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A classroom for all By MADOLINE MARKHAM

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Last fall, Christ’s Kids Preschool and Nursery (CKPN) opened its doors to eight special needs children. The teachers will tell you it was an adjustment but not one they would think twice about doing over again. “I loved watching the parents get excited,” resource teacher Katie Steverson said. “I would tell them what their child had done that day, and they would tear up.” A boy that used a walker took 10 steps by the end of the year. By watching their peers, little boys learned to play with cars instead of cupping them in their hands. One little girl always held her special friend’s hand. A class would applaud when a special needs child reached a small milestone like not throwing a cup at lunch. “It would warm your heart to watch,” Director Amy Tolloch said. “The children jumped right in and wanted to nurture, help and include those children. We never had any exclusion; it was a beautiful thing.” Five out of nine classrooms had different therapists coming in up to four or five days a week. Some of the children had Down syndrome, others autism,

Ms. Susan Stroup’s 4K class at Christ’s Kids Preschool and Nursery. Photo courtesy of Katie Steverson.

developmental delays, speech issues or gross and fine motor delays. “For a small preschool of 80 to 85 kids, eight was a large number of special needs children,” Tolloch said. “It was a learning process and a blessing for us.” The preschool is housed at Christ Church United Methodist behind Spain Park High

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Coach Fred Yancey is entering his 22nd season as head coach of Briarwood Christian School football, and he has good reason to be excited about the coming year. Not only did he reach a milestone of 200 wins during the 2010 season, but his team was also region champs and runner-up for the state 5A title. Yancey actually surpassed the 200 mark in 2006, but that number included wins at other schools as well as Briarwood. For Yancey, playing sports is a way to help kids to grow up. “It’s obviously not the only way,” he said, “but it’s like a laboratory where children can be tested so that one day when they do grow up, they will have already been through some ups and downs.” Those ups and downs of football have been Fred Yancey’s life. As a boy growing up in Tennessee, he enjoyed football as well as other sports. “I had some really good coaches, and I enjoyed the experience of being around them,” he said.

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When his brother, who is five years older, became a coach, it encouraged Yancey to become a coach too. “I took that route, and I never looked back,” Yancey said. Yancey began his coaching career in his hometown, Memphis, after graduating from Memphis State University. He first served as assistant coach at Overton High School and then head coach at Towering Oaks High School. He later served as head coach at Gatewood High School in Georgia and then athletic director and freshman football coach at Evangelical Christian School in Memphis. In 1989 Dr. Byrle Kynerd at Briarwood Christian lured him to Birmingham to serve as head coach at the school. He moved with his wife, Sharon, and two children, Allison and Bart, and he’s been here ever since. When asked what it takes to win at football, Yancey is quick to point out that the first requirement

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Editor’s Note

As our paper’s name attests, we live and breathe Highway 280 and are all anxious for a solution to its horrible traffic. Be sure to read fellow readers’ opinions on the potential plans for an elevated highway on page 23 of this issue and please continue to write us at about your ideas for a solution. Speaking of roads, Andre Bittas, director of planning, engineering and permits for the city of Birmingham, tells us that Grants Mill Road bridge is scheduled to open in “late August or early September.” Check our Facebook page and website ( for updates as we learn more specifics on when it will be—hopefully not too long after school year traffic picks back up. Everyone is headed back to school this month, so we’ve covered the annual tax free weekend and high school football kick off events, as well as previewed each team’s season (page 16). We’ve also included out staff’s elementary pictures for fun. Looking back at old photos brought back memories of learning to navigate the crazy floor plan of my first classroom at Inverness Elementary in 1992. We’re looking to write more about what is happening in churches. Check out our mission trip round up on page 7 and let us know when your church has community

Correction In “Seniors learn how to shake it” on page 8 of the July issue, we misspelled Zumba instructor Kim Knight’s name. Her classes at the Heardmont Senior Center are held Fridays at 9 a.m. You can contact the Senior Center at 991-5742.

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events or individuals involved in special projects that we can write about. Also in this issue, I especially enjoyed talking to the two Highland Lakes women who spearheaded supplying all the students in Phil Campbell with backpacks full of supplies (page 11) and reading Kathryn Acree’s story on how at-risk children connect with horses at Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch outside Chelsea (page 12). If you can’t wait for football season, plan to attend the Alabama/Auburn alumni flag football game at Spain Park on August 13. The event will raise money for tornado relief. See page 24 for more details. If you’ve snapped any photos at the lake this summer, be sure to submit them for our Lake Lover’s Contest. My family spends a lot of time at Smith Lake and has captured memorable moments this summer with eight skiers up at once and our dog riding tubes and lounging on floats. The deadline for submissions is August 9. Email your photos to Best wishes as you head back to school and “real life” this month!

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The 7th annual Lori Johnson Fun Run is set for Saturday, August 13 at Greystone Golf and Country Club. The event is held annually in memory of Lori Johnson with proceeds benefitting cancer research through the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Johnson was a healthy woman who rarely had any health problems. She was unaware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which led to a stage 4 diagnosis. It is the hope of the Foundation that the Lori Johnson Fun Run keeps Johnson’s memory alive and makes a difference in the lives of other women. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with a 5K

beginning at 8 a.m. A one-mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. Overall winners receive cash and prizes and winners of each age group will also receive prizes. All children participating in the Fun Run will receive a medallion as they cross the finish line. Mistress of Ceremonies Beth Shelburne, a Fox 6 news anchor, will kick off the race. Following the race there will be food, pool games, entertainment and fun for the entire family. Register online at or email to request a registration form.

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On August 20, around 300 men will strap on high heels and walk through Veteran’s Park as part of an international men’s march against domestic and sexual violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes seeks to raise awareness about the mission and services of SafeHouse, a domestic violence and sexual assault center that provides emergency shelter and comprehensive support to victims in Shelby County and surrounding areas. According to SafeHouse, high heels represent the many things that media and pop culture tell women they should wear, and by “walking in her shoes” men have a chance to think about the ways out culture

raises men and women differently. Registration and shoe fitting will run 8-8:45 a.m. The walk begins at 9 a.m., and awards will be held at 10 a.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt. They are also encouraged to bring signs to carry or to dress a like as part of a team. There will be a limited number of shoes available on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you wish to purchase shoes, Kali’s Love Stuff, 1568 Montgomery Highway, will give you a discount if you mention you are walking for SafeHouse. You can register online and find more information on the walk and on SafeHouse at or by calling 669-1877.

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The Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band will once again perform at the 12th annual Oak Mountain Sports Festival on August 13. Photo courtesy of the Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band.

The 12th annual Oak Mountain Sports Festival will be held on August 13 at Heardmont Park starting at 4 p.m. This is a community-wide event with inflatables, a dunking booth, local vendors and many other activities for all ages. Proceeds from the event will go to pay for Heardmont Stadium and other athletic facility improvements at Oak Mountain High School. The following groups from Oak Mountain will be participating in the event: youth football and cheerleading, seventh grade football and cheerleading, eighth grade football and cheerleading, the Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band, volleyball, boys and girls track teams, lacrosse, boys and girls basketball, dance team, freshman, JV, and varsity football and cheerleading. A catfish dinner with fries, slaw, hushpuppies, tea and dessert will be served from 4:30 – 8 p.m. General admission

(without dinner) is $5 for adults and $4 for age 10 and under. Dinner is $14 per adult and $10 for age 10 and under. Contact the OMHS office at 682-5200 or email for ticket purchases and additional information. There is limited availability remaining for corporate sponsors for the event. If interested, please contact Barry Faulkner at The athletic boosters offer an exclusive Oak Mountain Eagle Club membership that includes passes to all home sporting events, preferred armchair seating, private parking pass, premium goodie bags, a full color football program and OMHS Eagle Club member events. Also available is an all sports student pass. This membership helps OMHS Athletic Boosters pay for existing and future facility improvements. For more information, contact Amy Enman at

Summer mission work roundup

In June, a team from Meadow Brook Baptist Church traveled to Eau Claire, Wisc., to assist with construction efforts at a local church. Photo courtesy of Gary Hutto.

By KATHRYN ACREE and MADOLINE MARKHAM 280 Living talked to area churches about the mission trips they took this summer around our city, state, country and world.

to tornado affected areas in Pleasant Grove, Pratt City and Hackleburg on 18 different occasions aiding with debris removal and site clean up.

Asbury United Methodist Church In June, a team of 31 adults and youth traveled to Costa Rica to focus on making improvements and repairs to a missionary church. The team also was able to spend time with the children in the community making crafts, playing games and sharing love. Another group of 59 adults and youth traveled in late June to Four Winds, Mont., to serve the Native Americans who are recovering from flooding in the area. Also, in July a team of 14 adults went to the Kampala area of Uganda to work among the homeless and orphans. In addition, Asbury has had teams go

Meadow Brook Baptist Church In June a team of 30 church members traveled to Eau Claire, Wisc., to assist with ongoing construction at Jacob’s Well Church. Meadow Brook Baptist members worked alongside teams from Mountain Brook Baptist and Valleydale Church as part of Birmingham Builders from Christ. Additionally, two Meadow Brook Baptist Church members traveled in July to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to be part of a church planting and medical team through E3 Ministries. They worked in a local eye clinic as well as doing door-to-door evangelism. They also visited the Hogar

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Fun activities for preschoolers By KATHRYN ACREE August is busy month of transition in many families. If your preschooler is enrolled in a school program that starts after Labor Day, seeing big brother or big sister head out the door to school in midAugust might leave them a little lonely. Perhaps it’s time for some fun geared just to the younger crowd. Here are some area attractions to delight the youngest of visitors: Birmingham Zoo On August 20, the zoo is hosting a special event, The Teddy Bear Clinic. Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a checkup at the hands of UAB Medical School students and receive a certificate of good health. Experience up-close encounters with some of the zoo’s amazing animals and have your face painted during the event. Don’t forget the zoo’s other great daily events: walkabouts in Kangaroo Kounty each day at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sea Lion playtime with Giovanni and Farley at 11 a.m., giraffe feeding from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., lorikeet feeding in the aviary at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and pelican feeding at 1:30 p.m. If your young visitor is looking for a quick cool-off, the fountains in the children’s zoo area keep splashing until October.

