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After 25 years of doing cancer research at UAB, Karen Allen found herself as a breast cancer patient in Kirklin Clinic. The experience was certainly not what she expected when she prayed for God to grow her faith, but the eight-year survivor has used her trials to form a ministry to encourage others. “Each cancer experience is unique, but the theme is still the same because God doesn’t change,” she said. “You are not alone even though you feel so alone. God enters the path with you, and for me that gave me supernatural peace and joy in the midst of crisis.” In 2010, Allen, a Sylacauga native who has lived in Broken Bow for the past 26 years, published Confronting Cancer with Faith, a Bible study for cancer patients, survivors and co-survivors, as well as anyone who wants to learn how to better minister to someone going through cancer treatments. “It’s not just my story,” she said. “It’s my story integrated into Biblical parallels and relevant scripture” It was writing email updates during cancer treatments that first made Allen

Author and Broken Bow resident Karen Allen with her Bible study, Confronting Cancer with Faith, and CD, “The Comfort of His Holiness.” Photo by Madoline Markham. realize she could be a writer; friends who received the updates told her she should encourage others through her writing. “People I knew said the emails

inspired them,” she said. “I didn’t know it at the time, but the people I sent it to

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Jim Phillips: historical detective By RICK WATSON Jim Phillips digs history—literally. As one who was always fascinated with history, Phillips, who lives off Valleydale Road, took up metal detecting a few years ago and opened a whole new world of historical videography. Phillips started finding many historical objects: old coins, store tokens, buttons and eating utensils from the 1800s. Each object he found had an interesting story behind it about early Birmingham and antebellum Alabama. The deeper he dug, the more interesting the stories became. After discovering old dumps in Birmingham, he found medicine, soda and ink bottles from the 1800s that taught him about Birmingham’s early bottling history. “Bottles are beautiful. You find them in different shapes and multi-colored glass,” he said. Many say that Birmingham has one of the richest soda bottling histories in America, said Phillips. He said that from the late 1800s to 1915, there were over 50 bottlers with home offices in Birmingham. A professional videographer since 1983, it was only natural that Phillips would combine the skills he’d learned in the corporate world with his passion for history. He’s now filmed histories of Jefferson County, St. Clair County,

Historical videographer Jim Phillips checks the date on a coin found with his metal detector. Photo by Rick Watson.

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Senator Slade Blackwell, Birmingham Mayor William Bell and Councilor Kim Rafferty at the ribbon cutting for the reopening of the Grants Mill Road bridge over Lake Purdy on September 6. The bridge, which provides a vital link between I-459 and Highway 119, has been closed since 2009 and under construction since March of this year. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

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When I think of October, I think homecoming, raising breast cancer awareness through the Susan G. Komen race and, of course, Halloween. You’ll find stories with a new angle on each of these in this issue. In talking to breast cancer survivor Karen Allen about her Bible study for cancer patients for our other cover story, I was amazed how so many unexpected circumstances have allowed her to encourage many people around her and all over the world, and I think you will agree when you read what she shared with me. On page A10 are some of my classmates from Oak Mountain High School who have come back to teach. Through their eyes, I tell the story of how I have seen the whole 280 area come into being over my lifetime. OMHS and Our Lady of the Valley also were also just awarded a Blue Ribbon of Excellence; congrats! Growing up, I always found the empty chapel-like building and the adjacent Allan Family Cemetery kind of creepy. Community editor Kathryn Acree got the history behind it and two other cemeteries on Highway 119 this month—and admitted that she got a little scared walking around the to take pictures. Fall is a great time for home projects, so be sure to look in our special home section for ideas from residents and business around you. Our stories on budget-

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conscious home artist Brook Thompson and Adorable Décor’s home staging strategies are sure to inspire you to do something big or small to give your interior a fresh look. We also have tips on how to save money on energy bills, get a new look with a newly refinished door, replace windows and buy and sell consigned furniture. I Can See, I Can Read, a new organization that collects eyeglasses for those in need, is the first to be featured in our new monthly ministry spotlight column in Section B. What ministry at your church is reaching out to the community? Email to suggest ideas for future spotlights. Another must-read this month is our intern Krysti’s heartwarming story on boy scouts and Somerby residents baking dog treats for animal shelters together. Krysti brought back a jar of treats for our office and got us all to participate in the boy scout’s dare: to eat a homemade dog treat ourselves. They actually aren’t too bad. Be sure to check out all the fall festivals, runs and other area events in the paper to fill your weekends as the leaves turn and temperatures drop this month. As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback for the paper. Be sure to send us information about any holiday events you are planning.

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Oak Mountain State Park Oak Mountain State Park will host their first annual fall festival on October 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Dogwood and Lakeside Pavilions. They will have all kinds of activities including hayrides, face painting, a moonwalk, a cake hop, corn cob toss, bobbing for apples, and a pumpkin carving contest. Bring your own pumpkin to carve. Food and drinks will be available to purchase. Park admission is charged: $3 adults, $1 children (ages 6 to 11), 5 and under are free, and seniors age 62 and up are $1. Fall festival activities have a charge of 1 ticket per activity. Tickets are $1 each for activities and will be available for purchase at the Dogwood Pavilion. Valleydale Church Valleydale Church will host Fall Festival 2011 on October 23, 4-8 p.m. Admission is free. Activities include door prizes, games, rides, candy and a ferris wheel. Concessions will be available. Valleydale Church is located at 2324 Valleydale Road.

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Asbury Methodist Church Asbury will host its annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 30, 4 - 5:30 p.m. This is a Halloween alternative and a fun, free event for children in the community. Church members will be in the parking lot with their trunks open and decorated and full of treats for little ones. Some interesting characters have been known to visit the trunks including Superman, Luke Skywalker and even Charlie’s Angels! Come in costume (or not) and have some fun. Asbury United Methodist Church is located at 6690 Cahaba Valley Road.


Meadow Brook Baptist Church Meadow Brook Baptist Church will host a fall festival on October 30, 4 – 7 p.m. Activities include inflatables, face painting, games, a photo booth, candy, and a special trunk or treat time from 6-7 p.m. A pumpkin contest will be held for those who bring their own carved pumpkin for all to

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see. A costume contest is held encouraging all family members to dress up in festive, non-scary costumes. Admission is free. Meadow Brook Baptist Church is located at 4984 Meadow Brook Road. Chelsea Park Elementary School Chelsea Park Elementary School will host a fall festival Friday, Oct. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will feature vendors, food, entertainment, silent auction, inflatables, games and more. The school is located at 9000 Chelsea Park Trail in Chelsea. Double Oak Community Church Double Oak is holding a Trunk or Treat Sunday, Oct. 30, 3-5 p.m. in the Square in Mt Laurel. The church invites people to park their cars and decorate their trunks, and kids will walk from car to car to collect candy. The event will also feature inflatables and cotton candy and popcorn to eat. The Town of Mt Laurel is located off Dunnavant Road at 5 Mt Laurel Avenue. Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church Oak Mountain Presbyterian is holding a Tailgate Party Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m. Trunk or treating starts at 6:15 p.m. Each of the church’s life groups have trucks set up to distribute candy, and there will be inflatables for the kids. The church is located at 5080 Cahaba Valley Trace.

OMES hosts Fall Fun Fest Oak Mountain Elementary School will be hosting a fall festival on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is a major fundraiser for the school. Wristbands will be sold for $15, $5 for ages 3 and under, and include unlimited visits to decorate a treat bag, pumpkin decorating, nail and hair art, face painting, make a bottle cap necklace, tile coasters, Chia Head people, your own glitter hair gel, bamboo stick kites and fall magnets. Additional activities included with the wristband are interactive inflatables, football toss, go-fish booth, mining for prizes, golf, basketball, pumpkin bowling, radar gun station, tractor pull (hay ride), petting zoo, balloon animals, candy bar walk, cake walk and a soda walk. You can get ahead on your Christmas shopping by visiting the silent auction and the vendors’ hall. The silent auction will include teacher gifts and restaurant and retail gift certificates. Once again the

always-popular themed baskets donated by each classroom will be available at the silent auction. Miscellaneous items usually include artwork, jewelry and handmade clothes. Concessions are not included in the wristband price but can be purchased separately. Jim ‘N Nick’s will offer lunch for $5 including choices of a barbecue sandwich, hot dog, two chicken tenders with chips and water or tea. The snack bar will include favorites such as cotton candy, candy apples, chips and soft drinks. Prices are from $.50 to $1 per item, purchased with $.50 tickets. Tickets and wristbands can be purchased ahead of time by stopping by the OMES office at 5640 Cahaba Valley Road. Area residents with a small business who are interested in being a vendor are welcome as well. Please contact Misti Steed at for additional vendor information.

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Local florist Kelly Burley is looking forward to her eighth year as a vendor at the Mt Laurel Harvest Festival. Burley, owner/operator of Mt Laurel’s Main Street Florist, creates custom wooden photo frames and wooden signs for the event she sells as Burley Girl Designs. While the items are available in Main Street Florist year round, Burley gets into holiday mode for her creations for the Harvest Festival. “We create designs for Halloween and the fall, plus Christmas items in red and green,” Burley said. Burley’s husband, Walker, is the wood carver behind all Burley’s designs. “He cuts the wood for me out in our barn and then I get to work painting the frames or signs,” Burley said. “The frames have a shabby chic look and are a popular addition to our shop, especially the triple hanging frame I first designed to hold photos of my own three kids. That frame is a sell-out every year at the holidays.” Burley Girl Designs will have their Harvest Festival booth near the entrance to Main Street Florist at 38 Manning Place. The florist will be open on festival day as well and will offer door prizes to shoppers. Prices for Burley Girl Design items range from $15 to $55 and can vary in size to hold photos starting at 4”x 6” up to 8”x 10”. The Mt Laurel Harvest Festival is set for Saturday, October 15 in the heart of the Town of Mt Laurel off Highway 41. This

free, family-friendly event has added a new pet-friendly venue with a doggie dress-up event. Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Festival events include a farmer’s market and craft fair, inflatables for the kids, hay rides, live music, face painting and festival concessions. A special appearance by Cinderella is planned to delight all young princesses.

Run Away race benefits Hannah Home The fifth annual Run Away from Domestic Violence 8K Race and Family Fun Walk will be held Saturday, October 22 at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health and Wellness. The race benefits the Hannah Home, a shelter for 450 abused women and children in Shelby County. The event festivities include the two races; Zumba classes; a children’s festival complete with a moonwalk, sack races and other fun games; free health screenings; entertainment; a healthy cooking demonstration and much more.

The run begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. A raffle and Fall Festival will take place 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cooking demonstration will begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration is $30 or $15 for students. Registration is available online at www. or at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. For more information or to register, visit or contact chairs Amy Reese at areese0617@charter. net or Angela Dunn at angela.dunn13@

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200 National Guard members participated in last year’s Out of the Darkness Walk held at Heardmont Park. Photo courtesy of Marissa Grayson.

Birmingham’s Out of the Darkness Walk has been set for Sunday, November 6 at Heardmont Park. The walk is a fundraising event for the Alabama chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) that works to bring depression, mental illness and suicide out of the darkness and reduce the stigma. The Birmingham chapter’s initiative for 2011 is to provide suicide prevention training to all health care professionals that care for military personnel in Alabama at no charge. Recognizing that we have lost more soldiers to suicide than combat in the current conflicts, it is their resolve to assist in helping those who have served our country. Last year’s Out of the Darkness Walk in Birmingham was the third largest

walk in the nation with 1616 walkers raising $140,000. Participants included 200 National Guard members walking in uniform along with teams of survivors and friends and families who have lost loved ones. The Birmingham chapter of was AFSP was named the top chapter in the nation for 2010 along with an Excellence in Education award. This year, there will be five Out of the Darkness Walks in Alabama taking place in Huntsville, Dothan, Daphne, Tuscaloosa, and Birmingham. Registration begins at 1 p.m., and the walk begins at 2:30 p.m. You can register for the walk at http://afsp.donordrive. com/event/Birmingham and find more information at www.OutOfTheDarkness. org.

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Gone but not forgotten: the family cemeteries of 119

A broken vault in the Allan Family Cemetery marks the grave of Dr. William Lane Cross who died in 1856. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

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Members of the Harris, Acton and Overton families are among those buried in the Harris Family Cemetery on Highway 119 near Brook Highland Drive. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

By KATHRYN ACREE Family cemeteries along Highway 119 memorialize early area residents who came before us in the last century and afterward. Formerly known as the AshvilleMontevallo Road, the road was an Indian trail before becoming a stagecoach route to serve residents of Shelby County. We visited the Shelby County Historical Society to research a few of these family cemeteries and then braved exploring the graves ourselves.

