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How one man is equipping a community of fathers By RICK WATSON

OMHS’s Jim Duren- Page 13 Editor’s note


Local events


Sweet Melissa’s Sauces


Oak Mountain State Park


Project Night Night


Vacation Bible Schools


People you should know


Restaurant Showcase


Business Spotlight


High school graduates


School House




Library Happenings


280 Business Happenings


Kari Kampakis


Paul Johnson


Rick Watson


Calendar of Events


Ward Williams knows what it means to have an absent father. His own dad walked out on him and his four siblings when he was young. “My mother struggled to make ends meet without any support, financial or otherwise, from my father,” he said. Luckily for Williams, his coaches, teachers and pastors stepped in and helped him through those difficult times. He realized early on that he would not make the same mistakes his father made and has committed his adult life to equipping men to be fathers nationwide and especially in Shelby County. Williams knows children in homes with absent fathers are more likely to live in poverty, become involved in drugs, commit crimes and become pregnant. As a remedy, he is reaching out to the community to help men become involved, committed and responsible dads in his role as Executive Director of Vineyard Family Services (VFS), based out of Inverness Vineyard Church. Thanks to Williams’ implementation, the first “alternative sentencing program” in Shelby County Family Court services non-custodial fathers who are in trouble with the law because they aren’t paying child support. “Most men don’t want to go to parenting classes, but being ordered to go by the courts is a high motivator,” said Williams. The first few weeks of the program

See FATHERS | page 14

Ward Williams with his wife, Suzanne, and children, Carter, Sarah Paige and Tate. Photo courtesy of Melissa Elise.

A farmhouse wedding close to home By CRAIG KLEIMEYER

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Destination weddings don’t have to be in Hawaii or the Virgin Islands. The Sonnet House, located about 10 minutes from Highway 280 off Highway 119 in Leeds, gives couples the feeling of a “destination” close to home. At the Sonnet House, you feel farther away than you are in a good way, Owner and Manager Jared Heaton said. “It’s not as far away as it seems,” Heaton said. “When I heard about it being in Leeds, I was like, really? You never know what you’re going to fall in love with.” Jordyn Culbreth Farris and her husband, David, recent Auburn University


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The Sonnet House in Leeds is a popular wedding venue. Photo courtesy of Ann Wade Parrish.

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Sara Wright, Charles Wright, Connie Wright and Amy Rochester of the cooking team, Hawg Heaven Ribs, placed first for their ribs and homemade sauce at the First Annual North Shelby Baptist Taste of the South Festival. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

Staff & Friends Contributing Writers

Paul Johnson | Patrick Thomas Rick Watson | Kari Kampakis Lisa Johnsey | Maggie Carter O’Connor

Contributing Photographers Cari Dean | Barry Clemons

Interns Allie Klaubert | Madison Miller| Craig Kleimeyer

Editor’s Note

When people used to ask me where in Birmingham I was from, I never had an easy answer. “The Inverness/Oak Mountain area” or “North Shelby County,” I’d say. If they knew high schools, I’d say, “Oak Mountain;” if they knew churches, I’d say, “near the Church at Brook Hills;” if they knew neighborhoods by chance, I’d say “Brook Highland.” If classmates at my small college were only familiar with words like “Vestavia” or “Mountain Brook,” I’d simply claim to be from “a more newly developed area where we also had really good public schools.” (And indeed I learned in college that the quality of our public schools sets Birmingham apart from many other cities.) That’s why I felt a sense of pride the first time I saw an issue of 280 Living. “That’s where I’m from,” I thought. It had a name. It was a community. And indeed I am proud to have grown up in 35242. At 16 I learned to merge across three lanes of morning rush hour traffic on Highway 280 in almost no distance, even though my dad told me to “go around.” I drove down county roads that felt like “the country” to get to friends’ houses and went to high school football games across from a pygmy goat farm. I lived in a nice neighborhood, where my parents got a lot more house for their dollar than they could have in other parts of town, and I got an education just as good as college friends’ who went to fancy private schools in other cities.

And now that I edit a paper for that area, I take pride in seeing kids from the schools where I went win awards and go exciting places, and pride in hearing Oak Mountain ranked #5 and Spain Park #13 in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best high schools in Alabama. I feel a sense of place when I start emailing with someone about a story and realize he or she was my piano teacher, or a high school classmate’s parent, or an old neighbor. I get to do things like write about my high school band director—because of whom I can pride myself in being a part of one of the best bands in the state, and remember that the band always “won” on Friday nights even when the football team (mostly) did not (page 13). I’ve driven by Ward Williams’ (cover story) church on Valleydale Road thousands of times and watched many high school classmates get married at the Sonnet House on 119 (cover story). Oak Mountain State Park (page 9) has always been a few minutes away, ripe for picnics, cookouts and hikes. I remember when Full Moon’s (page 17) building was a Hardee’s, and I remember when the shopping center where Fancy Fur (page 18) is located was just woods in between Inverness Corners and Inverness Elementary. The “280 corridor” is where this paper covers—and that’s where I’m from.

Meet our intern Madison Miller is a junior at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa majoring in journalism. She is from Birmingham and is a graduate of Spain Park High School. With her journalism degree, she would like to write stories about local communities. She is looking forward to writing for 280 Living this summer.


The Mt Laurel Farmers Market officially opens this month on Saturdays from 8 a.m to noon. The market will run on Saturdays until October.

Columnist wins award Writer Rick Watson won two first-place awards in the Annual Alabama Media Professional’s communication contest in May. One winning entry was in the humor category was for a column entitled “Life 101,” which appeared last year in 280 Living.


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Eagle Point Golf Club hosts Humane Society event

Guests enjoy a previous Bark and Wine event supporting the Shelby Humane Society. This year’s event is June 16 at the Eagle Point Golf Club.

The Shelby Humane Society is hosting the Third Annual Bark and Wine at Eagle Point Golf Club on Saturday, June 16, 6 – 9 p.m. Goods and services from generous donors will be auctioned off through both a live and silent auction. “Our goal is to raise well over $30,000 for the Shelby Humane Society through this annual fundraiser to support our mission of caring for animals and educating the community,” said Robin Adams, Shelby

Humane Society board member. Tickets are $40 per person or $60 per couple and are available through www. Net proceeds benefit the programs and the pets of Shelby Humane Society. Eagle Point Golf Club is located at 4500 Eagle Point Drive. For more information on the Shelby Humane Society, please visit

Movie nights at Chelsea Park Union: The Church at Chelsea Park will be hosting “Movie Under the Stars” on Friday nights every week until June 29. The movies start around 8 p.m. and end around 10 p.m. Movies are family-friendly

and will be shown on the baseball field at Chelsea Park. Pack up the kids and bring your blankets and chairs for the fun event. For more information, visit

Moms Club holds open house Moms Club of BirminghamInverness Chapter is hosting an Open House Membership Drive on Tuesday, June 19 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The Inverness Chapter is open to stay-at-home moms who live in the Shelby County communities centered along Highway 280 from Inverness through Wilsonville. The event will be held at the playground located behind the Greystone

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Fire Station (Hoover Station #8, located at 121 Village Street). There will be cupcakes to snack on, as well as door prizes donated by Sharing Spree. This will be a great opportunity to meet and chat with some of the Moms in the club while your children enjoy playing at the park. For questions or more information please email

One Nineteen Block Party St. Vincent’s One Nineteen will host a Block Party and Health Festival on Saturday, June 23, to thank the community for its support of the health and wellness facility over the past seven years. Events will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The family-friendly festival will feature music from Rock Candy Band; a demonstration from the Flyball Dogs; and free Zumba, hula hoop and Spin classes. Kids can enjoy a moonwalk, games and face painting. The event will also offer free chair massages, compliments of Spa One Nineteen. Food vendors at the event include Spoonfed Grill, Coca-Cola, Doodles Italian Ice and Edible Arrangements. Most importantly, the event gives the

community an opportunity to meet local physicians and to take advantage of free health screenings, including cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, skin cancer evaluations, colorectal take-home kits and more. Fasting is not required for any of the screenings, and health professionals will be on-site to interpret results. St. Vincent’s mission is to help build healthier communities and to educate individuals about the importance of preventative care. St. Vincent’s One Nineteen is located at 7191 Cahaba Valley Road in Hoover. For more information about the Block Party and Health Festival, call 408-6600 or visit

Eagle Point golf camps Eagle Point Golf Club will host four three-day summer camps in June and July. The camps are designed to provide junior golfers an opportunity to learn about the game of golf in a safe and fun atmosphere. The camps include seven hours of instruction, range balls, a gift pack, oncourse play and hot dog lunch on day

three. Each camper must have personal golf equipment. Registration is open to golfers ages 6-17. Golf camp dates are June 12 - 14, June 19 – 21, June 26 – 28 and July 10 – 12. Cost for the camp is $125. For additional information and registration, go to www.eaglepointgolfclub. com/instruction/camps.

