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Publisher’s Note Chelsea’s Café Meadow Brook Run State Safety Award SPHS Fine Arts Briarwood Playoffs Athlete of the Month Foote Brothers Trash Can Caddie Fireplace Safety Paul Johnson Walk Through Nativity Danberry at Inverness Rick Watson Church Spotlight Live Music Calendar of Events

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So you say you’re ready to catch a glimpse of Santa and get in the Christmas spirit? Be prepared to enjoy the excitement of the season at the 11th Annual Chelsea Christmas Parade on Dec. 18. Local entertainment will begin at 9 a.m. at the grandstand positioned along the route just behind Winn Dixie. The parade officially begins at 10 a.m. on Highway 39 in front of Chelsea Intermediate School and turns onto Highway 47, ending at the Winn-Dixie parking lot. The parade is a favorite event each December and when hunting a good spot to set up a chair and view it, “there are no bad seats” according to Gerri Roberts, GIS coordinator for the city. Last year’s parade consisted of 83 local groups and the crowd was estimated

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By Lauren Nix When Mike Newton and his family joined Meadow Brook Baptist Church, he felt called to volunteer for the ministry in partnership with the Jimmie Hale Mission. “I always felt that God wanted me to help serve others, especially the poor and hungry, and this gave me the perfect outlet to do that,” Newton said.

He is not alone. Members from many locals churches and organizations volunteer year-round with the Jimmie Hale Mission, a non-profit that describes itself as “a shelter for the homeless, a rest stop for the weary, a feeding station for the hungry, and a sanctuary for the hurting.” Newton is a part of the group who

serves food to the men at the mission. He began taking his sons with him to show that these men “were not dealt a good hand of cards,” and to always appreciate what God has done for you and help others who need guidance in their lives. “What’s really special is after we’ve served the food, there’s an opportunity to speak with the men, and they’re no different than you and me,” Newton said. “You really have to respect that they’ve taken the steps to change their lives and come to the mission to go through the program.” The mission has a greater need for volunteers like Newton during the holidays because of the large dinner they serve. The traditional meal served Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is a special event for both men and staff at the mission, and the perfect time for volunteers to help. “It’s a really great way to get people involved because, with that increased meal, we do have an increased need for servers,” said Bonnie Hendrix, media coordinator for the mission. “We’re looking for servers all throughout the month of December.” On average, 150 men are served at the Men’s Center at any given mealtime.


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Publisher’s note The December issue is here and it brings a close to another wonderful year for us at 280 Living. We have several articles detailing area holiday events that we know you will enjoy. The Briarwood Nativity is in its 17th year. If you haven’t been before, we encourage you to go see it. It should be a good time for the whole family. See our article on page 24 for a preview. The Chelsea Christmas Parade featured on the cover is another family friendly event that is sure to please this holiday season. For the runners and walkers out there, we have two upcoming events that we know you will find of interest. This month’s Meadow Brook 5k and Fun Run is Dec. 18. See page seven for more info. Coming in January is the Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run. It begins at St. Vincent’s One-Nineteen and the route goes through Greystone. it’s a special event for a wonderful cause. There are approximately

eight weeks left at the time of this printing to train for it. See Lauren Nix’s article on page 14 for some ideas on how to do that. Our calendar on page 30 has many more upcoming events that should keep you and your family entertained this month. This holiday season, we encourage you to shop local. The small businesses that advertise here and make this publication possible heavily rely on the holiday season for their existence. The entire issue is full of advertisers that can help you with all of your holiday shopping. The gift guide on page 16-17 has a few select items that you may want to add to your list. As always, thank you for reading and for your support of this publication. Happy Holidays and have a safe and happy New Year.

Packing Party Helps Those Who Need it Most For a second year, Oak Mountain Intermediate School (OMIS) has partnered up with The People’s Church in “Operation Christmas Child” to collect and ship supplies to underprivileged children in over 130 countries worldwide. The OMIS Student Council organized a five-week drive, asking students to donate supplies such as gloves, soaps and hygiene items, school supplies, and new stuffed animals and toys. On November 14 at a “packing party,” one of each of these items was then packed into individually wrapped shoeboxes to be delivered to children in need via the Samaritan’s Purse organization. “Student council representatives volunteered to work outside the OMIS lunchroom every morning for the five-week drive,” said Michelle Dobrinski, teacher organizer for the OMIS Student Council. “They gave the students incentives for classes bringing in the most items,” she continued, “and this was huge because we had boxes upon boxes of donated items.”

OMIS parent Vincenza Sciarabba and her son Nicholas complete the filling of one of the boxes filled and shipped through the Samaritan’s Purse organization.

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private parties and carry out. “I want a nice family environment where everyone can come out and have a good meal and a good time,” said owner “Big” Sean Dixon. He opened the location in Chelsea with space to accommodate plenty of guests and hopes that people will no longer think they have to drive up Highway 280 for a great meal. “This is exactly what Chelsea needs,” customer Vickie Reid said. “A fun, family café that serves the best barbeque in town.” Chelsea’s Cafe hours are Monday through Thursday 11 am to 11 pm, Friday 11am to 2 am, Saturday 11 am to 1 am, and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Breakfast is served from 5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Their buffet is open on Monday through Friday and on Sunday. Friday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight, there will be karaoke with Ken. “Big” Sean calls Chelsea’s Café the “The Pride of Chelsea” and proudly proclaims, “We all love our mamas, but Chelsea’s Cafe might be the one to give her a run for the money when it comes to good ol’ southern cooking.” For more information, contact 205678-9222 or go to their website, www.

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Meadow Brook’s 16th Annual 5K and Fun Run Set For Dec. 18 Considered by many to be Birmingham’s most beautiful 5K course, the sponsors of the Meadow Brook 5K and Fun Run invite the community to participate in the 16th year of this event. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. on December 18 with the 5K starting at 9:00 a.m. The one-mile Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m. and runners are encouraged to wear their jingle bells! An awards ceremony

Jingle-bell clad runners complete the 5K in a previous year of the Meadow Brook Run

is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with savings bonds for the overall winners. The 5 K run starts behind Aliant Bank off Highway 280 in the Meadow Brook corporate area, continues through Meadow Brook subdivision, around the lakes in the corporate park and concludes at Aliant Bank. The entry fee for the event is a taxdeductible contribution to the Jesus Video Project of Alabama with a $10 minimum suggested. Entry fees should be paid by check made to the Video Project and mailed to Meadow Brook Runs, 3508 Cheshire Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242. Registration forms are available through a link on the Meadow Brook Homeowners website, Event t-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registrations received by December 10. Food will be available from local sponsors Full Moon BBQ, Papa John’s Pizza, Firehouse Subs, the Melting Pot, Smoothie King and Buffalo Rock Products. For more information, contact Dr. Bob Cosby at 205-991-6054 or by email,

The Goats Have It! Toluca, Pottery & Things Reflects On First Year In Business By Kathryn Acree Toluca, Pottery & Things owner Charles Rich knows Chelsea loves yard art. Specifically, the talavera pottery pigs, goats, tigers, elephants and other animals his store on Chelsea Road started selling last summer. “They’ve all sold well, but when the goats arrived, they surpassed the pigs as our big seller,” said Rich. “I wouldn’t have believed it when we started carrying these after planting season ended in the spring.” Rich said he’s learned a lot after a year in business. “Chelsea is such a great place and I couldn’t have picked a better location,” explained Rich. “It’s estimated that 13,000 cars pass here each day. The talavera pottery, imported from Mexico, has been an enjoyable line for Rich to carry in the store. “In my last shipment of elephants, for some reason, they all had been painted blue and orange,” laughed Rich. “There is no way blue and orange elephants would ever sell, so we repainted them a much more acceptable red and white.” As the weather gets cooler, Rich is preparing to once again offer his great deal on chimineas. If it snows, chimineas will be on sale that day for 50% off. “I think people will be watching to see if we do that again,” said Rich. “It was a hit last winter on our


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November 10,2010, honoring US Veterans and Active Duty Servicemen. Congressman Spencer Bachus, who served in the National Guard and Army Reserves, attended. He, along with 16 other veterans and active duty servicement, were recognized for their service and were presented with thank-you cards made by students, a ribbon pin and a flower bouquet.

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Pictured are Oak Mountain High School’s Resource Officer Gerald Riggins, Principal Joan Doyle, State Attorney General Troy King, and Shelby County School Superintendent Randy Fuller. King presented the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence to Oak Mountain High School.

Oak Mountain High School was honored at a special assembly in November with the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence from Alabama Attorney General Troy King. This is the second year in a row that an Oak Mountain School has received the honor. Oak Mountain Middle School won the award in 2009. The school was selected by an independent panel of experts

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representing law enforcement, school administrators, and emergency response professionals. The award was created after the incident at Columbine High School to honor schools that place a strong emphasis on school safety. Principal Joan Doyle said that Oak Mountain’s School Resource Officer, Gerald Riggins, was instrumental in helping to develop the school’s safety plan and nominated the school for the award.

