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The Homewood Star | June 2011 |

neighborly news & entertainment for Homewood

Volume 1 | Issue 3 | June 2011

Sports Vulcan’s Birthday

City Council

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Homewood reaches out to Hackleburg By ASHLEY BERKERY and MADOLINE MARKHAM

After the devastating April tornadoes, Homewood Police Officer Mike Jackson returned to Hackleburg and found the high school he had attended in ruin. An EF-5 tornado – the fiercest kind of twister – had obliterated 95 percent of the small town’s structures. “I was heartbroken,” Jackson said. “I saw a lot of friends’ houses and places I used to go—the high school, the football stadium, my church—all destroyed. Most people made it through though.” Jackson was not in Hackleburg alone. Homewood was there with him. Jackson’s friends still living in the town had told him there was no one there with the recovery and relief experience and equipment necessary to help, so Jackson talked to fellow police officers and eventually Mayor Scott McBrayer that Saturday night. At 5 a.m. the next morning a crew from the city was on the road to help. Jackson had called the Hackleburg fire chief, a friend from his church there, and told him what they were bringing. “The tears in his eyes said it all,” Jackson said. “Hackleburg was a great small town

June Features

Caroline Hubbard of the Homewood Chamber of Commerce and City Councilman Fred Hawkins in Hackleburg on May 14. Photo courtesy of Homewood Chamber of Commerce.

to live in,” Jackson said. “They are hard working people dedicated to family. Most are farmers or work at the Wrangler plant.” The Homewood team worked about 16 hours that day with a special operations truck from Homewood’s Station One and cadaver dogs as part of search and rescue. CBS 42 news sent a cameraman,

and Mayor McBrayer talked about the experience on the evening news. The fire department returned the next day to search the downtown area. “Once the mayor got involved and media got involved, relief in Hackleburg snowballed,” Jackson said. A 200,000-square-foot warehouse was filled

The lyrical life of Father Goose

• Editor’s note


• Mayor’s Minute


• City Council


• Vulcan’s Birthday Bash


• Restaurant Showcase


• Entrepreneur Spotlight


• Father’s Day Gift Guide


• Homewood Sports


• Business Spotlight


• Lauren Denton


• School House


Charles Ghigna “Father Goose” in his writing “treehouse” in Homewood. Photo courtesy Charles Ghigna.

• Calendar of Events



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with so many supplies in one week that Hackleburg shared them with neighboring Phil Campbell, another town in the tornado’s direct path. The mayor and Homewood Chamber of Commerce organized a crew to return to

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Fire department first on the scene in Pleasant Grove By ASHLEY BERKERY

Charles Ghigna, better known as Father Goose, leads children on adventures. “I like to take kids on journeys of imagination and then return them to their own world,” he said. His timeless poems and stories celebrate the wonder and magic of life through a child’s eyes. Children can’t help but delight in his vibrant, playful lyrics that paint pictures of animals and nature. Ghigna has written more than 5,000 poems and published more than 50 children’s books for Random House, Disney, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster and

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other publishers. Ghigna, 64, writes in his “tree house,” the attic of his 1927 English Tudor home on West Linwood Drive where he has lived with his wife, Debra, for nearly 35 years. “Something magical happens when you write,” he tells the elementary students he speaks to. “Writing a book is like a magic carpet to travel country and world, but what I like best is being here [in Homewood], sleeping in my own bed.” “You can write about anything and

The Homewood Fire Department was the first outside crew to reach the tornadoravaged Pleasant Grove only 30 minutes after the storm hit on April 27. “In my 17 years with the fire department, this was absolutely the most devastating thing I have ever responded to,” Homewood Fire Lieutenant Brian Bonner said. “People were crawling out of debris, and the need was just so great.” While tending to a house fire and downed trees in the Homewood area that night, a crew of 15 was immediately dispatched to the scene. The team, including the fire chief, fire inspector, administrative officer and line fighters, worked fervently through the night searching for missing persons and clearing debris to make way for emergency vehicles. At 4 a.m. April 28 the crew returned to Homewood only to change out crew members, and by 7:30 a.m. the new crew arrived back in Pleasant Grove clearing, searching and treating injuries until after dark.

