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The Homewood Star | July 2011 |

neighborly news & entertainment for Homewood

Volume 1 | Issue 4 | July 2011

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A legacy of wins and life lessons By RICK WATSON Good coaches teach you how to win games, but great coaches teach you how to win at life. These words describe David Jones’ philosophy of coaching. He has coached in some capacity at Homewood High School since its first season in 1971. He’s had a hand in all six of Homewood’s state football championships, and after more than 40 years, he’s hanging up his whistle. Coach Jones said that through the years he’s learned that winning is fun but that there are other ways to measure success. “Seeing kids reach their unique potential is one of the most rewarding things there is,” he said. When Jones first started coaching, he read a book written by UCLA’s legendary coach John Wooden, They Call Me Coach. The book had a tremendous impact on Jones. “Coach Wooden said that you should never ask kids to do things they can’t do,” Jones said. “You have to focus on what they can do.” Like many young coaches, Jones once thought that 90 percent of the winning equation was coaching. But experience taught him there are three elements

July Features • Editor’s Note


• Mayor’s Minute


• City Council


• Tornado Relief


• Fourth of July


• Lauren Denton


• Porches and Patios


• Homewood Sports


• Business Spotlight


• Restaurant Showcase


• School House


• Calendar of Events


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Coach David Jones talks with Aaron Ernest, a wide receiver who graduated in May, at the 2010 season opener against Bessemer City. Photo courtesy of Nancy Jones.

required for success: talent, coaching and chemistry. “Coach Jones had a knack for teaching on the football field,” former HHS head football coach Bob Newton said. Thanks to Jones, David Hayes, HHS Class of 2008, said he will never forget that things are never as good as you think and never as bad as you fear. Jones taught his athletes to grow more through struggles than through successes. “We all had an opportunity to grow and to learn more than when we won,” he said. “When you lose, you start understanding character, perseverance and persistence. When kids get that, it is very rewarding.” Jones’ motto is, “Life’s not easy, life is just good.” Evan Mathis, who earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama and went on to play in the NFL, said that Coach Jones had a way of communicating that helped him gain confidence and excel in the sport of football. One of the things he tells kids is that athletics is not life. Athletics gives you an opportunity to learn valuable skills such as teamwork, perseverance, discipline and

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From the Holocaust to Homewood By RICK WATSON

On May 10, 1940, 10-year-old Max Herzel heard the rumbling sound of Nazi planes over his hometown of Antwerp, Belgium, and artillery shells exploding off in the distance. Herzel’s family – his father, Oscar, a diamond cutter, his mother, Nachama, a seamstress, and his older brother, Harry – fled their home country but were scattered in their efforts to escape the Holocaust. “The invasion by German troops of Belgium created a complete destruction of our peaceful family life,” said Herzel, a Homewood resident since 1972. “The war, besides destroying city blocks and killing a number of citizens, brought on many fears of the unknown.” Ever since that experience, Herzel has tried to spread the word against bigotry and hatred. “I think that my wartime experiences have made me a more tolerant individual,” said Herzel. “I have greater respect for other religions, people of other races and ethnicity.” He now is dedicated to taking his message to schools, churches, social groups and other organizations. The 1940 invasion of Belgium was only the beginning of the Herzel family ordeal. The attack caused an exodus of people seeking refuge in safer parts of Europe,

Belgium native Max Herzel survived the Holocaust. Photo by Keith McCoy.

and the Herzels headed toward southern France on a train. “The trip to France, which lasted seven days and nights, was the greatest nightmare I can remember,”

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Editor’s Note

Eight and under Homewood Baseball All Stars: Reed Harrison, Livon O’Neil, Finn Cassady, Hudson Wingo, Jacob Sitton, Alan Eisenhower and Max Heath. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Bugg Studinka.

Staff & Friends Contributing Writers Anna Cate Little | Barbara Jones | Lauren Denton Rick Watson | Blake Rhodes | Amanda E.H. Pritchard Alison Grizzle | Merrick Wilson | Mary Ellen Snell

Contributing Photographers Anna Cate Little | Rick Watson

Publisher Dan Starnes

Editor Ashley Berkery

Managing Editor Madoline Markham

Creative Director Keith McCoy

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Last month my family spent a lot of time out in Homewood enjoying all our community has to offer, particularly restaurants with great patios. I had the privilege of running into old friends while dining out; I ran into a parent of a friend from high school while shopping at Homewood Antiques & Marketplace; and I have even met some new friends this summer at the Homewood pool. Each of these people represents a different era of my life in Homewood. An era is defined as, “a period of time made distinctive by a significant development, feature, event or personality.” This month, The Homewood Star focuses on a distinctive personality that has been so important to a period in the life of Homewood. You’ll enjoy reading about Coach David Jones, who for 40 years has led generation after generation of Homewood Patriot football players to excellence on the gridiron – and in life. David has announced his retirement, and that means he’ll need to find a place to safely house those six, count ‘em 6, state championship rings. He’s a person of extraordinary talent and commitment. The Fourth of July is all too often a time of high risk for fire hazards, so who better than Homewood Firefighter Darrell Garrett to offer fire safety tips for your family. Enjoy this month’s line-up of news

stories and features, including an insider’s guide to keeping plants alive in the sweltering summer heat and the congratulatory article on the Homewood schools’ music education program. Who knew we were in the top 100 communities in the nation for music education? Now you do. Summer is the best time of year to be out and about in Homewood. Our community has much to offer, and we believe The Homewood Star has been a positive addition. That’s mainly due to you, our readers, and to our advertisers who make the paper possible. Each month we strive to provide you with relevant news, human interest stories, community events and information we believe you want to read. On page 18 you’ll find our July events calendar filled with fun things for you and your family. If you would like to include your events, please email me at with the dates, times and basic information. I am always happy to include your event. And, as always, if you have story ideas or feedback, please let us know. We are here to share your stories. Have a safe and happy July!

Staff picks to beat the summer heat Chill out with Only 8 frozen yogurt from Edgewood Creamery. -Alison Sip a strawberry limeade from Zoe’s. -Madoline Lie down in Shades Creek next to Lakeshore Greenway trail. -Dan Cool off with a dip under the Homewood pool’s mushroom. -Lauren Wake up to “It’s a rainy day” latte from Seattle’s Best Coffee. -Blake Drink sweet tea from McAlister’s.

Duck out of the heat and into the Homewood Library to cool off with a good book. -Mia Unwind with happy hours specials and wings on the covered patio at Wild Rock Grill. -Ashley Hang out with the cool folks at Fretted Instruments in Homewood, where there’s always downhome music in the air. -Rick Relax with the Blood Orange Margarita from Pinches Tacos. -Anna Cate


Meet our staff Mia Bass Mia Bass grew up in Homewood, graduated from Homewood High School in 2008 and is happy to be back for the summer. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama and will graduate in December 2011. Mia works as editor of the literary journal DewPoint and as copyeditor at The Crimson White in Tuscaloosa. Working for Alabama Heritage magazine and Slash Pine Press fostered her love for publishing, and she’ll always be a poet at heart. She enjoys cheering on the Tide and singing with the Trinity United Methodist Church choir. Mia can be reached at

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Mayor’s Minute School is out, and Homewood children everywhere are hopefully having a great summer. It is hard to believe that June is over. With that being said, I would like to remind everyone to please be safe while driving in Homewood and watch for children. Again, they are out playing and having a great time. Parents are out with their families walking to the park, going to the swimming pool, and walking through the neighborhoods. I have asked Police Chief Roberson to increase patrols in our neighborhoods and around our parks, and they will be stopping vehicles for speeding. So many residents enjoy our parks. There is a great deal of activity during the day and early evening hours so our police force will be out in full strength enforcing our laws and providing safety to our residents. The last thing we need is for someone speeding to hit one of our children while playing. So please, slow down and watch out for others. The other reminder is that our Fourth of July Event is approaching very quickly. As always, our downtown area will be closed early that day to set up for all the incredible activities planned for the children. The area at the top of 18th Street is a great place to congregate and watch the fireworks. I always have Ridout’s Valley Chapel Funeral Home open that entire day,

and restrooms are available for those in attendance. We will be giving away free soft drinks, water, and light snacks under our tent at the back of the funeral home. So everyone bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers and get ready for a great day! And lastly, when you have the opportunity to shop in Homewood, please do. The revenue we receive from items you purchase in Homewood is used to pay the salaries of our employees and operate our city. With all the layoffs in Jefferson County, it is more important now than ever to support our wonderful merchants right here in Homewood. So remember: no speeding, gather on 18th Street for the fireworks and buy in Homewood. Let’s all have a great summer and contact me (332-6103 or by e-mail at or my staff at your convenience if we can assist you in any way. With kindest regards I remain. Sincerely,

Scott McBrayer Mayor City of Homewood

Summer fire prevention

Homewood Police Department Awards Ceremony Homewood fire fighter Darrell Garrett. Photo by Mia Bass.

By MIA BASS As the fourth of July draws near Darrell Garrett, a fire fighter with Fire Station One, was kind enough to sit down and talk with The Homewood Star about fire prevention and safety. These men are passionate about their careers and are dedicated to ensuring safety to the Homewood community. We have outlined basic fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.