Liberty Park Elementary Students Sing at AMEA Elementary Music Festival Fifteen Liberty Park Elementary fourth and fifth graders participated in the 5th Annual Alabama Music Educators Elementary Music Festival at Samford University on October 1. These students were members of an auditioned choir composed of 350 students from all over the state of Alabama. The students rehearsed all day at Samford and presented a concert that evening to an audience of over 1000 attendees. Music teacher Sharon August is President of the AMEA Elementary/ General Division and she accompanied the students. A highlight of the concert was the

world premiere of Sansa kroma by Cristi Cary Miller, a piece commissioned by the AMEA Elementary/General Division. Miller, a nationally recognized conductor and composer, rehearsed with the students during the day and conducted the concert on Friday evening. Liberty Park Elementary students participating were: Sam Swinson, John Hardy Robertson, Winston Bosworth, Mary Emma Davidson, Arlana Spencer, Nicole Jebeles, Riley McIntyre, Reagan Goodreau, Chandler Clemmons, Hudson Gillis, Bess Gordon, Lillie Ben Harris, Claire Teffner, Lauren Laughlin, and Grayson Gale.

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OLV 7th Grade Students Qualify for Talent Identification Program Every year OLV’s seventh grade class participates in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). This year Our Lady of the Valley had an unbelievable 58% of the seventh grader class qualify for the prestigious program. The program identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores achieved in certain subject areas that are 95% and above. These students are then administered their choice of one of two college testing programs – either the SAT or ACT. The goals of the program are to provide additional information about academically talented children’s abilities by giving students an opportunity to take this advanced test and

also by introducing them to a network of services and programs available to them. The seventh graders who qualified: Evelyn Bostany, Juan Jose Campos, Matthew Cerfolio, Jack Christensen, Albert Dascher, Grace Galvin, Nicole Galvin, Kaylee Gilchrist, Abby Hagelskamp, Maggie Hagelskamp, Mick Hagelskamp, Addie Harchelroad, Courtney Hayhurst, Kelsi Hobbs, Connor Howlett, Anna Larock, Mitchell Ledbetter, Maggie Mahoney, Anthony Marino, Daniel Matos, Jack McGuire, Cam McLean, Jo Jo Meineke, Nikki Panzica, Mariah Schley, Nicky Sebastian, Katie Sherman, Sara Sligh, Aimee Sznajderman, Catherine Vaughn, and Simon Webster.


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2010 Miss Tombigbee, Jessica Brookshire, visits with Liberty Park Middle School students and counselor Stephanie Holcomb

Stephanie Holcomb, counselor at Liberty Park Middle School, recently hosted a presentation for students and parents with Jessica Brookshire, the 2010 Miss Tombigbee pageant winner, as the guest speaker. Miss Brookshire spoke about her

platform, K.A.R.M.A. (Kids Against Ridicule Meanness and Aggression). KARMA is Jessica’s campaign to end bullying in school-aged children. She is currently working with national figure Tina Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation to help improve bullying laws in Alabama.

Liberty Park Middle Students Support Red Ribbon Week, Learn Its History As part of Red Ribbon Week, the Liberty Park Middle School PTO invited Rick Burgess from radio’s Rick and Bubba Show to talk to students about the effects of drugs and alcohol. LPMS students made a personal commitment through the Red Ribbon program to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of a drug-free America. Students were given wristbands to show their support. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country, taking place each October. It began in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an undercover Special Agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. He joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, but was killed in 1985. Within weeks of his death, Camarena’s Congressman, Duncan Hunter, and high school friend Henry Lozano, launched “Camarena Clubs” in Imperial Valley, California, Camarena’s home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena. The members began to

wear red satin ribbons as a symbol of his memory. The Red Ribbon Week campaign emerged from the efforts of these clubs.

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Oak Mountain High’s National Honor Society Partners with Toys for Tots Campaign The holidays are here and the National Honor Society of Oak Mountain High School is hoping to give the gift of cheer, by partnering with the United States Marine Corps and their annual Toys for Tots campaign. Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservist collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. This is the second year that the OMHS National Honor Society has been a part of this campaign. Last year’s effort raised more than $3,000 for this worthwhile cause. They are also taking part in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree program is one of the Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. The program began in 1979 and earned its name when Majors Shirley and Charles White wrote the gift needs of local children on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. The cards were placed on a Christmas tree in a Lynchburg,

Virginia, shopping mall. The OMHS National Honor Society will be collecting cash donations, new toys, and new clothes each day during the sixthperiod activity time slot. As an incentive to students, the activity period class with the highest cash donation will receive an ice cream sundae party for their class. Some classes have decided to adopt individual children from the Angel Tree for their class to sponsor. They are donating money to buy clothes, socks, and other essential items for a specific child. Additionally, the Oak Mountain faculty has the option of donating ten dollars to the charity efforts to be able to wear jeans to school for the whole month of December. The students and faculty of Oak Mountain High School are all working together and having fun as they give back this holiday season.

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The Finer Arts of Spain Park: Spain Park’s Hidden Talents When people think of Spain Park, they think of the excellent sports programs. However, the most under-the-radar department in the school has been the fine arts department. Spain Park has been blessed with many great fine arts programs. The Theater program, headed by Jesse Tilton, won the state theater competitions in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and is also one of three schools from the area that is returning to Trumbauer, the state theater competition. The theater program also hosts many school functions, such as Dinner and a Date, in which students have the opportunity to watch plays and eat a nice meal. However, the theater has not been the only part of the fine arts experiencing success. The choir and band have also been active, and both have new directors. The band, now under the direction of Dr. Ken Jarnigan, had much success this year. This past October, the marching band won grand champion in one competition and also fourth place out of twenty in another. The concert band is preparing for it concert season and for district contest, which is when bands from around the area compete for a chance to play at the state level. The color guard, which is associated with the band, has entered its winter guard season, and it hopes to have as much success as it did last year with two award winning shows. The choir is also having success with its new director, Mr. Charles Henry. The

group’s first concert is early December. However, the choir has made public appearances at the Spain Park Academic Ceremony on October 19 and at Lakeview Estates, a large retirement home on Valleydale Road, on November 18. Lauren Gray, a member of the band and the choir, feels by being in both groups, she is expressing her love of music. “I love that I get to play and sing music with other musicians that truly enjoy what they do and strive to be their best.” Another program that has been really successful has been the dance program. Under Rachel Matherson and Kristin Bundren, Spain Park dance has always been successful with its co-ed/couples dance class as well as the Dazzlers, the school’s premiere dance team who has won numerous awards at various competitions. Finally, the school has a magnificent art department. The classes range from Art 1 to Ceramics. Art student Mirielle Jefferson feels the class she takes is more than just a class. “The Spain Park Visual Arts Department has always been like family to me,” Jefferson said. “My peers in art always encourage me to do my best, and the staff always has something interesting to inspire me to create great art.” Whether it is art, band, choir, or theater, the Fine Arts Department has done great things to encourage students to try their best and express themselves in the things that they love to do.

Spain Park has been blessed with many great fine arts programs.

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bouquet of flowers, and a crown. Winners of the pageant may be allowed to participate in the Chelsea Christmas Parade if they contact the mayor’s office. Each year, the winners are given the choice to come back and crown the new Miss Merry Christmas. The high school division always has the previous winner there to crown the new winner. This year, last year’s ninth-twelfth grade division winner, Miss Tabitha Fulton, will be crowning the new ninthtwelfth grade Miss Merry Christmas. All proceeds from the pageant are used toward Chelsea High School’s journalism department in order to purchase new technology. Chelsea High School is very proud to have the privilege to host this event. Every person involved in the creation of the pageant works very hard in making sure that it is a success. It is a fun event for the contestants, as well as everyone in the crowd. The pageant is scheduled every year around the same time. For girls interested in next year’s pageant, all information regarding the pageant will be on the Shelby County website. The event is a great way for Chelsea High School to kick off the holiday season!

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The Briarwood Lions celebrate achieving a spot in their region’s playoffs for the 18th season in a row. Photo courtesy of Sarah May.

This is the 18th year in a row that the Lions have made it to the state playoffs. another player has stepped up to compete at a high level,” explained Yancey. “Staying focused on what we can do versus being discouraged by what we can’t do has been the key to success this season.” The Lions have played 37 seasons with a total record of 283 wins, 142 defeats and 2 ties. Briarwood has been in the Alabama High School Athletic Association for 25 years where their record is 218-102. Last year the Lions won their 12th region title. Although the road to state is a long one, the 2010 Briarwood Lions football team is facing the challenge head on and with Lion pride.



