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During spring and fall in our state, Mother Nature often throws us a curve: a potent mix of warm air, cool air, and other more exotic ingredients make the atmosphere as volatile as matches and gasoline. Where does one turn for immediate weather information, when the sky looks even more threatening than usual? Most of us in central Alabama have never met James Spann, chief meteorologist at ABC 33/40 and a Greystone resident, but we feel like we already know him, especially after the April tornadoes. “James Spann has probably saved more lives in central Alabama than penicillin,” Randy Palmer of Tuscaloosa said. Casie Bridges and Regina Hicks of Argo can testify that listening to Spann’s on-air reports that day saved their lives. They were in the path of the tornado and took shelter when Spann said the storm was near. Their homes were heavily damaged, but they came out okay. Since that historic week, Spann and

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Meteorologist and Greystone resident James Spann, known for wearing his suspenders, provides weather coverage for ABC 33/40. Photo by Rick Watson.

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Christina Tatum and Meadow Brook resident Holly Hart Shirley direct the flow of supplies at a warehouse in Tuscaloosa in early May. Photo courtesy of Kelly Windham.

By MADOLINE MARKHAM A month and a half ago Holly Hart Shirley was not a relief worker. She was an interior designer living in Meadow Brook and working on a point-of-sale website. Today it is relief work through a different website, and its Facebook page, that consumes her days and nights.

Shirley is part of the nucleus of worker bees behind the grassroots group Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa that sends aid directly to tornado victims as quickly as possible. “Our team never would have been hired to do relief work,” she said. “We’re a maid, two artists, an interior decorator, a mini storage manager, a stay-at-home mom and

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a couple of college students.” But together they are mobilizing thousands to serve the needs of those all over Alabama whose lives were forever changed by the April 27 tornadoes. More than 85,000 Toomer’s Facebook fans are constantly posting and responding to needs for tarps, underwear, you name it. The page is a communication hub for tornado relief efforts throughout the state, and many other relief groups publicize on the page as well. ESPN and other national media have told the story of Alabama and Auburn fans uniting under the group to serve tornado victims. Alabama fans had supported Auburn last fall when their beloved trees at Toomer’s Corner were poisoned, and Toomer’s has encouraged Auburn fans to help those in Tuscaloosa in the wake of the EF-4 tornado. “I think since Auburn is an agricultural school, its alums and students are used to building and doing,” Shirley said. “It’s part of the Auburn culture.” From the Beginning Just after the tornadoes struck Shirley stumbled upon the Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa

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As life returned to a different sort of “normal” after the April 27 tornadoes, we watched as the 280 community came together to help out our neighbors across the state. When we asked which of the many tornado-related stories we should tell, two people we met stood out. We sat down with James Spann to learn about the man he is on and off the weather radar. Meadow Brook resident Holly Hart Shirley shared with us how she came to spearhead much of the Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa relief efforts and what the group has planned for long-term rebuilding efforts.

On a lighter note, now that summer is officially here, Kathryn Acree reports the scoop on the all that Oak Mountain State Park now has to offer (pg. 8) and where to go to pick refreshing summer berries (page 27). On these days that beg you to spend time outside, we hope you and your family go out and enjoy outdoor movies at Veteran’s Park, Mt Laurel and Valleydale Farmers Markets, festivals, concerts and all our area has to offer.

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To enter, email your photos in a jpg format to Please send high quality jpg images and include a caption and photo credit. Deadline for entries is August 9, 2011. We will publish the winners in the September issue as well as post them on our Facebook page and our website.

Area youth from Riverchase Community Church unload supplies for tornado victims in Tuscaloosa. Photo courtesy of Brandon Edwards.

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Chelsea’s new library building After months of preparation and planning, the Chelsea Library is now open in its brand new, 100-year-old home. The library is now in the former Crane home located diagonally across the parking lot from the their previous location in Chelsea City Hall. The renovated home was last used as a law office before being purchased by the city. “It doubles the space we had available,” said Dana Polk, head librarian. “An addition recently completed to the home makes room for a great children’s space, computer section and staff office space.” Previously, Polk’s office “walls” were shelves of books surrounding her desk. This may not be the last home of the library. According to Polk, future

The Chelsea Library now occupies the former Crane home across from city hall. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

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Teen sells T-shirts for tornado relief Mandi Kelley knew she wanted to help when she saw the Tuscaloosa tornado on TV. “I wanted to do something for victims instead of just collecting donations,” said the 16-year-old Liberty Park resident, “so I came up with the idea of creating t-shirts.” The outline of Alabama on the back of the shirts she designed represents how people in the state are coming together this time of need. The words on the red ribbon state Mandi’s message as well: to remember what happened and to help rebuild and restore affected communities. The T-shirts are $12. All of the proceeds go toward the Red Cross’ work with Alabama tornado victims. “T-shirts are a great way to help raise money for a cause because everybody can wear them, whether you’re 4 years old or 80 years old!” Mandi said. To purcahse shirts, email mjk.

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By KATHRYN ACREE You know someone is serious about beekeeping when they marry in a beekeeping suit. That is part of the colorful beekeeping story of local honey producer Jimmy Carmack. Carmack and his wife of six years, LindaKaye, sell their wildflower honey at the Valleydale Farmers Market on Saturdays in the summer. You can also find their Pure Alabama Honey at Cowboy’s gas station near Lee Branch and Whole Foods on Highway 280. Carmack’s fascination with bees began as a child. Later, as a young man working in the Birmingham area in the early 1970s, Carmack was mentored in the art of beekeeping by a coworker. “He took me to Sears downtown and at that time, you could order bees and beekeeping supplies right through their specialty catalogs,” said Carmack. “I was hooked.” Although still self-employed fulltime as a heavy equipment mechanic, beekeeping is a constant passion in his life. He met LindaKaye at a beekeeping convention, and the two married in 2005 in

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AWRC staff member Scottie Jackson with Natchez, a Mississippi Kite, who makes appearances at their “Get Wild” program. Photo by Kathryn Acree.


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Summer has blessedly arrived and perhaps you’re looking for a great way to spend the day? Consider making the short drive to Oak Mountain State Park. How lucky are we to have Alabama’s largest state park, nearly 10,000 acres, just a quick

ride from the 280 corridor! If it’s been a while since you’ve visited this wooded getaway, here are some of the park’s latest offerings: The Oak Mountain Interpretive Center. More than a quaint museum, this

center is a joint venture between the park, Samford University and Shelby County. Stop by the center located off Terrace Drive below the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to check out exhibits on the history, geology and geography of the park, in addition to displays of native species such as snakes, fish, turtles and salamanders. The 2,500-square-foot facility offers a meeting room and teaching laboratory. It’s a cool place to go for both its air conditioning on a hot day and an interactive educational experience! Center hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. There are no additional costs to visit the Interpretive Center. Increase of trails throughout the park. Oak Mountain’s naturalist Emily Cohen said the park has worked steadily to increase the overall length of hiking, bicycle and equestrian trails the park offers by 3 to 4 miles in the last year. A detailed trail map is available for purchase in the main park office near the beach area. Renovations complete on the BMX track. Boasting the oldest continuously running track in the National Bike League (NBL), the Oak Mountain BMX track is open with a new layout and design. Download a schedule of races to be held at the track this summer at www.alapark. com/OakMountain/Oak Mountain BMX/. Summer nature programs. The park offers a variety of programs to appeal to the nature lover in you. Most events take place on Saturday mornings starting at 10 a.m. There is no charge beyond admission to the park. Here are the currently scheduled events for the summer: 6/18 -10 a.m., Maggie’s Glen Hike- North Trailhead 7/4- 10 a.m., Flag Making & ParadeCampground Pavilion 7/9- 7 p.m., Things That Go Bump in the Night- Campground Pavilion 7/23-10 a.m., Nature Scavenger Hunt-

Treetop Nature Trail 8/6- 10 a.m., Alabama’s BiodiversityCampground Pavilion 8/13-10 a.m., Mammals of Alabama, Campground Pavilion 8/20-10 a.m. - Animal Adaptations, Treetop Nature Trail Watch baby bird feedings and learn more about Alabama’s birds. The Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (AWRC) located in the heart of the park off Terrace Drive has been strictly caring for native birds since 2009. The AWRC is a separate entity from the state park system, operating on private donations and federally licensed to rehabilitate and release orphaned or injured birds. Late spring and summer is the time for baby birds to make their appearance, and the AWRC expects to care for at least 900 baby birds this year! This is one of the few rehabilitation centers in the world that offer visitors the chance to see the baby birds being fed through a oneway glass. In addition, the AWRC hosts a free monthly family-oriented program called “Get Wild: Meet Alabama’s Birds” at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Wild bird educators lead the program and usually feature one or more glove-trained education birds that live at the AWRC. Admission to the AWRC is free, but donations are always appreciated. Park fees. It is also a good idea to note that an increase in the park entrance fee has gone into effect. Day rates are now $3 for adults, $1 for senior citizens 62 and over, $1 for children ages 6 -11 and free for children 5 and under. Yearly passes are available for purchase as well and are good for a calendar year starting with your purchase date. Passes are $100 for an individual, $175 for a family of 4 and $50 for senior citizens. For additional information on all aspects of the park, contact the main park office at 620-2520.

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Reigning 2011 Miss Shelby County Megan Picklesimer, a resident of Chelsea, will crown her successor on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at Shelby County High School. The pageant is accepting registration from contestants through the end of June. Miss Shelby County is a preliminary pageant of the Miss Alabama and Miss America Pageants, the largest scholarship organization for young women in the world. In the last three years more than $36,000 in scholarship money, tuition grants and gifts has been awarded. Past Miss Shelby Counties include Liz Cochran, Miss Alabama 2009; Deidra Downs, Miss Alabama 2004 and Miss America 2005; and Amie Beth Dickinson Shaver, Miss Alabama 1994. Contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 23 and live, work or go to school

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Enjoy a glass of wine and an evening concert at Morgan Creek Vineyards this summer. Photo courtesy Morgan Creek Vineyards.

Harpersville’s Morgan Creek Vineyards is hosting their popular monthly summer concerts for June, July and August. The Saturday night events include music by local musicians, food from area vendors and of course, the many wines produced at the vineyard. In addition to music and food, Morgan Creek will host winery tours, wine tastings and fireworks as part of the summer concerts. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit under the stars with friends and family. “We love to welcome everyone in the community to the vineyards each summer for a night of music, fun and some homemade Alabama wine,” said Laurel Mills, media

consultant for Morgan Creek Vineyards. In addition to the summer concert series, the winery is a popular wedding and special event venue. Stuart McNair & Louisiana Hayride will perform June 21 and Bonus Round on Aug. 13. On July 2 there will be an Independence Day Celebration with Tekneek. The events run 6-10 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; children under 10 are free. Picnic dinners are welcome if you prefer. Morgan Creek Vineyards is located at 181 Morgan Creek Lane, Harpersville. For additional concert details, contact the vineyard at 672-2053 or visit them at www. or on Facebook.


