia Crandall looks at the magnet on her refrigerator, she thinks, “Boy, did she ever Laura and Cecilia Crandall on deal with it.” Laura’s wedding day in 2009. Laura began a fight Photo courtesy Angela Karen against ovarian cancer at age Photography. 24. Although she lost her battle after only 15 months, Crandall and her husband, Jim, continue the fight today. They honor Laura’s wishes to educate women about early detection of ovarian cancer and to battle against this disease through the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation. While Cecilia and her other daughter, Emma, are more quiet and reserved, Laura was small but full of spunk like her paternal

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Greystone Elementary students Brooks Rice, Shion Yoshida, Rio Adachi and Sammy Johnson stand with crane project organizer and first grade teacher Lori Pollard. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

By KATHRYN ACREE After the earthquake and resulting tsunami that recently struck Japan, Greystone Elementary first grade teacher Lori Pollard’s thoughts turned to former Japanese students who had returned home. “When I heard the news on March 11, my heart just ached,” Pollard said. “We’ve had many Japanese children attend Greystone Elementary while their families work for Honda. Often they have lived here for three to five years.” After finally getting into contact with the families they knew in Japan and discovering they had survived, Pollard began to look for a project benefitting the recovering country. While looking online, Pollard discovered an

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Publisher’s note One of our greatest privileges as a community paper is telling the moving stories of the people who live around us. This month we were struck by the sorrow and hope of Cecelia Crandall and her daughter Laura; Clint Guthrie’s heart for the kids at Children’s Hospital; how the tragedy in Japan hit close to home for a Greystone teacher; and the selfless legacy of the Chelsea’s Lori Johnson. This issue also highlights some great ways to get out and relish the sunshine and perfect-temperature evenings. You can find

local produce at the farmers markets in Mt Laurel or on Valleydale Road, catch a thrill at the mud runs at Oak Mountain State Park, treat your kids or a date to Regions Park’s drive-in movie night, or even create a retreat for your family in your own backyard. As always, we welcome your suggestions to share our neighbors’ stories.

Meet our staff Madoline Markham Madoline Markham first moved to the 280 area when practically the only establishment between Inverness and Chelsea was Lloyd’s Restaurant. After graduating from Oak Mountain High School in 2004, she received a bachelor’s degree in history from Rhodes College in Memphis and then a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Thanks to working for Southern Living and Cooking with Paula Deen, her first love is food writing, but she also enjoys telling non-food-related stories about and for her community. She chronicles her cooking adventures at and can be reached at

Proving that cavemen need love too, the Craftsmen showchoir of Oak Mountain High School performed at Choirs for a Cause at Hoover’s Bumpus Middle School in April. The Craftsmen are an all-male group that delight audiences each year with singing, dancing and never taking themselves too seriously. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

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Shelby County ranked Decorators’ ShowHouse continues through May 15 healthiest in state For the second year in a row, Shelby County has ranked the healthiest county in the state, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study was based on a

variety of health indicators, including rates of premature death, adult smoking and obesity, high school graduation and pollution. The full report can be viewed at alabama/shelby.

Brook Hills’ Platt releases Radical Together David Platt, Pastor at The Church at Brook Hills, has published a second book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. His first book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, was published a year ago and immediately climbed to the New York Times bestseller list. Radical challenged individual Christians to leave behind money, security and convenience to radically follow Jesus. This new book discusses six Biblical principles regarding how churches can be transformed by that same radical obedience to Christ’s teaching.

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Drive-In Movie Night at Regions Park On Friday, May 6 the lower parking lot at Regions Park in Hoover will transform into a drive-in movie theatre with a 70-foot screen. At 8 p.m. kid-friendly “Alpha and Omega” will show for $5 per car. The 10 p.m. date night movie is “The Proposal” and costs $10 per car. The first 200 people to arrive for “Alpha and Omega” will receive a $5 gift card to Yogurt Mountain. “It’s a good inexpensive family night

out,” said Dee Nance, superintendent at Hoover Parks and Recreation. Hoover Parks and Recreation will also hold free Friday Night Flicks at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road later this summer. They are scheduled to show “Megaminds” (PG) on June 10, “Life As We Know It” (PG13) on June 24, “Yogi Bear” (PG) on July 15 and “Grown Ups” (PG-13) on July 29. Each film begins around 8:15 p.m.

You still have time to make a visit to the 2011 Decorator’s ShowHouse benefitting the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The annual event continues through May 15 at The Thomas E. Jernigan house and features over 25 decorated areas. The home was designed in 1966 by George Rust of Rust Engineering. It took 18 months to finish the design. Built by Brice Construction, the original construction was nearly 20,000 square feet and is currently set on 5 acres. In 1980, Jimmy Filler purchased the home and moved in with his wife and child. The lower level was used as a display area for the Filler’s collections of cash registers and carrousel animals. The Fillers lived in the home for seven years. In 1987, Thomas E. Jernigan, Sr., former CEO and owner of Marathon Corporation, purchased the property. Henry Moretti, design consultant and sculptor from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, redesigned the interior and exterior — totally gutting the house. It took nine months to finish the renovations. The design called for lower ceilings, beautiful custom woodwork and five Italian marble fireplace surrounds personally selected by Moretti. The lower floor includes a theatre, concession/ lobby, arcade, pool room, gym and guest suite. The redesigned front exterior has a swimming pool and waterfall. A loggia and veranda were added to the back of the house giving it a transitional style with Mediterranean elements. Charles Carter of Pell City designed a 3-hole golf course that was laid out so one can tee off in two different directions making it a six-hole course. Jernigan was private man with a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed

outdoor sports, travel and entertaining friends in his warm and inviting home. He was an art collector and philanthropist. House for the showhouse are Monday though Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday evening, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, and groups of 20 are $15 each. Featured events during May include a Mother’s Day Fiesta by LaPaz Catering, Sunday, May 8 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for $15.00 each. Reservations are required for this event by calling 968-7603. Also in May is Salute Our Soldiers Day on Monday, May 2, when admission is free with uniform. Fashion shows will be held Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Super Sundaes are available 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 19th hole beverages and snacks are Fridays, 6 p.m. – 8p.m., Saturdays 1p.m. – 3p.m. and Sundays 1p.m. – 4 p.m. Decorator sales are a open daily for your convenience to purchase many of the items that are for sale in each room of the ShowHouse. Handmade items from our area’s finest artisans, unique antiques, and one-of-a-kind treasures are available for sale in the Symphony Shop. Parking for ShowHouse is at Mountain Brook Community Church on the corner of Hwy 280 and Dolly Ridge/Cahaba River Road. Shuttle buses will transport you to and from the ShowHouse during regular hours. The last coach leaves one hour prior to closing. For more information on the showhouse, call 968-7603 or visit www.ShowHouse-AL. com. For more information on the house listing, contact agent Stephanie Robinson at 870-5420 or 229-6247.

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Local Biscuit Boys sauces and jellies back at Mt Laurel Farmers Market By KATHRYN ACREE A mom of three, Lori Reed has always been busy, but that didn’t stop her from sharing her love of canning and preserving with the community at the Mt Laurel Farmers Market. Her friends had urged her to find a way to sell her savory barbecue sauce and pepper jelly. When she heard about the market while teaching English at Childersburg High School, she decided to give the business a shot last summer. “I didn’t start my booth until after the Fourth of July, but people really got excited over the sauces and jellies,” Reed said. “Everything is prepared fresh with all natural ingredients and no preservatives. I’d been researching the benefits of cooking that way for my family and found many customers were looking for the same thing.” After starting with her barbecue sauce and pepper jelly, the Biscuit Boys line has grown to include her Mama Mia Marinara, Hot Tomato Relish, orange marmalade, triple berry jam, pear preserves and strawberry preserves. In addition, her barbecue sauces expanded to four types: Tangy Southern Sauce, Bold Grilling Sauce, Spicy Low-Carb Sauce and Honey Mustard Sauce. The honey for her honey mustard is a local product too, coming from a honey producer in Odenville. “If you are into grilling and marinating, I have a variety to please anyone,” Reed said. “Every version is tested and retested to meet the approval of my kids and family.” Her pepper jelly line offers a variety as well: Jalapeno Pepper Jelly, Banana Pepper Jelly and her special Cowhorn Pepper Jelly, which is made from cowhorn peppers from her mother-in-law’s garden. There are times when some food products are not available due to the growing season, but Reed spends the summer freezing, cooking and canning to keep up her stock. “My family has been so supportive,” Reed said. “My daughters, Selena and Maddie, are up and ready to go with me to Mt Laurel on Saturdays. My husband,

Lori Reed will be at the Mt Laurel farmers market this summer with her Biscuit Boys sauces and jellies. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

Mike, puts up with the long hours and late nights I spend in the kitchen. Reed’s youngest child, 3-year-old Micah, is the business’ namesake. “We called him the biscuit boy when he was a baby due to his hearty appetite!” she said. A love of canning and making jams and jellies has been passed down through the women in Reed’s family. “I have many memories of being in the kitchen, and now I’m able to share this with my family,” she said. “It brings us together and gives us something to all be involved in.” Mt Laurel is hosting its farmers market on Saturdays this summer, June 4 through October 29, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Reed and her crew are planning to be there and hope to introduce a set of recipes for their products. Samples are always available for you to pick your favorites. In addition to being at Mt Laurel, Reed offers a customizable gift basket selection that you can order directly through her. It’s a fitting gift for someone who would enjoy a delicious sampling of the South. Contact Lori Reed at or follow Biscuit Boys Sauces and Jellies on Facebook.