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Summer is here and school is out! As we change our routines and shift into a slower gear during the hot months, there’s no better time for relaxing with a copy of your hometown newspaper, so pull up a chair on the porch or deck, get something cool to drink and enjoy June’s The Homewood Star. Look for these family fun events this month: Vulcan is celebrating his 107th birthday with a huge birthday bash, Fresh Air Family is partnering with organizations in Homewood to offer outdoor educational programs for families, your Homewood Library has a great lineup of activities (listed for your convenience on page 6), and my all-time favorite, Free Friday Flicks, kicks off its regular summer series in Homewood’s Central Park. Whether you find yourself indoors or outdoors this summer, there’s hardly a better way to spend a summer afternoon than buried in a book. This month we proudly highlight Homewood’s very own “Papa Goose,” Charles Ghinga. In case you don’t know him by his famous “PA GOOSE” license plate, Charles is the author of more than 5,000 poems and more than 50 children’s books – the kind your kids will definitely have fun reading this summer. When you take a break from reading and want to have some fun in the sun, be sure to take a few photos of your favorite lake moments and enter our First Annual

Lake Lover’s Photo Contest. Details are on page 3 and the deadline for submission is August 9. On a serious note, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to those who were affected by the deadly tornados that hit our state on April 27. Homewood as a community was spared any serious damage, but other communities were not so lucky and many of us know persons and families who were touched by the storms. We hope that through reading our storm-related articles you will see just how involved our city is with recovery efforts. Mayor Scott McBrayer immediately moved the city to action, taking a stand to help our neighbors and calling on the city to help at all costs. Many of you joined the Mayor in literally rolling up your sleeves to help in areas that were damaged or destroyed. I am proud to live in a community that has such a big heart, and I know that many of you feel this way too. If you have any touching stories related to the storm and would like to share them with us, please email me at ashley@thehomewoodstar. com. In the meantime, enjoy the June issue and have a safe and happy summer!

About Our Staff Blake Rhodes Blake Rhodes grew up in the small town of Brundidge, Ala., located just outside of Troy. Following high school, she spent four years at Auburn University cheering on the Tigers and studying marketing. After graduating college, she moved to Birmingham where she met her husband Jason. They got married and moved to the charming area of Homewood and still reside here today with their spoiled dog Murphy. Blake has always been a fashionista and had a passion for shopping. After years of personal shopping for family and friends, she decided to turn her love of trends and bargains into a business. Now, as founder and owner of Off the Cuff, she can help you find the perfect outfit for whatever life throws your way! She can be reached at Alison Grizzle Alison Grizzle graduated from Homewood High School in 1993 and recently returned home, buying a home in West Homewood in May 2010. Since leaving HHS, she received a bachelor’s from Denison University with a double major in English and mathematics, a master’s in education from UAB with a specialization in teaching secondary mathematics, and a doctorate in education from Walden University with a specialization in teacher leadership. She began teaching at Ensley High School in 1999, and 12 years later is still in the Ensley/Pratt City community working at P.D. Jackson Olin High School teaching mathematics. Lauren Denton After graduating from Auburn University, Lauren Denton put her psychology degree to use as a promotion copywriter at Southern Progress Corporation. For the next seven years, she cranked out promotional material for SPC’s cookbooks and magazines while writing for local magazines like Portico, Birmingham magazine, Birmingham Christian Family, and Southern Living. She now stays home with her daughter, Kate, and works as a freelance copy editor and writer. She learned quickly that staying home with a child is definitely not about eating bon-bons and watching daytime TV. She and her husband, Matt, live in Homewood with Kate and their chocolate lab, Caesar. She can be reached at laurenkdenton@gmail. com.

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The new playground at West Homewood’s Patriot Park.

Patriot Park is receiving a facelift to become a better area for young families in West Homewood to enjoy. This spring a new playground, the first step in a master plan for the park, was completed. The Homewood City Council has approved a master plan by architect Chuck Kelly to add pavilions, restrooms and a walking area around the outskirts of the park. The plan will leave green space open and appeal to families living in the area. “We wanted to add something in West Homewood for local neighbors but not necessarily make it a destination park,” said Homewood Parks and Recreation Director Berkeley Squires. Squires also said the improvements will be similar to those

done at Homewood Central Park. “[The park] will be a neighborhood park and will encourage the community to get out, exercise and enjoy the fresh air,” City Council Member Fred Hawkins said. Funding for the remaining steps of the park’s master plan is pending approval in the city budget. If approved this summer, construction will begin in late fall, and everything will be completed in 2012. The project is number two on the Park and Recreation Board’s list behind building a new community center. Patriot Park, 816 Oak Grove Road, is located adjacent to the Homewood Senior Center at the corner of Oak Grove Road and Raleigh Avenue in West Homewood.