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Mt Laurel Cookbook on sale A new cookbook, The Town of Mt Laurel, Street by Street, contains not only recipes but the stories of the namesakes around the town. Most of the streets in Mt Laurel are named after distinguished landscape architects, including Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park. Accordingly, the divider pages in the cookbook feature the street lamps and street signs with information about the person for whom the street is named. Each recipe includes the street name of the person who contributed the recipe. Cindy Prickett first came up with the idea for the cookbook while admiring the food at Mt Laurel’s Sippin’ Seniors holiday progressive dinner. Kristie Peters contributed photos, Jill Walton provided newsletter articles on the street names and Diane McDaniels shared her cooking expertise. The cost for the cookbook is $20. All proceeds will benefit the Mt Laurel Public Library building fund; the library plans to build a permanent location to replace their temporary one on Olmsted Street. Cookbooks are available at the Mt Laurel Library, the Mt Laurel Sales Center,


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Giving Hands 5K Starfish Strut On June 16, Giving Hands will hold their first annual Starfish Strut 5K and One Mile FUNdraiser Run and Festival at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road. Proceeds from the run will benefit children with congenital or acquired limb differences. The ultimate goal of Giving Hands is to work through research, diligence, imagination and compassion to solve what they call “the mystery of limb regeneration.” The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the One Mile Fun Run at 9 a.m. Runners can pick up their packets starting at 7:15 a.m. Registration for the 5K is $30 and the Fun

Run is $15. The festival will include moon bounces for kids and other activities for the family. Race prizes include local giveaways, such as gift certificates. For more information or to register, visit Giving Hands is also in need of more volunteers for the event. If you are interested, contact Wendy Mitchell at 9377463 or at wendy@givinghandsandhope. org. For more information on Giving Hands, visit www.givinghandsandhope. org.

The Good Race in Chelsea Chelsea Creek Community Church is hosting The Good Race on Saturday, June 2. The 5K and 10K races start at 8:30 a.m. at Chelsea Park Elementary School; the one mile fun run starts at 10:15 a.m. There will be family fun activities at the start / finish line including free food, kids finger printing, inflatables and health screenings. Awards will be given to top

finishers. Race packets can be picked up Friday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Trak Shak 280, 4700 Highway 280 East. Registration is $30 for the 5K or 10K and $15 for the fun run. Kids activities are free. For more information, visit www.

Morgan Creek Vineyards sets summer event dates Morgan Creek Vineyards in Harpersville will once again offer special summer entertainment. Events are planned June 9, July 4 and August 4 from 6 – 10 p.m. In years past, the winery has hosted concerts, wine tastings and fireworks. The family-owned winery invites

the community to visit anytime for a free, guided tour and wine tasting. Families are invited to walk through the vineyard and picnic by their pond. For additional information on summer special events as it becomes available, visit

Rave Cinemas at Lee Branch offers free family films Once again this summer the Rave Cinemas Lee Branch 15 will offer free family films on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The movies planned include: Cats and Dogs- June 5 and 6, Legend of the GuardiansJune 12 and 13, Yogi Bear- June 19 and 20, Happy Feet Two- June 26 and 27, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island- July 3 and 4, Dolphin Tale- July 10 and 11, Shorts- July 17 and 18,

Inkheart- July 24 and 25, and Happy FeetJuly 31 and August 1. All movies are G or PG rated. Admission is free. Doors open at 9 a.m., and movies are scheduled for 10 a.m. showings. The concession stand will feature a special $1 off their movie meal during the film festival movies. For additional information, call Rave Cinemas Lee Branch 15 at 408-7857.

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­­From family recipe to family business By ALLIE KLAUBERT

When Beth Thomas needs a little extra flavor in her dishes, she reaches for a sauce that her family has made for years— a sauce so popular among family and friends she has shared its spunky, Southern flavor with others. ­­ “We use the sauces all the time,” said Beth, whose husband Randy developed the recipes behind Sweet Melissa’s Sauces and Seasonings. “I’m always snacking on it. I just don’t ever get tired of it.” Although the Thomas family has used the sauces for decades, it wasn’t until 2008 that they decided to turn it into a business. After Beth retired from Bellsouth and Randy retired from his career as a welder, the Altadena Valley residents looked around for a new venture. When Beth completed a three-day breast cancer walk, a friend encouraged her to finally pursue this idea that had always floated around in her mind. “You have to be passionate about what you’re doing, and I am passionate about this,” said Beth, who serves on the board of directors for Buy Alabama’s Best. Sweet Melissa’s offers three flavorful sauces and seasonings. The Ruby Red sauce is a cider vinegar-based sauce with chunks of onion and jalapeño pepper. Randy developed its spicy, flavorful kick through a friendly grilling competition with his father. Once Randy had perfected the Ruby Red sauce, his middle daughter, Melissa, begged for a sauce that was not quite as spicy. To please his daughter, Randy developed the Jalapeño Dippin’ Sauce. The sauce, which is similar to a pepper jelly, has a sweet flavor with a little kick. Sweet Melissa’s also offers dry rub that is excellent for marinating meats or even to use seasoning. The rub is “not hot, just flavorful,” said Beth. The potential uses for the sauces are

the Barbeque Dry Rub and mixes together the Ruby Red and Jalapeño Dippin’ sauces on top. “It’s what we’ve done with the sauces since the beginning,” she said, “and it’s still my favorite.” Sweet Melissa’s Sauces and Seasonings retail for $4 - $10 and are sold at Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, Greystone Antiques and Market Place, and Pepper Place, as well as other retailers throughout the state. For more information about Sweet Melissa’s or to order online, visit

Sweet Melissa’s Mouthwatering Grilled Salmon 2 T. Sweet Melissa’s Barbeque Rub 1 T. brown sugar 4 salmon filets 1/4 cup Sweet Melissa’s Jalapeño Dippin’ Sauce Mix together Barbeque Rub and brown sugar. Pat mixture on each salmon filet. Grill salmon until it flakes. Heat the Jalapeño Dippin’ Sauce and drizzle over the top of the grilled salmon.

Sweet Melissa’s Tangy Meatloaf Beth and Randy Thomas use Sweet Melissa’s Sauces in their recipes. Photo by Allie Klaubert.

even more diverse than the flavors. “We find every product without exception to be extremely versatile,” said Birmingham Bake and Cook Co. owner Susan Green. “Even if you don’t grill or barbeque, there are so many different applications.” Green has carried the sauces and seasonings since 2008 as one of the cornerstone products of her store’s Birmingham 100. The sauce with the most versatility is the Jalapeño Dipping Sauce. With only

five ingredients, the simple sauce boasts a huge flavor for anything from tilapia to vegetables. “You can put it on cream cheese as a quick appetizer,” she said, “but it really goes on everything.” Beth tests all the recipes they are sent. Recently, she tried the Ruby Red sauce on shrimp and rice, which she said was really good. In her own cooking, she uses the sauces at least twice a week and has a go-to recipe for the sauces. She marinates ribs in

1.5 lbs. lean ground meat 1 cup chopped onions and green peppers combined 1 cup old-fashioned oats 1 egg 1 cup Sweet Melissa’s Ruby Red Sauce, divided Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Form into a loaf and put in the baking dish. Make an indention down the center of the loaf. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup of Sweet Melissa’s Ruby Red Sauce in the indention and pat closed. Bake at 350 degrees.

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What’s new at Oak Mountain State Park By RICK WATSON

May brought people from all over the world to Oak Mountain State Park for an XTERRA world triathlon championship. The park had new trails and other features to welcome them—and to welcome anyone living close by to hike, bike, swim, fish, golf or play there. Thanks to the efforts of Birmingham Urban Mountain Peddlers (BUMP), the park has opened two new mountain biking trails. The intermediate-level Jekyll and Hyde trail starts at Red Road and dumps out at Peavine Road trailhead. The top portion of the trail is a slow and very technical ride, and the bottom part is much faster with insloped turns called berms. The second new trail, Lightning, is an advanced trail for those riders with experience in downhill riding. Mike Jeffreys, the superintendent who came to the park last year, said it’s a good idea to wear safety equipment on these trails. In addition to these improvements, the park is opening a new Pump Track in the BMX area. “The track is round, but you can head out in any direction. It’s used to help riders gain skills to reach the next level of riding,” Jeffreys said. All these improvements aren’t cheap. Jeffreys is quick to point out that Shelby County has played a huge role in making the park what it is today. He’s worked at several other parks in the state and said that none of those parks received the kind of support that the county provides. The county helps financially, writes grants, and provides county workers as well as community service workers to help do what needs to be done. Biking trails aren’t the only thing new to the park. Oak Mountain recently built a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities) accessible pier just behind the park’s main

Seven more reasons to visit Oak Mountain Oak Mountain State Park Superintendent Mike Jeffreys stands in front of the new Pump Track in the BMX area. Photo by Rick Watson.


“It was built for the exceptional anglers event in May,” Jeffreys said. “It makes it possible for handicapped children to go fishing.” The pier was funded by private company donations, and the event is supported by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Fishery Department and several private donors. In addition, 12 new equestrian campground sites also opened last summer. The sites are 50 amp pull-throughs that allow people with recreational vehicles to camp overnight. The new sites were paid

for with matching funds between Shelby County and the park. A final new perk to the park will be access to WiFi. Engineers are determining the right amount of bandwidth required to make that service available. Jeffreys said his first year at Oak Mountain State Park has been a wild ride, but he’s excited about the future, and all the park has to offer. “I love this job,” he said. For more information on Oak Mountain State Park, visit oakmountain/.