Allan Family Cemetery

Located near the intersection of County Road 14 and Highway 119, the Allan family cemetery’s earliest burial is from 1835. According to county records, the cemetery was originally known as the

Johnson family cemetery after Colonel Isaac Johnson who purchased the land in 1829. Veterans of wars ranging from the War of 1812 to Vietnam are buried here representing some of the oldest family names in Shelby County. Sentiments on headstones are both heartbreaking, “In her last sickness frequent was her call ‘Ma come to me,’” to utterly simple, ”He’s just away.” A white-frame chapel built in the 1940’s is a prominent feature of the property. Often mistaken as an old church, the chapel hosted funerals singings, and a decoration day in June when families visited to clean and adorn the graves. Descendants of those buried here still maintain the area.

Established in 1852, the Harris family cemetery is on Highway 119 near John Deere Landscapes across from Brook Highland Drive. David Overton and his wife, Mary, are buried here. According to county records, Overton was the first settler in this area in 1815, living in a crude log cabin and farming in the Cahaba Valley. By the mid 1800s, the area had become known as Bridgeton, much of which now sits under the waters of nearby Lake Purdy.

Beed- McDaniel Cemetery

Driving down Highway 119 near the back entrance to Eagle Point subdivision you may never have realized that a small family gravesite sits on private property near the road. County historical records have the site recorded, but there is no information available on the family buried there. Two headstones remain intact, and only one is legible, noting it is the final resting place of Lilly Beed McDaniel, a ten-year-old girl who died in 1916. Small stones near the graves indicate more family members are buried here but are unmarked. Writer’s note: Many thanks to the Shelby County Historical Society for their assistance with this article.

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Old Baker Farm, a 100-year farm owned by six generations of Bakers, invites Birmingham to join them for fall festivities. Western Cowboy Day. Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. -dark. Sunday, October 9th, 1p.m. - Dark. There will be shootouts, western music, hay wagon rides, a hay mountain, and a pumpkin patch. Children are encouraged to dress up in their best western wear. Living History Day for grades 3-6. Friday, October 21. Civil War living historians will tell stories and demonstrate different aspects of one of the most influential wars in the United States. Demonstrations include artillery firing, infantry manual of arms, learning and participating in some basic infantry marching drills, cavalry, signal corps and old fashioned soap making. Annual Cotton Pickin’ Celebration. Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Exhibitors from all over the South including blacksmiths, basketmakers, a broommaker and goats milk soap makers will exhibit their crafts.

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were forwarding the emails to many other people.” Allen realized there were a lot of books on cancer on the market, but she and her pastor at First Baptist Church found there was no Bible study to offer spiritual encouragement for cancer patients. “To me it was unbelievable that there wasn’t one written already,” she said. A few days after her last radiation treatment, she boarded a plane for a trip to Alaska and finished writing her journal, a written record of all the incredible things she had experienced daily during her treatments. Somehow en route, she and her husband lost their tickets, passports and the one thing she couldn’t replace: her journal. “That journal was such a part of me,” she said, “but I rationalized that whoever found it would be blessed. I learned I would have been reliant on that journal to recall memories and circumstances, but I needed to rely on God and not my journal.” And so Allen began writing a Bible study without her journal. It was a slow process, taking three and a half years start to finish. Her mom read each lesson as she wrote it, which Allen said was a way to build their relationship. “She kept saying, ‘Gosh, I never knew you went through that,’” Allen said. Allen wrote the 30 lessons independently of one another, dedicating each to someone in her own life or another cancer patient who’d lost their battle or a survivor, until the very end when she compiled them. “When I put them all together after three years, it all fit together like puzzle pieces,” she said. “It only took 11 minutes. That was further affirmation that it was not of me but of God.” Recognizing the importance of music to her healing journey as she worked on the Bible study, she also developed a CD of contemporary Christian songs that helped with her healing process. As the CD jacket explains, each song is a step to “true comfort in his holiness.” Allen accepts email requests for a copy of the CD, which

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costs $5. Since publishing the book in 2010, Allen has gotten emails from people across the country, from both theological scholars and people who, like her, had no theological training. “One woman was brought to salvation through the study,” she said. “That just touches me that she and her husband grew closer and leaned on God through her illness. It was extremely humbling to me.” The book has been sent to other countries, and Allen is currently talking with a man in Slovakia who wants to translate it. Broken into six weeks of lessons, with five lessons per week, Allen recommends the book for individuals, families, small group, cancer support group or anyone who is interested. It’s not gender or breastcancer-specific. Allen has led large community studies and small groups through the book. She speaks on using your crisis to grow and give God glory and said she would love to help kick off a small group study. Today, Allen is writing a Christmas play for fun and stays active with mission work in Northeast India, mentoring women, speaking and singing. She also continues to spread the word about Confronting Cancer with Faith. “I keep marketing the book because I know there is hurt out there from cancer that is not being met,” she said. “It’s about developing a ministry of encouragement for difficult times, not just to get through it but to grow through it and use it. It requires discipline every single day.” Confronting Cancer with Faith is available locally at Barnes and Noble at The Summit, Family Christian Stores in Inverness, Cokesbury in Vestavia, The Carpenter Shop in Vestavia and Briarwood Presbyterian Church Bookstore. For more information on the book, visit www.confrontingcancerwithfaith. com. To contact Allen, email Karen@ or call 991-8618 or 862-0412.

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Oak Mountain: generation next These OMHS graduates grew up in our area and have come back to teach the next generation: Kyle Dudley, Carrie Clark Zack Feldman, Stephanie Schell, Sophie Cowan, Dan Hines, Chris Wilson and John Milton. Photos courtesy of the OMHS yearbook.

By MADOLINE MARKHAM When Oak Mountain High School (OMHS) opened its doors in 1999, students like Zack Feldman reunited with classmates from Oak Mountain Middle that had split off to attend Chelsea and Pelham high schools. The first graduating classes were small and had to help establish a sense of school pride. Today, among a decade of Oak Mountain graduates out in the world, Feldman, a math teacher, and eight others have come back to teach, coach and invest in the middle and high schools in the community that raised them. For them, homecoming isn’t just an event that will take place on Oct. 21 but each day of the school year. “Even though we’re not actually a town or a city, we are starting to feel more like a town where community is involved,” Feldman said, noting how now people from the area who don’t have school-aged children follow the football games now. Graduates in the first OMHS graduating classes grew up with the Oak Mountain schools: playing Cahaba Heights or Pelham little league sports, voting for the original mountain lion mascot at the intermediate school and taking classes on the on blue and gold teams at the middle school before all the schools became red,

white and blue eagles. Current OMHS students might have always known Oak Mountain as community, growing up playing Oak Mountain little league sports and attending schools with unified colors and mascots. However, today both groups of students are a part of a more established Oak Mountain community. Even though each of the OMHS grads who are now faculty said they started teaching or student teaching at other schools, they stayed in contact with former teachers and coaches at Oak Mountain and were drawn back to the community and standards they knew well. “It’s amazing being back at Oak Mountain,” said Chris Wilson, a 2006 graduate who returned this year to serve as choir director after Ed Cleveland retired. “You don’t know how blessed you are to be in Shelby County schools until you go out and teach in other schools.” Kyle Dudley, a 2003 graduate who now teaches English and coaches baseball and cross country, agreed. “I student taught at Hoover but also volunteered coaching the baseball team at Oak Mountain,” he said. “Oak Mountain was where my heart was. I felt loyal to my school.” There are new technologies, new

teachers, new wings of the building, new athletic fields and new traditions at Oak Mountain, but grads who teach there now say much has stayed the same. What has evolved, however, is school spirit. “Everyone was so new when I was there that pep rallies were more quiet,” 2003 graduate and current math teacher Sophie Cowan said. “It started to get okay by my senior year, but truthfully everyone thought it was pretty lame.” “When we were there, I felt like it was such a new school that they were trying to pump school spirit into us,” Dudley said. “Now there is a ton of school pride and school spirit.” Today the faculty we interviewed say homecoming is amped up, with dress up days, dodgeball, a huge pep rally and teacher groups performing. The spirit spills over into all athletic competitions. “You will never find a high school basketball atmosphere like we have,” Dudley said. The younger teachers say they also enjoy working with teachers who taught them. “It’s fun seeing my old teachers and working with them,” Cowan said “They were teachers that I looked up to, and I felt more comfortable asking them how

to make things better rather than others I didn’t know as well.” Natalie Slaten, a 2005 graduate who now teaches and sponsors cheerleading at the middle school, said sometimes the colleagues that taught her catch her calling them by their last name. They have to get onto her and insist she use their first name, she said. Feldman remembers the emphasis on the “nothing but the best” motto at Oak Mountain Middle School from years ago and has seen students taking it to heart both as he grew up and now as a teacher. “There was an early emphasis on high expectations for both academics and athletics,” he said. “We don’t have the resources that some schools do, but our academics are as good as any of those schools.” Feldman adds citing the standout involvement of the PTO, the band’s stature as one of the best in the state and the soccer team winning its fourth state championship. The OMHS PTO likes to talk about a “next generation” of Oak Mountain graduates returning to the community. Some Oak Mountain grads live back in the area, but most are still young, exploring

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People you should know Katie Guerin Director of Library Services North Shelby Library

By KATHRYN ACREE There is no doubt that the North Shelby Library is a valuable resource for residents in our area. More than just a place to check out a book, it offers multiple services for research, ways to enjoy music and movies and a meeting facility available for rent by businesses and patrons. We visited with Katie Guerin, North Shelby’s Director of Library Services since March of 2009.

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How long have you lived in our area? I’m originally from Nashville and attended Birmingham-Southern College for my undergraduate work. That’s what first brought me to Birmingham. I started working Director of Library Services and Elvis fan Katie Guerin at at the North Shelby Library the North Shelby Library. Photo by Kathryn Acree. about five years ago after completing my masters at the University specializing in the area they work in. of Alabama in both history and library What is your favorite genre to read? information studies. I still enjoy young adult fiction. It’s the What do you enjoy most about living in first area I worked in here at the library, and I still love when teen readers ask me Shelby County? I love this area. It reminds me a lot of for recommendations because believe me, suburban Nashville, so it feels like home. I’ve read a lot of what’s out there. Plus, the patrons I’ve gotten to know at the library are a diverse group and have Have you ever read a book that you become special to me. I couldn’t ask for a thought would be terrible that surprised better staff to work with. We really function you? The Jungle by Upton Sinclair surprised as a team. me. I had to read it in high school and just skimmed it to get through it. Later, What is your work week like as director? It’s always unique. I interact with in college, I really sat down and poured patrons and build ties with the community through it. It was absolutely amazing. and surrounding businesses. I work to make sure our library is current with Who is your favorite literary character? I’d say Scout from To Kill A technology and a forerunner in what’s Mockingbird. I was a bit of an ill-behaved available. kid like she is, so I can relate to her. That’s What resources are you most excited another one of those books that I read early on and only later appreciated what a great about that the library is offering? Our e-services are becoming more work it really is. and more popular. We offer downloadable audio and ebooks, music and even Looking around your desk, we have to ask…what is with all the Elvis stuff? language studies. I’ll admit I love Elvis Presley. My What aspect of service would you most great admiration is no secret. When I was younger I worked at a card shop that sold recommend to a new patron? Don’t ever be afraid to ask one of our Elvis ornaments at Christmas and played staff to help you, whether it’s with using a his holiday music over and over. I got computer for help in hunting for a job or into his music even though he died a year making a reading recommendation. We before I was born. I find his life fascinating are trained to help you, and every staff and have to laugh when teens visit my desk person behind a desk is a paid employee and ask, “Who’s that?”

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that adds flavor to the words and images. History is a popular topic, and Phillips is asked to speak at local social, community and church groups several times a month. At these talks he brings artifacts from the era to display. He also does bus tours of Old Birmingham (1851 to 1915). He finds those years particularly interesting because there were few automobiles, and most travel was by horse-drawn carriages. There were also still a great many patent medicines made in Birmingham in that period. “These old colored glass bottles were made in wooden molds and came in beautiful colors with interesting imagery,” said Phillips. “That’s the period that I love.” What’s next for Phillips? In addition to the antebellum Alabama videos, he’s also working on documentaries about Blount Spring and Shelby Springs, Ala. When it comes to Alabama history, Phillips is digging it.

