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Volume 1 | Issue 9 | December 2011

neighborly news & entertainment for Homewood

Cross country -pg 19

Brownies give back- pg 11

Homemade gift guide - pg 8

And an angel appeared to them Iconic star

Artist Thomas Andrew Findlay paints angels to give to strangers who are suffering during the holidays. Photo courtesy of Thomas Andrew Findlay.

By KATIE STEWART The letter said a former University of Alabama football player’s entire family got into a terrible car accident. Not everyone survived.

December Features Editor’s Note

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Mayor’s Minute

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City Council

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Pinwheel Press

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Lauren Denton

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Pianist Michael Dulin

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Business Spotlight

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Restaurant Showcase

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Sports

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School House

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Calendar of Events

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Homewood Happenings

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How do you even begin to cope with that as a father and husband, especially at Christmas time? Homewood artist Thomas Andrew Findlay doesn’t have an answer

when he receives a letter like this, but he does deliver an angelic ray of hope. “When I hear these stories, I just hope my angels can bring some light back into their lives,” he said. Starting five Christmases ago, Findlay has delivered angel paintings unannounced on strangers’ doorsteps. He wants people to know that they are loved, cared for and are continuously being thought about. By Thanksgiving around 100 letters arrive addressed to Findlay that nominate someone who is going through, or has experienced, tremendous hardship within the year to receive a painting. “The stories that are sent to me are so heart-wrenching,” Findlay said. “I’m just happy that the response is so great because then I am able to do something good for these people who are so deserving.” It was Jim Smith at the Art Alley in Homewood that first suggested Findlay paint angels after many efforts to get other galleries to display his western paintings. “I was literally a starving artist,” Findlay said. “I was going to Sam’s Club to eat the samples in order to save money and still eat. Smith was the one who gave me the shot. After he realized westerns weren’t working for me, he recommended

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By KATIE STEWART Frank Young, the owner of Sikes Children’s Shoes, has a front-row view of the star each year. “Ever since I opened up shop that star has been here,” Young said. “It just has become a part of my life during the

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Booksmith thrives in shaky times for print By MADOLINE MARKHAM Jake Reiss needs a ladder to reach books off his floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in his home. Not a single book is unsigned by its author. “I don’t do anything but read,” said Reiss, owner of the Alabama Booksmith. “Literally all I do is read.” He goes through about 225 books a year, scouring for the best for his First Editions Club, which has selected 11 Pulitzer Prize Winners and seven National Book Award winners since it started in 2005. The club was also ranked as having the greatest value of 12 other clubs in the country according to Bookthink.com. Reiss knows books and he knows the book business. In an age of eReaders and defunct bookstores, Alabama Booksmith, located on 19th Street in Homewood since 1999, is thriving in the business of the printed word. “Last year was our biggest year in sales, and this year we are up 30 percent,” Reiss said. “We could probably challenge any bookstore in America to per capita book value of a book on a shelf.” Riess, a former tailor by trade, hit on a niche in signed first editions that will typically increase in value. Signed first editions of The Help, for example, originally

Alabama Booksmith owner Jake Reiss with signed first edition books; these books grow in value as time goes on and have made his business increasingly profitable. Photo by Madoline Markham.

retailed at $24.95 but are now worth $1,000. Alabama Booksmith was also the first bookstore outside of her hometown of Atlanta to host author Kathryn Stockett for a signing. Unlike a movie or ebook, a printed book is lasting, Reiss said: “Book people understand how nice and comfy it feels to see that book on their shelf.” Reiss sees the role that ebooks play too; it’s just not one he ever sees taking the place of his store’s niche.

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“Many people read ebooks for easy transportation and then decide they want a first edition signed copy as a keepsake,” Reiss said. “You may not want to keep every book you read.” Alabama Booksmith also specializes in its expertise. “We are more like an adoption agency than a bookseller,” Reiss said, noting how they match books to a reader’s taste.

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Edgewood Elementary’s Turkey Trot: Mary Callen Darnell, Leland Young, Kate Gann, Claire McKibbin, Ellie Willcutt, Liza Jane Ponder, Maggie Sheffer and Lucy Sheffer. Photo courtesy of Paige Willcutt.

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With the publication of this edition, there are now officially 24 days remaining before Christmas. Wow! For most people, it’s a favorite time of year, and I include myself in that group. I love listening to continuous Christmas music on the radio, drinking peppermint mochas, shopping for just the right Christmas tree and seeing the festive decorations as I drive through Edgewood and downtown Homewood. I especially like the giant star that adorns the top of 18th Street. To me it is representative of what Homewood is really all about—tradition. If you are looking for ways to get in a festive mood, pick up a copy of Homewood artist Michael Dulin’s Christmas at Our House CD. You’ll find it filled with classic piano arrangements of your holiday favorites. Check out Michael’s story on page 12. Although I am not a big fan of shopping, I do love buying Christmas gifts for family and friends and seeing the joy on their faces when it comes time to open them. To me, giving is much more fun than receiving. However, the hardest part is deciding what to buy for each person to make it special. If you’re faced with that creative streak challenge, we have a multitude of talented people living right here in Homewood who just may be able to help. In a unique twist to our annual Holiday Gift Guide,

our Homemade Gift Guide will inspire you this season with your list. And, if you still need Christmas cards, you have until Dec. 7 to order from Homewood business owner Dawn Curtis at Pinwheel Press. You’ll find this unique entrepreneur’s story on page 10. It’s hard to believe we are wrapping up 2011, but as we do, it gives me an opportunity to thank you for being a part of our first year as readers of The Homewood Star. We have enjoyed bringing you news and community information and are excited about what is already on tap for 2012. If you have anything you would like to contribute next year, please email me at Ashley@thehomewoodstar.com. We live in an amazing community, filled with wonderful people who are our neighbors, who serve as volunteers, who teach and encourage us, who offer us the best in goods and services, who feed us, who protect and defend us, and who lead us. As you are counting your blessings during this season of joy, think of them— and as you do, remember the true reason for the season. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from The Homewood Star!

