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Majors return to Shoal Creek

April Features

Regions Tradition scheduled for May 2-8 By Madoline Markham

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Publisher’s Note Taste of Shelby County Business Spotlight School House Liberty Park Schools Oak Mountain Harris Earns Award Athlete of the Month Prom Fashion Library Happenings 280 Business Happenings Dr. Irma Palmer HS Correspondents Rick Watson Local Authors Paul Johnson Easter Drama Kari Kampakis Hanging Halo Paintings Restaurant Showcase Calendar of Events Music Listings/Classifieds

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Nestled in serene woods off Highway 41 with Double Oak Mountain in the backdrop is a golfer’s course—not a house-lined golf community but a pristine championship course. The perfectly manicured fairways and greens and a preference for caddies over carts are reminiscent of Augusta National. The par 72 course is the first that golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed himself, and it will host another round of golf legends the first week in May. For the first time Shoal Creek is hosting the Regions Tradition, the first of five Fans at the 18th hole of Shoal Creek during the 1990 PGA America. All rights reserved. Champions Tour championship tournaments. Many of the players from the Rice, Gene Chizik and Anthony Grant. 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships at Shoal “Our members are so excited to have Creek are returning to play. Spectators can major championship golf back and to see watch golf favorites Fred Couples and Tom the excellent past champions again,” said Watson, among others, as well as catch Eric Williamson, director of golf at Shoal appearances by Alabamians Condaleezza Creek. The course, noted for its challenging

yet fair play, also hosted the 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. “It’s exciting having a tournament on


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Brook Highland’s Nikki Tropeano adds recyclables to her Waste Management container.

Upon moving from Boston to the 280 area in 2009, Nikki Tropeano was disappointed to learn that Waste Management did not offer a recycling pickup service where she lived in Brook Highland. Resolved to still recycle, she would tote her recyclables to her motherin-law’s house further down Valleydale Road, where there was pickup service. Then in November she noticed a yellowtopped Waste Management can in front of her neighbor’s house. She quickly learned the can was not for trash but for a new recycling pickup service. Today Tropeano too has a yellowtopped can for her recyclables. She has taught her step kids, who have always lived in Shelby County and had never recycled, to sort the papers, plastics, and aluminum from their trash. “The kids were quick to pick it up,” she said. “It’s as easy as throwing away garbage and takes no more time than anything else.” Since October 2010, Waste Management

has offered a recycling pickup service for residents in unincorporated Shelby County. This is the first time residents in this area have been offered large-scale recycling pickup, excluding smaller initiatives by local residents. The service provides a 64-gallon can and pickup every two weeks for a $5.06 fee per month. However, only about 10 percent of residents who have trash service have requested recycling pickup. “As residents become more aware of ways to protect and preserve our environment, we are hopeful that more residents will be recycling soon,” said Terri Douglas, Community Relations Manager for Waste Management. Waste Management, North America’s largest recycler, started offering the service for the first time after receiving a favorable response to a 2010 survey to gauge interest. “I’m surprised not many people are


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Publisher’s note Springtime is in full swing, and this issue is loaded with information on all the many happenings in the Highway 280 area. For many golfers, the month will be spent tuning up their games after a long winter hiatus. It will also be spent in anticipation of the Regions Tradition coming to Shoal Creek in early May. Madoline Markham’s preview article reminds us of Hall Thompson’s vision for Shoal Creek. I hope we take a moment to reflect on Mr. Thompson’s life this spring when our area and its businesses see the benefit of the Regions Tradition coming to town. This year’s A Taste of Shelby County will be held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on April 14. It’s a great opportunity to get out and taste some of the best that the area has to offer. See the full article on page six for more details. Our spring home guide can be found on pages 15-18. Some of our area experts were kind of enough to help us get on track with those spring projects we’ve been hoping to tackle. As far as other events go, there are many in April. North Shelby Baptist will

Fan Giveaway Do you remember this house on Cahaba Valley Road? It was known as the Allan Home, the same name as the Allan Family Cemetery just up the road near Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church. Give up? This home was located where the North Shelby Library stands today. The library opened in September 1999. Photo courtesy of the Shelby County Historical Society.

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continue to perform its “Images of the Savior” Easter drama. Mt Laurel holds its annual Spring Festival on April 9. The Decorator’s ShowHouse begins at the end of the month. See our calendar of events on page 34 for more ideas of what’s going on in the 280 area and in Birmingham. One new addition this month is the column “Life Actually,” by Kari Kampakis. Kari has been writing this column for our sister publication, Village Living, for the last year. I receive as many compliments on her work as I do on anything we publish in either paper, and there are many. Please go to page 28 and give it a read. Hopefully, this column will begin to appear in 280 Living on a regular basis. As always, I welcome any feedback to allow us to continue to make this paper the best that it can be and better serve our readers. I can be reached at dan@280living. com. Thanks for reading.

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By Kathryn Acree More than 20 restaurants and wineries will participate in the 4th Annual A Taste of Shelby County benefitting the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation. The event will be held April 14 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, 3660 Grandview Parkway. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased at the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham, online at or by phone at

663-4542. Marc Phillips and Groove Daddy will provide the entertainment. Vendors include restaurants, wineries and caterers from all over Shelby County and will offer a taste of specialty dishes from their menus. The first 250 participants to arrive will receive a commemorative wine glass. The following fine wineries and restaurants will be there serving their respective listed specialty item: Morgan

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Creek Vineyards, various wines; Blue Bell Creameries, assorted varieties of ice cream; Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, lobster spinach queso with tri-colored chips and cheesecake bites; Vizzini Farms Winery, various wines; Joe’s Italian, rigatoni srappicciata and strawberry cake; Texas Roadhouse, grilled shrimp & sirloin tips; Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Friday pasta; McAlister’s Deli, famous tea; Moe’s Southwest Grill, Chips, Salsa, & Queso Cheese Dip; Momma Goldberg’s, chicken

salad and sandwiches; Nino’s Italian Restaurant, lasagna and dessert; Bistro Provare at Jefferson State Culinary and Hospitality, chicken and sausage gumbo; Jim ‘N Nick’s of Alabaster, pimento cheese, sausage and tea. This is the fourth year for the event, which was held last year at Heart of Dixie Harley Davidson. The event was so successful last year that it is being moved to a larger venue this year. “Not only does the Education Foundation provide financial support for schools, we strive to strengthen partnerships between communities, businesses and educators,” said Heather Stripling, The Partnership Initiative Coordinator. “As business leaders, we recognize that the school system we have in Shelby County affects every aspect of our lives in the county,” said Jennifer Trammell, president of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and The Partnership. “Our economic development, growth and the quality of life that we enjoy are all positively impacted because of Shelby County Schools.” Sponsors for the event are Alagasco, Alexander & Co, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Café @ Innovation Depot, Cahaba Grand Conference Center, Concept, Inc, RBC Bank, Shelby County Reporter, Sysco, University of Montevallo, and Warren Averett Kimbrough & Marino. The Greater Shelby County Education Foundation appreciates the support of these businesses and their commitment to help Shelby County Schools.

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Mon- Fri: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: closed continually cleaning out a feeder full of sugar water and ants. Swanson and her husband, Eric, both loved nature and the relaxation of watching birds. They’ve been in business at their 280 Station location since August 1999. Her customers have also become her friends. “We have such a wonderful group of bird enthusiasts that shop here regularly,” said Swanson. “If I don’t know the answer to a birding question, I know plenty of bird lovers now Wild Bird Center’s Mary Swanson with Sam, her schnoodle, better known as the store’s official greeter and mascot. Photo to go to for answers!” by Kathryn Acree. The shop boasts more than just birdseed and bird feeders. It “Our mixes are not full of fillers that has home décor, yard art, rain gages the birds don’t eat. So that 20 lb. bag of seed that you thought was a bargain and many other eclectic items. Swanson insists that their birdseed really isn’t because the birds kick most is top-of-the-line compared to many of it out of your feeder with their beaks big box stores. “The biggest difference trying to get to the few seeds they want is our seed is not only fresh and shipped to eat. “ Swanson shared a few birding directly from the manufacturer, but it is also all edible seed,” Swanson said. myths with us:

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I don’t need to feed the birds in the spring and summer because there are a lot of bugs for them to eat. False. In the spring and summer birds are building nests and having babies, so they are looking at your bird feeder like a drive through. They feed those babies every 15 minutes or so during daylight hours. If you have four to five babies in a nest, that is a lot of work for mom and dad! Most birds nest two to three times a season. Fall is when birds don’t use our feeders as much due to the abundance of natural food. Things have died and gone to seed, insects are all around, there are berries on trees and shrubs etc. If I leave my hummingbird feeder up, it will keep them from migrating south for the winter. Not true. They have a hormone that is triggered, but the amount of sunlight they get during the day tells them when it is time to go south. So you are doing no harm. Swanson recommends that you keep your feeder up until Thanksgiving in case you have a hummer that stays over winters with you. This typically would be a hummer from the west coast of the US not the ruby-throated hummer we get here in the south. Swanson invites readers to check out the Wild Bird Center if you’ve never stopped in before. It’s a great time to get ahead on your Mother’s Day shopping, and they have something to please every mom or grandmother.

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Chelsea Intermediate brings back the 50s with wax museum Fourth and fifth grade GRC students at Chelsea Intermediate enhanced their study of events through the last several decades by hosting a wax museum for their classmates. Students selected a figure based on cultural or historical changes brought the 1950s into the 1960s. The students researched their character and created a display board, business card, costume and 2-minute speech to share with visiting students and parents. Many interesting figures were on display at the museum, including Elvis, Rosa Parks, Charlie Brown, Barbie, GI Joe, Frank Sinatra and Mr. Potato Head.


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Fifth-grader Brianna Braden, in character as Barbie for the Chelsea Intermediate wax museum, shares her story with Parker Barnes and Anna Bailey. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

North Shelby area students selected for Ala. Children’s Honor Choir Tour

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In March, seven students from the North Shelby area participated in the Alabama Baptist All-State Children’s Honor Choir tour. The students, fourth through sixth graders that attend Meadow Brook Baptist and The Church at Brook Hills, were selected by audition to participate in the 165-member group. The choir sang at churches in Panama City, Florida and Enterprise, Ala., in addition to performing at the Panama City Mall. The Choir is in its twelf year and was formed to offer music opportunities to fourth through sixth grade boys and girls who are involved in choirs from churches across the Alabama Baptist Convention.

Area students selected for the Alabama Baptist AllState Children’s Honor Choir are: from The Church at Brook Hills- Amelia Park and Carson Park, from Meadow Brook Baptist Church- Bentley Stroud, Erin Acree, Caroline Lackey, Emily Broome and Britney Cork. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

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Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School has been nominated for the 2011 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE). It is one of only 50 private schools from across the country to be nominated by CAPE for the prestigious honor. Nominated schools will have their application reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education to determine national Blue Ribbon winners from among all private and public school nominees this year. Winners will be announced in September. It is an honor for OLV to be nominated as a potential recipient for this award. Established in 1982, the Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement

to high levels. OLV was nominated in the high performing school category. To be nominated in the high performing category, mathematics and reading scores for all grades tested on nationally normed test had to be among the top 15 percent of schools in the nation. “Receipt of this nomination is an honor for faculty and staff, students, parents, and our community,” Principal Sandra Roden said. “It is with the support of our entire community that we are able to continuously seek ways to improve the educational programs and practices in place at OLV.” If OLV is named a recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award, it would be the second time the school has received the national honor. It first received the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence designation in 1998-1999.

Greystone Elementary hosts Young Author’s Week Greystone Elementary held an inspiring week for students in March with special appearances each day by authors, illustrators and even songwriters. Pictured is children’s author Diane Z. Shore speaking to a group of kindergarten and first graders. Shore is the author of such favorites as “Bus-A-Saurus Bop, This Is The Dream” and “How to Drive Your Sister Crazy.” Photo by Kathryn Acree.


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teachers based on the following criteria: leadership, citizenship and conduct. The winners are: 8th Grade: Bonnie DeCarlo, Regan Hardy, Jake Swinson and Ben Cage. 7th Grade: Avery Baker, Priscilla Gutierrez, Aaron Dixon and Chase Elliot 6th Grade: Daryl Wilson, Emma King, Daniel Ulrich and Caleb Roberson.