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Oak Mountain High School and Our Lady of the Valley named Blue Ribbon Schools Oak Mountain High School and Our Lady of the Valley have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. They were two of only five Alabama schools and 304 U.S. public or private schools to be recognized this year with the prestigious award. The Blue Ribbon Award, established in 1982, recognizes overall excellence or for success in closing the achievement gap. It is considered to be the highest honor an American school can achieve. OLV Principal Sandra Roden is both “honored and excited” that this is the second time her school has received this recognition. “We were awarded this previously in 1999 and once again it is something we are so proud of,” Roden said. “This is possible through the outstanding support of our staff, parents and entire community.” The Shelby County Board of Education held their monthly board meeting at OMHS on September 15 to honor the faculty and staff of the school. “We have a great community and great support,” said OMHS principal Joan Doyle. “We would not be here without the involvement of the community whose high expectations are what make us better.” Oak Mountain is the first high school in Shelby County to earn the distinction. Five other Shelby County schools have been recognized over the years with the award, including Oak Mountain Elementary and Inverness Elementary. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools whose students are high performing. These are schools ranked among each state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or, in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on nationally

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Randy Fuller and Oak Mountain High School principal Joan Doyle at the school board meeting announcing OMHS has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

normed tests; and 2) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The U.S. Department of Education will honor this year’s winning schools at a conference and awards ceremony November 14-15 in Washington, D.C.


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their careers in a challenging economy around Birmingham and the country and buying starter homes in parts of the city that are more affordable. The faculty at the school who grew up there say, however, that they certainly hope to one day give their kids the same education they had. With eight alums teaching at the high school alone, there will definitely be a next generation in the 280 community. Wilson said part of him was unsure about coming home because he’s always adventurous. “But ever since I’ve been back at Oak Mountain, it’s been nothing but adventurous,” he said. “I am planning

on staying as long as the Lord keeps me here.” Note from managing editor Madoline Markham: I am an Oak Mountain grad who has “come back.” I edited the yearbook, played in the band and fell in love with studying Latin and history at Oak Mountain before graduating in 2004. While in college and grad school out of state, I dreamt of editing for and investing in a community somewhere but had no idea where, only to find myself back at home writing about the community where I grew up while. Every time I see kids with Oak Mountain baseball shirts or a car with an Oak Mountain bumper sticker around town, I can’t help but smile.

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Briarwood’s new Dean of Students By COLLIER KAUFFMAN Briarwood Christian High School has a new Dean of Students, Jay Mathews. He is also the assistant coach of the varsity football team.athews has filled the vacancy left by Coach Fred Yancey, who now serves as the school’s athletic director. Mathews was a coach at Briarwood from 19912003 and was a part of the 2003 5A state championship football team. Mathews grew up in the East Lake area of Birmingham and attended Banks High School. After high school, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Alabama and earned a Masters of Religious Education degree at Birmingham Theological Seminary in 1995. Before coming on staff at Briarwood, Mathews was

a youth pastor for three years, an English teacher, a physical education teacher and most recently a head coach in Nashville. When asked what his favorite part about his new job was, Mathews said, “It is great to spend time with students. I like walking the campus and encouraging people.” Mathews is also excited about being a part of the Briarwood Lions varsity football team coaching staff. “I love coaching,” he said. “It seems like old times but also has a new, young feel as well. Briarwood has a Hall of Fame head coach and two of the most talented young coordinators I have ever seen.”

OMIS receives Excellence Award Oak Mountain Intermediate School was a recipient of the Excellence Award from the Shelby County Board of Education (SCBOE) during the Fall Continuous School Improvement meetings on August 24. School Superintendent Randy Fuller recognized the school for outstanding academic achievement. OMIS had the

highest scores in the county for Alabama Reading Assessment and Alabama Math Assessment for both fourth and fifth grade and the Stanford Achievement Test in all categories. OMIS received designation as a Banner School in the spring.

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A new student party was hosted for all students who are new to the Vestavia Hills School System at Liberty Park Middle School. Counselor Stephanie Holcomb held a party for the students to meet one another and play games. The SGA provided breakfast and words of encouragement to the new students.

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OLV fifth graders in Stacy Garaca’s class created hurricanes using the scientific method.

Our Lady of the Valley fifth grade students recently conducted a science investigation using the steps of the scientific method. The students recreated the eye of a hurricane and the surrounding clouds using food coloring, water, large bowls and spoons.

“This is a very teachable moment because we are in the peak of hurricane season,” teacher Stacy Garaca said. “Students learn best when they can relate what they are doing in the classroom to what is actually happening in the real world.”


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Interference isn’t just a football penalty

Your Health Today By Dr. Irma Palmer

It’s fall, and we know what that means if you live in Alabama…football season! For sports fans, hearing “interference” usually conjures up the image of a defender hindering the receiver’s ability to catch the football. But did you know that we all suffer from nerve interference, resulting in less than optimal health? We all experience trauma, stress, or injury at some point in our lives. The result? Damage to our spinal joints, and often discs and ligaments as well. This damage results in nerve interference. In short, every function of your body is controlled by nerves that exit your spinal column. When the nerves’ ability to transport messages is compromised, symptoms and disease result. Is there a solution for this? Yes! Chiropractic health care is specially designed to restore effective connectivity and communication between your nervous system and other body systems. We should think of chiropractic care the same way we think of other kinds of wellness care…we go to the doctor for regular physicals, and the dentist for regular teeth cleanings and dental checkups…likewise, we should see a chiropractor for our spinal health! Along with ensuring our nerves are communicating effectively with our bodily systems, with fall sports in full swing, it’s important not to overlook the importance

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of proper nutrition and body conditioning needed for preventing injuries on and off the playing field. “The majority of, if not all, sports are good, provided you prepare appropriately,” says Dr. Carl Heigl, president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. “Without proper preparation, playing any sport can turn into a bad experience. There are structural and physical developmental issues that need to be taken into consideration before you undertake certain sports.” The best thing you can do is prepare your body and learn to protect yourself from sports-related injuries before they happen. “Proper warm up, stretching and weight-lifting exercises are essential for athletes,” says Dr. Steve Horwitz. “Athletes should begin with a slow jog to warm up the legs and arms and stretch all the major muscle groups,” says Dr. Horwitz. “Athletes involved in football, baseball, gymnastics and swimming should develop a routine that includes strengthening exercises for the abdomen, the low-back muscles, arms and shoulders.” Proper nutrition and hydration are also extremely vital. “An athlete may need to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water for proper absorption. Breakfast

should be the most important meal of the day. Also, eating a healthy meal before and after practice or a game allows for proper replenishment and refuels the body,” adds Dr. Horwitz. Often, athletes believe they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure you do not miss a step when it comes to what the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

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Wear the proper equipment. Certain contact sports, such as football and hockey, can be dangerous if the equipment is not properly fitted. Eat healthy meals. Make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet and do not skip meals. Avoid high-fat foods, such as candy bars and fast food. At home, eat fruit rather than cookies, and vegetables rather than potato chips. Maintain a healthy weight. Certain sports, such as gymnastics, wrestling and figure skating, require you to follow strict dietary rules. Be sure you don’t feel pressured into being too thin, and remember that proper nutrition and caloric intake is needed for optimal performance and endurance. Drink water. Hydration is a key element to optimal fitness. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Get calcium. Make sure you have

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enough calcium included in your diet. Calcium is essential for healthy bones and reduces the risk of joint-and musclerelated injuries. Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated and carbonated drinks. Sports drinks are a good source of replenishment for those engaged in long-duration sports, such as track and field. Take vitamins daily. A multi-vitamin and Vitamin C are good choices for athletes. Vitamin B and amino acids may help reduce the pain from contact sports. Thiamine can help promote healing. Get plenty of rest. Eight hours of sleep is ideal. Lack of sleep and rest can catch up with you and decrease performance. Sluggishness, irritability and loss of interest could indicate that you are fatigued. These are great tips for everyone, athlete or not. And remember, all of these steps will be even more beneficial if they are coupled with regular chiropractic care to eliminate nerve interference. Just like an offensive drive in football progresses more smoothly without pass interference along the way, our bodies will function at a much higher capacity without nerve interference. Call my office today (991-3511) and set up a Chiropractic consultation and let’s work together to minimize nerve interference in your life.



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By PATRICK THOMAS Relentless. That describes Spain Park’s 28-10 win over Class 6A Region 6 foe Oak Mountain, led by a stellar defensive attack. “The defense is the strength of our team,” said Spain Park Coach Steve Lindsey. “They have carried us so far this season.” The Jaguars allowed only 232 yards while they forced three interceptions. The opening touchdown of the first quarter came on a 15-yard rush by running back Sean Mardis after a nine-play drive of 80 yards. A couple of possessions later, Spain Park quarterback Nick Mullins delivered a strike to running back Ashton Daniel for a 35 yard score to boast an early 14-0 lead. “Our gameplan was to give them a bunch of different looks and take shots down field,” said Coach Lindsey. Mullins passed for 226 yards and completed 22 of

36 attempts. Although the Jaguars started strong, penalties cost them a few points. “We shot ourselves in the foot and missed out on some points,” said Coach Lindsey, whose Jaguars piled up 12 penalties for 91 yards. Oak Mountain got on the board in the second quarter to make the score 14-3. The Eagles’ only other score came on a 43-yard punt return by junior cornerback Jakaryus Redwine with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter to notch the score at 21-10. An interception returned for a touchdown by senior safety Destin Challenger sealed the 28-10 win. “We did real well tonight, kept fighting, never gave up the big play and never stopped going,” said senior safety UAB commitment Destin Challenger.

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Chelsea High School’s Jake Ganus carries the ball with Briarwood defenders on his heels in the Hornets-Lions matchup in September. Photo by Cari Dean.

By PATRICK THOMAS In a perennial battle for yearly supremacy in 5A between fierce rivals, No. 1 Briarwood beat No. 5 Chelsea 45-34. “It probably came down to us playing more players,” said Briarwood Coach Fred Yancey. “They had a good ballclub, but the cramping hurt them.” The Lions led at halftime 17-13, but the Hornets charged ahead in the third to take a 34-17 lead. Chelsea scored on a 72yard run by running back Julius McCall, followed by a 14-yard pass from Ganus to teammate Matthew Graben. Ganus also ran in a 23 yard score for the third score. Chelsea heavily relied on the running and throwing of quarterback Jake Ganus. The UAB commitment amassed 199 yards rushing on 31 carries for three scores and completed 14 of 23 passes for 129 yards and a score. While it appeared as if the Hornets

would be the winners, Chelsea players began cramping in the fourth quarter due to playing both ways. Briarwood quarterback Ben Craft accounted for three of the final four touchdowns in the last 13 minutes of the game to bring home a victory. Craft compiled 242 yards passing on 22 of 33 completions. Craft rushed for a 1-yard score with 4:56 to gain the lead. “Ben Craft played well when we needed him. We just had to throw the football,” said Yancey. Briarwood cornerback Chad Davis intercepted Ganus on the next possession to set up a four yard rushing touchdown by Matthew Furoto to clinch the win. Anticipate seeing these two teams in a rematch later in the playoffs. It will be a knockout.

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more. The games you win that you’ve spent months getting ready for are what make it all worth it. Share your thoughts on being part of this team at Spain Park. I’ve put my effort into being a leader on this team, and I couldn’t ask for better people to play with everyday. Spain Park’s coaches have given all of their dedication towards making us better and playing as a team and not as individuals. I learn something new every day about being a team player. Do you have siblings that play sports? What do they play? My older sister started playing volleyball at Hoover High School but eventually turned to softball after her sophomore year.

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Our October athlete of the month is Spain Park volleyball player Brooklyn Hall. Brooklyn received high praise from volleyball coach Paula Dill, who considers her an “upstanding student athlete.” “She not only leads with her high GPA, but she is the second leader in kills on her team,” Dill said. “Brooklyn is the team captain and maintains a very positive attitude both on and off the court. Her attitude reflects maturity and leadership in all aspects of her life. She excels competitively in the classroom as well as in her community.”

Spain Park High School’s Brooklyn Hall is captain of the volleyball team. Photo courtesy of the Hall family.

Brooklyn was named to the Birmingham News All-Metro Academic Team in 2011 and received a varsity letter for volleyball in her sophomore and junior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and received the Crossed Swords Award. We asked Brooklyn about her senior year with the Jags and her thoughts on their season. What position do you play in volleyball and why have you stayed with this over

any other sport? I play outside hitter and began attending volleyball camps when I was in elementary school. I started playing on school and travel teams in middle school. It’s the only sport I have ever seriously considered playing that I’ve enjoyed. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned playing volleyball? I’ve learned that success isn’t going to come overnight. If you want to win you have to practice, practice, then practice

Who influences you most? My parents. If it wasn’t for them encouraging me to do my best, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today in volleyball or as a person. What are your college or career plans? I plan on attending Auburn University and majoring in communication disorders and audiology to become a speech pathologist. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love spending time with my friends, my family and my puppy.