1. Cabins on the private lake and at Peavine Falls 2. Visiting animals at the petting farm 3. Day use pavilions that can be reserved 4. Paddle boats on the lake 5. Treetop Nature Trail, a boardwalk that displays injured birds of prey 6. Educational facility and programs offered by the Alabama Wildlife Center, which rehabilitates orphaned and injured birds to release them back into the wild 7. The Interpretive Center, which is run by Samford University and tells the ecological and biological history of Oak Mountain

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In May the Alabama Legislature passed the Flexibility Calendar Act, requiring schools start the academic year no more than two weeks before Labor Day, which is August 20 this year, and that the year end by May 24. Students in Shelby County Schools will start back to class on August 20. The week of August 13 – 17 will be used as teacher workdays and professional development days. Previously scheduled weather days

have been removed. The revised calendar can be viewed online at www.shelbyed. The start date for Hoover City Schools will be August 20. Spain Park High School will hold graduation next year on May 23, 2013, which will also be the last day of school for students. The Hoover City Schools calendar is available online at

Local teens meet Prince

Oak Mountain High School’s Callie Walker (left, in pink) and Mi’a Callens talk with Miss Alabama Courtney Porter and His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, at a garden party in Mountain Brook in April. Photo courtesy of Danny Barrett at Pageant Works and Traci Dubberly.

Oak Mountain High School’s Mi’a Callens and Callie Walker were recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze medal on Saturday, April 28. His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, made the presentation personally to these students at a garden party held in Mountain Brook. These young women have been working on this achievement for the past two years. The program, which focuses on four points - community service, special skills, physical fitness, and great expeditions or adventurous journeys, was introduced to the US through two organizations, the Miss America Pageant and the Boy Scouts of America.

Mi’a Callens was Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2011 and is a recent Oak Mountain graduate. Callie Walker is a rising Oak Mountain sophomore and was recently crowned Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2012. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was introduced in 1956 by His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, to the United Kingdom. The award has over seven million recipients in 132 countries. The medals are awarded on three levels, the bronze, the silver and the gold, and each level of achievement can take anywhere from six months to several years to complete.


CONTINUED from page 1 alumni as well as Oak Mountain High School graduates, held their reception there on March 11. “We really loved the house,” Farris said. “We liked that it’s a really big space for people. And, it’s beautiful on its own, or you can add a twist to it.” The couple took photos before the wedding at the house and had their reception mostly outdoors, where guests dined on Momma Goldberg’s fare. “We had food in the chapel and in the main house, but we danced on the back porch,” she said. “The outside was perfect for our reception.” Couples who get married or have receptions at the Sonnet House have used vendors in the 280 area like The Fish Market’s catering service, The Yellow Bicycle, as well as cakes from Pastry Art. The Sonnet House was built in 1918 as the McLaughlin family’s farmhouse, and the surrounding 18 acres were used as the base for the McLaughlin Farm. “It’s secluded,” Heaton said. “There’s nothing behind us except the Little Cahaba.” When the home went to auction in 2003, Heaton’s family had been looking for a facility to purchase as a place to host weddings and events. They started renovating in August 2003 and hosted its first event in 2007. “It was a huge investment,” Heaton said. “We bought it not knowing if we could do what we wanted to with the house.” The project was exciting to tackle, Heaton said, and the design work was not too difficult. “I saw the potential in it. We didn’t have to do anything aesthetically to the outside, just inside,” Heaton said. “There was some horrible, tacky linoleum on the

first floor.” Before purchasing the farmhouse, Heaton had been working in hospitality with catering and events. His dad is the co-owner and his brother works with marketing and web design to complete the family team along with Corey Hults and Candace Benson. Some couples have their ceremony in a field next to an old rusty barn built in the 1920s, while others have theirs against an outdoor fireplace area built for weddings. There’s also a chapel onsite that doubles as a reception hall. The majority of weddings held at the Sonnet House average between 150 and 200 guests, and the biggest weddings have hosted around 500. The chapel holds between 240 and 280 guests. For the hotter months, Heaton said they have air conditioning units and misting fans that they will provide at no additional cost. Most people want their wedding outdoors, but ceremonies and receptions can be moved indoors if there is an issue with the weather. Many couples have sent thank you notes to the Sonnet House to say that their weddings and receptions were above and beyond their expectations, professional and fun. “We try to make it as easy as possible and take the stress out of everything,” Heaton said. “We try to understand our clients so we can do everything they need us to do and everything they don’t know they need us to do.” For more information on planning a wedding or reception at the Sonnet House, visit, email or call 6997490.

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Highland Lakes resident helps with Project Night Night By CRAIG KLEIMEYER Children have always been a priority for Julie Wahnish. The mom of six and grandmother of 10 first read about a cause close to her heart, Project Night Night, in Traditional Home magazine. “It just stuck with me for several months and I looked it up on the internet and saw that they were really making a difference,” said the Highland Lakes resident and Double Oak Community Church member. “I just kind of said, ‘I can do that.’” Project Night Night collects donations, assembles and delivers “Night Night” packages to local homeless children. When she began helping, Wahnish ordered a lot of bags and started talking to people, and everything fell into place. “I put together tote bags, and I started calling shelters and told them what we were doing and asked how many they wanted,” she said. “When I delivered the first batch, they used all we had.” Each Night Night package includes a tote bag stuffed with a security blanket, an age-appropriate book and a stuffed animal for infants up to 12-year-olds, and Wahnish is doing everything she can to collect them. “So many young people my children’s ages have used books they don’t need any more and stuffed animals that are in good condition,” she said. “Some of these children have been taken out of a bad situation and are homeless and have nothing, and this gives us something that’s theirs. It says to them, ‘Yes, somebody does care about me.’” For her first project, her team delivered 20 bags to Safe House of Shelby County. Wahnish said it will be an ongoing project for her because of the impact it can have. “I just didn’t realize the extent of how many children are either in shelters for abused children or homeless in this area,

Julie Wahnish prepares to deliver “Night Night” bags to Safe House of Shelby County. Photo courtesy of Julie Wahnish.

and there are hundreds,” she said. Hearing stories from shelters makes her excited about her future work with the project. “The stories they’ve told about how the simplest things like a stuffed animal has made such a big difference in a child’s life,” she said. “The need is great. Children go in and out of these shelters.” Wahnish hopes to start delivering

Night Night packages once a week. All of the money she receives goes to purchasing the bags, and any extra goes to buy more books. Double Oak Community Church will help out with the project and take up donations later this year. More and more people are stepping in to help. “As more and more people know about it, I just hope it snowballs,” she said. You can send checks or items for Project

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Fresh dinners from the sea to start off summer By LISA C. JOHNSEY My family enjoys all types of fish and seafood all year long. Our favorites range from shrimp to lobster to a simple grilled fish. This month, I have highlighted two in particular: tilapia and salmon. We love tilapia because it is so versatile and mild, and we prepare it in many ways. Recently, we have been eating a lot of fish tacos. For the tacos, I add some taco powder and lime juice then grill the fish. To accompany this flavorful dish, we add a simple black bean salsa, corn and a tasty garlic-cilantro dip. At Christmas, our friend, Mike Hartsock prepared an incredible smoked salmon for our Sunday school class party. This dish is to die for. We asked him for the recipe, and he gladly shared it. We prepare it often, and it is now my favorite way to eat salmon. In addition, it is very easy to make. We serve it with roasted asparagus and a wild rice. With any leftover salmon, I make a salmon cream cheese spread. It makes an easy hors d’oeuvre served with simple crackers. I hope you will give these recipes a try and love them as much as we do. Fish Tacos 4 tilapia fillets 1 packet of taco seasoning 1 lime, juiced Olive oil Flour tortillas Toppings: Diced tomatoes Lettuce Salsa Shredded cheese For the fish, sprinkle each fillet with taco powder and drizzle with lime juice and olive oil. Grill to your taste and serve on flour tortillas with the toppings listed

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Oak Mountain Band’s Jim Duren set the bar high

Jim Duren at his final concert conducting the OMHS Band. Photo courtesy of Alan Jones.

By MADOLINE MARKHAM Jim Duren never accepted limitations of directing a high school band. His ensembles played professional and orchestral-level music like Don Juan by Strauss, Mendelssohn’s Metamorphosis and pieces by Tchaikovsky. “As he likes to say,” said Helen Caldwell, last year’s head drum major at Oak Mountain High School, “‘We’re not just playing “Here We Go Up the Road to the Birthday Party.” If we were playing that, we wouldn’t have to practice.’” Duren is a legend in the band world for getting such high quality musicianship out of such young people in his nationally recognized programs. Since the school opened in 1999, his bands at OMHS have never received less

than a superior rating at any festival. In 2010, both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble concert bands performed at Carnegie Hall. Duren retired in May after a nearly 40-year career. “People always ask me how he got us to play like that and want to know where JD [Jim Duren] gets his pixie dust,” said Joanna Finch, a 2001 Oak Mountain graduate and current assistant band director at Briarwood Christian School. “I tell them we didn’t know any different. It’s just the result of his dedication and love.” Even the first year at Oak Mountain with a band of mostly freshmen and sophomores, the marching band received best in class and best drum major awards at competitions.

“We set the bar high that first year,” Finch said. “We had to rise to the occasion, but I never felt like he put expectations on us we couldn’t reach. We wanted to honor him in what we did.” The football team might not have won games in those early years, but the band did. This past year, the marching band had about 215 members. Duren has been beloved by generations of musicians for his dedicated teaching, motivation and mentorship but also for his dry wit and sarcasm, spoken with what Caldwell calls his “trademark Southern accent.” “There was always a smile, always a joke, always a laugh,” Finch said. “Even when we had a bad rehearsal, he was back to smiling and laughing after the rehearsal.” Caldwell recalled him telling the clarinet section they sounded “like a bunch of screaming strawberries.” “If you haven’t heard them, you haven’t been to Gordo,” he said, referring to the small town in Pickens County where he grew up. His students wrote down “Durenisms” he said on the top of their music during rehearsal and compiled them at the end of each year for a senior memory book. “Y’all looked like someone just slapped your dog,” he once told the trombone section. For Duren, getting your cat drycleaned was never an excuse for missing band practice. “I never know where he comes up with these bizarre analogies,” Caldwell said. “They don’t usually make sense, but you always remember the point of what he is saying.”