LPMS students use iPad apps to enhance learning At Liberty Park Middle School, iPads were brought into the classrooms to teach students about physics concepts and utopian societies. The 8th graders in Martha Manley’s science classes have been studying potential and kinetic energy. The iPad app Coaster Physics allowed students to design and build their own roller coasters and then ride them in virtual reality. Riders were able to watch a graph at the bottom of the screen that shows the potential and kinetic energies as the coaster moves. Lindsay Corley and Tre Munger’s seventh grade language arts classes used the City Story app to introduce the concept of building a utopian society. The students built cities and competed to see whose could prosper the

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Sports Medicine and Injury Prevention Monday, April 25 8:00-9:00 a.m. Spring is a time when many begin to exercise and participate in sports, but with that also comes increased injuries. Join Dr. Emily Casey, orthopedic physician with Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, as she addresses how to prevent and treat injuries of upper and lower extremities.

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Oak Mountain Middle School won first place at the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association’s Middle School Scholars’ Bowl tournament held Feb. 26 at Hoover High School. Twenty-eight teams from around the state competed in four pools during the morning eliminations, with eight teams advancing to the finals after lunch. The teams in the finals were seeded based on total points from the morning matches. Oak Mountain Middle School was seeded fifth and matched up to play The Altamont School (4th seed) during the quarterfinals. OMMS defeated The Altamont School by a score of 225 to 165. This advanced OMMS

to the semifinals against the number one seed Arab Middle School. OMMS defeated Arab Middle by a score of 295 to 215 to place them in the championship against second seeded Challenger Middle School from Huntsville, Ala. The championship had to be won by defeating the opponent two out of three rounds. In the first round OMMS defeated Challenger Middle by a score of 255 to 215. In the second round OMMS defeated Challenger Middle by a score of 265 to 205. Oak Mountain Middle School won the title of state champion and a $750 prize for the school.

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Oak Mountain Middle School’s All Star Dance Team recently was named as the Middle School State Champions at the AllStar State Dance Competition at Samford University. The middle school dance team placed first in jazz, first in kick and second in hip hop and were named overall middle school state champions. Callie Walker also

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Mi’a Callens, a junior at Oak Mountain High School, has been named as a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community national awards program, which honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The awards program, now in its sixteenth year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Miss Callens has raised nearly $11,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through coin drives, bake sales and other fundraisers. She chose to support Make-AWish Foundation after her younger cousin

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Continuing education opportunities in Shelby County Shelby County Schools, Shelby County Public Libraries and the University of Montevallo Department of Continuing Education are asking for your feedback on the classes that they offer. To be sure their programs will help you stay at the top of your game, please

help them determine the types of classes that will best serve your needs. Take a few minutes to complete their survey by going to and clicking on the apple logo to get to the survey. Call 205-358-8543 if you have questions or need additional information.

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The Drama Club of Greystone Elementary performed “Annie.”

The Drama Club at Greystone Elementary School performed the musical “Annie” in February. The students were under the direction of Susan Larkin, Sara Womack, Kelly Easterling and Michael Zauchin. Cast members included Kristen Smith as Annie, Lupita Contreras, Katelyn McClure, Sarah-Reed Stacey, Halle Hoagland, Ava Indovina, Caroline Silvio, Marlee Johnson, Zach Manry, Jane Linley Roberson, Jessica Shaw, Grace Lyons, Sydney Claire Bishop, Kate Winchester, Andrew Renfroe, Jennifer Broome, Clara

Miller, Caroline Novak, Eve Brune, Daniel Ramirez, Grace Miller, Stephanie Peters, Mattie McDonald, Isabella Hollis, Chase Frier, Mary Katherine Etheredge, Stephanie Tanner, Jackson Roberson, Hayes Pearce, Anna Douglass and Shion Yoshida. Assistant directors for the play included Bailey Deas, Skylar Helling and Connor Kolaczek. Lighting and sound was led by Casen Browning, Dylon Hovanecand Caroline Waldrop. The stage crew included Shanice Allen, Bailey Frazier, Marco Gonzalez and Anthony Petruzella.

Spain Park Alum awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship Auburn University senior and Spain Park High School graduate David Harris has been awarded a Gates Cambridge scholarship, a full-cost award for fulltime graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge. Harris graduated from Spain Park in 2007. Now a senior in chemical engineering who will graduate in May, Harris holds a 3.97 grade point average. He plans to pursue a master’s in advanced chemical engineering at Cambridge. He has also received the Goldwater Scholarship, a national award for undergraduates in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering. “The chance to study at Cambridge is really a dream come true,” Harris said. “Studying abroad at one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world will be an incredibly rewarding experience. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview for the scholarship last week in New York, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear the good news so quickly.” The scholarship program is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates through the Gates Cambridge Trust. Between 80 and 100 students throughout the world have received the scholarships each year since the program began in 2000. Almost 1,000 scholars and alumni from more than 90 countries have been awarded this scholarship, which is given to scholars from any part of the world outside the United Kingdom. “David Harris is, without question, one of the best of the best, an absolute role model for a fine, well-rounded young man, one who, even at his young age, is vitally aware of who he is, where he comes from, and where he would like to

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Chris Burris Senior Briarwood Christian High School Soccer Our April Athlete of the Month is Briarwood’s Chris Burris. Chris was named to the 2010 High School All America team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was also named the 2010 NSCAA Alabama High School Player of the Year. Chris is a midfielder and captain of the Briarwood varsity soccer team. How long have you been playing soccer? I have been playing soccer for as long as I can remember. My first year of soccer was when I was three years old and lived in Mississippi. I have been playing ever since! At age four I moved to Birmingham and began playing club soccer for the American Soccer Club which is now part of Birmingham United Soccer Association (BUSA). For the past three years I have been a member of BUSA’s United States Soccer Federation Development Academy team. What has kept your interest in this sport versus other sports? Chris Burris being named to the 2010 High School All America team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with Coaches Mark Wallace and John Markey. Photo by Priscilla Burris.

Chris Burris is a midfielder for the Briarwood Varsity Lions. Photo by Pam Hard. I have played other sports over the years, but soccer kept my interest because I love the fast pace and strategy of the game. The ball virtually never stops and the game involves a great deal of creativity. I never get tired of the game!

Our team has been the 5A Finalist for the past three years. I have been a starter on the Varsity team at Briarwood since my freshman year and named to the All-Metro and All-State teams by The Birmingham News.

Tell us a little more about playing for Briarwood…

My older sister, Keeley, played soccer when she was younger. However, her true love was cheering and she gave up soccer and was a cheerleader at Briarwood from seventh through the twelfth grade.

I have really enjoyed playing for Briarwood. Our team is a very tight group of guys who know how to have fun and work hard at the same time. Coach Wallace has made playing at Briarwood a great thing by teaching us that representing God is more important than winning. This has really made playing for Coach Wallace so much more meaningful and fun. I think this year we have a real good shot at winning state, and the team really seems to be coming together as a unit.

Do you have siblings that are also athletes?

What are your college/career aspirations and do you wish to continue playing soccer at the college level? I have decided to not play college soccer, but plan to attend Auburn University to study Industrial Engineering.

What additional honors have you received in soccer?

Who inspires you most?

It was a privilege to represent my school on the North team in the AHSAA All-Star game in Huntsville last summer. I played with, and against, some of the best high school players in Alabama. The North team won the game, which is always more fun, but more than that the guys really bonded well over the weekend and enjoyed the game.

My parents inspire me the most. They have taught me everything I need to be successful in life and how to live for Christ. This has carried over to the soccer field making me try my hardest at whatever I do, just like in life. My parents were there for me cheering me on the whole way and inspired me to work my hardest and become the best that I can be.

OM Raptors hold fundraiser for Hope for Gabe

The Oak Mtn Raptor’s red team. Photo byAngela Dunn.

The Oak Mountain Raptors, a group of 24 fourth-graders from the Oak Mountain schools, worked on more than developing their basketball skills this season- they worked together in a fundraiser for Hope for Gabe, a non-profit group that raises research funds for Duchenne Muscular

The Oak Mtn Raptors blue team. Photo by Angela Dunn.

Dystrophy (DMD.) The Raptors set up a fundraiser that was pledged-based, with players soliciting pledges from friends, relatives and family members for every point the Raptors scored collectively in the last week of their season. An educational meeting was

The Oak Mtn Raptor’s white team. Photo by Angela Dunn.

held with Scott and Traci Griffin, parents of Gabe Griffin who suffers from DMD. They shared with the players about Gabe’s condition, what the disease does to little boys, and why a cure is needed. After planning their fundraiser, the Raptor’s set a goal of $1000. To the delight

of players, parents, the Hope for Gabe group and everyone involved, the Raptor’s well exceeded that goal, raising over $3600! Now that the season has ended, these basketball teams know their involvement with Hope For Gabe will be as memorable to them as any game or trophy.



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The Spain Park High School Varsity Dance Team, “The Dazzlers,” competed in Janurary in the Universal Dance Association’s (UDA) State Competition and finished second in jazz and third in hip-hop.

At the UDA’s National Dance Team Competition in Disney World, they made it all the way to the finals in the largest and most difficult category, small varsity, finishing seventeenth in the country. This makes them nationally ranked.

They also won first place and best overall dance team in all categories at two different competitions with the SPHS Marching Band.

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Bucs win 6th Grade Girls OTM Basketball Tournament The championship games of the Over the Mountain Basketball League season-ending tournament were played at Mountain Brook High School in February. In the Sixth Grade Girls Division, the Hoover Bucs defeated the Mountain Brook Wildcats 1815 to claim their second straight tournament championship season in the league. The Bucs, who finished second to the Vestavia Hills Rebels in the regular season standings, avenged a regular season loss to the Wildcats in the championship game. The Bucs consist primarily of sixth graders from Berry Middle School including Alyssa Gaston, Jada Ashford, Jordan Ashford, Ali Close, Karlee Moss, Maggie Baldwin and Mary Katherine Tedder. Other players on the roster include Jazmine Bryant and Ava Hayes Weems. The Bucs were coached this year by Lance Weems and Scott Tedder.

Hughes signs with Kennesaw State University

Sixth grade girls basketball champs: Front Row: Alyssa Gaston, Karlee Moss, Mary Katherine Tedder and Ava Hayes Weems; Back Row: Coach Lance Weems, Jada Ashford, Jazmine Bryant, Ali Close, Maggie Baldwin, Jordan Ashford and Coach Scott Tedder

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Congratulations to Iyani Hughes, a senior at Chelsea High School. In February she signed a women’s soccer scholarship with Kennesaw State University.


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Area students model prom fashions This prom season there’s need to venture beyond Highway 280 to find the perfect dress and heels for a spectacularw spring evening. Here high school students show off gown styles from Renaissance Consignment Boutique.

Plum-Tinted Flair Lauren Leasure of Briarwood Christian High School sports a modern look. The plum color flows into lime at the bottom, and rhinestones and jewels accentuate the shoulders.

Prom Dates for 2011 April 7th April 30th April 9th April 15th April 16th

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Catherine Harrell of Oak Mountain High School wears a golden yellow fully jeweled one-shoulder look. The Tony Bowls dress features simple ruching of body.

Isabella Moseley of Vestavia Hills High School wears a stunning purple gown with ruched bodice and fully sequined along the neckline and straps.

America Foster of Spain Park High School shows off a sassy Tony Bowls lime green halter dress with fully lace and jeweled waist, low-cut V-neck and slit.

Cassidy Waddell of Spain Park High School wears a Riva Design halter gown in a sparkle animal print with a low v-neck and empire waist with fully jeweled band.


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Spring Home Guide |

April 2011


Springtime ...

It's time to clean out the closet, plant some flowers, wax the floors, rearrange the furniture, switch out your winter wardrobe for summer, wash the windows, fix up that room and check everything else off your to-do list. But where to start? Our Spring Home Guide brings you tips for your home projects from Highway 280 area experts. Want flowers that look like a professional gardener's? Jamie Pursell has simple steps for to make your blooms pop. Have a photograph you want to preserve with a frame? Carla Hamilton walks you through steps for encasing your treasures. Thinking about remodeling the basement? Tom Coan offers advice to make sure you do it right. Remembering how much you have to watering your lawn once the heat hits? Jay Cumming offers tips for small changes that lead to big savings. Like the idea of organic gardening but don't know where to start? Diana Holladay answers some frequently asked questions. So freshen up on our tips, grab the dustpan, and get to work.