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Congratulations to the 14 and under tennis team from Inverness Country Club for winning the state 14U title in Auburn in July. The team then went on to compete in the USTA Southern Team Tennis Sectional Championship in Mobile for a chance to advance to the National Championship. However, a rash of injuries made even attending the sectionals questionable, but these injuries did not keep the team from competing and coming within a few games of winning the chance to represent the Southern Section in the National Championship. Playing with boys and girls in casts, ankle wraps, braces and bandages,

the team won its first three matches against teams from Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana before falling in a tight match to eventual Sectional Champion, North Carolina. “Even with our setbacks, the kids came here with the mindset that they were here to win it and almost did,” Coach Tery Sherer said. “We had some of our boys and girls playing through injuries and the ones that weren’t injured had to step up and play even more. I could not be more proud of this team and what they have overcome. They played with tremendous heart and passion.”

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Inverness Country Club was the site of the second annual Oak Mountain Tennis Tournament, as part of the Oak Mountain Sports Festival held Aug. 12-13. Twentysix teams participated in the Friday night fun and raised more than $1,200 to benefit the Oak Mountain High School Athletic Department. Tournament planners were Julie Rinks, Lisa Roberts, Miriam Stone and Pam Holton. Inverness Country Club Head Tennis Pro Jerry Nixon organized the round-robin play. Winners for men’s division A were Rick Bonsack and Miller Sproull, first place,

and Paul Touliatotis and Preston Touliatos, second place. For women’s division A, Mary Kay Greer and Patti Henderson, first place, and Yu-ing Hargett and Debbie Ivey, second place. For men’s division B, Ben Kingsley and Chris Woodham, first place, and David Kallus and Jay Thompson, second place. For women’s division B, Tracy Smith and Cristy Flournoy, first place, and Shelly Richardson and Kim Osburn, second place,. Key sponsors for the event were Inverness Country Club, Subway Restaurant and Academy Sports.

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Hidden in Greystone Center just south of The Village Lee Branch is Amore. When you step behind the curtained glass wall of the store front, it’s easy to forget what lies on the other side of the wall. The restaurant’s low lighting and intimate setting invite you in, and the oil paintings and wine bottles throughout the space make you feel like you have left Highway 280 for Italy. “We want people to relax and enjoy food, wine and company, more like people do in Italy or France than typical American dining,” owner and chef Lorenzo Billiteri said. “We want people to have a total dining experience and not be rushed.” With twelve tables and a staff of four most nights, the dining experience is intimate. Justin Lenard takes your order, Frank Johnson cooks your food, and Billiteri, who opened La Dolce Vita in Hoover before selling it and opening Amore five years ago, does the rest. It’s fine dining, but Billiteri emphasizes that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Entrees run from $14.95 to $26.95, and all of them include not just buttery homemade garlic bread but a starter of bruschetta and a house salad as well. If a dish doesn’t include pasta, pasta comes on the side. “You are going to be stuffed,” Billiteri said. Between growing up with Italianborn parents who owned restaurants and spending a year in Italy in his 20s, Billiteri developed a palette for Italian food and

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wine that he brings to the restaurant. His dishes are his own take on the traditional family recipes. Whatever he makes, he makes with passion, incorporating fresh garlic and herbs. “The dining room is a stage, and the kitchen is an art studio,” he said. You’ll find popular Italian dishes such as Baked Ziti and their stand-out meatballs, which are made with beef, veal and pork and served with marinara sauce and a side of ricotta cheese. “The marinara sauce is simple,” he said, “but it’s never the same.” The Veal Marsala is served with mushrooms in a marsala wine reduction,

and the Veal Saltimbocca is sautéed with mushrooms, topped with prosciutto and mozzarella. The Chicken Franchese is sautéed in a white wine lemon butter sauce with capers, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes and served with a side of porcini risotto. The restaurant will have heartier specials like rack of lamb and veal chops for fall and winter months. Amore’s menu also includes daily Gulf seafood specials and other items that deviate from traditional Italian fare. The Maryland-style crab cakes are served with a peach and mango cream and can be ordered either as an appetizer or entrée.

Grouper is sautéed in a white wine scampi sauce topped with jumbo lump crab meat stuffing and a gorgonzola-stuffed shrimp wrapped in applewood smoked bacon. Amore also offers a wine list to complement the meal, but Billiteri doesn’t suggest traditional pairings of wine and food. “The psychology has changed,” he said. “You don’t pair wine with food. You match wine with what you like.” Reservations are recommended at Amore, but Billiteri welcomes people to call for a table at any time. “Always call,” he said. “We can generally get people in at the last minute.”

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When Robin Inzinna moved Bryant Art Gallery from Lee Branch to 280 Bazaar, she finally realized her dream of showcasing local artwork by adding them to the store’s stock of oil paintings and framework. “I always wanted to have a little gallery,” she said. “I wanted to showcase local artists and their works to the Birmingham community.” Inside Inzinna’s gallery, space is wide, opening to the walls of paintings. On the front window, wind-chimes tinkle and sparkle in the sunlight. “They are made by a local artist who recycles wine bottles and creates wind chimes,” Inzinna said. The artist also made pendants from glass bottles and old pictures. In front of the store you’ll find jewelry and hand-spun bracelets. These small collections belong to Birmingham area jewelry and fiber artists. Along the walls hang paintings from local artists who Robin met through the Shelby County Art Council. “It’s a great way to find artists that I can show through my gallery, and also a great way to network,” Inzinna said. “We learn so much about painting, but we also learn and connect with each other and become more aware of the artistic community in Birmingham.” Several artists she showcases are self taught. One such artist, Caroline Chamberlain, offers art lessons at Bryant Art Gallery Wednesday night. “These nights are really about learning the process of painting, different techniques, and being with each other,” Inzinna said. All the painters take the

Bryant Art Gallery owner Robin Inzinna with her dog, Gus showcases Birmingham artist Cory Jackson-Hays’ work in her shop located in the Bazaar 280 shopping center behind Krispy Kreme. Photo by Krysti Shallenbrger.

same design and experiment with different techniques. Inzinna also started “Coffee and Canvas” painting lessons in the morning that began September 15. “I really want to have an opportunity for stay-at-home moms and retired folks to come in and paint together in the morning,” she said. Although Inzinna claims not to be creative like the artists she promotes in

her gallery, she does participate in the art lessons she holds, as well as dabble in pottery. Her favorite form of pottery is freestyle. “I feel it’s more organic,” she said. While Robin focuses on local artists, she also sells collectible and sports items. One wall in the shop holds frames sketches of Pinocchio, Mickey Mouse and Goofy in their first drafts before digitalization. Next to the Disney wall, pictures of the Auburn

and Alabama championships hang, adding an appeal for any Alabamian. Inzinna ‘s greatest goal for her art gallery is for it to be a neighborhood art and frame shop where customers can come in and feel at home. She loves meeting new artists and showing their work to Birmingham, as well as developing the artistic abilities of neighbors, friends and family.

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Special Home Feature Inspiration and tips from area experts

The (budget) touch of a home artist my living room into a “rock wall.” While I was hesitant because I couldn’t picture her vision, I trusted her instincts and let her loose. This portion of my new home defines it to feel like an aged European cottage that reflects my personality and my Irish heritage.

By LAUREN SHEEHAN Brook Thompson wakes up in the morning and jots down creative decorating ideas before most people have poured their first cup of coffee. Even as a girl, she was often found redecorating her Barbie Dream House. As a teenager, she was constantly helping friends rearrange their bedrooms and paint their walls. While raising her three young sons, Brook’s professional dreams were put on hold. Never willing to sit idle, she poured her creativity into sewing capes for Super Man birthday parties, crocheting scarves and helping friends decorate their homes. Underneath it all, her dream of turning her hobby into a profession was always there. As she prepared for her youngest child to enter kindergarten this year, her wheels started turning. “What if I could really do this for a living?” she thought. She dreamed of estate sales, salvaged moldings and faux finishes—whatever it took to transform a room into an environment that reflected its homeowner in some way. So, she decided to give it a shot. Brook and I became friends when I was her son’s second grade teacher at The Westminster School at Oak Mountain last year. Upon learning that I recently purchased a house, Brook quickly volunteered to help me make it a “home.” Being a teacher on a tight budget, I didn’t think I could afford a decorator’s fees. Little did I realize that Brook is a bargain hunter with great vision for her finds. She

“Home artist” Brook Thompson created a faux rock wall in Lauren Sheehan’s new home. Photo by Lauren Sheehan.

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Brook’s tips for budget decorating Paint is the least expensive fix, but it doesn’t have to be just on the walls. If you want to redo a room, don’t think you have to throw out everything and start over. Shop in your own home. The furniture you already have could have a new life painted. Rearrange things. So many design trends are throwing out the old rules and moving different kinds of furniture into unexpected places. An unused dresser in your guest room might be exactly what you need in your entryway. Even moving your furniture slightly can create a homier feel in order to create conversation nooks around the home. Shopping is a journey. Embrace the process and be selective about what you bring into your sanctuary. Take a friend and make a Saturday of it. Shop at flea malls and antique markets and look for unexpected pieces that can be customized. Chances are you will find a better price, have less buyer’s remorse and build a memory that you will think of every time you look at your new piece of furniture. Don’t buy things to achieve a look

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October 2011


Special Home Feature

Consignment furniture offers style and value By KATHRYN ACREE With a weak economy being a headline grabber these days, perhaps redecorating is something only for brighter days. Owner Mary Carol McDaniel and the staff at Past Perfect in Lee Branch beg to differ that great decorating style is only acquired with big bucks. Consider incorporating consigned furniture pieces for a room redo. “We carry both trends and classics for half off retail prices,” McDaniel said. “We’ve had shoppers walk through our showroom, come back to our counter and comment to our staff that they thought we were supposed to be a consignment place. Our consigned items look so good, it surprises you that it’s not brand new.” Past Perfect, now in its eighth year in business features about 80 percent new pieces and 20 percent consignment. “It’s a good balance because we are very selective,” McDaniel said. “People have come into the store from all over the state and the Florida panhandle because they’ve heard how we blend consigned and new pieces.” Consignment items often come to the store through customers who are in the process of redecorating their homes or downsizing. “We’ve featured consigned items that are new with the tags on them,” McDaniel said. “For example, recently a customer just finished decorating her home only to learn her husband’s job would transfer them across the country. Those items had hardly even been used when we got them.” If, on the other hand, you are looking to sell pieces from your home and are not sure consignment is for you, McDaniel shares these tips for selling consigned items at Past Perfect: Consider how valuable your time is. Think about the commitment involved in running an ad or going on an internet site

This sofa, some of the pillows, and the decorative panels featured here are all examples of consigned items available at Past Perfect. The store is well known for blending consigned pieces with new items for a great look. Photo by Kathryn Acree.


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to sell. Remember you have to be home or meet buyers at another location to deal with them. Past Perfect can arrange pickup of your items with their trucks and set the item up in store. If the item is in storage, will you really reuse the piece again? While it might be easy to store furniture and put the decision off to sell something until later, consider if you will honestly want to decorate with that item again. Past Perfect offers a 50-50 split on your sale. Once your item has sold, the consignor makes half of the selling price. Past Perfect accepts items like chairs, sofas, loveseats, dressers, tables, armoires, accent pieces, nightstands, buffets, hutches, oil paintings, framed prints, silk greenery, florals and other high-end home furnishings. “We only accept items which we determine to be in current style, excellent condition and properly priced,” McDaniel said. “We intend to sell each and every item you consign; therefore, we will only accept items we believe we can sell.” Consigned items are showcased at Past Perfect for a maximum of 120 days. After 60 days, any unsold items are reduced 20 percent, then 30 percent after 90 days. Should your item not be sold after 90 days, you have the option of removing it from the sales floor. McDaniel suggests new consignors bring a good photo or two of the items they wish to sell for approval first. While consignors pay a one-time fee of $20.00 to set up a consignor account, the account will remain active indefinitely and McDaniel notes the store keeps a “wish list” of items customers have requested to purchase from consignors. Past Perfect is located at 230 Doug Baker Boulevard, Suite 200 in The Village at Lee Branch. They are open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached at 980-1898.