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This year’s Briarwood varsity football team has enjoyed tremendous success. At the time of writing this article, the team has made it to the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs. The team defeated Mortimer Jordan 38-0 and Walker 21-14 in postseason action. “I’ve got to hand it to our offensive line,” says varsity player Matthew Caldwell. “We have a few injured players, but I think we have the best coaching in the state.” The team is 11-1 and is number one in their region. This is the 18th year in a row that the Lions have made it to the state playoffs. Ben Craft has led the team this year on offense as quarterback, and Roy Gilbert heads up the defense as middle linebacker. Head Coach Fred Yancey has been leading the Lions for many years and has been very successful. When asked about this year’s football season, Coach Yancey said, “We play for the love of the game, and we play for the audience of One-Christ Jesus. “I enjoy watching all the boys learn how to work together to form a team,” said Yancey. ”They do this by learning to play their position well and not being selfish. This team is all about doing its best each week and hopefully making it all the way to the state championship game in Auburn.” “We will give our best effort and live with the result. We have been a team that works hard all week and enjoys the games on Friday nights. It has been difficult because of many key injuries to outstanding players but in every case,

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Chelsea Rings in the Holidays With Miss Merry Christmas Pageant Chelsea High School has a very special annual event taking place this December. On December 3 at 6:30 p.m., Chelsea High School will host the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant in the school’s auditorium. Chelsea High school has organized and hosted this event for fifteen years, this year being lucky number sixteen. The sponsor of the pageant is Priscilla Collums. She, along with the help of her newspaper staff, organizes and constructs the entire pageant. The pageant is held for any girl from birth to twelfth grade in the Shelby County area. The pageant is divided into five different categories as follows: birth-4 years old, kindergarten-second grade, third-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade, and ninthtwelfth grade. The judges of the pageant will be making their decision based on the following five criteria: projection/ confidence, poise, choice of attire, grooming, and overall appearance. The judges will give a score ranging from one to ten in each of the five criteria. In each division, there will be a third runner-up, a second runner-up, a first runner-up, and, of course, a winner. All three runner-ups in each division will receive a trophy. The winners in each division will receive a trophy, a banner, a


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lake McLaughlin is a senior on Chelsea’s varsity football team where he plays middle-linebacker, fullback, defensive tackle and o right guard. Blake is known for his hard work on and off the field and is truly passionate about football. 280 Living spoke with the talented studentathlete to learn more about him. How long have you been playing football? Nine years. What position is your favorite to play and why? Middle linebacker because I like to hit people. What is your favorite thing about playing football? Probably the fact that no matter what happens before you get knocked out and get hit you can come back the next play and hit them again. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from playing football? Never give up there’s always a chance you can still win the game. Have you received any honors from playing football? I’ve gotten player of the game twice, once for offensive guard and once for linebacker.

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How has the experience of playing varsity football at Chelsea been like for you? Fun. Adrian Peterson’s my role model, and ever since I’ve seen him play I’ve just always wanted to be out there and play.

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My brother taught me how to hit, and I just always liked to hit people. What motivates you to work so hard on the football field? To get further and go to college. It’s always been my dream to play in front of a big crowd.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? All I ever do is work out and get ready for football. I take speed training and stuff like that, just stuff to get ready for football pretty much

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Spain Park’s Whitney Gulledge is pictured here as the Lady Jaguars opened their basketball season with an 80 - 29 win over Tuscaloosa County. Gulledge scored 16 points for the Lady Jags. Photo courtesy of Janna Eddy.

On Saturday, Nov. 20 the Oak Mountain 105# Red Eagles beat Vestavia Blue Rebels for the Jefferson-Shelby Youth Football League (JSYFL) championship. This is only the second Oak Mountain team in the 11-year history of their affiliation with JSYFL that an Oak Mountain team has won a championship from any of the five weight divisions. Last year the 80# division won and with any luck we’ll get at least one division each year. After losing last year (2009) to Vestavia in the championship game, Coach Freddy

Thomas decided the motto for 2010 would be “To Finish” and that’s exactly what they did in their 25-7 defeat of number one Vestavia Blue. Vestavia finished the regular season undefeated including a 6-0 regular season win over Oak Mountain in the first game of the season giving the Eagles the first regular season loss in three years. Although they finished 2008 and 2009 regular season’s undefeated they couldn’t quite “Finish”. However, three time’s is a charm as the saying goes and the Eagles regrouped and simply wouldn’t be denied

two years in a row with the championship on the line. Quarterback Jackson Kimbrell took the first kick off back 60+ yards to set the tempo, the Eagles went for two and missed. Vestavia answered in the 2nd Quarter and went up 7-6. However, Jackson Kimbrell connected with Luke Percer for a touchdown. After completing the extra point the Eagles went into half with a 13-7 lead. Eagles Shadrick Byrd and Cole Thomas both had touchdowns in the second half to cap off the 25-7 victory.



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Title Hopes Now that the dust has settled on the gridiron, the Bowl Championship Series has begun to really clear up and it looks as if there will be another team out of the state of Alabama that will have a shot at a championship Auburn‘s 28-27 come from behind win should solidify a spot for the Tigers to play for the title. It should also ensure another Heisman trophy winner out of the state. Depending on whether the allegations facing Cam Newton are true or not will determine how long the hardware will stay on the plains. And before I put the proverbial horse in front of the cart, Auburn still has another game to win in Atlanta. If Auburn wins the national championship this year, it will be only the second time a different team in the same state won national titles. The other state that had two different representatives was Texas when the University of Texas and TCU pulled it off in the early 1930’s. Quite a statement. Speaking of TCU, they still have a shot at the national title if Auburn trips up. So, the Horned Frogs will be cheering on the SEC east champion Gamecocks. The BCS cleared up even more later Friday night in Reno, Nevada. Boise State looked to be on a collision course to cause a major stir with the BCS

by Brent Watson system. There was even talk of eliminating the computer based series. That was until the University of Nevada put a fly in the ointment by upsetting the heavily favored Broncos in overtime. Oregon held strong and held their spot after an early fight from Arizona. So, if things were to end as of this writing, you’d see Auburn take on the Ducks from the Pac-10. It’s an intriguing matchup. One that many would like to see, as the two teams have similarities that should have the ingredients for a high scoring affair. We shall see. But first the Tigers have to get past the Ol’ ball coach and the South Carolina Gamecocks. They’ve already beaten one team out of the state when they gave the Tide their first loss. Now they’re in position to put a dagger in the hearts of Auburn’s dreams. Ah… the SEC. It just doesn’t get any better does it? Besides being an avid sports enthusiast, Brent Watson dedicates much of his time to running his business in Chelsea: Comfort Keepers-- a non-medical in-home care company. You can reach him at 981-1800 or email at

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The Birmingham Thunderbolts 12U won the Atlantic Citrus Classic hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. This championship win also gives the softball team a qualifying berth in the ASA Hall of Fame tournament held in Oklahoma City in June 2011. The team consists of players from Oak Mountain, Moody, Trussville, Helena, Pinson, Curry, and West Morgan. The poster the girls are holding is for Captain Will Lyles who was severely injured by

an improvised explosive device (IED) while on a patrol in Afghanistan. The team dedicated the tournament to Willie. Team members are front row, from left: Sara Borden, Ashlee Sanders, Kaylee Horton, Mallory Lewis, Taylor Homrich; middle row, from left: Haley Keaty, Ashlee Swindle, Chloe Yeager, Carmyn Greenwood, Emmie Waldrop, Ashton Clem; back row, from left, coaches: Jeff Horton (head), Ryan Greenwood, David Swindle, and Danny Lewis.

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Area Football Teams Go To 5A and 6A Playoffs 280 Living congratulates Chelsea, Spain Park and Briarwood’s varsity football teams for making the state playoffs in their regions. 5A Chelsea took on Cullman in a first round battle on November 5. The Hornets lost 14-7 in a close match-up with the Bearcats. 5A Briarwood is, at the time of this writing, still in the hunt for another title. Previous first and second-round victories over Mortimer-Jordan and Walker have the Lions set to take on undefeated Fort Payne in a quarterfinal game. 6A Spain Park went to a round two playoff re-match against the Hoover Bucs following a win over Tuscaloosa County. After the tumultuous start of their season, the Jags have more than proven their worth beyond the 30-10 loss to Hoover on November 12.


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oote Brothers Furniture’s David Foote takes pride in offering high-quality furniture without the high-quality attitude. Open since 1947, Foote Brothers Furniture has created a reputation of quality, knowledge and experience among its customers and is known to meet a wide range of furniture needs. The store, located at 118 West Third St. in Sylacauga, has an elaborate showroom featuring home furnishings from top manufacturers including King Hickory, Legacy, Bradington Young, Broyhill and Hooker. “We’re very traditional, but we’re very adaptable, too,” Foote said. The store also sells popular brands of mattresses including Tempur-Pedic and Restonic. Foote Brothers carries furnishings for bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and outdoor space including formal rugs, home entertainment pieces and office furniture. One unique feature in the store is the Stressless gallery they have. This brand is known for its perfect fit and furniture that comes in different sizes for absolute comfort. The sofas and chairs that are manufactured by Stressless come in a variety of colors and styles. Foote says this brand is popular among customers for both its comfort and durability. “It blends in very well in traditional settings,” he added. Another equally popular and versatile brand is King Hickory. Foote Brothers has

Owner David Foote with sales women Patty Willis and Brenda Howell in front of the store’s King Hickory fabric wall.

a fabric wall for King Hickory furnishings, which allows a customer to choose any one of the hundreds of patterns offered for their sofa or chair. The high quality furniture is only one perk of shopping at Foote Brothers, however. The knowledgeable staff takes the time to discover your needs and do all they can to meet them. Sales women Patty Wills and Brenda Howell know the store like the backs of their hands and can assist a customer with

any furnishing dilemma. “People always say it’s more personal here because Patty and Brenda take a lot of time helping customers,” Foote said. Foote, Willis and Howell have over 85 years of combined experience, so between the three of them a customer should feel more than confident in decisions made at Foote Brothers. The store offers delivery service across the entire state and free home consultations. Foote Brothers originally opened in Gadsden, Ala. in 1947 and moved to the

Sylacauga location in 1956. David Foote’s father and uncle started Foote Brothers, and he has been running the business for 40 years. “Our motto through the years has been we sell quality and we give service,” Foote said. For more information on the wellestablished furniture store and the products they offer, visit their website at or call them at (256) 245-7791.