Best of Homewood nominations The Homewood Star will be holding a Best of Homewood 2012 competition. Nominations will be taken through Dec. 11, and voting will be held in January 2012. Look for more information in our January issue and online. To nominate a business for one of the categories below, visit www. thehomewoodstar.com or email ashley@ thehomewoodstar.com. You can also suggest categories in addition to these. • • • •

Best Coffee Shop Best Hamburger Best BBQ Best Pie

Staff’s favorite holiday movies “It’s a Wonderful Life is guaranteed to make me cry and fill me with warm, fuzzy holiday feelings.” – Madoline “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” -Keith

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Best Chicken Salad Best Wings Best Brunch Best Realtor/Realty Company Best Pediatrician Best Dentist Best Garden Shop Best Salon Best Dry Cleaners Best Meat and Three Best Place to Exercise Best Place for a Family Outing Best Happy Hour Best Place for Girl’s Night Out Best Place for Home Décor Best Place to Watch Sports

“These two movies have the best soundtracks ever: The Muppet Christmas Carol (“Tis the season to be jolly & joyous, fa la la”) and Love Actually (“I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes”)!! – Anna Cate “It’s a Wonderful Life. Every Christmas Eve my family starts a fire, and we watch it. You can’t help but smile when they play ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at the end!” -Katie

“We watch Christmas Vacation every holiday season, but I also love Love Actually!” - Lauren

“I love the ‘You’re gonna shoot your eye out’ scene from A Christmas Story, but Elf makes me happy every time I watch it!” – Ashley

“I love Home Alone! I know every line.” – Blake

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The months seem to get faster and faster as the holidays approach, and I trust you and your family are getting ready for all the events of the holiday season. I wanted to take just a moment to say how thankful I am to serve as your mayor and live in such a wonderful city. You have no idea how proud it makes me feel when I go to meetings across this city to represent Homewood. Other mayors always comment how fortunate we are here in Homewood, and I certainly have to agree with them. As a reminder, leaf season is in full swing, and it is more important now than ever to remember to please not place your leaves on the street. With each rain more and more leaves go into our sewer system and cause a great deal of problems for our city. Please place your leaves in bags or pile them at the edge of your yard so our friends in the Street and Sanitation Department can easily reach them. Our leaf schedule is posted on the city’s website along with hours of operation for the holidays ahead. For those of you who will be going out of town for the holidays, please know you may call the Homewood Police Department to let them know. Our officers will help monitor your home in your absence if you will call the non-emergency number and give them your name, address and the dates you will be absent. Chief Roberson and I started this a few months ago, and it has been a very successful program

thanks to the commitment by our Homewood Police Department’s efforts. I am so grateful we have men and women dedicated to keeping our community safe. Of course anything can still happen, but I feel much better knowing we have additional trained eyes watching over our property. That also reminds me to ask you to thank our police and fire departments. During a time when we are leaving or spending time with our families, our police officers and firemen are still here on the job spending the day away from their families to protect us. The only other reminder is to ask you to please shop locally in the City of Homewood whenever you have the opportunity. It keeps our Homewood businesses here and supports those who have invested in our community. Hopefully they will all be extending their hours of operation to accommodate those of you who would prefer shopping here when you get off work. Again, enjoy the holidays and I look forward to seeing you soon.

The Homewood Chamber will host its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Rosewood Hall in SOHO. State of Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey will be the featured speaker, introduced by Alabama State Representative Paul DeMarco. In 2002, Ivey became the first Republican-elected state treasurer since Reconstruction. She was re-elected in 2006 with the largest vote in a contested statewide race. In 2010, Ivey became the

second woman and the first Republican woman in Alabama history to be elected to the post of Lieutenant Governor. During the Annual Meeting, the 2012 Homewood Chamber officers will be installed, and the business of the year and member of the year will be announced. Entertainment will be provided by various Homewood school system choirs and bands. The cost is $20 per person. To register: www.homewoodchamber.org.

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protection and law enforcement functions when a meaningful and positive relationship has been developed with the community it serves,” Sergeant Greg Brundage said. “The CPA accomplishes this most effectively.” The program is an eight-week course that meets on Tuesdays, with an additional Saturday session. During the Saturday session, the students spend several hours at the Department’s Firearms Training Range, followed by a cookout. During the eight weeks, students participate in a tour of the Headquarters facility including the correctional facility, courtroom, magistrate’s offices and dispatch center. Other nights the students are introduced to every other aspect of the Department, including the Command Staff, Investigations Division, Crime Scene Investigations Unit and Tactical Team. The class runs eight Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. starting in mid January. Dinner is provided before each session. Call 332-6841 for more information or to register.


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Meet your City Council members Walter Jones – Ward 3 Place 2 Walter, tell us about yourself. How long have you been serving on our council and in what capacity? I am married to the former Sharon Hilyer and have three children: Emma Grace, a seventh grader at the middle school; Hill, a fifth grader at Edgewood; and Winston, who just turned 5 years old. I grew up in Scottsboro but have lived in Homewood my entire adult life. I am serving my third term on the City Council, having been first elected in 1996. During that time I have served as President Pro Tempore, Chair of the Special Issues Committee and on the Finance Committee. I have loved serving the people of Homewood in this capacity. As chairperson of the Special Issues Committee, tell us about the progress and status of adding Highway Menu Signs on Interstate 65 for the Oxmoor/ West Oxmoor Road Exit merchants. The process for adding the menu signs for the Lakeshore Drive both north and south-bound took over a year and was accomplished working through the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). I am happy to report that those menu signs are now up! ALDOT is now taking applications for merchants interested in displaying their company on the signs and will award the merchant the space based on which merchant is closest to the exit on a first come, first served basis. Merchants can submit their application for their logo to be installed on the signs to ALDOT. Interested merchants will need to contact Dennis Schwab at ALDOT at 205581-5713. Regarding the Oxmoor/West Oxmoor Road exits, the survey work has been completed, but it will take another six to nine months to seek final approval from ALDOT. We are excited about completing both of these projects, and I believe it will increase business within that corridor. What is the council doing presently to help the city address long range plans for sidewalks, bike trails, streets, connectors and greenways? I believe the City of Homewood was at the forefront of creating green space over 15 years ago. I served on the City Council in 1998 when we voted to build the original 7-mile greenway trail on Lakeshore Drive. It was a very difficult project because the Alabama Department of Transportation had never approved such a design. Once it was completed, it was clear the residents were very excited to have such an asset in the city. We are now looking to approve the second and third phase of the original trail, and our goal is to connect all trails throughout the city.

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Building sidewalks has been a top priority, and we have completed almost all sidewalks around schools through the “Safe Routes to Schools” program. In the new capital budget, we are allocating almost $1 million to further build and maintain sidewalks throughout our city to further connect neighborhoods, schools, parks and shopping areas such as the Edgewood Business District. We have already been voted the state’s most walkable city, and we want that trend to continue. Further, we have allotted funding and are working through the Regional Planning Commission to put together a city-wide, long-range plan for moving pedestrians, bicycles and cars through the city. What are a few of your favorite things about Homewood during the holidays? I have fond memories of Christmastime in Homewood going back to childhood. I remember as a child shopping in Homewood and seeing the star for the first time. Just seeing the star makes you realize the holiday season is actually upon us. One of my first Christmas cards I sent to constituents featured a view from downtown Homewood with the star in the background. The holidays are such an important time for the community. I enjoy the parade and participating in all my children’s activities during the holidays. It is great to see the neighborhoods that come together to have a Christmas tree in every yard. The holidays are truly a special time for Homewood and one that makes you appreciative that you live in such a caring community.