Special Home Feature

Tips to conserve energy and save money By KRYSTI SHALLENBERGER According to energy auditor EcoThree, most energy waste comes from a house’s heating and air system (HVAC). Eliminating the waste in HVAC, which is usually about 50 percent of an energy bill, reduces the total bill by about 20 to 30 percent. With a goal to educate the Birmingham area about energy waste and ways to lower energy bills, Eco-Three shared tips that homeowners can use to reduce their electricity and heating bills. 1. Change filters Changing air filters sounds like a lot of work, but dirty filters cost a lot more. At $10 per filter, the cost of changing a filter every two months adds up to $360 a year. Compare this yearly cost to the cost of repairing a burnt motor in the air conditioning unit at $800. With dirty filters in place, the air conditioning unit must work harder to cool or heat the air through the clogged filter. As it works harder, its parts slowly burn out with increasing activity. Changing the filters reduces the cost of repairing a broken motor and also cleanses the air. Dirty air can also severely irritate asthma and lung conditions, so changing filters benefits your health as well. 2. Turn down the water heater When you use hot water for washing machines, dishwasher and showers, you lose energy when water sits in the hot water heater. The less heat that escapes the water heater, the less amount of money it takes to heat it up. 3. Insulate the water heater Turning down the water heater helps reduce escaping heat, but insulating the water heater captures the heat as it attempts to escape and causes the water heater to stay warmer, longer. Eco-Three advises homeowners to buy an insular jacket at a home improvement retailer to wrap their water heater. They also advise homeowners to insulate the first five feet of cold water pipes as well as insulate all their

Replacing air filters regularly can save you money on air conditioning repairs.

hot water pipes. 4. Install low-flow shower heads Consider low-flow shower heads as alternates for normal shower heads. Lowflow shower heads dump 2-1/2 gallons a minute, interspersing air between the water drops. This saves water, therefore reducing the water. Shower heads can be purchased from home improvement retailers. 5. Get an energy audit Energy-auditing companies like EcoThree inspect your house for leaks in ducts, insulation, gas lines and other energy waste. After auditing your house, EcoThree makes a list of leaks and other issues in order of the most wasteful. The company can repair your home, or you can hire your own contractor. Their first goal is to inspect your house and determine what causes the leaks and waste, the costs of repair and the problems that are in greater need of addressing. Eco-Three also checks the amount of insulation in each house. According to EcoThree, most homes in Birmingham underinsulate, contributing to significant energy loss that results in rocketing HVAC bills. To contact Will Fountain and Jonathan Handey at Eco-Three, visit or call 314-3500.


CONTINUED from page B1 or feel. Step back and look at what you already have. Add texture and depth in your walls and floor, and never forget the ceiling! Architecture can be the thing your room is lacking. Save money by getting others’ opinions, and find the real problem. Don’t think of perfection, think of your life’s story. When I realized my life was going to have three little boys with oodles of energy in it, I knew that my home would never be perfect, but I wasn’t

going to let that make me postpone living in a house that I loved. So, I painted and purchased things that were already aged and distressed. The more nicks and scratches it has, the more beautiful it would become. This change in my mindset has saved me loads of money. For more examples of Brook Thompson’s work, visit, To contact her, email or call 222-7651.

Home artist Brook Thompson with her three sons in their home. Photo by Lauren Sheehan.


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Special Home Feature

The art of home staging By AMY STILLWAGON

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply trying to update your space, enlisting the help of a stager can be a great alternative to more expensive renovations. Local interior designers Cheryl Gore and Pattie Bowling of Adorable Décor focus their work on helping clients “fluff” their homes for open houses, holiday parties or just a better flow for everyday life. For these ladies, “fluffin’” means taking what someone already owns and reworking it into a more appealing and functional space. Most people look to the services of a stager or interior designer when they are trying to sell their home. A stager sees the home as a buyer would and is able to pick out the strengths and weaknesses of a space. Having a fresh set of eyes on the space allows them to pick up on minor details, such as chipped paint or scuffed walls, and provide simple solutions. They are then able to present the house in the best possible light to help it stand out from other homes on the market. Best of

Home stagers add accessories to “fluff” a room to sell. Photo courtesy of Adorable Decor.

Key elements to staging

to organize your cabinets, drawers, closets and anywhere else a potential buyer may look to assess the space.

Neutralize the color scheme Because most buyers are not looking for a space that requires a complete redo, they can also be distracted or turned off simply by not liking the choice of bold colors.

Add accessories Never underestimate the big impact of small details. Try changing heavy window treatments to sheers to let more light in. Update lampshades for a modern change. Use slipcovers to liven worn-out furniture. Add pillows for polished look or touch of color.

Ensure great lighting Though obvious, make sure that all of your lights work and have appropriate bulbs before showing your home or entertaining. Having the right lighting turned on in your home creates a warm and inviting space, while also highlighting important parts of the space, be it art or other features. Remove personal items People don’t want to buy a home that already looks lived in. It helps buyers to see the potential for their own items in a space when they are not distracted by personal memorabilia.

Clean / organize / declutter By far the most important aspect of a room is the overall presentation of the space. Clean everything from windowsills to baseboards, and address issues like scuffed walls and chipped light plate covers. If necessary, pack items away in bins or consider getting a storage unit to remove clutter. An often-overlooked tip is


Add curb appeal Make sure that the outside of the home matches the inside. Having great curb appeal tells potential buyers that the inside of the home will be just as inviting as the outside.

all, they bring an unbiased opinion to the space. Often homeowners have emotional attachments to objects, collections or design elements that may not be beneficial to the space. As Gore said, “Grandma’s quilt may not sell the house.” When using a stager like Adorable Décor, homeowners will have a consultation with the interior designers to assess the needs of the space. From that point they can either take the list of things that need attention and do them on their own, or they can use the connections and skills of the designers. Adorable Décor takes the approach of having clients bring in pictures of things they like and don’t like. From there, the collaboration process begins. Gore and Bowling search for inexpensive pieces to update each space and correspond with the client for final approvals. Each of the key staging elements listed below can be used to highlight the minimize the weaknesses of a home. While the ladies of Adorable Décor are able to achieve that balance mostly on their own, including Pattie’s affinity for sewing, their favorite local sources for accessories are TJ Maxx, Target, HomeGoods and SteinMart, and they use Billy Jones, Jones Remodeling & Repair. Overall, staging can add value to your home, help you sell quicker or give you the fresh look that will keep you in your house for many years. Gore and Bowling started Adorable Décor in 2007 when both women decided to pursue their shared passion for interior design after retirement. Since then, their business has blossomed by word of mouth and satisfied repeat customers. Lucky for them, Gore says that the downturn in the economy has only boosted business; more people are interested in their services so they can stay in their current homes or sell quickly to move for a new career. For a consultation or to learn more about how staging could benefit your home, contact Adorable Decor at or 7065912.

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A tail of treats at Somerby By KRYSTI SHALLENBERGER

Teenagers and the elderly generally don’t spring to mind as close friends, unless in a Dennis-the-Menace relationship. However, that’s not the case with the Boy Scouts of Troop 119 and residents of Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen retirement community on the Somerby Tailwagger Treats project. “It’s kind of an inter-generational thing,” said Andrew Tucker, who spearheaded the project. “We learn a lot from them, and they tell us stories about their lives. “ Since April the boy scouts and Somerby residents have baked homemade dog treats together for Shelby and Jefferson County animal shelters. If you walk into the Tailgwaggers suite at Somerby on a Tuesday night, you’ll see Boy Scouts hovered in the kitchen, supervised by Andrew, mixing dough and putting treats in the oven. In the next room, the scouts take turns working with residents to knead the dough and cut out the treats with bone-shaped

Somerby resident Steven Day cuts out dog bones. Day had never cooked before the Tailwaggers program began. Photo by Krysti Shallenberger.

The Sombery Tailwaggers Treat team gathers to bake dog bones for area animal shelters each week. Front row: Erika Herda, Berry Middle School student Alex Tucker, Hoover High student Andrew Tucker. Back row: Clinton Garret, , Richard Cunningham, Steven Day, Spain Park student Matthew Edwards, Spain Park student Garrett Haines. Photo by Krysti Shallenberger.

cookie cutters. Resident Erika Herda gives the boys tips for cooking as she kneads the dough with experienced hands. Steven Day and Clinton Garrett, who had never stepped foot in a kitchen before the Somerby Tailwaggers, cut out the treats as well. Garret hands trays of bone-shaped treats to the boys to put in the oven. Coco, a Shi Tzu, keeps the group company and taste tests from a fire-hydrant-shaped cookie jar. When the scouts come to Somerby, respect is mutual. The residents ask the boys about school and enjoy hearing about their lives, and the boys hear the residents’

life stories. The group’s goal was to make a total of 5,000 treats by the end of the summer, but they surpassed their goal in three weeks. So far, the total stands at 12,185. In the future, the 20 boys in Troop 119 hope to expand their treats to cats, and other animals, as well as expand their operation past state lines. The project started small in the spring, however. “We were looking for another project,” Andrew said, “We’ve worked with Somerby Residence before and after the tornados, we wanted to do help out the animal shelters in Jefferson and Shelby

Counties.” Andrew looked up recipes online and coordinated with the staff of Somerby Residence, Sara Thorne Davis, head of the Masterpiece Living program, and Marianne Sharbel of Somerby to set up a place and time to meet with the residents to bake dog treats. “I never really cooked before except over a campfire and breakfast,” he said. Nor had several residents ever cooked before, but now they all work together to make treats for animals in their community. Troop 119, headed by Greg Tucker, father of scouts Andrew and Alex Tucker, is affiliated with Brook Hills Church.

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Darleen Hyatt holds donations received for I Can See, I Can Read in front of Dr. Sara Gordon’s optometry office. Photo courtesy of Darleen Hyatt.

Last spring when Darleen Hyatt went to an optometrist appointment, Dr. Sara Gordon told her about a need for eyeglasses for her upcoming medical mission trip to South Africa. Hyatt wanted to help, but she told God that she didn’t have the time. Three days later, Hyatt found out she lost her job—and her excuse. “I always wanted to be a missionary, and this was perfect for me.” Hyatt said. Hyatt started collecting extra eyewear from fellow members at Brook Hills Church for Gordon’s trip. When she called frame distributers to discuss donations, Hyatt found there were no active organizations in the community that collected and donated glasses for free that served everyone. Some denominations collected eyewear, but they only supplied donations to people in need in their own denominations or mission trips. This realization led Hyatt to begin collecting glasses for any and all in need. Hyatt next enrolled at Jefferson State Community College for her ophthalmic technician certification. This training enabled her work at an optometrist’s office and sort donated glasses by prescription type herself. At the same time, she talked to distributers about donations and began collecting reading glasses to send overseas and around the Birmingham area. Significant participation in her church spurred Hyatt to start the process to become a non-profit organization. In April, I Can See, I Can Read became an official organization named for people’s reactions

to their new glasses. Thus far, Brook Hills Church has collected more than 800 prescription glasses alone. Hyatt coordinates with the staff at the church, which sponsors more than 20 mission trips a year, to figure out the number of glasses to send with them. Hyatt also works with Tracy Hipps, director of the Christian Service Mission in Birmingham, who distributes them to various places in need, such as homeless shelters. Together, they have collected 6,000 glasses to give away. The April tornadoes brought an even greater need in the Birmingham area for glasses, specifically reading glasses. “The greatest demand are actually reading glasses,” Hyatt said. “Most people don’t realize that they can get them at Walmart or the Dollar Tree. People just adjust to holding the newspaper farther away or buying magnifying glasses.” I Can See, I Can Read has collection boxes at the Starbuck’s at Highways 119 and 280 and Therapy South near Jim ‘N Nick’s on Highway 280. Hyatt reminds people that reading glasses can cost as little as a dollar at Walmart or dollar stores and encourages people in the area to consider giving glasses. “Donate 10 dollars, and change 10 lives,” Hyatt said. For more information or to donate, visit or call 702-4899. To suggest ministries for to feature in future issues, email

Cash for candy An area dentist is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is,” by collecting turning in Halloween candy for cash and to give the sweets to those serving in our armed forces. Candy will be collected at Dr. Lisa Wilson’s office Indian Springs the day after Halloween, Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Participants may also register for door prizes and have the opportunity to write a note to the troops, which will be sent with the candy. Dr. Wilson will also give away light-up toothbrushes and other prizes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. “‘Ditch the candy’ is what we’re saying,” Dr. Wilson said. “Seeing your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great ways to keep your teeth healthy, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost. Kids can still have fun trick-ortreating, and now their piggy banks will benefit, as well!” Global sugar consumption for kids

increases by about 2 percent annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids teeth are being cared for more than ever. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces. Dr. Wilson began participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program in 2009, and in two years has sent over 400 pounds of candy to our military troops stationed overseas through Operation Gratitude. Please consider joining the movement this year. All candy must be unopened. No bites, please! Dr. Wilson’s office is located at 5470 Caldwell Mill Road, just down from Oak Mountain High School. For more information, please contact Dr. Wilson at 995-8084, or by email at info@drlisawilson. com.