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CONTINUED from page 1 are the most difficult for men, but around midway, most begin to “get it,” said Williams. “VFS has filled a need in relation to fathers’ views toward their families and responsibilities to support their children financially, emotionally and physically,” said James R. Kramer, District/Juvenile Judge for Shelby County. “They have assisted these fathers to obtain employment, further their education and accept their legal responsibilities as parents.” The program has helped young mothers across Shelby County to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support. Some men sell their motorcycles and other property to settle what they owe. At the end of the program, men begin calling their children, showing up at sporting events, and becoming involved in the lives of their children. “It makes a huge difference with the child,” Williams said. Williams’ work received national attention when he shared the stage with President Obama during the White House Conference on Responsible Fatherhood. VFS’s 13-week Fatherhood Initiative Training (F.I.T.) also helps men to accept responsibility and learn to do the right things.

Williams’ work with VSF is grounded in his own family. Williams has been married to his wife, Suzanne, for almost twelve years. His involvement with his three children, Tate, Carson and Sarah Paige, has brought a great deal of healing to the wounds of his childhood. “I have discovered the joy of being a part of a family!” he said. Williams’ love for his family and his passion to help families led him to start a program in 2008 that sends nutritious food home with children who don’t get enough to eat over the weekend. Backpack Buddies serves the 8,000 students in Shelby County who receive free school lunches. School counselors identify children who don’t get enough to eat over the weekend and work with Backpack Buddies to address that issue. What’s next for VFS? Williams said that in the future he will work as a divorce and family mediator. “With the back log in the court system, a contested divorce could take years. My work as a mediator will help families work out the details that are best for the family without litigation.” Williams speaks at clubs, church and civic organizations on behalf of Vineyard Family Services. To learn more, visit

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Senator Slade Blackwell (left) and Birmingham mayor William Bell speak with the media at the re-opening of the Grants Mill Road Bridge. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

By MAGGIE CARTER O’CONNOR I sat down with State Senator Slade Blackwell in his Birmingham office to talk about issues related to the state and our city. He represents sections of Jefferson and Shelby County in his District 15 Senate seat. Blackwell grew up just down the road in Montevallo. He played basketball for the University of Montevallo while working toward his Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation, he moved to Birmingham and began a career in real estate development. Blackwell married his high school sweetheart, Sally Salter, a general surgeon at St. Vincent’s, and became a partner with Inkana Development. The Blackwells reside in Mountain Brook with their three children: Colby, 9; Grant, 9; and Hagan, 7. What current projects are you working on that affect the 280 corridor? I made it a priority when first elected to ensure that the Grants Mill Road Bridge construction was completed as quickly as possible. More than 8,000 vehicles utilize this route every day, and its closure was a serious burden on many citizens. The new bridge is much safer and was built to withstand more weight for larger vehicles. The impact on alleviating some of the traffic on Highway 280 was immediate, and those who travel across it to and from work returned to their normal commute, rather than an hour plus detour. I look forward to continuing to work with other elected officials to determine how we can improve traffic congestion along the 280 corridor. I am also constantly working with the mayors in each of the cities I represent in Shelby County to make sure the needs of my constituents are being met. In the Senate, I am sponsoring several pro-jobs bills that I hope will benefit the citizens of Shelby County as well as the entire state. Additionally, I am sponsoring a bill that allows for single-point filing for businesses. This will come as a relief to several businesses in Shelby County as it will alleviate some of the administrative work that must be done in order to file taxes in Alabama. What do you love about Birmingham and the communities you represent? I love the sense of community that Birmingham and the other surrounding areas have. Everyone wants to better their community and the state as a whole, which is encouraging. It’s nice to represent people who are proud of where they come from and are willing to work hard for what they believe, so that we leave these communities

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How would you describe your job? Engaging, challenging, rewarding… tiring! I soon discovered that I had been naïve about the time this position requires. It is an all-encompassing job. Without my legislative director, Anna Catherine Roberson, I would not be able to attend to as many projects and constituent requests. Along with your elected responsibilities, you are also a small business owner. How does that help you relate to your constituents? How has your schedule changed since taking office? Being a small business owner has only helped me be a better senator for my district. Not only has it taught me the value of hard work and dedication, but also I feel like I can better relate to my constituents because of my conservative business roots. A lot of my district is made of small businesses, so it’s easier to know what those guys are going through and find a way to give them all the opportunities they deserve. My schedule changed quite drastically since taking office. In addition to being in Montgomery for the legislative session four months out of the year, I am constantly meeting with elected officials and constituents throughout the district. I find that it is important to stay connected to those in your district. It helps me get a better understanding of the wants and needs of the people in my district and how I can best help. For me, being a senator is not just something I do four months out of the year. I am always working to see first-hand how we can improve district 15 and the entire state of Alabama. Over the past six months, I have held town hall meetings in Trussville, Irondale, Leeds and Chelsea. I hope your readers will join us for an upcoming community meeting in their area. In your rare “spare time,” what do you like to do? I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting, coaching my kids’ basketball teams and spending time at the farm. I currently serve on the board for the Lakeshore Foundation, the Birmingham History Center, the Pinson Education Foundation, the Birmingham Golf Association and the Shelby Arts Council. I am also involved with the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Alabama Republican Party and several chambers of commerce.


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Your Health Today By Dr. Irma Palmer

One of the misconceptions about chiropractors that I often hear is that we can only help people with neck and back pain. That couldn’t be further from the truth! In reality, chiropractic care is a valuable means of getting to the root of many health problems, and it does so without medicines! Chiropractors have a “DC” after their name, for “Doctor of Chiropractic.” But I like to think of it as “Doctor of Cause”…because as a chiropractor, I believe in finding the cause of your problems! At Chiropractic Today, we’ve based our practice on the founding principles of chiropractic. In short, the Power that made the body can heal the body…or put another way, the human body possesses its own innate intelligence. Your bodily systems are naturally designed to self regulate and self heal, as long as they’re in working order and supported by the right lifestyle. That’s where chiropractic care comes in! The nervous system is the most important bodily system for maintaining optimum health. Every cell in your body needs a clear neurological connection to and from the brain to function optimally. When this connection is compromised in any way, disease results. This is such a simple concept, yet it’s

foreign to many people! Modern culture says that disease is inevitable, and that there’s a pill one can take for almost any ailment. The problem is, meds typically mask the problem, rather than fix the problem. Chiropractic gets to the root cause of the problem and can restore your body to its natural state by correcting neurological function when coupled with appropriate lifestyle changes. So perhaps you’re reading this and thinking, “Is Dr. Palmer suggesting chiropractic care could help with my indigestion? Or my diabetes? Or my allergies?” My short answer to you would be “YES!” Since the nervous system controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body, correcting misalignments along the spine (known as subluxations) can improve many problems caused by these misalignments. Let me give you one quick illustration. Nerves responsible for digestion exit the spinal column at the 6th thoracic vertebrae (roughly your mid back). If the nerve opening at this vertebrae is compromised, those nerves won’t be able to work effectively and you will have issues with digestion. If you can improve the flow of the nerves from that point (and with chiropractic care you can!), you can greatly reduce the problems

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you have with indigestion. If, like me, you do better with a visual explanation, visit my website at, click on “3D Spine Simulator” and prepare to be amazed! So how can you tell if you have subluxations? You can’t; much like dental cavities, most are silently occurring below the surface. However, a chiropractor can. In our office, we take x-rays and do a thorough exam to identify areas of subluxation. In doing so, I get to do one of my favorite things as a chiropractor – playing the role of detective…figuring out why my patients are experiencing different health-related issues and how I can help. Often, a patient will come in complaining of lower back pain and after reviewing their x-rays, I will ask a very pointed question like, “How long have you had constipation issues or irritable bowel syndrome?” I usually get a quizzical look (as in “How’d you know I have constipation? I didn’t mention that!”). I’m able to explain that because I understand which nerves control specific body parts, I can tell from their exam and x-rays that the nerve flow to that area has been compromised, and I’m willing to bet that they’re experiencing discomfort as a result. Often, that’s a “light bulb moment” for my patients…the moment

when they realize that structure really does determine function, and that correcting their structure will go a long way to improving their function. Chiropractic care can help a wide range of ailments, so I encourage you to try a noninvasive, drug-free approach. Getting your spine in line can help with pain, headaches, sinus and allergies, asthma, digestion and elimination issues, stress/fatigue, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and more! Chiropractic care won’t cure all that ails you. Instead, it WILL help your body function at a higher capacity. You have nothing to lose (other than those potential health issues!) and everything to gain by coming in to learn more about what chiropractic care can do for YOU. If you’re ready to try a more natural approach to healing what ails you, free of drugs that simply mask the problems (and often create new ones!), give my office a call at 991-3511 and come in for a no-obligation consultation. Or RSVP to attend one of our free monthly Wellness Workshops (this month on Tuesday, June 26th from 6:15-7 p.m.) to learn more, and see for yourself how chiropractic care can free you to live the life you were created for.