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Kids Fest at Alabama Adventure Kids Fest is a special back-to-school event to be held at Alabama Adventure August 13-14 and August 20-21. Characters expected to drop by for a visit are Curious George, Bob the Builder, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Ronald McDonald, Grimace and the Hamburglar. Don’t forget the great area of children’s rides made just for those thrill-seekers 36 inches and up. Children’s Saturday matinees at the Alabama Theatre Continuing through August, the Alabama Theatre hosts a children’s movie

Preschoolers love a visit to the Grandmother’s Attic exhibit at the Children’s Hands-On Museum in Tuscaloosa. Visitors can dress up in pre-1920s costumes for both boys and girls and play pretend in a bygone era. Photo courtesy of the Children’s Hands-On Museum.

series each Saturday at 2 p.m. August movies are E.T. on August 6, National Velvet on August 13 and Cats and Dogs 2 on August 20. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and children under 12. Children’s Hands-On Museum, Tuscaloosa Worth the drive down I-20/59 to T-Town, the Children’s Hands-On Museum is a dynamic learning experience that stimulates curiosity, creativity and shared discovery for all ages. Newer exhibits include the replica of the wheelhouse of a towboat; a developmental center for preschoolers called Beavers’ Bend; the Japan House; Central Drug; and the Arts Studio. The most recent additions include Once Upon a Farm, Lil’ Sprouts Farmer’s Market, the Creation Station, a hands-on center for art and creativity and Beyond the Garden Gate. Special August events include “Let’s Get Physical” and “Brainy Buddies” programs for ages 2-5. Located at 2213 University Blvd. next to City Hall, the museum is open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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CONTINUED from page 1 for any successful program is to have a good staff. “Fortunately, I’ve been blessed with a really good coaching staff, and they work to help me find quality athletes to come to Briarwood,” he said. Secondly, he feels that it takes kids that are not afraid of hard work. “The kids here at Briarwood are competitive and want to be the best they can be,” Yancey said. “And they work really hard.” To be a good athlete, Yancey feels persistence is key to continue to work hard even when no one’s around, no crowds and no games. “[The players] spend an incredible amount of time in preparation, long before they ever play a game,” Yancey said. The payback for all of their long hours of preparation and practice is when they play

those few games in the fall. The coach said attitude is important too, and kids that don’t have a good attitude usually weed themselves out at Briarwood. “They would simply be too uncomfortable to play here,” he said. Yancey is excited about the 40 seniors returning to his team this season. “We were state runner-ups in 2010, and the kids who will return care a lot,” he said proudly. “I would anticipate that we’ll have a nice year.” What’s in the future for Yancey? He turned 65 on his last birthday and gets asked from time to time about his future plans. His response? “As long as the good Lord gives me good health, I will continue coaching.”

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For children Wee Peat Boutique in the Arbor Place Shopping Center on Highway 280 near Dale’s Southern Grill sells clothing for children size newborn to 14. Owner Kelly Watkins said she will start receiving fall merchandise this month. Many summer items are on clearance, and considering how long our warm weather stays around, items like shorts and short-sleeved tops for kids can still get a lot of mileage for back to school. “Our boys polo shirt selection includes brands like Abercrombie and Ralph Lauren that range in price from $8 to $15,” Watkins said. “You can save up to 70 percent off retail, and I am very selective about what I choose to go in the store.” Wee Peat also sells shoes, hair accessories and children’s dance and gymnastics wear. They recently expanded into a larger location and carry gently used children’s furniture, strollers and toys.

located in the Cadence Place Shopping Center on Highway 119, features two loftstyle floors of clothing and accessories for teens and women. Their annual summer blowout sale will be the first week in August. “By the end of that week we will have items marked down as much as 70 and 80 percent off,” said assistant manager Katie Myers. “Get in early because merchandise goes fast!” Myers said they have the fashion trends teen girls want. “Wedges and tops with ruffles are still a hot item,” Myers said. “Floral prints and layered items are big, and the blush and cream colors of the summer still look great going into fall.” Renaissance Consignment Boutique offers savings on handbags from designers like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Prada as well as accessories like Steampunk vintage jewelry.


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North Shelby Library offers downloadable music The North Shelby Library is now offering patrons access to hundreds of thousands of songs from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists through Freegal Music. Under the terms of the agreement, registered library card holders of the North Shelby Library can download three Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each week via at no direct cost. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music. The North Shelby Library has joined

Library Ideas’ network of public library websites to offer this service. “The North Shelby Library is always looking for new ways to deliver the materials people want,” said Katie Guerin, library director. “We are excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library continue to grow and offer more to our community.”

Tennis tournament to benefit OMHS The 2nd annual Oak Mountain High School Doubles Tennis Tournament will be held on August 12 at Inverness Country Club. The cost will be $50 per doubles team with all proceeds benefitting Oak Mountain High School Athletics. There will be two

divisions (Round Robin format), men’s and women’s A (4.0 USTA and higher) and men’s and women’s B (3.5 USTA and lower). Entry forms and further information are available at Inverness Country Club tennis shop.



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Shedding pounds, gaining hope By MYRA FABIAN and MADOLINE MARKHAM When high school senior Claire Fabian left for weight loss boarding school Wellspring Academy last October, she was 4 foot, 10 inches, weighed 212 pounds and couldn’t run a lap. When she returned to Birmingham eight months later, she had lost 54 pounds and was running 5Ks. Fabian also became the team leader of the championship hockey team, was baptized at Brevard Community Church and grew emotionally under the counseling of Susan Borgman, clinical director of the academy. “It has been a joy to watch Claire blossom,” Borgman said. Claire was happy, as her parents could see in pictures the school posted. Fabian’s school, Wellspring Academy in Brevard, N.C., is featured in reality show Too Fat for 15: The Obesity Crisis on The Style Network. Fabian is a minor character on the show, which airs Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning this fall. Last fall, the high school junior struggled with school and with life. Her parents knew she was smart but kept hearing from teachers about how she had failed to complete assignments. After yet another frustrating call from one her teachers, her mother, Myra, announced what she calls an idle threat, “If you can’t get it together, your dad and I are talking about boarding school!’” After more tears and a little research on Wellspring, Fabian announced to her parents that she wanted to go. The Fabians dropped their precious daughter into the very capable hands of teachers, physical trainers and counselors at the academy. Set in the mountains of North Carolina, the campus was beautiful. But it was also a summer camp converted

BEFORE: Claire with her family (mom Myra, dad Jeff and brother Jake) in North Carolina in the fall before losing weight. Photo courtesy of the Fabian family.

for school purposes the other nine months of the year: rustic accommodations, no internet, no TV, and, for all intents, no heat. Fabian seemed to take it all in with relief; Jeff and Myra had reservations. In the end, it was a life-changing experience for the better. But when Fabian had to return to Birmingham, she and her family worried how she would fare outside the rigid schedule and diet enforced at school, and she didn’t want to go back to her previous school. What other option was there? That’s when the community around the Fabians rose to the call. Customers at The UPS Stores at Lee Branch and Inverness, which Fabian’s parents own, had been keeping tabs on her

AFTER: Dr. Ed Burns, Claire Fabian, Donna Hays and Chris Carter at Fitness Express after Fabian’s daily workout in July. Photo courtesy of the Fabian family.

progress for years and stepped in to help. Dr. Ed Burns took her on as a student; he home schools and tutors at Panera Bread at Lee Branch under the umbrella of Evangel Christian Schools. Her diet from Wellspring put her on 1200 calories a day and aimed for 0 grams of fat, and nutritionist Donna Hays at Fitness Express developed a diet to help her continue on the path she started. Chris Carter, owner of Fitness Express, is helping her stay in shape. Fabian works out with Carter alongside her brother, Jake. Family friend Chris Ritter, who uses 5K runs to minister to others, became her running partner and helped her prepare to run the Stampede5K in Gardendale. “God has put so many people in our path to make this work in our time

of greatest need,” Myra Fabian said. “It’s phenomenal the support she has gotten.” Since returning, Fabian has maintained her weight and is excelling in her goals in school. She is working to finish her high school curriculum by December so she can start taking classes for college credit at Jefferson State. She plans on attending the University of Montevallo next fall. Fabian and her mom are helping lead Made to Crave, a Bible-based study on creating the “want-to” and not just the “how to” for weight loss, out of The UPS Store this summer and hope to lead another group for women and teens in the fall. Fabian wants others who struggle as she has to know that “You really can love foods that love you back!”

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Phil (Campbell) a backpack By MADOLINE MARKHAM All students at Phil Campbell Elementary School will have school supplies when school starts this month, thanks to efforts spearheaded by two Highland Lakes women. Brenda Gustin and Fran Stainback organized donations for more than 460 backpacks for the students, prekindergarten to sixth grade. The town of Phil Campbell lost 30 people in the storms, including two students and a second grade teacher. “We hope to give children something to smile about when they go back to school,“ Gustin said. A few days after the April 27 tornadoes, Gustin, whose father is a minister in nearby Russellville, contacted Phil Campbell Elementary School Principal Jackie Ergle to see what their long-term needs would be. From there, she and Stainback, both members of the Highland Lakes Women’s Club, began to organize fundraising efforts and reach out to other women’s organizations including Greystone-in-theGates Garden Club, Limestone Springs Ladies Club and Oneonta Variosa Club. Once they began spreading the word about the project, they received donations from as far away as Texas. “The Phil Campbell Elementary School motto, ‘Hand in hand, together we can,’ rang true to the whole project,” Gustin said. Crayons, glue sticks, pencils and other supplies were purchased with donations and fulfilled the supply lists specific to each grade level the school used last year. On June 28, a group of volunteers met at Mt Laurel Elementary to stuff the backpacks along with Ergle, a teacher from each grade at Phil Campbell and other

A group of packing volunteers and staff and parents from Phil Campbell Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Brenda Gustin.

representatives from the school. Mt Laurel Library staff and the Berry Middle School Dance Team also helped. Gustin and Stainback allowed six hours for the job, but with all the volunteers, it was done in an hour and a half. About 15 Spain Park football players came after their morning practice to help as well. “It was phenomenal to see how thrilled they were to pack backpacks for

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school during the storm. They will purchase soccer and volleyball equipment for their fields and repair a recess area called “Kevin’s Corner” that honored a person special to the school. “Most importantly, [the children at Phil Campbell] will know that they will not be forgotten and that people are thinking about them and wishing them well,” Stainback said.


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Ranch restores hope to children and horses in need By KATHRYN ACREE After reading Hope Rising by Kim Meeder, Birmingham’s Joy O’Neal felt inspired by her story of youth finding a connection with abused horses. Friends of O’Neal felt the same about the story’s setting at Crystal Peak Youth Ranch in Oregon and were determined to open a similar youth ranch in central Alabama. Since 2006 Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch has connected children from group foster care or at-risk counseling with rescued horses who have suffered abuse. The ranch is located at the former King’s Ranch just outside the city limits of Chelsea near County Roads 109 and 55. “It is amazing how quickly children

Participants at Chelsea’s Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch learn about caring for rescued horses. Photo courtesy of Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch.