Sgt. Juan Rodriquez reecives Award of Merit from Chief Jim Roberson.Photo courtesy of Homewood Police Department.

On May 12, Homewood Police Department honored their team with an awards ceremony at Rosewood Hall in SOHO. The event was catered by Andy Virciglio of Piggly Wiggly and Dodiyo’s restaurant; Pastry Art Bake Shoppe provided dessert; entertainment was provided by The Jazz Combo Band from Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA); and florals were donated courtesy of Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market. Tactical Team, Unit Citation Awards were given to Sgt. Eric Hampton, Officer Steve Hensley, Officer Jon Newland, Officer Ted Springfield, Officer John Carr, Officer Justin Self, Officer Scott Easterwood, Officer Bryan Waid, Officer Walt Jones, Officer Kenneth Blackmon, Officer Jeffery

Lucas, Officer Jonathan Duty and Sgt. Greg Brundage. Other awards included: Officer Justin Self- Distinguished Service Award, Officer Ted Springfield - Lifesaving Award, Sgt. Juan Rodriquez - Award of Merit, Sgt. Cameron Beedle - Exemplary Service, Ms. Ashley Davis - Communications Specialist of the Year, Corrections Officer John Carter - Correctional Officer of the Year, Officer Marti Abernathy - Detective of the Year, Officer Michael Jackson - Officer of the Year, Sergeant Eric Hampton - Sergeant of the Year, Mr. Leon Reese -Support Staff of the Year, Officer Stephen Hensley - Tactical Officer of the Year and Officer Bob Lemsky - Special Operations Officer of the Year.

What are some of the most common causes of fires? Unattended candles and household appliances. The lint pileup in dryers and small plastic items can melt in dishwashers can cause residential fires. Unattended stoves put a house and a family at risk and in the colder winter months, space heaters and electric blankets are threats too. Additionally, barbeque grills sitting too close to structures may catch fire. Electric fires are common and are mainly caused by faulty electric work. All electric concerns within your home should be managed by a licensed electrician. Are there certain things every house should be equipped with? Other than smart prevention knowledge and an escape plan for you and your family, Garrett recommends keeping an ABC fire extinguisher on every level of your home. Smoke detectors should also be placed on every level and inside each bedroom.

What if you think you have a fire under control? You should still call 911 and ask for assistance to be safe. If you put the fire out yourself, you can call to cancel all the fire trucks from coming to you. The department will still send one truck to make sure things are okay. During the summer, what are your biggest concerns? Garrett explained that sometimes campfires aren’t put out entirely, and in dry months like July, brush fires start quickly. The same goes for fire pits in neighborhoods. He also said fireworks result in more injuries than causing fires, so special care should be taken with fireworks to avoid injuries. What should people know about fireworks heading into the fourth of July? City ordinances prohibit the sale or ownership of fireworks in Homewood City Limits. But if fireworks are in question, children should be watched very carefully, Garrett said. If a firework is lit and does not go off, it should be wet down immediately, not picked up or examined. Be sure to keep either a fire extinguisher or a water hose with fireworks at all times and make sure that you are not wearing loose clothing while lighting fireworks because it is more prone to catch fire.

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Meet your City Council members Patrick McClusky – Ward 3, Place 1

What are some issues facing your ward at the moment and what are your plans to tackle these issues? Right now, additional sidewalks are a big issue, and as I said, we are working to move those projects forward as quickly as possible. Other issues include neighborhood watch programs, small town meetings, etc. People want to be more aware of the progress within the city, and I think these are some great ways to help increase awareness. I will be working hard with my other Ward 3 representative to get these meetings set up and running. Hopefully we can do these on a frequent basis. How do you keep in communications with your constituents? Is social media a tool?

I believe that social media is really the quickest way to communicate with our residents. We have some great tools at our disposal as far as social media is concerned. I use for my social media outlet, and those folks do a tremendous job. There is always the Homewood City website, and you can now find all of the meeting agendas, meeting minutes and council contacts listed there. Still, email and phone calls are the most widely use forms of communication, as you don’t want to feel like you are losing that one-on-one relationship with your neighbors. Oh, and there is also a great new paper called The Homewood Star! Heard of it? Tell us a little bit about your family and what makes Homewood a special place for you to live? I am married to my best friend, Leah, and we have three beautiful children, Braxton (5), Brittan (2) and Leighton (7 months). We love the community feel and the charm that Homewood delivers. We rarely leave the city because Homewood has everything you could need. We work out in Homewood, our children go to day school in Homewood, we play in Homewood, and we shop in Homewood. As the saying goes, “We Love Homewood!” In what areas would you like to see Homewood progress over the next five years? As far as progress goes, I would like to see Homewood continue on the path that it’s tracking on right now. We have some really exciting and unique opportunities coming up in the next couple of years, and I hope that we are able to take full advantage of them. From the new Red Mountain Park and expanded greenway to the new businesses and shops coming in all the time, Homewood is working in the right direction, and I am so pleased that we are all here to witness it.

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Every Saturday in June and July the West Homewood Farmer’s Market is selling locally grown produce in a fun atmosphere with crafts, baked goods, flowers and live entertainment. The market runs through the end of July. The market is open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Shades Valley Community Church at 160 West Oxmoor Rd. at the site of the former Alpine ice-skating rink. “The market isn’t just good produce, entertainment and crafts; it’s a great way to meet your neighbor,” Market Manager Kenyon Ross said. Local Alabama farmers, who are

sanctioned and inspected by the State of Alabama Farmer’s Market Authority, are participating. The state authority’s nutrition program makes coupons available for the elderly as well as reimburses the farmers for accepting food stamps. The market features peaches, nectarines, plums, blueberries, okra, sweet corn, watermelon, squash, tomatoes, jams, jellies, honey, meats, eggs and much more. Artisans will also be displaying their crafts and baked goods; and live entertainment will ensure a fun atmosphere. For more information, visit www.

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Sidewalk projects are going on all over Homewood - are there plans to include more sidewalks in the future, and if so where exactly? Sidewalks are a very big issue right now with the council. The Broadway project is complete, and the new Hollywood sidewalks are already in use. There are plans to put up more sidewalks in the near future, and the council is going to put a list together soon that will chart out where they are most needed and where they will fall in line with the Safe Routes to School initiative. We all heard in the public forum that sidewalks are a hot topic with our constituents, and we are working hard to deliver those needs to the community.

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You grew up here in Homewood and graduated from Homewood High School. How does it feel to serve a community where you have deep roots? I can’t tell you how happy I am to serve the people of Homewood. Having lived here for my entire life, I am so pleased to see that Homewood has retained its community feel while continuing to move forward in its growth as a city. There is no better place than Homewood!

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How long have you been serving on the council and what are some of your main responsibilities? I was appointed back in September of 2009. The Ward 3/Place 1 position became available when JJ Bischoff took the chief of staff position. I feel that my main responsibility is to look after the interests of my ward’s constituents and to help advance and preserve the City of Homewood. I want Homewood to be represented very well outside the community as well as within our own city limits. I think this council, along with our outstanding mayor, is a great group of people who really care about the progress of our city.


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Rotary’s chalk art winners

Michele Le won the 2011 Chalk Art Event’s Best of Show award for his Spiderman design.

The third annual Chalk Art event, sponsored by Homewood Rotary, featured several dozen artists who used chalk to draw on sidewalk squares surrounding the kid’s playground at Homewood Park on Central Avenue, as a part of We Love Homewood Day festivities. A total of $3,400 was raised to support the club’s local, national and international projects, which include college scholarship assistance for Homewood high school seniors. Graphic artist Michele Le took the Best of Show top prize. Le, sponsored by The Forte Marketing Group, won a $300 cash prize for his design. Diane Gibson-Newsom, sponsored

by Haskell Slaughter law firm, won the Best Themed category. She received $150 and a $25 gift certificate from Alabama Art Supply. Her design, which salutes We Love Homewood Day, will be used on the Sidewalk Chalk Art’s 2012 T-shirt. Winners in other categories were: Annabelle DiCamillis, sponsored by Mike O’Kelley, Most Creative; Alex Lott and Mike Lee, sponsored by Edgewood Creamery, Chairman’s Choice; the Hannon sisters (Blayne, Brynn and Sydney), sponsored by Ann and Lester Hollans, Best Kid’s Entry; and Sophia Henderson, sponsored by Hamburger Heaven, Honorable Mention.

New Miss Patriot Pageant A new 2012 Miss Patriot Scholarship Pageant representing the Homewood area will be held in August. It is a preliminary pageant for Miss Alabama and Miss America; Homewood has not had a pageant for the state event in several years. The Miss America organization is the world’s largest provider of scholarships assistance for young women; more than $45 million in tuition scholarship assistance was made available this past year. The Miss Patriot Scholarship Pageant is looking for support from the local Homewood community to help with sponsorships through donations as well as

gifts. Christopher Northington and Bragg Scroggins are executive directors of the pageant. Northington owns a hair salon in Homewood, and Scroggins has experience in performing arts and interviewing. The pageant will be held August 14 at 3 p.m. at the Virginia Samford Theatre, 1126 26th Street South. For more information on entering the pageant, visit misspatriotpageant. com or For more information on becoming a sponsor, email or call 901-0534.