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Couponing tips from Pennywise Mom By KATHRYN ACREE “I have experienced such excitement from saving money with coupons, I can’t even explain the adrenaline rush,” said Jamie Chappell, better known as the Pennywise Mom. With a smile on her face, she shared some of her best couponing secrets in a class at North Shelby Library in May. “Anyone can do this, it’s a matter of finding what works for you,” said Chappell. The key to successful shopping is stockpiling, Chappell said. “When you buy a larger quantity of items at the absolute lowest price available, you eliminate unnecessary trips to the store and also have no reason not to cook,” she said. If stockpiling is a new concept, Chappell recommends starting with personal care products like shampoo and toothpaste. Buy a large quantity of these with coupons while they are on sale and keep them stored away. When you need a product, it’s readily available. Next, you can move on to stockpiling the grocery items you use most. “Plus, when you hear of needs such as helping a food bank or disaster collection site, you have plenty of items you can give away that you’ve bought at an excellent price,” said Chappell.

The Trussville resident acknowledges there are plenty of restaurants around her home to steal from her family food budget. “But to get out my door, I pass a pantry full of food items that I’ve bought at a great price, and spending more eating out is an obvious waste,” said Chappell. Organization is another essential key to saving money. Chappell’s system includes reading weekly grocery store sales circulars online on Tuesday nights before they appear in the local newspaper. She matches those sale items up with coupons she has on hand or can obtain. Chappell prefers the abundance of coupon clipping services online now. Her favorite is, where there is a huge selection of current coupons from newspapers. The coupons are mailed to her, and for the little bit she’s spent to obtain the coupons, she saves big bucks. “I’ve bought Poptarts for 15 cents a box and cereal for 95 cents each,” said Chappell. For additional information on classes at the library, go to www.northshelbylibrary. org. To contact Jamie Chappell on her classes and money-saving techniques, email her at

A twist on health and wellness St. Vincent’s One Nineteen is celebrating their sixth anniversary with a thank you party for the community on Saturday, June 11. With plans for food and family fun activities, their annual Health and Wellness Festival will be a true festival, not just health screenings. The event will have a block party feel with a live band, Zumba, hula hooping and even a fire breather. “The real purpose is health screenings” Goggins said, “but we want a fun, family environment. We want the family to come out.” In the past, the event drew 900 people for the free health screenings alone, which included cholesterol screenings, blood sugar (glucose) tests, blood pressure tests, vision and hearing evaluations, and foot screenings. Goggins hopes for 1500

in attendance this year. The festival will go on, rain or shine, and will provide free sunscreen and fans for the Alabama summer heat. The 7-person Rock Candy Band will be playing a little bit of everything. Moonwalks and face painting will be available for all the children. The event will feature Full Moon BBQ, Papa John’s, Dreamcakes, Doodle’s Italian Ice, Edible Arrangements and Coca Cola products all available for sale. The festival will be held at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Saturday, June 11, 5 - 9 p.m. St. Vincent’s One Nineteen is located at the intersection of Highway 119 and Greystone Way. More information can be found at or by calling 408-6600.

Veteran’s Park Butterfly Garden

A new butterfly garden is open in Veteran’s Park. A project of the North Shelby-Inverness Rotary Club, the 300-square-foot garden was dedicated at We Love Hoover Day on April 30. The garden is located behind the park’s pavilions.

Free Friday Night Flicks Hoover Parks and Recreation is holding free Friday Night Flicks at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road this summer. They are scheduled to show Megaminds (PG) on June 10, Life As We Know It (PG-13) on June

24, Yogi Bear (PG) on July 15 and Grown Ups (PG-13) on July 29. Each film begins around 8:15 p.m. For the latest weather update, call 739-RAIN (7246).

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Jake, Will and Carson Maddux collected and delivered backpacks to children affected by the April 27 tornadoes. Photo courtesy of Maddux family.

By LISA DEARAUJO Knowing where to begin to help our neighbors after the April 27 tornadoes can be a daunting prospect, but it has not stopped local youth from making a difference in the lives of others. Backpacks for Bedtime Kayce Maddux, mother of Jake (11), Carson (10) and Will (6 ½), all students at Westminster School at Oak Mountain, wanted to find a way for her family to help. “I didn’t want to just drop off something at a local collection point,” Maddux said. “I wanted the kids to actually see how they were directly helping another person in need. My kids have seen the chaos and destruction with their own eyes. Helping others in this way has been a teaching tool in so many ways.” Maddux had seen other backpack programs working in other areas and decided to start Birmingham Backpacks for Bedtime. “I told a few friends and posted information on Facebook, and it grew from there,” she said. Ad of mid-May, the Maddux family and their friends had distributed more 250 backpacks to displaced children at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tuscaloosa, Dadeville Middle School, Hanceville Elementary and other locations in Cullman County. The backpacks for elementary age students include items such as pens, paper, pencils, crayons, coloring books, stuffed animals, blankets, pillows and basic toiletry items. “Fill the backpack with whatever you are called to fill it with, and we will find it a home,” Maddux said. Collecting basic supplies Cole Steadman, a sixth grader at Briarwood Christian School, helped storm survivors select basic supplies for daily living at the Pratt City Disaster Resource Center. “I was surprised that they lost basic things that we take for granted every day

like toiletries,” Cole said. “I will remember the smile on people’s faces after we loaded their cars with the stuff they needed. They were so gracious and kind.” “I think it is important for my children to see the devastation and experience the spirit of volunteerism,” said Mary Steadman, Cole’s mother. “There are so many kids at these disaster resource centers. Other children being there to play and interact offers a sense of normalcy which is so important for kids who have survived such a disaster.” Cole says that other kids can help by taking a box to school and asking their friends to bring in basic toiletries or canned goods. “I want people who were affected by the tornadoes to know that we will always be there willing to help,” he said. How kids can get involved According to Tree Gentle Davidson, director of Hands On Birmingham, storm related volunteer opportunities will continue for several months. Hand’s On Birmingham is a United Way program that coordinates volunteer needs for agencies throughout Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair and Walker counties. “Although no one under the age of 18 can be in the field, there are so many ways that kids can make a difference,” Davidson said. “It is so important to teach kids to volunteer. It builds character and teaches them the importance of helping their neighbor.” Visit to register and find out about various volunteer opportunities. Age requirements are provided. Donated items to include in backpacks or filled backpacks for either elementary school children and high schoolers can be dropped off at Reed Family Dentistry on Highway 119 (981-0100) or Cahaba Valley Fire Station #181, across from the Lee Branch shopping center on Highway 280.

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Each with a personality and study techniques of their own, these ladies and gentlemen at top of their classes talked with us about their academic passions and the fun amidst their intense studies. The strongest thread among the five? How much they’ll miss their friendships, many of which they’ve had since elementary school, as they head out in pursuit of their dreams. We at 280 Living wish all of the Class of 2011 congratulations and best wishes in their future endeavors!

GPA: 4.58

Marie Tucker

Spain Park High School School Involvements: Swim and Diving Team, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta. I have been swimming competitively since I was 8 years old. I now swim about 21 hours a week, not including dry lands, and have qualified for Southeastern Shortcourse Championship every year. For the high school team, I have always qualified for state and have placed in freestyle events the past two years. Hobbies: Reading adventure and fantasy books, playing piano, hanging out with friends, watching movies

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Favorite class: AP US History

GPA: 4.76

Most challenging class: AP Chemistry and AP Calculus BC

School Involvements: Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Soccer Hobbies: Reading, art, hanging with friends Favorite class: Latin I, II and III Most challenging class: AP English College plans: The Lord made it very clear through different people and situations that the University of Alabama is where I am to be. I am considering going into medicine to be a doctor. I went on medical mission trips to Nicaragua and Guatemala, and it sparked my interest to help people physically and spiritually. Credit for academic success: I credit the Lord God completely for the academic success and give him all of the glory because he has given me the strength and perseverance to accomplish what I have done. Favorite memory from high school: Dr. Leonard’s Bible class. He challenged my understanding of the Word of God and set before me ways to understand the Bible in a manner I had never known. Favorite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny

College plans: UC-Berkeley. My major is undecided right now, but the school is really good in many areas and will allow me to explore lots of things. I am interested in the science fields and possibly business. Motivation in studies: My sisters, my parents and myself. My two older sisters did extremely well in school. It’s been what’s expected of me to motivate myself to meet my goals. If you tell yourself you can keep going, you can meet your goals. Favorite memory from high school: Relaxing when I hang out with friends at lunch or talk during free time in class. Quirky habit: I love eating fruit at lunch, and my friends make fun of me for that.

Neil Tiwari*

Oak Mountain High School GPA: 4.45 School Involvements: Math Team, Scholar’s Bowl, Debate Team, Key Club Hobbies: Doing things with friends, reading fantasy books or nonfiction Favorite class: AP Chemistry Most challenging class: AP Latin

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College plans: Auburn University. I am planning to major in chemical engineering and will hopefully go to medical school after that. We’ll see after I take a few classes. Motivation in studies: My brother, Amar, was valedictorian in 2005. I was trying to match up to him. My friends in middle school and I were always trying to one-up each other. Favorite memory from high school: At Latin conventions, it’s a bunch of guys in a hotel room way past midnight—we do a lot of really crazy things. Quirky habit: I always carry a stress ball because gives me something to do when I’m bored. I get it out every class period.

Ameen Barghi*

Oak Mountain High School GPA: 4.45 School Involvements: Math Team, Debate Team, Scholar’s Bowl, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Junior Classical League, National Latin Honor Society, Key Club Hobbies: Playing Call of Duty and Halo on Xbox, playing basketball at the Y Favorite class: AP Calculus BC Most challenging class: AP Latin College plans: I got into the Early Medical School Acceptance Program at UAB and will major in neuroscience. I think I’ll continue in neurology or neurosurgery. I have been doing neurology research on clinical and scientific stroke therapy at UAB since tenth grade. I started volunteering through UAB’s teen volunteering program, and the professor told me to stop volunteering and come work with him. Motivation in studies: My parents constantly tell me if I don’t, I’ll end up on the streets and that I need an education. Every time I make below 95, I get the Jeff State, burger-making speech. Also, the people I hang out with also take like 7 AP classes too, and there’s a subtle competition to see who does better.

Katherine Barber

Favorite memory from high school: Latin Convention is like one free day in a school environment you can do anything. There are supposed to be rules, but no one follows them. Quirky habit: My pen has to be a G2. They write really fast. I spin my pens during class. It used to fall, and teachers would get mad. But now I’ve gotten good at it, and my teachers have gotten used to it. *Ameen Barghi and Neil Tiwari tied for first in their class at Oak Mountain.

Katherine Barber Chelsea High School GPA: 4.41 School Involvements: Mu Alpha Theta (president), Future Business Leaders of America (president), National Honors Society, Beta Club and Spanish Honors Society Hobbies: Flute, creative writing, helping out with Clearwater Community Church and youth group Favorite class: Tie between AP Government and AP Chemistry Most challenging class: AP Calculus College plans: I plan to attend UAB where I will be a part of the Experiential Learning Scholars Program and Chemistry Scholars Program. I plan to major in chemistry because I absolutely love the subject. I mean, when it all comes down to it, everything goes back to chemistry, and it is so amazing to see how intricately God created everything. Then, I believe God is leading me to pursue a career in medicine. I plan to travel to Africa or other third world countries, especially those with a significant unreached population and work at least temporarily with a free clinic. Motivation in studies: To do my best for God and my mom. Favorite memory from high school: Junior Prom because it was tons of fun! Favorite cartoon character: Scooby Doo

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Jefferson State’s Shelby-Hoover Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society earned second runner-up during the International Competition held in Seattle, Wash., on April 9. The ShelbyHoover Chapter ranked third out of more than 1,250 chapters worldwide. The chapter recently received top honors in Alabama for the fifth consecutive year during the Alabama Competition in Muscle Shoals. Jefferson State’s students ranked first out of 32 Phi Theta Kappa chapters in the state.