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Catching up with Paul DeMarco important aspect of the job, but there is much more work that takes place prior to legislative sessions. My primary focus is to stay abreast of issues important to my constituents and provide all possible assistance to them. I also work on issues that are of concern to citizens state-wide. For example, I work with many organizations and individuals in an effort to reduce cancer mortality rates in the state of Alabama.

By ASHLEY BERKERY I recently sat down at Hart & Soul in Edgewood to chat with Alabama State Representative Paul DeMarco about issues related to the state and to our city. DeMarco, a Homewood resident, grew up in Mountain Brook and graduated from Mountain Brook High School. After majoring in journalism at Auburn, he attended law school at the University of Alabama. He is a partner in the law firm Parsons, Lee, & Juliano and represents the 46th district in the state legislature. DeMarco lives in Edgewood with his wife, Jacqueline, a clinical psychologist. What current projects are you working on that effect Homewood? On an ongoing basis, I communicate with the Homewood mayor, city council and city manager to discuss local, state and city issues. I also communicate with Homewood City Schools superintendent Bill Cleveland regarding any education issues. I have recently worked to help Edgewood Elementary and Shades Cahaba Elementary secure grant money for a new playground and fitness circuit. In addition, I have assisted Hall-Kent with various projects. Our state has a high rate of childhood obesity, and projects such as this encourage children to spend time outdoors. I am also an active member of the Homewood Chamber of Commerce. You have lived in Birmingham your whole life. What do you love about it? Our parks and trails are one of the many things I love about our region, and a big reason why people want to live here. We are an outdoor community with lots of runners and cyclists, and this makes us stand out from other places. Homewood is a great running community. Whenever

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Your district stretches all the way from Cherokee Road in Mountain Brook through parts of Homewood, along Lakeshore Drive and extending into western Hoover, but you also represent parts of each city. Are there some things in common that you hear from your constituents when you speak with them? The common interest is education; one of the most important parts of a community is to have a thriving school system to educate the next generation. I work with great superintendents and school boards, which are some of the best in the state. During the session when education legislation comes up for debate, I always call my school superintendents and ask, “How will this affect our school system?” I am always conscious of how any legislation will affect the Homewood School System and would oppose any legislation that would impair our local school system’s ability to continue the great work being accomplished. How do you feel about the progress being made to reach a settlement on the Jefferson County sewer issue? The most important aspect of this issue is how it will impact the citizens. We have had years of corruption, fraud and mismanagement, and it would not be fair to put all of this debt on the backs of

the citizens. I am strongly opposed to the notion that there will be a non-user fee on septic tank users. We want a resolution to the issue now but not something that will drive citizens out of Jefferson County. The legislation I sponsored to create the position of county manager became law, and as of two months ago the county hired a manager. I think that is a piece of the puzzle to moving Jefferson County forward, and I am optimistic that we will be able to get this issue resolved. I also sponsored legislation to make county financing more transparent. The law requires public hearings before county bond deals are approved, and the documents must be open to the public. In private practice, you’re an attorney. What areas of law do you specialize in? How often are you actually in the office? I am one of nine partners in the firm of Parsons, Lee & Juliano, P.C. We specialize in civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout Alabama. My partners are great about working with me when I have to be out of the office for legislative matters, but I do spend a great deal of time in the office when not in session. I believe my partners share my belief that it is important for a state representative to be active in the community, and they realize I work extremely hard to do that in Homewood. I believe we should all do what we can to continually improve our community, no matter our role. In your rare “spare time,” what do you like to do? My wife and I both love to run and we try to participate in all local charity races. We also enjoy serving in our church and spending time with our families.

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disallows signage in an urbanized setting. Even though this policy is still in existence, due to relentless lobbying, signs were finally installed at Lakeshore. For beautification purposes, Homewood has a strict ordinance that doesn’t allow signs to be above a certain height or square-footage. The next option was the current logo signs. Each day thousands of automobiles travel the I-65 corridor between Oxmoor and Lakeshore. Due to this high density of traffic, the signs will hopefully cause increased revenue for the area as many of the restaurants, hotels and gas stations are not fully visible from the road. “The signs allow for more advertisement for the area,” Scott said. “These signs will generate more income for merchants in Wildwood. I think it is a fantastic thing, and a step in the right direction.”

Senior Center book project Homewood’s Senior Center is in full swing with their ongoing book project. Members have been submitting funny life stories and humorous anecdotes over the past months and are encouraged to continue submitting entries to Senior Center Director, Aimee Thornton. The following is an excerpt submitted by Senior Center member Leonora Fox, age 83. Secrets of Cooking After working in the fields, I had to help Momma cook the vegetables. Because I was so young and couldn’t handle the peeler with its blade, Momma would peel, and I would put them into the pot. When I was about 5 years old, I decided to bake cookies while Momma was gone to church. What a great surprise for her when she got home! I had helped her make cookies, so I confidently made up a batch and put them into the oven. I couldn’t tell time at 5 years old, but I could smell burning cookies. I hurried out with the smoking pan and threw the cookies over the fence at the edge of the yard so she wouldn’t know (Daddy knew, of course).

Senior Center member and life story contributor Leonora Fox.

Momma never said anything to me, but looking back I’m sure that when she came home she could smell the evidence.

Collegiate soccer showcase By TODD KEITH Just as the rest of the country can watch the NCAA Men’s College Cup from Region’s Park on ESPN, local soccer players, coaches, parents and fans can experience some of the best level of soccer available at the Collegiate Championship Junior Soccer Showcase tournament. The tournament is held at Homewood Soccer Club and Vestavia Soccer Club fields on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 -11 prior to the final NCAA games, the “Final Four” in collegiate soccer, later that afternoon.

Over the past few years, the showcase event has become more and more important for both prospective college players and the coaches and recruiters on hand to observe the matches. More than 200 college coaches are expected to be in attendance scouting the college stars of the future as U13-U16 boys teams compete. Tickets for the NCAA matches can be purchased by visiting NCAA.com/tickets or collegecupsoccer.com.

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After a two year approval and installment process, the Lakeshore Drive exit on I-65 has new logo signs that advertise restaurants, gas stations and other area attractions near the exit. “As of right now we have pioneered the logo signs for the Lakeshore exit,” Sam Scott, Homewood City Council member of Ward 1, said. “This is the first time in the history of Homewood, and it is a huge accomplishment.” Scott hopes these signs will be a successful start to adding more signage on the interstate in the future. “Before we add more signs, however, we need to show a history of successful merchant logo occupancy on the Lakeshore exit,” Scott said. “This was a tough issue to get passed, but hopefully it will show that this is good for the people and area of Homewood.” ALDOT has a policy that regulates and

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By KATIE STEWART The Homewood-based Greater Birmingham Humane Society will host the annual Auxiliary Community Awards Luncheon on Dec. 9 at The Club. This event is always a special time for family and friends to get together and celebrate the season. Guests enjoy lunch followed by a presentation of five awards to recipients that have made a difference in the Birmingham community, Alabama and

the lives of others. The awards will be given to a miracle dog, an activist, a veterinarian, a persistent teenager and the staff and volunteers of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. To hear their stories and be a part of their recognition, come out at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $35. For reservations call Martha George at 870-8507.