Participants at Chelsea’s Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch have the opportunity to connect with rescued horses. Photo courtesy of Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch.

connect to the horses,” said O’Neal, the executive director. “It gives us opportunities to talk about communication skills like reading body language in the horse and how often humans give out the same cues. Children show real empathy and compassion to the horses.” Studies have shown that children who participate in a program like this can significantly improve their self-esteem, empathy, tolerance for stress, problemsolving skills, impulse control and interpersonal relationships. When working with the horses, children at the ranch are encouraged to draw conclusions and metaphors about how these experiences relate to their own lives. Groups generally visit the ranch for about two hours. Visitors help care for the

horses and are given a chance to form a bond with them. The ranch is home to seven horses, four of which can be ridden. They are not a horse rescue operation, but rather they adopt horses that come from rescue situations. The horses are evaluated by equine veterinarians to determine that they are suitable for life at the ranch. The ranch is a non-profit, faith-based organization and not a part of any religious denomination. They are sustained by private donations and do not receive state or federal funding. They offer their services at no charge to a variety of children and youth that benefit from an equine assistance program. Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch is hosting a Pony Express 5K Race this fall to raise

much-needed funds for the organization. “Care and upkeep of the ranch and horses costs a minimum of $5000 a month,” O’Neal said. “Our board had received the suggestion of doing a 5K, and so we’re planning our first event for October 1 in Crestline.” Other opportunities to volunteer time and services for the Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch are available. Scout troops can help with maintenance such as building and mending fences, and volunteers or older students needing service hours can provide work for the ranch as well. More information on the ranch, the Pony Express 5K and making donations is online at www.

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to measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college. This year, The Post expanded its research to high schools across the United States. The formula, called the Challenge Index, is determined by dividing the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors. Newsweek magazine, which has been ranking the top public high schools in America for over a decade, ranked Spain Park High as the 341st best high school in America for 2011. Spain Park is ranked fifth in the state of Alabama behind the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, Montgomery’s Loveless Academic Magnet Program, Vestavia Hills High and Homewood High. Oak Mountain ranks 378th in the nation, according to Newsweek, and sixth in the state of Alabama. Only seven Alabama schools made the Newsweek list.

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give up and remember to keep God first, because he has the real plan. Tell us your thoughts on being part of these teams at Chelsea. They keep me very busy year-round, and it is a fun way to hang out with my friends too. We have a great group of guys. Do you have siblings that play sports? Yes. Amanda is in 11th grade; she plays softball and basketball. David is in ninth grade; he plays football (quarterback), baseball and basketball. Ashley is in sixth grade; she plays basketball and softball. Alex is in third grade; he plays basketball and baseball.

Joey Mock Senior Chelsea High School Football, Baseball A newly minted senior, Chelsea’s Joey Mock played first base and pitched for the varsity baseball team and is slated to play defensive end, tight end and long snapper for the football team. We asked Mock to share the lessons he’s learned as an active athlete for the Hornets. How long have you been involved in football and baseball, and why have you stayed with these sports over any others? I’ve played football since fifth grade and baseball ever since I can remember.

Who influences you most? My parents.

Chelsea’s Joey Mock participates in drills during a football combine at Leeds High School in April. Photo by Cari Dean.

They are my two favorite sports, and they keep me active most of the year. I played basketball, also, through my junior year, and now I just play my two favorite sports. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned playing baseball and football? Hard work pays off, never quit or

CBA Hurricanes win Super NIT tournament The CBA Hurricanes won the Alabama USSSA Super NIT baseball tournament in the 11 and under AAA bracket in Cullman

in May. Team members are from the Oak Mountain, Spain Park and Chelsea area schools.

CBA Hurricane team members. Front Row: Ethan Eagerton, Grayon Alexander, Kade Sanders, Harrison Burton, Scott Arnold. Second Row: Luke Blackmon, Ethan Golson, Caleb Kennedy, Luke Dunlap, Riley Watkins. Coaches: Drew Kennedy, Richard Burton, Brian Golson. Photo courtesy of Allison Sanders.

Share any other sports or academic honors you’ve received plus any other club or school activities. I’m a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Beta Club, a team captain, recipient of the Ironman Award, the defensive MVP award, the All-County Football team and the AllMetro Football team. I’m involved with the Reading Buddy program between Chelsea High athletes and the elementary schools in the Chelsea community. What are your college or career plans? I’ve been offered a full scholarship to the

Chelsea senior Joey Mock. Photo by Cari Dean.

Air Force Academy and several other schools have shown interest in me. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Fishing, hunting, hanging out with my friends and family; plus, I have my own lawn business, which keeps me busy.

Birmingham Legends soccer club prepares for first season John Markey and Robert Starr are excited to be bringing a new competitive and recreational soccer club to the Birmingham area. The league will open its inaugural season after Labor Day. Markey, the league president, has coached club soccer in the area for more than 15 years and is credited with the development of the Jets soccer club franchise. Starr, executive director and director of coaching, is the head coach of the four-time state title winning Spain Park girls soccer team and also a long-time club coach. The Legends Soccer club was founded in Kansas City in 1989, and since that time the franchise has expanded across the country. Markey believes the strength of the Legends club is its philosophy of developing the player. “Our mission is to assist players in reaching their personal goals from making their high school team to playing collegiate soccer and beyond,” Markey said. While tryouts have been completed for this fall’s competitive teams, information on registration for recreational teams for age 3 to 18 is available at www.; click on “Online Registration.”

Birmingham Legends league president John Markey and executive director/director of coaching Robert Starr are preparing for the club’s inaugural season. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

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Last season was tough for Coach Jeff Harris and his Oak Mountain High School varsity football team. The Eagles went 2-8 but ended the season on a high note by defeating Pinson Valley. Harris said Oak Mountain lined up with a freshman quarterback and nine other sophomores last year but his team was competitive in most of the games they played. They knew it would a long season, but they kept their heads up knowing that they walked away on Friday nights leaving it all on the field. The coaching staff convinced the team to take a long look at the work ahead of them and spent the off-season focusing on team building. “Like every high school team in America, we want to our program to have an impact that’s lifelong,” Harris said. “We teach them about character and teamwork,

The Chelsea Hornets are returning a hive of veteran players in key positions this year. Coach Wade Waldrop said the team has a lot of positives in prepping for the 2011 season. They played Pleasant Grove in the spring, and he felt good about what he saw. “We are returning senior quarterback Jake Ganus and junior running back Julius McCall,” said Waldrop. Last year Ganus, who can play defense as well as offense, had 1600 yards passing, 1000 rushing. “He’s a tremendous athlete,” Waldrop said. “Most coaches would agree having two veterans at these key positions is a good thing.” The Hornets are also returning seven starters on offense and eight on defense. Ganus along with Joey made a very strong defense in 2010, and Waldrop has high expectations this year for Mock, who is a defensive end. Other standouts for the coming season are receiver Matthew Graben, tight end Jackson Hyde and defensive end Neal Gray. Other standouts in the spring include Jake Chisolm, Russ Birdsong and Jackson Roddy. Indeed, with both Ganus and Mock returning, one of the strengths for the Chelsea team is leadership. One gap that Waldrop has to fill this year is on special teams. The last two seasons, they’ve had soccer players step

Oak Mountain’s Bradley Bostick, #5, will bring the speed the Eagle’s offensive line will need this season. Photo courtesy of Barry Clemmons.

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and we explain that when they get married they will be on a team, when they go to work they’ll be on a team and when they have children they’ll be on a team.” In defining the characteristics and qualities of a good teammate, the coaching staff went a step further and took the players through team-building rope courses where they relied on each other in order to complete the course successfully. Harris said that going through a losing season with a young team provides the opportunity to teach and grow. The team has apparently grown, because in the spring jamboree game, the 17 (out of 22) returning starters managed to knock off Briarwood Christian High, a 5A powerhouse and state runner-ups last season. Harris said because they only graduated five seniors last year, the Eagles don’t have a lot of holes to fill, and they are entering the season with a tremendous amount of experience. He added any time you lose seniors you lose leadership, but the Eagles have a good group of guys stepping up and bringing leadership to the table. Oak Mountain managed to raid the Mountain Brook High School coaching staff to snag offensive line coach John Milton. Milton graduated from Oak Mountain and has come home to coach. “Our offensive line is communicating like never before,” Harris said. “I’m very excited about what Coach Milton has done with our offensive line.” The offense has speed this year with Bradley Bostick, who runs 40 yards in 4.3 seconds. He currently has scholarship offers from Air Force and Navy. He will see time in the backfield as a running back and line up as a receiver. Receiver and cornerback Jakaryus Redwine is another speedster who the team is depending on as a cover corner, as well as providing a deep threat. Expectations are high for the defense that is two-deep in most positions. As far as predictions, “The wins and losses will take care of themselves,” Harris said. He added that those who follow the Eagles should see a team much improved over last year’s squad. The team’s goal is going to the state 6A playoffs.

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in and do the kicking for the Hornets, but those kickers graduated, leaving a void. Waldrop was very happy that his team worked through spring training with no major injuries. “Right now we are a healthy football team,” he said. He said the Hornets have a lot of guys competing for the open slots on the team. Competition for those open positions makes everyone better according to Waldrop. The coach is excited about the coming football season because his team made it to the playoffs last year but lost in the first round to Cullman 14-7. He said his team made costly mistakes early on that lost the game for them. He feels that if he can keep the team healthy and with the competition for starting positions, the team could be better this year. The one factor that cannot be determined until the team faces adversity is chemistry. He said last year they traveled to Sylacauga and were down early. The Hornets came back after the half and scored 28 points to win the game. When his team overcame adversity, it set the tone for the rest of the season, he said. They have a tough schedule again this year but thankfully they will play the first few games at home. The road to the playoff this year has some potholes, but Waldrop feels good about their chances.