“We could not achieve this great success without the support of our students, faculty, staff and administration,” said Jefferson State Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Dr. Leisl Ward. “I also want to give special recognition to my wonderful students who worked so hard—they are terrific!” In the 2008 and 2009 international competitions, Jefferson State’s ShelbyHoover chapter, Beta Lambda Delta, took home top honors. In fact, this chapter is the first international repeat winner in more than 20 years.

Greystone Elementary students pause for paws The student council at Greystone Elementary chose to collect donations for the Shelby County Humane Society as part of their community service project. The students wanted to take time and pause to recognize the importance of the shelter and help raise awareness about proper pet care. Special visitor Elesa along with a representative from the society visited the school and spoke to classes. Students collected many requested items to help the shelter. They also learned many great lessons about pet care and what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. Some students even elected to give pets gifts for their birthdays instead of receiving gifts for themselves.

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Daryl Hyde’s fifth grade class from Chelsea Intermediate at the premiere of their movie, Secrets, at Lee Branch. Photo courtesy Rachel Ivey.

There may be some aspiring Hollywood screenwriters, actors, directors and movie producers sitting in the desks of Daryl Hyde’s fifth grade class at Chelsea Intermediate. The students were busy this year writing and filming a movie entitled Secrets as part of the state language arts curriculum. Secrets premiered on the silver screen at the Rave Movie Theater at Lee Branch in May. Hyde said it is the fourth year that students in his class have made a movie. “I have seen our production values and writing improve to the point that I believe we’re finally ready for the big screen,” he said.

The movie was shot in high definition with a Canon 7D camera. Secrets is about an alien planet blown up by a signal sent from a classroom at Chelsea Intermediate. A NASA secret agent comes to question the students, discover their secrets and find out who sent the signal. Hyde used editing software at home to edit the movie. “The kids write, act and assist in design of room and sets while I film and then edit everything together at home,” Hyde said. “I hope to one day have a computer at school where the kids could do more to help me edit, and I plan on teaching the kids to help shoot the movie next year.”

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Chelsea Park Elementary celebrated spring with Art in the Park in May. That night every child at the school had a piece of art exhibited throughout the hallways and many grades worked together on murals that were also displayed. The Rockin’ Readers theater group

performed numerous skits in the library, and the Harmony Hornet third grade choir performed their final show of the year, “On The Radio.”. Throughout the night individual students shared their talents such as playing guitar, violin and piano.

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Area students artwork selected for Helen Keller International Art Show Two Shelby County students had their artwork selected as part of the Helen Keller International Art Show. The show opened the Council for Exceptional Children’s 2011 Convention and Expo April 25 in National Harbor, Md. Rachel Hyche, a first grader at Oak Mountain Elementary School, had her work selected for the second time. She used acrylic paint, gel paste and glass chips to complete her piece titled “The Ocean.” Rachel was diagnosed with ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) and has light perception only in the upper quadrant of her right eye. Her teacher of the visually impaired is Denise Sample. Britten Hurst, a second grader from Chelsea Park Elementary, also had his work selected. He used mixed media and focused on the textures of the mediums. He titled his work “Medusa.” Britten was diagnosed with ROP and is totally blind. His teacher of the visually impaired is Stephanie Goldblatt. “Art is a wonderful process for students with visual impairments to express themselves creatively, learn problem solving skills, fine motor skills, conceptual skills, positional and spatial

concepts, and create satisfaction and stoke the desire to excel just as their sighted peers,” Sample said. “We are just so proud of these students.” The art show is sponsored by the Division on Visual Impairments and is considered a highlight of the exhibits. Art is solicited from children with sensory impairments enrolled in public, private, home and residential schools from all over the world to compete in this international show, and only 25 pieces are chosen. The exhibit art pieces are selected by judges representing art museums, teachers of the sensory impaired and other educational professionals and staff members. The pieces are then framed and placed on exhibit in various locations such as the CEC convention, Washington National Cathedral, American Foundation for the Blind, Texas Tech University, Georgia Academy for the Blind, UAB Medical Center, Duke University, Florida State University and state capitals. At the end of the yearly exhibit, the student’s work is made available for each participant’s senator and congressmen to hang in their appointed state’s Washington, D.C. office.

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Do you have siblings that are athletes? My sister is a member of Auburn University’s track team, competing in long jump and triple jump. My brother, a member of the Spain Park boys varsity track team, participates in long jump and triple jump as well. He currently holds the Spain Park High School record for triple jump also.

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Spain Park’s Simone Charlie set a state record for the triple jump this season with her mark of 40 feet, 3 inches, winning her the state championship for the event. She was also named Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year for her 27 goals this season with 12 assists and is the Metro Coaches Player of the Year. “She would be an ideal candidate to feature as she is everything we love to see in a student athlete,” the Spain Park Athletic Department told us. We asked this busy sophomore about sports, school and being a Jag. How long have you been involved with soccer and track? I have been playing soccer for ten years. I am currently a forward on the Spain Park girls varsity soccer team. I have been running track for nine years. I compete in long jump and triple jump for the Spain Park girls varsity track team as well. What has kept your interest in these sports versus other sports? As a team sport, soccer has allowed

Spain Park’s Simone Charley (in blue jersey) in an area tournament. Photo by Jana Eddy.

me to develop my communication skills and understand the importance of teamwork. Also, soccer has allowed me to build friendships and develop relationships with other peers who share the same interests. On the other hand, track, an individual sport, has allowed me to focus on selfdevelopment and personal goal setting. Through soccer and track, I have learned a lot about myself and others while enjoying the benefits of competition. Tell us a little more about playing for Spain Park. I have been playing for the Spain Park High School girls varsity soccer team since 2008. Beginning as an eighth grader on such a successful team allowed me to learn from those older and more experienced than me. Now, as a sophomore, I have been able to take on more of a leadership role.

Our success as a team is built upon trust in our teammates and trust in our coach, Robert Starr. Knowing that everyone is trying their hardest or doing their best at practice and in games allows us to have more confidence as a team. In short, we are not just a team but a family. As seen through our successful program, Coach Starr has continued to prepare us well for the challenges we have faced. From stern comments to a kind remark, Coach Starr continues to give us the push we need to succeed. He has taught us that through hard work and determination, we can accomplish our goals. Share any other academic honors you’ve received plus any other clubs and school activities. I am the leading scorer on the two-time AHSAA girls soccer state championship

Share your college/career plans at this point. I would like to play soccer in college, and if possible, I would like to run track at the collegiate level as well. I would like to pursue a career in the medical field, majoring in neurology with a minor in Spanish. Who inspires you most? I would have to say that my sister, Nicole, inspires me the most. As a hard worker on and off of the track, she continues to push through any challenges she may face. She has always been a positive influence on my life, and through her determination and perseverance, I have learned how to overcome and push past barriers. She has taught me to have my own barometer of success, even if being a champion means you did not get first place. She has truly inspired me to do my best and allow God to take care of the rest!

Spain Park announces Briarwood, Oak Mtn athletes sign athletic scholarships additional signees Briarwood Christian High School recently announced scholarship signees: Caleb Ward, Mississippi College-football, Tyler Whitworth, Mississippi Collegefootball, Varina Hart, Mississippi Collegetrack, Logan Crook, University Alabama Huntsville-baseball, Dan Thomas, Covenant College-baseball, Luke Collins,

Chelsea’s Campbell signs with BSC Congratulations to seven additional Spain Park High School seniors who signed athletic scholarships in April. They are: Austin Veteto, Huntingdon College, baseball; Ryan Fox, Faulkner University, football; Steven Silvio, Columbia University, football; Channing Haynes, Snead State, softball; Elizabeth Ballew, Birmingham-Southern College, softball; Colby Ryan, Northwest Florida State College, basketball; and Katherine Schmidt, University of Mississippi, cheerleading. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

Chelsea High School senior Jake Campbell announced in May he was signing a football scholarship with Birmingham Southern College. Photo by Cari Dean.

Rhodes College-basketball, Ally Jennings, Presbyterian-soccer. Oak Mountain High School announced senior Nicole Kehr signed her letter of intent with Birmingham Southern to play softball. Senior Garrett Cosgrove signed a basketball scholarship with University of Alabama-Huntsville.


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SEC East predictions Now that the storms have blown through the South and darkened many people’s lives and days, the sun is out in full force and before you know it SEC football will be upon on us— but isn’t it always in Alabama? I thought I would lay out some early predictions on the upcoming season. I’ll begin with the eastern side of the division. The East will probably be the most competitive this season, which is not what usually happens as the Gators usually take the prize hands down. I believe you’ll see the guys from Gainesville pull out another championship in their division, but they’ll be tested and could slip into second place. However, I’m going to throw my hat in and say Florida will be at the top of the east. The Dawgs out of Athens are ready to make a statement and are determined to play the west champ in Atlanta. The cocktail party will be a battle this year, and if Georgia can pull it out and not slip up, they could reach their goal. I’m going with Georgia in the second place spot. South Carolina is my choice for third place, but they will field a nice squad. They have a great running game, experienced coach and an athletic defense. They will also bring in some of the top talent in the country


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for fall camp. One of the most improved teams in the entire conference could be Tennessee when September rolls around. The Vols played well last year and may be ready to buy in to their new coach’s system. I have Tennessee at fourth, but they, just like the three above, could challenge for the east. Kentucky is slipping into fifth place on my sheet. The Cats have work to do in positions that will make it tough. But you know they’ll battle, so everyone will have to strap it on game day. The same goes for Vanderbilt, who I have in last place. They will play hard, give a fight and pull off an upset. But usually depth gets the best of them and they limp into sixth place in the east. I’m looking forward to the season and will put out my humble west predictions in the next issue. By the way, I’ve had many of the 280 Living readers ask how a home health guy got into writing. Well, I’d love to answer that and other questions at Stephen’s Pharmacy Saturday, June 4. I’m signing copies of my book, Come Take A Walk With Me (, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. I’d love to see you!

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Griffin Russell, #2 seed for the team, won the tennis state championship for his individual match. Photo courtesy Keith Russell.

OM boys lacrosse takes on Hoover Red Hawks

Leyton Bice, #11 on the Oak Mountain Eagles third/fourth grade boys lacrosse team, puts the ball in the goal in an April game against the Hoover Red Hawks. Photo by Will Bice. The Briarwood Boys Tennis Team was the 5A state runner-up this season. Photo courtesy Keith Russell.

Chelsea baseball honors seniors

OM JV soccer takes home tourney win Congratulations to the Oak Mountain JV soccer team for their first place finish in April’s Over the Mountain tournament, which included 16 teams state-wide. They

In April, the Chelsea High School varsity baseball team recognized its graduating players on Seniors Night. Featured here are Drew Kennedy, Jake Campbell, Hunter Picklesimer, Justen Moore, Carey Emmerke and Tres Gregg. Photo by Cari Dean.

also placed second in the Shelby County JV tournament, which included 16 teams in the surrounding area.