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At Full Moon, barbecue and sports stars go hand in hand. Charles Barkley comes by the 280 location regularly to eat ribs back in the kitchen. Gene Bartow was known to have eaten at the original location downtown at least twice a week. Local favorite Bart Starr is a fan. Photos of football greats and other sports memorabilia line the walls of the restaurant. “I know a majority of the people in here,” said David Maluff, who owns the restaurants with his brother, Joe. The brothers are big supporters of UAB sports and supply pregame meals at University of Alabama games. Full Moon ships barbecue across state

Dorothy Denson worked for Tom James at the original Full Moon starting in 1988. Today she still eats dark meat chicken, baked beans, potato salad and chocolate pie almost every day. Photos by Madoline Markham.

Terry Taylor and Willie Bradford have worked in front of Full Moon’s wood burning barbecue pit since the location opened in 2001.

lines to Joe Namath, a friend of the Maluffs, in Florida, as well as others. “When a new coach comes to town, the SEC brings them to eat with us,” Maluff said. “I have met everyone from Lou Holtz to Kirk Herbstreit.” In fact, the whole restaurant chain started with a football great. Football coach Pat James, who was Bear Bryant’s assistant for years, opened the original 50-seat restaurant downtown in the early 1980s with wife, Eloise. The name was inspired by James’ favorite restaurant, Moonlight Barbecue in Owensboro, Ky. It was then that their tried-and-true recipes were born: the sweet baked beans with sautéed vegetables; tangy barbecue sauce, also made with freshly sautéed veggies; the crispy half moon chocolate chip cookies dipped in chocolate; their crispy outer pork that Frank Stitt named in the

top five dishes to eat in Birmingham; and of course their chow chow relish, essential to every plate and sandwich of barbecued meats served. It’s no surprise that more than 30 years later, their cookies and sweet vinaigrette slaw have been named to the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” by the Alabama Department of Tourism. The Maluffs have not changed any of the original recipes, but they have added to the menu significantly, including potatoes, salads and chicken tenders. The Greek salad with pulled chicken is popular with women, according to Maluff, and they recently added a Caesar salad with grilled chicken tenders to the menu. The Birmingham natives operated a restaurant in Panama City before buying Full Moon from James in 1996, so they brought a taste of Florida back in their key

lime pie. The pie is now one of their top sellers. About a year ago, Full Moon added a vegetable of the day: Monday is pinto beans, Tuesday black-eyed peas, Wednesday squash casserole, Thursday steamed cabbage, Friday butter beans, Saturday mashed potatoes and gravy and Sunday squash casserole and steamed cabbage. Maluff said the squash casserole is the biggest seller. All of these are available on a vegetable plate along with their other sides. Maluff also points out that they are committed to the communities around their restaurants. They know a location like the one on Highway 280 appeals to families and try to cater to them. They also work around school schedules for high school employees, many of whom go to Oak Mountain or Spain Park high schools.

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5291 Valleydale Road, Suite 139 408-1693 Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Growing up, sisters Christine Sato and Mary Woolbright had dreams of their future. “Christine had always had a dream to own her own business, and I have always had a dream to do something with animals,” said Woolbright, co-owner of Fancy Fur Pet Grooming and Boutique. The Inverness residents decided to combine their passions and open Fancy Fur in 2008. “I thought that Mary should have her own grooming place, and I’ve always loved animals so I thought it was a great idea,” said Sato. The sisters along with their seven staff members perform everything from simple nail trims to full haircuts for both dogs and cats. “We care about how the animals will look when they walk out the door,” said Woolbright, a certified groomer. Woolbright prides herself on the positive experience that pets receive while in her care. “We just dote on them,” she said. “The dogs start coming to us and love coming in the door.” Mary Beth Kent has been bringing her miniature poodle, Phillipe, to Fancy Fur for three years. “A lot of dogs don’t like to go to groomers,” Kent said, “but Phillipe actually tugs on his leash to go in. He is so excited to go in.” The groomers even work with older

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clients to canines. “I love working on cats as well,” she said. Inverness resident Deborah Stephens has been taking her dogs to Fancy Fur since the boutique’s opening day. “I have had the unique opportunity to watch these two sisters grow this business from the ground up,” she said. Stephens has three dogs, all of whom are groomed at Fancy Fur. Bogart is a Tibetian Terrier, Angelina is a Bichon Frise, and her newest addition, Lacy, is a Yorkie mix. Stephens brings Bogart, a championship show dog, to Fancy Fur for a weekly hair cut. “Bogart can be a handful,” she said. “But he loves Mary because she is so accommodating. At the core of everything is Mary’s high quality grooming skills. There are boutiques and groomers across the city, but Mary’s grooming is unparalleled.” When owners drop off their pets for a haircut, they can also pick up something special in the shop’s boutique. “Owners really like to come in and buy something that they may not find anywhere else,” Sato said. “I try not to duplicate, so you might have something that no one else has.” The boutique is stocked with dog outfits, specialty collars with Swarovski crystals and collegiate apparel for pups. The sisters also love to help animals in need. “As a business, we involve ourselves in any charities that are pet-related. We do a lot of work with the Shelby Humane Society and Picasso Pets,” said Sato, whose own dog, Curly, was rescued from the Shelby Humane Society. To schedule a grooming appointment for your furry friend, call 408-1693 or visit their website.

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OMIS says goodbye to Linda Maxwell Oak Mountain Intermediate School principal Dr. Linda Maxwell retired at the end of this school year. Maxwell has been principal of OMIS since October 1998. Prior to working in the Shelby County School system, she was employed by Homewood City Schools for 18 years, first as a teacher at Edgewood Elementary School. She taught third grade her first year and moved to fourth grade for the last 13. In 1994, she became an instructional support specialist for the Homewood system and moved to HallKent Elementary. That position eventually turned into assistant principal.    Maxwell’s plans for retirement include spending more time with her children and four grandchildren, all girls. She also plans to spend time writing, painting and traveling.  “My husband and I have a travel bucket list,” Maxwell said.  “The first on the list is a 30-day cruise from Hong Kong to Australia.”  Maxwell said she would eventually love to be a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. With nearly 14 years of her career as an educator being spent at OMIS, she said she will miss “everything” about the school. “Specifically, though, I’ll miss pinning ribbons on students during our character education assemblies when they have achieved a goal,” Maxwell said. “I’ll miss seeing their refreshing smiles each day and hearing comments like, ‘Good Morning, Dr. M., you are a great storyteller, and by


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Area high school graduates plan ahead, dream big the Comprehensive Math Team, Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society. Jessalin was also a principal dancer in the Alabama Youth Ballet Company, on the homecoming court both junior and senior year, and voted “most well-rounded” by her class.

By KATHRYN ACREE The class of 2012 has recently bid a fond farewell to the halls of their local high schools. 280 Living checked in with some area graduates and asked them to share their thoughts on looking back at high school and their road ahead.

What cause are you passionate about? I am a co-chairman for the With Every Beat foundation that raises money and awareness for cardiovascular disease, and we recently added in pediatric cancer.

Caroline Beauchaine Oak Mountain High School

Caroline graduated in the top five percent of her class and plans to attend Auburn University to pursue a premed degree in biomedical science. She served as president of the school SGA, and was also involved in Key Club, Spanish Honor Society, FBLA, Soccer Sweetie, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, Peer Assistant, Oak Mountain Master, and Con Brio Showchoir. She was selected as the ABC 33/40/ America’s First Federal Credit Union First Class Student, and a PEO Star Student. Active in her youth group at Shades Mountain Baptist, Caroline was a Shelby County Distinguished Young Woman finalist and participated in Youth Leadership Shelby County.

Were you ever a victim of a crazy fad? Besides the Abercrombie/Hollister period in middle school, and the Wallabies and Sperry’s shoes, I’ve pretty much stayed away from fads and basically done my own thing. I’ve always had my own style and have wanted to be my own person. I did fall victim to the feather hair extensions, but since feathers are a big part of my style, I was still staying true to myself.

Kellie Mitchell Chelsea High School Oak Mountain graduate Caroline Beauchaine

What cause are you passionate about? Serving as the co-chair of the Relay for Life of Oak Mountain, it was very rewarding to see months of hard work and planning pay off as my community and school gathered together to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer. What advice would you give a ninth grader on their first day of high school? Seize every opportunity to get involved! My experiences through school organizations have given me the opportunity to make a difference in my school and community.  The skills I developed from my involvement has helped prepare me for an independent life in college.

What advice would you give a ninth grader on their first day of high school? Don’t lose sight of what’s actually important. So, don’t look at graduation as your ultimate goal, because you will trudge through school like a toddler through a foot and a half of snow.  Instead, look at high school as a means to a different end.  Find something more important to you than making it to graduation, and graduation will take care of itself.

Jessalin Long Briarwood Christian High School

Jessalin will be heading to the University of Chicago this fall to double major in Near Eastern Civilization Studies and Legal Studies as preparation to go into either Egyptology school or law school. While at Briarwood, she was a member of the Art and Photography Club,

Kellie is valedictorian of Chelsea’s class of 2012 and will attend Mississippi State University, majoring in biochemistry with a pre-med concentration. Her goal is to go into cancer research, and eventually clinical oncology. She was active in the school theatre program, playing Prince Chulalongkorn in The King and I. She has been in show choir, a member of National Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, International Thespian Honor Society, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. She has also written a dystopian novel entitled Singer.

Briarwood graduate Jessalin Long

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(but seriously, that’s some good chicken salad). Also, I am going on a trip to Italy with my dad, in which we will ride Ducatis through Tuscany. Other than that, I will continue to learn Japanese with Rosetta Stone, try to get Singer published, write the story for a cooperative effort (a graphic novel with Cooper Dinwiddie), and begin training for a marathon.  Oh!  And, of course, I will obtain a cowbell at MSU orientation!

trips to the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, Miss.; to Bay St. Louis for Hurricane Katrina clean up; and to the Czech Republic as an English teacher’s aid for children.