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Head Coach Fred Yancey at Briarwood Christian said the 2011 football season should be a lot of fun. With 18 out of 22 starters returning, it’s easy to see why he’s optimistic about his team. Briarwood finished 13-2 last season and ended up region champions and the 5A state runner-up. The biggest gap Yancey has to fill is on the defensive line. Three of his previous starters on defensive line are now playing at the college level. “Our defensive line is fairly young,” Yancey said. The new guys will have to hit the ground running because the schedule this year is practically the same as last year, and according to Yancey, several of those games were close. Yancey said the biggest Briarwood strength is experience. “These boys have played a lot of football,” he said. “Many of them started as sophomores and juniors. He feels like experience should be in their favor when the going gets tough. Also a strength for the team, quarterback Ben Craft is returning; he completed 182 of 315 passes for 2,433 yards and 20 touchdowns with only eight interceptions and was Offensive Player of the Year for the county last year. According to news reports, several

Last year, Coach Chip Lindsey was the quarterback coach for the Troy State Trojans, but this year he’s the new head coach at Spain Park. Not only is their coach new—but so is most of their coaching staff. The new staff hit the ground running and the team has spent a great deal of time in meetings and watching film. Lindsey is changing the defensive and offensive schemes. “We’re a little different on defense, but we’re a lot different on offense,” Lindsey said. “We’re getting some kids out there that haven’t played in the past. We’re getting them out there and adapted to our new program.” Lindsey said the team is returning seven starters on defense and five on offense, so the coaches have some holes to fill. A number of the Spain Park seniors went on to play football at the next level. They have several returning who have a lot of experience that they are counting on to play well. “They’ve had a good spring, and we spent a lot of time in the weight room so we feel good about what we have coming back,” said Lindsey. “We’re looking for some guys to step up on both sides of the ball.” The Jags hired Todd Evans as the defensive line coach. “Todd is known for doing a great job with the defensive line, and he’s also co-coordinator for defensive strategy,” Lindsey said. “He’s excited about his group, which is always good.” The offense took a hit at graduation, but fortunately the team has two starters returning in Robert Bagwell and Ben

The Lions will look to quarterback Ben Craft for leadership this season. Photo courtesy of Minette Loveless.

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colleges in the Southeast were interested in recruiting Ben Craft, and the 6-foot, 3-inch, 205-pound senior has recently committed to UAB. Daniel Robert on the receiving corps is also suiting up again this year. Yancey said that the offensive line has a lot of veterans returning. Defensively, the secondary and the linebacker corps are solid. “We did a lot of good work during spring drills,” said Yancey. “We had two weeks of fundamentals, and I was pleased the boys worked hard. I think maybe we made a few steps forward.” When asked if he had any predictions for the coming season, Yancey said that every year is different. “We had a lot of close calls last year, so we can’t take anything for granted. We’ll have to keep getting better or we’ll be in trouble.”

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Tamburello. Both of these guys have been in some battles and won some wars, according to Lindsey. Also returning is Reed Reindgal, who is an experienced wide receiver, and quarterback Nick Mullens. “I’ve gotten to know Nick over the past seven months and I’m really impressed with him,” Lindsey said. “He does a great job leading our team. He has great body language on the field and it’s obvious the team responds to him.” The Jags will probably start some tenth graders this year, though they haven’t decided which players. Lindsey feels it is important to get these kids some reps and get them in the rotation. “It’s really not good to have 22 seniors on your team because the next year is sometimes rough,” Lindsey said. “By playing the underclassmen, you hopefully build depth so we’ll never be bone dry.” But in high school sometimes you do run dry, according to the coach. “It runs in cycles, and you have to take the good with the bad but we understand that,” Lindsey said. They plan to coach the young guys hard, have a good time with them, and hopefully allow them to have an enjoyable experience. Spain Park hopes to improve on their 6-6 record last year, though Lindsey wouldn’t offer any predictions. He said they play in the toughest region in the state but they are really excited about the coming season. “We plan to focus on Spain Park and try to get better each week,” Lindsey said.

Under new head coach Chip Lindsey, the Jags will once again face cross-town rival Hoover this season. Photo courtesy of Anita Haywood.

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important for a warm-up. They not only improve muscles’ extensibility and reduce the likelihood of strains as their temperature increases, but more importantly, they also increase the force capability of muscles. This will allow muscles such as the glut medius and hamstrings to more effectively stabilize the pelvis, hips and knees, reducing injury risk. Also instrumental in a warm-up routine is plyometric activity, which loads and contracts a muscle in rapid sequences. These movements improve balance and “proprioception” (the sense of awareness of the joints in the body), which also help contribute to injury prevention. One of the most widely implemented plyometic programs across the country is the “PEP” Program developed by the Santa Monica Sports Medicine Foundation; it can be downloaded at Sample warm-up routine: Stand on your right leg on the left hand side of a cone. Jump laterally off right leg over cone and land on left leg. Hold your balance for two seconds, and then repeat in other direction back over cone. Perform 3 sets of 15 jumps off each leg. To focus on landing technique, bend at the knee to absorb shock, make landing as “quiet” as possible and keep balance on leg while landing. Marc Bernier is the Clinical Director of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation for Encore Rehab at Spain Park High School. Bernier has served as an international sports medicine consultant specializing in the field of rehabilitation and conditioning for European based professional soccer clubs, and is a national lecturer on the management of youth sports injuries. He can be contacted at soccerphysio@

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Five-year-old all-star baseball team Chelsea Sting defeated Northport 25-20 to capture their first Dizzy Dean state championship. The Sting celebrated an outstanding season of wins, going 14-0 and “run ruled” (defeated by 8 runs or more)

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You could be the latest reality star!

Is it possible to create a new personal reality? So-called unscripted television shows, like “The Biggest Loser,” say you can. But most of us realize that these shows don’t closely represent reality as we experience it. What causes us to tune in anyway? The answer is that even though reality shows may be scripted or controlled in some ways, they do contain an element of reality regarding the actual problems of the participants/contestants. We empathize with their struggles and hope to discern some new knowledge that may help us overcome our own hurdles. But can a real person, in real life, make long-lasting changes in lifestyle, health and wellness?

might seem an impossibly unattainable goal.

self. You become the person God intended you to become.

Your new reality is possible, but it doesn’t come for free. If no effort were involved, every person in the developed world would be living happy, creative, self-fulfilled lives right now. But most people aren’t. Many times, anxiety and stress far outweigh happiness and enjoyment. Worry, fear, disorganization, disorder and breakdown lead to anxiety, which leads to stress. In terms of health and well being, our negative habits lead to the opposite conditions—we aren’t healthy and we don’t feel good about ourselves.

What if I told you that the guidebook for becoming your authentic self already exists? Wouldn’t you want to get your hands on a copy right now? Well, you can! And the guidebook is a close as your nearest chiropractic office that takes a natural approach to health and wellness.

The provisional answer is yes. A real person can lose significant weight and keep it off. A real person can become physically fit, even though she hasn’t exercised for 20 years, or ever. A real person can create a nutritional food plan that covers all the basics and also tastes great. A real person can sleep seven or eight hours a night, most nights, and have the ongoing experience of feeling well rested. A real person can enjoy meaningful and fulfilling relationships with family and friends. In short, a real person can design and have a real life, even though from today’s perspective such a rewarding life

So why do human lives often seem to fall apart so easily? The missing secret ingredients include deliberate intention, detailed planning and consistent effort. It’s the consistent extra effort we take on our own behalf that truly makes a difference. It will take personal drive, determination and relentless desire for weeks, months and possibly years. This sounds like a lot. It is! The good news is that the payoff can be huge. The real payoff is not just weight loss, it’s the person you become as part of this process of renewal. It’s being a better parent, community leader, friend, family member, etc. You become your authentic

It’s no secret that the brain is the control center of the human body, similar to a central computer within a complex communication network. And what anatomical system is the brain a part of? The nervous system! That’s why chiropractics can be instrumental in helping you become the person God intends for you to be! Chiropractic care focuses on restoring more normal function within the nerve system. The nerve system is responsible for directing and coordinating all the functions in your body. When the nerve system works right, your body can begin to recover effectively from many kinds of problems. Chiropractors are specialists in analyzing and correcting nerve interference. Chiropractic care restores the free flow of information between your brain and the rest of your body.

When your body’s physiologic systems receive accurate information—on time and in the right sequences—they can do the jobs they were designed to do. The result is dynamic, vibrant, fully expressed health and well being. The result is a new personal reality! Think of it this way: your brain is like the Niagara Falls of your body, and the “water” that flows from your brain is responsible for “watering” all the nerve endings in your body…everything from controlling hair growth to digestion (and everything in between). If you think of your spinal cord as the main hose, and all the nerves that exit the spinal cord as the smaller hoses, imagine what happens when one of the hoses gets a “kink” in it…the resulting interference results in symptoms, pain, disorders and disease. Chiropractic care will identify where you have interference, and through all-natural treatment can minimize or eliminate the resulting pain and disorders. I’d like to invite you to come by my office at Chiropractic Today for a free consultation so we can determine where you’re experiencing interference and lay out a plan of action to help you make the long-lasting changes that will make you a reality star in your own life!

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If you look past Taziki’s, Baja Burger, Pablo’s and Edgar’s in the quick-casual dining selection at the Colonnade, you’ll find Black Pearl. It’s Asian food, but it’s not a buffet. You order at the counter, and they make all their dishes to order with fresh meat and crisp veggies. The soup and egg roll that arrive before your entree make a quick, casual meal feel more like relaxing sit-down dining. Plus, two courses for $8 or $9 total, depending on the kind of meat you choose, both more than fills you up and leave you feeling like you got a lot of quality food for your money. We tried the Mongolian Beef and Sesame Honey Seared Chicken, two of their most popular dishes. We liked how the beef was tender, flavorful and mixed with fresh onions and green onions and how the sesame chicken was slightly sweeter than your average version of the dish. Another top seller is the Lettuce Wraps, which are filled with a mixture of shiitake mushrooms, peanuts, water chestnuts and scallions. “It’s really fresh,” owner Jack Lin said. Lately they have been selling a lot of Pepper Stir-Fry as well. Lin likes the Cantonese Chow Fun with wide rice noodles and your choice of meat and recommends the Asian Style Salad with assorted lettuces, Napa cabbage, carrots, basil, tomatoes, crispy wonton, toasted sesame seeds and a sesame vinaigrette. But his favorite meal is to special order fried rice with tofu and broccoli. He notes that

Black Pearl’s Mongolian Beef with rice. Photo by Madoline Markham.

customers can customize their meal as well. Black Pearl can serve their sauces on the side for anyone trying to cut back on sodium intake. For each kind of Asian fare, you can choose whichever meat with the preparation or vegetarian tofu “It’s kind of like Burger King,” Lin said. “You can have it your way.” Lin and his sisters, Sue and Susan, who are Taiwanese, opened the restaurant together. The siblings’ dad owned a

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in 2009, they switched to a fast-casual format and slightly adjusted the menu. “We kept the same food but changed to more casual dining like at Baja Burger or Taziki’s,” Lin said. All meals can be ordered by phone and picked up in the store. Their menu is available in the store or on their website. The Takeout (, 823-7524) offers a delivery service for Black Pearl. Black Pearl also offers catering services.