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Working on the barre By MADOLINE MARKHAM

When our publisher talked to me about trying Pure Barre and writing about it, I was excited. I’d heard about how the classes combined elements of pilates, ballet and weights into a total body workout that people raved about. When I talked to Deanna Adams, the co-owner of the 280 location, she told me stories of women losing inches of their waistline and tightening and shaping lean muscles like they’d never been before, all within a few classes. Sounds good, right? But then I started thinking about how I had never been limber, had never been a dancer and had always thought ballet and pilates seemed boring. After my first class, I learned these things were completely irrelevant, and I understood how the class was worth the time and financial investment to uniquely tone a woman’s seat (rear end), arms, thighs and abs. As I slipped my shoes into a cubby that first night, class members warned me that it would be intense my first time. Their dedication to coming back time after time told me any pain on first trial must be worth it. We entered the main room, which looks like a ballet studio, picked up our balls, mat, and light weights, and began. The first thing I noticed is that the class is anchored in working your core. You start with ab work and end with ab work. While you are working most other muscle groups, you are also focusing on contracting your core with a ball squeezed between your thighs. When the instructor told me after class that her abs were the first area of changed she noticed in her body, I had no doubt she was right. You also do many movements called a “tuck,” where you pulse your lift in toward your core throughout the class. Even in the first class, it’s easy to pick up on most of the moves as the instructor talks you through them. Part of what makes Pure Barre unique is the small classes and individual attention that makes it more like a personal training session. A second instructor is always around to help correct your form to make sure you do it right. I always assumed you had to jump, dance or run to burn calories and stay entertained in a workout class. Not true. Just a few minutes into the Pure Barre class, the twopound weights we used felt heavier than I thought they ever could. My heart rate was up, and I was eager to take

Writer Madoline Markham and other Pure Barre class members work their seats at a Pure Barre class. Photo by Mia Bass.

a sip of water. Each segment of the class targets a muscle group just until you think you can’t work it any harder. Plus, you have to be fully concentrated on each movement, leaving behind any thoughts of your to-do list at home or work. The fastpaced dance and pop music kept my momentum going for the entire 55 minutes, which went by quite quickly. Some exercises are similar to arm movements in aerobics classes or abs classes; others are completely foreign. For instance, the ballet bar. I hadn’t touched one since kindergarten ballet class (my first and last), but that didn’t matter as the instructor led us to work our thighs and then our seats (or rear ends). The exercises had my legs burning and shaking like they never had before. At times, you point your toes, stretch your legs and set your feet in a “high-heeled” position on your toes. It feels like ballet moves, but there aren’t any you can’t pick up on by watching and listening. The hardest technique of the class is the flat back and round back exercises, also unique to Pure Barre. The second instructor in the class explained the movements targeting your abs more carefully to me, but even Adams agreed that they take closer to ten classes to get just right.

The day after my first class my abs reminded me of just how hard we’d worked our core. They reminded me the day after that too, and the day after that, and the day after that before I came back for class number two. The second time was easier—I was familiar with the format of the class: abs, arms, thighs, seat, more abs and back work. My legs shook a little less. The two-pound weights felt a tad bit lighter. But it was still a challenge in a good way. By the third class, I was anticipating what segment was next in the lineup and, thanks to advice from other instructors participating in the class, I was actually working my muscles in the flat back and round back segments. The instructors recommend that you come three to four times a week, and if you’re like me and most women who try it, you’ll easily make the time for the challenge and for the results you find in their classes. Pure Barre’s 280 location is 5426 Highway 280 East, Suite 6 in The Terrace at Greystone shopping center near Chuck’s Fish and Grey Bar. Call their office at 991-5224 or visit to register for classes. They offer a one-month new client special with unlimited access to morning, afternoon and evening classes.

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Your Health Today By Dr. Irma Palmer

We all know that Vitamin D is a critically important component in building strong bones and strong teeth. However, it turns out that Vitamin D has a vast number of additional functions. For example, recent research shows that low Vitamin D levels are related to increased risk for diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease. Insufficient Vitamin D during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes as well as pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension), which may be lifethreatening. Links between low Vitamin D levels and development of cancer have been studied for many years. Vitamin D insufficiency has been associated with mild depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke, as well as with peripheral neuropathy, lupus, and fibromyalgia. It seems that Vitamin D has a huge impact on almost every aspect of our physical health. It makes sense for everyone to ensure they are getting enough Vitamin D on a daily basis. Therefore, how does one get enough Vitamin D? The best source of this powerful vitamin is sunlight. Our modern lifestyle causes us to stay indoors, far away from the healthful rays of the sun. True, the sun’s rays aren’t that healthful anymore because of pollution and degradation of the ozone layer. But

that shouldn’t keep us indoors! To balance this concern and meet the daily requirement for Vitamin D, most studies recommend getting 15 to 30 minutes of unprotected sunlight several times per week. Importantly, studies demonstrate that three out of four Americans have Vitamin D deficiency. In addition to sunlight, it is important to develop sound life-sustaining nutritional habits. However, an often overlooked and misunderstood aspect of wellness care is the necessity of chiropractic care. The truth is chiropractic care is an essential ingredient of any focused wellness program. A healthy diet combined with vitamin supplementation is a very good beginning. Adding chiropractic care makes all those efforts pay off. Chiropractic care helps your body make good use of what you’re putting into it by maximizing its absorption efficiency. By restoring and maintaining the alignment and function of your spine, chiropractic care can re-establish and maintain the neurological connections between your brain and your body, and then you can resume functioning in the manner your body was designed to. Children’s health Good nutrition and lots of exercise is


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Let the Sun Shine In! what will develop healthy children…this is not a secret! The number of American adolescents who are obese increased 300% in the last 40 years. This is a problem that can potentially affect every family in one way or another. The good news is that in almost all cases, obesity is a lifestyle disorder. In other words, children become obese because of behaviors learned from their friends and their parents. Healthy eating and regular exercise are two critically important steps to take to help ensure your child maintains an appropriate weight. Chiropractic check-ups for kids Very often, when I suggest chiropractic check ups for kids the response I get in return is usually “My kid doesn’t need chiropractic care, he/she doesn’t have any pain” or “Chiropractic care for my child? No way!” For many parents, children and chiropractic care just doesn’t make any sense at all. I guess if over the past 18 years in practice I had not witnessed some amazing results, I could sit back and be quiet. However, for those who know me, that simply isn’t possible. Over the years, chiropractic care has helped children who once suffered with colic, asthma, ear infections, sports injuries, headaches, ADHD, ADD, stomach disorders and other common

childhood issues. These kids responded well and returned to their natural state of health, as expected. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that many in our community simply do not understand the full concept of chiropractic for themselves much less for their children. I encourage you to visit my website (www.ChiropracticToday. com) for an education about chiropractic care. Similar to preventative dental check ups and physicals, chiropractic check ups are specifically for the spinal column and nervous system integrity, which by the way, is what allows the ENTIRE human body and all its parts and systems to function properly. If your child is 100% healthy, fantastic, a chiropractic check up will support that. If your child is less than 100% healthy, I urge you to consider seeking chiropractic care. It’s important to understand that in order for children to continue to enjoy optimal health, regular spinal check-ups are as important as an annual physical exam supported by the right wellness-oriented lifestyle. Remember, when it comes to good health for you and your family, preventing a problem is much easier than treating a problem. In the long run, prevention does cost much less.

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What exactly is a rotisserie grill? It’s flavorful. It’s fast. It’s family friendly. It’s affordable. Perhaps best of all, it’s real food that’s good for you. It’s slow-cooked chicken so moist, tender and full of subtle Mediterranean flavor that people come in and order it by itself. It’s lean pork loin and grilled shrimp flavored with the same seasonings as the chicken. It’s the option to get any of these meats on a plate, in a salad or on a sandwich with unbelievably fresh and flavorful sides. The smell of rotisserie chicken cooking fresh all day long has lured people into Brava Rotisserie Grill’s location in Valleydale Village shopping center a few doors to the right of Publix. The restaurant’s equally delicious chicken salad is filled with raisins, celery and almonds. With the flavor of the pulled rotisserie chicken as its base, the taste and texture is unlike any of Birmingham’s well-known chicken salad places I’ve tried. The Shrimp Caesar Wrap is also popular. The taste of the meat leaves no need for sauce. However, the house-made spicy Brava mayo, garlic sauce and romesco sauce are worth the extra calories. The Brava mayo is also the perfect creamy finish to their sandwiches and dipping sauce for the fries. High schoolers drop by regularly for an after-school snack of their addictive thin-cut fries. “High school kids come in and ask what goes with the fries,” said Barry O’Hare, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Lanier. The fries are tossed in Mediterranean herbs and sprinkled with melted manchego cheese. Other sides include grilled seasonal veggies fresh from the farmers market, Brava potatoes tossed with herbs, fruit, thick and crisp house-fried chips and salad. Brava also features a different soup each day. The flavor rotation includes lobster bisque, shrimp and corn chowder, Baja chicken enchilada and white cheddar poblano pepper. The inspiration for the restaurant came when owners Barry and Lanier O’Hare visited a simple rotisserie restaurant in Costa Brava, Spain (hence, the namesake)

A half rotisserie chicken with Brava’s fries and side green salad. Photo by Madoline Markham.

years ago for Barry’s brother’s wedding. After owning Subway franchises, they decided to Americanize the rotisserie concept and open it in the family-friendly location in March. Likewise, the Brava menu is kid-approved, as O’Hare’s third-grade daughter, Maggie, is quick to point out as she eats an after school snack of chicken salad and churros, a type of doughnut tossed in cinnamon sugar. “We have four kids,” O’Hare said. “We knew if we didn’t put food for kids on the menu, we wouldn’t get their parents to come in.” The kids menu includes a chicken wrap, drumstick plate and grilled cheese. Each item comes with a drink and side for $3. For the adults, Brava also serves house-made sangria, reasonably priced Spanish and Chilean wines sourced by Birmingham-based Grass Roots Wines and a beer selection that includes IPA, Good People, Blue Moon and Sweetwater. Family-style dinners have quickly become popular. A meal includes a meat, Brava salad and side of the customer’s choosing ($19.99 for four, $24.95 for six). You

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can stop to request one at any time or call ahead to order it. They also sell chicken salad by the pound ($8.25 per pound). O’Hare is just as quick to point out the quickness and affordability of the restaurant as he is the unbeatable flavor and healthiness of their food. “With our price point, you can come in for dinner three times a week,” he said, noting that one family of four in the area does just that. The food often makes it to the table before customers have filled their fountain drinks. For dessert, try a Spanish treat of churros, or for a classic American confection, a slightly lemony yellow birthday cake is topped with fluffy white frosting and rainbow sprinkles. “Because it’s always someone’s birthday,” O’Hare said. What’s next? The owners are taking catering orders and making plans to expand the patio and add tilapia and wings to the menu. Most of all, though, the overarching goal remains to serve fresh, fast, affordable food for families in the area. “Just come in once and you’ll like it,” O’Hare said.