Share one of your most emotional memories as a senior. I am extremely passionate about working towards a cure for cancer and was blessed to have the opportunity to work with the City of Hoover Relay for Life committee. During the event, candles could be purchased in remembrance of or in dedication to individuals struggling with cancer. Each candle was placed in the stadium bleachers forming the word HOPE. Amidst the laughing and fun, the crowd of 3,000 suddenly became silent, as, with the voice of my good friend’s dad solemnly speaking about losing his wife to cancer and his wife’s amazing journey in the background, I and the other committee members rearranged the candles to spell the word CURE. It was the most powerful thing I have ever witnessed.

Geny Kate Gurley The Westminster School at Oak Mountain

Geny Kate plans to attend Mississippi State University to major in special education and minor in communications in their Honors College. She served as Vice Chair of Westminster’s House of Augustine, was on the tennis team, captain of the girl’s basketball team and involved in the foster children’s ministry, 4 Foster Kids. She is active at Faith Presbyterian Church and helps lead weekly catechism class for four year olds. What are you passionate about? I am passionate about missions and will be part of a trip to Uganda and Kenya this summer with the founder of a ministry called “Her Passion,” where we will conduct on-sight visits to medical clinics, foster homes and care centers for young girls. I’ve previously gone on mission

What is your best senior class memory? My class has a great sense of humor, and we enjoy joking around with each other and with our teachers. My favorite memory this school year has to be the night my senior class participated in a Nerf gun “war” after a dressy, formal dinner. So fun! A course I’ve particularly enjoyed at Westminster my senior year has been literature with Charlie Ritch. We’ve read and analyzed everything from Paradise Lost to Lord of the Flies.

Sophia Ritchey Spain Park High School

Sophia will attend the University of Alabama as part of the New College with a depth study in sustainable architecture. While at Spain Park, Sophia was part of the Relay for Life Committee, the Environmental Club, the Concert and Chamber Choirs, Advanced Theater, Engineering Academy, and part of Student Government. She participates in her family’s choir, The Ritchey FamilySongs by the Dozen, a group who has recorded a CD, filmed a few commercials, and performed at nursing homes, libraries, and basketball games.

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Did you take a senior trip? I took the best senior trip I could imagine this year. I went with friends to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. On top of the amazing shows we saw, we had a dinner that we will never forget. We were seated in Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant, Margaritaville, and in walks Jimmy Buffett and Harrison Ford. Not only did they walk by us and wave, they sat at the table next to us and proceeded to eat dinner there, while me and my friends giggled childishly the entire time.



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MLES student speaks to Congress about arthritis Mt Laurel Elementary third grader Delaney Cassleman traveled to Washington, D.C., in April to share an important message with legislators. Delaney, who was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when she was just two years old, joined other students to share their stories and bring awareness to the disease. “She just woke up one morning and could not walk,” said Delaney’s mother, Jennifer.  “The diagnosis itself was enough of a shock, as we thought arthritis was an older person’s disease.  We quickly realized we were not alone in that myth, and that we needed to speak out for Delaney and other kids.” For the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Summit, she joined hundreds of other children, adults and entire families who converged on the halls of Congress to share their stories and ask Congress to give more attention to arthritis.  At such a young age, Delaney understands that sharing her story leads to more attention, that more attention leads to more research, and that more research can lead to better treatments and maybe even one day a cure.  “We would never have chosen for our daughter to have this disease,” said Jennifer. “But we are teaching her to make the best

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Author Jim Aylesworth speaks to second and third graders at Greystone Elementary. Aylesworth is the author of over 30 books for young readers. His latest book is Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Poppop, Moo. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

A collection of children’s authors visited Greystone Elementary in April as a part of Youth Author’s Week, which emphasizes the importance of reading and writing.

Visiting authors that took time to speak to students included Nancy Carlson, Mark Braught, Jim Aylesworth, Tracy Barrett and Colette Tatum.

OLV seventh grader places at state engineering/science fair Our Lady of the Valley seventh grader Lauren Shields was awarded several honors at the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair for her project, “Solar Disinfection of Water (SODIS).” The winning project, Lauren’s first, allowed her to attend the Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair, where she was interviewed by judges and placed third in Health and Medicine. This top-three finish gave her the opportunity to go to the state competition, the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair (ASEF), in April at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Lauren placed third in Health and Medicine for the Junior Division at the state level. She also received the following special awards: U.S. Army Science & Engineering Awards Program: Honorable

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A few of the butterflies created by OMMS sixth graders for the Holocaust Children’s Memorial.

Oak Mountain Middle School sixth grade students and their social studies teachers paid homage to the 1.5 million children who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Under the guidance of teachers Christy Holt, Carla Higginbotham, Chris Wood, and interventionist Gretchen Luenberger, the students used a variety of mixed mediums to create 404 butterflies. The butterflies are being sent to the Holocaust Museum Houston to be added to their collection of 1.5 million handmade butterflies that will represent each victim. This exhibit will be a lasting visual representation of these children and


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In April, Berry Middle School’s Berry Singers placed first in the annual Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Tennessee. The group of 20 made the trek to east Tennessee, where they squared off with

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Liberty Park Middle’s Logan Holyfield, James Browning, Lindsay Copeland and Avery Baker.

As part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America program, Liberty Park Middle School students participated in various activities. Twenty students each read a page from the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham. This event was televised on the school broadcast. Students were also encouraged to participate in a bookmark design contest.

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work ethic and loves competition. Who has been your biggest inspiration? I’d say my biggest inspirations have been my two older brothers (both track runners) and Edwin Moses (Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400-meter hurdles). What other activities are you involved in at Westminster? I am involved in a type of student government as the vice president of a branch of the seventh through 12th grades.

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June 1– July 11, Summer Reading Registration. Come by the Children’s Department to register for our Summer Reading Program. No phone registration, please. You can now register for our Summer Reading Program online at www. Or call or email the Children’s Department at 205439-5504 or Special Programming Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Summer Reading Kickoff Party. Join us for a fun-filled day full of inflatables, refreshments, face painting, games and more. All ages welcome. No registration required. Monday, June 4, 2 p.m., Movie Matinee – Rio. All ages welcome. No registration required. Snacks served. Tuesday, June 5, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Craft – Owl. Drop in anytime during the event. All ages welcome. Registration required. Registration begins two weeks prior to craft date. Thursday, June 7, 10:30 a.m., Jacksonville State Drama Department. JSU will perform Cinderella’s Big Dream, a sequel to the original fairytale where Cinderella chooses to go to school rather than marry the prince. All ages welcome. No registration required. Monday, June 11, 2 p.m., Movie Matinee – Mr. Popper’s Penguins. All ages welcome. No registration required. Snacks served.

Tuesday, June 12, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Craft – Dream Cards. Drop in anytime during the event. All ages welcome. Registration required. Registration begins two weeks prior to craft date.

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Teen Summer Reading Kickoff! Monday, June 4, 6 – 8 p.m.; arrive between 5:30 – 6 p.m. Join us for a showing of Men in Black III (PG-13, 95 minutes) at the Rave Motion Pictures Theater at Lee Branch!!

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Thursday, June 21, 10:30 a.m., Red String Wayang Theatre. Join us for Urashima Taro (The Japanese Rip Van Winkle). All ages welcome. No registration required. Monday, June 25, 2 p.m., Movie Matinee – Puss in Boots. All ages welcome. No registration required. Snacks served. Tuesday, June 26, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Craft – Hodgepodge. Drop in anytime during the event. All ages welcome. Registration required. Registration begins two weeks prior to craft date. Thursday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. Skip Cain, The Magic Guy. All ages welcome. No registration required. Thursday, June 28, 6 – 6:45 p.m., Ice Cream Social. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Gaming, Fridays, June 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2 - 5:45 p.m. Come to the teen department each Friday afternoon for open gaming on the Wii and with board and card games. Movies- Mondays, June 11, 18, and 25, 5:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of popcorn, soda, and cinema. Battle of the Books Strategy Meetings, Thursdays, June 14, 21, and 28, 5:30 p.m. One book will be covered at each meeting. Fighting Crime, DEA Style, Thursday, June 14, 6 - 7:30 p.m. An agent will discuss how the DEA conducts investigations. Teen Book Club, Tuesday, June 19, 5 p.m. e The True Meaning of Smekday by

Adam Rex. Fifth Annual Fear Factor Food Challenge, Thursday, June 21, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Super Smash Bros Brawl and Mario Kart Tournaments, Thursday, June 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Sign up online to make the brackets.

Mt Laurel Public Library Summer Reading Programming Summer Reading- Participants can earn prizes and the chance to win a bike by reading books. Registration for the reading program and book log stamping runs throughout the month of June. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register Summer activities include craft days, a cookies and ice cream social, and Skip Cain “The Magic Guy.”

Chelsea Public Library

For additional information on Chelsea Public Library programs, contact the library at 678-8455. Special summer programming Dream Big, Read- Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27, 2 p.m. for kindergarten through fifth grade. Drop in and register the week of June 4. Programs planned include Dr. Magic, Steppup from North Shelby Baptist Puppet Ministry and Chef U hosts cookie decorating time. Own the Night- Thursdays, June 14, 21, 28, 2 p.m. for sixth through 12th grade. Programs planned include a craft project, a movie and Chef U hosts cupcake decorating. Between the Covers, reading program for adults- You can pick up the forms for the reading log/entry beginning June 1.