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Get ready for The Brenda LaDun Conquer Cancer Run By Lauren Nix Brenda Ladun, the American Cancer Society and St. Vincent’s One Nineteen are joining forces once again in an effort to raise awareness and money for cancer. The 7th Annual Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run will be held at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen on January 29, 2011 and is much more than simply a race, it’s a healthcare event. “We want to educate the people that are here,” said Scott Goggins, St. Vincent’s One Nineteen’s service integration manager. “It’s more than just a race for us.” The health and wellness center will be providing free health screenings, $99 mammograms and cooking demonstrations, as well as activities for kids to participate in. “That’s one of the great things about having it here is we can offer all of that, plus bathrooms and showers, and people can come inside from the cold,” Goggins said. Participants can register for either the 8K race or the one-mile fun run. The 8K will take runners and walkers through Greystone, guaranteeing some beautiful sights along the way, while the one-mile run/walk will follow a smaller circle around the facility. Although an 8K race, or 4.9 miles, may seem intimidating to some just beginning to run, Fitness Director Mandy Cox says there is plenty of time to prepare for the race. Cox has a training program on St. Vincent’s One Nineteen’s website to guide runners in preparing for an 8K race, and has some tips to offer. She says training to run this distance takes approximately four to six weeks and suggests beginning by running 15 to 20 minutes straight, but if that is too difficult, then try intervals. “If you can’t run for a constant 15 to 20 minutes, then maybe run for two minutes

and walk for a minute and build up to that,” she said. She also believes it is important to set small goals that you can achieve and not overwhelm yourself with large goals that seem out of reach. Cox says running with a partner can add accountability and incentive to get out and train, as well as keeping a daily exercise journal. “If you have a journal open and you see that you ran yesterday, that will give you more incentive to run that day,” she said. “And it also allows you to see when you’ve slacked off.” Although most participants choose to run, Cox says there are a large number of people who come to walk the course. “There are people who walk the entire 4.9 miles,” she said. Running and other forms of physical exercise provide numerous health benefits including decreasing the risk of heart disease and cancer and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Cox says although it can be difficult to get started, sometimes the largest obstacle to overcome is yourself. “It really is a mind game, and you just have to practice at it and have people to motivate you who have a positive influence on your life,” she said. T-shirts will be given to all participants, and with a $100 donation you can have an honoree’s name printed on the back of the shirt. To register, visit keyword search “Brenda Ladun” or mail entry forms to the American Cancer Society. Registration the day of the race begins at 7 a.m. and ends five minutes before the race starts. For more information on the race or the 8K training program, contact Mandy Cox at or call 4086520.

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Ennis comes to Comfort Keepers By Lauren Nix Jennifer Ennis has joined the team at Comfort Keepers as the public relations and marketing coordinator. Ennis brings knowledge, experience and passion to her new position. She previously managed the Senior Nutrition Center in Alexander City, Ala. and worked in a hospital environment prior to that. These past careers have given her experience in both public relations and healthcare environments, as well as experience working with the elderly and understanding their needs. She started out at Comfort Keepers as a caregiver, and because of her great communication skills, was asked if she would be interested in becoming the public relations and marketing coordinator. Owner Brent Watson says they are excited to have Ennis at Comfort Keepers

and look forward to what she will bring to the company. “She’s been great,” he said. “She’s just a good communicator, and it’s been good for us and good for the community, as well.” Ennis will be responsible for attending health fares and other events to promote the healthcare company. She will also be in close contact with the chambers for the Birmingham and Shelby County areas and active at events that they host. Comfort Keepers is a non-medical, in-home healthcare company that assists seniors and other adults by providing care and solutions to enhance the quality of life. Their services include medical reminders, transportation and cleaning, to name a few. For more information visit www.

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at around 5,000. Local businesses rent professionally made floats and toss candy and goodies into the crowd along with participants waving from cars and trucks. The Chelsea High School Marching Band will play while Chelsea’s schools and Youth Club sports teams participate with team members and cheerleaders. The Mayor’s Award is given to the best-decorated amateur float. This year J.P. Dice and Tiffany Bittner from “Fox 6 News” are scheduled to be emcees. Local Cub Scout troops will lead participants with the Stars and Stripes and there is always an abundance of beautiful girls riding in the parade. Miss Shelby County, Megan Picklesimer, will participate as well as Shelby County’s Junior Miss, Danielle DuBose. Many local churches are also part of

Chelsea Middle School cheerleaders wave in a previous Chelsea Christmas Parade. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

the event and decorate floats. There will be plenty of horses and antique cars in this year’s parade. To end the celebration, the city boasts it will have the “real” Santa to bring up the rear. The parade is truly a special event in the city. “In Chelsea, it’s all about family,” explained Roberts, referring to the city slogan.

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Local businessman patents unique invention By Lauren Nix One day, while driving to Lake Martin, Alan Kidd noticed an awful lot of trash cans on the street and an awful lot of steep driveways for people to have to haul the waste receptacles up and down. “I got to thinking about it and thought I could solve this problem,” Kidd said. And that’s exactly what he began figuring out: how to create something that would pull a trash can up and down a driveway so people didn’t have to. Kidd succeeded in his creation and the final product is the Trash Can Caddie, a device designed for those with steep driveways to make hauling trash cans to the street and back as easy as possible. This unique creation attaches to any standard trailer hitch receiver and allows waste receptacles to be hauled to the street on the back of a vehicle. “Basically it turns your trash can into a trailer,” Kidd said. “So, if you have long or steep driveways, you don’t have to pull it.” Trash Can Caddie is a patented product made out of aluminum. The device is light, weighing slightly more than four pounds, and is designed to be as simple as possible so anyone can use it. “I made this thing so simple to use and lightweight,” Kidd said. The installation and removal is so easy because of the pin that Kidd specially

engineered for the device. It is springloaded and allows the user to simply push the caddie in a hitch to be fully secure, with no key necessary to keep it in place. To remove the Trash Can Caddie, you simply push the pin in and the device comes out with ease. Once the caddie is in the hitch, the user can simply tilt the waste receptacle into the grooves and it is ready to be hauled to the desired location, no lifting is required. It has pins at the top to secure the trash can if it is going to be hauled on bumpy roads. “This is designed for a two-inch hitch because that will fit the majority of vehicles out there,” Kidd said. Adapters are available at U-Haul for customers who have a different size hitch. The Trash Can Caddie comes in the single size for one waste receptacle or the double size for two. The height is adjustable on the device, and it is compatible with most large wheeled trash cans on the market. After 10 years of designing and working to get a patent, Kidd has a finished product and is ready to get the Trash Can Caddie on the market. The only obstacle he has run into is the uniqueness of his creation. Kidd says that because there is nothing similar to this

“Basically, it turns your trash can into a trailer.”

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on the market, people are skeptical of its usefulness. “There’s nothing like this on the market for people to compare it to, so there’s no proof that it really works,” Kidd said. “That’s been my biggest problem.” Kidd is confident in Trash Can Caddie’s abilities, however, and so are the engineers who have inspected the device. “They told me this aluminum is so

strong it could haul a car,” Kidd said. He hopes to have the Trash Can Caddie in stores soon. “It’s just going to take someone out there who knows the need of this to convince people that this thing really does work,” Kidd said. For more information on Trash Can Caddie, visit the website at or call 995-5573.

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280 Living Contributor Melanie Lyons Named Executive Director of Irondale Chamber of Commerce Melanie Lyons has been selected as the new Executive Director for the Irondale Chamber of Commerce. Lyons lives in the Highway 280 area and has been a contributing writer for 280 Living. Lyons comes to the Irondale Chamber with a 20-year career with Hewlett Packard where she works as a system’s programmer. She will continue in this position while fulfilling her role as Executive Director. She is also a fitness and health writer for online publications such as,, and Lyons was formally introduced at the Chamber meeting on November 11, at the Holiday Inn Express in Irondale.