Oak Mountain hosts trail runs On a mission host “root slipping, mud hopping, tree ducking, river crossing, hill climbing, dirt-on-your-shirt, sweat-inyour-eye trail runs,” XTERRA will hold races at Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday, May 21. XTERRA encourages runners of all levels to participate. There are no time limits and no qualifications for the races. For the first time there will be a full marathon as well as a half marathon trail run. 5K and 10K mud runs will venture through a few muddy ditches. Races start and finish at the picnic area by the lake. “It’s a great way to get outdoors and


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Valleydale Farmers Market opens May 14 The Valleydale Farmers Market begins its third season on May 14. Eight local growers will be selling fresh peaches, strawberries, squashes, broccoli, cauliflower and beans. Other food vendors include Humble Heart Farms goat cheese, Jittery Cup Roasters coffee, Pure Alabama Honey and Dough to Go baked goods. Like previous years, there will also be live music, cooking demonstrations and arts and crafts vendors, making for a festive family-friendly atmosphere. This year they will be giving away produce baskets at the

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Golfers will gather on May 23 to play at Riverchase Country Club to support the Lorie Johnson Foundation. The foundation, founded in honor of a Chelsea woman who passed away from breast cancer at age 34, provides financial assistance to women and girls with cancer of any kind; many of the women they help have breast cancer. “We help individuals with cancer with their rent, utilities, groceries, copayment, treatment and travel,” foundation board member Steve Bishop said. While some are looking for a cure, somebody needs to be helping people with the disease.” The foundation started as a way to help Lorie’s family with her expenses. “Lorie never looked at anything like it was about her,” Bishop said. “She was doing things for other people with cancer before she passed away. She also thought that women shouldn’t have to worry about whether gas would be turned off during the weeks while they were undergoing treatment.” During the barbecue lunch before the tournament begins, the foundation board members will talk about their mission and tell the stories of women and children they have helped. “We want to keep Lorie’s name out there and alive,” foundation chair Jay Mullaly said. “It’s great for her family to know that in her name that we are helping women in similar situation to hers.” Mullaly’s family knew Lorie’s family from Double Oak Community Church in Mt Laurel and walked alongside them during her fight against cancer. In addition to participating in the fundraiser and giving financially, Mullaly said the foundation, which is completely

Golfers compete in last year’s Second Annual Lorie Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament at Highland Park Golf Course. Photo courtesy Ed Leathers Photography.

run by volunteers, is always looking for new volunteers to help their cause. The Third Annual Lorie Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, May 23 at Riverchase Country Club, 200 Club Road. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Lunch is served at 11 a.m., and the tournament begins at 12 p.m. There will be cash prizes for first and second place and a chance to win door prizes for all participants. They have had about 80 players in the past and are hoping for 100 this year. The registration fee ($125 for on player, $500 for four-man team) includes range balls, golf cart and a barbecue lunch. Register online at, pick up a registration form at Riverhcase Country Club or Edwin Watts Golf on Highway 280, or call Jay Mullaly (587-9902) or Steve Bishop (365-4911). Registration by mail deadline is May 9. Tournament and hole sponsorships are also available.

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Lt. Brian Howlett visited Ms. Garaca’s fifth grade class at OLV. In March, US Marine Lieutenant Brian Howlett visited Ms. Garaca’s fifth grade class at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School. Howlett, who has been stationed in both Afghanistan and Iraq, described the duties and training of a Marine. He explained how he learned to use and maneuver several different weapons, his training to jump from an airplane at 1200 feet and his deployment. Howlett has been a Marine for 18 years now and has been stationed in 13 different locations. He speaks a little of both French and Spanish. Lt. Howlett knew he wanted to be a Marine from the time he was 6 years old.

When asked by a student, what he likes most about being a Marine, Howlett said, “I am doing something for America.” Howlett also brought live video footage of his jump from an airplane, as well as food dropped to the Marines while they are on a mission. He left the students with some important advice: “Please continue to pray for all service men and women. Be good Americans! You have to do something for America!” Howlett is the proud father of a daughter in Ms. Garaca’s fifth grade class and a son in seventh grade at OLV.

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Hill College scholarships Richard P. Salmi, S.J., President of Spring Hill College recently announced that Jackson R. Watkins is the recipient of the Davidson Fine Arts scholarship and a Portier Scholar Award valued at $84,000 over four years. Jackson will graduate from Chelsea High School in May and will at Spring Hill College in Mobile in the fall. U.S. News and World Report ranks Spring Hill as 17th among the Southern colleges and universities granting master’s degrees. Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College has provided a liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition for almost two centuries. Spring Hill’s mission is to help students become leaders in service to others, fulfilling the unique potential of each individual.

Chelsea High School’s Jackson Watkins and Spring Hill College president Richard Salmi. Photo by Sandy Watkins.

Cases of Love project at OMIS Gifted students at Oak Mountain Middle School participated in Cases of Love, a community service project. Students in a design class chose to decorate 40 pillowcases for boys and girls at Jessie’s Place, a local women’s and children’s shelter. The students wanted these children to know that someone was sending good thoughts and wishes for sweet dreams their way.

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State STAR FCCLA winners from OMHS Edna Jones, Maia McDonald, LaQuoya Robinson and Suzanne Merlino. Photo courtesy Rita Granger.

Four members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at Oak Mountain High School attended the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Montgomery. During the March conference, the students participated in a

variety of competitions entitled Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events and development workshops. Winners announced included Suzanne Merlino, first place in interior design; Maia McDonald, first place in garment construction; LaQuoya Robinson, first place in fashion design; and Edna Jones, second place in recycle/redesign. FCCLA is a national, non-profit organization devoted to preparing family and consumer sciences students for leadership and future career opportunities. Alabama has more than 7,000 members.. “Our first place winners can represent Alabama this summer at the FCCLA National Conference in California,” said OMHS family and consumer sciences teacher and FCCLA sponsor Rita Granger. “We welcome any donations or sponsorship to help these girls compete.”

Holt named winner of OM Idol Oak Mountain Middle School seventh grader Branson Holt was crowned the 2011 Oak Mountain Idol on March 27 as part of a talent show fundraiser sponsored by the OMMS choral department. Branson was named the winner after performing vocal solos in a total of three rounds of competition. Branson is a member of the school’s mixed show choir, Class Act, and has won several awards with the Alabama Country Gospel Music Association. The Oak Mountain Idol competition is in its second year as a benefit for the choral programs of OMMS.

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Jeff State’s Honor Society earns “Most Distinguished” in Alabama Jefferson State’s Shelby-Hoover chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society earned top honors for the fifth consecutive year by earning Alabama’s the “Most Distinguished Chapter” award during the recent Alabama Regional Convention in Muscle Shoals. Jefferson State ranked number one out of 32 Phi Theta Kappa chapters in the state. Judging takes place at the Phi Theta Kappa’s international headquarters in Jackson, Miss., and competition is based upon the group’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership and service. “The students have proven year after


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year that working toward this goal is important to them,” said Jefferson State Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Dr. Leisl Ward. “I am so proud of the Jefferson State students for their service to the community and maintaining a level of excellence in everything they do.” During recent international competitions, Jefferson State’s ShelbyHoover chapter, Beta Lambda Delta, has taken home top international honors out of more than 1,250 chapters worldwide. This chapter is also the first international repeat winner in more than 20 years.

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Iyani Hughes Senior Chelsea High School Soccer Our May athlete of the month is Chelsea’s Iyani Hughes. In February she signed a soccer scholarship with Kennesaw State University in Georgia. We asked this Hornet star about soccer,

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Highland Lake’s Ben Metzger was named Alabama Gymnast of the Year in a state-level competition. He competed this year as level six in men’s gymnastics on the Alabama Starz team through Head Over Heels Gymnastics. Ben attends Briarwood Christian School.

Ben Metzger with his state gymnastics award. Photo courtesy Erin Metzger.

Tell us a little more about playing for Chelsea. I started playing for CHS in ninth grade, and I have enjoyed it all. I love the practices, and the coaching staff is always willing to help. The girls are fabulous, and I have gotten close enough to some to call them my own sisters—we are one big family! Besides signing with Kennesaw State, please tell us any other additional honors you’ve received in soccer. I was voted best offensive player for 2008

and 2009 for CHS. I made the Alabama State Olympic Development team from 2007 to 2009. I was an all-county honorable mention for Alabama in 2008. Do you have siblings that are athletes? I do, my sister Maya, 15, is a competitive cheerleader for ACE All-Stars of Alabama. We know you’ll be playing at the college level, but what do you plan to study at KSU? I plan to start with majoring in business under entrepreneurship and minor in fashion studies. Who inspires you most? Honestly, there’s a lot of first place inspirations in my life, but my biggest would have to be my mother and father. I grew up in a divorced household, so things weren’t always perfect. But through everything they always managed to get me where I needed to be in life, and I would be nowhere without them.