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New women’s center in Chelsea Henderson & Walton Women’s Center has opened a new satellite office in Chelsea. The practice offers services in bone density, gynecology, infertility, nutrition, mammography and obstetrics.

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hormone replacement therapy. In addition to their pharmacy services, their gift shop will sell higher end candles, home décor, bath products, beauty products, bags and more gifts for any occasion. Father and son Joe Feick and Joseph Feick, a pharmacist, co-own the business. Double Oak Mountain Pharmacy is located at 5510 Highway 280, Suite 123 and can be reached at 991-0800. Their hours are Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

iJump 280 under new ownership Family entertainment center iJump 280, formerly known as iJump, is now owned by Tammy Khan and Issac David. iJump 280 is located at 157 Resource Center Parkway, Suite 109, and can be reached at 981-2696. As of May 29 their hours are MondayThursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays and

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June Events for the 280 Area 6/7- Chamber Night with the Barons. 5:30 p.m. Regions Park, 100 Ben Chapman Drive, Hoover. $6 per ticket; admit five fans. Tickets must be purchased at the Chamber office,1301 County Services, Dr., Pelham, 663-4542. 6/12- Chamber Works. 8:30 -10 a.m. Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham. No cost. RSVP required by noon, Monday, June 11. 6/13- Grow & Go: “Do You Lie About Your Age?” 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Presented by Goodson Health and Wellness. Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., PelhamCost $10. RSVP required by noon, Monday, June 11. NOTE: The workshop will be held on Wednesday this month. 6/21- After Hours. 5 -7 p.m. Oak Mountain Lanes, 300 Bowling Lane. No RSVP required. No cost.


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Dads: Are you a spiritual leader? God. Family. Work. I can vividly recall my father sitting our family down and telling us these were his priorities, in that order. We’d just finished a heart-to-heart talk about the importance of family and how blood is thicker than water (Dad pumped us full of that message). I remember being confused and a little hurt that my father didn’t name family as his top priority. He loved us with a passion, so how could he love God more? “You have to put God first,” he explained. “If you do, everything else works out.” I wasn’t satisfied with his answer, but in time it’d make sense. In time I’d witness my dad living his life according to these priorities and envy the peace it brought him. While my father never shoved spiritual messages down our throats, he did pick up on opportunities to teach us about faith. Whatever I was worried about – a test, a boy, tripping in front of the audience at the beauty walk – Dad advised me to pray. He taught me to pray for everything: guidance, clarity, confidence in my ability. Some people are scared to talk about God outside of church, but not my dad. He talked about God constantly, making Him feel like a member of our family who lived under the same roof. It’s clear now that my father was the spiritual leader of our home. It wasn’t a role he strategically mapped out but a natural extension of his character. Dad’s faith was sincere; if ever I asked a question about God, his face would light up, and his voice would rise excitedly. He’d spend 30 minutes answering me. Intrigued by his enthusiasm, I often thought, “Wow, that’s what I aspire to in my walk.” Today, it seems there’s a movement to encourage fathers to step up as the spiritual leaders of their homes, to be the men God designed them to be. There are conferences devoted to this subject, Bible studies, even a movie called “Courageous,” which I highly recommend. “Courageous” is about four cops who learn the painful difference between a “good-enough dad” and a “great dad.” At the end, the main character delivers a speech that includes the movie’s most powerful lines: “As a father, you are accountable to

God for the position of influence He has given you. You can’t fall asleep at the wheel, only to wake up one day and realize that your job or your hobbies have no eternal value, but the souls of your children do.” Some of you may wonder what a spiritual leader does. Can any father embrace the role, or are some pre-anointed? I believe every father is capable, but it takes work. And while each father brings his unique gifts to the job, there are tangible steps that work across the board, including: *Getting your family to church on Sunday; *Loving your wife and making sure the kids respect her; *Praying as a family; *Encouraging spiritual dialogue in your home; *Taking a vested interest in your children’s lives to help them find their calling; *Keeping your priorities in line (God, family, work); *Being the man you want your daughter to marry, the example your son should follow; *Glorifying God when you win and lose; and *Remembering that actions speak louder than words. How you practice your faith, treat others, cope with stress and numb your pain all rub off on your children. Be aware of the behavior patterns you’re setting. I know it sounds like a tall order, dads, but we need you. We want you to be our heroes and wholeheartedly believe you can be. Yes, we love our moms, but our dads are the ones we adore. You are the earthly manifestation of God, and through your honor, wisdom, strength and love, we learn what awaits us in heaven. Regardless of what society tells you, you’re more than a paycheck. You’re more than a means to the good life. When the world tries to distract you, remember your priorities: God. Family. Work. It really is that simple. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Birmingham mom of four with a background in PR, writing and photography. Visit her website at www., find her on Facebook and Twitter, or contact her at kari@karikampakis. com.


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Still, Caldwell says her fondest memories of Duren were sitting in his office with other drum majors and field captains and talking after football games. “If I ever need advice, especially musically, he is always there to listen,” she said. “He can also look at someone and tell what potential they have. Sometimes he would choose someone for drum major that others didn’t expect, but that person would blossom to become a great leader. He is insightful beyond what people think.” Finch recalled the joy he takes in seeing former students. “Even if you weren’t in the [music] profession, he wanted you to keep playing and find that joy he had,” Finch said. Duren dedicated hours to the marching band practice field in the summers just as he did talking with students late on Friday nights. Still, he had other interests. “We all knew about his love of cars,” Finch said. “He had a big Ford 150 when I was there, but now has a Mustang he always dreamed of.” Duren also played trombone in the orchestra at Valleydale Church for years and now plays at Hunter Street Baptist. Finch recalled when she played with him at Valleydale that he would only miss a Sunday once or twice a year, and that was

usually for a band trip. A Mr. Holland’s Opus-sort of band of alumni formed to perform at Duren’s retirement party on May 20. Melinda Ponder Goode, who was Duren’s student at Mountain Brook Junior High and High School earlier in his career and has had four sons in the band at Oak Mountain, said she wouldn’t have miss it. “He has not changed a bit,” Goode said. “He still has the high expectations and a way of drawing kids in that I don’t think other teachers have. He still continues to be that positive influence today like he was for me. He just has something that no other teachers ever gave me. He’s a legacy.” A University of Alabama graduate, Duren was a member and student conductor of the Million Dollar Band, principal trombonist in the Symphonic Band and member of various other ensembles at the university. He began his career directing the Mountain Brook Junior High in 1973, led the Mountain Brook High School Band 1978-1987 and was the director at Pelham High School Band 1987-1999. He received the John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor Award in 1996 and was named Honorary Conductor of the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble in 1999.

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My South Birds are interesting creatures. I’ve had a life-long fascination with our feathered friends. I remember as a child sitting on my great-grandmother’s porch in spring and watching hummingbirds have their way with her petunias, geraniums and other flowers. When we built our house, one of the first things we did was put up hummingbird feeders. They hang just outside the windows of our great room, and we anxiously await the birds’ arrival from South America each year. They fly thousands of miles, and then one morning, they hover just outside the window looking in chidingly as if to say, “Hey, our throats are like a desert out here. Can you get on the stick and put nectar in the feeders?” I built blue bird houses many years ago and put them up in the backyard. Each year we spend a lot of sunny afternoons on the back deck watching the birds build nests and feed their young once they hatch out. Today I went out to the screened porch to write. Often when I can’t come up with a decent idea, I’ll head to the porch. There’s something about wind in the chimes and the earthy smell of spring that inspires me. Even when it seems my creative well has run dry, the porch always provides a spark. As I sat patiently awaiting the arrival of the muse, I realized it was a little warm, so I stepped inside and flipped on the porch ceiling fan. When I looked up, the light globe was so dirty you could barely see the bulb. I flipped the fan and light off and

loosened the thumbscrews holding the globe in place. When I pulled it down, I found a tiny sparrow’s nest. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was from last year. That’s fortunate because had it been a fresh nest, I couldn’t have used the light until after the babies hatched and left the nest. It occurred to me that placing that nest in that light globe was a stroke of genius. The location was dry and out of the reach of the wind. It was about 10 feet from a fountain that runs day and night, and not 30 feet from the bird feeders we replenish daily. A few years ago, sparrows built a nest in the dome of our propane tank. One morning when I went out to check the gas level, I got a surprise when I opened the dome. A tiny mama sparrow flew out straight for my face. I jumped back reflexively, got my feet tangled up and fell right there in the driveway. I looked around, as I always do when I do something goofy, to see if anyone had seen me get my tail kicked by a critter that weighed just slightly more than a well fed butterfly. The only thing looking was that mama sparrow who’d flown a few feet away and was perched on a lower limb of our Rose of Sharon. I’m not sure if birds can laugh, but it sounded like it to me. We had enough fuel to last another month or two, so I waited about calling the gas man until the babies had hatched. When Jilda got home today and asked if I had thought of an idea for my column , I told her I did, thanks to the birds.