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By KATHRYN ACREE Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

“Regina just has a special gift for putting together textures and shapes to bring out a room,” longtime customer Diana Salter said. “I know that’s the reason people come back to English Ivy.” English Ivy home Home Décor and Gifts has been a delightful retreat for customers in Lee Branch since 2003. The store’s welcoming atmosphere complete with soft piano music and aromatic candles invites you to stop in and stay a while. “Customers say there are times they just need to walk around in here and enjoy browsing,” said owner Regina Eisner. “It’s good to know we provide such an inviting place to shop.” With a variety of traditional items for the home, English Ivy appeals to grandmothers, mothers and daughters. “We have generations of shoppers,” said Eisner. “We offer the things you want to give as a meaningful gift along with the treasured keepsakes you buy as a special gift for yourself.” “Beyond items for my own home, I go to English Ivy for gifts for family, weddings, so many things,” said Salter, a Greystone resident. “I simply describe to Regina what I’m needing, and she does the rest. She listens and picks up on the look you’re going for.” “I think the store excels in combining traditional looks with trendy touches,” said Salter. “Regina has a flair and a knack for knowing what works well together.” By carrying well-known lines such as Arthur Court Designs, Lady Primrose, Crabtree and Evelyn, Beatriz Ball, Trapp

Regina Eisner of English Ivy. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

and Tyler candles and Bangles from Heaven bracelets, they have something to please even the most savvy of shoppers. “I’m particular about the items I carry,” said Eisner. “In the time I’ve been in business, I know what customers looking for traditional-style of décor want in a product and an upmost concern is quality.” For instance, Eisner doesn’t just carry any greeting cards. “I was not looking to carry cards in the beginning,” she said. “I’m not a fan of the spinning racks because that look is not really what this store is about. Customers, though, often asked for cards to go with their gift purchases so I started offering them. I don’t just buy a pre-packaged assortment. I look through every card style and the message inside. It must fit what I need in the store. I’m just particular that way.” In 2008 Eisner and her husband, Larry,

opened a second English Ivy in Pelham Town Center. “That area has seen a lot of growth, and we wanted to be a part of that,” she said. “The Pelham store is similar to the Lee Branch store except we also have a baby gift section there.” Although there have been many changes in the businesses in the Village at Lee Branch, English Ivy has continued to offer the specialty items its customers desire. “I get to know customers and the look that holds appeal,” she said. “My husband and I work to offer the things that will fit in a variety of price ranges so our clients have no doubt they’ll find that special something here and not have to travel any further to get it.” Among the newest items Eisner has started carrying is jewelry from The Bell Collection. The sterling silver bell pendants are specialized for moms, grandmothers,

daughters and more. They are a special collectable keepsake like many of the other jewelry items English Ivy carries. Magnolia House products are always a popular item in our area. The Alabama and Auburn decorative serving items and other collectables are sure to appeal to a fans. Christmas is an exciting time at the store. “Our customers know we will have the ornaments and gifts they want for just the right look they’re after,” Eisner said. “We put up several trees and always host an open house. It’s a fun time to shop for everyone on your list and for you too.” If you’ve never stopped by English Ivy, Eisner invites you to come in and see what makes her store unique. Online shopping is available as well at www.englishivygifts. com. A video tour of the store is on the website to give you a feel of the ambiance of the shop.

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280 Business Happenings

Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce June Calendar of Events for the 280 Area

6/14 – Chamber Works (Member Orientation), 8:30 to 10 a.m., Chamber office. No cost to attend. Sponsored by Cahaba Valley Computer Services LLC and Minuteman Press of Alabaster. 6/14 – Social 280, Greystone Smile Design, 4 to 6 p.m. No cost to attend. Great after business hours networking opportunity! Contact for information. Sponsored by 280 Living. 6/23 – Business After Hours, Birmingham Barons, 6 p.m., Regions Park. Visit www. or call 663-4542 for ticket information. Sponsored by Business Electronics. 6/29 – Chamber Membership Luncheon, Pelham Civic Complex, featuring Shelby County Legislative Delegation and Teacher Internship Program (TIPs), 11 a.m. networking, 12 p.m. program. $17 for Chamber members, $25 for non-members.


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280 Business Happenings Yucatan Trading Company opens new 280 location After being in business 10 years in Cahaba Heights, Yucatan Trading Company will open a second store on Highway 280. Yucatan Trading Company specializes in handcrafted furniture, pottery, home décor and garden accessories. Their Mexican artesian furniture includes marble and copper, wrought iron and Spanish wood. They carry more 800 different colors and styles of pottery along with unique gifts and luxury soy blend candles. They are located at 5299 Highway 280, between to Lloyds and Dairy Queen in the former Backyard Adventures location. Store hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Contact them at 967-7055.

A Glow 2 Go offers mobile airbrush tanning A Glow 2 Go is a new business that provides airbrush tanning in the comfort of a client’s home. Airbrush tanning is a safe and cancer-free way to tan. “Sunless tanning is becoming more popular, and with a few pre-cancerous spots removed off my skin, I decided to stay out of the sun, but I still wanted to be tan,” said owner Carole Lyons. Lyons will travel to you, set up a “tanning tent” and use an airbrush technique to apply a perfect even glowing tan. Once finished, your beautiful tan will last for days or weeks. Lyons also offers a line of lotions to extend your tan. “I offer individual tanning, as well as teams, groups and wedding parties,” said Lyons. “Best of all, the party hostess gets a free airbrush tan!” A Glow 2 Go is by appointment. For more information, contact Carole Lyons at 381-0552 and find the business on Facebook.

uBreakiFix repair store now open at Lee Branch If you have a broken iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Blackberry, Smartphone, PlayStation 3 (Ps3) or X-Box 360, uBreakiFix can repair it. No matter how big or small your problem, they offer the best solution in repairing your damaged products quickly. uBreakiFix repairs glass, LCD screens, home and mute buttons, lower docks and batteries, and any salt or fresh water damage. In addition, they are there to help if you spot a console “yellow light of death” or “red ring of death.” They offer free diagnoses and a turnaround in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. They use only original parts, allowing you to keep your manufacturers warranty plus give you a 90-day company warranty. The store is located at 5492 Highway 280 East, Suite B attached to the Cowboys Gas Station next to the Lee Branch Shopping Center. For more information on their services, call 408-1333.

Great Clips opens in Chelsea Offering great haircuts and great service for the whole family, Great Clips has a new store open in Chelsea. They area located in the new Publix shopping center of Highway 280 and offer a wallet-friendly price with timesaving service. First come first served, walk-in no appointment service is available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. They also offer on-line check in through or an iPhone app. As a locally owned small business, they look forward to serving the community.

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CONTINUED from page 1 Facebook group while looking for ways to help. She quickly became an administrator matching donations with needs on the page. The Friday after the Wednesday tornadoes Shirley met up with fellow Toomer’s fans Christina Tatum, who lives in Helena, and Dawn Thonton, who lives in Indian Springs. The three of them bought Publix on Highway 150 out of hot dogs and drove to Tuscaloosa, where they expected to feed about 30 volunteers. By the end of the day they had had served food to more than 900 people. They met grad students and young families who were carrying everything they owned in a plastic bag, and they were among the more fortunate victims. “That was when we knew we couldn’t quit,” Shirley said. She slept 26 minutes that night. Her husband, Jimbo, looked at her like she was crazy when she came home the first night, but after seeing the shocking devastation first hand on Saturday, he was on board too. She put her interior decorating clients and projects on hold. Instead of working on designing Zeekee Interactive’s offices, she asked them to build her a website. They had it live by the first of the next week. Saturday the team was online full speed. Six IT students from the University of Alabama started helping them field postings on the Facebook page. Fans started writing corporations on their behalf. Trucks of food and other supplies—including one from Alaska with camping equipment and chain saws— arrived. People made T-shirts. They consolidated the original website with one started by Alena Chandler, a Chelsea native that now lives in Tennessee. Lisa Michitti Cross, art teacher at the University of Montevallo, manned their Twitter account. Chris Fields, a friend of Shirley’s from high school who lives in New York, caught a ride from his parents’ house

On May 15 the Toomer’s team was recognized on the field at the Auburn-Alabama baseball game in Auburn. Pictured are Auburn Head Baseball Coach John Pawlowski, Patrick Markham, Jimbo Shirley, Alena Chandler, Chris Fields, Holly Hart Shirley, Christiana Tatum and Alabama Head Baseball Coach Mitch Gaspard. Photo courtesy of Karen Anderson Peach.

in Brewton, Ala., and started running their marketing, public relations and media. “You just can’t stop,” Shirley said. Until the third week, the team was sleeping two to three hours a night. “We drank a lot of Monster energy drinks,” she said, noting how they even had a pallet of Monster donated. Back in Birmingham After a week and a half operating out of Five Points Baptist Church in Northport, Toomer’s moved their operations back to Birmingham to be closer to home and to serve the whole state better. They worked out of Shirley’s home in Meadow Brook for two days as they began to see how similar their mission was to Christian Service Mission, a Birmingham nonprofit that has been providing immediate relief to the community for

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40 years. “We both believe that churches are going to be the ones to serve these community’s needs after FEMA and other groups like it are gone,” Shirley said. Christian Service Mission is now allowing Toomer’s to receive trucks at their warehouse in downtown Birmingham, and the two groups are working to make sure they are not doubling up on fulfilling needs. Two Auburn supply chain management majors, Adam Battle and Patrick Markham, are coordinating the logistics now and helping unload and load trucks. Looking to the future As they continue to work in the warehouse, Toomer’s is planning benefit concerts in Las Vegas, in Texas, in Enterprise and at Jordan O’Hare stadium in Auburn. They are working with an architect to design green, inexpensive, safe, affordable

houses that can be built by volunteers. They will continue to match donations as needs change from immediate need of food and water to permanent need of homes. Their mission remains to help as many as they can. Auburn’s horticulture department is helping rebuild Brown’s Nursery greenhouse in Tuscaloosa, which will provide nine families with employment. “We would like for everyone in Alabama to be restored to the level of life that they had before the storms,” Shirley said. And there is no doubt that she and the Toomer’s team will do whatever they can— even rely on Monster energy drinks—to make it happen. For more information on Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa or to donate or get involved, visit or their Facebook page.