Chelsea High School’s Iyani Hughes. Photo by Cari Dean.

Red Rebels champs of North Shelby Basketball Association The fifth grade Vestavia Red Rebels are the tournament champions of the 20102011 North Shelby Basketball Association (NSBA). The Red Rebels completed the NSBA season at 11-1 and are the first team from Vestavia to win a North Shelby championship. The Rebels were paced in the championship game by Colin Scollard’s 12 rebounds, Mitchell Kundler’s 16 points and five rebounds, Davis Peterson’s 15 points and six assists, and Sean Quinney-Elmore’s six points and seven rebounds. Coleman Petway contributed sparkling defense, and Christopher Dugas made a variety of clutch offensive plays. Earl Bradberry’s defense, Garrett Yarmowich’s coolness under pressure, Wilson Enslen’s discipline, Brayden Puckett’s court presence and Breck Cuddy’s team spirit also played significant roles in the championship run. The Red Rebels are coached by Dr. Marc Kundler and assistants Ben Puckett and Sinjon Bradberry.

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The North Shelby Basketball Association champions are the Vestavia Red Rebels. Photo courtesy Marc Kundler.


Berry Middle tennis team places at Metro Tournament The Berry Middle School tennis team came in third at a recent Metro Tournament for 11 teams in the area. Mountain Brook and Liberty Park tied for first. Olivia Cissell won first court final in the Metro Tournament, and most of the Jag girls advancing to semi-finals.


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Back row: Olivia Cissell, McCall Harwell, Payton Harland Tierny Sovic and Coach Susan Richardson. Front row: Addison Murphy, Sofe Wilson, Madison Beech and Caroline Knouse. Not pictured: Veena Krishnan. Photo courtesy Kim Harland.

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Next SEC National Champ? The Southeastern Conference is filled with question marks as the 2011 season approaches, which should make for an interesting media day in the coming months. Many SEC coaches are in search for their quarterback who will lead their team this fall. “There will be a lot of new faces behind center this year,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, “and we’re no exception.” Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida and Vanderbilt are teams that are in search for “their guy” as the all important position. So spring practices have been filled with experiments, two quarterback systems and many new faces with all prospects getting a look. Although the SEC may be a little short handed at quarterback, the running back

by Brent Watson position should be loaded with talent. If another Heisman winner emerges out of the conference in 2011, look for it to come from the tailback position. Now, the question is, will there be another national champ out of the SEC. Why not? When the SEC is supposed to be “down,” you see a team out of the power conference plunge into the number one spot and is in the BCS championship game. Who will it be? Not even going to make a guess this time. Or at least not yet. I’m looking forward to seeing which leaders will emerge and who will take the reigns as the next great SEC player. Happens every year.

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It is no secret that anxiety is at an all time high. It appears humans are hard-wired for modest levels of anxiety. However, did you know that anxiety is a fear-arousal warning mechanism? Anxiety may be characterized as uneasiness, fear, worry, and apprehension. Anxiety is a common psychological state in which the basic message is “get away from this situation.” The state is usually accompanied by numerous physiologic components including surges of the hormone adrenaline, increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure and increased blood flow to the major muscle groups as the body prepares for “fight or flight.” Many have heard of this by now and know these are all normal responses to environmental threats. The overall process is orchestrated by the amygdala and hippocampus, two regions of the brain’s limbic system that process memory, emotional response and spatial navigation. But for many people, if anxiety states become frequent and prolonged by various developmental circumstances in childhood and their teenage years, they may begin to respond to perceived rather than real threats. The anxiety state may persist and even become the default condition for the individual. According to research in the BCM Musculoskeletal Disorder Journal, “those with chronic anxiety may experience chronic

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Spain Park has always been a popular destination for many big events. On the weekend of April 1-3, the school got to play host to three major events that not only brought in money for many of the school’s athletic and fine arts programs but also helped raise money and awareness for an important cause. On April 1, the school hosted its first Relay for Life. The event’s goal is to bring a large group of people together and raise money for the American Cancer Society. It was held at the Spain Park football stadium and was full of venders and games, all benefitting the American Cancer Society. The entire event was sponsored by the Spain Park National Honor Society, an academic and service group at the school. The group’s monetary goal for the event was to raise $30,000, and at the end of this fun, yet eye-opening and emotional night, the total was over $32,000. The next day, April 2, was also an important day at Jaguar Stadium. The school hosted the first-ever Stadium Fest. This event was all-day affair hosting Christian rock bands. Stadium Fest

reportedly had an attendance of around 30,000 people, and all of the proceeds from the event benefited different departments and groups at Spain Park. Finally, on April 3, the Spain Park Lady Jags Soccer team hosted a high caliber soccer match between the Auburn University women’s soccer team and The Atlanta Beat, a professional women’s team. This event also brought in a crowd of about 1,000 people to the Spain Park Soccer Complex. It was a beautiful day for soccer, and Auburn ended up losing to The Atlanta Beat 4-0. Courtney Newton, a senior on Spain Park’s varsity soccer team was very glad that they hosted the event. “It gave us the opportunity to watch higher caliber teams play,” Newton said. That April weekend was probably one of the busiest weekends Spain Park has ever seen. It was full of emotional and exciting moments for all in attendance. It also greatly benefited many of the high school’s programs financially and will be one that the Spain Park family will never forget.

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Mr. CHS pageant to raise funds for academic banquet The academic banquet committee to On May 6, Chelsea High School will be hosting a not so normal event. The high raise funds for the academic banquet. The banquet is held to school will host its Mr. academic CHS pageant. The pageant will run recognize excellence in the The pageant has not been held at exactly how a normal junior and senior class. Any student Chelsea High School pageant would run. with a 3.75 GPA or for a number of years, but this year, the The exception is that higher is invited to attend the banquet. pageant is on. Any young women from Dinner is provided boy at Chelsea High School is encouraged Chelsea High School and the students are recognized afterward. to participate in the During the pageant. Every club wearing formal pageant banquet, the senior and sports team has dresses will escort valedictorians are then been asked to sponsor each contestant. given the opportunity one member of their to give a golden apple club or team for the pageant. William Hester and Chase to a teacher of their choice who has made Bridges have been selected to represent the the most impact in their life. The academic banquet is a great honor, and there are newspaper staff. The pageant will run exactly how a a total of 77 students who qualify for the normal pageant would run. The exception banquet. The banquet will be held on May is that young women from Chelsea High 16. Anyone who wants to have a good School wearing formal pageant dresses will time is encouraged to come out and have escort each contestant. The entry fee is $10, and admission to a blast at the Chelsea High School Mr. CHS pageant. the pageant will be $5.

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Pepperoni with a side of Prom Everyone remembers their high school years and everyone remembers prom. For some people, prom was their favorite thing about high school. At Briarwood, prom, called Junior-Senior Social is filled with tuxes and dresses, lots of pictures and dancing. The most important thing about prom is getting a date, and many students at Briarwood have come up with some very creative ideas of asking. Some students ask by writing on the person’s car (don’t worry, it washes off). A few students gave their dates a scare this year by using a D-Hall (detention) slip to ask the person to prom. One student used the school intercom system to ask their date. Asking by spelling out words with pepperoni on pizza is also a common tactic used at Briarwood. Briarwood also has some traditions

during prom. When asked about the traditions, Madison McKenzie said, “We always have an after-party where we cook out breakfast food.” Students are usually out late, so they like to go ahead and eat breakfast. Also during prom, a little bit of the senior video is shown. The senior video shows highlights of the senior class and brings back many memories. The most important tradition of Briarwood prom is the picture taking. Parents and grandparents take the pictures for the students to enjoy later. Prom is probably one of the most memorable events of one’s life and is one tradition that all schools share. Hopefully, the students at Briarwood, this year, will remember prom for the rest of their lives.


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Oak Mountain celebrates One Starry Night Prom at Oak Mountain is one of the most highly anticipated events of the entire year, as I’m sure it is at most high schools. Most juniors and seniors have been looking forward to it for years, but you may not know there are a lot of steps before you actually get there. First, you have to figure out a creative way to invite your date, and then once that’s set you have to decide who’s going to be in your prom group. When your group is finally set, you have to make reservations at a nice restaurant. Girls have to buy their dress; order a boutonniere; and make appointments to get their make-up, hair and nails done. Guys buy the prom tickets, find out what color the girls dress is so they can match, get fitted for a tux, order a wrist corsage and decide limo or parent’s car. Once the big day finally arrives, the girls spend all day getting ready. The guys

pick up their date, take some pictures, go to meet their group, go to different locations to take more pictures, and then go to the restaurant and eat a fancy dinner. All of these staples of the prom experience take place before you ever get to the prom. Once you arrive at the prom location, there is one more official picture before the night begins. Finally, you realize that all of the stress and all of the steps were worth it. This year Oak Mountain’s prom was held April 9 at Rosewood Hall in Soho in Homewood with the theme “One Starry Night.” A DJ at the dance kept the party rocking from 8 p.m. until midnight. The prom king and queen voted on by the senior class were Drew Maddox and Scottie Lenning. It was a night to remember and worth all the steps it took to get there. I’m sure all the juniors will gladly repeat those steps again next year.