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For moms From nativity scenes and angels to funky owls and portraits, Liz Landgren art (starting at $20) is classic, cool and always one-of-a-kind. Contact Landgren at liz_landgren@yahoo.com or visit her blog, http://thisfunkyjunky.blogspot.com.

Personalized clothing and gifts from Designs by MuMu include waffle weave applique kitchen towels ($12) and kids appliqued tops ($25). To place an order, simply call Amy Strong at 205-999-2070 or email designsbymumu@gmail.com.

For kids For dads/outdoor enthusiasts The Waterproof Bible ($39.95), created by Homewood residents, is 100 percent waterproof material and will travel with you anywhere with no worries of wetting or smearing pages. Visit WaterproofBible.com or Lifeway Christian Stores for a copy or call 940-1124 to order.

For Homewood lovers Show your Homewood pride by sharing Hometees T-shirts this holiday season. Email hometees@ gmail.com to place an order or stop by Edgewood Creamery to pick up a shirt.

Icing on the Cookie make-your-own cookie kit ($15) comes with everything you need for your own cookie-decorating experience: six cookies, icing, decorations and pictures. Order at Icing on the Cookie, 2907 Central Avenue, Suite 101, 871-9852 or orders@ icingonthecookie.net.

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Trinity United Methodist The Children’s Choirs Christmas Concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 and 6 p.m. in the church’s main sanctuary. Choirs composed of 3-year-olds through fifth graders will perform along with the Children’s Handbell Choir. A string quartet and Orff instruments will accompany the choirs. The 60-member UAB Symphony Band presents a free concert of Christmas music on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 879-1737 or go to www.trinitybirmingham.com. First Baptist Church of Birmingham There is a Christmas musical “Light Looked Down” on Dec. 4 at 10:15 a.m. The congregation can come and celebrate the joy of Christmas through music. Make sure to come and get your seats early. Dawson Memorial Baptist A Christmas music show, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” takes place Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.

Dawson’s Children, grades first-sixth, and Dawson’s Students, grades seventhtwelfth, provide the music. Another musical performance is on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. “Keyboards and Carols” is performed by Dawson’s Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra. Guest-duo piano artists Stephen Nielson and Ovid Young will play two nine-foot grand pianos. The last holiday event at Dawson is “Candlelight at Dawson.” This Christmas tradition includes the processional lights, a mass choir of 300 voices singing traditional Christmas music, congregational carols and the lighting of 1500 candles. The service is on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. For more information, call 879-1758. Shades Valley Lutheran Advent Lessons and Carols will be held Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Their Christmas pageant will be Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. For more information on either event, call 871-3512. What events does your church have planned? Email Ashley@thehomewoodstar.com your event information to run in future issues.

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holidays in Homewood.” Don Stewart, owner of DS Art, even created an ornament of the Homewood star to honor it. “The Homewood Star Christmas ornament is the only ornament that is completely sold out,” Stewart said. “It is a direct illustration of the star that hangs downtown each holiday season.” Douglass W. McConnell welded the star over 60 years ago and donated it to the city of Homewood. He made the star in the shop of McConnell Sales & Engineering. Accordingly, McConnell’s family was honored by Mayor Scott McBrayer as a

part of the star’s Nov. 28 rededication ceremony. The Homewood Chamber of Commerce held the ceremony to share with the community the history and tradition of the star and the McConnell family. “The star has always been a patriotic sign of the community,” said Tricia Ford, director of the Homewood Chamber of Commerce. “It has simply become synonymous with our city.” “I think it was so great that the star was rededicated,” said Arthur McConnell, Douglass’ son. “It shows that it is still important to the community of Homewood.


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Nothing says “special” like hand-painted gifts from Do It Yourself Crafts pottery (ornaments start at $6, larger items vary). Choose from a huge variety of Christmas and Hanukkah items from ornaments and mugs to platters and decorations. Visit them at 1909 Oxmoor Road or call 8684346.

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Paper and parties: Pinwheel Press By ANNA CATE LITTLE When two former Southern Progress graphic designers come together to start a business, a creative enterprise is sure to emerge. In its second year of production, Pinwheel Press is delivering fresh, charming stationery and gifts to customers as far away as Australia and Asia. And it all began right here in Homewood. “We did a show in May that was a big success and another show in July in Trussville that was also a big success,” said Pinwheel Press Co-owner Dawn Curtis of Homewood. From calling cards, labels and notecards to invitations, banners and cupcake flags, Pinwheel Press knows two things very well: paper and parties. For the holiday season, the company offers 36 Christmas card designs as well as unique gifts such as kids’ laminated placemats. Also available are personalized sticky tags for gifts as well as a stationery gift pack that includes eight notecards, 24 enclosures and 24 labels (for $30). An October Open House gave the business a jump start on holiday orders, but more importantly, it gave customers a chance to “see and touch and feel the cards,” said Co-Owner Lauren Wade of Bluff Park. Curtis and Wade have designed more than 200 products, which are available on etsy.com and bigcartel.com. These sites were instantly successful. “We reach an audience that we never would have reached,” said Wade. “It helped us build a foundation,” Curtis said. When ordering, customers have plenty of color, font and wording options. Or, for a meager $20 fee, Pinwheel Press will design a completely unique invitation or stationery piece, which is very popular for birthday parties.

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hope to expand their offerings in the future. Higher quality papers, possible water color designs, an e-commerce website and more shows in Birmingham and beyond are all possibilities. And with all those orders pouring in, they both agree that it’s nice to have each other to fall back on. As two savvy ladies who love the design process, it’s no wonder they chose a pinwheel for their logo. “Pinwheels are just crafty,” said Curtis, “like us.” Pinwheel Press will be taking Christmas orders through December 7. For more information or to order, visit www.thepinwheelpress.etsy.com or email pinwheelpress@gmail.com.

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When Michael Dulin and his wife, Jan, the assistant principal at Edgewood Elementary, were vacationing in Highlands, N.C., in 2003, he experienced an “aha” moment. The Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern graduate had attended the Juilliard School and studied with master teacher and concert pianist Adele Marcus. He had co-owned and operated PolyMusic Studios in downtown Homewood. But he had never recorded solo piano music. “It seemed that every shop we went in to had soft solo piano music playing in the background,” he said. “When we got to the checkout line, the ‘Now Playing’ CD was there for sale.” I’m a partner in a recording studio, he said to himself, I can do this. So he went home and wrote enough original music to record his first CD. It was successful enough that he recorded and released three more CDs of original music – a CD of Christmas music, two classical CDs with his arrangements, and a CD of George Gershwin music. The classically trained pianist composes original solo piano music that transcends borders and language to reach audiences around the world. Thanks to the Internet and modern technology, people in Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and other countries around the world as well as here in America can tune in with their computers, phones, and other devices to listen to his music. “The internet has created a marvelous way for someone who is an independent composer to reach people all around the world,” Dulin said. And each time one of his songs plays anywhere in the world, he gets paid a royalty.