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Library Happenings North Shelby, Mt Laurel and Chelsea Public Libraries North Shelby Library Special Programming Pumpkin Painting Contest Decorate a pumpkin, no carving please, and bring it to the Children’s Department between October 15 - 30 for display. Judging will be October 31. Stop by anytime on this day to see the winners. Pumpkins can be picked up on November 1.

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Saturday, October 8, 10-11:30 a.m., Lego Club- The library will provide the Legos and snacks, the kids will provide the imagination and creativity. Families are welcome to drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to build spectacular creations. Creations will then go on display in the Children’s Department. Snacks Served. All ages welcome. Registration required. Thursday, October 13, 4:00 p.m., Craft – Friendly Black Cat. Get ready for the Halloween holidays by making this friendly black cat craft. All ages welcome. Registration required. Wednesday, October 19, 1:00 p.m.Homeschool Hangout: Dental HygieneJoin Dr. Sarah Flanagan, DMD to help celebrate dental hygiene month. Ages 8-12. Registration required. Saturday, October 22, 2 – 3:30 p.m.- Movie – Phineas and Ferb: The 2nd Dimension. Follow Phieas, Ferb, Perry, and Dr. D into an alternate universe where the second dimension Evil Dr. D. has accomplished world domination. All ages welcome. No

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registration required. Snacks served. Thursday, October 27, 4:00 p.m.-B’Tween the Pages Book Club- Join us to discuss great scary books you have been reading and create book reviews. Snacks served. Ages 8-12. registration required. Friday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.-Pumpkin Painting Workshop- BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). We’ll provide the paint and snacks. Ages 3 and up welcome. Registration required.

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Anime Night Thursday, October 20, 6 p.m. Join us in the meeting room for an evening of anime. Exotic treats will be served! We will also work on an Anime/Manga art project for the Teen Department. Call or email Kate or Daniel at 439-5512 or for more information.

Mondays, October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Toddler Tales Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans. Registration will begin one week prior to each storytime. Ages 19-36 months. Registration required.

Ghost Story Night Tuesday, October 25, 6 – 8 p.m. Scary tales will be shared while we gather around the campfire and roast hot dogs and marshmallows. This teen event is not for the faint of heart! Registration is required. Call 439-5512 or email nsyouth@ for more information or to register.

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Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 9:30 – 10 a.m. Baby Tales Story Time A story time designed especially for babies and their caregivers. Stories and music provide interaction for the babies and time for caregivers to talk and share with each other. Ages: Birth to 18 months. Registration required. Registration will begin one week prior to program date. Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 10:45 a.m. Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!) Stories, puppets, and lots of music for every member of the family. All Ages. No Registration. Come to Mr. Mac’s storytime on October 26th and get a sweet trick or treat surprise! Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 7 p.m. P. J. Story Time Come in your PJs, have milk and cookies, and hear some wonderful bedtime tales. All Ages. No Registration Required. * For more information or to register for any programs or storytimes, call or email the Children’s Department at 205-439-5504 or Teen Happenings October 2011

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The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss a book chosen by the group at their first meeting in September. Check out www. for the title and description. Then, grab the book and start reading and stop by to let us know your opinion! Snacks Served. Call or email Kate or Daniel at 439-5512 or nsyouth@ for more information.

Teen Advisory Council Monday, October 10, 6 p.m. Interested in helping the Teen Department be even better than it is now? The Teen Advisory Council is the place for you! The TAC meets the second Monday of each month to work on projects for the library. In October, we will be working on a Teen Read Week Bulletin Board and other projects. Bring your ideas and your appetite! Snacks served and community service hours earned. Call 205-439-5512 or email Kate at nsyouth@shelbycounty-al. org for more information or to sign up. Teen Read Week and Teens’ Top Ten October 16-22 The North Shelby Library will celebrate Teen Read Week™ with special displays and programs aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. This year’s theme is “Picture It @ Your Library.” The 2011 Teens’ Top Ten will also be announced this week. Stop by the library to see if your favorite book won! Teen Book Club Monday, October 17, 6 p.m.

Mt Laurel Public Library Storytime Programming Toddler Tales Wednesdays, October 5 and 19, 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 9911660 or for more information or to register. Storytime with Ms. Kristy Wednesdays, October 5 and 19, 11 a.m. Stories, music and more for every member of the family. All ages. No registration required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or mtlaurellibrary@ for more information. Special Programming Fall Festival Book Sale Drop-Off Through Oct 13 The Library is one place you can donate your used books for the Friends of the Mt Laurel Library Used Book Sale. All donations at the Library should be made during business hours. The books will be sold during the Mt Laurel Fall Festival on October 15 to raise money for the library. Contact the Friends of the Library at for more information. Fall Festival Hours October 15 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library will be open until 3 during the Mt Laurel Fall Festival. Crafty Saturday Saturday, October 15 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Fall Festival to create a petrifying peeper. All ages with parent help. Registration Required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or mtlaurellibrary@ for more information or to register.

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Knee Therapy My mama used to say, “God’s dice always have a lucky roll.” Well, the Good Lord must have rolled the dice for me this week. Stay with me ‘cause it gets complicated. My knees have been giving me fits for the last few months. When I get up in the morning, they squeak and click. I’ve seen a few doctors, one who shot my knees full of some kind of medicine using a needle that looked as big as a kindergarten pencil. I’m here to tell you that was not fun. Another doctor prescribed some medication that fights inflammation. It did seem to help for a few days, but that old familiar pain returned. It still felt like a toothache except it was in my knees. My wife, Jilda, who is AAD (almost a doctor), has been telling me for months to try acupuncture. I’ve used acupuncture before when my back was giving me fits, and it did help. Now that I think of it, I haven’t had a problem with my back since then. I decided to go to the local chiropractor/ acupuncture specialist, and finally I’ve found a specialist that understands the problem and has prescribed therapy that’s just right for my condition. After a session of acupuncture and electric stimulation therapy, my knees did feel better. As I settled up at the front desk, the doctor instructed me to apply cold compresses to my knees. Just then, an idea flashed in my brain

as bright as a lightening strike. This news was too good to be true. Here’s where it gets complicated. I reasoned that the water flowing out from Smith Dam where I fly fish is 52 degrees and colder most of the year. When you fly fish, you wade out waist deep in the frigid water, so as it turns out, my doctor prescribed fly fishing for my ailing knees. Well, not really, but even a simpleton could make this connection: the icy waters of the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River is at least as good for my knees as a cold compress. I could have hugged her neck. It was almost like hitting the lottery! Now Jilda is one of the kindest, most caring people on the planet, but I feared I might be “dancin’ with the devil” trying to slide this idea by her. So I did some rehearsing, “Yes dear, I’d love to cut the grass and weed the garden, but it’s time for my cold therapy.” Turns out, she wasn’t a hard sell at all, so the next morning I went for knee therapy. It’s tough, but I’m willing to go the extra mile to get my health back. I figure by the end of the year, I should have knees like a 20 years old. Is this a great country or what? “Honey, I’m going fishing today – doctor’s orders.” You can learn more about Rick Watson at He is available for speaking engagements and other events. Contact him at

Light The Night Walk at The Summit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk events seeks to bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. During this leisurely walk, walkers carry illuminated balloons: white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Thousands of men, women and children form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer.

The Birmingham Light The Night Walk will take place Thursday, October 13 at The Summit. They anticipate 2,000 people in attendance for festivities including the Hunter-Lawley Band, bounce house, caricature artist and more. Festivities and registration begin at 5:30 p.m., and the walk starts at 7 p.m. For more information and to register, visit

Golf tournament to benefit children’s critical care The 2011 Children’s of Alabama Critical Care Transport Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, October 20 at Ballantrae Golf Course in Pelham. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the tee time at 1 p.m. Entec Services, Inc. and the North Shelby/Inverness Rotary Club are hosting the tournament, which is open to anyone who would like to support the work of Children’s Hospital. The cost for the tournament is $100 per player. The price includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch before the event, goodie bag and several awards and door prizes. There will be an awards presentation immediately after the tournament at the

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Grounded girl, crazy world Whenever someone learns that I have four daughters, the response is typically the same. “Four weddings?!” Big gasp. “Oh, bless you!” Granted, it’s hard to think about raising girls without seeing dollar signs. While boys have their own expenses— especially in this age of sports trainers and such—the running tally usually isn’t as high. Take clothing shopping, for instance. Whereas boys can be set for the year with a simple trip to Gap or Old Navy, girls require variety. Good luck meeting any of their needs with a simple trip anywhere. But more intimidating to me than the expense and maintenance of girls is the challenge of keeping their heads on straight. Society wants them to grow up fast. They’re encouraged to be divas, to obsess over their appearance, to bow down to fashion. And while shopping and dressing up are two great joys of being a woman, it’s easy to cross the line. And once a girl starts focusing on the wrong things, trusting labels and trends over instincts and inner beauty, it’s hard to keep her feet on the ground. So my question is: How do we keep our girls from losing themselves to superficial pressures? Is it possible to enjoy the thrills of this sisterhood without overdoing it? I’m no expert on the subject, but I can say that girls have been a common theme in my life. Besides my daughters, I have three sisters, three sister-in-laws, eight nieces, and a wonderful mother and mother-inlaw. I also have amazing friends I’ve met in various stages of life. By reflecting on some of these relationships, I’ve compiled a few lessons to share with my girls. Maybe they can spark dialogue between you and your daughter, too. Remember it’s just stuff. When my husband and I were dating, I dropped a crystal pitcher and started crying because it was expensive. He hugged me and said, “Don’t cry over anything you can replace.” Whatever material goods you’re attached to—your house, an iPod, a favorite pair of jeans—remember it’s just stuff. And in the grand scheme of things, stuff doesn’t matter. Find the yin to your yang. Friendships should be based on chemistry, not opportunity. You can’t force them, and

trying to befriend the popular crowd when it’s not a natural fit will only suppress the real you that’s dying to get out. Seek instead friends who “get” your quirks and bring out the best in you. Above all, keep in mind that to have a good friend, you must be a good friend. See the good. We live in a pessimistic world, and snarky is in. While it’s easier to be an Eeyore than a Piglet, it’ll inevitably drag you down. I once heard a priest say, “Happiness is holding a magnifying glass up to the good traits of others.” Since then, I’ve found that treating someone based on their good qualities—rather than the annoying ones—brings out a different, more likeable person. Trust your gut. You know the funny feeling that arises when something’s not right? That’s your gut talking. The more you listen, the louder it speaks. Maybe the crowd you’re hanging with is sending up red flags. They’re lots of fun, but not the best influence. Perhaps it’s a crossroads triggering that voice, nudging you a certain way. Whatever the case, your gut looks out for you. It’s a voice of reason you can tune out or tune into when there’s a choice to be made. Trust your God. God has a plan for you, and while you may not feel special compared to other girls, you’re a masterpiece in His eyes. Use your Godgiven gifts now, and don’t worry about whether you’re good enough or if you’ll be a star one day. By shining a light on your corner of the universe, you make it better, inspiring those you know. As Henry Van Dyke once said, “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” Finding gravity in the world of females isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t trade this world for anything. Dance parties, skits, pinkie promises and sleepovers—these are the perks of raising girls, silly joys that bond us forever. People can bless my heart all day long, but I know I’m lucky. My girls bring me the greatest joy on earth, and there’s no putting a price tag on that. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Birmingham mom of four with a background in PR, writing and photography. Read her blog at www. or find her on Facebook and on Twitter. Email her at kari@karikampakis. com.

Angel Tree applications The Salvation Army is accepting Angel Tree application for families in Inverness and other areas Oct. 3-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Residents in Alabaster, Pelham, Helena, Maylene, Saginaw and Siluria can also apply. Last Christmas the Salvation Army served more than 750 children last year in the Alabaster region, including Inverness, and 13,000 in its Area Command. Applications are accepted alpha-

betically by last name: A-F is Oct. 3, G-K is Oct. 4, L-P is Oct. 5, Q-V is Oct. 6 and W-Z is Oct. 7. Applicants must have picture ID, Social Security card or birth certificate for all family members being applied for, proof of all income including food stamps, and a current utility bill for proof of residence or a letter from landlord with a phone number. For more information, call 663-7105.