Congratulations to our graduating correspondents 280 Living has been honored to feature correspondents from our four area high schools this year. They’ve shared news and events from their schools with added insight only a student can give. Three of our four correspondents will be moving on to college in the fall and we wanted to update our readers on their plans. Joie Glass has covered Chelsea High School this year. An active member of her senior class, Joie has been accepted to the University of Alabama and is the recipient of a small Capstone scholarship. She’s already a declared nursing major and is very excited. “The university has a brand new facility, and I can’t wait to be a part of the first full year the new facility will be in use,” Joie said. Joie plans to enjoy her last summer at home. She says she is often asked if she will continue her interest in journalism. “It’s something I love, and it will find a place in my life some day, but the medical field is where I feel like I’m destined to be,” Joie said. She added in a big “Roll Tide!” Our Oak Mountain High School

correspondent, Cullen Cagle, is proud to share he will be attending Auburn University in the fall. He expects to major in broadcast journalism and says this summer he plans on getting a job and spending time with friends. Josh Brunner from Spain Park High School will also be attending Auburn, majoring in broadcast journalism and a minor in German. His summer plans include going to New Mexico to staff leadership training at Philmont, a Boy Scout High Adventure Base. Our correspondent from Briarwood, Collier Kauffman, will be returning next school year. He’ll be a sophomore and we look forward to more great articles from him sharing the news and events of his school. We wish these students a relaxing summer and best wishes for the road ahead. If you are an Oak Mountain, Spain Park or Chelsea High School student interested in writing an article each month for 280 Living as a correspondent, please email Kathryn Acree at


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Busy Bee Owner Johnny Colafrancesco. Photo by Madoline Markham.

16634 Highway 280, Chelsea 678-7000 Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Busy Bee Burger’s location is inconspicuous. You can easily miss it hidden in BP station across Highway 280 from Winn-Dixie in Chelsea. Order off the menu and you’ll see why owner Johnny Colafrancesco is earning a reputation for his freshly ground organic beef burgers, served on a homemade bun with a special homemade spicy thousand

island. You’ll also get a taste for his big plans for new pies, barbecue pit and salad bar. Colafrancesco, who lived for years in San Francisco and New York, opened the restaurant in November with the inspiration to simply serve burgers, fries, shakes and pies. It was to be a sort of combination of California’s InN-Out Burger and Marie Callender’s, a restaurant chain specializing in pies. The burgers are made with organically raised Meyers beef. “You can taste the difference,” Colafrancesco said. “It tastes the way beef used to taste. A lot of people say it’s the best burger they’ve ever had.” The quality is good enough to cook for a burger medium rare, but per customer preference, Busy Bee cooks them medium well unless requested otherwise. To spice things up on the burger, you can choose from one of more than 100 hot sauces on the “Wall of Fire.” “[The burger] is like something you make at home with real ingredients,” customer Chris DeLucia said. “Our goal is for you to be in and out in the time it takes to fill a tank [of gas],” Colafrancesco said of their goal for fast service. Burgers are cooked to order, though, so be prepared to wait 3-4 minutes for a quarter pound burger or 8 minutes for the large half pound burger. To speed things up, customers can call in their order in advance, and the restaurant will have it ready upon your arrival. What stands out most on the burger is its far-fromordinary bun. Colafrancesco developed the recipe as a light brioche, a pastry-like French bread that is puffy and airy like a traditional burger bun. The same dough is used for hot dog buns, cheese steak rolls and other sandwiches on the menu. Standout Yukon gold fries complete a meal with their crisp, skin-on edges. Last month Busy Bee began to feature different pies daily. The restaurant now offers two to six pie choices each day and is planning to offer a selection of 20-25 soon. The most popular flavors are peanut butter, banana cream and lemon fluff. Colafrancesco hopes to fill a void for a pie house in the Birmingham area with natural adaptations of pies like those served at Marie Callender’s restaurants. Busy Bee has also filled a void in breakfast market in Chelsea virtually nonexistent outside chains. DeLucia likes to order a breakfast burrito in the morning because it’s easy to eat on the road. Croissants with a choice of fillings


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Restaurant Showcase are also popular. Over the months since opening Busy Bee, Colafrancesco has adjusted his concept to adapt to what his customers were interested in eating. One customer suggested a salad bar, and in late April they added one. Along with the salad bar, a barbecue pit and smoothies, made with only fresh fruit, have completed the menu at the small restaurant. Barbecue chicken and pork are served on their signature fresh baked bread with an option of five homemade sauces: white, Caribbean, Hawaiian, chipotle, and red The salad bar features field greens, iceberg, spinach, fresh local herbs, and constantly changing array of other toppings. The bar also includes Colafrancesco’s homemade flavored tofu and a variety of sprouts that grow on his property in Indian Springs. There are more than 90 different kinds of sprouts that take on the robust flavor of their namesake, such as almond or black bean. With much of the produce farmed locally, the salad bar gets at Colafrancesco’s passion for the food business. “The heart of Busy Bee is being a food company that supports local farmers,” he said. “What goes on in the community stays in the community.” The restaurant’s tomatoes and onions come from local growers, and Colafrancesco is working to source cheese and eventually meat locally eventually. Colafrancesco plans to also start selling fresh shrimp in the restaurant; the seafood will come from his other local business, Birmingham Shrimp. His third business is Johnny Green Seed Wines. He ultimately hopes to open an affordable fully prepared food grocery store that offers an experience beyond just shopping. With 25 years experience in catering, Colafrancesco also offers these services. For now, he is looking to open a store near UAB and eventually turn Busy Bee into a chain, with each location’s menu adjusted to best serve its unique customer base. Even with his big dreams for the food business, Colafrancesco emphasized that he is focused on the original Chelsea establishment serving the taste of the community permanently. “Many restaurants have come and gone in Chelsea in recent years,” he said, “ but we are here for the long run.”

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402-2110 Outdoor Living Areas doesn’t just design outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, arbors, pergolas and outdoor kitchens—they create spaces that bring the family together. “Our satisfaction comes when customers tell us that they don’t watch as much TV and the kids don’t play as much Xbox,” general manager Scot Thompson said. “It means they are spending time together as a family. Their lifestyles have changed, and family time has become cool again. As a contractor and dad, that is very satisfying.” Patios and decks are designed to flow with the look of the house to create an area most fitting for the customer’s family. They offer a full selection of horticulture services, including irrigation, to complete the entire project typically in 7-14 days. “When I start a project, I don’t leave until we’re finished,” Thompson said. “I think that’s why our customers like us and call us back.” Their focus on the customer carries over to their designs as well. Situated on a mountain, one house had a particularly windy backyard that might get in the way of cooking at an outdoor kitchen, so

An outdoor fireplace anchors this flagstone patio and its living area in Liberty Park. Photo courtesy Outdoor Living Areas.

Outdoor Living Areas suggested they build it in front of the house. The homeowner now cooks there at least four times a week, even in the winter, and is having a cover installed over the kitchen so he can cook in

This outdoor kitchen features a grill, power burner, bar caddy and lots of cabinet space. Photo courtesy Outdoor Living Areas.

the rain. In addition to enhancing beauty and creating family space, the right backyard design also adds value to the home and makes it stand out in a neighborhood. “I haven’t had a customer yet that didn’t say they could make their money back,” Thompson said. The sales of backyard designs have quadrupled over the past year, and they have added a plethora of new product lines to provide the latest innovations in outdoor space design. “We highly underestimated the demand for these types of projects,” general manager Jonathan Messner said. “Big or small, everyone wants one at their home.”

Among their new product lines are kitchen cabinets available in teak, cypress and bamboo “[It] gives our customers many more options than just stainless steel,” Thompson said. In addition, brick, stone, and mortar wash outdoor fireplaces now come as modular units that can be customized in many different ways. The business’ designs transform existing space into retreats families will treasure for years to come. “What we are doing,” owner John Calloway said, “is providing a unique, private outside area that the entire family can enjoy. We are utilizing backyard space that has previously been ignored and turning it into something so special that it ends up being used more than any space inside the home.”