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Christmas Babies When December rolls around, some people are filled with anticipation and excitement not only for Christmas but also for their birthday celebration. Homewood resident Noel Graham and Homewood YMCA lifeguard Dion Lee celebrate their birthdays on Christmas Eve. Fifth grade Hall Kent student Tucker Brant is a Christmas baby, celebrating his birthday on the 25th. They graciously shared their stories with The Homewood Star. Noel Graham My mom’s original due date was New Year’s. Both of my older brothers arrived late, so my parents were telling everyone it would be past the New Year before I arrived! However, my mother started feeling bad at a party on the 23rd, and I arrived at 5 p.m. on the 24th. My birthday is always a separate celebration! My parents were so wonderful and said everyone in the family deserves their own day to celebrate. It was never tied in to Christmas in any way. I always had a delicious homemade birthday cake and birthday presents (not wrapped in Christmas paper!). As a child I didn’t particularly like my birthday so close to Christmas; however, when I went to college, I became grateful for that holiday birthday because I realized I would be home with my family to celebrate. Then when my daughters were off at college, I looked forward to them being home for the holidays so they could join in my birthday celebration. One year that is the most memorable was my 17th birthday. My grandparents were coming from Detroit on the 26th for a late Christmas celebration, or so my parents told my brothers and me. However, after going out for a birthday dinner on the 24th, they said we had to go by the airport to pick up a special present. I was filled with anticipation on what could be so big and wonderful that it would arrive by plane for my birthday! Here came my grandparents walking down the concourse from Michigan. I consider that the best birthday present I ever received.

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Christmas Camp 2011

Site: Homewood Community Center Ages: 5 – 12 years old Camp Dates: Dec. 21st – 23rd; Dec 26th – 30th Camp Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm Registration Information Registration: Open to first 70 registered campers (or) Friday, December 16th Where to register: Homewood Community Center Main Office (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm) Costs: $100 Homewood Residents / $200 NonResidents Info: Christmas Camp will consist of field trips, games, sports, arts and crafts and more! For more information contact Rusty Holley at 332-6705 or rusty.holley@homewoodal.org

Zumba

ZUMBA is the new craze sweeping America! It is Latin inspired aerobic dance and every class feels like a party. ZUMBA is for all ages, and both sexes! You can burn 500 to 1000 calories in one fun hour! Homewood Community Center now has two instructors offering classes: Instructor: Camille Scruggs Contact Info: 256-452-2500 or camillescruggs@gmail. com Days & Times: Homewood Community Center Auditorium Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm Thursday 5:30-6:30pm Saturday 9:00-10:00am

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Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Homewood Community Center from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Auditorium. Monthly tuition is $55 $65. Classes are for children and teenagers ages 4 and up. For more information please contact Master Joe at 966-4244

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Kid’s Class: Cost: $20 per month (4-5 classes per month). Class offerings: Tuesday afternoons, 3:30 - 4:15pm. Adult’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 8:00 9:00am. Cost: $20 unlimited class times per month or $5 dropins; your first class is FREE. For more information please email Kelly Creel at trinityk73@hotmail.com or call 529-9360

Belly Dancing with Aziza

Homewood Community Center Auditorium Class fee: $60 cash only For more information contact Aziza at 879-0701 or azizaofbirmingham@att.net Learn the ancient art of Middle Eastern belly dance (classic Egyptian style) with Aziza, award winning dancer, with 36 years of experience in performance and instruction. Women only, ages 13 and up are welcomed in class with no dance experience necessary to enroll. Each session is 5-weeks long on Tuesday night for beginners, Wednesday night for intermediates and Thursday night for advanced. Times are 7:00-8:30pm for beginners and 7:00-8:45pm for intermediates and advanced. Beginners start with the basic steps, isolations and shimmies and progress to the intermediate class where you will learn to put the dance together with more advanced steps and combinations plus dancing with the veil; advanced classes include performing with zills, cane, veil with more advanced and longer performances. The classes are for anyone who wants to dance for fun and fitness, as well as those who wish to perform. Aziza has trained dancers to perform for many events in the Southeastern area in addition to dancers who perform regularly at Ali Baba Persian Restaurant in Hoover. www.azizaofbirmingham.com

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Burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective, 60-minute total body workout. Choreographed to today’s hottest music, Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, hip-hop, and kickboxing. All ages, levels and sizes welcome. Go to jazzercise.com for class information or call 1-800-FIT-IS-IT. Call your Homewood class owner, Leisa Crossley at 205-481-0895 for class days and times.

Community Centers Hours of Operation and Membership Information Homewood Community Center Monday – Friday: 5:30am – 9:00pm Saturday: 8:00am – 9:00pm (Weight Room closes at 6:00 pm) Sunday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm Important Telephone Numbers Gym Office: (205) 332-6707 Weight Room: (205) 332-6708 Lee Community Center Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 9:00pm Sunday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm Important Telephone Numbers Information: (205) 322-6191

Homewood Senior Center Monday – Thursday: 6:30am – 9:00pm Friday: 6:30am – 10:00pm Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00pm Sunday: Center Closed Important Telephone Numbers Front Desk: (205) 332-6500

Homewood Soccer Club is dedicated to creating a balanced youth soccer program for residents of Homewood and is also open to others with payment of a non-resident fee. There are three levels of play in the soccer program: The Patriot Teams: Player’s ages 3 to 7. Teams are established in three age groups, U-4, U-6 and U-8. It is intramural so all activities take place at Homewood Soccer Park. Introduces basic soccer skills and focuses on learning “The Joy of the Game”. The Red Teams: Recreational teams ages 8 and older that offer players the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game in a reduced competitive environment while improving his/her soccer skills. The Blue Teams: are Select (Try out) teams that play at a competitive level. Blue teams are available starting at U-11 up to U-18. Detail information about all three levels of play, including deadlines, fees and Club philosophy is available on our web site at www.homewoodsoccer.com, or call David Putman, Soccer Director, at 979-8974

Homewood Patriot Youth Baseball League

HPYBL is a youth recreational baseball league for the citizens of Homewood, as well as, surrounding communities. Please visit our website for more information about the upcoming Spring Season: www.homewoodyouthbaseball.com

Homewood Youth Lacrosse Ages: U9 – High School Age Program offered for boys and girls Registration is through the Greater Birmingham Lacrosse Association Registration ends in early January For more details please go to www.GBYLA.org Homewood Contact: David Jefferson 205-211-8934.