Downtown Homewood Farmers Market update The Urban Cookhouse Farmers Market began its season in downtown Homewood in conjunction with the Market in May event on May 21. The market runs every Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. through August 27 in the parking area behind SOHO.

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Tips for gardening in summer heat By MADOLINE MARKHAM Using your green thumb doesn’t have to involve spending hours sweating outside in the height of summer heat. We talked with Pam Clark, owner of The Garden Shop on Oxmoor Road, about ways to keep your plants alive in the summer, prepare for future seasons and garden indoors. Here are her tips: Keep your plants alive and healthy. If you want to keep your plants alive all summer, you must water them consistently. You can’t add a gallon of water after neglecting your plants on vacation and expect them to spring back to life; they must be watered daily. Containers and pots tend to dry up more quickly than those in beds. Clark also recommends adding compost, like locally made J3 Organics composted worm casings, or organic fertilizers to nourish plants. Also, clip back plants such as roses and butterfly plants. Plant another round of produce. Because we have a long planting season, you can plant cucumber, basil, tomato, pepper, eggplants and other plants with a short maturity in midsummer and still harvest them before the first frost. You can also start sowing seeds for fall broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards and turnips. Buy houseplants. Because there are so many chemicals in a typical household from dry cleaning and furnishings, plants like prothos and peace lilies filter toxins out of the air, Clark said. She recommends you make sure houseplants are in the right

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amount of sunlight, that you water them based on their needs and that you mist the leaves with water from a spray bottle once or twice a week. Consider xeriscaping. As you see how much water and labor your yard requires in the heat of the summer, Clark recommends you think about adding more native plants and others that work well in our region in place of part of your grass. Hydrangeas, leucothoe and other plants require far less water and maintenance than grass. Pot succulents. Succulents are waterretaining plants that tolerate heat extremely well and require little water. Clark suggests planting sedums and echeverias varieties in a pot as a fun family project inside or out. You can also purchase pre-potted succulents. Design a garden for the fall. Contact a garden designer now while business is slower and get a design prepared for fall or even spring. Trees and shrubs typically arrive at garden shops in September for fall planting.

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Homewood High School’s Marching Patriot Band. Photo courtesy of Ron Pence.

By RON PENCE and MIA BASS Homewood City Schools are known for their excellence in music education, from the award-winning Homewood Patriot marching band to the nationally-ranked The Network show choir. Homewood is a place for music. The school system was recently awarded the distinction of placing in the 100 Best Communities for Music Education nationwide. Homewood City Schools has won this spot for the sixth time in 11 years, becoming the only system in Alabama to place this year. The award is presented each year to the school system in America that exemplifies the best in music education. Ron Pence, director of the Homewood Patriot Marching Band, began the application process for this honor in 1996 and has since been turned over to Dr. Winches and the Board of Education. “It’s about the community and the school system supporting the arts,” said HHS choral director Scott Thorne. He owes this large participation to community support. The system had to meet many different criteria, which include funding, personnel, scheduling, community involvement, awards and recognition throughout the country. Music education in Homewood begins as a high priority, even in the halls of the elementary and middle schools. “It’s our elementary schools and middle schools that

start the value of music,” Pence said. The music programs led at Edgewood, HallKent and Shades Cahaba Elementary as well as Homewood Middle School provide the preparation for students to succeed at Homewood High and beyond. The Homewood Patriot Marching Band has about 350 students, meaning over one-fourth of the school participates in the band. This year, the band will travel to the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade for the eighth time in its history from November 21-26. The band has previously played in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London, the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena and the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Arizona. The marching band was founded in 1972, and Pence is only the third director in the band’s history. The same sort of staggering statistic exists for the choral department. There are 160 students in the show choir and concert choirs in Homewood. The Network has competed twice in Show Choir Nationals, hosted in Nashville and sung in Washington, D.C. in the Capitol Rotunda. They have also consistently been at the forefront of community projects—the latest of which was a benefit concert, Sing for Senegal, that raised funds for a child from Senegal to receive appropriate medical care here in Alabama.

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Doree assists in disaster relief By ASHLEY BERKERY


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Only days after the April 27 tornadoes, the staff at Doree, a women’s boutique on 18th Street, knew they wanted to facilitate some type of disaster relief effort. On May 9, Doree commissioned an Alabama state outline necklace to be sold at the shop with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting tornado disaster relief across the state. The Alabama necklace provides an easy way for people to wear their support around their neck. Doree has received necklace orders from native Alabamians as well as from individuals from New York to California, enabling them to donate $5,580 as of mid-June. The goal is to raise $10,000. Each necklace is handmade by two ladies living in Jackson, Miss., who own a local jewelry company, Liz Henry. The necklaces are available in sterling silver ($35) and gold plated ($40) on a 16-inch chain. They are flying out the door as soon

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as they arrive, so call ahead to place an order. Doree is located at 2814 18th Street South. Store hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.5 p.m. For more information or to place an order, contact Meredith Carter 879-1333 or by email at

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Calling all lake lovers! First Annual Homewood Star Lake Lovers Photo Contest

It’s lake season, and we want you to capture all the action of tubing, swimming, fishing, skiing, sun bathing, and more. Share your best photos with us, and we will pick winners from each of four categories:

To enter, email your photos in a jpg format to

Best action photo

Deadline for entries is August 9, 2011. We will publish the winners in the September issue, as well as post them on our Facebook page and our website.

(skis, wakeboard, knee boards, tubes, etc.)

Best kid photo Best pet photo Best fishing photo

Please send high quality jpg images and include a caption and photo credit.

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Twins and longtime Homewood lifeguards Alissa Thurmond and Emily Wren at the Homewood Central Pool. Photo by Madoline Markham.

By MADOLINE MARKHAM Twins Alissa Thurmond and Emily Wren have spent most of their 27 summers at Homewood pools. They grew up at the Homewood Central Pool, were the inaugural class of Homewood junior lifeguards, and have been summer lifeguards for 10 years. “They are just a part of Homewood,” Homewood Athletic Director Linda Sellers said. “We just love being here,” Alissa said. The twins now drive about 30 minutes to the pool each day in the summer, Alissa from Helena and Emily from Trussville. Over the past decade, they have watched kids grow up from swim lessons to swim team and junior lifeguards. Emily is the now the head lifeguard at the West Homewood Pool, and Alissa is the head lifeguard at Homewood Central Pool. The duo trains lifeguards at both pools and runs the junior lifeguard program. Their younger sister, 19-year-old Chandler Thurmond, is now a Homewood lifeguard too. “It’s something she wanted to do, but I can’t say we didn’t influence her,” Alissa said. The 2002 Homewood High School graduates attended Shades Cahaba Elementary School and played softball and soccer growing up in Homewood. They started going to the Homewood Central Pool with their mom at age 6, and once they could go to the pool by themselves at age 11, they walked there daily. “Yeah, we’d go home to check in and then back to the pool, go home for lunch then back to the pool, over to a friend’s house and then back to the pool,” Alissa said. They talk about how the comraderie and sense of trust of the people at the pool drew them back year after year. “It’s always been a family-oriented pool,” Alissa said. “The lifeguards were like older siblings to us.” “Now we want to do for the younger kids what they did for us,” Emily said. When they were 11, Sellers created a junior lifeguard program with them in

mind to keep older kids coming to the pool. The twins were the first two trained in basic rescue skills to assist lifeguards, volunteering about 10 hours a week. After they got shirts for the new program, a few more kids were curious and got involved later in the summer. There have been a few new junior lifeguards each summer since, but the twins are the only ones that have stayed in every summer from age 11 to 14. Most kids are active as junior guards when they are 11 and 12 and then move on to other activities. The Red Cross certifies lifeguards at age 15, but you cannot be a lifeguard at Homewood pools until age 18, and it was at age 18 Alissa returned to their lifeguarding career, just before they both started on soccer scholarships at the University of Montevallo. Emily started working as a lifeguard the following summer. Most people in Homewood know that they are twins now, but there is still confusion. Some people will go by both pools and ask how one of them got from one pool to another so quickly. Alissa is a P.E. instructional assistant at Hall-Kent Elementary, and many of her students swim at the West Homewood Pool, where they see Emily. “Are you Coach Thurmond?” they ask when they first see Emily. She is now known as “Ms. Other Coach Thurmond” or “Ms. Coach Thurmond’s Sister.” Emily now works at Homewood Parks and Recreation as a lifeguard all year, as well as teaches Red Cross certification and works as an EMT at Talladega Superspeedway. Alissa got her EMT license this year as well. Emily’s husband, Dwight, is a fireman at Station One in Homewood, where he works with Matt Hall, another former Homewood lifeguard. You’ll find Homewood lifeguard alumni in the military, on Homewood City Council and in Homewood schools, but as for Alissa and Emily, you’ll find them at the pool.

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Four Samford baseball players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on June 7 and 8. This is the most players the school has ever had taken in a single draft. Pitcher Grant Sides, a junior from Northport, Ala., was taken by the Cleveland Indians. Pitcher Andrew Jones,

a senior from Marietta, Ga., was selected by the Boston Red Sox. Pitcher Josh Martin, a junior from Enterprise, Ala., went to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Second baseman Michael Johnson, a senior from Naples, Fla., was selected by the Chicago White Sox.