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Azia Medical Spa welcomes three new physicians

Madrix Couture opens in Brook Highland Plaza

Azia Medical Spa has added new distinguished physicians to its practice. Surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Owings offers services such as Laser Liposuction, Laser Vein Therapy, Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Botox, Dermal Fillers, Weight Loss, and Hormone Replacement and Management. Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Andy Lemons has extensive training in Laser Liposuction,

Madrix Couture is the newest women’s boutique on 280. Located in the Brook Highland Plaza next to CiCi’s Pizza, their motto is “styling the extra ordinary woman from head to toe.” Offering styles from size 3 to 3XL, their showroom offers women’s apparel, shoes, purses, jewelry and other accessories.

Botox, Dermal Fillers, Advanced Acne treatments, Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Mesotherapy as well as Laser Skin Resurfacing. Plastic surgeon Dr. Al Cohn has extensive training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Azia Medical Spa is located at 153 Narrows Parkway. Call them at 238-6196 or visit at

dwellings celebrates one-year anniversary dwellings, located in the Inverness Heights Shopping Center, is celebrating its first year in business. The store offers an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary furniture, unusual accessories and contemporary art. The owners also run Baker Lamps & Linens

next door. dwellings is located at 5299 Valleydale Road, Ste. 113. They are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Contact them at 981-7779.

Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce May Events for the 280 Area 5/5 – Business After Hours – Shoal Creek (Regions Tradition), 6-8 p.m. Contact jennifer@ for ticket and parking information. 5/ 10 – Chamber’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic, Timberline Golf Club, 11 a.m. registration, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Check out at www. for registration information. 5/31 – Network 280, Momma Goldberg’s, 4647 Highway 280, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. No cost to attend. Contact april@ for information.


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The store appeals to the classy, urban and flirty couture woman with merchandise in exclusive quantities. .Store hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit them at 5287 Hwy 280, Ste. 205 or on the web at www. Contact them at 995-0000.

Petals to Piglets now offers Mexican pottery and iron Petals to Piglets Florist now carries Mexican pottery and iron. The family-owned florist also has new items for spring. “We’ve got a great selection of pots and planters of all sizes, outdoor garden figurines, bird houses, bird baths, benches, hand blown glass and gazing balls,” said owner Lesa Nivens.

In addition to decorative items, they carry iron trestles, swings and arches to give your outdoor area that special touch. Located at 10705 Old Hwy 280 in Chelsea, store hours are Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact them at 678-4756 or visit them at

Wee-Peat Boutique moving into larger location This month Wee-Peat Boutique, a children’s consignment shop, is relocating next door to the space formerly occupied by Bar Stools, Etc. The move will allow Wee-Peat Boutique to expand into carrying furniture items. “We’ll have cribs and other kids furniture in addition to all the clothing and accessories we offer,” said Kelly Watkins,

owner of both Wee-Peat Boutique and Bar Stools, Etc. Wee-Peat Boutique is located at 5479 Hwy 280, Ste. 124 in the Arbor Place Shopping Center. Store hours are MondayThursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Contact the store at 874-6655.

Chunky Monkey now carrying designer fabric Known for its monogrammed gift and kids items, The Chunky Monkey in Chelsea has announced they will start carrying fun new designer fabrics. The designers include Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Moda and Robert Kaufman. The fabric can be used for appliqués on blank apparel sold in the store or to have an outfit custom made from one of the off-

site seamstresses. The Chunky Monkey is located at 10699 Old Hwy 280. Store hours are open Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m They are closed on Sunday. Contact the store at 678-9533 or visit them at www.chunkymonkeymonogram. com.


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Mondays, May 2, 9, and 16, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Toddler Tales 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 story time. Ages 19-36 months. Registrationr.

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May 23 – July 13 Summer Reading Regular Registration Mondays, May 2 and 9, 3:30, 3:50, and 4:10 p.m. Sit, Stay Read! 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 library that is supportive, relaxed and furry! All ages. Registration required. Tuesday, May 17, 4 p.m. Craft: Memorial Day CD Spinner Celebrate Memorial Day by making this impressive spinner made from recycled materials! All ages welcome. Registration Required. Wednesday, May 18, 1 p.m. Homeschool Hangout: End of School Year Party Games, face painting, snacks. Ages 8-12. Registration required. Friday, May 20, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Movie: Yogi Bear Join Yogi Bear and Boo Boo as they help Ranger Smith save Jellystone Park from a corrupt mayor trying to sell the park’s logging rights. All Ages Welcome. No Registration Required. Snacks Served.

Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Baby Tales Story Time 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. Wednesdays, May 4, 1, 18, and 25, 10:45 a.m. Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!) Stories, puppets and lots of music for every member of the family. All ages. No registration required. Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 7 p.m. P. J. Story Time Come in your PJs, have milk and cookies, and hear some wonderful bedtime tales. All Ages. No Registration Required. *For more information or to register for any of our programs or storytimes, call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or Teen Scene: Teen Summer Reading: You are Here The North Shelby Library Teen Department has all kinds of programs and activities

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scheduled for this year’s summer reading program — music, comics, movies, crafts and more! The full calendar will be out soon. Early registration runs May 16 through May 2,2 and regular registration runs May 23 through July 12. Reading logs are stamped June 1 through July 27. Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off Join the YA librarians for two hours of fun at Treetop Family Adventure on Dunnavant Valley Road on June 6, 6-8 p.m. Teens interested in attending must register by 10 a.m. on May 31. To register call 4395512 or email nsyouth@shelbycounty-al. org after May 16. Teen Book Pick of the Month: The Clearing by Anne Riley Natalie Watson doesn’t believe the reports about the way her parents died. In fact, she’s not sure she believes in much of anything these days. But after moving from her home in Georgia to her aunt’s boarding school in Maine, solving the mystery of her parents’ deaths is just one of several things on her mind. When she’s not fending off attacks from the popular kids or taking refuge in the pages of a novel, she ponders the rumors circulating about a certain boy in her math class… a boy with fiery red hair who never speaks to anyone. Despite suspicions that he may have murdered his sister a year earlier, Natalie finds it impossible to stay away from Liam Abernathy—especially when he confesses to knowing something about her parents. Soon she’s following him into the forest, where things happen she doesn’t understand… things that shouldn’t be possible…. As Liam’s story unfolds, Natalie realizes she’s more connected to him than she ever thought—and not everyone she counts as a friend can be trusted. (From product description)

Mt Laurel Public Library Storytime Programming Toddler Tales Wednesday, May 4 and 18, 10 a.m. Stories, songs, fingerplays and more make up a lively 30-minute program designed especially for short attention spans and their caregivers. Registration begins two weeks prior to each storytime. Ages 36 months and younger. Registration required. Storytime with Ms. Kristy Wednesday, May 4 and 18, 11 a.m. Stories, music and more for every member of the family. All ages. No registration required. Special Programming Crafty Saturday: Beach Bag Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Decorate a mesh bag perfect for your trips to the beach or pool. All ages with parent help. Registration required. May 16 – May 22 Summer Reading Early Registration As part of the North Shelby Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Mt Laurel Library will have all kinds of great programs and activities in June and July — magicians, crafts, science, and more! May 23 – July 12 Summer Reading Regular Registration *For more information or to register for any of our programs, call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or mtlaurellibrary@

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Inverness gumbo champion to vie for title Armed with his MomMee’s recipes, Cajun born and bred Robert Regard is ready to defend his gumbo championship title. The owner of Crazy Cajun’s Boiling Pot in Inverness, Regard’s seafood gumbo has won top honors for three out of five years at Episcopal Place’s annual fundraising event, Gumbo Gala. He won in both 2006 and 2007 and will return on Saturday, May 7 to defend his winning title from last year. All previous winners admit that a win one year does not guarantee a trophy the next year. Everyone’s gumbo is unique, they say, and judging preferences can vary widely from year to year. “You can give the same gumbo recipe to five cooks and you will have five different soups,” said Regard, who never measures ingredients and has his own secret ingredient for his gumbo. Episcopal Place’s 2011 Gumbo Gala, presented by Ezell’s Catfish Cabin, will be held on May 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Caldwell Park on Highland Avenue in Birmingham’s Southside. All those who attend will be able to sample gumbo made by 40 professional and backyard cook teams. Teams will compete for 10 team titles. The

Robert Regard and his wife, Lulu, at Crazy Cajun’s Boiling Pot restaurant in Inverness. Regard said the unique décor features items brought in by customers and friends and the ambience resembles that of most “downhome Louisiana dives”.

event raises funds to benefit the 150 seniors and disabled adults who live in Episcopal Place’s affordable housing community. Tickets are $10 for adults and children age 12 and up. For more information about the gala or to purchase tickets, visit www.gumbogala. com, call 939-0085 or email kmueller@

Annual Shelby County Golf Tournament set for May 10 The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is holding its 22nd Annual Golf Classic Tuesday, May 10 at Timberline Golf Club, 300 Timberline Trail, Calera. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m.; the driving range will be open at this time. Shotgun start for the scramble format tournament is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Registration includes a round of golf,

course and cart fee, two meals, two drink tickets per person, one mulligan per person, and all contests. There will be chances to win flighted divisions, along with longest drive, closest to the hole, putting contest and many other prizes. For more information or to register, visit

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LifeAct ually By Kari Kampakis