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Father’s Day My dad loved the water. He didn’t care if he caught a lot of fish because to him it wasn’t about the fish, but the fishing. It was about being outside far from the industrial fans and the flying ash of his welding rod. He wasn’t a welder because he loved his work. He was a welder because he needed to feed his family. He left his tools at work because he wanted to keep that separate from his home life. The river was an escape from the mind-numbing tedium of his job, and he spent a lot of time on the Warrior River. He loved it so much that he saved his money and bought a small lot by the water down in Rocky Hollow. We then started scrounging around for building supplies, and we cobbled together a small two-room cabin that by today’s standards would be considered a shack. But to us, it was like a palace. Later on, he saved up and bought a 14-foot V-bottom aluminum boat with a ten-horse Wizard motor that was built by Mercury, as I recall. It didn’t have gears, so you had to be mindful when you cranked that baby up or you’d find yourself in the river. It was a very small motor, but it made our boat scoot. One sunny July day in 1964, Dad and I went fishing, and he let me drive the boat. It didn’t have a steering wheel, so you had to sit at the back of the boat and steer by holding onto a throttle handle. If you wanted to go right, you had to pull the lever to the left, and if you wanted to turn left, you pushed the handle to the right. That took some getting used to, but I quickly mastered it and my dad rarely steered from that day forward if I was in the boat. Dad was a patient and understanding man, which was fortunate for me. On my maiden voyage as a captain, I headed down the river at full speed. Dad sat in the front and pointed out logs floating just beneath the surface, and I got good at dodging. I was doing great when all of a sudden he stood up. He saw something in the water that I had missed. He shouted back over the noise of the

screaming outboard motor, “TURN AROUND.” “WHAT?” I shouted back. “THERE’S A BIG SNAKE BACK THERE, TURN AROUND.” Daddy had seen a cottonmouth as big as a gator, and he wanted to shoot it with his pistol. An experienced captain would have cut back on the throttle prior to the turning maneuver, but that’s not what I did. At top speed, I shoved the steering lever hard to the right, which made the small boat veer to the left and tilt precariously to one side. I fought to stabilize the boat and managed to keep it from capsizing, but unfortunately, my dad was no longer standing in the bow of the boat. In fact, he wasn’t in the boat at all, but in the river with a big ol’ snake. Fortunately, gravity kept the tackle box and most of the other gear in the boat so all I had to do was turn the off motor and paddle back to pick up my dad before he was eaten alive. I kept a watchful eye out for the snake as I headed back for Dad. Apparently, the splash from when dad hit the water spooked the snake because he swam quickly toward the bank. Once I realized that dad was not hurt, I fretted a little. I thought he’d be angry or, worse, that he would never let me drive the boat again. When I reached down to help him back in the boat, he was smiling. He anchored his foot and snatched me into the water head first, and then he laughed as hard as I’ve ever heard him laugh before. “If you don’t like the water,” he said, “you have no business owning a boat.” Even today whenever I go near the water, I think of my dad, and that always makes me smile. Happy Father’s Day. Rick Watson is a native of Walker County. You can learn more about him at www. He is available for speaking engagements and other events. Contact him at

Give a gift from Remon’s The Good Race in Chelsea for Father’s Day to benefit Compassion International The Good Race is a 5K walk/run set for June 25 in Chelsea Park at 9 a.m. The race is organized by Chelsea Community Church to raise awareness of the child survival program through Compassion International. The first 100 race participants are guaranteed a race t-shirt and race-themed rubber wristband. Goodie bags will be given out and all ages are welcome. The

race will take place along the streets of Chelsea Park. The race’s theme comes from 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have run the good race, I have kept the faith.” Registration is $15 for runners and $10 for those who would like a t-shirt only. Further information is available at www.

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The Alabama Hydrangea Society is holding a symposium on Gardening with Hydrangeas June 8 at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover. The hydrangeas in the gardens should be at their peak for the event. Featured speaker Erica Glasener will give talks on proven plants for Southern gardens and what she learned on her travels as host of HGTV’s “A Gardener’s Diary.” Jason Powell from Petals from the Past in Jemison will discuss companion plants for hydrangeas, and local gardening personality Jimmy Rocket will end the

day by highlighting organics to use with hydrangeas. The event will be held June 8, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Aldridge Gardens Pavilion. A $60 fee includes lunch and guided tour of the gardens. Pre-registration is required. To register, send a check made payable to Alabama Hydrangea Society to: Francis Thompson, 3320 Monte D’Oro Drive, Hoover, Ala. 35216. For more information on the event, contact Karen Mitchell at 9031987.

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Library Happenings North Shelby Library June 1st – July 13th, Summer Reading Registration. Come by the Children’s Department to register for our Summer Reading Program. No phone registration, please. Special Programming June 4, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Summer Reading Kickoff Party. Join us for a fun filled day full of inflatables, refreshment, face painting, games, and more. All ages welcome. No registration required. June 6, 2 p.m. , Movie Matinee - Toy Story 3. All ages welcome. No registration required. Snacks served. June 7, 2 – 3:30 p,m., Craft – Away We Go Suitcase. Drop in anytime between 2 – 3:30. All ages welcome. Registration required. Registration begins 2 weeks prior to craft date. June 9, 10:30 .a.m., Flow Circus. Magic, comedy, and juggling. These are just a few things you will see during this amazing program. All ages welcome. No registration required. June 13, 2 p.m., Geddy the Gecko. Geddy will perform dances from around the world as well as his famous upside-down break dancing. All ages welcome. No registration required. June 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Craft – Chopstick Picture Frame. Drop in anytime between 2 – 3:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Registration required. Registration begins 2 weeks prior to craft date. June 15, 2 p.m., Movie Matinee – Megamind. All ages welcome. No registration required. Snacks served. June 16, 10 a.m., Mobile Dairy Classroom. Meet a great cow and learn about milk, ice cream, and other yummy foods that come from dairy cows. All ages welcome. No registration required. June 16, 6 – 6:45 p.m., Ice Cream Social. Bring the whole family and make your own delicious sundaes! All ages welcome. No registration required. June 20, 2 p.m., Movie Matinee – Shrek Forever After. All ages welcome. No registration required. Snacks served. June 21, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Craft: Hot Air Balloons. Drop in anytime between 2 – 3:30. All ages welcome. Registration required. Registration begins 2 weeks prior to craft date. June 22, 1 p.m., B’Tween the Pages Book Club. Join our book club to discuss some great books. Kids 9 – 12 years old. Registration required. June 23, 10:30 a.m., Jacksonville State University’s Drama Department. Watch and participate in an original musical filled with fairytale creatures from around the world. All ages welcome. No registration required. June 27, 2 p.m., Movie Matinee – Ramona and Beezus. All ages welcome. No registration required. Snacks served. June 28, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Craft: Hodgepodge. Drop in anytime between 2 – 3:30. All ages welcome. Registration required. Registration begins 2 weeks prior to craft date. June 30, 10:30 a.m., Skip Cain, The Magic Guy. Join us for an interactive show filled with magic, comedy, and balloon sculptures. All ages welcome. No registration required.Story-Time


Mondays, June 6, 13 and 20, 9:30, 10:30, & 11:30 a.m., Toddler Tales. Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts make up a lively 30-minute program designed especially for short attention spans. Registration will begin one week prior to each storytime. Ages 19-36 months. Registration Required. Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 9:30 a.m., Baby Tales Story Time. A story time designed especially for babies and their caregivers. Stories and music provide interaction for the babies and time for caregivers to talk and share with each other. Ages: Birth to 18 months.

Registration Required. Registration begins 2 weeks prior to program date. Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:45 a.m., Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!). Stories, puppets, and lots of music for every member of the family. All ages welcome. No registration required. Thursdays, June 9, 23, and 30, 7 p.m. P. J. Story Time. Come in your PJs, have milk and cookies, and hear some wonderful bedtime tales. All ages welcome. No registration required. * For more information or to register for any of our programs or storytimes, call or email the Children’s Department at 205-439-5504 or

Teen Scene Teen Summer Reading: You are Here The North Shelby Library Teen Department has all kinds of programs and activities scheduled for this year’s summer reading program — music, comics, movies, crafts, and more! Registration runs throughout June. Reading logs are stamped beginning June 1. Battle of the Books Introductory Meeting,

Thursday, June 9 – 5:30-6 p.m. Do you have what it takes to be the champion of Battle of the Books? Find out at our first strategy session and earn extra points for your team! Chef U with Angela Schmidt, Thursday, June 9 – 6-7:30 p.m.Learn how to make a tasty treat from a far-off land. Win prizes, food served. Movie Night: Tales from Earthsea, June 13 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Travel to a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment. Win prizes & make candy sushi. Kingdom Comics, June 16 – 6-7 p.m. Check out the latest rage in comics and graphic novels! Prizes & pizza!!! Movie Night: Tron: Legacy, June 20 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Immerse yourself in the digital world of TRON. Prizes, popcorn & soda. 4th Annual Fear Factor Food & Soda Tasting, June 23 – 6-7:30 p.m.Do you have an iron stomach? Brave taste buds? Put yourself to the test with some new and unique food combinations. Scary food not your thing? Join us for a tasting of sodas from around the country (and maybe the world)! Movie Night: Charlie St. Cloud, June 27 – 5:30-7:45 p.m. The bond between two brothers transcends the barriers of life and death, and it is up to one woman to make their world right. Prizes, popcorn & soda.


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You are Here: Panem, June 30 – 6-7:30 p.m. How will you fare in The Hunger Games? Find out as you compete in a Capitol Fashion Show, Hunger Games trivia, and the Cornucopia. Prizes? Food? Sure, if you are lucky! *Please call 205-439-5512 or email nsyouth@ for more information on all teen programming.

Mt Laurel Public Library Storytime Programming Toddler Tales, June 1 and 15 – 10 a.m., Stories, songs, fingerplays and more make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans and their caregiver. Registration begins two weeks prior to each storytime. Ages 36 months and younger. Registration required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or mtlaurellibrary@ for more information or to register. Storytime with Ms Kristy, June 1 & 15 – 11 a.m. Stories, music and more for every member of the family. All ages. No registration required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information.

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CONTINUED from page 25 Summer Programming Summer Reading. As part of the North Shelby Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Mt Laurel Library will have all kinds of great programs and activities in June. Participants can earn prizes and the chance to win a bike by reading books. Registration for the reading program and book log stamping run throughout the month of June. Craft Days, Wednesdays, June 8 and June 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Drop in between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to create fun items at the library. All ages with parent help. Registration Required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register. Cookies & Ice Cream Social, Thursday, June 9 – 2 p.m. Join us for a cool treat on a hot day and yummy cookies from the TownHouse Tea Shoppe. All ages. No Registration Required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information. Starshine Faces, Thursday, June 23 – 2 p.m. Watch as stories come to life through face painting. Some children’s faces will be painted during the show, then the artist will paint faces for 1 hour after the show. All ages. Registration Required. Limit 20. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 9911660 or for

focus has been Tuscaloosa, I’m aware of similar pain in places like Pleasant Grove, Cullman and Pratt City. Yet with each devastating story I hear, a miracle crosses my radar. A church group from Birmingham found nine people alive in Tuscaloosa’s rubble four days poststorm. A seven-week-old baby in Pleasant Grove lived because her mother hovered over her, sacrificing her life. A Coaling family watched their son get sucked into the tornado— and later walk back to them. The boy told NPR he was tossed around before floating back to the ground. He found his family by following the beam of his father’s flashlight. I also see a miracle in how the strong are helping the weak. While affected areas look like third world countries, completely disconnected from the world, capable neighbors are employing technology to the hilt. Those of us who watched the tornado on TV felt helpless and desperate to help. Before the twister even finished, relief efforts started springing to life on Facebook and Twitter. People jumped on board in droves, allowing instant mobilization of volunteers to meet immediate needs. I’d never seen technology put to better use. As I write this, death and destruction are on everyone’s mind. We are passionately moved to action, communicating ways to help. But over time, the newness will die. We’ll return to the lives we put on hold, remembering the tragedy in a back burner way. My plea is that we make a point to keep the fire burning, to remember these cities have a long road ahead. Years from now, they’ll still need help. Life has an expiration date, and tragedies remind us that no one escapes mortality. Let us aspire to do better and be better, to hug those we love and voice kindness. Life holds no guarantees beyond this moment. Let us use it wisely. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Birmingham mom of four girls with a background in PR, writing and photography. Visit her blog at, “friend” her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter. Her email address is more information or to register. Skip Cain, The Magic Guy, Thursday, June 30 – 2 p.m. Come to an interactive show filled with magic, comedy, and balloon sculptures. All ages. Registration Required. Limit 20. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register.