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Deep South Outfitters near the Colonnade looks like a fishing and outdoors store, and it is. But the owner, Rob Rogers, and his customers will tell you that their prize product is their fly fishing expertise. “You can get this stuff anywhere,” Rogers said, “but we tell you where to go, what to do and when to do it.” For the past 18 years, Deep South Outfitters has outfitted local fly fisherman with gear and know-how. They also supply fisherman and non-fisherman alike with apparel from popular outdoor brands including North Face, Patagonia, Orvis, Simms and Smart Wool socks. Around the store, you’ll find button down shirts, T-shirts, hats, jackets, boxers, sunglasses and insect repellent. For those interested in learning to fly fish, Deep South offers private and group classes and clinics at a nearby pond on fly fishing on Saturdays. They also hold classes on fly tying. Everyone who works there is a fly fisherman, of course. Rogers grew up in Birmingham but worked as a fly fishing guide in Colorado and Montana before moving back to his hometown. He and a friend saw that there wasn’t a fly fishing business in Alabama and decided to fill that void. He originally opened the store in the Colonnade but moved it to its own building at Altadena Square Shopping Center behind the Colonnade about eight years ago. They rent out the space next door, which is currently Gentry Pharmacy. The store carries anything you need for the sport: vests, books, hats, boxes, cases, bags, shirts, flies, feathers for making flies, you name it. They also carry Costa

Deep South Outfitters owner Rob Rogers. Photo by Madoline Markham.

Del Mar sunglasses and specialty items like waterproof gear and quick-dry clothing. “We sell stuff we like to use ourselves,” Rogers said. He’s tested all the boats and, no doubt, the gamut of fishing gear himself. Rogers also said fishing out of a canoe or kayak is the way to go. All fly fishing canoes and kayaks are stable enough to stand up in and can be used to any purpose. He said he sells them to many people who

just want to use one recreationally. Rogers’s favorite is a Jackson kayak called the Coosa that’s made in Sparta, Tenn. Deep South also carries a selection of books on general fishing, fishing in Alabama, Colorado and Montana. Rogers notes that what sets their store apart is its laid-back atmosphere. “We just want to have fun with our people,” he said. When he gets away, Rogers likes to

fish in the Tennessee Valley, on the Flint River in South Georgia, and locally on the Cahaba River in Montevallo. He also likes to fish in A River Runs Through It country where his brother lives in Mizzoula, Mont. Around the store, you’ll see photographs of him, his mom and his brother fishing, photos that make you want to go explore in rustic natural settings— even if you could care less about fishing.

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8/2 – Focus Chelsea, 8:30 a.m. Chelsea City Hall, 11611 Chelsea Road, Chelsea. 8/10 – Network 280, 8:30 a.m. Southfirst Mortgage, 30 Greystone Commercial Blvd., Suite 38. Sponsored by 280 Living. 8/12 – Network 280, 8:30 a.m. RBC Bank Meadow Brook, 2000 Meadow Lake Drive. Sponsored by 280 Living. 8/18 – SpeedNetworking, 8:30 a.m. Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham. 8/25 – Social 280, 5 p.m. – Greystone Smile Design, 140 Village Street, Suite 203. Sponsored by 280 Living. 8/30 – Network 280, 8:30 a.m. America’s First Federal Credit Union, #2 Inverness Center Parkway. Sponsored by 280 Living.


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Tire Engineers has opened on 280 in the former F1 Sports Car Center location just north of Home Depot. This is the seventh Birmingham location. Eight service bays will add to the efficiency of the center and offer the same great service that the downtown and Pelham locations have offered for years. The 280 location also has a customer lounge complete with free Wi-Fi. Tire Engineers will offer a courtesy shuttle for those who live or work in the area. Tire Engineers are located at 4750 Highway 280 in Inverness. They are open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To reach Tire Engineers, call 323-7282.

Made-to-order wings Wing Fanatic offers wings with a new kick featuring 50 different sauce flavors. Some include Southern Comfort, Peach BBQ, Rum and Coke, Sweet Heat (most popular) and Garlic Parmesan. Wings are cooked to order here but are worth the wait. Aside from wings, Wing Fanatic also offer boneless wings, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles and Angus burgers. Chicken sandwiches, wraps and salads are available for lighter lunches. Dine-in, pick-up and delivery are all options at Wing Fanatic. They are located at 5406 Highway 280, Suite D, in the Crossroads at Greystone shopping center. Wing Fanatic is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. To place an order or for more information, call them at 9950804.

Family-friendly pharmacy Gentry Pharmacy is now open in Altadena Valley Square behind the Colonnade. The store has its own compounding lab in order to change tablets into liquids and to create lozenges, lollipops and gummies to make medicine for children easier to take. They accept most plans and the same co-pays as most national chains. While you’re waiting on a prescription, the gift mart features Alabama and Auburn gifts as well as seasonal items. They have various cards and gift wrapping available as well. Gentry Pharmacy is located at 4700 Cahaba River Road, Suite B. They are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 970-1983 or visit www.

Yoga apparel at the Summit Lululemon Athletica opened at the

Summit in late July after moving from their previous location in SoHo Square in Homewood. It is the first full retail store in Birmingham for yoga apparel. Women’s items include bras, tanks, pants and shorts and men have similar options, in addition to bags and yoga mats. The shop offers complimentary yoga classes for all ability levels every Saturday morning. These classes are led by ambassadors to the store and also include yoga and running groups. Lululemon is located at 214 Summit Boulevard. They are open MondaySaturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.

New Chelsea consignment store The Cat’s Meow is a consignment boutique that not only carries clothing for the family but also unique household items and higher end bedding, such as Pottery Barn and Nautica. They also specialize in Coach and Dooney and Bourke purses and shoes like Nine West. Because horseback riding is popular in Chelsea, The Cat’s Meow offers gently used riding clothing as well. In order to consign, stop by The Cat’s Meow to pick up an information sheet. In general, Pierrotti looks for clothing that is less than two years old, hung on a hanger and has been laundered within the last week. No appointment is required to bring items, and most are processed in 24 hours. They recommend bringing in items Tuesday-Thursday. They are located at 10699 Old Highway 280, Building 5, Suite 8 and are open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.

New name for BMA The Birmingham Medical Alliance will be moving during the last week in August from Narrows Drive to an office near Stephens Pharmacy on County Road 280 and will be renamed 280 Medical Supply. They specialize in BiPAP and CPAP equipment, diabetic testing supplies, hospital electric beds and power scooters. 280 Medical Supply will hold the same hours, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 991-0413 for more information.

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Reader responses on solutions for Highway 280

A sketch of the elevated highway proposed by FIGG Engineering that ALDOT is considering. Photo courtesy of ALDOT.

The following readers responded to our July story on possible solutions for the Highway 280 traffic. ALDOT is currently completing survey work and looking at plans for an elevated highway or an alternative ReThink 280 plan. To read the complete story from July, visit www.280living. com. ALDOT (Alabama Department of Transportation) needs to tell the folks that don’t drive 280 everyday to stop thinking about their tiny kingdoms and think of the metro area as a whole. Light rail would be wonderful but there is no mass transit to use after you get off downtown. Mass transit takes even more cities to agree. -Stan Bradley I have lived in North Shelby County more than 15 years and seen little improvements in Caldwell Mill and Grants Mill Roads. Make both of these four lanes between I-459 and Highway 119 and you will see the current problem on Highway 280 go away. I use these roads and they are usually bumper-to-bumper during school months. A contributing factor of the current Highway 280 traffic is the closure of Lake Purdy bridge. It has taken Jefferson County/Alabama DOT too long to get this done for this bridge. Again, the fix is not Highway 280, it is the parallel roads. I am a Shelby County resident commuter—no engineer like Mr. Davis who seems to keep pushing the bottle neck of traffic deeper into Shelby County. Other road expansions in North Shelby County are needed. If our governor must have an elevated highway, put it on Grants Mill Road and run it all the way to I-20/59 from

Highway 119. Then the Lake Purdy Bridge will be a mute issue. -Paul E. Marrs My opinion, as a resident, is that the elevated highway from Oak Mountain to I-459 should be started immediately. It is the only helpful solution and is relatively inexpensive to build. Also I believe it was once said that it could be done in a couple of years. Only people who live or work in this area should have any voice in the decision for this leg of the highway. Business owners should stay out of it. People will continue to buy from them, just not when they need to get somewhere… So it seems to me that the major culprit is south of I-459 and construction should begin now on the elevated road regardless what will become of the Homewood, etc end. -Frances Daugherty The proposed elevated highway is definitely not a viable solution. This is outdated technology. All over the country, existing elevated highways are being torn down. Even the elevated part of I-20/59 in downtown Birmingham may be demolished. Elevated highways separate parts of town, isolate and devastate businesses, devalue adjacent residential subdivision property and are generally an eyesore regardless of what Ms. Figg says to the contrary. It has also been demonstrated that the tolls will not support the maintenance of an elevated highway indefinitely. The initial cost would be outrageous. ALDOT is pretending to consider other options such as ReThink 280 but they continue to spend tax dollars on preparations for the elevated highway. They will eventually

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have their way unless Governor Bentley can be convinced otherwise. I have sent him three email messages asking him to block ALDOT but have received no responses. ALDOT says they only build highways, so any solution other than the elevated highway would probably have to be implemented by some other organization. -Jim Talbert Our opinion is to go ahead with the FIGG plan. We need something done right away in this area. We don’t need to start over with more talk, surveys, spend more money hiring someone to present another plan, etc. There will never be complete agreement, and usually those who oppose don’t even have to deal with this traffic mess! Let’s proceed with our plan for elevated road with good access and not spend additional money offering once again another option for people to disagree over and continue to delay and cost more money seeing if it will work. Of course, it will work!!!! -Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Higgins Friends here in Highland Lakes and my family are totally adverse to the FIGG design and plans for the overpass. It would look pretty and sleek (on sunny days) for the first two years, and then would collect grime from the atmosphere and deposit moldy mildew on the finish of the structure, especially underneath the roadway. This is evident on the concrete traffic dividers up and down our mountain; it would look worse on an elevated highway. This concept will harm not only aesthetics but also business and residential property values near our homes. -Kathy

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I’m not sure why, but hot weather always gives me the urge to go fishing. Recently, I scheduled an outing with my friends Dan and Mike. I was on the Sipsey River just below Smith Dam at 6 a.m. I sat down on a mossy rock to wait for the guys to arrive. I was the only person on the river, so I passed the time enjoying the morning sights and sounds. A mist laid on the cool jade water like a gauze blanket, making it look dreamlike. The scent of pine mixed with the smell of moss and moist humus made me smile, though I’m not sure why. I could hear trout hitting bugs on the surface of the water, and off in the distance I could hear a woodpecker tapping a tree looking for some bugs for breakfast. After years of the corporate rat race, the solitude felt good. When my friends arrived, we suited up and headed down to the water with rods and nets. I used to wade this river in shorts, and even though the water was about 50 degrees, it didn’t seem to bother me then. Nowadays water that cold makes my knees feel like they are pumped full of crazy glue and squeak like rusty gate hinges. When I became “un-jobbed” last year, I bought a pair of waders because I could hear the water calling me. Waders are designed to keep your legs warm in frigid, water and they are supposed to keep you dry. But that’s not always the case. Both my fishing buddies Dan and Mike caught fish that morning. I tried every fly in my box, but I didn’t get so much as a sniff from a trout.