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“I got nothing” So I have no idea of what to write about this month. None. Zero. Zippo. Zilch. Nada. Nothin’. Negatory. So I sit here wondering, “What do I do when I don’t know what to do?” Which is actually a rather pertinent question: what does one do when one does not know what to do? Quick answer: breathe, it’ll come to you. A scene from the Pixar movie A Bug’s Life comes to mind. Near the opening of the movie, we see a line of ants carrying assorted food items to what looks like a rock table, piled high with, well, food. A leaf is seen falling from the sky, and it falls across the route the ants are taking to the table. We hear an ant say, “No, no, no, no, no!” as the leaf falls in front of him/her (hard to tell with ants, although my boys would say it’s a boy because it has a boy voice). The leaf lands, and the ant panics, shouting, “I’m looooooooost!” (because, you know, ants don’t follow a trail visually but through their sense of smell, and so when the leaf landed, it blocked the smell-trail the ant was following—I think; if anyone knows better, please send me an email, and I will gladly stand corrected—can you tell I still have no idea what I’m writing about as I continue to ramble on about absolutely nothing seemingly relevant? But let’s see where it leads.). “I’m lost!” can describe the feeling of not knowing what to do. We often define ourselves by what we are doing. And so if we find ourselves with nothing to do, we struggle to feel “all right” with ourselves, and hence, feel a little bit lost, out of sorts, off kilter, out of whack, not quite sure of ourselves, wanting to do something, but

just not sure of what. And so we feel “lost” and often panic. What do we do with that (when a mysterious island in the Pacific is not available to us)? Because most of us hate that feeling, in our panic (or semi-panic), we scramble. We hover. We find a way to get busy or at least feel busy, which serves as a cheap substitute for real purpose. In our scrambling, sometimes we hit a real target (like getting a bathroom cleaned); sometimes we just aggravate those around us. Cut to the chase—what’s best? Sit down. Get centered. Realize you are okay and that you do not need your busyness to be your definition. Then, listen. Listen for what arises within you—what do you want to do that is in alignment with your design, your calling, your purpose? Be still, at least internally, until you hear something. And then, once you hear something, ask, “Is this good, is it beneficial, is it in fulfillment of a bigger picture, is it necessary, does it make sense for me and those affected by me?” If so, go for it. If not, go cook dinner (someone is always hungry). Okay, I guess that about does it. Kids are fed, and hey, look, article is written (albeit, a few days overdue to the publisher). But breathing occurred and panic was not experienced (at least not be me). So on to the next thing. Whatever that is.... Paul Johnson is the executive director of the Samaritan Counseling Center, as well as a professionally licensed marriage and family therapist. You can contact him at 967-3660 or visit The Samaritan office in Inverness is located at 100 Missionary Ridge..


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280 Events 6/1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Movie Under the Stars. Chelsea Park baseball field. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Union: The Church at Chelsea Park will be hosting Friday night, family-friendly movies. More information: 6/7, 14, 21, 28 – The First Annual Farmers Market. Near Urban Cookhouse in The Summit. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Presented by The Summit Shopping Center and Urban Cookhouse and will be held on Thursdays until July 26. More information: 967-0111. 6/9– 26th Annual Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon. Oak Mountain State Park. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and awards begin at 11 a.m. More information: register until 6/6; visit 6/11, 13, 15, 25, 29– Summit Fashion Camp. The Summit Shopping Center. Ages: 6-12. 6/11, 6/25 and 6/26, Ages 6-7; 6/13, Ages 8-9; 6/15 and 6/29, Ages 10-12. More information: stop by The Summit Guest Services Office to register or visit 6/14-16– 33rd Annual National Sacred Harp Singing Convention. First Christian Church, 4954 Valleydale Road. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Three days of Southern hospitality, fellowship and shape note singing from the Sacred Harp Hymnal published in 1844. Event is open to the public, and visitors are welcome. More information: 879-1909. 6/16– Weather. Oak Mountain State Park. 10 a.m. Learn more about lightning, rain, snow and sleet. Admission: free after park admission. More information: alapark. com/oakmountain. 6/16– Third Annual Bark and Wine. Eagle Point Golf Club, 4500 Eagle Point Drive. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Hosted by the Shelby Humane Society. Tickets: $40 per person or $60 per couple. More information: for ticket purchases, visit barkandwine.eventbrite. com. 6/17- Father’s Day 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run. Oak Mountain State Park. 8 a.m. Stay

after this Sunday Father’s Day race and picnic on the beach. Race starts and ends in the parking lot outside the Magnolia/ Sycamore Pavillions at the park. Race benefits the Alabama Waldorf School. Admission: Runners over age 14, $25; under 14, $15; 1-Mile Fun Run Only (free to 5K runners), $5. More information: 5920541. 6/21- Lady Antebellum: Own the Night 2012 World Tour. 7 p.m. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Tickets: $45- $70. More information: for ticket purchase, visit 6/23 – Block Party & Health Festival. St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. 7191 Cahaba Valley Road, Hoover, AL 35242. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Free health screenings will also be given. More information: 408-6544. 6/30 – Reptiles. Oak Mountain State Park. 10 a.m. Are reptiles slimy? Are snakes bad? Find this out and much more when you discuss reptiles. Admission: free after park admission. More information:

Birmingham Bake & Cook Classes

More information: http://bakeandcookco. com/ and call 980-3661 to register. 6/5 – Quiche ‘n Crust, Susan Green with Melanie Thorn. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. We will continue to work on crust instruction while creating these open-face savory dishes. Cost: $40. 6/7 – Pizza! Susan Green with Melanie Thorn. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $40. 6/12 – The Art of Indian Curry Making, Mukta Joshi. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $40. 6/14 – Biscuits and Scones, Rebecca Treadwell, Hoffman Media. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $40. 6/19 – Steakhouse Classics for National Steakhouse Month, and Happy Father’s Day. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $45.

6/21 – Summer is Here! Cobblers, Crisps, Betties, Buckles and More! Susan Green with Melanie Thorn. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cost: $40. 6/28 – Knife Skills I, Susan Green. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. . Cost: $35.

Special Events 6/2– 3rd Annual Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival. DeBardeleben Park. 1623 2nd Avenue North, Bessemer. Admission: $10 at the gate and $8 for pre-sell tickets. More information: or visit Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival Facebook Page for updates. 6/2-6/3– Glorious Gardens. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 6/2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 6/3, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $25. More information: purchase tickets at www. and at retailers throughout the metro Birmingham area. Contact Shelly McCarty at 414-3965 or 6/5–Vulcan’s 107th Birthday Bash. Vulcan Park and Museum. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission: 5 and up, $3; 4 and under, free. Bring donations for tornado relief that will be given to the Red Cross for distribution. More information: 6/9-6/10 – Repticon - A Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo. BJCC. 6/9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 6/10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: teachers and school employees, free admittance with school ID or recent pay stub; adults, $10; children (5-12), $5; 4 and under, free. More information: 863-268-4273. 6/17– Summer Film Series: Gone with the Wind. Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue South. 2 p.m. Tickets: $8. More information: 251-0418. 6/20– The Birmingham Fern Society’s 36th Annual Fern Show & Sale. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free. More information: call

Ginny Lusk at 988-0299. 6/23– Gumbo Gala 2012. Sloss Furnaces. 1 a.m.-2 p.m. Benefits Episcopal Place, an affordable housing community for seniors and disabled adults who live on restricted incomes. More information: 6/21 – Chefs for the Cure. Summit Club. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Hosted by North Central Alabama Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets: $100 per ticket and $150 for two tickets. More information: to purchase tickets, visit komenNCalabama. org or call 263-1700 6/24– Summer Film Series: Singin’ in the Rain. Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue South. 2 p.m. Tickets: $8. More information: 251-0418.

Music and Arts 6/5-6/9, 6/12-6/16 – Three Billy Goats Gruff. Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Admission: Adult, $10; Child, $8. More information: 6/6-6/9 – Miss Alabama 2012 Pageant. Samford University’s Wright Center Concert Hall. More information:, call 871-6276 or contact 6/7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 - City Equity Theatre presents Superior Donuts. Virginia Samford Theatre, Martha Moore Sykes Studio. 6/7-9 and 14-16, 8 p.m.; 6/10 and 6/17, 3 p.m. Admission: Adult, $20; Seniors, $15; Students, $15. Groups of 10 or more, $10. More information: 251-1206. 6/14 – Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. BJCC Exhibition Hall. 7 p.m. Fred Hammond, Byron Cage and Canton Jones. Admission: Free. More information: bjcc. org. 6/21-24 – “Miss Nelson is Missing” by Jefferey Archer. CDF Studio Theatre, 1715 27th Court South, Homewood. June 21-23, 7:30 p.m.; June 24, 2:30 p.m. Based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. More information: 870-0073.

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a 10% discount on any service!

Reservations Recommended 205.981.5380 Lunch Served M-F 11am to 2pm. Bar Opens at 4pm for happy hour (M-F)

Dinner at 5-9(M-W) 5-9:30(TH) and 5-10(Fri&Sat)


June 2012


School House

23 Events 4-8 p.m. The Rock Candy Band An incredible demonstration from the Flyball Dogs Free Zumba, hula hoop, and Spin classes Moonwalk, games, and face painting for the kids LifeSouth Blood Mobile Free chair massages Food vendors Healthy information booths Meet local physicians and take advantage of t hese

Free Health Screenings: • Cholesterol • Blood Sugar • Blood Pressure • Skin Cancer Evaluations • Colorectal Take-Home Kits • Foot Screening/Analysis • Vision/Hearing • Prescription Consultations

We would like to thank the community for supporting us these past seven years with a party and free health screenings. Please join us for this fun, family-friendly festival.

Flyball Dogs

280 Living June 2012  

News, sports and entertainment for the 280 Corridor south of Birmingham, Alabama

280 Living June 2012  

News, sports and entertainment for the 280 Corridor south of Birmingham, Alabama