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Meet your City Council members Fred Hawkins – Ward 2 Place 1

On a lighter note, tell us what your family appreciates most about Homewood and one of your favorite Homewood restaurants. What I appreciate most of all is our people. I cannot say enough about our schools, park board and all of our wonderful services that are provided to our citizens. As for restaurants, we are blessed with many great ones here in Homewood and I frequent them all. If I had to pick one, I would have to pick Jim ‘N Nick’s. They support our city like no other. For those who don’t know, they support our schools, sports teams, and every year, they feed all of our city employees at Christmastime just to say thanks in the true spirit of giving.

Ms. Senior Homewood 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Fell is Ms. Senior Homewood 2011. In 2005 she retired from Troy University, where she was a professor and chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department. “Being an educator for almost 50 years, my philosophy has always been to work hard and go the extra mile, and share a smile to brighten someone’s day,” she said in a speech. “Be tough, but fair, and kind and caring. And, I love to make people laugh!” As a piano and keyboard player, she has performed at numerous nursing homes. Fell is a world traveler but rates her trip to Pasadena for the Alabama National Championship Game better than her trip to Russia. She and her husband of 45 years, Ray, have three children and four grandchildren. Fell will compete in the Ms. Senior Alabama pageant on June 11 in Hanceville. Ms. Senior Homewood 2011 Elizabeth Fell with Frankie Cashion, Ms. Senior Homewood 2010. Photo courtesy Homewood Senior Center.

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The tornados were a tragedy for many of our surrounding communities. How have you witnessed Homewood coming together to provide disaster relief to those areas that were affected? The tornados were devastating to so many people in our neighboring communities. We are so fortunate and blessed that we were not hit as so many. were I want to tell you that our mayor and his assistant were amazing in their response to this disaster. I have heard from so many of my friends in Birmingham how our mayor unconditionally sent crews from numerous departments to help. He was on the ground getting his hands dirty working beside first responders, and I am so proud of him.

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We had an overwhelming response from our community at the public hearing on April 25. Were you surprised by the outcome, and what are your top priorities right now for moving Homewood forward? I would not say I was surprised by

the response, but I would say I was very pleased. Every time there is an important issue facing our community, whether it be supporting our school or discussing capital projects, our citizens always seem to step up and make their voices heard. As for moving Homewood forward, I use my knowledge of engineering and work with our city engineer to help keep federal grant money for the Shades Creek Greenway projects and the Oxmoor Boulevard project. These projects are 80 percent funded by the federal government, and I believe we need to take advantage of this money. Phase one of the greenway project on Lakeshore has been more successful than any of us could have imagined, and now we have an opportunity to extend it all the way to West Homewood Park with long range plans to connect to the new Red Mountain Park. In addition, our safe routes to schools program is really taking off. I think we need to build and maintain as many sidewalks as possible throughout Homewood. I also believe we need a comprehensive sidewalk program for our city, and we will be working to implement a new plan.

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Fred, you are a long time resident of Homewood. Tell us a little bit about what brought you and your family to Homewood and how and when you became involved with our city council? I have lived in Homewood since 1995. After graduating Auburn University in 1993, I took a civil engineering job in Mobile. I moved to the Birmingham area in 1994 when I was offered a job I could not refuse. Knowing that I wanted children, I did a lot of research on the school systems, and Homewood’s school system was among the very best. I soon bought my first house in West Homewood and was quickly welcomed by an amazing community of wonderful people. I made friends and quickly realized I was home. My son Alex was born in 1996. For years he would ride his bike to Hall-Kent School, where the teachers and staff were better than I ever imagined. I had several discussions with friends about our city government, but I had limited time for politics because I enjoyed coaching part of Alex’s sports activities. Last year, Alex started high school and my coaching career ended. Almost at the same time, an opening became available on the city council in mid-term. I decided to throw my name in the hat and was soon appointed to the council.


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Chamber presents student awards at luncheon

Achievement Award winners Davis Housman, Jane Hideko Ferderber, Hannah Mae Robinson, Savannah Wright and Harper Nichols.

The Homewood Chamber of Commerce honored an outstanding student from each school during their 25th annual Excellence in Education Award luncheon sponsored by Office Depot. The event, held at Homewood Middle School, acknowledged the Chamber’s 2010-11 Achievement Award winners, and the high school recipient was awarded with a $2,000 scholarship. This year’s Achievement Award winners are Jane Hideko Ferderber, Edgewood Elementary School; Davis Housman, Hall-Kent Elementary School; Harper Nichols, Shades Cahaba Elementary School; Savannah Wright, Homewood Middle School; and Hannah Mae Robinson, Homewood High

School. The Edgewood Elementary School Percussion Ensemble, led by music teacher Theresa McKibben, performed for the Chamber members, and a special wellness presentation was made by Homewood City Schools Wellness Coordinator Nivada Spurlock. HHS and HMS students helped Spurlock demonstrate The Movement, a program designed to change the way students and staff members think about health and wellness. Its purpose is to create a culture change in an effort to better address the challenges of obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, stress, cardiovascular disease and other related illnesses.