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Professional tips for spring flowers By Jamie Pursell

flowers is the fertilization Ever wondered why regimen, especially a “liquid the flowers at Birmingham feeding” regimen. There are businesses and shopping centers many ways to go about feeding grow and bloom so much more flowers from organic manures beautifully than yours at home? to plastic coated granules, but I How do they get those solid what I want to share is what the mounds of scrumptious color professionals are doing to get and lush, vigorous new growth those WOW results. with blooms that never seem to First of all, they use a end? Well, the secret formula controlled release fertilizer (such of the professionals is about as Osmocote) when planting so to be out! If you will follow a that the flowers are continuously few simple steps, with a little fed a low dose of vital nutrients. dedication you too can have Next, and this is the key, the beds, containers and hanging flowers are “liquid fed” with a baskets to rival those of The high phosphorous (the middle Summit. number) soluble fertilizer every A magical transformation. Before- a little TLC will make After- Gorgeous color and variety that have that WOW Of course the first step is to this mailbox planting area sparkle. Photo by Jamie Pursell. factor. Photo by Jamie Pursell. seven to 14 days. Phosphorous start with healthy, high quality promotes blooms and root own one. Blend in potting mix until you’ve got a dark, development and this concentrated, immediately available plants that are suited for the area for which you want to add color and interest. I always fine-textured soil. For best results, prepare your beds to form produces results that are visible in as little as 24 hours. begin by paying attention to the light conditions of the area a consistency where you can easily plant your flowers by For gorgeous hanging baskets, liquid feeding is a must where my bed, container or basket is going to be located. hand. since the frequent watering quickly flushes out nutrients. Plant properly. I like to design and set out my whole There are many ways to liquid feed from simply mixing a Some flowers need full sun (six or more hours) to thrive while others do their best with a little morning sun and bed or container before I actually plant the plants. You’ll soluble fertilizer in a watering can and pouring it to using shade the rest of the day. If you put your flowering annuals especially want to consider how tall and wide your flowers a calibrated hose end sprayer that automatically mixes as in the wrong light conditions, they will not be happy and are going to grow when arranging them. Taller growing it sprays. The experts at your local garden center can show it will show. The friendly staff at your local garden center flowers planted in front of shorter ones will obscure them you the range of options available. In all cases, never use will be happy to show you which of the multitude of flower from view and can even block out needed sunshine. a soluble fertilizer on plants that are dry to the point of Trailing, spreading, lower growing flowers are usually wilting, always follow label instructions, and if in doubt, choices will do best in your particular light conditions. Flowers need good soil to grow in if they’re going positioned on the edges of beds and containers while taller, err on the side of caution since overfertilization can harm to perform their best. In containers and hanging baskets, more upright varieties are best positioned at the back or your flowers. I recommend high quality professional potting mixes center. Be very careful not to plant your flowers too deep Growing gorgeous flowers is so easy once you know composed primarily of peat. Professional mixes are in the hole as they could suffocate and rot. Mulching what to do and surrounding yourself with their beauty usually about 60 percent peat and 20 percent perlite (the around your planted flowers is beneficial in a number can be so rewarding. Follow these steps and remember to little white balls that look like styrofoam). Many of the of ways. First of all, it’s attractive. It also helps retain liquid feed and your flowers will surely be the pride of the popular national brands touting added fertilizers and moisture, which greatly reduces the frequency of watering neighborhood and bring you joy each and every time you other gimmicks are composed primarily of fillers such as as well as protects sensitive roots from the heat of the sun. look at them. composted pine bark and should be avoided. If the area Pine bark mini nuggets are my personal favorite, but pine Jamie Pursell is the General Manager of Leaf & Petal. They where you want to plant a bed has hard clay soil, it is straw and other wood mulches can be used as well. Green have stores located in Mountain Brook Village and The Summit advisable to till to a depth of at least 8 inches and amend sheet moss is an attractive soil topper in containers and plus a gift boutique in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. They with a professional potting mix. 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Not all picture framing is created equal By Carla Hamilton

Have an item that you would like to frame or that you already have framed that you treasure? Does it have sentimental or monetary value? Would you like to know that it is protected in your lifetime or be assured that you’ll be able to pass it along to future generations? If you’ve answered yes to any of the questions, you’ll want frame it properly. Choosing materials that will create a stable environment is essential to alleviating damage from within. Although all framing has the same basic components, frame, glass, mat and backing, a small investment in proper materials can go far in protecting your artwork. Keep the following in mind and you’ll be better informed of what to look for with your existing framing and what to ask for the next time you have something framed. Frames these days are made from wood, metal and deceptively, even plastic. Wood frames are more durable and better at insulating impact than metal frames so if you have a tendency to move your art or yourself, wood is a better choice for you. Metal frames are strong in their narrow size and better paired with plexi-glass. When it comes to plastic frames manufacturers have done a good job in disguising the material. Unfortunately, plastic frames warp easily and if broken, are often not repairable. The next component is glass. Oil and acrylic paintings on canvas are the exception but all other items being framed should have glass to better protect them from pollutants, scratches and light exposure. Increased technology has given us more choices than the vanilla/chocolate simplicity of regular or non-glare glass. We now have the bonus of glazing that will help protect your artwork from UV light

damage, both natural and fluorescent, and it also comes with finishes that minimize the distraction of reflections. Plexi-glass comes with all the same bells and whistles and is the best option for large pieces or items to be shipped. To mat or not to mat, that depends on the artwork. Mat borders are used for many reasons. Mats create visual rest areas between the image and frame, enhance the image with texture or color, can increase the finished size and offer protection. By using a mat, the glass is separated from the artwork and will keep the two from sticking together. This is particularly essential with photographs because once bonding happens it is nearly impossible to separate without damage. A mat also creates air space that can help hinder damaging mold growth. Just like glass, there are many mat options. Long-term preservation can be impacted by the material the mat is made from. The term “acid free” can be deceptive if the harmful lignin is not removed. Why is this important? Acid can deteriorate artwork by creating burn lines or acidic spots that can permeate and create holes. Proper mat selection is critical because it comes into direct contact with your art and if not conservation grade can cause permanent damage. Conservation mats, however, are truly acid-free. A conservation mat is either made of 100% cotton or of wood where the lignin has been removed. The rule of thumb here is to use conservation mats on all your treasures. An added benefit of conservation grade mats is superior color retention; they are fade and bleed resistant. Plus, the bevel will remain its original color instead of darkening as it ages. Hint: Take a look at your framed art

in your home and office. If the mat bevels are dingy you may have acidic mats. If you have acidic mats it is possible the board behind is made of a similar acidic material and may be creating additional damage. When it comes to securing artwork or items in frames, the method can vary widely. You can select conservation grade materials but if not properly mounted damage can occur. It’s best to attach in a way that can be removed, if necessary, without damage to the artwork but stable enough to remain in place. You’ll want to be certain that the techniques used are fully reversible so as not to affect the art in any way. Three-dimensional objects require greater scrutiny while fabrics are best when sewn in place.

Because of the varied elements and details involved in framing your treasures, it is best to trust them with an experienced professional as shortcuts and inexperience can cause irreversible damage. You should also consider having your framed valuables reviewed by a framing professional every ten years. A trained eye will be able to determine if all is well or not. Carla Hamilton is the CEO of Four Corners Gallery located at 4700 Hwy 280 E located near Fresh Market. Four Corners Gallery offers custom framing, original artwork, restoration of photographs, documents and framing, plus custom installation. For more information, visit their wesbite, www.fourcornersgalleryonline. com or call 980-2600.

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Basement remodeling secrets By Tom Coan

Homeowners are focused on basement remodels like never before. The reasons? Boomerang kids, aging parents, man caves and home theaters—the list goes on. Since working inside the existing walls is typically less expensive than adding to the home’s footprint, basements are great candidates for these projects, particularly in hilly Birmingham where many basements have at least one daylight wall. Alas, for every one if these projects that goes right, there are many others that turn into expensive storage space. Somehow, they don’t quite capture the family’s true needs and therefore go unused. Here’s how to make sure your project doesn’t suffer that fate. Define Your Needs If you start out with a clear picture of how you want to use the space, your odds of success go up dramatically. Do you need: An Apartment Suite- A private comfortable living suite including a bath and kitchen area? Does it need a private entrance? Laundry? Special accessibility issues? Family Gathering Space- Who is gathering for what reason? What will draw people downstairs? Theater / Media Room- This can be a wonderful use for basements, yet many projects see limited use. How many movies do you really watch? Is it a favorite social event for family and friends? Study or Office- If you plan on spending a lot time in a home office, having it on a different level tends to separate work from home and family. Is that a net

A great-looking basement remodel is a welcome addition to any home. Photo by Tom Coan. negative or a net positive for your lifestyle? Gym or Fitness Room- A wellequipped gym might be great but if you don’t work out at home now. How likely are you to do so after you make the investment? Avoid the Pitfalls With your goals in mind, the next step is to avoid the known pitfalls that doom basement projects: Moisture- If the basement is damp, it must be dealt with. A musty (or worse) space will go unused. Temperature- It’s unlikely that hooking on to the existing furnace system will keep a basement comfortable yearround. If you require a comfortable 12-month space, an additional heating/air

handling solution may be required. Safety- “Means of egress” is the industry term for direct exit to the outdoors in an emergency. It’s important. It could

be a door or a window properly sized and situated. It’s a code requirement for any room used as a bedroom. Light- People need light for their physical and mental well-being. Windows and French doors should be maximized, but abundant artificial light can work as well. Bathrooms and Kitchen AreasBasement kitchen and bath areas typically cost more than their upstairs counterparts because additional equipment is often needed and running drains in a concrete slab is labor intensive. While it might be tempting to forgo the expense, it could also be penny-wise. People don’t tend to stay where getting to food, drink and a bathroom is a hassle. Finishing too much space- Remember, that stuff that’s currently in your basement has to go somewhere! Tom Coan owns Case Design/Remodeling in Birmingham. If you have questions for Tom, email

Quick tips for saving water Jay Cummings of Green Way Sprinklers is on a mission. He and partner John Mardick have combined their years of experience in both lawn irrigation and engineering to develop a sprinkler system that they guarantee will show a 40 percent water reduction. In many cases, the system has shown a 70 percent reduction in water usage. “It was a matter of combining components already on the market,” Cummings said. “We’re really excited about what we can offer homeowners and businesses.” Reducing the amount of water used in lawn irrigation is a timely and essential topic. “Studies have shown that by 2025 every state will be affected by some sort of drought conditions,” Cummings said. “While 70 percent of water consumption is through irrigation, only 30 percent of the efforts in water conservation are focused on sprinkler systems. Those statistics need to change.” If you have a sprinkler system or are considering installation of a system, Cummings offers these pointers: Rethink your watering time- In Alabama, we have a lot of clay soil.

Watering long periods of time is not the best for absorption. Ten minutes on then 30 minutes off is more ideal. Consider the slope and types of plants you’re watering when installing a system- A poorly designed system will cause too much runoff in one area and miss other areas all together. Overwatering can cause septic tank problems- According to Cummings, 80 percent of septic tank problems result from overwatering. Go with a professional- Some things are do-it-yourself, some are not. A lawn irrigation system should be designed and installed by a professional. Trying to save on expert design could cause headaches down the road. Jay Cummings is the operations manager of Green Way Sprinklers. They design, install and upgrade sprinkler systems statewide. If you bring them your drawings, they will help with your design free of charge. Green Way Sprinklers also offers free estimates for systems onsite. Contact their Cahaba Heights office at 504-1731 or visit www.greenwaysprinklers. com.

Gardening the organic way Five questions for Diana Holladay Q: I like the idea of an organic approach to gardening, where should I start? A: Scout your yard or garden at least once a week and really get a good look at what’s happening. If you see pests on your plants such as aphids or swarms of what looks like swirling white gnats, those are white flies, and you need to get rid of them before they do more harm.

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Q: OK, so how do I combat them without pesticides? A: Ladybugs! You can order ladybugs and keep them stored in your refrigerator for up to three weeks; just sprinkle them with water. Put them out in the evening near plants where you see aphids and white flies and they’ll take care of those pesty pests. I recommend three ladybug treatments in a two-week period. This is best for the springtime because ladybugs won’t fly until it’s 55 degrees; plus, they can produce up to six generations in a year so you get your money’s worth. Q: How about another organic idea for fighting pests? A: Neem oil is good and available at places like Home Depot. Dilute it in water and use a sprayer. It’s an organic insecticide,

fungicide and miticide, meaning it kills spider mites. Q: What about an organic treatment for something specific, like roses? A: Roses can be treated with lime sulfur to fight fungus. Q: What is the number one mistake you see an inexperienced gardener make? A: Poor planning. It sounds simple, but really take the time to make sure you put shady plants in the shade and sun-loving plants in the sun. Ask questions and read directions at your gardening shop. Think of the end result, such as when planting a tree close to your house. That tree will grow and the branches will then rub up against your home…not good for your house or the tree! It always pays to seek out a professional in making a plan. Diana Holladay is the owner of Diana’s Organic Greenscapes, LLC. Her motto is “The Greener, the Better.” She offers landscape design and 100 percent organic fertilizing with a specially developed compost tea product. Contact her at 951-2150 or visit www.