Mike must have felt sorry for me because he gave me one of his hand-tied flies, and a few minutes later I caught a nice little rainbow trout. I wet my hands, gently removed the hook and placed the fish back in the water. Soon it caught its breath and darted toward deeper water. I looked down stream and saw a great blue heron standing in the shallow water. Cloaked in the mist, the bird looked like an apparition. I shot a picture with my phone to make sure the mist wasn’t playing tricks on my eyes. Just before noon, we heard the siren, which meant workers were about to turn on the turbines and release a wave of water. I turned a little too quick to get out of the water, stepped on a slick rock and busted my rear end. My buddies saw what happened and were concerned at first, but once they realized I was okay, they laughed at me. It was good-natured fun, and I laughed too. But when my buddy Mike headed out, he did a little ballerina routine, and he hit the water too. All of a sudden, my fall wasn’t so funny to him. The sun had risen above the trees and it was getting hot by then, so I didn’t mind getting water in my waders. I only caught one trout. Some folks would say the outing was a bust, but to me, any day spent on the water with friends is a good day. You can learn more about Rick Watson at He is available for speaking engagements and other events. Contact him at

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Back to School Splash to be held at OMIS On Saturday, August 27, you will see hundreds of children running on water slides, giant slip-n-slides, and inflatables at Oak Mountain Intermediate School. The fifth annual Back-to-School Splash (BSS), held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will also feature a dunking booth, face painting, nail art, hair art and more fun for kids of all ages. There will be Kona Ice, Zaxby’s Chicken, and Domino’s pizza available for purchase. The BSS was started in 2007 as a way to unite incoming fourth graders from Inverness Elementary and Oak Mountain Elementary as well as encourage community involvement. Between 1500 and 2000 people have attended the event in the past. The funds raised from sponsors, ticket sales and food go to the PTO to support the school and the many needs of OMIS. Due to proration, the school’s funding has been reduced significantly. The PTO depends on events such as the BSS to raise extra money to help the school in

this time of proration. In years past, the PTO has helped with expenses such as classroom needs, computer and science lab supplies, the purchase and maintenance of copy machines, laminators, playground maintenance etc. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $12 ($15 at gate) for children in grades kindergarten and up; adults and preschoolers get in for free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at OMIS during school hours until Friday, August 26. Please call the school at 682-5220 for more information. If you have a business, please consider sponsoring one of the many activities of the BSS. With a $150 ($125 is tax deductible) sponsorship, you will receive a professionally printed sign that will be placed next to the activity you would like to sponsor as well as two complimentary tickets to the BSS. For more information on sponsoring an event, please call OMIS at 682-5220.

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A three-day event to raise money for tornado victims has been announced by the HEARTinDIXIE Foundation. Events include an Alabama/Auburn alumni flag football game and a charity golf pro-am all benefiting Governor Robert Bentley’s Emergency Relief Fund. Spain Park High School will host the alumni flag football game at 7 p.m. on August 13. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with autograph signing from 6 to 7 p.m. On August 14, the Birmingham Marriott at Grandview Parkway will be the host site of a HEARTinDIXIE Benefit and Pairings Party at 6 p.m. Availability is limited for this event. On August 15, the Greystone Golf and Country Club

Founders Course is the host site of a charity golf pro-am at 10 a.m. for participants and media only. Celebrity athletes participating in the weekend’s events include Bo Jackson, Cornelius Bennett, Pat Dye, Ray Perkins, Al DelGreco, Bobby Humphrey, Stan White, Gene Stallings, Joe Cribbs and Lee Roy Jordan. Both Alabama and Auburn committee members make up the HEARTinDIXIE Foundation and are working with UNITE|364 on the events. Tickets for the Alabama/Auburn alumni flag football game are $20 for general admission and can be purchased through

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August Happenings August is a little less busy at the libraries this month. The staffs are taking a much-needed break after Summer Reading and preparing for the remainder of the year. Keep an eye out for more fun events coming up in September.

North Shelby Library Story-Time Programming Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire) Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 10:45 a.m. All Ages. No Registration Required. Teen Scene Downloadable Music Classes Classes on how to use download free music from Sony Music’s catalgue through Freegal Music will be held on August 8 at 6 p.m. and August 17 at 2 p.m. in the Teen Department. Patrons are encouraged to bring their laptop or internet-ready phone to download music to. Contact Kate at 439-5512 or nsyouth@shelbycounty-al. org to register. Registered Shelby County cardholders can download three Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each week at no direct cost via www.northshelbylibrary. org.

2011 Teens’ Top Ten Get ready to cast your vote for the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten. Every year in April since 2003, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) releases the list of nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten List. Teens are encouraged to read the 25 nominated books to take part in voting for their ten favorite books of the year in August and September. The winning titles will be announced via a webcast during Teen Read Week in October. This year’s nominees include Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Stop by the library or visit www.northshelbylibrary. org/teens.html to find the complete list of nominated books and how to cast your vote. Voting starts August 22.



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Hoover’s Antee honored for streamlining registration process Cathy M. Antee, chief financial officer for Hoover City Schools, was recently honored by the Association of School Business Officials International with its Pinnacle of Excellence award for an innovative strategy that streamlined the registration and payment process, making it easier to integrate and manage student information and financial records and to move toward a paperless process. Recognizing the challenges of collecting and processing thousands of documents related to new and returning students each year, Antee lead an effort to gather and manage student information more efficiently and reduce paperwork in the payment process. All students register online now, which saves the district approximately $60,000 a year in postage and mailing, personnel and printing costs. Approximately 75 percent use the online payment system. Online payments increased from $300,000 in 2008 to more than $1 million in 2010. “The collection of fees using the web-based process has provided more instructional time for our teachers,” Antee said. “They no longer have to keep track of money brought in by the students, field

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“Just a minute.” “Hang on.” “I’m coming.” “Be patient.” “I’ll do it when I can.” “I’m busy—not now.” “Give me a second, will you?” How many of these parenting clichés ring a bell with you? Do they spill from your mouth automatically, buy you extra time to finish the task at hand? If you’re anything like me, the answer is a resounding, “Yes.”. And while I’m not particularly proud of this, I do cut myself some slack. Waiting is a part of life, and the sooner my kids learn they’re not the center of the universe, the better off they’ll be. Even if I could be at their beck and call, drop everything whenever they needed me, that’s not how the real world operates. We all know adults who grew up so catered to that they expect attention at the snap of their fingers. They don’t understand why people get put out—and often struggle to sustain healthy relationships. Who wants to create that monster, right? In all seriousness, I’ve never thought much about how often I ask my kids to bide their time. After all the hours I log on the mothering wheel, I feel entitled to jump off periodically. But an email I received from a father I know opened my eyes wider to the holes in my logic. I’d put a post on Facebook asking for column ideas, and within minutes he sent me a message. His story was brief yet compelling. “I was putting my five-year-old daughter to bed,” he wrote, “and trying to hug her. She kept pushing my arm away. I asked what she was doing, and she replied, ‘You can hug me in a minute.’ I started laughing—until she said, ‘That’s what you tell me all the time when I ask you something. ’ ” “Now every time I start to say that,” this father’s email continued, “I think about what’s important.” The first time I read his message, I felt a little pang in my heart. After a moment I realized it was because I, too, was guilty. That scene could easily play out in my house, and the fact that it hadn’t surprised me. I imagined this father to be more patient and attentive than me. If his daughter said

it to him, what were my girls thinking? I didn’t want to know. Then again, I did. So I asked Ella, my eight year old, and a friend she had over how often they heard the words “Just a minute.” “My mom says it all the time,” her friend replied. Ella nodded. “Yeah, and when adults say ‘Just a minute,’ they really mean an hour.” I wish I had a magic solution on how to balance the demands of dependents with a million other obligations. The challenge has eluded parents for generations, and while it’s easy to say we should simplify, only so much scaling back is possible. As my dad says, these are our “working years,” and in addition to raising kids we must pay for them. The financial burden requires a dedication to work that takes time and energy—two valuable resources that, ideally, we’d like to reserve for our families. There are times I have four kids crying for me at once. It becomes a competition, a test of whom I love most. As I sputter, “Just a minute…Mommy’s not an octopus!” I silently discern who needs me first. Should I clean the baby’s blow-out, listen to the daughter who has “something important to say,” or administer Tylenol to the one with a fever? How quickly can I do all three and get back to the column I’m writing? It’s a helpless feeling to have my dearest passions pulling me in opposite directions. I’m attuned to the advice dispensed by parents older and wiser than me: Treasure their childhood, they grow up fast. One day they won’t need you, and you’ll be sad. Savor small moments. These, too, are parenting clichés, words that will gradually replace the “Just a minute” phrases I now throw out. I doubt I could go a day without telling someone to hold their horses. I could, however, stop what I’m doing more often and tend to my kids. Sometimes, all they really want is proof that they’re important. When I look at it that way, can I even blame them? Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Birmingham mom of four with a background in PR, writing and photography. Visit her website at www., find her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at kari@karikampakis. com.

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Dale’s Southern Grill gives back with Dine and Donate program Area nonprofits can earn 10 percent of a night’s proceeds at Dale’s Southern Grill through their Dine and Donate fundraiser program. To get involved, groups should pick up Dale’s fundraising campaign materials, including a poster Dale’s provides to copy and distribute to the organization and community. Anyone can then bring that flyer with them to “dine and donate at Dale’s” on the designated day for the fundraising campaign. Within 30 days from the end of the fundraising campaign, a contribution check in the amount of 10 percent of all proceeds will be sent to the organization. Dale’s Southern Grill encourages groups such as school music, art, sports programs, community music and art, theater programs, community environmental, safety and clean-up groups, teen programs, animal and pet organizations, boy scouts, girl scouts, mentoring programs and any non-profit organization get involved. “We’re really excited to participate in community outreach and welcome any and all efforts to get the word out to the nonprofits,” said Elaine Lucia in the restaurant’s marketing department. Email Dale’s Southern Grill at or visit their website, to get started. They ask that organizations please contact them at least two weeks in advance of the fundraising campaign start date. Dales’ Southern Grill has three locations in our area: in Hoover at 1843 Montgomery Highway, Suite 107; in the Greystone/280 area at 5479 Highway 280 South; and in Vestavia Hills at 700 Montgomery Highway, Suite 15.