Melanie Lyons pictured with Charles Moore, President - Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity, at Irondale’s monthly Chamber Luncheon on November 11

Trinity Medical Center Receives Recognition for Coronary Interventional Procedures Trinity Medical Center is among the top 10% in the nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures, according to a comprehensive annual study recently released by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The HealthGrades study analyzes tens of millions of patients’ outcomes – specifically, mortality and complication rates – at the nation’s 5,000 hospitals. “This recognition reflects the outstanding performance of Trinity’s physicians, nurses and other departments who by working together as a team have achieved exceptional clinical results. As consumers gain greater insight regarding their healthcare options, Trinity intends to be the provider of choice and these results reflect the confidence our patients can have in our performance,” said L. Keith Granger,

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Are You Living in Pain? How often does your back worst things you can do for your hurt? Do you find yourself back. Being overweight, especially grimacing as you try to stretch in to the point of obesity, puts a lot of your office chair? Do you feel like strain on your skeletal system and doing nothing but lying down your back especially. after an afternoon working in the So, now you’re thinking, Great, yard? I’m not alone and you’re telling me my Back pain is the second pain can likely be resolved. How? Dr. Irma Palmer leading cause of doctor visits in the Chiropractic care is an excellent United States, following upper respiratory way of resolving and preventing not just infections. In fact, around 31 million back pain, but headaches, neck pain and Americans are suffering from back pain at extremity pain. Chiropractic is the third any given time, according to a study in the largest doctored profession in the U.S., and New England Journal of Medicine. That’s a is the most popular alternative medicine little over 10 percent of the population. All in the country. I’ve treated patients with the time. And the amount of money spent screws in their back who had resolved on back pain is staggering- over 50 million themselves to living in pain experience a dollars every year. massive turnaround in only a few weeks. The good news is that most cases of I’ve seen a painter with carpal tunnel pain back pain are not caused by debilitating, in his wrist, afraid he would not be able to degenerative conditions and can be work anymore. Now he is pain free. Victims improved and often corrected. The vast of car accidents, falls, home accidents and a majority of cases are related to injuries long list of other unfortunate incidents have caused by over exertion, improper posture, all walked through the doors of my office or poor lifting techniques. Often, our and found relief with no prescriptions or lifestyles and jobs are to blame, as sitting all surgery. day in front of a computer tends to invite The standard American approach slouching and lower back pain. In fact, typically involves reaching for a bottle sitting for prolonged periods is one of the of painkillers. While I understand their

use, popping pills does nothing to resolve the underlying issue causing your pain. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen can both be hard on your stomach and liver, and most people are unaware of the maximum allowable dosages and the potential for liver damage- especially if alcohol is consumed while taking the medication. Under a physician’s care the max dose of ibuprofen is 3.2 grams per day. The max dose for acetaminophen is 4 grams per day. With over the counter pills that run up to 500 and 800 mg per pill, it is easier to overdose on those medicines than you might think. Surgery usually comes in after pain medication is ineffective, and the risks of being put under sedation and having irreversible changes made to the muscle and bones in your back are obvious. Still, very few people consider the natural, drug and surgery free methods of managing back pain. Lifestyle changes lead the way, obviously. Sleeping on your back, quitting smoking, increasing you water intake, stretching before heavy activity, losing weight and addressing posture issues at work and home will all help. Wearing a sensible pair of shoes, with

adequate support and cushioning will also help. Generally that means no heels higher than two inches and no shoes with flat insoles. Diet is also a huge component of relieving pain. There are several foods that most people eat on a regular basis that actually cause inflammation in the body. Pasteurized dairy products, many grains, refined sugar and some sweeteners, and gluten can all cause an increased level of inflammation in the body, aggravating arthritis and injuries. Isn’t it worth it to try something that isn’t going involve additional health risks and chemicals to resolve your pain? Wouldn’t it be nice to know you are addressing the problem and not covering the symptoms? As the New Year approaches it is important to realize that living in pain accomplishes nothing more than keeping you from being your best. If you are planning on making lifestyle changes for the New Year, start a wellness and chiropractic lifestyle plan through doctors willing to walk the path with you. Consultations are free, and you have nothing to lose but your pain.

Cooler Weather Calls for Fireplace Safety By Lieutenant Don Williamson City of Chelsea Fire and Rescue Dept. Public Education and Information Officer It is that time of year again when everyone starts thinking about those wonderful times of year like Christmas, hot chocolate, chili and fireplaces. Thousands of people along 280, when it gets cold, start a fire in their fireplace with high expectations that the fire will stay in the firebox and give them hours of warmth and enjoyment. However, way too often, instead of enjoyment and warmth they get several firefighters and big red trucks out front with lights and sirens because something went wrong, which makes this time of year one of the busiest for us. Taking your fireplace for granted and assuming it is ready for a fire can be scary, dangerous and expensive. Dozens of times in the fall and winter we get calls on reported chimney fires and smoke in a residence due to neglected fireplaces. I hear the same old stories year after year like, “it was OK last year”, “I have never had a problem”, and the one phrase we hate to hear is “we went to bed and awakened to the house on fire”. Most of the time these situations can be avoided. Believe it or not, improperly disposing of the fireplace ashes causes us more problems than chimney fires. Ashes from the firebox can stay hot and still cause a fire for up to three days after you have a fire. Placing them in trash cans or dumpsters, bags or boxes on your deck or dumping them in the woods near your house will cause a fire hours after the fire is out in

your fireplace. The best method is to place the ashes in a metal container with a lid and let the ashes sit for several days before disposing of them. Be cautious using a natural fiber broom or vacuum to clean out the fireplace because ashes will hide and you will find the fire later. The most common smoking problem with a fireplace occurs when the embarrassed homeowner starts a fire in the fireplace and forgets to open the damper or the damper is not fully open and falls shut. This can cause a flurry of activity around the house as smoke pours into the room, starting with yelling kids and the wife dialing 911 as smoke detectors are sounding. Large smoke fans from the fire department can get the smoke out of your home but cannot cure a red face. Fireplaces should be inspected each year to make sure they are ready for use. They may or may not need to be cleaned every year but it is critical that the condition of the system be checked for maintenance, blockages, cracks or any other issues that may arise during the off season. If you just moved into an apartment, condo or new home you need to have it inspected before use. Home inspection services do not inspect and clean fireplaces. Inspections should be done by a certified chimney sweep company due to the amount of education and training they are required to have and the fact that inspections are done to a national standard. Sweeping the

soot or creosote out of a fireplace greatly reduces the chance of a chimney fire that can cause damage to your home if the fire gets out of your chimney system. One of the most picture perfect scenes of Christmas is a tree near the fireplace with stockings hanging from the mantle and presents on the hearth surrounded by pine cones. This is not a good situation if you have a fire in the fireplace. Sparks can shoot out of a firebox for several feet. Items should be kept away from the fireplace at least six feet from the opening. Using spark screens or glass doors will help with the sparks but are not foolproof.

Keeping leaves cleaned out of your gutters and valleys of your roof will help to avoid sparks from your fireplace igniting the tinder material on the roof. Only adults should start the fire and add wood to the fireplace. Children always want to help with this but it is safer for adults because they know how to stack the wood in a fireplace. Cooking, roasting marshmallows and popping corn should be reserved for an outside campfire. The best way to avoid problems with your fireplace is to keep these helpful hints in mind during the cold months of the year.

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I’m probably going to get myself in trouble here (I should be used to that, by now): I’m hearing a lot more commercials on the radio these days for liposuction and cosmetic surgery (oops, sorry if I’ve offended, but please hang in there—it’s only for the purpose of an analogy). It seems our society is advocating an operation to suck out fat, rather than entering a season of a better diet and a regimen of exercise, which is far healthier for the human physiological system than an instant elimination of unwanted cellulite through a vacuum. Ok, I know I’m being overly simplistic and probably judgmental; sorry, but here’s the point: we do that in our relationships all the time—it’s called manipulation. Manipulation is seeking to bring about change by unfair means so as to serve one’s own purpose, often to the detriment of another person, or at least oversight of the impact on the other person. It is pulling strings behind the scenes to control another’s behavior; and it is incredibly destructive to the human relational system. Many individuals learned the art of manipulation growing up with parents who were quite skilled. Others may have developed a strong tendency toward manipulation because of the lack of credit and power given to them. The key to recognizing manipulation is in identifying “unfair means.” Bringing about change, or seeking to be a change agent in a relationship can be good and positive, but what are you doing to bring about that change. Are you communicating openly and honestly about your feelings and position? Or are you “going underground” or “acting behind the scenes”, “under the cover of darkness”, hiddeness, to achieve your desired results? Let’s identify a few of the most common manipulation techniques: Anger: Many people learn to get what they want by becoming angry. Many people come into adulthood still trying to throw child-like temper tantrums to manipulate their partner into giving them what they want. Shame: Rather than communicating honestly, they use statements that attack another person in order to get the other person to change behavior. Martyrdom: This is when one person sees him or her self as doing all the work or making all the sacrifice and they tell this to their spouse or friend in order to generate sympathy and thus get “relief”, which is really just getting his or her way. Tears: Not all tears are manipulation, but some people can actually cry on command. The purpose is generating sympathy, much akin to martyrdom, but relying more on the aspect of being overwhelmed as the manipulator. Threats: When some people don’t get their way, they resort to sheer power by threatening others, manipulating by fear

and intimidation. Ignoring: Rather than say no or speak clearly about his or her feelings, this person simply manipulates by never acknowledging the other person. Reversal of Position: When one of the previous tactics fail to achieve the desired result, often the manipulator will change course mid-stream, using a tactic that is the opposite of what he or she has just done. For instance, moving from a threat to tears with a nice big apology thrown in to elicit sympathy. A person who has a defined sense of self and healthy boundaries is least likely to be a manipulator. So how do I stop manipulating? Here are a couple of first steps: 1. Take responsibility for your feelings: Some people don’t know how to come right out and say what they want. They feel uncomfortable about being direct and think it might hurt people’s feelings. It is better to be humbly honest than subtly untruthful—real change comes from real truth, not put-upon-niceness, hoping for the best. 2. Communicate your expectations: If you are expecting your partner to do something that you have not asked them to do, then you could be unintentionally manipulating them. It is very important to clarify the expectations we have in our relationships or we are asking to manipulate or be manipulated. 3. Set your Boundaries: Many skilled manipulators are simply people who have not clarified their own boundaries, where his or her strengths and limitations begin and end. They have chosen not to do the hard work of defining themselves and their desires, so they try to use others to do it for them. We all long for some aspects of change in our relationships. However, it is important to realize that manipulating others will not bring change, at least not the long-term healthy change we all need in order to grow and mature into responsible, respectful human adult beings. When others are manipulated, they are not changing; they are accommodating short term; and that remains true for us who do the manipulating—we are not changing either; we are forcing others to do our work. To truly change and mature, people must make clear and consistent choices of their own free will over a period of time. These real choices lead to adjusted life-styles, not merely temporary cosmetic corrections. Rather than relying upon operation manipulation, make the move toward healthy, consistent, honest communication. Your relations will thank you for it. You may reach Paul Johnson at the Samaritan Counseling center at 205-967-3660, or visit the website at