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April Happenings North Shelby Library Special Programming

Mondays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25; 3:30, 3:50, and 4:10 p.m. Sit, Stay Read! Sit, Stay, Read! brings children together with specially trained dogs to help them gain more confidence in their reading abilities in an individual setting at the North Shelby library that is supportive, relaxed, and furry! All Ages. Registration Required. Wednesday, April 6, 1 p.m. Homeschool Hangout: Fossils with Local Author Roger Reid Join us as Roger Reid, local author and Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer for the “Discovering Alabama” series, discusses fossils and his new novel, “Time.” Snacks Served. Ages 8-12. Registration Required. Friday, April 15, 4 – 5 p.m. Movie – Wubbzy’s Egg-Cellent Easter Nobody celebrates the Easter season quite like Wubbzy and his friends! All Ages Welcome. No Registration Required. Snacks Served.

will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served. Please call 205-439-5512 or email nsyouth@ for more information. Monday, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m. How to Get a Literary Agent The first step to publication is getting a literary agent, but that can be a huge challenge. Where do you start? Come hear local author and teacher Anne Riley discuss the process. Snacks will be served. Please call (205)439-5512 or email for more information. Teen Book Pick of the Month: “The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin” by Josh Berk Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did

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Mt Laurel Public Library Storytime Programming Wednesdays, April 6 and 20, 10 a.m. Toddler Tales Stories, songs, fingerplays and more make up a lively 30-minute program designed especially for short attention spans and caregivers. Registration begins two weeks prior to each storytime. Ages 36 months and younger. Registration required. . Wednesdays, April 6 and 20, 11 a.m. Storytime with Ms. Kristy Stories, music and more for every member of the family. All ages. No Registration Required. Special Programming Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Anniversary Celebration We’re celebrating turning one during the

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friends of the Mt Laurel Library’s Used Book Sale Look for great books at great prices in the grassy area behind Cahaba Valley Fire and Rescue Station 183 in the Town of Mt Laurel during the Mt Laurel Festival. Email the Friends of the Mt Laurel Library at for more information. Saturday, April 16:,11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Crafty Saturday: Butterflies and Flowers Use coffee filters to create beautiful butterflies or flowers. All ages with parent help. Registration Required. * For more information or to register, call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register.

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Hampton Inn & Suites now open at Eagle Point New Shelby Chamber Directors

The ribbon cutting officially opening the Hampton Inn and Suites in Eagle Point off Hwy 280 was a huge success. Photo by Dianne Lowe.

On March 10 the Hampton Inn and Suites in Eagle Point off Hwy 280 located behind the Rave movie theater held a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration. The hotel boasts 106 rooms and is proud of

this new location. General Manager Deanna Jones invites you to visit their website, www.birmingham280easteaglepointsuites. for additional information.

Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce April Events for the 280 Area 4/14 - 6 pm – 9 pm, 4th Annual “A Taste of Shelby County,” Cahaba Grand Conference Center, 3660 Grandview Pkwy, advance tickets: $25 at the door: $35 4/19- 4 pm – 6 pm , Social 280, City Vineyard, 5479 Hwy. 280, Ste, 102, Birmingham, no RSVP required. No cost.

4/19 -8:30 am – 9 am, Focus Westover, ServPro, 11075 Hwy. 280, Sterrett, no RSVP required. No cost. 4/29- 11 am - 1 pm, Annual Membership Picnic, Veterans Park, 4750 Valleydale Road, Hoover, RSVP required by noon, Wednesday 27th, Investment: Members $17, nonmembers $20.


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Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce named its 2011 Board of Directors: Terri Gualano, AT&T, Chairman; Keith Barfield, Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith; Chris Bottcher, Sirote & Permutt; Tim Bowen, Alabama Power; Keith Brown, Jefferson State Community College; Ken Collier, BE&K; Trent Cotton, BBVA Compass; Dave Davis, Legacy Community Federal Credit Union; Jim Garner, The Insurance Store; Phillip Heard, Alabama Gas; Silvia Hoyos, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama; Bill Keller, Regions

Financial; Vivian Johnson, Sam’s Club; Lisa McMahon, Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino; David Nolen, M&F Bank; Tim Prince, Shelby County Reporter; Elizabeth Roland, Attorney; Joe Sullivan, Sullivan Communications; and April Weaver, Shelby Baptist Medical Center. For more information about the the chamber of commerce, visit www. or contact Chamber President Jennifer Trammell at (205) 6634542 or

Snow Shack to open in Chelsea Chelsea’s Toluca Pottery will help you beat the heat this summer when you stop by their new Snow Shack. The freestanding location will be in front of the Toluca store and will offer a delicious variety of shaved

ice to keep you cool. The Snow Shack tentatively plans to be open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Toluca Pottery is located at 11728 Chelsea Road.

Mundy Motor Company expands into used vehicle market Mundy Motor Company, Inc. got its start in 2007 as a wholesale automotive brokerage company here in Birmingham. The company buys and sells primarily to retail dealers across the Southeast. Recently they have branched out and begun offering the public exceptional savings on used automobiles. They also specialize in boats, ATVs and other used vehicles. Owner Chris Mundy has over 15 years experience in the automotive industry and

can find whatever you are looking for at the best possible price. He and his family have lived in Chelsea since 2004. Mundy Motor Company, Inc. is located in the small shopping center beside Ruff & Tuff Outdoors off Old Hwy. 280 in Chelsea. If you are in the market for a used vehicle or looking for something special, Mundy Motors is here to help. Call them at 669-6008 or check out their new website at

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Age does not equal pain

“90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine” Roger Sperry, MD, (Nobel Prize Winner for Brain Research)

April 2011



Throughout the month of April, Chiropractic Today is offering specials for new patients. An initial chiropractic exam with spinal x-rays, neuro-infinity examination, and a detailed chiropractic examination will be offered for $125.00- a savings of several hundred dollars. A muscle length assessment- a $125 value- will be offered for $75. Appointments are required for these services, so call now, or visit our webpage at

Dr. Irma Palmer Whenever you are trying to this causes some serious side discover the cause of a problem, effects to your muscular and it is important to remember that skeletal system. correlation does not always Your muscular system is equal causation. That is, just a fantastic design of opposing because two things happen at muscle groups. When one set of the same time does not mean muscles contracts for a desired they are related to each other. movement, the opposing muscle Unfortunately, one of the greatest group will relax. This can be disservices we have committed intentionally overridden, but Dr. Irma Palmer to ourselves as a society is the your body generally coordinates assumption that because many people muscles without any thought from you. experience more pain as they grow older, When you lean your head forward at your growing older must cause of the pain. desk, you increase the weight the muscles While physiological changes do in the back of your neck and head are occur as we age, the painful truth is that required to handle. At the same time, the much of the degeneration individuals muscles in the front of your neck are relaxed, experience with age has more to do with and your pectorals pull your shoulders the compounded effects of extended forward. Over time, the contracted muscles postural imbalances and repetitive injury will become chronically tight, while the cycles than with the added weight of the lesser-used muscles weaken, resulting in years. The effects of constantly wearing a Upper Crossed Syndrome. Leaning your backpack, carrying a briefcase, sleeping in head forward on your neck also becomes a poor posture, or playing contact sports habitual, causing constant strain on your can all take a toll on your body. spine. Take a second and think about how The same thing happens to your lower many hours in your life you have spent body, a condition called Lower Crossed sitting in front of a computer. Do you lean Syndrome. If you sit for extended periods forward slightly when you work? Do you of time, the muscles in your lower back cross your legs under your chair or slouch and front of your hips contract while your at your computer? Chances are your work abdominals and gluteus (butt) muscles posture is less than ideal and that you weaken. This can result in low back rarely notice it. But these habits force your tightness and pain in both your lower back body into positions it is not designed to and the front of your hips. sustain for extended periods. Over time, These types of imbalances are not


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restricted to desk workers either. Anyone who engages in regular, repetitive activity runs a risk of creating muscular imbalances in their body. The simple act of bending over repeatedly, reaching the same distance and direction over and over again, or wearing the same equipment day after day can cause your body to compensate in ways that contribute to degeneration. The long-term implications of these syndromes are multiple and potentially very severe. Unbalanced muscles can cause the spine to be pulled slightly out of alignment. Pain especially tends to cause individuals to change their posture to accommodate, creating a stooped appearance and inadvertently increasing the imbalances that caused the original problem. This traps a person in a vicious cycle of pain and compensation that results in degenerative changes that many mistakenly believe are an unavoidable part of aging. That point of view is understandable. Modern life is not very ergonomic, and it is practically impossible to avoid all of the activities that can negatively affect your posture and structure. The best

“For every inch of [Anterior Head Syndrome] it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.”

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“Loss of the cervical (neck) curve stretches the spinal cord 5-7 cm and causes disease.” Dr. A. Breig, Neuro-Surgeon (Nobel Prize Recipient)

place to start to counteract these stressors is in a chiropractor’s office. Regular chiropractic adjustments can correct the misalignments in the spine that are caused by lifestyle stress, often relieving pain and the symptoms caused by pressure on the nerves exiting the spinal column. This can relieve unpleasant symptoms ranging from headaches to digestive problems. Often specific exercises and stretches can help counteract the consequences of poor posture and repetitive motion. Ben Cohen, my office’s stretching and flexibility specialist, can address the muscular imbalances that are contributing to misalignments and pain. Through focused, gentle, manual stretching, he can help to lengthen shortened muscles and release tightness. He teaches exercises and stretches that can be accomplished at home. As spring rolls in and many of us increase our physical activities, let Chiropractic Today help you work through the seasonal aches and pains. Growing older does not have to mean growing into pain and disability. Check out our website,, or call to make an appointment.

“Deviations in the body center of gravity caused poor posture, which resulted in intestinal problems, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, osteoporosis, hip and foot deformities, poor health, decreased quality of life, and shortened life span” Freeman, JT “Posture in the Aging and Aged Body” JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association

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Spain Park High School


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Spring brings out the Page Breaks Scoring best in Spain Park sports Record at Chelsea

Spain Park’s Haven Eddy says her team is ready for another state soccer title. Photo byJanna Eddy.

Sports are a big deal at Spain Park High School. Although football is the dominant sport, as it is in most southern schools, spring sports at Spain Park have been “bringing home the hardware” since 2004. Almost all of the state titles won by the school have been by spring sports. The girls soccer team is a three-time state 6A winner and is looking for a fourth title. Haven Eddy, a member of the girl’s varsity team, is confident in the team’s ability to “three-peat,” or claim a title for

the third straight year. “We can do it, but we just have to come to play every day,” Haven said. Soccer has been growing in popularity at Spain Park. The three boys teams have been improving every year and have a state title in sight as well. In March the Varsity boys were off to a 7-1-1 start, and the Junior Varsity boys team was 6-0. The golf teams at Spain Park have also been very successful when it comes to state titles. The boys golf team has won three state championships, and the girls have won one. The tennis teams are also beginning to have similar success. The guys team won the state title in 2007, and the girls, although they are a very young team, is continually getting better. The baseball team is also seeing improvement in its play. The team recently won the Metro Tournament and looks to continue this success. They began the season 15-5 and had a number one seed heading into the elimination round of the Spring Break Tournament. The softball teams are also playing good ball and hope to continue playing at this high level, and the track team is beginning the season strong as well. Having already broken two school records, the track team hopes to continue this streak throughout the rest of the season. For Spain Park, this year could very well be another year of multiple state championships, thanks to our strong spring sports programs.