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CONTINUED from page 1 He said the rest of the refugees, besides living in constant fear, seemed to be able to cope with the situation. But all kinds of rumors began to spread about going to Great Britain or to France. The uncertainty caused even more stress for the refugees. Herzel noted that they were fortunate not to go to Great Britain because the ships with refugees were being bombed while at sea. During those days on the train to France, Herzel saw a number of people dying, which left him with nightmares. Later that month, Germany invaded France, and the French were unable to cope with all the refugees. Herzel’s family and other Jews, political prisoners, Gypsies and homosexuals were sent to an internment camp in Adge, France. “There were men with rifles and dogs,” he said. “The men and women were separated. The smaller children went with their mothers, while the older ones went with their fathers. There were no Germans there. These were the French.” Later, the French moved the Herzels to Rivesaltes, which was considered to be a one-way ticket to German concentration camps. His father bribed some guards to allow the family and others to escape to Marseilles. Herzel’s father and brother were arrested by French police but later released. Max’s brother joined the French Underground, and his father went into hiding. The ordeal was too much for Herzel’s mother. She tried to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. The attempt failed, and his mother spent the rest of the war working as a seamstress in a Catholic mental hospital under the protection of doctors there. It was during this time that Herzel was sent to the first of a series of four orphanages. Eventually, he wound up on a farm in the French Alps where he posed as a Catholic orphan. He worked for the people

who owned the farm and they helped to protect him until the war was over. Jewish families maintained communication through a Catholic woman named Mrs. Decoux. She kept track of family members and used code to keep their whereabouts a secret from the authorities. After the war, the Herzel family was reunited, except for his father, Oscar. He was one of thousands who perished from malnutrition, starvation and dysentery after having been forced in a death march from Auschwitz Concentration Camp to the interior of Germany. He died at Buchenwald just 23 days before the war ended. Herzell’s father lost seven brothers and sisters and their children in the holocaust. Thirteen members of his mother’s family were lost as well. The Herzel family immigrated to America in 1948. He became a citizen and later he served in the U.S. Air Force. In February 1972, Herzel moved to Homewood to take a job with Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center, and he retired as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff at BVAMC in June of 1994. Herzel said he tries to live a respectful life and that he is most appreciative of living in this country. He also said that Alabama has been good to him and his family. “We feel blessed by living in Homewood,” he said. “It is a warm and welcoming community.” Herzel feels that with the socio-political landscape in the world today, it is still possible for atrocities to occur. He points to a Revisionist Movement that claims that the Holocaust and other historical events never occurred. Revisionists seem to discount personal accounts, photographs of holocaust victims, and film of allied troops liberating death camps, but this evidence is hard to ignore. “We must be aware and remain vigilant not to allow it to happen again,” Herzel said.

Ordinary Days Tackling the to-do list By Lauren DenTon When we bought our house almost six years ago, we went into it with the idea of staying five years then moving on to something a bit larger. In our slightly naïve, pre-marriage planning, back when we thought we could plan out our life on a piece of paper, we figured by the time five years rolled around, we’d already have our second child and would be outgrowing our little home. Well, five years came and went and we’re still in the house. We have sweet Kate, and while we are filling the house up rapidly (mostly in the form of large, brightly colored toys, thanks to generous grandparents), we haven’t totally outgrown it, so it looks like we’ll be sticking around Kenilworth for a little while longer. With the idea of a new house out of the picture (at least for now), I’ve decided it’s high time to tackle some of the small things around the house that have caused my blood pressure to rise over the years— little fix-its that we keep putting off but that I complain (or quietly stomp my feet) about from time to time (my husband would probably say it’s a bit more often than that.) So, a few weeks ago, we began to tackle “the list.” First on the list was recaulking all the sinks and bathtubs in the house. It may be a small thing, but staring down at caulk that’s, well, let’s just say less than sparkling white was a thorn in my side every time I got in the shower. Since Matt usually does most of the fix-it things around our house and the caulk didn’t bother him as much, I decided to tackle the project myself. (I should probably mention here that in my freelance job, I edit a lot of home improvement how-to articles, so after editing my 20th “How to Recaulk My

Bathtub” article, I figured I’d be a total pro.) I trooped off to Lowe’s with Kate in tow to buy two tubes of white caulk. Scanning all the options, I started reading the back of the tubes and saw all the WARNING signs about how caulk fumes can cause everything from reproductive damage to eye cancer, but there were a few versions that didn’t scream the scary stuff as much. But of course the helpful employee told me that the best, most mildew-resistant caulk was the one with the most warning signs. Oh well, I thought. I may be ruining our chance at a second child (I’m exaggerating), but at least we’ll have sparkling white caulk around the tubs and sinks. Fast forward a night or two and I’m hunched over our bathtub squeezing the caulk gun trigger with all my might and trying to hold my finger steady while sporting a dish towel tied burglar-style across my nose and mouth trying to avoid the incredibly noxious fumes. After about a half-hour and many runs out into the living room to breathe some fresh air, I finished. The next morning our bathtub did indeed look a whole lot better—even though the newness of the caulk made our old bathtub look, well, old. Still fighting off a headache from the fumes as I drank my morning coffee, I contemplated the three sinks and one more tub I still had left to do. Since then, I’ve finished two of the sinks (all while sporting the dish towel tied a little tighter to avoid the headache) so I only have our upstairs bathroom left to tackle. Hopefully I’ll have some brain cells left at end of the summer, but if not, at least our to-do list will be shorter and I’ll have fewer reasons to stomp my feet.

Celebrate the Fourth with barbecue, fireworks There’s no need to drive far from home with the annual Independence Day events Homewood has to offer. Our Lady of the Sorrows Barbecue Festival Alabama’s longest running barbecue festival will feature 5,000 pounds of slow cooked barbecue prepared by the Knights of Columbus. There will be a raffle for a new Toyota Yaris and cash prizes for $5 per ticket and a giant rummage sale . Bobby “T” Tanory will provide music and karaoke entertainment, and there will be games for kids. The annual “Trash and Treasure” in the OLS school gymnasium includes more than 5,000 items. For $5, a limited number of people will be able to access the sale starting at 8 a.m. All items will be for sale at half price on Tuesday, July 5. The barbecue sale includes plates of ribs, half chicken pieces, hot dogs, smoked sausage, pork sandwiches and side dishes. Pre-sales of bulk meat (whole pork butts, beef or pork barbeque and half chickens) and side dishes will be available on Sunday, July 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the OLS school cafeteria behind the church. The festival will take place Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Homewood at 1728 Oxmoor Road. Thunder on the Mountain Vulcan’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza begins at 9 p.m. Be sure to stake out a spot in downtown Homewood to catch a good view of the Vulcan and prepare for Birmingham’s best-loved show.

Annual Thunder on the Mountain fireworks show. Photo courtesy Vulcan Park and Museum.

You can hear the show’s specially recorded musical soundtrack on 104.7 FM WZZK, 106.9 The Eagle, 97.3 The Buck, 101.9 FM WENN, 95.7 JAMZ, 98.7 Kiss FM and 610 Heaven WAGG. The show will also broadcast on FOX6 WBRC-TV at 9 p.m.

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Outdoor furniture brings an indoor look outside. Photo courtesy of Blakely McGarity.


With warm weather, it’s time to turn your porch, patio or outdoor space into an outdoor living room. Your outdoor square footage is just as valuable as the square footage you have indoors. There are so many great outdoor fabrics, furniture and accessories that allow you to have all the comforts outdoors as you do indoors. When choosing outdoor furniture, try to choose things that look like they belong indoors. Capture the comforts that make indoor living comfortable by replacing hard plastic furniture with pieces that echo the appeal of indoor pieces. Sometimes it’s hard to define a space outdoors without

walls, so add large pieces to create a focal point. Choose plush cushions, colorful pillows and accent lighting, whether it be an outdoor lantern lit by a candle or an outdoor lamp, to create a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere that will allow you to use your outdoor space night or day. To create some interest, try layering plants in different containers to bring in natural color and texture. Whether you have a deck, a screened in porch or just a patio outside, you can transform it into a fabulous space that will become just as useful as any space you have indoors.

Fun things to do with kids By MIA BASS If you’re looking for a way to entertain and unwind with your kids this summer, Homewood and the surrounding areas are hopping with things to do. Free Friday Flicks Free Friday Flicks will continue in Homewood Central Park through August. The linup features Spongebob Squarepants (July 8), Over the Hedge (July 15), Chicken Run (July 22), Rango (July 29) and Tangled (August 5). Festivities start early with moon bounces and various food vendors. Movies begin around 8:15 p.m. Homewood Public Library Activities for kids are also available at the library. They will be hosting movie night on July 6, 4-6 p.m. Barrett will tell stories on July 8 at 10 a.m., and there will be a grand finale with a magic storyteller on July 27, 4-5 p.m. Kids can learn about Chinese dance and culture on July 13, 4-5 p.m. and can take a look at the Iliana Motor Speedway Car Show on July 21 from 6-8 p.m. Of course, kids are encouraged to get a library card and take part in summer reading for their age range throughout the summer. For more information, check out www. Beyond Homewood These locations aren’t in Homewood but are too much fun for your family to miss this summer. Birmingham Zoo. If you’ve got some adventurous kids on your hands, enroll them in a week-long day camp hosted by the Birmingham Zoo. Camps are available for each grade level, 4K through eighth grade. Half-day and full-day experiences are available as well as before and after camp care for busy parents on the run. Camps include themes such as Everything Animals, Art Around the World, Africa and Beyond and ZSI: Zoo Scene Investigation. Registration is required through the zoo’s website, www. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. If your child likes to enjoy nature, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers week-long camps throughout the summer


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The 2011 Homewood 8-year-old Machine Pitch American and National All Star Baseball teams gathered Monday night, June 6 to kick off their All Star season with a practice game and pizza party. They capped off the night with a water ball war against coaches and moms in the outfield. The American League All Star team’s tournament was held in Mountain Brook June 8-20, and the National League tournament took place in West Homewood Park over the same two week period.