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One of my oldest and dearest friends, Alabama native Christy Carlisle is a head designer for Kay Unger in New York City. She shared with me her expert holiday fashion tips, which inspired me to look around Homewood for sparkles and fur. What are the hot trends this holiday season? The most important emerging trends for us this holiday season are sleeves and sparkles. The sleeve has never been so sexy and young, whether full, blouson, 3/4 length, cold shoulder, or long and split, the extra coverage allows you to take a chance on a slightly shorter hemline or maybe a lower neckline. Sparkles will be easy to stand out at your holiday parties this year with lots of sequins and beads to choose from. What is the one winter must-have we should splurge on for our holiday parties? Fur, fur, fur! Faux or real, allover or trim, natural color or in jewel tone color.

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Are there any trends from last season we can expect to reappear? I think that three trends showed up in spring that will carry into fall & holiday: white, lace and easy shapes. White reemerges as the dominant “neutral” of the season showing up in frosty shades as winter white and pearl. The Chantilly’s and cotton laces of spring get glazed, foiled and sequined for fall. With contrast linings we used lace on jackets and skirts as well as dresses. Comfort continues from spring with easy shape blousons, sheaths, and draping galore. Are there any unexpected colors to look for? The holiday red of this year is any shade of your favorite red wine. Merlot, burgundy, and cabernet are the shades of the season! Although the wine variation of red can be a little expected this time of year, keep your eye out for Jade. The pop color of green complements the wines and winter whites so beautifully.

Christmas tree fire safety By RUSTY McCOMBS As the holiday season approaches, Fire Chief John Bresnan is urging citizens who display live Christmas trees to keep fire safety in mind. “Although the occurrence of Christmas tree related fires is low, the fires that do result from over-dried trees are extremely fast moving and can cause an entire room to be engulfed in flames in less than a minute,” Bresnan said. The moisture content of a cut Christmas tree is directly related to the fire hazard presented by the tree. Daily watering of the tree to maintain green, pliable needles that do not fall off when shaken greatly reduces the chance that a tree can be accidentally ignited. Homewood Fire suggests the following safety guidelines: • Select a fresh tree (needles should not fall off when touched).

• After purchase, cut the trunk back 2 inches to allow water to be freely absorbed by the tree. • Water the tree daily; central heat systems can rapidly dehydrate a tree. • Keep the tree at least 4 feet from heat sources. • Use only indoor listed UL approved lights. • Do not use damaged lights. • No more than three strands of lights should be connected together. • Do not use candles as the tree lighting. • Turn the tree lights off when you are sleeping or are away from home.

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CONTINUED from page 1 Everyone on staff is a compulsive reader, but each has his or her own unique interests of genres and authors. “Someone on the staff has read most any book someone wants to know about,” Reiss said. Two walls in the store are covered with signed photos of authors who have held signings and readings there: Condeleeza Rice, Philip Roth, Anne Rice, Christopher Hitchens, Geraldine Brooks, Sue Grafton, Charles Frazier, Tom Brockaw, to name a few. Some of Reiss’ favorites are Khaled Housseini, Jimmy Carter, Fannie Flagg and Pat Conroy. A signing for Pat Conroy’s South of Broad drew fans from 15 states. The store was one of six American tour stops for The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.

Earlier this year, the Booksmith hosted world premier of a documentary on bestselling author and Alabama native Rick Bragg; DVDs now available at the store The signings started small with Don Keith in 1995 when the store was still located in Highlands. As the store held more signings, the crowds grew. Reiss became more aggressive and went to New York City to introduce himself to publishers. Today he considers his Homewood store on par with bookstores in New York City or Chicago. Visit Alabama Booksmith at 2626 19th Place South. For more information on the store, its events and First Editions Club, visit www. alabamabooksmith.com, call 870-4242 or email booksmith@mindspring.com.

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At Wallace-Burke in SOHO, funky, modern, colorful glass sits above a circa 1850 tea caddy or a circa 1820 Chamberlain oval platter. In the front of the store are safari animal-covered vases handmade in Africa and Christmas trees and dogs made from recycled paper. Surrounding the jewelry showcases are a second century A.D. candlestick, silver serving pieces and jade boxes. There are also angels, crosses and signature garden lady sculptures made from Alabama clay by Birmingham artist LeaAnne Berryhill. Every part of the store has a story to tell, and it’s all hand selected by longtime Birmingham jeweler David Hezlep. A specialist in resourcing, Hezlep can find any artifact, antique or collector’s item someone calls asking for. “Our customers are really just our friends,” said Preston Foy, Hezlep’s business partner. “We get to know them and what they like, and we’ll call them when we find something we think they will like.” Each time you walk in the store you’ll find either Hezlep, Foy or sales associate Shannon Neil—no one else—to assist your shopping. They know that jewelry is not about the diamond itself as much as the thought behind it. In the store’s showcases you’ll find classic jewelry looks among one-of-akind pieces like a stingray bangle with a jewel design or a burnt orange diamond custom cuff. Hezlep and Foy like to buy estate jewelry (but not off the street) to use as raw materials for new creations. They

The team at Wallace Burke: David Hezlep, Preston Foy and Shannon Neil. Photo courtesy of Wesley Calhoun.

design each piece themselves and then subcontract out the handiwork, cherry picking a jeweler—many of them “mom and pop” businesses— according to their talents for each step of the process. “And it’s still priced extremely well,” Foy said. In a market flooded with jewelry retailers, Wallace-Burke emphasizes their quality. “You see jewelry branded in advertisements that is very pretty,” Foy said, “but there is a portion of it that isn’t built well enough to last for the next generation. We offer jewelry for the same price that your daughter will be able to wear one day.” Wallace-Burke formed when, after 36 years working for a Birmingham retailer, Hezlep decided to start his own business and enlisted the partnership of longtime friend and Fairhope native Foy, who had

been a national representative for DeBeer’s. The new venture, opened in 2007, allowed Hezlep to capitalize on his talents, to hand pick everything in the store, try new things and think outside the box. Together the two have 72 years experience in the business and have logged thousands of miles traveling all over the planet in jewelry-related endeavors. The store’s name came from the partners’ middle names. They found a spot in SOHO where Hezlep envisioned the interior’s layout, design and homey feel complete with a TV for sports watching, living-room-like area and bar. They had known they wanted to be in Homewood close to the clientele that Hezlep had built previously but where they also could still grow their customer base. “We had a vision to do jewelry and giftware in a different fashion than the rest of Birmingham,” Hezlep said.

Just like in the day-to-day running of the store, the two were hands-on during construction, arriving at the site at 6 a.m. every morning. Together they restained 70-year-old showcases themselves from A&A Ash Jewelers after it closed downtown. As we were interviewing Foy for this story in mid-November, Hezlep was recovering from an accident. The phone calls flooding in asking about him (he will be back at work in the store by December when the paper prints) testify that relationships are truly the center of Wallace-Burke. “David has such a loyal friendship base,” Foy said. “He has done so many personal things for people, but he does it quietly.”