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On March 8, Chelsea High School had an incredible goal achieved by a talented athlete. Senior soccer player Ashley Page became the all-time scoring leader in school soccer history. Coach Lee Miller and his varsity Hornets took on Chilton County at Chilton County and brought home a victory. Before the game, Ashley had an overwhelming 73 goals in his varsity soccer career. Chris Brennan set the previous goal in 2001 with a total of 74 goals. Ashley’s first goal against Chilton County tied the record, his second beat it, and his third just added to his success. The hornets ended up winning the game 10-0. Ashley is originally from Sittingbourne, England, and moved to the United States in June Senior Ashley Page is now Chelsea High School’s all2006. He has been on the varsity time scoring leader in soccer. Photo by Cari Dean. soccer team since the eighth grade. Ashley is also a major asset on his club soccer team, Birmingham United. the special team’s MVP. The team has qualified for state every year. Ashley’s personal goal is to make 100 In 2006, Ashley and his teammates lost in goals before the end of this year’s soccer the final round at the state tournament. In season. In addition, he and his teammates both 2007 and 2008, the team made it to are shooting for a spot in the Final Four in the semifinals. In 2009, the team won state the state tournament. Ashley is undecided against Huntsville, where Ashley assisted about where he plans to attend college. in the winning goal. Wherever he goes, he plans to play soccer He took a break from club soccer in at the collegiate level. Chelsea High School 2010 in order to be the starting kicker for is proud to have such a gifted athlete on the the varsity football team. Ashley had a very Hornet soccer team successful football season and was named

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Briarwood High School


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Welcoming in the Spring Greystone Medical Research We are currently Sports Seasons conducting clinical trials for: Spring is a time of sunshine and warm weather, and also a time for several Briarwood sports. These sports include baseball, tennis and soccer. These programs have been a tradition at Briarwood for years and are continually growing. Students of all ages compete and practice hard to make Briarwood history. America’s pastime is always a big hit during the spring for the Lions. When game time arrives, fans head to Jay D. Kynerd Field with peanuts and cracker jacks. “My favorite thing about baseball is batting,” freshman player Patrick Lewis said. “There’s nothing better than the feeling you get after hitting that ball.” When asked what he thought about this season, Lewis said, “I think if we continue to practice hard and play our best in games, we will be successful. It takes self-discipline and selfmotivation to accomplish your goals.” Briarwood’s tennis teams are also in full swing this spring. Briarwood tennis has been a very successful program in the past years and is continuing to grow. As of mid-March the team’s record was 1-1, but many of the matches have been

rained out. Varsity player Hunter White said, “My favorite thing about tennis is the competition day in and day out. You always have to move your feet and be ready for any kind of shot, and it keeps you in shape. If you like to compete like I do, tennis is a great sport for you.” The team has been looking good in their chances to win a state title. Lion’s soccer has been scoring big this year with a record in mid-March of 6-3-1. “I definitely think we have a chance to win state,”team captain Hunter Smith said. “We have a good mix of talented players, and Coach Wallace does a great job of coaching us. We’ve also had the opportunity to see more 5A competition this year along with some strong 6A schools, so hopefully that will help us in the long run.” The Briarwood soccer program is constantly striving to compete with excellence every year. Whether it’s the traditional American sport of baseball, the quick and skillful sport of tennis or the worldwide sport of soccer, Briarwood fans find entertainment and excitement in the sports of spring.

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Peer Assistants make high school changes easier Beginning high school or going to a new high school can be a scary thing, but since the 1999-2000 school year it hasn’t been quite as scary for Oak Mountain students because of the Peer Assistant program. When Oak Mountain High School opened, the Peer Assistant program was developed to help students deal with bullying, peer pressure, loneliness, and other problems facing high school teens every day. Peer Assistants tutor students, give school tours to new students, sit with new students during lunch, and perform peer mediations to help students resolve conflicts. Peer Assistants must undergo an application and interview process and are chosen based on their leadership qualities, high standard of moral behavior, and social conduct. Peer Assistants do many activities with students, one of them being Challenge

Day, which involves taking students from different social groups and getting together to discuss issues and problems that they face. The goal of challenge day is to break down social barriers within the student body. Peer Assistants also mentor freshmen; there are four Peer Assistants assigned to each freshmen forum class, helping freshmen make the transition from middle school to high school. Each day during the activity period the freshmen forum class meets with their four Peer Assistants. Peer Assistant sponsor Stephanie Schell is excited about the direction of the program. “The program continues to grow and have a positive impact on the school,” Schell said. If you have an incoming freshman or a new student to Oak Mountain High School, you can be assured they will benefit from the Peer Assistants program.

The Peer Assistant program was developed to help students deal with bullying, peer pressure, loneliness, and other problems facing high school teens every day.

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World Peace, True Happiness I mentioned a few columns back that I’ve written a blog since 2005. It’s really a daily journal about what’s going on in my life—thoughts, ideas and observations. A lot my columns originate with these blog entries. What’s interesting is that I’ve built up a following of people from around the globe—people who speak languages I can’t speak, or read. But through the miracle of modern technology, I can translate Spanish, French, Turkish, Greek or practically any language into English, and they can translate my words into their native tongues with the click of a button. I know I often use slang in my writing, so I can only imagine how it appears to my foreign friends. But I find it fascinating that this new technology makes our words and ideas accessible to each other. This opens a whole new world of possibilities for collaboration that until now was only accessible to a few people. How interesting is that? What I’ve learned is that people all over the world are alike in many ways. We all want food when we’re hungry, to keep our families safe, access to affordable healthcare and a chance to do meaningful work with our hands and minds. I don’t think that’s too much to ask! After all, we live in a garden. There is enough to go around if we can learn to take only what we need and share the rest. Imagine if all the countries around the world didn’t spend vast amounts of money on national defense. What if those dollars were spent on food production technologies, education, training and

renewable energy sources for countries across the globe? I did a little research and found that the US, Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany spend about a trillion dollars a year on defense. If all the smart people across the world got their heads together and used the translate button on their blogs to communicate, I bet with a trillion dollars a year they could solve almost any problem known to man. I read a story about a guy working in Africa, and he noticed a bunch of women standing around a windmill water pump and waiting for the wind to blow so they could carry water home to their families. He also learned that many women in small African villages couldn’t go to school because it was their responsibility to haul water home from distant water source. As he watched, he got an idea for a water pump that worked in a different way. He designed a water pump powered by children playing on a merry-go-round. As they frolicked and played, the merrygo-round went round and round. It also pumped all the water the villages needed. This simple invention freed up time wasted on waiting for the wind and made it possible for the women and young girls to attend school. I know many of you reading this think Rick has lost his marbles. There’s no way we could cut out defense spending. But what if we could? I must admit that it’s a pretty big leap from the translate button on my blog to World Peace and True Happiness, but what if?

Barbecue and blues combine for Bessemer festival Barbecue and blues are a great combination so make plans to attend the 2nd Annual Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival, Saturday, April 30 in downtown historic Bessemer. The event will feature talented awardwinning local and national blues musicians playing live from noon until 11 p.m. The street festival will be a good time to enjoy some great blues music, delicious Bob Sykes barbecue, children and adult activities. Be sure to bring a chair and the family and setup your spot for the day. The inaugural festival was held in 2010 at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla and drew around 3,500 people. Van Sykes, owner of Bob Sykes BarBQue, believes the move to Bessemer will be good for the city. “I want to help revitalize

Bessemer,” he said. Sykes will give a portion of the proceeds from the festival to the Downtown Bessemer Merchants Foundation, which will help develop and increase new businesses for the area. Sykes is planning the music lineup for the festival. “I’m in talks with some good blues artists and hope to announce some exciting things closer to the event,” he said. Bessemer has a historic role in the development of blues music; Gips Place in Bessemer is one of the last remaining authentic juke joints and attracts the region’s best bluesmen. To purchase festival tickets online, visit to Bob Sykes BarB-Que Restaurant and Courtyard Café and Bakery will also have tickets for sale.

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Mt Laurel writer combines crime story with a deeper message Bob Kuykendall has long enjoyed a love of writing and his first release, “The Addict,” is now available. The Mt. Laurel resident calls the book “fiction with a purpose.” A full-time special agent with the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, Kuykendall has been a federal agent for sixteen years and has also worked for the United States Postal Inspection Service and (in a support position) for the FBI. A father of two, Maddy and Cade, Kuykendall named the lead character in the book Special Agent Maddison “Maddy” Cade. Kuykendall won’t give away too many details on his thriller but calls the story more than a crime fiction and a book

with a purpose. “My hope is that readers are sucked into the story about crime and terrorism and are pleasantly surprised when they find they’ve been duped into reading a book with a life-related message,” Kuykendall said. In April Kuykendall plans to teach a class called “Average to Amazon - A Writer’s Boot Camp” through Shelby County’s Department of Education Adult Services. The book is available at Amazon. com under “The Addict Closed Case Files of Special Agent Maddison Cade” and also available through his website, Kuykendall may be contacted by email at bob@

Author Irene Latham weaves history, hature and art in second book of poems April is celebrated as National Poetry Month, providing an official opportunity for poetry lovers to delight in words and language. But for author Irene Latham, it’s a way to share the joy and to show others how poetry is found in all the nooks and crannies of life. “People are often intimidated by poetry,” said Latham, an Inverness area resident for the past 26 years. “But what poetry Inverness area author Irene Latham strives to do is illuminate the smallest moments in everyday life, including the heartache and After the 2010 release of her debut novel Leaving Gee’s Bend (Putnam/ Penguin), she wonder.” This is why her latest collection The is often asked why she continues to write Color of Lost Rooms (Blue Rooster Press, for a market as small as poetry. Poetry is ISBN: 978-0976255741) is pocket-sized her passion, Latham said. “I love the compressed emotion poetry and includes poems inspired by not only by images such as a spider’s web and a provides, how you can have an intense classic black dress but also a host of historic experience in a matter of minutes without characters like Hester Prynne and some art turning a page. Mostly I write for women pieces found in the National Museum of just like me—the introspective ones who crave a meaningful life.” Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. The book can be purchased with Praised for the simple, emotive quality of her writing, Latham was named 2006 inscription and autograph through Paypal Alabama Poet of the Year. Her first book at the author’s website www.irenelatham. of poems What Came Before was named com. For more information about Irene 2007 Book of the Year and earned a 2008 Latham or her books, please visit www. Independent Publisher’s (IPPY) Award. or contact her at 981-1935.

Botanical Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale relocates to Vestavia Hills Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale, slated for Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, is moving to the Vestavia Hills Shopping Center beside Red Lobster on Highway 31 in Vestavia Hills. One of the South’s largest plant sales, the sale will have more than 85,000 plants available, many starting at just $2. A record-breaking 7,400 shoppers attended the 2010 Spring Plant Sale, raising more than $260,000 to benefit the Gardens’ educational programs. The average annual date of frost-free temperatures in Alabama is March 26, making the Spring Plant Sale perfectly timed for worry-free planting. Selections include annuals, biannuals, bedding plants, camellias, daylilies, ferns, herbs, hostas, irises, natives, perennials, roses, shrubs, trees, tropical plants and vegetables. In addition to the abundance or flora, hundreds of knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to answer shoppers’ any

gardening question. The Spring Plant Sale kicks off with the Preview Party on Thursday, April 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance (or $50 at the door), giving guests first pick of the best-looking and rarest plants at the sale while enjoying food and wine. Partygoers will also take home a free signature plant, Angelonia, of their choice. The Members-Only Sale, a complimentary perk for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens members, follows the Preview Party from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Public sale hours are Friday, April 15 from 9 am- 7 pm, Saturday, April 16 from 9am- 5 pm, and Sunday, April 17 from 11am-3 pm. For more information about the Spring Plant Sale, including directions to Vestavia Hills Shopping Center and tickets to the Preview Party, visit www. or contact Shelly McCarty, special events coordinator, at 414-3965 or


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In March, my wife and I attended a family member’s wedding (on her side). This family member is one of our favoritesand one of those family members that the entire family celebrates. He was marrying a true “sweetheart of a gal,” a truly delightful young lady, beautiful and with a phenomenal heart—a perfect fit for him. It was a ceremony we were looking forward to attending and a ceremony that, dare I say it without sounding shallow, warmed your heart. Let me clarify: it was the kind of ceremony that caused you to reach over and grab your spouse’s hand because you were not just reminded of your own ceremony, you relived it. I was reminded and experienced all the hopes and dreams and purposes I had for committing my life to my wife in marriage. It was an incredibly moving ceremony. For example: my favorite moment in the ceremony was the entry of the bride. You see, I usually don’t watch the bride (I know, breach of etiquette). I am usually watching the groom, especially his face as his bride-to-be appears in his field of vision. I love that moment when he sees her for the first time in all of her wedding glory. In this particular ceremony, the bride requested that the “witnesses” remain seated as she entered (I know, gasp, but she preferred for everyone to stand not for her entry but during the reading of Scripture; as the minister pointed out, on the wedding day, the bride is “always right”). So everyone staying seated provided me a very clear view of the groom’s reaction. And what a

reaction the groom had when he saw her— oh my. He smiled, then his eyes went glossy as a tear formed on the bottom rim of each eye, and then he started to mutter (I did not ask him later what he was saying, but he appeared very grateful, so I assume they were prayers of thankfulness), and then the tears started to run down his face as the smile broadened out. When she arrived, he reached out his hand and she reached up to his cheek. And they just stared at each other. Glad. Grateful. Glorious. I melted. My wife turned to me and chuckled. My son patted my hand. And like the groom, I did not wipe the tears away but enjoyed their feel on my face, and this moment of pure joy that rained and reigned. Whew. Another favorite part of a wedding weekend, if I am privileged enough to be invited, is the rehearsal dinner. The meal is usually some reflection of the couple, and these days there is often a multimedia display of the lives of the bride and groom, which reflects the journey the two have made in order to arrive at this place and time. But the best part are the “speeches” that occur after the meal; the stories, the reflections, the hopes, prayers and blessings, especially the blessings. Blessings are part prayer, part hope, part prophecy; they are amazing utterances that send a tingle down the spine and stir the passions of the soul as they impart a vision for the couple for the present as well as the

future. They are powerful. And I love them. I work with a lot of couples, both pre- and post-marital. It is a journey I really enjoy taking with each of them, in whatever season of need they have. And in each season of the year, a common theme usually arises. If I could proclaim a blessing over the marriages that occur this spring season of 2011 in the greater Birmingham area, based on the theme I am seeing this season, it would be this: Speak the truth in love to one another. In doing so, fear not the loss of the other. Such fear often leads to withholding in order to spare hurt feelings or to avoid provoking an unnecessary fight. But FEAR NOT; take the step of faith to speak the truth in a compassionate and understanding way. Your spouse needs to experience the weight of the truth you see and hear it the gracious way only you can speak it, so that intimacy and growth may occur for you as individuals and as a union. So, speak the truth in love to one another. In doing so, you will be moving with intention to making real the hopes, dreams, and purposes you intended for your marital union. And you will be glad, grateful and, dare we say it, glorious. To talk further about the hopes, dreams and blessings for your own marriage, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. You may reach us at 205-967-3660, or visit the website at Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as a professionally licensed marriage and family therapist at Samaritan.