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North Shelby and Mt. Laurel Library December Happenings North Shelby Library

Note: The North Shelby Library will be closed on December 23rd - 27th, and December 31st. Special Programming Monday, December 6th and 13th – 3:154:15pm: “Sit, Stay, Read!” A non-profit organization through Hand-in-Paw dedicated to providing volunteer services to children. Sit, Stay, Read! brings children together with specially trained dogs to help them gain more confidence in their reading abilities in an individual setting at the North Shelby library that is supportive, relaxed, and furry! All Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Saturday, December 4th – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: “Breakfast with Santa.” Join us for a great time of food, fun, and pictures. Breakfast will be from 9:00 – 9:30. Pictures with Santa and a Christmas craft will be 9:30 – 10:30.Registration required. All Ages. $5.00 fee per child due at time of registration. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. – 4 p.m.: Tuesday, December 7th Snowman Photo Frame - Make this fun snowman photo frame as a decoration for the tree or to put on the fridge! All Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Wednesday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m.:

Homeschool Hangout: Rosie the Riveter Dr. Frances Carter, founder of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, will talk about the experiences of women workers during WWII. Ages 8-12. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Tuesday, December 21st – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Christmas Movie Marathon - Join us for a marathon of your favorite Christmas movies. Drop in any time between 10:00 and 4:00 p.m. and see if your favorite is playing or discover a new favorite. No registration is required. All Ages Welcome. Refreshments served.

Story-Time Programming Toddler Tales Monday, December 6th, 13th, and 20th 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans. Registration will begin one week prior to each storytime. Ages 19-36 months. Registration Required. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up. Baby Tales Story Time Tuesday, December 14th – 10:30-11:00 a.m. A story time designed especially for babies and their caregivers. Stories and music provide interaction for the babies

and time for caregivers to talk and share with each other. No siblings please. Ages: Birth to 18 months. Registration Required. Registration begins two weeks prior to program date. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up. Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!) Wednesday, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 10:45 a.m. Special Mr. Mac Christmas Party on December 15th Stories, puppets, and lots of music for every member of the family. All Ages. No Registration Required. P. J. Story Time Thursday, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 7 p.m. Come in your PJs, have milk and cookies, and hear some wonderful bedtime tales. All Ages. No Registration Required.

Teen Scene December 13th @ 5:45p.m. - “Cocoa, Cupcakes and Claus” Join us for the holiday film, “Fred Claus” and enjoy yummy cupcakes and hot chocolate. For more information, please call 205.439.5512 or email nsyouth@ Teen Book Pick of the Month: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly’s remarkable new novel, weaves together the lives of Andi Alpers, a depressed modern-day teenager, and Alexandrine Paradis, a brave young woman caught up in the French Revolution. While in Paris with her estranged father, a Nobel geneticist hired to match the DNA of a heart said to belong to the last dauphin of France, Andi discovers a diary hidden within a guitar case--and so begins the story of Alexandrine, who herself

had close ties to the dauphin. Redemption and the will to change are powerful themes of the novel, and music is ever present-Andi and Alex have a passion for the guitar, and the playlist running through Revolution is a who’s who of classic and contemporary influences. Danger, intrigue, music, and impeccably researched history fill the pages of Revolution, as both young women learn that, “it is love, not death, that undoes us.”--Seira Wilson (From Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010)

Mt Laurel Public Library Special Programming Toddler Tales Wednesday, December 1 and 15 – 10 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and more make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans and their caregiver. Registration begins two weeks prior to each storytime. Ages 36 months and younger. Registration required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register. Storytime with Ms Kristy Wednesday, December 1 and 15 – 11 a.m.: Stories, music and more for every member of the family. All ages. No registration required. Crafty Saturday Saturday, December 11: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Acorn Elves: Acorns and artistry combine to make whimsical winter ornaments. All ages with parent help. Registration Required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for

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By Kathryn Acree A tradition in its 17th year, the Walk Through Nativity hosted by Briarwood Presbyterian Church welcomes the community to a celebration of the season unlike any other in our area. Over 850 church volunteers are involved in making the three-night event a reality. Starting at 6:45 p.m. each evening on December 8-10, visitors walk a route at Briarwood through 13 scenes depicting the foretelling of Christ’s coming, his birth in Bethlehem, his life, death and resurrection. 190 costumed actors are involved in the scenes along with 22 animals including sheep, camels, donkeys and goats. Taped narration explains each scene as visitors journey along the quarter-mile walk. At the completion of the walk, church volunteers greet guests with free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies to help warmup afterwards. The goal of the event is to share the real meaning of the season with the community. “There is so much Santa and the elves this time of year,” explained James Hulgan, Promotion Director for the Walk Through Nativity. “We want to allow people to truly get into the mind-set of the time of Christ

as part of reaching out to our area. The efforts made are to make this experience as authentic as possible to share the true reason we celebrate Christmas.” The nativity scenes began as a drivethrough event in 1993, only skipping one year. In 2004 the event changed to a route guests walk through to allow seeing the scenes without feeling rushed. Guests are welcome to linger at scenes they enjoy the most or what hold personal significance to them. Wheelchairs are available to guests that might need them and the walk is designed to be easy for anyone, including families with strollers. The scenes are about 200 feet apart and can typically be viewed in about 20 – 25 minutes. In past years, attendance has been estimated at 5,000-6,000 over the three-night event. Volunteers help direct parking and with organizing small groups as guests start to walk the event. Briarwood Presbyterian Church is located at 2200 Briarwood Way in Birmingham. For more information on the Walk Through Nativity, go to www.

Celebrate Christmas in Columbiana with their Tour of Homes and More The Columbiana Beautification Board will present its 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s tour will feature homes built in the early 1900’s that are currently in the restoration stage, as well as newer homes. The homes of Corley and Julie Ellis and Scott and Taylor Owen are in the restoration stage. Other hosts of featured homes are: Ray and Loretta Argo, Larry and Emily Gravitt, Michael and Kim Hale, and Chris and Avery Rhodes. Each home is unique in its own way to inspire interest as homeowners share with visitors details of homes won or lost in poker games, artifacts from renowned buildings such as the Tutwiler Hotel or basement hide-a-ways that are multi-purposed. “This year’s tour will be special as the array of homes offers an unusual variety,” said Tour Co-Chair Ouida Mayfield. “Each home has charming aspects for visitors to appreciate. The addition of Christmas

decorations used in the homes will add to everyone’s pleasure and enjoyment.” The Beautification Board is proud to present the finest of Columbiana, a city on the move with friendly people sharing their beautiful homes. Members hope their neighbors and other guests will take the Tour to experience the real essence of Columbiana. Tour tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door of any of the tour locations on the day of the tour. Advance tickets are on sale now at the following locations: Dr. Stancil Handley’s office, Busy Hands Framing and Gifts and the Shelby County Museum. The Elvin Hill Community Education Dancers will perform downtown at 3 p.m. The Columbiana Christmas Parade will follow at 3:30 p.m. in downtown Columbiana. For more information about the Tour of Homes, please contact tour co-chairmen Ouida Mayfield at 669-7813 or Dr. Stancil Handley at 669-4131.