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dodiyos.com Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Walking in to DoDiYos, you can’t help but feel like a part of the family. The smells wafting from the kitchen are reminiscent of scents from your own home cooking. Sitting down at your table, it’s impossible not to realize the legacy of the Greek families behind the restaurant. “Their recipes are still cooked in this kitchen,” said Connie Kanakis, one partner of DoDiYos. “We wanted to honor them and their generations of taste. What better way to do that then naming the restaurant after them?” Three items on the Mediterranean menu in particular memorialize the family of partner George Sarris. Sarris’ mother, whose name translates to Dorothy in English, is the “Do” of the restaurant name. She was famous for her chicken with orzo made with onions, garlic, olive oil and tomatoes, as well as some herbs. The dish is still made the same way at the restaurant. The “Di” part of the restaurant comes from Sarris’ father’s nickname, Dinos. His potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper and onions can be found on the menu made with his recipe. The “Yos” part of the restaurant is from Sarris’ grandfather, Yorgos. He made his Greek salad with cucumbers, onions, salt and paper, dried oregano and a drizzle of olive oil. Today any guest of DoDiYos can taste his culinary legacy in this salad. Kanakis’ culinary creations can be found in some of the dinner items as well. DoDiYos specialty Connie Kanakis’

Connie Kanakis, who co-owns DoDiYos with George Sarris, in front of the restaurant’s 45-seat bar. Photo by Katie Stewart.

Snapper is an explosion of flavor with its lemon sauce, herbs and Parmesan breadcrumbs. “All I can say is that the food here is out of this world,” Kanakis said. “Our meals, tapas and cocktails have a certain quality like no other.” Guests can enjoy the tapas menu at the wrap-around bar, where Happy Hour is served from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. every day, only

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Kanakis said. “The beauty of our restaurant is hard to come by these days. It’s just a gorgeous place with many interesting aspects to catch the diner’s eye.” Whether you are enjoying their delicious, tender lamb with your family, or sipping on their famous Lemon-Basil Martini at the bar with friends, DoDiYos is a place to reconnect with loved ones, past, present and future.

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Homewood Sports

HMS Cross Country finishes season with success

The HMS girls cross country team placed third at the Metro South Championship.

The HMS boys cross country team placed third at the Jesse Owens Classic.

HMS Cross Country finished one of best finish ever for the HMS Boys at this their most successful seasons ever, with meet, and the girls were awarded fourth both girls’ and boys’ teams placing third out of 24 two years in a row. overall at the Metro-South Championships Throughout the season, the boys were led by five talented returning eighth in Hoover. The season started and finished with graders Hunter Poole, Andy Smith, Fulton individual medals and team trophies at Williams, Davis Platt and Tucker Wilson. each meet. HMS took first place at the Each earned All-Metro honors. Oak Mountain Invitational in the girls’ “These boys really made the jump to race and second place for both teams at the next level this season because of their the Homewood Hill Hustle and Spain Park dedication to each other and to working Invitational, as well as a repeat showing hard,” Head Coach Eric Swope said. as overall champions at the Kudzu Hills Assistant Coach Deanna ‘Swopette’ Invitational. At the state’s largest junior Swope said they also had the most talented high regional race, the Jesse Owens Classic, group of seventh grade boys they had ever BMC_DEC_hello-10x7.5.pdf 1 11/18/11 2:46 PM the boys placed third out of 27 teams, the seen come through the program.

The girls were led by 7th grade standouts Ann Mosely Whitsett and Mary Catherine Smith, returning eighth graders Mary Virginia Spencer and Virginia Givhan, and other top finishers Camille Smith, Caroline Smith and Peyton Ross. Whitsett, Spencer and Givhan all received All-Metro honors “The girls trained and performed well all season, including an outstanding finish at the Metro-South Championship,” said Assistant Coach Susie Ankenbrandt. “We are all excited about the success and the future of both Cross Country teams at HMS.”

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The women’s and men’s Homewood High School cross country teams placed third at the Sectionals meet on Nov. 3. The girls were 12 points behind Hewitt, who placed second, and the boys squeaked into

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HCS Red Ribbon Week Homewood City Schools’ students celebrated Red Ribbon Week to stress prevention of substance abuse. Each school hosted theme days to teach about drug and alcohol prevention. Homewood Middle School students and faculty wore red for the week. Shades Cahaba Elementary School students dressed like the rest of their class, a friend, or even a sibling to demonstrate that we are not alone in making good

choices. “Let’s say No to drugs together,” was their theme for the day. Hall-Kent Elementary School hung up red ribbons and banners around the school to remind students how they can stay drug and alcohol free. The students all wore red ribbons to show their support for each other. Edgewood Elementary collected dog treats and toys for the Humane Society to show that “these paws don’t touch drugs.”

Brenda and Mike Rhody enjoy Grandpal’s Day with their granddaughter.

Hall-Kent Fall Festival a success

Students in Rebecca Smith’s class at Shades Cahaba class wore matching bandanas and shirts to show they make good choices.

Children—some dressed in costume— wait in line for one of the many fun rides at Hall-Kent’s Fall Festival. Students even enjoyed dressing up for the costume contest.

Hall-Kent Elementary School’s 77th Annual Fall Festival was a huge success thanks to all of the teachers, parents, and community volunteers who helped to

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Homewood Events 12/1 – Homewood Christmas Parade. The prime spot to view the Parade is the Plaza at City Hall! Once the end of the parade passes by City Hall Plaza; Santa will help light the Christmas Tree then be available for photos, sponsored by Let’s Get Organized! 6:30 p.m. It starts at the Homewood Library. More information: Rusty Holley, 332-6705. 12/4 – Light Looked Down Christmas musical. Come enjoy the spirit of Christmas through music. 10:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Birmingham. More information: 870-3888. 12/4- “Love Came Down at Christmas.” Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. 6 p.m. More information: 879-1758. 12/4 – Advent Lessons and Carols. 10:30 a.m. Shades Valley Lutheran Church. More information: 871-3512. 12/4- Children’s Choirs Christmas Concert. Trinity United Methodist Church. 4:30 and 6 p.m. More information: 879-1737 or go to www.trinitybirmingham.com 12/5- Primetime Organization’s Annual Christmas Party 2011. Entertainment by Jerry and his Dog Blu. Catered by Demetri’s. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Homewood Senior Center. Register by calling 322-6500.

Calender of Events Shoppers can enjoy famous cranberry margaritas and shop, then pull their savings amount from a tie-dye stocking to say 20-50 percent off their entire purchase. 5-9 p.m. a.k.a Girl Stuff. More information: 802-7735. 12/8 – Christmas Home Tour presented by Legacy League, an Auxiliary of Samford University. The tour will feature four homes in Mountain Brook, Homewood and Vestavia Hills and will benefit the Samford University Legacy Scholarship. Light refreshments will be served at the President’s home. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Admission: $15 in advance or $20 at the first home visited. For tickets go to www.samford.edu/legacyleague. For more information, call 726-2247. 12/11- “Keyboards and Carols” featuring guest-duo piano artists Stephen Nielson and Ovid Young. Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. 6 p.m. More information: 879-1758. 12/11 – Parent Present Event. Bring in your kids and let them make a surprise Christmas gift for you. Children can choose from different kinds of crafts at varying costs. 10 a.m.- noon. Do-It-Yourself Crafts. Cost: Varies by item and length of time spent at store. More information: 868-4346.