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North Shelby Baptist welcomes the community to their annual Easter drama, April 15-17. Photo by Randy Tingle.

North Shelby Baptist Church continues its tradition of producing an annual Easter drama with “Images of the Savior.” The one-hour drama and musical event will be held April 15, 16 and 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The Easter production tells the story of Christ’s life, death and resurrection through a cast of 40 costumed actors and 45 choir members. Admission to the event is free and open to the community. The church has been producing an Easter drama since 1999. “We chose to do a large drama with music at Easter because it gives us a chance to show the whole life of Christ,” said Randy Tingle, minister of music and administrator at North Shelby Baptist. “We try and make it a very special event in our area, and the timing works

well with our cast and choir for putting this large of a drama together.” The church is excited that evangelist Ken Freeman from San Antonio will be speaking at the close of the event each evening. Freeman visited the church last year to an enthusiastic reception. Freeman will also follow up the Easter production weekend by hosting a revival at North Shelby Baptist on April 18-20 also at 6:30 p.m. A video preview of “Images of the Savior” will be available on the church’s website, North Shelby Baptist Church is located off Hwy. 280 between Ebsco and the Narrows. For additional information, contact the church office at 995-9056.

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It’s time to welcome spring at Mt Laurel Mt. Laurel will host its Spring Festival on Saturday, April 9. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The fun includes a farmers market and craft fair, inflatables, a hayride, music, face painting and festival concessions. This is always a popular and much-

anticipated day in the community to usher in the springtime and celebrate being outdoors again. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Mt Laurel website, or call 408-8696.

Decorator’s ShowHouse set for April 30–May 15 The Symphony Volunteer Council of the Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc. is proud to present the 2011 Decorator’s ShowHouse at the Thomas E. Jernigan residence in Mountain Brook. The home will be open for tours April 30 through May 15. The ShowHouse will be open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday nights 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The home is currently listed for sale through Realty South. Information for presale ticket outlets and online ticket ordering will be available through www.symphonyvolunteercouncil. org. Visitors are asked to park and ride a shuttle from Mountain Brook Community Church located on the corner of Hwy. 280

.E and Dolly Ridge/Cahaba River Road. The last shuttle leaves one hour before the house closes. No parking is allowed at the house. The Symphony Volunteer Council is the largest volunteer support group of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. It is organized to support the mission and activities of the Alabama Symphonic Association and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The Decorators’ ShowHouse is part of the Volunteer Council’s commitment to raise funds for the Endowment Fund. The Council is also involved in various educational projects and other fund raising events, and stands ready to assist staff in various projects. The Council sponsors an annual competitive young artists Music Scholarship program.

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My daughter Ella has a new morning routine. Instead of waking up and heading straight to the den, she now stops at her sister’s nursery. If Camille is awake, Ella takes her from the crib and carries her into the den with her. If Camille is asleep, Ella rustles around until her eyes open. Then she rescues her baby sister from behind the iron bars. It’s very sweet, and for a while I thought Ella was trying to be helpful. She calls herself Camille’s “second mommy” and takes the job very seriously. At eight years old, Ella loves babies. She even dreams of having an orphanage one day. I didn’t realize how important this morning ritual was to Ella until the day I interrupted it. I heard Camille crying in her crib, and as Ella lay sound-asleep in a nearby bedroom, I took the baby and fed her breakfast. Soon after, Ella woke up. I heard her pitter-patter to the nursery, pause, and then rush to the den. When she saw Camille in the highchair, happily eating Cheerios, her face fell. “Mommy! Why’d you get Camille out of the crib? I like to do that.” Ella was upset—and on the verge on tears. I tried to reason with her, explain that she’d have many more mornings to play hero, but she wouldn’t hear it. The way she saw it, her day was ruined. I’d stolen her thunder. I asked Ella a few days later why, exactly, she liked to get the baby. She thought a moment and then said, “Well, when I walk in her room, Camille looks sad. But as soon as she sees me, she’s happy. She gets all smiley and bounces up and down. It makes me feel good.” I told Ella I could relate to that. I’ve always loved the rush of walking into a nursery and seeing my baby light up at the sight of me. What struck me about her answer was not the observation but her awareness of it. Even at a young age, Ella understands the powerful draw of someone who makes her feel good. It makes her gravitate toward Camille’s nursery every morning. It induces tears on the days she doesn’t get her “fix.”

I learn a lot about human nature through my kids. In this case, I realized that what I thought was a lesson I’d tapped into over time—to seek the company of uplifting people—is actually intuitive wisdom. In other words, we’re all wired to find love. When we meet someone who radiates it, we naturally crave their company. Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” After coming across this quote recently, I thought about people I hadn’t seen in ten to twenty years. I immediately realized how true the statement is. Despite the time gap, I can remember who made me laugh, who made me cringe, who built me up, who dragged me down. Imagining some people brought a smile to my face. Imagining others put a pit in my stomach. People do, indeed, remember how you made them feel. Of course, it only seemed fair for me to consider the flip side, too: How have I made other people feel? Whose feelings have I hurt, inadvertently or not? Just because I’m not a bully or cold-hearted person doesn’t mean I’ve never deflated someone’s spirit. Maybe I ignored someone in a time of need. Maybe I shot down someone’s self-esteem. Maybe I mistreated someone providing me a service. Whatever the case, I’m not naïve enough to believe that I’ve evoked nothing but happiness in others. There’s a reason why Ella longs to see her youngest sister each morning. It’s the same reason we all flock to babies: Because they’re heavenly, as pure and innocent as a person gets. They see our beauty through a magnifying glass, listen without judging, warm our hearts by their presence. In essence, babies are love. The way we feel as a result of that is something we can all take to heart. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Mountain Brook mom of four with a background in PR, writing, and photography. Visit her website at, find her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at kari@karikampakis. com.

Egg-citing egg hunts Check out these local events for great Easter fun. Bring your basket and enjoy!

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18th Annual Indian Springs Village Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 23, 3pm, Indian Springs Village Town Hall. In case of rain, please stop by between 3 - 4 pm to pick up a goody bag. All children through the age of 12 are invited. Be ready to hunt for eggs, trinkets, candy and cash prizes.

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Oak Mountain State Park, Saturday, April 23, 10 am – 2 pm. Activities include: egg hunt, face painting, cake hop, hayrides, moonwalk, sack races, concessions and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Two hunts will be held: one hunt will be at 11 am, and the second hunt will start at 1 pm. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children (6-11), free for 5 & under, $1 for seniors (62+). Some activities have a small fee of $1 each. For more information, call 620-2520 or visit www.

Meadow Brook Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 16, 9 – 11am. The church is located at 4984 Meadow Brook Road. The egg hunt event is separated into age groups to make it fun for even the youngest participants. There will also be Greystone

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Children with baskets in hand ready for the start of last year’s Easter egg hunt at Meadow Brook Baptist Church. Photo by Kelley Young.

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Local young adult author to speak at library

Inverness author Roger Reid. Photo by NewSouth Books.

Roger Reid has long explored Alabama writing, directing and producing “Discovering Alabama,” an Emmy award-winning series on Alabama Public Television. Now he has brought these settings to life in series of young adult novels about the adventures of 14-year-old sleuth Jason Caldwell. Their combination of intriguing mystery and scientific fact is popular with both middle schoolers and adults alike. Reid, who lives in Inverness, recently released his third book in the series, “Time.” Reid will speak and sign books April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the North Shelby Library, 5521 Cahaba Valley Road. In addition to talking about the books, he will show fossils and artifacts from the forest and space where the novels are set. Reid will also talk to homeschooled children about fossils at the library the following day. After years writing for television, Reid realized the natural world he knew so well would make a good setting for a novel. He would share each chapter he wrote with his daughter, Emily, then in fourth grade. If Emily, now a student at Oak Mountain High School, wanted to know more, he would

write the next chapter. Eventually, he had 37 chapters for a finished book, “Longleaf.” Reid produced shows for “Discovering Alabama” on each of the settings in his novels. His first novel, “Longleaf,” is set in Conechu National Forest near Andalusia; the second, “Space,” is aptly set in Huntsville. In “Time,” Jason Caldwell explores the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site in northern Alabama; it is the richest source of vertebrate trackways of its age. “Readers enjoy reading something about their state,” Reid said. Kate Etheredge, Young Adult Service Librarian at North Shelby, said she hadn’t had a chance to read “Time” yet because it is always checked out. Fellow author Homer Hickam praised the book. “I loved this story of young romance, mystery, and fossil-hunting!” he said. “Mr. Reid has written a highly entertaining book that also teaches us some very interesting lessons on paleontology and love which turns out to be a delightful combination. Nicely paced, good characters, intriguing story. Highly recommended!” For information on Roger Reid’s work or to read first chapters of his novels, visit

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doing it,” said Donna Livesay, who started recycling in October after receiving a notice about it in the mail. “It’s amazing how much you can recycle,” Livesay said. “Our recycling bin is bulging full now, and it has really cut down on our trash.” She especially likes that she can recycle water bottles and cardboard boxes from deliveries. Forty-four percent of U.S. municipal solid waste is either paper, plastic, or aluminum, all of which the Waste Management service accepts for recycling. Livesay also thinks that the fivedollar fee for the can and pickup service is a “great deal.” Other subscribers to the pickup service note how simple it is. “I couldn’t imagine it being any easier—you don’t even have to sort it,” said Kristen Russo, who has been recycling for many years. Paper, plastics, and aluminum cans can all be placed in the bin together. Waste Management then delivers it to Alabama Recycling for sorting and processing. There are no local recycling centers that accept glass at this time, Waste Management said. Russo, who drove her recycling downtown beforehand, also said the service is “such an easy way to care for the environment and feel good doing it with

hardly any trouble.” Jeff Middleton, a Shelby resident of 10 years, had always driven his recycling to a collection site as well. “It was a blessing when I found out we can do it through the pickup service,” he said. “It was a sticky mess to take it to Heardmont [Park].” When asked about the possibility of more frequent pick-up, a decrease in the fee, and other adjustments to the service in the future, Douglas notes that it depends on the response from the area. “The more residents recycle,” she said, “the more change is likely to happen.” “280 Living” asked residents and Waste Management, “Why recycle?” The overwhelming answer: every pound of recyclables collected is one less pound of trash that goes into the landfill. “If people really understood growing landfills and the impact [recycling has] on saving the environment,” Middleton said, “they would contribute more. One person can make a difference. One neighborhood can make a difference.” To subscribe to Waste Management’s recycling pickup service, call 841-2740. To learn more about their recycling program, visit


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Painting from the heart By Kathryn Acree Meadow Brook’s Sharon Allsbrook remembers the excitement of a new box of crayons, the big box that had a sharpener on the side. “I’ve always loved color, loved to paint,” Allsbrook said. “I try and find time to paint everyday.” Her hobby took on a new life when asked by a friend to paint scripture paintings for her daughters’ rooms. Her first “client” was thrilled with Allsbrook’s work, and her daughter encouraged her to sell her paintings through the Etsy website. Hanging Halo scripture paintings were born. Backed by her supportive and encouraging husband, Nink, and her enthusiastic kids, Kelley and Michael, Allsbrook signed up for her first show, the Briarwood Christmas Shop, in Nov. 2009. 2010 would prove to be an even busier year when Allsbrook committed to appearances at 10 to 12 local craft fairs. Her paintings, both colorful and inspirational in the bible verses they feature, can be for children’s rooms, kitchens or anywhere in the home. She has a collection of favorite verses she loves to paint, but special orders can be made as well. Her personal preference is to always include a scripture and keep that central in the artwork. Her most popular design is a row of colorful houses with the words, “As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.” 2011 will be a little more “quiet” for Allsbrook as she only plans booths at the Spring Dazzle arts and craft show April 1

Meadow Brook’s Sharon Allsbrook with some of her scripture paintings. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

and 2 and the Hollydazzle Show usually held in December. “I believe the Lord has equipped us all with gifts and purpose that he thought of before we were even born,” Allsbrooks said. “He doesn’t need us, but lovingly gifts us and invites us to join Him in what He’s doing.” Sharon Allsbrook’s Hanging Halo paintings are available at hanginghalo. or on the Hanging Halo page on Facebook. Visit her at the Spring Dazzle Crafts Market starting April 1 at 9 am. The event is located at the old Linens ‘n Things location in River Ridge Shopping Center in front of Target on Hwy. 280. Proceeds of the entrance fee to this year’s event will benefit Hope for Gabe.