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Danberry at Inverness Celebrates its First Year Not that many years ago, people considering their retirement living options had few distinctive choices. Often, it was either an uninspiring urban high-rise with few outside amenities or an upscale development built around a golf-course or waterfront with few personal services. But today’s more sophisticated seniors and tomorrow’s retiring baby boomers demand a more stimulating and rewarding environment, where wellness opportunities abound and touches of elegance are around every corner. And just as importantly in today’s economy, seniors are looking for exceptional value. One such option that provides many of the extra services now in demand is Danberry at Inverness, a new senior living community located at 235 Inverness Center Drive in Hoover, Alabama. Danberry is the vision of Daniel Corporation, whose goal was to introduce distinctive retirement living that goes beyond expected services and amenities and brings nature indoors. Four residents of Danberry since its opening one year ago—Pete Roth, Bill Morris, Louise Price and Harry Vickers— say the beauty of the community is beyond compare. Throughout the Danberry Clubhouse, nature seamlessly blends both indoors and out with fireplaces, the atrium lobby, English tea gardens and cascading waterfalls. “You walk in the front door and your jaws drop,” says Pete Roth, “it’s just awesome. My grandchildren want to move in!” Bill Morris says, “This is certainly not the retirement of olden days. You really have to see Danberry to believe it.” Louise Price says she believes Danberry is the finest she’s seen. “I’ve looked at several communities around the country, and nothing else compares. And it’s not only the beauty. Danberry has larger apartment residences, each with a full kitchen. The activities are superb. There’s a wonderful mix of couples and single men

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and women residents. I never wanted to live in an ‘old folks home’…and Danberry isn’t one! This is true independent living.” The advantages of today’s wellnessoriented retirement communities are many: ample opportunities to remain as strong and independent as possible, staying in the mainstream of activities and events, and keeping a healthy outlook on life. Danberry offers dynamic fitness opportunities all under one roof, such as senior-friendly spa services, a fully equipped fitness center, classes including Tai Chi, aerobics, water yoga and Pilates, a private senior-friendly heated indoor, resort-style saltwater pool and a wellness clinic. “I feel like I’m on vacation all the time at Danberry,” says Roth. “There’s Wii bowling, happy hours, afternoon dances, bridge, exercise, special trips…and it’s all

very casual, like one big family.” Even with such attractive advantages, making the move to a retirement community requires planning and careful thought, and many seniors struggle with their decision. However, as Harry Vickers has learned, making the right choice can mean the start of a whole new life. “Giving up my house was one of the hardest things I’ve done,” said Vickers, “but now I’m happy as a June bug. No regrets at all. Danberry has opened up my life more than ever; I do more, go more places, have more friends, and laugh more. In fact, I’m having a ball!” Affordability is another concern for seniors. Price says looks can be deceiving. “It’s easy to look at how much more Danberry offers and how beautiful it is and think you cannot afford it. But the reality

is, Danberry is a tremendous value. As a resident, you no longer have all the costs and worries associated with a house. And here, you get so much more. You can’t beat it.” As for those who say they are “not ready” for a such lifestyle, Roth has a quick response. “Are you ready to be free of yard work and house work? Are you ready to stop paying utility bills and making repairs? Are you ready to truly enjoy life?” Vickers agrees. “I’m very satisfied with the value here. In fact, living here is a true joy. I think everyone should come see how rewarding this lifestyle can be,” he said. Danberry at Inverness offers independent apartment rental and cottage ownership, with assisted living as needs change. Call 205-981-6679 or visit www. to learn more.

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Inverness Elementary thirdgrader, Katarina Ivanovic, can certainly be called an IronKid Triathlete. After sharing fifth place at the IronKids Triathlon in Alpharetta, Georgia, she qualified for the IronKids National Championship Race in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was the only female participant, in any age group from Alabama, in the IronKids National Championships. The swim, bike, run event takes dedication, perseverance and strength. Katarina placed 23rd, breaking her personal record by more than one and a half minutes. Katarina has been a member of Brook Highland’s “Marlins” swim team and enjoys basketball, soccer and tennis.

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Miracle at Mama’s house Each year beginning the first week of December, my wife Jilda and I take time to watch our collection of Christmas movies. We absolutely love The Bishop’s Wife, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. Last night we watched Christmas Vacation, which is a scream. One poignant scene in the movie is when the Chevy Chase character, Clarke Griswold, is watching old 8mm Christmas films from his childhood. My family made those old movies too and I’ve spent many hours watching them. They never fail to put a smile on my face, and make my eyes misty. It’s interesting what people remember about Christmas at the old home place. To folks driving through our neighborhood back then, it would probably be the acre of homemade Christmas decorations, and what seemed like a million colorful lights, that went up the Friday after Thanksgiving. With a flip of a switch, our ordinary yard became a winter wonderland. The whole neighborhood got into an “exterior illumination” contest and it was not uncommon during the weeks before Christmas to need traffic control in the neighborhood. People drove for miles to see the annual display. The kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, and other members of our extended family, would probably remember the mountains of gifts under my mama’s Christmas tree. She didn’t have a lot of money, but she started shopping before Valentine’s Day looking for bargains and gifts that everyone would enjoy. What I remember most about Christmas at the old home place, is the movie that loops through my head of mama in her kitchen the weeks before Christmas. She spent the month of December making divinity candy, fudge, pecan pies,

banana nut bread, and German chocolate cakes. She made marshmallow treats, peanut butter candy and sweet potato pies. When I close my eyes, I can almost taste the Christmas punch she made. She had wire-bound notebooks full of handwritten recipes for confections and baked goods that would be worth a fortune to most candy companies. After we got married, Jilda sometimes had to be restrained to keep from diving head first onto mama’s table and eating her way off. My mother made more sweet stuff than our family could eat, so she filled goboxes with Christmas goodies and gave them to everyone who came for a visit. If you left her house at Christmas without a sugar buzz, it wasn’t her fault. That was my mama in her element. It was something that gave her joy. For her, working in the kitchen was more like play. Some years back my mom started having health issues, which forced her to abandon an independent lifestyle and move in with my older sister and that’s where she is today. Through the years, I think she harbored hopes that someday she’d get to go back home and spend Christmas in her kitchen baking cakes and goodies for all the people she loved. There is nothing that would make me happier! With all the talk about magic at Christmas, here’s some magic I’d love to see. I’d love to have all my family and friends together in the old house at Christmas with my mama moving about the kitchen like a dancer, frosting cakes and cutting chunks of fudge as big as bricks.. The movie could be called Miracle at Mama’s House. Merry Christmas.

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All of my life I have had a strong affection for trees. I love the forest and spend much of my leisure time walking in the woods. In fact next summer I will spend my three months sabbatical backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. Trees are really a thing of beauty. Especially during this time of the year with their splash of fall colors. Their colorful contribution to creation lifts our spirits. They touch us with beauty and make our hard moments of life a little softer. But in order for trees to bring a blessing to our environment, they must have light. The trees must receive the life giving rays of the sun. Their beauty and life is made possible by the wonder of the sun reaching down to them. In the same way our lives depend on the light of the sun to survive. But we also need a light that is closer than ninety three million miles away. We need the power of the light of the Son which is as close as our hearts. The light made known to us by God through His Son Jesus Christ. In this holy light the promise is clear when the Lord said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). In this scripture Jesus states that He is the light of the world. But He continues in Matthew 5:14 by telling us that “You are the light of the world”. He gives us a compliment and says “you too are what I am! Just as I shine as the light of world you shine as light. People will look at you and they will not see darkness. They will see light! Therefore, it is very important that we reach up for the light of the Son and share it with others. As the sunlight covers the

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trees, we are to allow the Sonlight to cover the world. To shine with the light of Christ in our homes, on the job and at play. So, who shines? We do! Where do we shine? In the world. Why do we shine? To give God the Glory. In a few weeks many of us will place a Christmas tree covered with lights in our homes for the holy season. A tree that will certainly remind us of the grace and love of God. A tree that will remind us to reach up to God for life. A tree that will remind us that Jesus is the light of the world and so are we. A tree to remind us to give God the Glory. May the following thoughts on the Christmas tree written by Crystal J. Kirgiss inspire us to continue and grow toward the Sonlight. Whether short or tall, bent or straight, young or old, full or bare, once chosen and decorated with tender care each tree becomes lovely, bathed in lights, wrapped in color, clothed in newness… a symbol of bent, bare empty lives chosen by the Father, bathed in Light, wrapped in Hope, clothed in Forgiveness, REBORN, because long ago a tiny babe entered our world and shattered the darkness. So, shine, Christian shine. Jesus has shattered the darkness. About the author: You can reach Pastor Edd Spencer at: First Christian Church 4954 Valleydale Road Birmingham, Al 35242 205-991-5000 Visit our website:

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Church Spotlight: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

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4887 Valleydale Road Birmingham Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church was founded in Birmingham in 1990 as a mission church by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The church building was completed in 1995 through labor donated by congregation members and the ELCA Mission Builders. Their pastor is Dr. Darryl Kiehl. An Ohio native, Dr. Kiehl trained at the nation’s oldest Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He worked in the Atlanta area as a mission developer for the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA while also serving as a licensed counselor in private practice. He came to Shepherd of the Hills in 1998 as an interim pastor, forming a lasting bond with the congregation. Going against typical Lutheran practice, in 2002 Shepherd of the Hills asked he stay fulltime as their pastor and the decision was accepted by the Synod. “We see ourselves as a mission church in this area,” said Kiehl. “About half of our congregation comes to us from backgrounds other than the Lutheran denominations. We put a tremendous emphasis on welcoming guests and explaining a liturgical worship service if they have not been a part of that before. Our goal is to share with our congregation how God is speaking to the world today and how to relate and remain culturally relevant in our society.” In addition to the pastor, Shepherd of the Hills currently has Diane Smeck on staff as Vicar. A seminary student originally from Pennsylvania, Smeck serves the congregation as part of her training.