Chelsea student names lion cub at zoo Joshua Bradley, 7, of Chelsea submitted the winning name of “Baron” for the fifth African lion cub at the Birmingham Zoo. Joshua will receive a special Zoo Prize Pack, which will include t-shirts, stuffed animals, pictures of the cubs, special recognition on the Zoo’s website and much more. He will also become an honorary big brother to Baron, and receive an heirloom birth certificate presented by the Zoo’s

“Adopt-an-Animal” program. Visitors to the zoo were encouraged to observe and get to know the personality of the lion cub before submitting their name during a contest that lasted throughout the extended Labor Day weekend. Baron was the last of the five cubs to be born and joins his three sisters, Lily, Asha and Kimba, and brother, Vulcan, on exhibit at the zoo.

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That’s Life

By Paul Johnson, Samaritan Counseling Center

“Caution, slippery when…” So there we were, standing on the pier, fishing poles in hand, a small fish on the line, dangling in the air, tail flapping and gills spreading. My sons looked at me with sheer delight at their accomplishment. The smiles were broad, and the chests were puffed. They looked at their fish again, and then my oldest said, “What do we do with it?” I replied, “Take it off the hook.” They both, in unison, turned to the fish to consider how this was done. And it occurred to them that the fish was going to have to be touched. The smiles faded a bit; the shoulders slumped a tad. They turned to me, again in unison, and my eldest said, “Ok, Dad, you do it.” Personally, I’m not a big fan of holding a fresh fish (although eating a fresh fish I have no problem with). But while the head and tail are still attached and while flapping is occurring, I’m not a fan of grabbing it. It’s not that it’s gross; I can deal with slime. It’s that they are slippery in their slime. Really slippery. For those who have done this, you know of what I speak. It’s tricky. I grab the fishing line with my right hand and then with my left, starting at the head, run my hand down to about the mid point of the fish in an attempt to get a grip on the chunkier part of the fish. Of course, if the fish starts to squirm, out it goes from the hand because of that blasted slippery factor. That’s ok if the fish is still on the hook because I can start over. But if it has been unhooked, then instinct kicks in, and as it slips out of my hand, I start batting it with a juggling action. The boys squeal, and try to move out of the way. Eventually someone falls off the pier, and then in an attempt to catch them, I fall off the pier. Of course, if the fish is one you want to keep, it falls in the water and swims away; but if it is one you wanted to release, it falls on the pier, and then flaps and gasps and generally makes itself pitiful so that the son left on the pier runs to it, squealing, and yelling at Daddy to hurry and get out of the water to help the fish before it “diiiiiiiessssssss” (said exactly like that). Managing emotions is a lot like handling a fish on the line. First, there is the sense of, “what do we do with it.” Second, they can be quite slippery when we attempt to handle them. They slip out of our understanding and then get batted around as we try to regain some kind of control,

which eventually means someone is going to wind up in a condition they did not want to be with more emotion being stirred up than was originally present. Many people decide that emotions are either not worth it and thus develop an unhealthy distrust of any emotion, or they decide that emotions are what are most authentic and thus emote all over the place about all things. The truth is, feelings serve a purpose, and they can be handled. The trick is not squeezing too hard so that they pop out of our hands or not letting them just flap all over the place like a pitiful fish struggling to breathe. When we try to over-control our emotions, this occurs. Keeping them on the line helps. Going slow with them helps. Being patient and working with them, gently working our way down from the initial beginning of the emotion to the meatier part of it helps us to know what the feeling is about. Once we know what the feeling is about, what is generating it, then we can address the real problem. The feeling is not the problem—what is generating it is. Our emotions serve us well when we see we consider them to be an intricate signal system, trying to get our attention about something that is occurring or potentially occurring within our internal environment. But when we treat the emotion as the problem, we encounter that blasted slippery factor, and they slip out of our hands and get batted around so we end up in more trouble than we were in from the first moment the feeling began. Take a deep breath. Remember that these things are slippery. But it can be done. It can be figured out. The hook can be removed. We can do this. Breathe. Just go slow. No one is going to diiiiiiiiie (said exactly like that). Ok. Let’s pause here. Just as there are more fish in the ocean (or lake), there is more to be said on this. So we’ll pick up from here next time. Until then… To talk further about the emotions you experience, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. You may reach us at 9673660 or visit Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as a professionally licensed marriage and family therapist and associate licensed counselor at Samaritan.

Shop, Save and Share The Junior League of Birmingham is pleased to partner with Highway 280 retailers to offer local residents the opportunity to both give and receive this fall. Through the sale of their Shop, Save and Share card, the organization will be raising money to support its 35 community projects, which improve the lives of women and children in Birmingham. Local stores participating include: Aura Salon Spa and Boutique, Baha Burger at the Colonnade, Barking Zone Dog Daycare, The, Barstools, Etc., Beyond Wellness, Books-A-Million, Bryant Art Gallery, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chic Boutique, Chuck’s Fish, Edgar’s Bakery – Colonnade, Extreme Fit Boot Camps, Favorite Laundry, Fireflies and Fairytales, Game Room Designs, Gotcha Covered Window Décor, Hamburger Heaven, Hollywood Feed, Isbell Jewelers, Jane Claire Design/ Drapery Studio, Lady Fingers Salon, Max’s Delicatessen, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Monkey Toes, Party City, Past Perfect, Plain Jane Gifts, Planet Smoothie, Pure Barre, Renaissance Consignment Boutique, Richard Joseph Salon Spa, The Rusty

Dime, Schaeffer Eye Center, Sew Precious, Starbucks, Studio Red Salon, Swimming Pool Services, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, The Vintage Wine Shoppe and Wee Peat Boutique as well as many others. Interested shoppers can purchase their card for a $40 donation to the Junior League of Birmingham and receive a 20 percent discount at these retailers and restaurants, October 26 - November 6. Besides local Highway 280 merchants, the card features retailers, restaurants, and services throughout our local community, including Pepper Place, Trussville, Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia, Hoover, Alabaster, The Summit and The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds. Many online vendors and retailers are also participating in the sale this year. This is the sixth year of the fundraiser, which started in 2006 with only 88 stores. Last year the sale raised more than $78,000 for the Junior League of Birmingham’s Community Projects. Interested card buyers can review a list of participating merchants or purchase a Shop, Save & Share Card at www.jlbonline. com or

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Dinner with the Doc Protecting Your Child Athlete Thursday, October 20 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Show choir holiday performance tickets on sale

Join us for a light dinner as Cherie Miner, M.D., with Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center helps parents understand the longterm benefits of children playing sports. Dr. Miner will also share the physical challenges their developing bodies experience and what you can do to protect your child athlete. Learn about common pediatric and adolescent musculoskeletal sports injuries and the treatment of these injuries.

Area students perform in last year’s holiday performance. Front Row: Mi’a Callens of Oak Mountain High School, Darby Martin of Briarwood Christian School, Caroline Beauchaine of OMHS. Back row: Randall Ceneus of OMHS, Stephan Castellanos, Mario Butler of BCS, Rebecca Morris of OMHS. Photo courtesy of Emily Kicklighter.

Show choir camp Summer Show-Offs will hold its holiday performance on Dec. 16 and 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Metro Church of God. The show will be held December 16th and 17th at 6:30pm. Tickets will be sold for $6 on November 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at

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Michie new GM at Inverness CC Mark Michie has joined Inverness Country Club as General Manager. Michie has spent the past 10 years with ClubCorp in Atlanta, Chicago, and Birmingham. Most recently, Michie served as the General Manager of the Summit Club. Michie holds a Certified Club Manager designation from the Club Managers

Association of America (CMAA) and has served as the President and Treasurer of the Alabama Chapter of the CMAA. Michie will oversee all aspects of the operations at Inverness Country Club, continuing the growth in the club’s dining and culinary programs while developing a more active social calendar for members.

Tickets on sale for Secret Keeper event for girls Secret Keeper Girl LIVE: the Pajama Party Tour, a stage show about modesty, fashion and true beauty, will stop in Birmingham on Friday, Nov. 18 at Double Oak Community Church in Mt. Laurel. The show was started by Dannah Gresh, bestselling author of And the Bride Wore White and Lies Young Women Believe (co-authored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss). Her most recent work, for moms of tweens who are concerned about the cultural pressure to grow up too fast is Six Ways To Keep The Little In Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter From Her Tweens To Her Teens. Created as a relationship-building event for moms and their tween daughters (typically ages 8-12), the two and a half hour event features dramatized stories about meaningful friendships, fashion shows that demonstrate modesty, balloon sculptures, bouncing beach ball competitions, mother/

daughter conversation time and confetti cannons. A handful of moms are featured with their own hilarious fashion show in the new “Totally Tubular TV Mom’s Show,” a look at the fashion of some of TV’s favorite moms. Five special girls from the area have been pre-selected as models for the tour’s hallmark, a seasonal tween fashion show featuring Gresh’s Truth or Bare Modesty Tests. Everything is designed to encourage discussions about modesty, peer pressure and true inner beauty. The event starts at 6:30 pm with tickets available at Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information about the event, visit, call the event line, 259-8869, or email the organizers at

Fox receives award from Alabama Grocers John D. Fox, Jr., of C&M Food Distributing, was presented with the Alabama Grocers Association Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Alabama Grocers Association Annual Convention in Sandestin, Fla. The award was given in recognition of his outstanding service and devotion to the Alabama Grocers Association and the grocery industry. Fox, a North Shelby resident, has over 30 years experience in the grocery industry. For the last 19 years he has been employed with C&M Food Distributing and currently serves as their Regional Vice President of Mooreʼs Marinade and Sauces.

North Shelby’s Johnny Fox has been named the Alabama Grocers Association Manufacturer of the Year. Photo courtesy of Elaine Lyda.

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280 Business Happenings Flat Top Stir-Fry Grill now Chickadee sells accessories in Cahaba Heights open at The Summit Flat Top Grill has opened at The Summit. They offer a createyour-own stir-fry buffet and bar. Customers can select from 27 vegetables, 24 homemade sauces, seven types of protein, two kinds of rice and two kinds of noodles. Students receive a $1 discount. They also cater to allergy and dietary needs. Flat Top is located at 250 Summit Blvd., Suite 100. They are open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and FridaySaturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. To reach Flat-Top Grill, call 9943113 or visit

New Gold Kings

Gold Kings buys gold, silver and platinum items ranging from jewelry to silverware. Most gold items are marked in some manner. Their experts will assess your items with specialized equipment to analyze their gold make-up. Gold Kings are located at 5511 U.S. 280, Suite 108. They are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reach Gold Kings, visit or call 981-2244.

New store Chickadee sells home accessories, antiques and other home interior items such as china, pottery, pillows and

accents. They sponsor a bridal registry and wish lists for husbands and friends. They are located at 3138 Cahaba Heights Road. Their hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To reach Chickadee, visit or call 969-3138.

Bama Fever/ Tiger Pride sells team paraphernalia

Bama Fever/Tiger Pride, now open in the new strip shopping center next to Chick-fil-A on Highway 280, specializes in apparel displaying Auburn and Alabama logos. The accessories and apparel range from shoelaces to caps, tattoos, tags, bumper stickers and shoes. The store is located at 5275 Highway 280, Suite 111. Their hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 12:30 p.m. to 6.p.m. To reach Bama Fever/Tiger Pride, call 995-4445.

Richard Russell Gallery to Tots 280 Child be in The Colonnade Development cares The Richard Russell Gallery is scheduled to open in the Colonnade in October. The gallery will feature both owner Richard Russell’s original team-themed art and other Alabama and Auburn collegiate items. Their goal is to be a cross between functional collegiate merchandise and high-end collegiate art. Sports fans will find team logo suckers and super hero outfits that come with mask, cape and gloves in school colors with logos. They also plan to sell unusual collegiate items not found in stores, such as Alabama and Auburn baby furniture and metal outdoor wall sculptures. Russell’s art studio will be on the premises and will take special orders from the public. Richard Russell Gallery is located at 3308 Colonnade Way. For more information, call 637-6374 or visit

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Tots 280 Child Development is a private daycare that focuses on developing the whole child through a creative curriculum that employs many hands-on activities. They help improve language and conceptual skills, while reaffirming the child of its importance. Teachers are trained in CPR and first aid; most are trained in Early Childhood Development. Tots 280 has a small teacher-to-student ratio. They hold an open-door policy, and encourage parents to schedule tours. They are located at 7057 Meadowlark Dr. To contact Tots 280, call 995-7002 or find them on Facebook.