Fuller Named Superintendent of the Year by the Alabama School Communicators Association Shelby County Schools Superintendent Randy Fuller has been recognized with the Dr. Joyce M. Sellers Superintendent of the Year award from the Alabama School Communicators Association. Mr. Fuller was honored by the organization during their annual conference on February 11. The award is named in memory of long-term Tuscaloosa County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joyce Sellers and recognizes a superintendent who employs effective communication strategies to promote their school and school-related activities. Mr. Fuller was credited with implementing several new programs in the district that all utilize good communication strategies including the Continuous School Improvement process, an ongoing strategic plan that includes communication as one of 12 strategic areas, and a Key Leaders Network that is used to communicate important information about the district to government, civic, and business leaders. Mr. Fuller was also recognized for the “Renew Now for Our Children’s Future” tax renewal campaign, which was used to communicate the importance of the

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Shelby County Schools Superintendent Randy Fuller. Photo by Shelby County Schools.

election to Shelby County citizens. “I am very honored to have been selected by the Alabama School Communicators Association for this award,” Fuller said. “Effective communication holds the key to success in our school system as well as our everyday lives.”

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The Greater Shelby County Education Foundation (GSCEF) received a $41,950 grant from the Community Health Foundation to benefit health rooms in all Shelby County Schools. The Greater Shelby County Education Foundation is supported by the education initiative of The Partnership, a collaboration of businesses, municipalities and county governments and Shelby County schools. The foundation was formed as an advocate for quality public education in Shelby County, and operates independently of the Board of Education. “Not only does the Education Foundation provide financial support for schools, we strive to strengthen partnerships between communities, businesses and educators,” said Heather Stripling, The Partnership Initiative

Coordinator. “The Greater Shelby County Education Foundation is proud to partner with the Community Health Foundation in providing much needed health room supplies in our schools.” “As business leaders, we recognize that the school system we have in Shelby County affects every aspect of our lives in the county,” said Jennifer Trammell, president of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and The Partnership, “Our economic development, growth and the quality of life that we enjoy are all positively impacted because of Shelby County Schools.” For more information about The Partnership and the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation, contact Heather Stripling at or call (205) 663-4542.

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By Madoline Markham

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Monday: closed Tues, Wed, Thur, and Sun: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Holly White is a craftsperson. Each slice of thin crust pizza she creates is evidence of her careful handiwork. No topping is out of place. No slice is the slightest bit uneven in distribution of homemade sauce and cheese. “It has to be pretty for me; I don’t know why,” the California native said. White’s craft is the reason you come to her pizzeria. Each hearty slice of the thin crust pizza is coated with the amount of cheese and toppings that you would have specially request at some restaurants. Three of the eight slices in a 12-inch pie will leave you more than satisfied for a meal. The menu at Holly’s is simple: one pizza size, two sauces and eight topping options. That’s it. That’s just how White and business partner Andrew Almanza want it now. The pizza is what they want people to eat and talk about, not a salad, not any other menu item. They do offer a beer and wine list to compliment the pizza though. “Holly makes everything, but her pizza is the best,” Almanza said. Before opening the restaurant, friends and family would rave about White’s pizza. White created her signature thin crust by crafting what she liked about other crusts into something distinctly hers. “It’s different,” she said. Likewise, the red and white sauces started as basic recipes that she tweaked until they were just right.

“Friends had always said, ‘Oh, you should do that [make pizza] for a living,’” Almanza said. Together Almanza and Holly had nearly twenty years of experience in the restaurant industry, so they thought they’d give the pizza business a try. After moving to Birmingham in early 2010, they found a former pizza delivery restaurant at the corner of Highway 280 and Highway 119 and remodeled it to make a dining area. By November, they were open for business. Holly White adds toppings to one of her signature pizzas. “Many people have said it’s the best pizza they’ve had,” day. “There’s no freezer in the back, only White said. “Even some people who don’t a fridge,” she said. To ensure each day’s like pizza like it because it’s different.” crust and sauce batch are up to perfection, Almanza said that some customers have Almanza and White taste a sample pizza left complimentary notes on the paper before serving customers. Almanza and White’s favorite placemats. No doubt it’s the fresh approach of combination is white sauce, chicken, Holly’s recipes that draws regulars from mushrooms, jalapeños, and green peppers. as far as Calera and downtown. Instead Customers like three meats on white or red of mozzarella, White uses provolone and sauce. Pepperoni, mushroom, and green three “secret cheeses.” She seasons all the pepper became a popular request after chicken, sausage, and pepperoni. She hand Holly’s sent a $5 gift certificate mailer with chops the vegetables. She grates the cheese. a picture of the combination. Not sure whether you want white sauce She prepares everything freshly each

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or red? Get half on one side and half on the other, and adjust the toppings accordingly. Almanza recommends toppings like chicken and mushrooms on the white sauce and toppings like pepperoni and sausage and peppers on the red. What’s next? Holly’s is adding 8-inch and 17-inch pizza size options in next couple of weeks. The owners are considering delivery service and expanding the menu one day. Holly said that she experimented with a thick crust a few weeks ago. It might make it to the menu, but it will meet this craftsperson’s meticulous standards first.

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SHOAL CREEK, cover story this side of town again,” said James Vibert, an employee at Inverness Golf & Repair. “It’s easy to get to, and Shoal Creek is just awesome. I’ve played there a handful of times, and it’s always in perfect shape and has a beautiful design.” Every tournament at Shoal Creek is part of the legacy of Hall Thompson, a Birmingham golfer and businessman who passed away in October 2010 at age 87. When he and Jack Nicklaus first scoped out land in Dunnavant Valley for the course in 1974, Nicklaus said there was room for not one but two courses. Thompson shot down the idea, asserting that there would be only one course, a superior course. That course opened in 1977. “Everyone talks about how it is a Jack Nicklaus-designed course, but it wasn’t just Jack Nicklaus-designed—it was Hall Thompson-designed,” Williamson said. “All the changes we had been making to the course to bring back the majors were his doing, and he was excited when he found out [about the tournament]. He’ll definitely



be watching from somewhere else.” The Champions Tour tournaments culminate in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco in November. Unlike the nonmajor Regions Charity Classic previously held annually at Robert Trent Jones Trail at Ross Bridge, major tournaments like the Regions Tradition feature a stronger field that plays 72 holes instead of 54 as well as a larger purse. First conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, membership of the prestigious Champions Tour’s is professional golfers age 50 and older. The Tradition began in 1989 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. The tournament moved to Oregon in 1999, where it stayed until coming to Shoal Creek this year. “Shoal Creek provided a fantastic test when I won in 1984, and it will be just as challenging for the players at the Regions Tradition next year,” Lee Trevino, winner of 29 Champions Tour events, told the PGA when the tournament was announced in August 2010. Both Trevino



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and Wayne Grady won the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, respectively, with a three-stoke margin. “Players say Shoal Creek has an excellent layout and excellent conditions and that everything is right in front of you so that good shots are rewarded,” Williamson said. He also said that green speeds will be up at the tournament with the lower humidity this time of year. Fred Funk is the defending champion of the tournament, and World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite and Tom Watson are past champions of the Tradition. Other notable committed players include Fred Couples, Tom Layman, Mark Calcavecchia, Corey Paven, John Cook, Peter Jacobsen, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara and Nick Price. Which player will win? “How well the players can hit straight and how well they putt will dictate the score,” Williamson said. “Ours is a fairly tree-lined golf course, and our greens have a lot of subtleties.” Condaleezza Rice will be the honorary chairperson for the event and will be playing

in Wednesday’s Pro-Am. The former U.S. Secretary of State and Birmingham native took up golf in 2005 and became a Shoal Creek member in 2009. Auburn football coach Gene Chizik and Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant will face off in an Alabama vs. Auburn putting challenge Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. In keeping with the Regions Charity Classic tradition, Children’s Hospital will be the Tradition’s primary beneficiary. The Golf Channel will be broadcasting tournament coverage Thursday through Sunday. Kids 18 and under get into the grounds free with a ticketed adult. Grounds tickets range from $10 to $30 depending on the day; pavilion tickets range from $25 to $45. A tournament weekly pass is available for $95. Free parking is available at the corner of Highway 119 and Highway 280. Shuttle buses will transport people to Shoal Creek. For more information and to buy and print tickets, visit

Trails of Africa zoo exhibit to open Easter weekend Visitors to the Birmingham Zoo will be among the first in the world to see a herd of all-male elephants outside of Africa. The 14-acre Trails of Africa exhibit will host a herd of African bull elephants. The grand opening is scheduled for opening April 2224. Elephants Bulwagi, the 30-year-old patriarch of the tribe, and Callee will be roaming their new natural habitat. Soon, Ajani from Indianapolis Zoo and PhaboUmasai from the Dresden Zoo in Germany will join the herd. With a preference for moderate to subtropical climates, the animals will no doubt be at home in Birmingham. Their new open-space habitat features two watering holes, a muddy area for wallowing, a garden of trees and shrubs for munching and plenty of room to roam. After the elephants become accustomed to one another, the zoo will transition hippos, rhinos, red river hogs and other species into the main yard. The exhibit, located between current giraffes and the current rhino and hippo exhibits, will constantly change as the other species rotate in and out of the yard.

Children and adults can learn about African species as well as global wildlife conservation. A play yard will house a larger-than-life ant mound, African drums and other interactive aspects for children. The new Safari Café in the exhibit offers sandwiches, salads and snack foods that appeal to both children and adults; the offerings are different than the existing Kudzu Café. The open-air, thatched Safari Peak area can be rented for events and catering in evenings. The $12.5 million exhibit also focuses on the care, conservation and breeding of threatened elephants. The Large Animal Isolation & Research Facility (LAIR) will set course for future revitalization of zoo and future elephant exhibit. The research facility is not open to the public but is available for VIP and special tours. The zoo will continue to complete improvements to the Trails of Africa exhibit as well as other updates to its facilities. For more information on visiting the Birmingham Zoo, visit www.

Get discounted teeth whitening, give to local children’s charities During May and June you can get a professional teeth whitening treatment for a reduced price, and better yet, all the fee goes to charity. Dr. Tom Dudney of Greystone Smile Design and other area dentists are participating in the Smiles for Life, a program through dental organization Crown Council. “It’s nice for patients to know they are getting something and giving something,” Dudney said. One hundred percent of the whitening fee goes toward children’s charities. Dentists donate their time, and Discus Dental donates the whitening supplies. Patients pay the Smiles for Life program, not the dentist’s office, and the treatment can be written off for tax purposes. The dentists donate up to 50 percent of the treatment fee toward their local children’s nonprofit of choice, and the remainder goes to national children’s charities through Smiles for Life. Dr. Dundey donates to Camp Smile-A-Mile, a camp for children who have cancer. “It gives us a chance to do something to give back to community,” Dr. Dudney said. Dentists participating in Smiles for Life have raised $27 million for charity since the program started in 1998. The whitening treatment is Day

White or Nite White systems. For both, the patient is fitted with custom-molded tooth whitening trays and given a tooth whitening formula. The at-home portion of the treatment takes one to two weeks. Most professional whitening treatments cost between $350 and $500, but Dr. Dudney offers the treatment for $200. Dudney also suggests giving the whitening treatment as a gift. Three other Birmingham area dentists offer whitening services through the Smiles for Life program. Dr. Michael Maniscalco, whose office is located at the Colonnade (967-9100), charges $250 and donates to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Dr. James L. Sanderson of Birmingham Laser Dentistry in Hoover donates a $275 fee to Magic Moments of Birmingham, which fulfills the non-medical wishes of chronically ill Alabama children. Dr. J. Paul Koch of Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Southside (933-0323) donates a $450 fee to Kathryn Ann Kirchner Foundation, which aids children with cystic fibrosis in Dr. Koch’s sister’s memory. For more information on Smiles for Life, visit To make an appointment with Dr. Dundey at Greystone Smile Design, call 981-7775.