Shepherd of the Hills’ pastor Dr. Darryl Kiehl and Vicar Diane Smeck

Dr. Kiehl continues a focus on outreach with the congregation. Ministries include many local community efforts such as providing palliative care for VA patients and in international ministries such as Lunches for Learning. This charitable group based out of Messiah Lutheran Church in Montgomery provides lunches for Honduran school children to help them stay in school rather than drop out to beg for food. As part of traditional Christmas events, Shepherd of the Hills invites the community to Wednesday noon and evening Advent services and meals on December 1, 8 and 15. The noon Advent services will be conducted in the Lectio Divina style, in which a scripture reading is repeated in focused meditation, leading to clearer insight and deeper connection with its meaning. The service will end at 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will then be served. The evening Advent Vesper services will be held at 7 p.m. A soup supper will be served beginning at 6:15 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills will hold three December 24 Christmas Eve services: a 5 p.m. Children’s Service; a 7 p.m. Traditional Christmas Service; and an 11 p.m. Candlelight Service. The worship schedule for Sunday, December 26 is: 8 a.m. Early Service; 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages; 11 a.m. Late Service. Another special event in December is a handbell concert presented by Kathie Fink with Linda Maloney as the story-teller and accompanist. The concert will be December 10th at 7 pm and admission is free. Fink, a handbell solo artist from Burlington, Kentucky, will present a concert entitled “Christmas Treasures.” Fink and her accompanist have toured Germany and Finland, presenting this concert in German churches and American military chapels. The highlight of the tour was performing for wounded soldiers and their families at the USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Army Medical Center. The concert is sure to bring a new freshness to the Christmas carols of the past, refreshing your spirit, as you ponder your Christmas treasures. For more information about the “Christmas Treasures” tour and Kathie Fink’s music ministry, visit www.kathiefink. com. For more information and directions to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, visit or call 995-9673. If you would like to have your church recognized in 280 Living, email Kathryn Acree at

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Hendrix says the number of people served increases during the holidays because of those in need who are not enrolled in the mission’s program that come for the meal. Volunteers are also needed to prepare and deliver boxed meals to seniors and shut-ins throughout the Birmingham metro area. “We need volunteers who can help prepare the meals, box them up, wrap it up and have them ready to go, and we also need volunteers who can actually come and deliver the meals,” Hendrix said. Each volunteer receives four to six boxed meals which they will deliver in a select area. Although the meals are delivered throughout the Birmingham area, Hendrix says they assign each driver one specific part of town. “We do try to keep an eye on efficiency and timeliness because we know the drivers want to go home to spend Christmas with their own families,” she said. Volunteers meet in the chapel where Executive Director Tony Cooper will speak for a few minutes and give instructions,

and then they are given a map and list of houses to deliver to. Hendrix says it usually takes two to three hours to complete the deliveries. Hendrix says it’s also a great way to get the whole family involved and allow children to see what really goes on at the mission over the holidays. Jessie’s Place, the mission’s women and children’s shelter, also has volunteer needs during the holiday season. Hendrix says that even if someone is unable to come and volunteer, donating canned goods is always a way to greatly help the mission. “We need volunteers to help serve meals every day,” Hendrix said. “That’s an ongoing need even after we get past the holidays.” For more information on the Jimmie Hale Mission’s ministries and how you can be involved visit, email, or call 323-5878.

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12/9- 8:00 p.m.- Jim Brickman in concert, Alabama Theatre, call 205251-0418 for tickets and information 12/10- 7:00 p.m.- Gaither Homecoming Christmas 2010, BJCC Arena, tickets $29.50- $42.50, go to for more information 12/11-3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Trans-Siberian Orchestra, BJCC Arena, tickets $25-$57, call 205-458-8400 for more information and tickets 12/17-12/18- 7:30 p.m.- Alabama Symphony Orchestra Special Event: Handel’s Messiah, Alys Stephens Center, tickets 205-229-5126 12/17-7:30 p.m. & 12/19- 2:30 p.m., Home for the Holidays presented by Opera Birmingham, Brock Recital Hall, Samford University, tickets begin at $15 and student tickets are $12, call 205-322-6737 for more information 12/21- 7:00 p.m., XBOX presents Justin Bieber, BJCC Arena, tickets $36-$56, go to www. for more information 12/31- 6:00-8:30 p.m., Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents, New Year’s Eve: A Viennese Celebration, a performance of waltzes, polkas, opera selection and champagne, tickets $22-$74, go to for more information

Food & Wine 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/31- 6:30 p.m., wine tastings at City Vineyard Gift Baskets and Wine, Arbor Place Shopping Center, Highway 280, New Year’s Eve special event planned, for more details contact Gavin Ennis at 205-437-3360

Theatre 12/4- 10:00 a.m. & noon, 12/5- 2:00 p.m.- Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents “New Shoes fro Christmas”, BJCC Mainstage Theatre, call 205-458-8899 for tickets and information

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12/4& 12/5- 4:00 & 7:00 p.m., Perfectly Grand Christmas, the music of Christmas on four grand pianos, Double Oak Community Church in Mt. Laurel, contact 205-995-9752 for more information 12/7- 7:30 -9:30 p.m., Birmingham Boys Choir Christmas Concert, Mountain Brook Baptist Church sanctuary, go to for more information 12/8-12/10- 6:45-9:45 p.m., Walk Through Nativity, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 13 Live Scenes with animals, free admission, go to for details 12/8 & 12/15- noon & 7:00 p.m., special Advent services at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4887 Valleydale Road, contact 205995-9673 or go to 12/8 & 12/15- 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., special Holiday Storytime for kindergarteners and younger toddlers, Liberty Park Sports Complex, hosted by Vestavia Hills Public Library Outreach, for more information go to 12/9- 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Open House, located at the Chamber, 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham, admission is free, contact Jennifer Trammell at 205-663-4542 12/9- 12/10- 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Hollyday Magic at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, children ages 5-11 create holiday crafts from natural materials, cost is $30, call 414-3958 or go to www. 12/10- 8:00 p.m., Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents the Von Trapp Family, Alabama Theatre, call 205-975-2787 for tickets and information 12/11- 1:30 -4:30 p.m., Christmas Angel workshop, a special craft time for children ages 4 years – 5th grade, Asbury Methodist Church, cost is $20 before Dec. 4 and $25 after the 4th, go to for details 12/10- 12/12, 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., The Nutcracker, BJCC Concert Hall, go to for details

12/5- 2:00 p.m., 12/11- 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.- Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, BJCC Wee Folks Theatre, call 205-458-8899 for tickets and information

12/10-12, 17-23, 26-31 and Jan. 1-2, 5:00- 9:00 p.m., Birmingham Zoo’s Zoolight Safari, members are free, non-members are $8.00, ride the holiday express train and the jingle bell carousel, go to for details

12/9-12/12- showtimes vary, “Home for the Holidays” presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company, ticket prices $30-$35, contact 324-2424 for times and to buy tickets

12/12- 6:00 p.m., Christmas Celebration, a special evening of Christmas music, Liberty Baptist Church, Chelsea, contact 6789928 for more information

12/9- 12/19- 7:30 p.m., 12/12 & 12/19 also at 2:30 p.m.- “Scrooge the Musical” presented by the Virginia Samford Theatre at Caldwell Park, for more information go to www.virginiasamfordtheatre. org 12/18- 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.- ASC Kid’s Club presents “A Dickens Christmas”, an ASC original theatrical production, Alys Stephens Center, go to for tickets and information 12/17- 12/19- showtimes vary, Broadway in Birmingham presents “Beauty and the Beast”, the beloved musical comes to the Magic City, BJCC Concert Hall, for tickets and information, go to www.

SPORTS 12/11- USATF National Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships, Veterans Park, Hoover

Save the Date 1/29- 4:30- 8:00 p.m., Eagle Vision Dinner and Auction at Oak Mountain High School, benefitting the OMHS PTO, For ticket information, Please contact Cynthia at cjones@ or Sandy at

Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce to Host Holiday Open House The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce holds a Holiday Open House each year as a way to personally thank our Chamber members. There is no cost to attend. Chamber member restaurants and vendors provide food and beverages. Sponsors this year are National Bank of Commerce and St. Vincent’s Health

System. It will be held at the Chamber, 1301 County Services Drive, Pelham, from 11am until 2pm on December 9th. It’s a great networking opportunity in addition to being a festive event to celebrate another year of great business partnerships in the Shelby County area.

12/12- 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m., special Christmas musical, Asbury United Methodist Church, go to for more details 12/18- 9:00 a.m., Chelsea Christmas Parade, parade begins at Chelsea Intermediate School, local clubs, bands, school groups, contact for more information 12/18- 7:30 a.m. registration, Meadow Brook 5K and Fun Run, race begins behind Aliant Bank on Hwy 280, $10 minimum suggested donation to Jesus Video Project is registration fee, contact Dr. Robert Cosby, 205-991-6054 for details 12/19- 10:45 a.m., “It All Happened in the Country”, a special Christmas play at Mountainview Baptist Church, Chelsea, contact the church at 601-6986 for details 12/24- 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m., Christmas Eve services at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4887 Valleydale Road, contact 99509673 or go to 12/24- 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., Christmas Eve Services at Asbury Methodist Church, for details go to www.asburyonline. org

ZooLight Safari returns Chick-fil-a presents Birmingham’s annual holiday tradition ZooLight Safari. Zoo visitors will enjoy 18 fabulous nights of over half-a-million lights, fun and holiday spirit as the Birmingham Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland. The dates for this year’s ZooLight Safari are Dec.10-12, 17-23, 26-31 and Jan. 1-2 from 5-9 p.m. The young and young-at-heart can enjoy story time and animal demos. All guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the Jingle Bell Carousel, the Holiday Express Train Ride, Santa’s Rock ‘n Roller Racers and the Winter Trail Ride. These attractions are $3.50, or get the best deal

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