The Watch

I have a watch, and even though it no longer tells time, it means the world to me. This watch, you see, was given to me one Christmas by my mother. I was in high school at the time, and I spotted it while shopping with her one day. Made by Gucci, it came with colorful rings that screwed on and off the face, allowing me to colorcoordinate with every wardrobe change. I remember standing at Parisian’s jewelry counter, coveting the watch with my teenage hands but never expecting to get it. One, it was pricey. Two, I understood that my mom had four other children with needs and desires. Although Christmas was coming up—and Mom always went overboard—this watch seemed too extravagant to request. So I walked away from the counter trying to forget about the coolest watch I’d ever seen. And imagine my surprise Christmas morning when I opened a package and recognized the Gucci box. I stared at Mom in astonishment. She blushed—and then smiled meekly. The look on her face clearly conveyed her love for me. “You better appreciate that, Kari,” she said with a small, nervous laugh, “because I wrote ten résumés to pay for it.” As it turned out, Mom had begun writing résumés for students at Shelton State Community College—her workplace—to pay for this one gift. I felt so special being singled out. When you come from a large family, you spend half your life being clumped together, defined as a unit. Discovering that Mom had devoted herself to something just for me left no doubt of my importance. Now every time I see the watch, I remember that. I should clarify that I’m not advocating the purchase of fancy possessions to win your children over. Truth be told,

I would have chunked that watch long ago if it weren’t for the story behind it. I’m constantly de-cluttering, and unless something has a use in my life, it gets discarded or donated. The fact that this watch has made the “cut” and remained in my memory box for several decades is simple: I don’t want to forget it. Like many daughters, I often give my mom a hard time, jokingly pointing out her slip-ups and imperfections. What I forget to acknowledge is her commitment to our family, the selfless acts of love I once took for granted. Mom drove carpool for 25 years, clocked thousands of hours as a short-order cook and laundered clothes for seven people. My siblings and I used to throw dirty garments down the basement stairs and laugh at the smelly avalanche. Days later these garments would reappear in our rooms, fresh and neatly stacked. Yet again, the laundry fairy had come. My mom is also a writer, and thanks to her I developed an early love for words and poems. I’m forever grateful that she helped me find my passion. She is kind, creative and generous beyond measure. She’d do anything for her kids, hand us the shirt off her back before we even thought to ask. This Mother’s Day, I wish to celebrate my mother, my mother-in-law, and all the other amazing women who helped raise today’s moms. As my Gucci watch attests, your sacrifices didn’t go unnoticed. You may have said “I love you daily,” but it was your actions that convinced us. Thank you for teaching us the transcending power and beauty of a mother’s love and intuition. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Mtn. Brook mom of four girls with a background in PR, writing and photography. Visit her Ponytail Mom blog online at or find her on Facebook and Twitter. Email her at

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Kentucky Derby event to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy The 3rd Annual Derby for Duchenne Kentucky Derby party will offer food, entertainment and a silent auction to raise awareness and money for a cure for Duchenne, the most aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscles intact. It primarily affects males during childhood, and survival is rare beyond the early 30s. Held by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the event will take place Saturday, May 7, 6-10 p.m. at Matt Jones Gallery. Last summer 280 Living ran a story about Gabe Griffin, a young boy with

Duchenne who lives in Highland Lakes, and the non-profit Hope for Gabe that seeks to find a cure for the disease. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event. Tickets are $45 per person and $85 per couple in advance and increase $5 on the day of the event. For ticket information, visit www. or mail a check to: Derby for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Association 700 Century Park South, Suite 129, Birmingham, AL 35226. For more information on Hope for Gave, visit www.

“The Ultimate Gift” Free Screening at the Summit There will be a free screening of “The Ultimate Gift” Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Carmike Cinemas Summit 16. The 2006 film stars James Garner, Drew Fuller, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs, Brian Dennehy and Lee Meriwether. Based on a best-selling book by Jim Stovall, it tells the improbable story of Jason Stevens as he

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Since 1998, I have been privileged to attend at least one day of the Master’s Golf Tournament at August National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. I have only attended one Sunday round, but it was 2004, the year that Phil Mickelson broke through and finally won a major golf tournament, the Master’s no less (my wife and I were on the 18th green, looking up into his eyes as the putt went in). I look forward every year to going, to spending an intimate day with thousands of my closest acquaintances and strangers and either my dad or my wife. But it is sacred. I mean it. No other place on earth can you be with so many people and the loudest noise anyone can hear is the birds chirping. No cell phones, no televisions, no radios; just quiet, and respect (and $1.25 egg salad sandwiches, which are the bomb—I don’t even like egg salad). If a place personified respect, it is the Master’s Tournament. And the day I go to the tournament is one of the most peaceful days that I experience of the year. Sacred, even. Well, I did not get to go this year (yes, I hear the collective “ahh, poor baby”); streak broken at 13. It was a sad moment when we realized we could not get away from Birmingham (not that there was a giant magnet keeping our car from leaving the boundaries of the greater Birmingham area—but such is life with family and kids and illness and relationships—alas…). But we did manage to watch it on TV (some, in between cool baths for high fevers). Sunday’s round was electric, thrilling, onthe-edge-of-your-seat good golf drama (though, as a kid, I thought golf was the most boring game on the planet, a game my father insisted on watching on TV instead of the rerun of some Godzilla versus King Kong versus Mothra movie). High drama, back and forth, someone claiming the lead, then another, then another. And finally, someone stepped forward from the pack to claim the title, the illustrious green jacket. And that someone was… Charl Swartzel. Charl Swartzel. Who? Charl Swartzel. From South Africa. Cool place, good food and beverage, unique country, great golf and great golfers. But Charl Swartzel won, WON, the Master’s golf tourney. Charl Swartzel. Who? Exactly. He won the Master’s—the major golf tournament composed of winners, champions, the best of the best. So if Charl

Swartzel is the winner of the 2011 Master’s, is he the best golfer? Is he? A friend said he was that day. But is that enough? Shouldn’t he be the best? For a while? I mean, Swartzel won the Masters one week, then barely made the cut the next week, finishing a distant eleventh; in fact, with Swartzel’s win at the Masters, he became only the 11th best golfer in the world, according to golf’s world rankings. He wins the tourney of the best of the best and then is only ranked the 11th best—huh? Yet, also, just the Monday and Tuesday of Master’s week, the UConn and Texas A&M won the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments and were crowned National Champions. Are they the best? Neither was ranked number one at any point during the regular season (I don’t think), and neither was a number one seed going into the tournament. Are they the best? And saying they were that day does not count. I listen to sports radio, a lot. Lots of talk about the best, which turns into lots of arguing. It is a national obsession—who is the best, right now or for all time. Even my six-year-old son in his second year of baseball is asking, “Are we the best?” What does the best signify? And what does it matter, especially if it is so fleeting? We are consumed with it—going to the best schools, the best church, having the best this, that, and other things. Only the best, being the best, better than best. What does it gain us? Seriously? Because in the end, it only matters that day, and then it’s just fodder for talk and arguing. Seriously, is the best what makes something sacred? Is it what brings peace? Or is it just short-lived bragging rights and just something that has to be continuously fought for or worried about? I guess my question is, what is the point for you of the striving for best? And when you are the best, who is really the winner? Now that’s something worth talking about. To talk further about broadening your expectations and discussing your plans for personal, family, and business success, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. You may reach us at 205-967-3660, or visit the website at Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as a professionally licensed marriage and family therapist and an associate licensed counselor at Samaritan.

Massage classes offered Two Heart 2 Heart classes will be held at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health and Wellness Conference Center this month to teach massage techniques. No prior massage experience is necessary. Massage for Eldercare is Friday, May 6, 6:30-8 p.m. and costs $15 per person.

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CONTINUED from page 1 grandmother, Katherine, earning her the nickname “Little Katherine.” ”I know that the spunk helped her tremendously during her illness,” Crandall said. “She was determined to fight as much as her body and mind would let her.” Despite their differences in personality, Crandall and her daughter shared a close relationship. They enjoyed motherdaughter talks while relaxing at the beach as well as spending time together shopping, eating at their favorite restaurants and spending a day at the spa. Increasingly independent as she entered adulthood, Laura didn’t call everyday, but she never hesitated to phone her mother for solace and advice when she needed her.