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October Events for the 280 Area 10/1 – Shelby Blues and BBQ, presented by the City of Pelham. Verizon Wireless (Charter Pavilion). 1-9 p.m. Contact heather@shelbychamber. org for information and to buy $5 tickets (or come by the Chamber at 1301 County Services Drive in Pelham). www. 10/13 – Grow & Go workshops: Organizational Communication, presented by Oldenburg & Associates. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 (lunch included). Visit www. for details and to register online. 10/19 – Safety Awards luncheon honoring police and fire officials from around Shelby County. Pelham Civic Complex, 11 a.m. Showcase networking, Noon luncheon program. Visit for information and to register online. Contact amanda@shelbychamber. org for more information.


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10/1– Bark in the Park. Mutt strut, pet adoptions, free nail trimming for pets,

obedience training, demonstrations, music, crafts, food from Johnny Rays and Dreamcakes. Hosted by the Shelby Humane Society and Alabaster Parks and Recreation. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Veterans Park, Alabaster. Admission: free. More information: or 669-3916 ext. 36.

10/2 - Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church animal blessing. In case of rain, the event will be held inside and larger animals will not be admitted. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 4887 Valleydale Road. For more information visit or call 995-9673.

10/3 - Child Health Day at Nineteen St. Vincent. Children in the nursery will get the opportunity to be exposed to ideas about healthy living, from healthy eating to fun physical activities to how to avoid germs taught by our health professionals. Look for handouts to encourage healthy habits at home. More information: visit

10/4 - Chapter One Nineteen. 7-8 p.m. Join St. Vincent One Nineteen for this monthly

10/5-10/8 – Cirque du Soleil: Dralion. 7:30 p.m. BJCC Arena. Admission: Adults are $37-$147 and children are $30-$128. More information: php#.

10/7 – Broadway in Birmingham: Hal Holbrook Mark Twain. 8 p.m. BJCC Concert Hall. Admission: $25-$65. More information:

10/23 – Vulcan AfterTunes presents Diane Burch. Grab your lawn chairs and your whole family to relax and play under the shadow of Birmingham’s favorite cast iron statue, Vulcan! 3 p.m. Vulcan Park and Museum. Admission: $15 for adults, $7.50 for Vulcan members and free for children 12 and under. More information:

10/21 – The Midtown Men. 7:30 p.m. Samford Wright Center. Admission: $27- $55. More information: or 726-2853.

10/28 – Alabama Symphony Orchestra SuperPops: Audra McDonald. 7 p.m. Samford Wright Center. Admission: $14- $70. More information: www.samford. edu/wrightcenter or 726-2853.

book club meeting to discuss The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall. You may order the book at a 20% discount at 939-7766 and it will be delivered to One Nineteen for your convenience. Book club is free. For more information or to register, call 408-6550.

10/28-10/29 – Broadway in Birmingham: STOMP. 8 p.m. BJCC Concert Hall.

10/8- Fair Trade Market, shop beautiful and fairly traded gifts, housewares, accessories and

10/29 - Art in Avondale Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is to inspire children

other hand-crafted items from artisans and farmers living in developing regions. Most of the proceeds from the sales will go back to the artisans with a portion going to the local veterans program, Three Hots and a Cot. 9 a.m.- 2 -p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4887 Valleydale Road. More information:

10/8 - Western Cowboy Day, 9a.m. -Dark. Sunday, October 9th, 1p.m. - Dark. Old

Admission: $25-$55. to discover their talents through a wide variety of art-making lessons provided by local art teachers, artists and community volunteers. In case of rain, Art in Avondale Park will be held October 30. Admission is free.

10/30 - The Shelby County Arts Council and Wells Fargo Advisors hosts an Opening

p.m. to 6 p.m. for complimentary blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol Screenings. More information: visit .

Reception and Exhibit featuring Daniel Moore, voted 2005 Sports Artist of the Year at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meet the artist and enjoy a rare display of original paintings, watercolors and prints. Daniel Moore will sign prints and his book, “Iron Bowl Gold”, both of which are available for purchase during the reception. Admission: Free. More information: www.

10/21 - Living History Day at Old Baker Farm for grades 3-6. The farm is located

10/31 – Seussical The Musical by Classical Productions. 10 a.m. Samford Wright

Baker Farm, 1041 Farmingdale Road in Harpersville. More information: 6727209, email or visit

10/19 -The Health Mart Healthy Living Tour is coming to Gentry Pharmacy. from 3

at 1041 Farmingdale Road in Harpersville. More information: 672-7209, email or visit

10/22 - Hannah Home Run Away Race. 8 a.m. 8K, 9 a.mLate registration starts at 7 a.m. and is open until 7:50 the day of the race. Pre-registered packet pick up will be October 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fitness Desk. Admission: $25. Free for 5 and under. More information:

Center. More information: or 726-2853.

Wednesdays- Painting classes. 6:30 p.m. Bryant Art Gallery, 5361 Highway 280 South. More information: 408-4402.

Thursdays- Coffee and Canvas. 9:30 a.m. Bryant Art Gallery, 5361 Highway 280 South. More information: 408-4402.

10/22 - Dance Away at Hannah Home from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Not a runner? But want to support the Shelby County Hannah Home? This zumba class will be taught during the run. Admission: $25. Register at the Fitness Desk. More information:

10/22 - 10/23 - Annual Cotton Pickin’ Celebration at Old Baker Farm., 9 a.m.-5

p.m. dailyThe farm is located at 1041 Farmingdale Road in Harpersville. More information: 672-7209, or visit www.oldbakerfarm. com.

Weekdays - Old Baker Farm’s pumpkin patch is also open weekdays, 3 p.m.-Dark,

Saturdays, 9 a.m.-Dark, and Sundays, 1 p.m.-Dark. The farm is located at 1041 Farmingdale Road in Harpersville. More information: 672-7209, email web@ or visit

Save the Date 11/6 - Best in Show. It’s the annual fundraising event for Birmingham Boston Terrier

Rescue featuring silent and live auctions, food, cash bar, door prizes, dogs in haute couture, and great music. November 6, 4 p.m. to 7p.m. Tickets are $15. The event will be held at Bottletree Café ,3719 3rd Ave S. More information: 266-4625 or email Donna Farmer at

11/6 - Out of The Darkness Walk. Fundraising and awearness event for the Alabama

chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Heardmont Park. 1 p.m. registration. 2:30 p.m. walk. More information and registration: www.

Sports 10/21- Spain Park Homecoming game vs. Thompson, 7 p.m. 10/21 - Oak Mountain Homecoming vs. Vestavia, 7 p.m.. 10/21 - Chelsea Homecoming game vs. Moody, 7 p.m.

Special Events 10/1 – Fiesta Hispanic Culture Festival. Music and dance stage; arts, culture, and children’s activities; health and wellness information; multi-cultural food; and community villages, where event-goers can sample the various customs and traditions in Spanish-speaking countries. Regions Park, Hoover. More information:

10/5-8 – Take Two: A Ladies Consignment Event. Sizes range 0-16 with prices starting at $3. Vestavia City Center. More information: www. or

10/6-10/8 – Southern Women’s Show. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. BJCC Exhibition Hall. Admission: $9. More information:

10/13 – Cocktails in The Gardens. Enjoy “A Haunted Affair” with a caramel apple

martini as you listen to live music. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Admission: free for members and $15 for non-members.

10/29 - Golf tournament will be held on October 20, at Ballantrae Golf Course located in Pelham, AL. More information: or call 358-1011

Food 10/4- Pizza! Rebecca Touliatos, Executive Chef with Hoffman Media. Rebecca Touliatos will demystify pizza from crust to cheese so that you can make your favorite pizzas at home. 6:30-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake and Cook Co. Admission: $35. More information: 980-3661.

10/6- Italian Trattoria Cuisine with Mark LeslieMark’s latest book, Beyond the

Pasta Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family, will be available for purchase. 6:30-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake and Cook Co. Admission: $35. More information: 980-3661.

10/10- Healthy Cooking for your Dog, Vickie Harris, Paws 4 Health. Vickie’s

recipes are quick, easy, pet-tested and veterinarian approved. 6:30-9 p.m. Birmingham Bake and Cook Co. Admission: $35. More information: 980-3661.

10/12- Join Connie Meisinger in making gingerbread houses at Birmingham Bake

& Cook Co. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Space is limited. Admission: $60. More information: 980-3661.

10/13 - Springerle Cookie Class at Birmingham Bake & Cook Co. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Space is limited. Instructor Connie Meisinger focuses on springerle from making of the dough to techniques. Admission: $45. More information: 980-3661.

10/18 -- Autumn Soups and Sandwiches with Susan Green at Birmingham Bake & Co. . 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission: $35. More information: 980-3661.

10/20- Cooking date night with Scott Jones, former Executive Food Editor of

Southern Living at Birmingham Bake & Co from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Scott’s menu includes Pan con Tomate with back-eyed pea hummus, creole Couples only. Space is limited. Admission: $40. More information: 980-3661

10/30 - Sharpen knife skills, Part I - Beginner Level with Susan Green at Birmingham Bake & Co. from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Limited to 10. Admission: $35. More information: 980-3661.

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HEARDMONT PARK SENIOR CENTER CALENDAR NOTE: Please reserve meals in advance. Outings are limited to 12 people, so sign up early.

Center Manager: Theresa Green Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: 991-5742 Fax: 991-5657 Email: MONDAYS

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


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


9 a.m.- 12 p.m.- Bridge Club 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.- Rummikub 12 p.m.- Lunch


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


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

280 Living


October 2011

280 Live Music Listings

HOGANS Irish City Vineyard Arbor Place 5479 Highway 280, Suite 102 Pub & Grill 507 Cahaba Park Circle 995-0533

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


Every Friday Night live music, 7-10 p.m. on the patio. Inside, they have a wine tasting, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

CAFE FIRENZE 110 Inverness Plaza 980-1315

Call for this month’s music listings.


Restaurant and Cantina 3439 Colonnade Parkway 969-1411

Live music Wednesday and Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 – 10:30 p.m.

Village Tavern The Summit, Lower Level 970-1640

Every Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Artist Jeff Tyler performs. Fridays, 9 -11:30 p.m., Various live music.

5426 Highway 280 (205) 874-6361

10/1- Outshine 10/7- Ray Gun Administration 10/8- About Time 10/14- Negotiators 10/15- The Underground 10/21- Red Halo 10/22- Swag 10/28- Online 10/29- DJ Spooky Pants Wednesdays- Acoustic Music Thursdays- Matt Richie

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

Courtyard Oyster bar & grill 280

band and dj schedule 10/1-After the Crash / Heath Shoemaker 10/2-Heath Shoemaker 10/4-Erica and Eric duo 10/5-Matt Hill and Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes and David Koonce 10/6-Will and Bobby / Heath Shoemaker 10/7-Wasted Glory / Matt Hill band 10/8-Todd Simpson and the Mojo Child / Heath Shoemaker 10/9-Will and Bobby / Heath Shoemaker 10/11-Erica and Eric duo 10/12-Matt Hill and Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes and David Koonce 10/13-Heath Shoemaker 10/14-Atticus Avenue / SK5 10/15-Gentleman Zero / Heath Shoemaker 10/16-Heath Shoemaker 10/17-Dj KOP 10/18-Erica and Eric duo 10/19-Matt Hill and Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes and David Koonce 10/20-Will and Bobby / Heath Shoemaker 10/21-Ray Gun Adminstration / Matt Hill 10/22-4th & 1 / Heath Shoemaker 10/23-Heath Shoemaker / Spoonful 10/25-Erica and Eric duo 10/26-Matt Hill and Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes and David Koonce 10/27-Heath Shoemaker 10/28-M-80s / SK5 10/29-Erica and the Soulshine band / Heath Shoemaker 10/30-Heath Shoemaker Mondays- Dj KOP




Community Contributors Wanted 280 Living is looking for people in the area to contribute news and write stories. Email

Store Manager Needed

Gift Shop on 280 Full Time, Some Weekends, Must be creative & enjoy working with people, Self-motivator, Must have retail experience and be computer literate $20,000-$25,000 Send Resume to Store Manager 45 Hunters Trace Pelham, AL 25124


Opportunity for full time and part time associate. Full time: lady’s fashion sportswear & shoe buyer. eye for fashion essential, retail back ground helpful. Part time: 25-30 hours a week, sales associate. Apply rogers trading company, hwy 280, resource center parkway: send resume or application to No phone inquiries accepted

Top Professional Location! GREYSTONE CENTRE 5510 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL 35242 (Shelby County)

Premier Retail Shopping!

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October 2011


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