Chelsea Library Children’s Programs June 15- Aesop’s Fables with Ron Anglin June 22-Quite a Catch, Juggler extraordinare June 29-Crafting and games July 6- The Magic of Reading with Russell Davis July 13- SteppUp with the North Shelby Baptist puppet team, Hotdogs with the mayor July 20- Finale program, Ashley Clinton, magician Young Adult Programs *Thursdays at 2 p.m. Registration begins June 9. June 16- Tips and ideas for producing a video book review by Wayne Morris June 23- Learn how to roll sushi with Angela Schmidt, owner of Chef U July 7- Board games and electronic games July 14- Movie, to be announced July 21- Party with pizza and a grand prize drawing of a tablet reader *For more information on the Chelsea Library, call 678-8455 or follow them on Facebook at chelseapubliclibrary.


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U-pick farms offer a taste of summer

A visit to a u-pick farm is a great way to enjoy a summer day. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

By KATHRYN ACREE Our chilly winter seems to have produced a reward. “A cold winter makes for a better growing season for blackberries,” Barbara Reynolds of Montevallo said of her u-pick farm. “I have double the crop I had last year!” If you’re more of a city slicker than you’d like to admit, a visit to a u-pick farm offers a chance to pick your own fruits or vegetables at prices generally cheaper than paying for the farm to pick them.

U-Picks in Shelby County Blueberries in Sterrett. Bob and Joyce Balch will have berries mid-June until they are all picked, which typically is by mid-August. They are open for picking Wednesday – Saturday, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Call them for directions at 672-2526 or if you need more information. Blueberries at Morgan Creek Winery in Harpersville. Pick mid-June and until the end of July. Look for the signs directing you




to the winery off Highway 280 as you head into Harpersville. Blueberries and blackberries in Wilsonville. J.T. Lyon will have berries starting in June and also a vegetable stand with tomatoes, okra and other delights. He plans to be open most days 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., except Sundays, and recommends you call ahead at 669-9205. Blackberries and muscadines in Montevallo area. Barbara Reynolds will have blackberries in June and muscadines in August. Her farm is located on Highway 89 between Calera and Montevallo near the lime plant. Reynolds plans to be open Mondays – Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call ahead at 665-1585 if you need more information. Other U-Picks Worth the Drive Blueberries at Lasseter Orchards. This farm in Remlap in Blount County also offers a lawn picnic area and restrooms. They are open on Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. For information, call 746-3077. Chilton County Peaches. All seven farms are listed in a brochure updated for this season through the Chilton County Extension Office. The download is available at under u-pick directory. Vegetables in Clanton area. Acres Alive is a new u-pick vegetable farm located off exit 205 on I-65, one mile past Peach Park on Highway 31. Their location will have tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, okra and beans available for u-pick Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 7465145.

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Turning Circles So I was standing in the middle of the deli at Publix, turning circles, holding a Cuban sandwich. And I realized, “I’m standing in the middle of the deli at Publix, turning circles, holding a Cuban sandwich. Though dressed nicely, I must look pretty ridiculous. I wonder if anyone has noticed and thought, ‘Who is that nicely dressed man turning circles in the middle of the deli at Publix holding a… what is that… a Cuban sandwich? Hmm, sounds good.’” So I stopped. Someone bumped me as they hurried past me, grabbed a Cuban and headed for the checkout line. (The Cubans at Publix are rather good and less than the cost of a sandwich at your average sandwich shop). I listened to myself breathe for a moment or two, and then I noticed what was around me. When I did this, the answer, I realized, was right there beside me, in the hot section of the deli, beside the chicken fingers, chicken wings, and macaroni and cheese. And all it took for me to notice was being still, taking in my surroundings, and remembering; rather than freaking out because I didn’t know what to do and being consumed with getting it right, which led to circle turning, in Publix, with a sandwich in my hand. Yes, I know you’re thinking, “What’s he talking about?” My answer is, “Does it matter?” I could be talking about deciding what to get my wife for dinner, or I could be talking about recovering from an unexpected disaster (which I will in just a second). The answer is the same—it begins with being still, then noticing what’s around you and then remembering. I spent the afternoon and evening of April 27 with my family in the basement of my brother-in-law’s home in Eagle Point. I watched in horror the worse thing I’ve ever seen live on TV. I later experienced a measure of survivor’s guilt and have wanted everyday to get out there and help with the cleanup and recovery. I’ve been on edge on the inside, turning circles, asking, “What do I do, what do I do, how can I help, what do I do? “ This is a familiar pattern for me: turning circles, asking, “What do I do, what do I do, how can I help, what do I do?” In doing so, I wear out a spot in the carpet as well as create chaos with my anxiety. I worry about doing the right thing, and by right, I mean the perfect thing, in order to please someone, in order for them to be pleased with me (which is the real issue).

On Sunday, May 1, we had our third son dedicated at church. I felt rather uneasy participating in such a rite of passage in the middle of announcements of what could be and needed to be done for disaster victims. My pastor reminded me that it was perfect timing. He said that all of life goes on and that a dedication is a good reminder that in the midst of the tragic new beginnings occur, a circle of a different kind. I listened and noticed that my son gave a few heavyhearted people a smile that morning and a renewed energy for the tasks ahead of them, perhaps to dig out another’s newborn clothing from the rubble. I sat in the service and listened some more. Recovery from April 27 will be an earnest endeavor for the next 10, the next 100, the next 1000 days. Especially the 1000, in all facets of life, but especially in the emotional and relational. And I remembered, that’s what I do—help in the recovery of the emotional and the relational. That will be my work, my effort, my contribution. And that is true for any of us. When we come to our senses and realize that we are turning circles in the most unusual of places (though perhaps nicely dressed), we must choose to be still and notice our surroundings. In doing so, we will hear what is at the heart of our anxiety, our desire to do and be good. And then we will notice our options, and in noticing our options, we will remember what we know. Then it will occur to us, “I know this,” and we will match what we see with what we know with what we want. The result tends to be right, and it tends to be good. I sat beside my wife as she polished off the last remnants of the greens, corn, and okra and tomatoes (that sat beside the chicken fingers, wings, and mac and cheese). She sipped her drink, sighed, turned to me and said, “Perfect.” I had gotten it right. Which was good. To talk further about listening or recovering, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. Especially if you know or notice someone experiencing deeper difficulty in the recovery from the storms of April 27, contact us to see what we may be able to do. You may reach us at 967-3660 or online at Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist and an associate licensed counselor at Samaritan.

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The Eagle Point Golf Association is sponsoring their Junior Drive, Chip and Putt Contest on June 21 from 5 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The event is open to golfers age 5 to 17 and will be held at the Eagle Point Golf Club. The driving contest consists of each competitor hitting two drives, each measured for distance and accuracy. The longest drive that stays within set boundaries will be scored. For the chipping contest, competitors chip three balls onto the green pre-marked with concentric circles. Balls that land in the innermost circles will score the highest points, with bonus points awarded for any chip that goes in the cup. The putting contest consists of putting two balls, one five feet from the hole, the other 15 feet. The objective will be to sink the putts in as few strokes as possible with a maximum of three putts per ball. Trophies will be given to the first, second and third place winners for each contest by age level. A registration form is available online at, and registration is limited to the first 80 junior golfers. A $5 registration fee is required and

Previous participants in the Eagle Point Golf Association’s Junior Drive, Chip and Putt Contest wait their turn. Photo courtesy Eagle Point Golf Association.

should be submitted with the entrance form. Each participant receives a T-shirt, ribbon and golf etiquette book. Hamburgers, chips and drinks will be served to participants. For more information, go to www.

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CONTINUED from page 1 his team have spent a lot of time trying to decompress. Their days following the disaster were consumed with site surveys, meetings and evaluating their performance during the emergency. Spann said his team did a pretty good job of predicting the tornado outbreak and getting the warnings to the public. The problem was that no one realized the path of the storms would be so widespread. When the topic turns to the number of deaths, his face saddens. “When we learned that more than 230 people died,” he said, “we felt at that moment that we’d done a horrible job.” But a few days after the disaster, Spann and his team met with National Weather Service representatives from Washington. The NWS specialist told them that without those intensive real-time warnings as many as 3,000 people could have died in the storms. One factor that set these storms, and their warnings, apart was how Spann used not only traditional TV and radio, but also social media – Facebook, Twitter and other tools – to warn people of the impending disaster. “Many kids today don’t watch my newscast, and they don’t read the paper,” he said. “Some people make fun of me for using social media, but if we hadn’t, I believe a lot more college kids might have died.” Spann said he’s always been an early adopter of new technology. He got into ham radio as a kid, and his fascination with technology has continued throughout his life. Saving lives with skycams ABC 33/40 was one of the first stations to install video tower cameras, giving the weather team a way to see approaching storms in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Anniston. In December of 2000, when violent weather struck just days before Christmas, it was 33/40’s tower cam that showed the tornado live on the ground. Spann said he’s always believed that if you can show viewers a tornado on the ground and heading in their direction, they’ll take action. But the early tower cams were cumbersome and hard to manipulate by remote control. After the tornadoes in 2000, Spann went on a quest to improve that technology. He found other types of cameras that were better suited for the weather team, and ABC 33/40 now has some two dozen of them throughout central Alabama. Their goal is to eventually have 500. In addition to the Skycams, Spann and his team host sky-watcher training sessions each year in November. At the first meeting they trained some 50 volunteer weather observers, and the number has grown significantly each year since. Some of the sky-watchers use cameras on the dashboards of their vehicles to capture even more compelling video from the field. “John Oldshue is one of the unsung heroes of April 27,” said Spann. “He captured that big wedge tornado on the

ground when it was still 30 miles south of Tuscaloosa. That dramatic video convinced a lot of people to take cover.” Spann feels that the cameras and other technology are literally saving lives— as is the practice of preempting regular programming when a tornado warning has been issued anywhere in the station’s direct market area (DMA). “During the negotiations with the family-owned company, part of the deal was that whenever tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service for our DMA, we immediately go live.” Now, the policy is practiced by other local TV stations. Another skill that makes Spann effective at his job is his encyclopedic knowledge of central Alabama’s geography: “You can tell people a tornado is south of Clanton, and they may not act. But if you tell them it’s approaching Jim’s BBQ, they know exactly where that is,” he said. He learned about these small towns by taking what he calls “the road less traveled,” but that’s a story for another time. Spann off-camera Spann’s regular on-air shift at ABC 33/40 is evenings from 2 until 11 p.m., but he’s up at 4:52 a.m. each morning writing blogs, doing radio (he’s on 27 stations across the country), answering emails, tweeting, posting to Facebook and other work online. He rarely gets to bed before 1 a.m. In his “spare time,” Spann speaks to kids at various schools across central Alabama. After April 27, he wanted to do more than report on the weather. He’s since gotten personally involved with the relief effort, working with a team of volunteers who have fanned out into affected areas to bring emergency supplies and help with cleanup. The Sunday after the tornadoes hit, he led a team to Cordova in Walker County to do whatever they could to help. They picked up debris, entertained children and talked to residents. One woman whose house the team cleaned was surprised to see Spann. “Where’s the camera, James?” she asked. “There’s no camera,” he said. “I’m just here to help. I don’t really like cameras.” When Spann’s not doing weather, he stays active in the community and leads children’s worship at Double Oak Community Church in Mt Laurel. He’s a past trustee for the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and is the (unpaid) chairman of the board for Trinity Medical Center, which has plans to move its Montclair facility down to Highway 280. Even with this hectic schedule, Spann spends time in the morning with his wife, Karen. The family gets together most evenings—sometimes for a meal, and sometimes at the baseball field to watch Ryan, their 13-year-old son, play. Spann and Karen also have an older son, 26-yearold James Spann, Jr., who is heading to Mississippi State to become—surprise, a meteorologist.