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Laura’s battle began during the whirlwind of planning her wedding to her fiancé, Walter, scheduled for November 2009. After developing flu-like symptions, fever and discomfort led to a trip to the ER where she lived in Auburn. Several tests later, a tumor was discovered on her right ovary, and she had it surgically removed. Laura immediately felt better and went on with wedding preparations, but the family soon learned the tumor was malignant. “There were a lot of unknowns at that point,” said Crandall. “The wedding was so close. The decision was made to continue on as planned and that Laura would start treatment after she and Walter married.” Laura became ill again on her honeymoon. She was diagnosed with small cell nueroendocrine carcinoma in the ovary area. After four rounds of chemotherapy in Auburn, a CT scan showed that the cancer had spread. Tumors were in the lining of Laura’s lungs, abdomen and pelvis. The family connected with a doctor at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, to begin clinical trials and investigational therapies. “We would go to Houston for 10 days and come home for seven days,” said Crandall. “Friends and family were so supportive by holding yard sales and other fundraisers to help with travel expenses.” While in Houston together, Laura and Cecilia returned to a bedtime ritual from Laura’s childhood: reading books. Growing up, Laura would pick a book for her mom to read before bed and then give her mom a makeover as she read. “She’d brush my hair and style it and put some makeup on my face, all the while listening to the story and correcting me if I skipped or changed something in the book,” Crandall said. “It became our special time to relax and spend time together before bed.” By the summer, Laura began to feel stronger and wanted to be a part of helping other women battling cancer. Photographer Angela Karen shot her for the cover of the 2010 Picture of Health calendar. The calendar advocated ovarian cancer awareness with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. “Our families and friends continued to offer us such wonderful support as we went back and forth to Houston,” said Crandall. “Her treatments continued, and we prayed for positive news that the clinical trials would have an effect. Laura stayed focused on healing and visited friends when she was able to have time at home.” By the time of Laura and Walter’s first anniversary in November, the outlook was not as hoped. Laura continued to post about her treatments on her Caring Bridge website, and when she was unable to, her family stepped in to give friends news of her progress. Around the first of December, Cecilia arrived in Auburn for what was supposed to be a day of fun. Not feeling well, Laura visited the doctor and discovered she needed to be admitted to the hospital for a blood transfusion. Realizing she was receiving more blood than she’d ever had before, Laura began to cry and invited her mother to lie down next to her in bed. The two hugged and cried together as Laura spoke of her fears and her desire to live through the holidays. “You are the best

mother on earth,” Laura told her mother, “and I’ve been so fortunate to have had you as my mom.” Crandall now treasures those words more than ever. Laura passed away on December 14, 2009. Her father, Jim, shared the news through the Caring Bridge site: “Her courageous battle with cancer has ended, and we know she was victorious in that battle. We cannot begin to express our deepest love and thanks for all who have been there with her through this fight. As Laura tried new therapies, she also said if they did not help her she hoped that what was learned from her struggles would help others. She is now holding the Hand of God. Psalm 73: 23-26.”

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In that same month of her death, Laura’s grade school alma mater, Our Lady of Sorrows School in Homewood, held a Cakes for Cancer fundraiser to help the family with travel expenses. It was that donation after Laura’s death that became the seed of the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation. A counselor at Berry Middle School as well as Laura’s aunt and godmother, Rachel Sizemore knew now serves as the foundation’s secretary and treasurer. “Through Laura I have witnessed the power and love that ordinary people have when confronted with extraordinary challenges,” said Sizemore. “It is my goal to honor Laura by working with the foundation to further heighten the awareness of ovarian cancer and the urgent need to develop tests for early detection.” One in 69 women will face ovarian cancer in their lifetime. In 2009, more than 21,000 were diagnosed, and more than 14,000 women died from this silent killer. Early detection leads to early treatment and better outcomes. “The foundation’s primary purpose is finding an early detection diagnostic test,” said Crandall. “Such a test needs so desperately to be available to women.” About nine out of ten women treated for early ovarian cancer will live longer than five years after the cancer is found. Some large studies are in progress to learn how best to find ovarian cancer in its earliest stage. During a pelvic exam the doctor will feel the woman’s organs to check their size and shape, but most ovarian tumors are hard to find early because the ovaries are deep within the body and the doctor cannot feel them easily. While the Pap test helps to find cervical cancer early, it cannot detect ovarian cancer at any stage. The Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation encourages seeing a doctor if you have symptoms: swelling of the stomach (abdomen), pelvic pressure or stomach pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, having to urinate often or feeling like you have to go right away.


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The Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation welcomes the community to their fundraisers this month. The foundation’s Young Advisory Board is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Pirates and Ninjas vs. Ovarian Cancer event at The Bottletree May 13, 8-11 p.m. Music for the evening will be provided by The Vegabonds and DJ Rafa. Tickets are available at www. t h i n k o f l a u r a . o rg / YA B b i r m i n g h a m / pirates-ninjas. Renaissance Consignment is helping host a fundraiser for the 2012 Picture of Health Calendar Girl Search campaign by participating in Making Scents of Cancer. Until May 25, you can donate or purchase new or slightly used perfumes at Renaissance to benefit the foundation. For additional ways to volunteer or to learn about hosting your own event, visit “The Foundation’s motto is ‘the chance to fight it, to beat it, to live,’” said Crandall. “We want so much to help other women and their families struggling with this disease.”

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Twenty-five Years I pulled To Kill a Mockingbird from our library shelf today, and something slipped from between pages. When I picked it up, I realized that it was the laminated obit for my dad who died in the spring of 1986. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 25 years since we lost him. I reflexively wiped my thumb across the picture and stepped closer to the light filtering through the window to get a better look. As I read the obit again, it occurred to me that I am now just two years younger than he was when he died. A wave of sadness came over me, and I fought back tears. Back in 1986, I remember thinking how old he looked just before he died. The last few years of his life had not been kind to him, and he looked tired and frail each time we visited. He worked hard as a welder for most of his life, and he spent every free moment in the woods or on the river. He loved the outdoors. After he got sick and couldn’t drive, he spent his time sitting in a recliner in the corner of the living room. I think toward the end he’d made up his mind he was ready to go. I was in Atlanta on business when mom phoned my office to tell me he’d been rushed to the hospital. They tracked me down in Atlanta to give me the message. My boss at the time, wanted me to stay for a meeting, but I told him I felt like I needed to go home. He wasn’t happy, but I really didn’t leave room for negotiation, and when I landed in Birmingham, Jilda picked me up at the airport and whisked me to the hospital. I went straight to intensive care to see

him, and he gave me a faint smile when I took his hand. I hadn’t been there 20 minutes before the machines began to beep slower and his vital signs weakened. With my brother, Neil, and I holding his hands, he slipped away. Even though it’s been 25 years since my father died, I still smell the aroma of his rose hair oil and remember the short black comb he carried in his right hip pocket next to his wallet. I can hear the clattering sound his keys made when he laid them on the dresser next to his bed at night. He had an Army footlocker as old as the hills that he’d painted white with a brush. It’s where he kept his personal things. After he died, Mama wanted me to go through the trunk and try to figure out what to do with what he had left behind. Inside the trunk was a lifetime of souvenirs. An Old Timer pocketknife, and an ink pen with the image a woman in a bathing suit. When you turned the pen upside down, the bathing suit disappeared. He also had some cat-eye marbles, and an antique Zippo lighter with the cover worn smooth on one side from years of flipping and zipping. It was an interesting experience browsing through the things that my father had kept for all those years. A ringing phone snatched me back to the present, and as I cradled the phone between my shoulder and ear, I put daddy’s obit back between the pages of To Kill a Mockingbird. I know it will make me sad again the next time I run across it, but this bookmark will also help me to hold onto memories of my dad.

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Shion Yoshida offered to start collecting funds that would go to the American Red Cross’ earthquake and tsunami relief fund. She and her mother, Mayu, placed a collection jar in the school lobby each day for two weeks. They created a display board giving facts on Japan so Shion’s fellow students could learn a little more about the country they were sending disaster relief funds to. “They continue to have aftershocks in Japan, and I know the American Red Cross needs our support,” Shion said. By early April, the fund had more than $1,500 in donations. “I’m so honored our school is able to be a part of rebuilding efforts in some small way,” said Pollard. “I think our students have opened their hearts to this project. It was so beautiful to see the cranes on display knowing they will go on to have even more purpose.”

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5/2- 7:30 p.m., Hilltop Singers. The Hilltop Singers end a busy season of performances

with a varied program ranging from the Renaissance to Vocal Jazz, plus the always popular senior solos! Hill Recital Hall, Birmingham Southern College.

5/6-5/7- 8 p.m., Pam Tillis - In Concert. The child of music royalty, Pam Tillis is a

superstar in her own right. With two Grammy awards, three CMA awards and a shiny new IBMA award on her mantle, she has racked up 14 Top Five hits including six that hit #1 and has sold over six million records. The Library Theatre. For more information, call 444-7888.

5/13- 8 p.m., ASO Masterworks: Beethoven Festival Concert I. Now you can hear

5/1- 1-5 p.m., Earth Day at the Gardens. Energy efficiency and clean air will fill the

Formal Garden, the lawn in front of the Conservatory, with fun-filled, familyfocused activities. More than 1,300 attended last year’s festival, placing it among the region’s most-attended free Earth Day celebrations. Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

5/6-5/7- 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Embrace Space Days. Join us for Planetarium presentations,

space crafts, solar observations, learn how telescopes work, and learn how to become an amateur astronomer. McWane Center. Call 714-8414 for more information.

all nine symphonic masterpieces plus the rarely heard Choral Fantasy (with Brown conducting from the piano) over the course of four concerts in two weeks. $75/$50/Students $25. Alys Stephens Center.