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Troop 119 holds bridging ceremony

Webelos II Scouts who bridged over into Troop 119 from Pack 119 are Alex Tucker, Sam Shroyer, David Shannon, Barrett Pickering, Zander Kazzie, Casen Browning, Dylan Marcrum, Jack Ingram, Carter Goodwin, and Jake Maddux.

On Feb. 8 the residents of Somerby at St. Vincent’s 119 hosted the Boy Scouts Bridging Ceremony for Troop 119, chartered by The Church at Brook Hills. Ten Webelos II Scouts and their parents from Pack 119 participated in the bridging ceremony, which was conducted by the Boy Scouts of Troop 119 and Scoutmaster Greg Tucker. To start the night, Webelos II Leader Lyle Shroyer presented each of the ten scouts with the Arrow of Light Award. This is the highest award a Cub Scout can obtain. Each of the ten scouts worked hard to complete the requirements for this award that will be worn on their Boy Scout uniform.

The ten Webelos II scouts and their parents were called forward to a bridge prepared for the ceremony made of twelve steps. Each of the twelve steps contains one of the words from the Boy Scout Law: “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent”. Before the Webelos Scouts crossed the bridge, two of the Troop 119 Boy Scouts removed the Cub Scout epplets from their uniform. The scouts and their parents then crossed the bridge. On the other side, more Boy Scouts were waiting to apply the Boy Scout epplets to their uniform and also

provide them with their copy of the Boy Scout Handbook. The final portion of the ceremony involved more Boy Scouts presenting each of the new scouts with their new Troop 119 neckerchief for their uniform. Additionally, the Troop presented neckerchiefs and epplets to three new Assistant Scoutmasters: Lyle Shroyer, Mike Kazzie, and Phil Goodwin, who also joined the Troop with the new scouts. After the ceremony, a great buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres were provided by the residents of Somerby for the scouts and parents in attendance.


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Businesses unite for the first Bham Fashion Week Birmingham joins the echelon of other trendsetters around the country with the launch of its own annual Birmingham Fashion Week. This single event has already created such a buzz that it will be extended to three days next year and will include local and national designers, boutiquesand a competition for emerging designers and models. Birmingham Fashion Week (BFW) benefits Camp Smile-A-Mile, a year-round program for children in Alabama with cancer. The event kicks off April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at The Historic Rucker Place, 1804 12th Ave South, with a VIP cocktail hour followed by general admission at 7:30 pm. The runway show will debut a nationally recognized designer Lauren Leonard — Leona and our very own nationally ranked menswear store Shaia’s. The evening would not be complete without a royal wedding-inspired runway by none other than Birmingham’s own celebrity designer Heidi Elnora. Guests will also enjoy live music from DJ Coco and an after party at Innisfree. Many national corporations along with several local businesses are among the first to sponsor this world-class fashion event: Pink Berry, Sephora, MAC cosmetics, Vitamin Water, Brooks Brothers, Gus Meyer, Aveda Institute, Miss AL USA organization and Morgan Creek Winery, among others. For more information on Birmingham Fashion Week visit their website at www. Tickets are $100 for VIP and $35 for general admission. For ticket information or to purchase tickets to the event, call 3238427 or go online,

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April Calendar of Events

Music & Arts

4/1- 1 p.m. Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Red Diamond Pop Series. Michael

Cavanaugh. Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Concert Hall. $24- $72. Call 205-251-7727 or visit for more information. 4/7- 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. Birmingham Revealed! 2011 Winter Series. Bobby Horton: The Stories of Alabama Folk Art. Vulcan Park. $15. Cash bar available. Call 205-9331409 or visit for more information 4/13-4/16- Southern Conference On Cast Iron Art. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is hosting the 6th Biennial Conference on Cast Iron Art. The emphasis here is on student learning and participation; the goal is the production of art. For more information please contact Sloss Furnaces Metal Arts Curator Paige Wainwright at 205-324-1911 or visit 4/15-16- Widespread Panic with Charlie Daniels Band(15th) and Big Gigantic (16th). Verizon Wireless Music Center.n Admission charged. Visit http://www. for more information. 4/19- 7 p.m. Southern Circuit at the Alys Stephens Center. Tour of Independent Filmakers & Their Movies. Alys Stephens Center. Admission. Call 205-975-2787 or visit for more information. 4/23- 8pm. Jonny Lang in Concert. Alys Stephens Center. Admission charged. Call 205-975-2787 or visit for more information. 4/28-4/30- Amadeus. Dane Peterson Theatre Series. In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Virginia Samford Theatre. $25/ $15 students. Call 205-251-1206 or visit 4/28-4/30- Alabama Ballet presents American Masterpieces. Alabama Ballet closes its diverse season with three works by two giants of twentieth century choreography: Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Agnes de Mille’s The Other and Three Virgins and a Devil. Added to the mix will be an original piece by Alabama Ballet’s own Roger Van Fleteren. Alys Stephens Center. Admission charged. Call 205-322-4300 or visit for more information. 4/29- 8 p.m. One Night of Queen. Alys Stephens Center. Admission charged. Call 205975-2787 or visit for more information.

Gardening/Nature 4/2- 1 p.m. Alabama Wildlife Center Get Wild. Get Wild, a free, monthly family-

oriented program promoting bird conservation and stewardship. Each program is hosted by wild bird educators and will feature a different topic. A visit inside the workings of the unique rehabilitation clinic, or maybe even a hands-on service project for some wild bird patients. Alabama Wildlife Center. Free after state park admission- $3 adults, $1 children & senior citizens. 205-663-7930. Call 205-663-7930 or visit for more information. 4/1-4/30- 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. daily. Baby Season at the Alabama Wildlife Center. Visitors can observe the care of Alabama native wild bird patients in the nurseries, solarium and raptor flight cages through one-way glass viewing windows. Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park. Free after state park admission- $3 adults, $1 children & senior citizens. Call 205-663-7930 or visit for more information. 4/15-17- Opens at 9 a.m. daily. Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale, Vestavia Hills Shopping Center next to Red Lobster on Hwy. 31. More than 85,000 plants available. Sale raises funds for the Gardens’ educational programs. Call Shelly McCarty at 414-3965 for more information.

Theatre 4/13-4/17- 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday. UAB Theatre presents “Three Sisters.” Passionate

and restless Olga, Masha and Irina Prozorov dream of escaping the isolation and monotony of their provincial garrison town for more cultured, meaningful lives in Moscow. Three Sisters is regarded by many critics as the best drama of the 20th century. UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Sirote Theatre. $15 and $18. Call 205975-2787 or visit for more information.

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HEARDMONT PARK SENIOR CENTER CALENDAR Save the Date: May 19th, Shelby Co. Senior Picnic in Alabaster SPECIAL MARCH EVENTS:

APR 5 -Lunch Bunch Outing APR 11 –Easter Bonnet Contest & Blood Pressure Clinic w/ New Beacon APR 8 -Dance, 7 – 9 PM APR 12- Couponing Class APR 13- Montgomery outing, 9 - 4 APR 19- Strawberry picking, 9 – 3 APR 21 – Harrison Regional Library program APR 22- Center Closed today

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4/1-4/30- Southern Museum of Flight Colorful Kite Tales Exhibit and Programs. Colorful Kite Tales Exhibition chronicles the colorful history and science of kites. Special tours available. $7 per person. Group reservations required. Southern Museum of Flight. Call 205-833-8226 or visit for more information. 4/15-4/17- Oak Mountain Middle School Expo. Friday 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Parking $5.00 per car, Armbands $15.00 Friday and Saturday, $10.00 armbands Sunday. Lots of food, fun and entertainment including a battle of the bands, gospel singing and antique car show, plus booths from local vendors. 4/16- Easter Egg Hunt. Meadow Brook Baptist Church. Fun begins at 9 a.m.. Inflatables, crafts and cookie decorating. 4984 Meadow Brook Road. 4/23, Indian Springs Village Easter Egg Hunt. 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Indian Springs Village Town Hall. 4/23- 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Oak Moutain State Park. Egg hunts held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., face painting, cake hop, hayrides, moonwalk, sack races, concessions and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Fee for entrance to park fee, small fee for some activities. 4/30-5/1-Gates open at 7 a.m. Dusty Bottoms Rodeo. Hidden Creek Ranch, Sterrett. Ages 2-16 test their rodeo skills. Visit for more information.

Sports 4/8-4/10- Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. See all your favorite open wheel racing superstars. Call 800-240-2300 or visit for more information. 4/15-4/17- Aaron’s Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Admission charged. Call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit for more information.

Save the Date 5/2-8- The Regions Tradition, a major championship on the PGA Champions Tour. Shoal Creek. The first of five major championships on the 2011 Champions Tour season 5/7- 6th Annual Gumbo Gala. Caldwell Park. Do you have the best gumbo in Birmingham? Gather a team and compete. Benefitting the mission of Episcopal Place. For more information, find the event on Facebook under “Gumbo Gala” or call 939-0085.

Special Events 4/2- 2011 Race Without Limits. Railroad Park. This is a charity event benefits United Cerebral Palsy and is an 8K race and 1-mile fun run. Visit www.racewithoutlimits. com for more information. 4/9- Birmingham Walk MS. One-mile and three-mile route options for all participants. Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m.; the walk begins at 9 a.m. The celebration will continue in Homewood Central Park with refreshments, announcements, awards, and entertainment. The event is free, but we do have teams that raise donations. Call 205-879-8881 for more information. 4/9- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cajun Cook-off Fundraiser for Girls Inc. Two competitions: Gumbo and Jambalaya and Open Cajun/Creole. Attendees will sample dishes and vote for their favorite. Admission charged. Call 205- 599-5683 for more information. 4/8-9- 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Assistance League® of Birmingham is sponsoring a huge multi-family garage sale to support their three philanthropic programs. Inside PrimeTime Treasures at 1755 Oxmoor Road in Homewood. 4/15-17- “Images of the Savior” Easter Drama. North Shelby Baptist Church. 6:30 p.m. each night. For more information, contact the church office at 995-9056. 4/16- 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Vulcan Park and Museum’s 2011 Spring Walking Tour Series: Highland Avenue – Led by Pam King and Linda Nelson. $12; $10 Vulcan Members. Space is limited. Pre-registration strongly suggested. Call 205.933.1409 or visit for more information. 4/16- 7 a.m.-2p.m.. Eagle Point subdivision neighborhood-wide garage sale day. Look for red balloons indicating homes participating in sale. 4/19- Birmingham Fashion Week. Benefitting Camp Smile-A-Mile. 6:30 p.m. VIP Cocktail Hour. 7:30 p.m. Doors Open to Public. The Historic Rucker Place, 1804 12th Avenue South. 4/30- 2nd Annual Bob Syke’s BBQ and Blues Festival. Noon to 11 p.m. On 19th Street North between 3rd and 2nd Avenue North, which is located across the street from the Bright Star Restaurant. Call 205-243-9492 or visit for more information. 4/30-5/15- The 2011 Decorator’s Showhouse, presented by the Symphony Volunteer Council of the Alabama Symphonic Association. Times vary. Thomas E. Jernigan residence in Mountain Brook. Visit for more information on tickets and times.


4/5- 6:30 p.m.-9p.m. Noelle Webb from Tidbits Baking Company demonstrates her

three most popular Tidbits. $15 class fee. Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125. Call 980-3661 for class information. 4/7- 6:30 p.m.–9p.m. Beyond the Pastawith Mark Leslie: Pasta-Making and Cooking Demonstration. $35 class fee. Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125. Call 980-3661 for class information. 4/12- 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Cookie Decorating for Spring with Vanessa McNeil Rocchio of the Southern Living test kitchen. $35 class fee. Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125. Call 980-3661 for class information. 4/14- 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Classic Spanish Paella. Led by Susan Green with Ruben Raposo of Roposos Gourmet and Tapas. $35 class fee. Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125. Call 980-3661 for class information. 4/26- 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Sharpen your Knife Skills, Part I - Beginner Level. Led by Susan Green. Limited to 10. $30 class fee. Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125. Call 980-3661 for class information. 4/28- 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Sharpen your Knife Skills, Part II - Hands – On. Led by Susan Green. $35 class fee. Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 125. Call 980-3661 for class information.


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