First Row: Elizabeth Drummond, Kelsey Morelli, Haley Dakin, Paige McBride, Haylee Ann Halman, Mary Gentry. Back Row: Liza Spencer, Grace Kyle, Severina Basped, Katy Rada, Carly Garlbraith, Mary Cash, Beverly Vappie, Mary Claire Nabors, Savannah Wright. Photo courtesy of Cindy Wade.

By ASHLEY BERKERY Team Homewood, the Lady Patriots’ Leadership Team, was developed with the goal of enhancing the leadership skills and opportunities for the female athletes at Homewood High School. The program provides specific experiences that will provide participants with the opportunity to further develop their talents and abilities and to utilize these skills through their work with their fellow teammates, schoolmates, and community. It is designed to enhance

leadership within interscholastic athletics, the school and the community. The team focuses on development of character, integrity, leadership, school and community service and career preparation. On April 25 a Leadership Luncheon was held at The Club to honor the 15 young women of Team Homewood. The guest speaker was Ms. Lenore Pate. Sponsors included Oxmoor Valley Orthondontics and Cindy Wade, RE/MAX Preferred.

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American and National All Star Baseball players at practice game.Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Bugg Studinka.

Youth baseball a community experience By HEATHER REID

Nothing says down-home tradition quite like hotdogs, apple pie and baseball, and here in Homewood, we are fortunate to have a youth baseball league that provides great baseball experiences for kids of all ages. The Homewood Patriot Youth Baseball League is a youth recreational baseball league for the citizens of Homewood, as well as surrounding communities. Approximately 400 kids play baseball, ages 4-14 with 90 percent being Homewood residents. The coaching staff, approximately 100 volunteers, is mostly dads who coach simply for the love of the game. The board members of HPYBL are also volunteers who serve to ensure that the mission of HPYBL is fulfilled, to provide a high level of recreational baseball for the youth of Homewood and to give them the opportunity to improve their skills and learn the game. “One of the most fulfilling aspects of being part of baseball is the relationships that I have developed with the kids my son has played baseball with,” said Daniel Sims, a coach and past president of the HPYBL. “As an added bonus, the friendships I have developed with other coaches remain an important part of the

whole experience.” When asked about his most rewarding memories, Sims said, “It (coaching baseball) draws us closer as parents to these children, who we’ve coached since most of them were 5. The goal is to teach baseball, but a secondary benefit is being a role model to the kids of Homewood.” Sims’ son, Trey, plays on the 12 year old league. The Homewood Park and Recreation Board maintains the fields and the facilities, which are among the very best in the Jefferson and Shelby county areas. During the month of June, HPYBL hosted three Metro All Star and Nationals tournaments. Whenever visitors come to the park, compliments are always given regarding how beautiful and accessible the fields are. The next registration period for HPYBL is for fall ball, a series of games on Sundays only, which can serve as a great introduction to baseball, or to help hone the skills of a more advanced player, all in preparation for the more competitive spring season. For more information, please visit In the meantime, get out your gloves and bats, toss a few balls around, and get ready to play ball!


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sacrifice, but if you don’t take these skills and apply them in your life, you’re not getting anything out of it. Jones hadn’t considered a career in athletics when he graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in psychology. If it hadn’t been for the advice of his sister, he might have gone into hospital administration or some other field. “He was too smart to be a coach,” Coach Bob Newton said. “He could have been a doctor, a lawyer or any other profession he chose, but we’re grateful he chose to be a coach and teacher.” Jones not only taught athletes but also other young coaches. “I was a young coach eager to learn as much as I could about football, and he was always there to help me,” said Vic Wilson, former HHS head football coach and principal. “However, what he taught me went far beyond football and even athletics.” Former athlete Austin Hubbard, now a professional baseball pitcher, echoes this sentiment. “I thank him for everything he taught me, not just on the football field, but

how to grow up and do the right things,” Hubbard said. Jones said that being successful in sports is important, but one thing he learned through the years is to put his family and his faith first. One of his biggest successes is being married to his wife Mickey for 35 years and having three great kids, Nancy, Rebecca and Jennifer. He also has a granddaughter, Autumn, who he plans to spend quality time with when he retires. Most agree that Jones is leaving big shoes to fill at HHS. When asked what advice he’d give his replacement, Jones said, “I’d tell them to be their own person.” The new coach will face many situations, he said, and it’s best not to take sides until you’ve heard from all sides. Jones is looking forward to hunting, fishing and playing golf during retirement. Also Coach Pat Sullivan at Samford University has offered him an opportunity to help with the Bulldogs this year, so Jones won’t be far from the game.

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Homewood Community Center Activities Firm Body Bootcamps

Firm Body Bootcamps is an intense fitness program designed to help you lose body fat and tone. Every time you come it’s a different workout so you never get bored. Class times available are MWF 5:30 am – 6:30am and 6pm


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 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.


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: Homewood Community Center Zumba Classes Instructor: Camille Scruggs Contact Info: 256-452-2500 or Days & Times: • Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm Zumba Calorie Burn Session! • Thursday 5:30-6:30pm Zumba Toning! • Saturday 9:00-10:00am Zumba in the AM!

Belly Dancing with Aziza

Homewood Community Center Auditorium Class fee: $60 cash only. For more information contact Aziza at 879-0701 or

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.

Young Rembrandts

Draw amazing things with Young Rembrandts! We believe that drawing is a skill that can, and should be learned by all children. Young Rembrandts classes are both fun and educational, and our step-by-step curriculum is developed to teach fundamental art skills in a nurturing environment that gives children an academic advantage. Our weekly classes are for boys and girls 5 to 12 years of age. Class will be held at the Homewood Community Center. Enroll anytime-all new lessons each session and each year. Please contact Chris Roberson at 943-1923 for more information or to register.


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

Howlynn Dog Obedience Training

We Train you to train your dog! Director: Irene Lynn, 879-5966 or Puppy Instructor: Phillip Whitlow Classes Offered: Puppy Class & Basic Class Cost is $125.00 for 6 weeks; meet Monday at the Homewood Community Center from 7 – 8pm depending on size of class

H.E.A.T (Homewood Exploration Adventure Team)

The H.E.A.T. program gives middle school students a chance to experience athletics, cultural arts and outdoors along with providing community service to our local area. These different areas of emphasis are designed to develop well rounded young adults both socially and culturally. Registration Begins: July 18th Monday thru Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm - Homewood Community Center Main Office Program Fee: $75 Per Participant (Homewood Residents only -- grades 6th – 8th) For information please contact: Rusty Holley at 332-6705

City Wide Special Events Fourth of July Festival

Downtown Homewood Monday, July 4th - 5:30pm

The City of Homewood and Homewood Parks and Recreation will celebrate our nations birthday again this year in Downtown Homewood. The streets in Downtown Homewood will be closed for vehicles to make way for pedestrian traffic. Our event opens to the general public at 5:30PM. There will be a combination of inflatables/ rides placed in the streets that will appeal to children of all ages. A DJ will provide music and interactive activities for the patrons at the event. Downtown Homewood is by far one of the best locations in the entire metro area to view the “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks show from Vulcan Park. All of our activities will end prior to the start of the firework show. Proceeds from the event will benefit the H.E.A.T. program at the Homewood Parks and Recreation. The H.E.A.T. program is for 6th – 8th graders in Homewood that provides recreational opportunities for the participants in different areas of interest.

Free Friday Flicks 2011

Movies begin around sundown, which is approximately 8:15PM.

Date Movie July 1st- Despicable Me July 8th- SpongeBob SquarePants July 15th- Over The Hedge July 22nd- Chicken Run July 29th- Rango August 5th- Tangled

Free Friday Flicks Rules 1) Once movie begins all spectators are to be seated in main lawn area of Homewood Central Park. 2) Please refrain from talking during the movie as it disturbs others around you. 3) Pavilions, playground, amphitheater/stage, parking lot and skate pad are closed once movie begins. 4) You should only be up from your seating location during the movie for the following: * To use the public bathroom * Purchasing items from vendors * Departing from the event 5) No alcohol or tobacco on Park property. 6) Homewood Police and Homewood Parks and Recreation employees reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the event.


Homewood Soccer Club

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.