Summer Happenings at the Homewood Library Children’s Department June 7 - Chinese Acrobat, 10:30 a.m. June 9 - Teddy Bear’s Picnic, 10:30 a.m. June 10 & 24 - Leaps and Bounds, 10:30 a.m. June 13 & 27 – Movie, 3 p.m. June 14 - Mobile Dairy Classroom, 10:30 a.m. June 16 - Pippi and Friends, 10:30 a.m. June 17 - Summer Fun Club June 21 – Zinghopper’s 6:30 p.m. June 23 - A Taste of Germany, 6:30 p.m. June 28 - Ronald McDonald, 10:30 a.m. June 30 - Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays– Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Teen Department Summer Kickoff Concert Friday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Homewood Park. Bring the whole family and help us celebrate the beginning of summer break with a free, live concert and prizes. Stick around after the concert for Free Friday Flicks. Photo Scavenger Hunt Wednesday, June 15, at 1:30 p.m. in


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Homewood Public Library’s Large Auditorium. For students entering 6-12 grades only. Download the Scavenger Hunt List and instructions from our website anytime between June 1 and June 15. On June 15, bring in your photos on CD or flash drive, and we’ll vote on the best ones. The most creative photos will win prizes. Sushi Making Class Wednesday, June 22, at 1:30pm in Homewood Public Library’s Large Auditorium. For students entering 6-12 grades only. Meet Chef Angela and learn how to roll your own vegetable sushi. Registration required. Email Ms. Heather at beginning June 1 to sign up. Summer Project Workday Wednesday, June 29, at 1:30 p.m. in Homewood Public Library’s Large Auditorium. For students entering 6-12 grades only. Do you have a school project you need to complete this summer? Join us at the library on June 29 and work on it with us. Snacks will be served.

Free Friday Flicks Free Friday Flicks in Homewood Central Park will kickoff on June 3. These Friday nights encourage the family to come out and enjoy a hit movie together. Movies begin at sundown (around 8:15 p.m.), but be sure to get there earlier to enjoy a bounce house, shaved ice, pizza and other festivities. Guests are encouraged to bring

lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Movies this summer will be How to Train Your Dragon (June 3), Shrek (June 10), The Wizard of Oz (June 17), E.T. (June 24), Despicable Me (July 1), Spongebob Squarepants (July 8), Over the Hedge (July 15), Chicken Run (July 22), Rango (July 29) and Tangled (August 5).

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Happy birthday, Vulcan Free family fun in fresh air Celebrating 107 years Randy Haddock and Sammy Raviv use a screen to catch fish at the Cahaba River at the biannual Fresh Air Family Riverwalk. The fish are kept in a tank for kids to observe and then released back into the river. Photo courtesy Fresh Air Family.


Emily Steele and Aaron Steele (front) and Alex Steele and Leam Steele (back) celebrate Vulcan’s birthday. Photo courtesy Vulcan Park and Museum.

By AMANDA E.H. PRItCHARD Break out the party hats and horns because it is time to celebrate the man who moons the Magic City, everyone’s favorite cast iron statue, Vulcan. All are invited to come out and toast Vulcan on Sunday, June 5, 12-4 p.m. as we salute his 107th birthday. Fun for the entire family will be provided at Vulcan Park and Museum’s biggest birthday bash of the year. Kids can enjoy inflatables, an interactive drum circle, a baseball throw with representatives from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Birmingham Barons, clay sculpting and animals from the Birmingham Zoo. Admission includes access to Vulcan’s observation balcony, museum and special new exhibit, “The Music Lives On: Folk Song Traditions Told by Alabama Artists.” “My birthday wish for Vulcan would

be for all the people in Birmingham who have been meaning to visit Vulcan for the first time would actually find the time to pay the ‘Iron Man’ a visit this year,” said Audra Bean, director of public relations and marketing for Vulcan Park and Museum. Admission for the day’s merriment is just $3 for ages five and over. The event is free for children under four and Vulcan members. “It’s such a great way for families to enjoy an afternoon while supporting Vulcan and Birmingham’s story,” Bean said. As Vulcan’s website states, “Vulcan may be the world’s largest cast iron statue, but he still needs help blowing out his 107 birthday candles!” For more information please visit