5/14- 10 a.m., Watching Wildlife nature program led by the Oak Mountain State Park

5/14-5/15- 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Birmingham 2:00 p.m.. Art Association and Colonial

Road, in the parking lot of Faith Presbyterian Church. Open Saturdays throughout the summer season. for more information

Brookwood Village are co-sponsoring The Village Art Festival. Juried artists will display and sell their art inside and outside. There will be art activities for the children. Go to for more information.

5/20- 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Who Shot Rock & Roll sets the tone for this year’s Art on the Rocks!

Join us this summer for a fresh spin on the popular summer series. Participate in gallery tours, art activities and scavenger hunts and enjoy music in the beautiful setting of the Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden and Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden upper plaza. $20. Birmingham Museum of Art.

naturalist. Oak Mountain State Park. for more information

5/14- 8 a.m. – noon, opening day of the Valleydale Farmers Market, 4601 Valleydale

5/21- Parade Begins at 11:01 a.m. Do Dah Day. Do Dah Day. A music festival that in its infancy was enjoyed by 200 fun-loving Birmingham citizens now sees more than 40,000 people from all over the United States converge on Birmingham’s Historic Highland Parks for a day of fun, food and music with their pets.

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5/24- 8 p.m., James Taylor and His Legendary Band. BJCC Concert Hall. Call 800745-3000 for more information.

6/4- 8 a.m.- noon, Mt Laurel Farmers Market. The town of Mt Laurel. Open every

5/28- 8 p.m., Zac Brown Band, Verizon Wireless Music Center. www.ticketmaster. com for tickets and more information.

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8/6-8/13- Birmingham Children’s Choir Formal Auditions, Edgewood Presbyterian


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5/18- 6:30 p.m., Birmingham Fern Society’s Free Annual Lecture. Birmingham

Botanical Gardens. Our speaker will be Naud Burnett II, ASLA, founder and CEO of Casa Flora, Inc., the largest fern producer in the United States. He is president of the Southwestern Fern Society and retired president of Naud Burnett and Partners, Inc. Mr. Burnett has designed gardens across the United States, Europe, and in the Caribbean Islands. Mr. Burnett’s topic will be “Growing Ferns from Tissue Cultures,” and he has also promised to show slides of some of his projects.

5/20-5/21- Noon-5p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-Noon Saturday. Spring Plant Sale.

The Spring Plant Sale, or Hydrangea Sale, is held annually. Call 682-8019 for more information.

5/21- 8:30-4:30 p.m., Introduction to the Study of Native Plants. Birmingham

Botanical Gardens. Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion will lead this intensive, daylong intro to native plant studies. The workshop will begin indoors and will move outdoors, bringing the classroom to life. $90. Call 4143958 for more information.

Sports 5/1-5/2- 7 p.m., Birmingham Barons vs. Mobile, Regions Park Stadium. Call 988-3200 for more information.

5/2-5/8- Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek. Kids 18 and under enter free with a

ticketed adult. Tickets $10-$95. Free parking available at the corner of Hwy. 119 and Hwy. 280 with shuttle buses to transport attendees. www.regionstradition. com for more information

5/9-5/13- 7 p.m., Birmingham Barons vs Carolina. Regions Park Stadium. Call 9883200 for more information.

5/14-5/18- 7 p.m., Birmingham Barons versus Montgomery. Regions Park Stadium. Call -988-3200 for more information.

5/3- 4 p.m., Town Hall Meeting with Mike Huckabee. The Samford University

Auxiliary will host former Arkansas governor and U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. He will speak and take questions from the audience during the one-hour event. Wright Center on the Samford campus. At 7:30 p.m., An Evening with Mike Huckabee, Huckabee will speak at a private patron reception and scholarship gala dinner. Tickets are $100. Wynfrey Hotel.

5/3- 7 p.m. Free concert by the Birmingham Children’s Choir, Southside Baptist Church. to for more information.

5/4- 6–10 p.m., the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 3rd annual Derby for

Duchenne, Matt Jones Gallery. Tickets are $45 per person and $85 per couple in advance and increase $5 on the day of the event. For ticket information, visit

5/5- 6–7 p.m., Birmingham Revealed—Too Many Questions: An Evening with

Virginia Durr. Join us for an intimate portrayal of Durr’s life, presented through a one-act, one woman play. Vulcan Park and Museum. Call 933-1409 for more information.

5/6 & 5/22- Heart2Heart Workshops. Reconnect and restore your loved ones in May

with loving touch for eldercare 5/6 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m., and for couples on May 22 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m at St. Vincent’s 119 Conference Center. Call Liz for more info at 540-2438

5/7- 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Used Book Sale, PrimeTime Treasures, 1755 Oxmoor Road in

Homewood. Stop by to check out the great deals on hundreds of titles: fiction, gardening, cookbooks, collectibles, children’s, religious, art and much more. All proceeds to benefit Assistance League® of Birmingham philanthropic programs.

5/7- 4:30-6 p.m. Jazz in the Park featuring Vann Burchfield and Neo Jazz Collective.

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5/25-5/29- SEC Baseball Tournament, Regions Park Stadium. For tickets and information, go to or call 800-SEC-4TIX.

5/30/-5/31- 7 p.m., Birmingham Barons versus Chattanooga. Regions Park Stadium. Call 988-3200 for more information.



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or Less with Rebecca Lang Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing. Class fee $35.*

5/12- 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m., Making Whoopie (Pies) with Melanie Thorn and Susan Green. Class fee $35.*

5/17- 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m., Cookie Jar Temptations with Loren Wood, class fee $35, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125, call 9803661 for class information.

5/19- 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m., Authentic Stir Fry Made Easy with Susan Green. Class fee $35.*

5/24- 6:30p.m.– 9 p.m., Sharpen your Knife Skills, Part I - Beginner Level with Susan

Green, Bring 2 of your knives for an enhanced learning experience – the one you feel the most comfortable with, and the one you feel the least comfortable with, too. Limited to 10. Class fee $30.*

5/26- 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m., Balsamic ABC’s with Susan Green. Class fee $35.* *Classes held at Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125. Call 980-3661 for class information.

Theatre 5/5-5/15- 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Saturday-Sunday, Five Guys Named Moe. With more than 50 top ten singles on the rhythm and blues charts, this great composer and saxophonist brought a popular new slant to jazz that paved the way for the rock and roll of the 1950s. $30. A musical by Clarke Peters featuring Louis Jordan’s Greatest Hits. Red Mountain Theatre Company.


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280 Live Music Listings Courtyard Oyster bar & grill 280 band and dj schedule 5/1 5/2 5/3 5/4 5/5

-Heath Shoemaker -Dj KOP -Dj Chuck J -Matt Hill and Sean -Todd Simpson and the Mojo Child / Erica and the Soulshine band / Heath Shoemaker 5/6 -Double Trouble / Matt Hill 5/7 -The Wheelers 5/8 -Heath Shoemaker 5/9 -Dj KOP 5/10 -Dj Chuck J 5/11 -Matt Hill and Sean 5/12 -Erica and Eric 5/13 -Ray Gun Adminstration / Flashback 5/14 -Gentleman Zero / Heath Shoemaker 5/15 -Spoonful / Heath Shoemaker 5/16 -Dj KOP 5/17 -Dj Chuck J 5/18 -Matt Hill and Sean 5/19 -Heath Shoemaker 5/20 -After the Crash / Matt Hill band 5/21 -Erica and the Soulshine band 5/22 -Heath Shoemmaker 5/23 -Dj KOP 5/24 -Dj Chuck J 5/25 -Matt Hill and Sean 5/27 -4th & 1 / Flashback 5/28 -Todd Simpson and the Mojo Child / Heath Shoemaker 5/29 -Spoonful / Heath Shoemaker 5/30 -Dj KOP 5/31 -Dj Chuck J

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The Fish Market Restaurant GREYSTONE 5407 Highway 280 980.8600 every Thursday night live music with Jeff Taylor. All Parrotheads are invited.




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

Growing publishing business of community newspapers is looking for freelance writers. Please send resume and two writing samples to

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5/3- Billy Gant 5/4- Kolby G 5/7- The Undergrounds 5/13- Matt Hill Band 5/14 Bonus Round 5/20- Outshine 5/21- Red Halo 5/27&5/28- Acoustic Review

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5/4- Beer, Bands, & Bingo 5/5- Miss Used 5/6- Atticus Avenue 5/7- The Breatheron 5/8- Morning Would 5/11- Beer, Bands, & Bingo 5/12- After the Crash 5/13- Unlabeled Usage 5/14- Ugli Stick 5/15- Morning Would 5/18- Beer, Bands, & Bingo 5/19- Live Music TBA 5/20- Live Music TBA 5/21- Matt Hill Band 5/22- Morning Would 5/25- Beer, Bands, & Bingo 5/26- Live Music TBA 5/27- Outshine 5/28- Jared Foster 5/29- Morning Would

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