Important Summer 2011 dates: June 1 : On line registration opens for the fall 2011 season July 20-July 24: Blue Team Boot Camp July 23, July 26, July 28 and July 30: Red Team Evaluations July 30: Red Team Registration Deadline for Team formation July 25-29: Homewood Futbol Soccer Summer Camp August 19: Patriot Registration Deadline September 6 and 8: Patriot Play begins For detailed information about levels of play, registration deadlines, fees and Club philosophy please visit our web site: , or call David Putman, Soccer Director, at 979-8974

Adult Badminton

The Homewood Area Badminton Association (HABA) invites players for all skill levels to come play badminton and learn more about the game. Membership in the club is open to anyone. Location: Homewood Community Center Day: Saturday’s, Time: 5:00pm – 8:45pm Fee: $10.00 Badminton Membership For more information contact Stanley Lim: (or) 205-685-0278

Homewood Tennis with Jenny Robb

Homewood Tennis is a progressive plan of junior development designed to meet the needs of every child interested in learning to play tennis and to reach individual goals ranging from recreational play to college scholarship. The PLAY Program Ages 4 – 10 The PLAY Program is designed to teach children the basic fundamental techniques and tactics of tennis in a fun and positive environment. The emphasis is on simplifying the game so kids can enjoy tennis from the very beginning. Classes utilize concepts of the QuickStart format, which features modified courts and equipment to maximize the learning process. The PERFORMANCE Program Ages 11 – 18 The Performance Program is designed to advance fundamental techniques and tactics of players actively competing in USTA tournaments, local leagues, and school tennis. The emphasis is on developing proficiency in competitive situations. For more information, please contact Jenny Robb: or 205-902-1188. For detailed information on all programs, please visit our website:

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Programs & Events Offered

Private and Group Lessons Kids USTA Team Tennis Kids Group Clinic and Rally Ball Adult Singles Park League Adult Mixed Doubles Park League Adult Tournaments (Singles, Doubles & Mixed) Novice Future Stars Tennis Circuit 2011 For more information contact Dave Luesse at 967-5875 or 901-9243

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Business Spotlight

Business Spotlight

Alabama Outdoors



3054 Independence Drive 870-1919 Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 12-5 p.m. A Homewood staple since the 70s, Alabama Outdoors received a facelift over the past year, and its new owners are focused on outfitting everyone from the seasoned expeditionist to kids playing in the park. Homewood resident Scott McCrory is president of the investment group who bought the retail chain last July. You’ll see subtle changes throughout the store, beginning with a fresh new logo featuring a stately tree outlined by the state of Alabama. But the store’s true mission, according to McCrory, is to be all things to all people. “We’ve really tried to make this a place where a mom and her kids can feel at home as much as the hardcore outdoors people,” said McCrory, who recalls buying his first jacket at AO back in 1994. A CPA who left behind the world of suits and numbers for gear and adventures, Scott and his wife, Courtney, both graduated from Samford University. “Our biggest change is a real focus on customer service and really listening to what the customer wants,” McCrory said. (Case in point: Parents will be happy to see kids Patagonia options back in stock this fall.) “People can come in just to look around and learn, or we can outfit them for year-round activities throughout the world. You don’t have to be a backpacker or climber to come to our store. People here are active and want to be outside, and those are the people we connect with on a regular basis.” Aside from two levels of merchandise, the store’s climbing wall is a destination

T-shirts now available with new logo design. Photo by Anna Cate Little.

as well. Kids age five and up who reach a certain height criteria can host birthday parties at the facility. Climbing and bouldering competitions are held with prizes for different age levels. The AO staff is trained not only for extreme safety precautions but also to create a fun environment. Throughout the year, classes and expos are offered on subjects ranging from primitive fire starting to how to choose a camping stove. Store managers are encouraged to be involved in community activities, from Ruffner Mountain trail races to the Alabama Cup canoe and kayak competitions. Another noticeable change is the absence of signs that once prohibited kids from playing in the tents set up on the floor.

“If our tents can’t take the abuse of a two or three year old running around in them, we don’t need to sell them!” McCrory said. “We want the things we sell to be used, not just looked at. This is not a museum.” Speaking of kids, last fall the McCrorys took their two-year-old son, Tyler, camping in North Carolina, proving that outdoor adventure is something to be enjoyed by all ages and types of people. The summer inventory is ramping up with plenty of boats, kayaks and canoes, as well as water sandals and shoes. “It’s all about staying cool and dry,” said McCrory. Alabama Outdoors continues in its fourth decade to merge cutting edge technology with the coolest new fashions for outdoor living.

Employee Zac Coleman clears the store’s climbing wall. Photo by Anna Cate Little.

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New York Pizza Monday-Thursday, 11am - 9:30pm Friday-Saturday, 11 am -10 pm Sunday, 4pm-9:30 pm As a child, I loved checking the mail during the holiday season. I was filled with excitement about what might be waiting for me. One of my greatest memories from the early 90s is opening the mailbox to find a Christmas card from New York Pizza. In my mind, I was convinced that this was a courtesy reserved for only the best customers. I cackled as I ran inside to show my mother. I displayed this card as a badge of honor; my mother, however, was a bit embarrassed that we ordered so regularly. At least three times a month for my middle and high school years, we ordered a medium pizza: half pepperoni and bacon and half Big Apple pizza with extra sauce and half an antipasto salad to be delivered to the West Glenwood side of the upper horseshoe. Somewhere along the way, during one of my “health conscious” phases, I changed the order to include wheat crust, as I am sure that this particular choice must have cut the calories in half. After I graduated from college and Mom decided to move from Homewood, my first comment to her was, “But New York Pizza doesn’t deliver to Crestwood.” At that moment, I wasn’t quite sure what I would eat when I visited. I think it was at this point that I knew I would eventually need to make my way back to Homewood. Last year, I finally made it “home” and am happy to announce that New York Pizza delivers to West Homewood, too. New York Pizza opened in 1982 on Oxmoor Road, right in the heart of Edgewood. In 1986, Scott Moore and Lyn

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New York Pizza’s Little Italy with roma tomatoes, olive oil, roasted garlic, basil and Parmesan. Photo by Alison Grizzle.

Saturday bought the business and turned it into to the restaurant that has become part of our families. Although many may think that they had a major remodel and expansion in 2003, in actuality, they bought Ward’s printing that had been next door for years and completely renovated the space. This move almost tripled their original space. “The move made the dining room big enough to accommodate big groups and helped us to meet requests for things such as team parties,” Saturday said. The move had been on the minds of Moore and Saturday for years, but they were waiting to find the perfect place. “We wanted to stay in Edgewood,” Moore said. “It’s like Mayberry,” Saturday added. “Homewood is like a small town, but Edgewood is a separate small town within.”

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“We waited and waited,” Moore said. “There was no way we could just leave Edgewood, so we just waited until there was an opening.” As they boasted about the great community, they were elated about the recent increase in foot traffic this year. It reminds them of the years when Hudd’s Grocery was on the strip and people would walk to the grocery store. New York Pizza has been an important part of the Homewood community for many years. Those who attended the old middle school may remember hanging out at New York Pizza on their way to the Rec or walking there after the Valentine’s dance. Moore and Saturday attribute much of their success to the community. “It’s Edgewood,” Moore said. “It’s people growing up here and coming back with their children.”



Although they claim that their success is a result of their location, I think that their love for making great pizza and their amazing sauce has much to do with their 25 years in business. When they first bought the business, Saturday began experimenting with sauces. Each night she would go home and make a new sauce or tweak a previously attempted sauce for people to try the next day. “The 36th try was the sauce we chose,” Saturday said. “Now, I make the spices in a bag, and the staff knows how much to use. But only Scott and I know the recipe.” The menu has changed over the years but mainly to add new items. When they added gourmet pizzas, they added new items such as goat cheese, spinach, chorizo sausage and roasted red peppers. “Over the years, pizza has evolved,” Moore said. “You have to create new pizzas to change with the times. Lyn and I are best friends. We are both creative and like to try new things. We never put a pizza on the menu unless we both like it.” But some things have remained the same since the beginning. “We make our own dough everyday,” Moore said. “We make our sauce every single day. We cut our vegetables every day. If you got a pizza 25 years ago or today, it is the same. We even cook in the same oven.” Saturday and Moore love their business. They enjoy the creativity associated with making new pizzas and mastering the art. They know some of their regular customers by their pizzas rather than their names and can look at a pizza and know that it doesn’t look exactly right based on the order. But they say it’s not them but the community that is to credit for their success. “That’s really what makes the business: it’s Edgewood,” Saturday said. You can stop by their store for a pizza 7 days a week, 360 days a year.



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Edgewood Elementary School fifth graders performed the musical “Broadway Beat” for their classmates during Spirit Day.

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Homewood City Board of Education recognized retirees during the annual May board meeting to thank them for their dedication and service to the Homewood School System.

Pizza making contest for nutrition

Frances Patton (Edgewood Elementary), Myra Anderson (Edgewood Elementary), Karen Narro (Homewood Middle), David Jones (Homewood High), Dee Hellmers (Hall-Kent Elementary), Cheryl Ingram (Hall-Kent Elementary), Susan Knox (Shades Cahaba Elementary), Margaret Dunkin (Central Office) and Elaine McGarrah (Shades Cahaba Elementary). Not pictured: Anna Ely (Hall-Kent Elementary), Carol Chesnutt (Homewood High), Carol Carter (Homewood High), Naomi Simpson (Homewood High) and Sandra Watts (Homewood Middle).

HHS athletic scholarship awards from Senior Awards Day

Chef Chris Vizzina with Shades Cahaba Elementary students.