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Dinner theater with Broadway music First Christian Church is working with community residents from different churches to put together A Night on 42nd Street on August 26 and 27. “We wanted to open things up to the community,” said Minister of Music Jan Watts. Watts expects between 25 and 30 participants to sing and dance while the audience enjoys dinner. Although the menu isn’t finalized, they are strongly considering roast beef with mashed potatoes, greens and a salad. The show will tell the history of

Broadway and showcase different songs from each era of Broadway productions. Two years ago, they performed Pop and Picnic and the success of that one-night show led Watts to add another night this year. Tickets are $25, and there will be childcare available at First Christian Church. Tickets can be purchased through cast members or by calling the church office at 991-5000. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. The show should finish by 9 p.m.

Watching for vision impairment in children With the start of the new school year, Dr. Sharon Snider of Snider Therapy Centers, Inc. in Meadow Brook advocates that parents watch for how their children’s vision can impact their reading and learning. Governor Robert Bentley has also proclaimed this August as Children’s Vision and Learning Month. Vision disorders are the number one handicapping condition of children. As many as one in four school-age children have vision problems that could interfere with learning, according to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Children with undetected vision problems are commonly misdiagnosed as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexic or learning disabled. However, if these hidden vision problems are properly

diagnosed, they can be treated and corrected through vision therapy. Vision therapy is used to improve the performance of each eye as well as improve the ability of the eyes to work together. Snider recommends parents watch for common signs that vision is interfering with a child’s ability to read and learn: • Skips lines, rereads lines • Poor reading comprehension • Takes much longer doing homework than it should • Reverses letters like “b” and “d” • Has a short attention span with reading and schoolwork Not all eye doctors test for learningrelated vision problems or offer in-office vision therapy, so be sure to ask your eye doctor’s office if they do.

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That’s Life by Paul Johnson

There’s a carp in the pond Teaching parenting skills today often focuses on insight of the internal world of children. The insight turns into tactics or solutions meant to achieve peace and calm in the home through the means of stable, consistent behavior. The desired results are achieved because the parents are able to combine the newfound insight and tactics with an existing internal objectivity within themselves. Unfortunately, too often, the existence of internal objectivity is a presupposition that proves to be false. The absence of anxiety is far too often a pipe dream, and not a present reality. The anxiety proves to be a hindrance, a means by which the best intentions and efforts get sidetracked because it triggers other intentions and other efforts that are often hidden to the parents yet lay lurking beneath the surface, ready to rise in order to preserve the existence of the parent from a perceived threat. When this occurs, a reaction follows, the training goes “out the window,” and the parents are left wondering what happened, often feeling more defeated and less hopeful than prior to their “parent training.” The question arises: “What is really going on here?” What is really going on here is more than the simple thought that the internal world of the children is the only matter to be considered. Attention must also be given to the internal world of the parents because, ultimately, it is out of the well of personal understanding and context that a parent is able to offer a non-anxious presence and validation to his or her child. I once knew a family who owned a catfish farm. The farm consisted of five ponds that the owners kept stocked with catfish. It was known as a fish-out operation. People would come, rent fishing poles, fish for the day or for whatever time period they desired, keep whatever they caught and pay per pound for what they did catch (processing of the fish into fillets was an option for an additional charge). The customers would pull out of the pond whatever was in the pond, and eventually, the ponds would empty of fish as the fish were caught (hence, the title, “fish-out”). At regular intervals, the owners would restock the ponds with catfish in order to satisfy the customers who came for “easy fishing.” Yet every now and then, a customer would pull something from the pond that was not a catfish: an occasional turtle would show up on a line, bass, trout and, most frequently, carp. Carp were frequent guests of the ponds and often would take over a pond if the population were not kept under control. Carp were not tasteful fish, and were often disappointing to catch, though they did serve a purpose: they helped maintain the ponds by eating the grass

that often grew below the waterline and could take over a pond if not eliminated regularly. So the carp were necessary to maintain a balanced grass level in the pond and an overall balanced ecosystem, but the carp had to be monitored regularly. Much like the system of this catfish farm, parents have components within them that are necessary to maintain the equilibrium of their personal ecosystems. Like having customers, having children is a part of a parent’s drive toward personal fulfillment and legacy. Learning parenting skills is akin to stocking and restocking a pond. But often there are “unwanted guests” that are caught on the line at any given moment, such as anxiety, fear and worry. Yet these “guests” play a role, a vital role, for the parents, if the parent will do the work of recognizing the place these guests have “in the pond” of their own individual ecosystems. Anxiety and other emotions play a role within a parent’s system. They serve as a signal system for the survival instincts of a person, informing the person that something within the environment needs investigating to determine if flight or fight is necessary. Unfortunately, if this signal system is not understood, a parent can go immediately into a flight or fight response without investigating and often make a situation worse, leaving the anxiety unchecked and eventually taking over the system, setting the tone for the household. A temper tantrum by a child is a common, almost everyday experience. What can complicate a tantrum is when the tantrum triggers anxiety within the parent that if not properly addressed or investigated, can cause the parent to overreact. So, parent skills training opportunities that give attention to the presence of anxiety and the emotional signal system within parents can help parents gain some ground in the arena of “what is really going on here.” Seeing temper tantrums in the light of emotional regulation and anxiety management often lends itself to more effective tactics to address the tantrum. A healthy ecosystem can be maintained; the catfish can grow and leave the pond; the carp can keep the grass under control and the ponds a safe place to live—just needs a little attention and understanding of all the components that are at work. To talk further about parenting skills and understanding the internal world, please consider Samaritan Counseling at 967-3660 Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as a professionally licensed marriage and family therapist and associate licensed counselor at Samaritan.

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CONTINUED from page 7 Fatima orphanage to spend time with the children and deliver donations. Christ Church United Methodist In May, Christ Church sent a team to a closed nation in East Asia to work with the underground church in Gospel sharing, disciple making, and training to share the Gospel in the Middle East. In June, a team traveled to Honduras to work with a ministry on constructing a medical clinic, painting a church and training churches in church multiplication. They also sent a team to the Middle East to host an eyeglass clinic, to perform music ministry and plant seeds of the Gospel. In July, they sent a team to Costa Rica to share the Gospel and construct a parsonage, a medical team in Peru and a sending a medical team to Ecuador. The church has also continued its work on home construction and assisting in schools in the East Lake area of Birmingham and will send mission teams to India and Rwanda this fall. Double Oak Community Church The church sent 15 people to the Yakama Indian Reservation in Toppenish, Wash., for the fifth year in a row. They held a Vacation Bible School, helped develop their youth ministry and completed service projects on the reservation. Four teenagers the church has gotten to know from the reservation came to Birmingham first to help VBS at Double Oak and flew back to YaKama with the team from Birmingham. “It’s been exciting to see the change in those kids in the past four and a half, five years,” church administrator Tim Cotton said. The church’s youth group also went to downtown Chicago in July to do street evangelism and service projects through Lampstand Ministries. Inverness Vineyard Church In June, a group of 24 adults and

Recent Oak Mountain High School graduate Meagan Campbell with children on Christ Church United Methodist’s trip to Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Amber Glenn.

Lauren Kirkland of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church with children at a reservation in Yakima, Wash. Photo courtesy of Cathy Graham.

youth went to Cincinnati to participate in a Summer of Service week. Also, this summer two members went to Beijing and Hong Kong to work with Forever Love and St. Stephen’s Society. Two college students from Vineyard went to the Philippines as a part of a ministry that works with young gang members and rescues women out of the sex trade. Liberty Baptist Church, Chelsea Liberty Baptist sent a group of 24 adults and high school students to Turlock, Cali., to host a sports camp at a local Baptist church. The team then spent afternoons doing painting and light construction work at other area churches needing assistance. Sixty-nine church members participated in a three-day tornado relief effort in the Pleasant Grove area. They also focused relief efforts in Calhoun County and the Ohatchee area that were affected by the April tornadoes by partnering with the Calhoun Baptist Association. Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church A team traveled to an urban area just

identify people in need and to work with them to complete the projects.

outside Toronto, Canada, to run a Vacation Bible School at a new church plant. A group of high school students went on an evangelism, discipleship and mercy ministry trip where they worked with other high schoolers in Northern Ireland doing home repair forsog needy families. They also worked with a local church. Another high school group went to an inner city, multi-racial community in St. Louis for tutoring, kids camp and work projects. A team went to an Indian reservation in Yakima, Wash., to run a Vacation Bible School and did home repairs. The church will send a team to a church planting conference in Hakone, Japan, in November.

First Christian Church After two years of fundraising and preparation, the youth at First Christian Church traveled to the Holy Land for 11 days in June. In addition to their own journaling and other creative expression of the impact this trip has on own lives, the students engaged in numerous service projects with local Israeli and Palestinian believers. Cross Bridge Church of Christ A team of ten worked with Mission Lazarus to send a team to Honduras to train people there to make and build things. Grace Presbyterian Church Grace teamed up with an Atlanta church to provide a week of summer camp for international refugee children through Friends of Refugees from Clarkston, Ga. The camp serves approximately 120 children in kindergarten through 8th grade.

St. Mark the Evangelist and Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Churches For the sixth year in a row, St. Mark teamed up with Our Lady of the Valley other Birmingham Catholic parishes to complete repairs on six homes around Eutaw, Al.. The church works with the Consolata Sisters of Greene County to

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8/11- “Picture of Health” Gala. Presented by Birmingham Bombshell, this ovarian

cancer research benefit and calendar release gala includes food from local restaurants and music from DJ Rafa. 7-11 p.m. Old Car Heaven, 115 35th Street South. Admission: $25. More information: or call 2438590.