12/6- Christmas music concert featuring UAB Symphony Band. Trinity United Methodist Church. 1 p.m. More information: 879-1737 or go to www.trinitybirmingham. com.

12/13 – Homewood Chamber annual meeting and luncheon. State of Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey will be the featured speaker with Alabama State Representative Paul DeMarco in charge of introductions. 11:30 a.m. Rosewood Hall. Admission: $20. To register: www. homewoodchamber.org.

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Special Events 12/4 - Southern Tales: Songs, Stories and Sing-A-Longs. Come enjoy a jolly collection of stories, songs and sing-a-longs to warm the heart and welcome the Holiday season. 2-4 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Admission: $20. More information: Phyllis Sutton, 414-3958 or psutton@bbgardens. org. 12/6 – UAB Symphony Band Christmas Concert. 1 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. Admission: free. More information: Scott Robertson, 879-1737 or Bill Hutto, 871-1416. 12/11 – Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources Holiday Home Tour. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Located throughout Oneonta. Admission: $20 and may be purchased at each location. More

information: www.blountoneontachamber. org. 12/17 – Winter Evergreen Explorers. Join us in meeting sticky spruce and friendly firs as we search The Gardens for interesting evergreens. Play games with the pinecones from these trees and enjoy listening to a playlet about Carol cone. Create a miniature evergreen tree and decorate it to carry home some joyful holiday cheer. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Admission: members-$20, nonmembers-$25. More information: www. bbgardens.org.

Music and Arts 12/1 – Hanging of the Green at Samford University. 6 p.m. Reid Chapel. Admission: free of charge and open to the public. More information, call 726-4197. 12/1 – Annual Holiday Art Show Charity Benefit. Fifty local artists of the Mountain Brook Art Association will display for sale original paintings. Portion of sales will benefit Magic Moments, a charity that grants wishes to local children with lifethreatening illnesses. Refreshments by Kathy G and a cash wine bar. 4-8 p.m. Park Lane in English Village. 2117 Cahaba Road. More information call Janet Sanders, 9146149. 12/1 – 12/3 - White Christmas. 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Samford University Wright Center. Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors: $9 and Students/Children: $6. More information: www.samford.edu/ wrightcenter. 12/2 – Artist Christmas Display. Artists will be displaying their Christmas ornaments and other festive pieces. Attendees can shop and meet their favorite

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Calender of Events artists. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 5:30-8 p.m. Four Seasons Gallery. More information, call 803-4059. 12/2 – 12/4 – Cirque Dreams Holidaze. The performance will light up the 2011 holiday season when it transforms the stage into a wonderland of fantasy and disbelief. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. BJCC Concert Hall. Admission $25-$65. For more information: www.bjcc.org. 12/3 – Twas the Night Before Christmas. 10 a.m. BJCC. Admission: $8-$12. More information: www.bjcc.org. 12/6 – David Architects Guest Artists Series will present a concert by Boston Brass at Samford University. This event will include classical and Christmas music, a performance by the University Wind Ensemble and a premiere by composer Sarana Chou. 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for 55+ and $10 for students and children. Purchase tickets online at arts.samford.edu or call 726-2853. 12/8 – Christmas Band Concert sponsored by Patty McDonald. 7:30 p.m. Samford University’s Brock Recital Hall. Admission: free. More information, call 726-4197. 12/9-11; 12/16-18 – Alabama Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Alabama Ballet is one of only six companies in the world, and the only one in the Southeast licensed by the Balanchine Trust to perform this one-of-a-kind American treasure. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Samford University Wright Center. Admission: $20$55. More information: www.samford. edu/wrightcenter.

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Sports 12/1 – Samford men’s basketball v. Western Carolina. Come out and support your Bulldogs! 7 p.m. Samford University. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children. More information: www.samfordsports.com. 12/5 – Samford men’s basketball v. UTSA. Come out and support your Bulldogs! 7 p.m. Samford University. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children. More information: www.samfordsports.com. 12/7 – Samford men’s basketball v. Mercer. Come out and support your Bulldogs! 7 p.m. 12/10 – Samford men’s basketball v. Lindsey Wilson. Come out and support your Bulldogs! 4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children. More information: www.samfordsports.com. 12/17 – Samford men’s basketball v. Spring Hill. Come out and support your Bulldogs! 4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children. More information: www. samfordsports.com.

Save the Date 1/7 – Red Nose Run. Come out and run 10 miles, a 5K or a one-mile fun run. Race day registration, 6 a.m. with races beginning at 7 a.m. Soho in Homewood. More information: www.rednoserun-bham.com.

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Homewood Happenings Blonde Salon to move locations Blonde Salon, currently located in Edgewood, is moving to downtown Homewood on Crescent Avenue. The salon will no longer be providing spa services, however they will have a stronger bridal focus. They will continue doing color

services and haircuts, as well. Their target move date is the first weekend in December and they are hoping to be up and running by Tuesday, Dec. 6. For more information, call 874-6154.

Lakeshore Pharmacy offers competitive prices Lakeshore Pharmacy is celebrating their 17th year of business in Homewood. They are a full-service pharmacy and offer free delivery to residents of Homewood. In addition Lakeshore Pharmacy also accepts all major insurance. Oftentimes they are less expensive

for people without insurance on a number of common medicines. They are located in the MedHelp building at the corner of Lakeshore and Greensprings and will fill prescriptions for any patient from any physician. For more information, call 9458081.

Hart & Soul to expand Hart & Soul will expand into Soho Sweets in the next couple of weeks. It will become a place for entertainment offering more food, wine, appetizers and live music. The expansion will open the café up further

and offer more room for customers. The expansion will be done in plenty of time to host Christmas parties. For more information call 871-4420.

Christmas with a.k.a Girl Stuff The 7th annual Secret Santa Party at a.k.a. Girl Stuff will take place Dec. 8 from 5-9 p.m. Shoppers will be able to enjoy famous cranberry margaritas, as well as shop. At the end of their shopping they

can pull their savings amount from a tiedye stocking to save 20-50% off their entire purchase. For more information call 802-7735.

Christmas with Do-It-Yourself Crafts Do-It-Yourself Crafts will offer a “parent present” craft day for children. Kids can come in Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and make their parents a Christmas gift. Cost will vary depending on how long

the kids stay and which craft they make. The gifts will be all wrapped up and ready to go under the Christmas tree once you come back to pick them up. For more information, call 868-4346.

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