Homewood City Schools Child Nutrition Program and Samford University Chef Chris Vizzina held a healthy pizza contest at Shades Cahaba Elementary School in May. The fourth and fifth grade students selected healthy ingredients to create whole grain pizzas. The pizzas were cooked and judged by school employees including Homewood High School’s Head Football Coach Doug Goodwin. Emily Dunleavy’s fourth grade class and Leigh Eaton’s fifth grade class won the pizza contest. This event was made possible through the Chefs Move to Schools program, which paired Homewood City Schools Child Nutrition Program with the executive chef and general manager at Samford University to create healthy dishes that taste good. Child Nutrition Program Director Carolyn Keeney said this is a great opportunity for Homewood City Schools to incorporate some new and exciting recipes into their menu. The chef also works with cafeteria employees to demonstrate various cooking

techniques that can be used in recipe preparation. The Chefs Move to Schools program, run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helps chefs partner with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals that meet the schools’ dietary guidelines and budgets while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices. With more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 11 million participating in the National School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever. This program is part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. Mrs. Obama called on chefs to get involved by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents and school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition.

Front Row: Krimson White, Athletic Association Scholarship; Hannah Norris, Randy Smith Courage Award Scholarship; Kathryn Shields, John Larkin Stephens Encouragement Award Scholarship; Eden Williams, Bob Newton Citizen Athlete Scholarship; Robert Waldrop, Outstanding Senior Athlete Award. Back Row: John David Cook, Athletic Association Scholarship; Ben McGarity, John Larkin Stephens Encouragement Award Scholarship; Adam Salls, Bob Newton Citizen Athlete Scholarship; Aaron Ernest, Robert Waldrop Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.

New board members appointed Homewood City Schools is fortunate to have five individuals who are committed to serve the community and uphold the mission of Homewood City Schools. The School Board for the 2011-2012 academic year is now in place. Patti Atkinson, who started her term in 2004, will serve as board president this year. This year’s vice-president, Bruce Limbaugh, started his term in 2002. R. Scott Williams, previous board president, started his term

in 2003, and board member Dr. Jim Williams was selected to the Homewood School Board in 2005. Dr. Eric Fournier, former board vicepresident, was appointed to fulfill a term that began in 2006. Each of Homewood’s school board members is appointed by the Homewood City Council. Thanks, Homewood School Board, for your dedication to our schools and community.

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Homewood Schools recognized nationally Homewood City Schools is proud to announce that Homewood High School was named in The Washington Post’s national challenge of successfully preparing students for college. Only 12 high schools in Alabama were ranked, and Homewood High School was ranked fourth. “With Homewood having 27 percent [free and reduced lunch] and ranking fourth in the State, this shows we are providing all of our students with the preparation they need for college,” Superintendent Dr. Bill Cleveland said. “This is a huge testament that our faculty, staff, parents and community members are dedicated to ensuring each child

reaches their unique potential.” The High School Challenge is a comprehensive look at more than 1,900 public high schools across the nation and each school’s level of commitment to offering challenging college-level course work to all students. This national ranking is published for the first time by The Washington Post. To determine the ranking, The Washington Post compiled the list based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school administered in 2010 divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Class of 2011 highlights

HHS graduates during Senior Awards Day.

The Homewood High School class of 2011 celebrated Senior Awards Day in May. Forty-two percent of candidates for diploma received scholarship offers totaling approximately $8.8 million. More than $3.5 million in scholarship offers were accepted. Twenty-one Honor Graduates (4.0 or higher GPA) are attending Auburn University, University of Alabama, Huntingdon College, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Rhodes College, United

States Naval Academy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University and Yale University. Other awards included seven National Merit Finalists, one National Merit Semifinalist, four National Merit Commended, one National Achievement Commended, three National Merit Corporate Scholarships, eight Athletic Scholarships and two Summer Bridge Programs at UAB for Minority Students in Engineering or Business.

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Homewood Events

Homewood Star Calendar

7/1 – Live music featuring Chrys Black. 8:30 p.m. Wild Rock Grill, 230 State Farm Parkway in Wildwood. Admission: Free. More information: 943-0080.

7/1 – Free Friday Flicks: Despicable Me. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and

come early to enjo the bounce house, shaved ice, pizza and more. Begins at sundown (around 8:15 p.m.) Homewood Central Park. Admission: free. More information:

7/1,7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29 – Live music on the patio at Pinches Taco featuring Sean Heninger aka WJOX FM radio personality “Rock Star.” 7-9 p.m. 300 Hallman Hill East, Suite 109. More information: 536-6511 or

7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 – Aqua Zumba Pool Party. Join us every Saturday in

July as we splash our way through fun Zumba dancing in the pool. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lakeshore Foundation. Admission: $10. More information: www.

7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 – West Homewood Farmer’s Market. Come check out

local grown produce in a fun atmosphere with crafts, baked goods, flowers and live entertainment. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shades Valley Community Church, 160 West Oxmoor Road. More information: .

7/4 – Thunder on the Mountain Fireworks Display over Vulcan. 9 p.m. 7/4 – OLS Independence Day Festival. BBQ, games, bingo, a rummage sale and

raffle for a new 2011 Toyota Yaris. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for festival; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the rummage sale. Our Lady of Sorrows, 1728 Oxmoor Road. Admission: Free. Raffle Tickets: $5/ticket or $20/5 tickets. To purchase raffle tickets, call 871-8121.

7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 – Karaoke by Chance. 9 p.m. Wild Rock Grill, 230 State Farm Parkway in Wildwood. Admission: Free. More information: 943-0080.

7/8 - Free Friday Flicks: Spongebob Squarepants. Begins at sundown (around 8:15 p.m.) Homewood Central Park.

7/15 - Free Friday Flicks: Over the Hedge. Begins at sundown (around 8:15 p.m.) Homewood Central Park.

7/15- Adam Ross—Ladies and Gentlemen. A book signing with The New York Times celebrated Adam Ross. After Mr. Peanut, Ross presents Ladies and Gentlemen, a collection of short stories. 5 p.m. Alabama Booksmith, 2626 19th Place South. Admission: free. More information:

7/17- An Evening with Chuck Colson. Colson is a former aide to President Nixon

and founder of Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners and their families. 7 p.m. Samford University, The Wright Center. Admission: free. More information:

7/18- Ann Napolitano—A Good Hard Look. Napolitano tells the story of Flannery O’Connor’s flight to New York City and return home to Milledgeville, Georgia after suffering from lupus. 4 p.m. Alabama Booksmith, 2626 19th Place South. Admission: free. More information:

7/21- Todd Keith—Insider’s Guide to Birmingham. Keith provides the source

for travel and relocation to Birmingham from the view of an insider. 4 p.m. Alabama Booksmith, 2626 19th Place South. Admission: free. More information:

7/22 - Free Friday Flicks: Chicken Run. Begins at sundown (around 8:15 p.m.) Homewood Central Park.

7/24- 3rd Annual Tour de Cahaba bike ride. Join us as we celebrate the wrap of

the Tour de France with a bike ride to all of our Cahaba Cycle locations. Tour starts at Homewood Cycle with pit stops at each Cahaba Cycle store and ends at Homewood Cycle with food and drinks. For start time check the website at Registration: On site, $5. More information: 879-3244.

7/26- Public Information Meeting. Parks and Recreation Board will discuss the

possibility of building a new rec center. 6 p.m. Homewood Recreation Center. Admission: free. More information: Free. More information:

7/29 - Free Friday Flicks: Rango. Begins at sundown (around 8:15 p.m.) Homewood Central Park. Admission: Free. More information:

Theatre 7/11 – “Kids on Stage” Summer Drama Camp. SESSION III Disney’s High School

Musical. 9 a.m. Alys Robinson Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Avenue South. Cost for two week camp: $350. More information: events.

7/14-8/7 – Hairspray. Get swept away to 1960s Baltimore, where the 50s are out - and change is in the air. Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m and Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. Red Mountain Theatre, 1116 26th Street South. Admission: $30$35. More information: 324-2424 or

7/14 – Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer. 7 p.m.

Alys Robinson Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Avenue South. Admission: $20$49.50. More information:

7/18 – “Discovering the Visual Arts” Summer Camp for ages 8-14. 9 a.m. Alys

Robinson Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Avenue South. Cost: $190. More information: or call 975.4769.

7/24 – Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band – Good Songs Good People Series.

The new series this summer features today’s hottest singers, songwriters, and performers in the beautiful setting of the Sirote Theatre. Alys Robinson Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Avenue South. Admission: $29.50. Cocktail Hour begins at 6:30 p.m. More information: events.

Do you know of events in our community? We would love to include them. Please email by the 15th of each month for the publication in the next month’s issue.

Family Fun

7/1-31- Baby Season. You can observe the care of Alabama native wild bird

patients in raptor flight cages. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park. State park admission: $3 (adults) $1 (children). More information: call 663-7930 or visit

7/4- Flag Making & Parade. Come the Campground Pavilion and join us to make

flags or other patriotic crafts, then parade through the campground. 10 a.m. Oak Mountain State Park. State park admission: $3 (adults) $1(children). More information: call 663-7930.