8/12- Oak Mountain High School Doubles Tennis Tournament. There will be two

divisions in Round Robin format: a men’s and women’s A, 4.0 USTA and higher, and a men’s and women’s B, 3.5 USTA and lower. All proceeds benefit Oak Mountain High School athletics. Inverness Country Club. Entry fee: $50 per doubles team. More information: come to the Inverness Country Club tennis shop or visit

8/13- Heart in Dixie Alumni Day Flag Football Game. Football alumni from

Alabama and Auburn come out and play to benefit tornado relief. Players include Bobby Humphrey, Cornelius Bennett, Al DelGreco and Pat Dye. 7 p.m. Spain Park High School Football Field. Admission: $20. More information: and

8/13- Oak Mountain Sports Festival. It’s a community-wide event with inflatables, a dunking booth and local vendors. Proceeds go toward Heardmont Stadium and other athletic facility improvements. 4 p.m. Heardmont Park. Admission: $5 (adults) $4 (age 10 and under), dinner is $14 (adult) and $10 (age 10 and under). More information: call 682-5200 or email

8/16- Get Wild! A family friendly event promoting bird conservation with glovetrained birds. 1-2 p.m. Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain State Park. Admission: $3 (adults) $1 (children). More information:

8/25- Chelsea v. Brookwood. Watch the season opener for the Hornets. 7 p.m.

Chelsea High School. More information: chhs.

8/26- Briarwood v. Eagles Landing. Watch the season opener for the Lions. 7:30

EST. McDonough, Ga. More information: athletics.

8/26- Oak Mountain High School v. Buckhorn. Watch the season opener for the

Eagles. Heardmont Park. More information: omhs.

8/26- Spain Park High School v. Noxubee County, Mississippi. Watch the season opener for the Jags. Time: TBA. Spain Park High School. More information:

8/27- Oak Mountain Intermediate School’s Back-To-School Splash. Giant slip-

n-slides, a dunking booth, face painting and inflatables will be available with Dominoes and Zaxby’s available for sale. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oak Mountain Intermediate School. Admission: $12 (in advance) $15 (at the door) adults and preschoolers are free. More information: call 682-5220.

Music & Arts 8/7- Jazz in the Park. Features the Neo Jazz Collective, Kim Scott and Keith

Williams. 5-8 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Admission: free. More information:

8/11- Cocktails in the Gardens. “Surf on the Tuft” will feature the music of Jon

Black and the signature drink: Sea Breeze. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Hill Garden. Admission: $15 (for non-members). More information:

8/12-14- Birmingham Arts and Music (BAAM) Fest. Features more than 200 local and regional artists in different genres. 6-10p.m. Venues vary, but include the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, McWane Science Center, Birmingham Museum of Art and ArtPlay. Admission: $15/day, $35/weekend. More information:

8/14- Jazz in the Park. Features the Neo Jazz Collective, Tena Wilson, Goodfellas and On Purpose. 5-8 p.m. Vulcan Park. Admission: free. More information:

8/20- Ben Folds. Listen to the music of singer-songwriter Ben Folds. 8 p.m. Alys

Stephens Center. Admission: $40 (general admission) $20 (UAB students only). More information:

8/21- Jazz in the Park. Features the Neo Jazz Collective, Overfloe and Jose Carr. 5-8 p.m. Tom Bradford Park, intersection of Diamond Head Drive and Edwards Lake Road. Admission: free. More information: www.magiccitysmoothjazz. com.

8/25- The Taste of Birmingham. Showcasing the best flavors of our city that benefits the Birmingham Boys Choir with a portion going toward the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. 6-9 p.m. The Club, Grand Ballroom. Admission: $100. More information:

8/26-28- Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. A festival for independent filmmakers in downtown Birmingham. Friday: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. Locations include: Alabama Theatre, Carver Theatre, McWane Science Center and Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Cabaret Theatre. Admission: $80 (sidewalk film and party pass) or $225 (VIP). More information:

8/28- Jazz in the Park. Features the Neo Jazz Collective, Foxy Fatts and RAW Jazz

Trio. 5-8 p.m. Sidewalk Film Festival. Admission: free. More information: www.

8/16- Global Kebabs. Learn some grilling kebab techniques that are perfect for

tailgating this fall. 6:30-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Admission: $35. More information:

8/18- Chinese Appetizer Classics. Learn how to make dumplings, wontons and even crispy egg rolls. 6:30-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Admission: $35. More information:

8/19-28- Birmingham Restaurant Week. Features different prix fixe selections at $10, $20 and $30 at various restaurants in Birmingham. Restaurant hours vary by location. Prices: $10, $20 or $30. More information: www. bhamrestaurantweek. com.

8/20- The Chinese Pantry Demystified. Learn about Chinese ingredients and have lunch at Red Pearl Restaurant. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at Super Oriental Market in Homewood. Admission: $40 (includes lunch). More information: www.

8/23- Biscuits: A Southern Staple. Learn about the perfect biscuit and how to make

traditional buttermilk, sweet potato, bacon and white cheddar and pecan drop biscuits. 6:30-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Admission: $35. More information:

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8/4 -New Beacon Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Clinic, 11 a.m. 8/9 – Advisory Council Meeting, 1 p.m. 8/16- Genealogy Workshop, 11 a.m. 8/17- Computer Class, 10-11 a.m. 8/18- Harrison Regional Library Program, 11 a.m. 8/23 – Mid South Balance Program, 11 a.m. 8/30 – Chop Suey Outing, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. NOTE: Please reserve meals in advance. Outings are limited to 12 people, so sign up early.

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CONTINUED from page 1 a typical child, not just from school age,” Tolloch said. “We saw that need and that it wasn’t being met around us.” The ECLIPSE program, which provided preschool for special needs children in Shelby County Schools, had closed its doors, leaving little to no options for special needs preschoolers in North Shelby County. Hand in Hand, The Bell Center and Mitchell’s Place, all located in other areas of Birmingham, offer preschool programs but often have long waiting lists or high costs. CKPN had never been approached by a parent of a special needs child, but when Nancy Kurre of The Bright House Foundation approached her with the idea, Tolloch said she decided to be proactive instead of reactive. “It was important to me that my staff was on board with it,” Tolloch said. “We wanted to take everyone we could with our means and abilities.” That summer, the preschool was inundated with phone calls after word of mouth quickly spread. Some children were graduating from the Bell Center and needed a new school. Others had never been in a preschool program before. One day, Tolloch said God sent them Allison Strain, who had an education degree and experience teaching at the Bell Center. Strain teamed up with Steverson, a preschool teacher who had a degree and experience in special education, as resource teachers for their new students. Together with Tolloch, Strain and Steverson set out to meet with parents and therapists to bridge the gap between them and the classroom. Hand In Hand, a special needs preschool, trained the CKPN staff before


9:30 -10:30 a.m. – Tai Chi 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.- Mah Jongg 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.- Canasta


10-11 a.m.- Aerobic Workouts 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.- Bingo & Board Games (8/2 & 8/9 only) 11 a.m. 12 p.m.- Bible Study 12 p.m. - Lunch 12:30 p.m. – Wii bowling with Betty


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school year started. The staff made special schedule boards with words and pictures. Special needs children thrive on structure, but, then again, so do all preschoolers. “You learn that things that help special needs children help the other children as well,” Tolloch said. All the kids learned at age and grade, not necessarily ability, level and participated in the Christmas and graduation programs. Therapists from Shelby County, HAND (Help for Autism and NeuroDevelopmental Disorders) and other private services became a fluid part of each classroom, as each child learned social skills, letters and numbers from their teachers and one another. The therapists taught all the children how to play with the special needs students, never minding if all the children participated in their activities. “It has taught all the kids to include others in centers, on the playground, etc.” Steverson said. “The beauty of inclusive classrooms is how kids learn from their peers.” At the end of last school year, three special need children graduated from 4K. “It was rewarding for us and for the parents to see that happen,” Tolloch said. Other preschool programs have called CKPN and are asking about how they can implement similar programs for special needs children. Christ’s Kids has new goals to better equip their classrooms with tools for the special needs children. But mostly, the teachers are looking forward to welcoming the children and seeing which other teacher gets to help “their child” from last year. Tolloch is thinking about the students. “I can only hope that what we take away from it is that the children don’t see any differences and when they do they are accepting of it.”

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

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8/2- Saving Abel /Within Reason 8/4- Miss Used 8/5- Red Halo 8/6- Whiskey Dolls 8/7- Family of Friends 8/8- Miss Used 8/12- Outshine 8/13- Deputy 5 8/19- Sexy Tractor 8/21- Family of Friends 8/27- Family of Friends

Pablo’s Restaurant and Cantina 3439 Colonnade Parkway 969-1411 Live music Wednesday and Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 – 10:30 p.m.

Village Tavern The Summit, Lower Level 970-1640 Artist Jeff Tyler performs every Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 – 9 p.m. They also offer various live music on Fridays, 9 – 11:30 p.m.

City Vineyard

Arbor Place 5479 Highway 280, Suite 102 437-3360 8/4- The Dudleys: fun oldies, folk songs, and family favorites 8/5- Tim Brice & Kenneth Kirby* 8/12-Kevin Harrison * 8/19- Soul Collision* 8/18- Kevin Harrison for Crawfish & Shrimp Boil and Beer Tasting 8/26- Joe Breckenridge* *Wine tasting runs from 6:30 to 8:30, and the live music starts at 7. $10 cover.

5426 Highway 280 (205) 874-6361 8/5- Connection Band 8/6- II Da Maxx 8/12- Onlive 8/13- Teenage Daddy 8/20- Bonus Round 8/27- The Underground

The Fish Market Restaurant GREYSTONE 5407 Highway 280 980-8600 every Thursday night live music with Jeff Taylor. All Parrotheads are invited.

Courtyard Oyster bar & grill 280

band and dj schedule 8/1-Dj KOP 8/2-Live Band Karaoke 8/3-Matt & Sean / Erika & Eric 8/4-Erika & Eric / Heath Shoemaker 8/5-Atticus Avenue / SK5 8/6-Gentlemen Zero / Heath Shoemaker 8/7-Heath Shoemaker 8/8-Dj KOP 8/9-Matt Hill 8/10-Matt & Sean / Erika & Eric 8/11-Matt & Koonce / Heath Shoemaker 8/12-The Serials / Matt Hill band 8/13-Broken Rail / Heath Shoemaker 8/14-Spoonful / Heath Shoemaker 8/15-Dj KOP 8/16-Live Band Karaoke 8/17-Matt & Sean / Erika & Eric 8/18-Erika & Eric / Heath Shoemaker 8/19-Diedra the Ruff Pro band / SK5 8/20-Todd Simpson and the Mojo Child / Heath Shoemaker 8/21-Heath Shoemaker 8/22-Dj KOP 8/23-Matt Hill 8/24-Matt & Sean / Erika & Eric 8/25-Matt & Koonce / Heath Shoemaker 8/26-4th & 1 / Matt Hill band 8/27-Double Trouble / Heath Shoemaker 8/28-Heath Shoemaker 8/29-Dj KOP 8/30-Live Band Karaoke 8/31-Erika & Eric / Matt & Sean

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