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June 2012


280 Living

Schools revise calendars

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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.

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