7/4- Thunder on the Mountain. Birmingham’s biggest fireworks show. 9

p.m. Vulcan Park and Museum but can be viewed from surrounding areas. Admission: free. More information:

7/4- Celebrate the 4th of July at American Village. Enjoy unique entertainment

and great food all day long. Watch actors filled with the “Spirit of 76” and see George Washington and other patriots. 11 a.m.-fireworks at dusk. American Village, 727 Highway 119, Montevallo, AL. Admission: adults and children over five: $5. All active military and veterans are free. More information:

7/9- Things That Go Bump in the Night.
Come to the campground pavilion and learn about the creatures that are playing while we are sleeping. 7 p.m. Oak Mountain State Park. State park admission: $3 (adults) $1 (children). More information: 663-7930.

7/23- Nature Scavenger Hunt.
Visit the Treetop Nature Trail and look for things

in nature on this fun filled nature scavenger hunt. 10 a.m. Oak Mountain State Park. State park admission: $3 (adults) $1 (children). More information: 6637930.

Sports 7/4-7/7- Birmingham Barons vs. Mobile BayBears. Special promotions include

Independence Day fireworks, AAA Wednesday and thirsty Thursday. Game times vary, but generally most evening games begin at 7:05 p.m. Regions Park, Hoover. For tickets and information, go to http://web.minorleaguebaseball. com or call 988-3200.

7/13-7/18- Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Suns. Special promotions include ladies night, parrot head night, Friday night fireworks, kids jersey giveaway and a team autograph session. Game times vary, but generally most evening games begin at 7:05 p.m. Regions Park, Hoover. For tickets and information, go to or call 988-3200.

7/26- 7/30- Birmingham Barons vs. Huntsville Stars. Special promotions include 90s night, thirsty Thursday, Friday night fireworks and football kickoff night. Game times vary, but generally most evening games begin at 7:05 p.m. Regions Park, Hoover. For tickets and information, go to http://web. or call 988-3200.

Music & Arts 7/1- 8-1- In Focus-- Photography by Birmingham City School students. The

Education Department brought cameras, photography instruction and a passion for photography out into the community. Birmingham Museum of Art. Hours: Monday –Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday, noon – 5 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission: donation suggested. More information: 205-254-2707.

7/1-7/24- A Stitch in Time: Southern Quilts in the African- American Tradition.

Drawing from the Museum’s permanent collection of American quilts--among the largest in the country-- this exhibition will explore the African- American quilting tradition from vibrant patterns to whimsical pictorials. Birmingham Museum of Art. Hours: Monday –Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday, noon – 5 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission: donation suggested. More information: 205-254-2707.

7/4, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31- Jazz in the Park. Bring your picnic basket and lawn

chair for an evening of jazz featuring a diverse group of Birmingham area jazz musicians. 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Various parks. Admission: free. More information: call 205-616-1735.

7/9- Doo Wop live in Birmingham. Alabama Public Television presents legends

of group vocal harmony in a live concert. 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Admission: $75, $100, $150. More information: www.

7/9- Motley Crue with New York Dolls. One of the world’s most iconic rock

bands. 7:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Music Center. Admission: $33- $107.70. More Information:

7/10- Jazz in the Park. Features the Neo Jazz Collective, Roland Gresham and

Kenneth Williams. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. W.C. Patton Park, 3969 14th Avenue North. Admission: free. More information:

7/14- Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer. Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right after the 1986 release of his debut record, Guitar Town. 7 p.m. Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Admission: $29.50 - $49.50, students $20. More information: 205-975-2787.

7/17 -O.A.R. in concert. Hailed as one of the best live bands on the planet, O.A.R. has built a rabid following and a well-deserved reputation as a must-see band when they come to town. 7:30 p.m. Admission: $28.50 and $32.50. Sloss Furnaces. More information:

7/17- Jazz in the Park. Features the Neo Jazz Collective, Laser’s Edge and

Southpax Saxes. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Ensley Park, 2800 Avenue K. Admission: free. More information:

7/24- Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band. Of the Idaho-born singer-songwriter,

Paste magazine declares, “Put simply, Ritter is the most gifted interpreter of Americana, as an arranger and a lyricist, working today.” 6:30 p.m. Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Admission: $29.50. More information: www.

Homewood Fashions

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Fashion Spotlight By BLAKE RHODES

Entering my sixth month of pregnancy, I decided it was time to visit the Swanky Stork. On behalf of all pregnant women, I had challenged myself to two things: one, find at least three trendy maternity styles for work, weekend and special occasion and two, find some quality pieces that would not break my budget. For work I found a classic black skirt and silky v-neck multi-print top. As I was photographing the skirt, I decided I had to try it on. That skirt was so comfortable; it was like putting on your favorite pair of yoga pants. It amazed me that something so comfortable looked that good on. So needless, to say the skirt made its way home with me. It was originally $69 but on sale for 25 percent off. I could not decide on just one look for weekends. One style I pulled together was a pair of designer white jeans, white tank and a long sleeveless purple cardigan. It was fresh and put-together. With this being my first pregnancy, I had no idea that my favorite (pre-pregnancy) denim designers also made maternity jeans! I looked at the sales associate like I had just won the fashion lottery. And all of their denim was on sale starting at $30. The other look was this orange Michael Stars knee-length dress. The fabric was so soft and looked great with a cross-body diaper bag. For special occasions, I spotted what I like to describe as a “watercolor” halter dress. It looked like a red carpet dress. If I had a wedding I had to go to this summer, I probably would have had to have it. But instead I browsed the sale rack to find this adorable purple mini chiffon dress that was tied in front with a big bow. With cute leggings and some sassy heels, it will be the perfect outfit for a datenight with my husband or a night out with my girlfriends. My $39 purple dress is now hanging proudly in my closet. Yes, I said $39! While comfort is your number one priority during pregnancy, a pregnant lady can’t just throw on a T-shirt and running shorts to run errands in without looking frumpy. One of the positives about being pregnant during the summer is the maxi-dress. It’s not maternity apparel, but I have been able to wear them into my sixth month and plan to as long as my baby bump allows. Two of my favorites came from Old Navy in Homewood. Maxi-dresses

are so incredibly comfortable, but they’re also effortlessly stylish. And don’t be afraid to belt them. Just because your normal waistline has expanded doesn’t mean you can’t go above or below the beltline. I found a thin braided belt at American Eagle at Colonial Brookwood Village for $19.99. It looks super cute with my navy racer-back maxi-dress and gold flip-flops. In conclusion to my fashion challenge, the maternity summer staples I highly recommend: black skirt, white jeans, a good pair of shorts, cropped pants, brightly colored tanks, maxi dress. Stay cool for the remainder of the summer and look forward to welcoming your sweet baby into the world.

Samford sports camps Samford University Athletics offers day camps for different ages. Below are the camps remaining for this summer. For more information or to register, visit samf-camps.html.

July 11-14- Pole Vault Camp, 11 a .m.-3 p.m. July 16- High School Camp July 18-21- Youth Baseball Camp, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

July 5-8- Youth Camp Skills, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

July 18-21- Intro Skills Camp, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

July 5-8- Jr. High Team Camp, 5:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.

July 21-24- Team Camp

July 7-8- 7 on 7 Team Passing Camp July 8-10- High School Team Camp, Fri. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sat.& Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11-14- Youth Baseball Camp, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. July 11-12- Volley Tots Morning Session, 9-11 a.m.

July 25-27- High School Spotlight Camp, Day 1, 2:30-9 p.m.; Day 2, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Day 3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. July 27-30- Fundamental Camp, Session 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. August 1-4- Fundamental Camp, Session 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trendy maternity styles at Swanky Stork. Photos by Blake Rhodes.

Come See Us At The “Rock” Grill menu available anytime Meat and Veggie now available during Monday-Friday lunch

August 5- Individual College Prep Camp

July 11-12- Volley Tots Afternoon Session, 1-3 p.m.

Dance major receives scholarships Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) graduate and Homewood resident Katherine Files was awarded several summer dance scholarships at the Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham, Ala. and at the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, Va. At the Alabama Dance Festival, Files received full tuition scholarships to the Florida Dance Festival and Alabama Dance Theatre’s summer dance intensive programs. At the Regional High School Dance Festival, she received a scholarship to Bates Dance Festival in Maine. and the Joffrey Ballet School, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Long Island University, Point Park University and the Summer Stages Dance Festival and an American Dance Festival.

230 State Farm Parkway in Wildwood next to Lowe’s


Homewood resident and ASFA graduate Katherine Files. Photo courtesy of the Files Family.

Now open Monday-Saturday 11 am - 2 am Sundays 11 am - 10 pm

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The Art of Dentistry

Homewood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, LLC A Full Service Dental Office New Patients Welcome Most Insurance Accepted

Deanne L. Vail, DMD


Julie L. Webb, DMD

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Cosmetic Treatments Preventative Care Power Bleaching Tooth Colored Fillings Restorative Care Porcelain Crowns & Veneers Pediatric Dentistry Implant Restoration Nitrous Oxide Sedation Financing Available

1752 Oxmoor Rd.•

No representation is made that the quality of dental services to be performed is greater than the quality of dental services performed by other dentists.

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The Homewood Star July 2011  

News, sports, entertainment for Homewood, Alabama

The Homewood Star July 2011  

News, sports, entertainment for Homewood, Alabama