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June Calendar of Events

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6/1- Herbie Hancock. A legendary pianist and composer with 14 Grammy Awards.

7 p.m. Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Admission: $64.50(A), $47.50(B), $32.50(C), $20(students). More information:

6/2- Summer Serenades at Brock. Join us for a new mini Summer Series, featuring

key performers from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall, Samford University. Admission: $25 (general public), $12 (students). More information: 975-2787.

6/2-6/5- Strapless. AROVA Contemporary Ballet production featuring young

characters struggling against expectations while finding their way in the world. 7:30 p.m. on 6/2-4. 2:30 p.m. on 6/5. Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th Street South. Admission: $25 (general public), $20 (seniors), $15 (students). More information: or 251-1206.

6/3- The Black Jacket Symphony with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Alabama Theatre. Admission: $30. More information: or 252-2262.

6/4-6/5- 9th Annual “Art in the Gardens.” Talented artists from all over the state of

Alabama will exhibit their works of art. Shop the works of more than 70 artists. 9a.m.-5p.m. Aldridge Botanical Gardens. Admission: free. More information:

6/4-6/5- QuiltFest 2011. Quilt show with over 300 quilts from traditional to

contemporary with a “walk of fame” for award-winning quilts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday) 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday). Oak Mountain Middle School, 5650 Cahaba Valley Road. Admission: free. More information: 903-5564.

6/10-6/11- White’s Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Features stage performances,

train rides, campfire pick’n and mountainside pick’n with hookups available and great food from the concession stand. 6p.m.-10 p.m. (Friday) and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Saturday). White’s Mountain, St. Clair Springs. Admission: $20 for both days. Children 12 and under are free. More information: www. or 467-6927.

6/11- Brian McKnight. Part of McKnight’s “Just Me” Tour along with his sons, Brian

Jr. and Niko. He will also be joined by his brother, Claude McKnight. 7 p.m. The Alabama Theatre. Admission: $35-$55. More information: www.alabamatheatre. com

6/10-6/12- Symphony in the Summer. The ASO & Linn Henley Charitable Trust

will present a weekend of three free concerts which will be featuring different programs, so guests can enjoy all three evenings. 8p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 6 p.m. (Sunday). Railroad Park, 1600 1st Avenue South. Admission: free. More information: 314-6946.

6/18-6/20- 32 Annual National Harp Singing Convention. Three days of Southern nd

hospitality, fellowship and shape note singing from the Sacred Harp Hymnal published in 1844. 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m. First Christian Church, 4954 Valleydale Road. Admission: free. More information: 879-1909.

Wednesday Painting Classes- Hands-on classes taught by Caroline

Chamberlain. No experience is required. 6:30 p.m. Bryant Art Gallery, 280 Bazaar, 5361 Highway 280 South, Suite 109. Admission: $25. More information: 408-4402.


6/4- Get Wild. A family-oriented event that promotes bird conservation and

features an educational bird, a look at the rehabilitation clinic, and perhaps a service project through the Alabama Wildlife Center. 1 p.m. Oak Mountain State Park. Admission: $3 (Adults), $1 (Children). More information: www. or 663-7930.

6/4- Hikes for Tikes. Join nationally known story-teller, Ashley Hulsey Coutch, for

a story, a hike and a song. Children will engage with nature through story and movement. Hands-on activities if the weather is not pleasant. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Admission: free, registration required. More information: email to register.

6/7- Wellness Walk. A professional naturalist will lead a hike through the gardens

with a nature based theme such as mosses, ferns, wildflowers, trees, flowering shrubs, geology, birds and butterflies. 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens (orientation room in Plaza). More information: www.

6/10- Friday Night Flicks: Megamind (PG).Come out for a night of fun with your family sponsored by Hoover Parks and Recreation. 8:15 p.m. Veterans Park, Valleydale Road. Admission: free. More information:

6/15- Full Strawberry Moon Hike. Three-mile hike: Native Americans named each

full moon to capture the spirit of the season. Join us for this hike. 7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, 1214 81st Street South. Admission: free. More information:

6/24- Friday Night Flicks: Life as We Know It (PG 13). Come out for a night of fun

with your family sponsored by Hoover Parks and Recreation. 8:15 p.m. Veterans Park, Valleydale Road. Admission: free. More information:

Special Events 6/4- 1st Annual Spring Neighborhood Yard Sale. Participating households will be

set up in their own yards/driveways, so shoppers can scan the neighborhoods of The Narrows for some great bargains. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The Narrows, Highway 280 East. Admission: free.

6/4-6/5- Quiltfest 2011. A show featuring 300 of the state’s nicest quilts with a

“walk of fame” and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday), 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday). Oak Mountain Middle School. Admission: $5 (free for children 5 and under). More information:

6/5- Choral Concert. The Cathedral Choir, conducted by Stephen G. Schaeffer,

Director of Music and Organist, sings a Bon Voyage concert prior to its East Coast concert tour. 4 p.m. Cathedral Church of the Advent, 201 76th Avenue North. Admission: free. More information: 251-2324.

6/14- Bama Rising: A Benefit Concert for Alabama Tornado Recovery. Features

performances by Alabama, Bo Bice, Sheryl Crow, Taylor Hicks, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, and Kelly Pickler. BJCC Arena. Admission: $25 and up. More information:

6/14- Mom and Me Tea. Enjoy singing princess, fine china, royal gowns and hair

up-dos in an elegant ballroom. 6 p.m. by reservation only. Tea Party Castle, 23 Olmstead Street, Mount Laurel. More information: 529-0081.

6/1- 16th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance. The

6/15- 35th Annual Fern Show & Sale. Members’ entries for the show will be

6/2-6/3- Birmingham Barons v. Chattanooga Lookouts. 7:05 p.m. both nights.

6/17- 10th Annual “Hydrangeas Under the Stars” Garden Gala. Make plans

Birmingham Barons will host the Chattanooga Lookouts, Double—A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 12:30 p.m. Rickwood Field, 1137 2nd Avenue West. Admission: TBA. More information: 988-3200.

Regions Park, 100 Ben Chapman Drive. Admission: $7 and up. More information: 988-3200.

6/4- Bump n Grind weekend: 2nd Annual Turn n Burn. This will be a short

track race and a new exciting downhill race, The Super “D.” 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Oak Mountain State Park. Admission: free. More information: www.

6/9-6/13- Birmingham Barons v. Mobile Bay Bears. 7:05 p.m. on 6/9, 6/10, and

6/13. 6:30 p.m. on 6/11 and 2 p.m. on 6/12. Regions Park, 100 Ben Chapman Drive. Admission: $7 and up. More information: 988-3200.

6/11- 2011 Buster Britton Triathlon. Covers a 400-yard swim, 13-mile bike ride and 3-mile run. 6 a.m.-12 p.m. Oak Mountain State Park. Admission: free. More information: 595-8633.

6/21-6/23- Oak Mountain High School Eagle Volleyball Camp. Specifically for boys and girls grades 2-6. Oak Mountain High School. Fees: $75. More information: contact Coach Katie Johnson at or Coach Lance Woods at

6/23-6/27- Birmingham Barons v. Tennessee Smokies. 7:05 p.m. on 6/23 and 6/24.

6:30 p.m. on 6/25. 2 p.m. on 6/26. 11 a.m. on 6/27. Admission: $7 and up. More information: 988-3200.

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JUNE 2 – Lunch & Learn- Neuropathy JUNE 9 - Semi-annual luncheon and center meeting- 11:30 a.m. JUNE 10 – Center dance with Randy Glenn and Dixie Gold Band, 7 – 10 p.m. JUNE 14 – Bingo w/ Ridgeview, 12:15 p.m. JUNE 16 – Harrison Regional Library program JUNE 21– Genealogy class

NOTE: please reserve meals in advance. Outings are limited to 12 people, so sign up early. Center Manager: Theresa Green Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm Phone (205) 991-5742 Fax (205) 991-5657 Email:


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi 9:30 – 12 p.m. Mah Jongg (except 6/6) 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Canasta


10-11 a.m. Aerobic Workouts 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bingo & Board Games 11a.m.-12 p.m. Bible Study 12 p.m. Lunch


9a.m.-12p.m. Bridge Club 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Rummikub 12 p.m. Lunch 1-2 p.m. Zumba Gold

THURSDAYS (except 6/9)

10-11 a.m. Aerobic Workouts 11 a.m.-12 p.m.Mens Coffee (6/23 only) 12 p.m. Lunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Bingo & Board Games


9-10 a.m. Zumba Gold 10-11 a.m. Intermediate Line Dancing 11 a.m.-12p.m. Beginning Line Dancing

accepted from 8– 10 a.m. A variety of ferns will be available for purchase. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road. Admission: free. More information: Ginny Lusk at 988-0299.  to attend the Gardens annual fundraiser. Enjoy a magical night under the stars with smooth jazz, super wines, excellent food and beautiful works of art. 6 p.m. Aldridge Gardens, Admission: $150. More information: www.

6/18-6/19- Sloss Metal Arts: Creative Welding. Learn to make decorative and useful items for your home or garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sloss Furnace. Admission: $250+materials. More information: or 324-1911.

Food 6/7- Classic French Pate a Choux Desserts. In this foundational dessert class,

Loren will teach us about all about this classic pastry and will use it to its full potential. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company, 5921 Valleydale Road #125. Admission: $35. More information:

6/9- Alison Lewis: Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing. Alison will be

preparing 2 recipes from her just released cookbook, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini, and Grilled Peach and Brie Sandwich. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Admission: $35. More information: call 989-3661 for reservations.

6/16- Biscuits: A Southern Staple. Rebecca will start with the most foundational

biscuits, buttermilk, and move on to sweet potato biscuits and bacon n’ cheese biscuits. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Admission: $35. More information:

6/23- Homeade Ice Pops, Susan Green. Using a variety of pop molds and seasonal

fruit, dairy and sugar alternatives, and granola, these will be the best ice pops yet. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Admission: $35. More information:

Theatre 6/10- Vestavia Lodge Dance. 7p.m.-10p.m.Bailey’s Dance Studio, 1853 Montgomery Highway #103. Admission: $5. More information:

6/17-6/19, 6/23-6/26- Happy Days, A New Musical. A production by the Magic

City Actors Theatre based on the TV series, Happy Days. Arnold’s may be demolished and everyone rallies together with a dance contest to save it. 7:30 p.m. on 6/17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, 2:30 p.m. on 6/19 and 26. Virginia Samford Theatre. Admission: $25 (general public), $20 (seniors), $15 (students). More information:

6/24- Friday Night Dances. Featuring the band Classics and food sponsored by

Brookdale Living with Dance Host Dave Woods for All Single Ladies. Bailey’s Dance Studio, 1853 Montgomery Highway #103. More information: www.

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