Five years ago Verna Gates had a vision to get families in Alabama to hike together. What came of this small dream is thousands of people unlocking the key to explore the state and its natural beauty. Today her grassroots organization, Fresh Air Family, runs more than 400 free activities a year, including 15 day camps as well as afterschool and home school programs. They partner with organizations in Homewood and thoughout Alabama to host outdoor educational programs. “We are not a group geared toward hikers; we are geared toward families,” Gates said. “We make everything easy for you and your family by planning details. It’s a no worries way to get outdoors and do interesting things.” Did you know Alabama’s Bear Creek is home to the Dismal Lights, a phenomena where insect larva glow in the dark that occurs here and in New Zealand? What about that you can visit Union Chapel Mine, a world-class fossil site in Jasper, to find fossils that predate dinosaurs? Or explore Tumbling Rock Cave, a space in

Scottsboro that stays at 60 degrees year round? Fresh Air hosts excursions to all these places. “Alabama is a miraculous place,” Gates said. “With its five geologic regions and one of the top five states in biodiversity, we take the beauty for granted.” Many of their events include an education component led by expert naturologists or college professors, including Samford professors Ellen McLaughlin, Kristen Backagaurd, Larry Davenport and retired professor Mike Howell. They also host events at Birmingham Botanical Gardens like a weekly Hikes for Tikes walk for toddlers. At Gross Out Camp at the gardens, older kids learn about creeks, snakes, bald eagles, and more. “It’s science, but we don’t tell the kids that,” Gates said. “We guarantee sending home dirty, tired children.” “The great outdoors is a truly native habitat of children,” Gates said. “But they

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Ty Taylor is home, and he has West Hollywood. The name “Pinches” brought a bit of Los Angeles with him to can bring some giggles among bilingual open Pinches Tacos. folks, but the Anayas’ explanation of Robby Melvin said he frequents its history is the best. According to the Pinches not just to support Taylor; the family legend, their great uncle was a rich, real flavors of Pinches’ food is the cook, otherwise known as a pinche, for Mexican he enjoys most— to eat as well Pancho Villa, who would yell, “Pinche as to cook. “Everything on the menu is traime unos tacos,” which translates to fresh and made from authentic recipes, “Cook, bring me some tacos.” and my goal is to eventually taste the When life brought Taylor home to entire menu,” said Melvin, Salt Catering Alabama, he entered discussions with the chef and a Homewood graduate. Anaya brothers about opening a Pinches The menu has unique offerings Tacos in Homewood. After two years such as the cactus taco and the fish taco of planning and scouting the perfect with Veracruz coleslaw burrito. “Tamale location, Pinches is here! Located on the Tuesdays brings in a regular crowd,” corner of 19th Street South and Oxmoor Taylor said. Single tamales are $3.95, and Road in Hallman Hill East, the newest a combo tamale with rice and beans is Pinches location has brought a new only $7.95. spirit to Homewood. Taylor is extremely Personally, I fell in love with the Pinches owner Ty Taylor. happy that he chose Homewood. “I love potato and manchego cheese flautas, Photo by Arden Photography. reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen which are tortillas stuffed with potatoes in twenty years.” Taylor said. “Friends stop by weekly and cheese and then fried until crisp. to say ‘hello’ and share a drink. It’s great to be back in a Taylor, a 1992 graduate of Homewood High School, neighborhood surrounded by new and old friends.” graduated from Tulane University and then followed his Pinches Tacos has a fun, family atmosphere. The heart to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. Like many colorful paintings tell a story of the owners and embody actors, he supplemented his income from the occasional the personalities of those involved in this venture. In acting jobs with money from the restaurant business. addition, Pinches Tacos brings another great patio location While in LA, he worked at various restaurants and gained to Homewood, featuring live music on Friday evenings 7 experience as a waiter, bartender, and manager. He learned – 9 p.m. the business from the inside-out. Although it’s only been open a few months, the It was during this phase in his life that he met the Pinches family has already embraced the Homewood Anaya brothers, Miguel, Jorge and Javier, who owned spirit of giving. Taylor was recently invited to speak at Pinches Tacos, a restaurant with authentic Mexican food. Homewood High School, where he shared with students They like to joke that they are starting a movement of “Real his personal journey about persevering and setting goals. Mexican Food by Real Mexicans.” During this time, Taylor On Cinco De Mayo, Pinches celebrated the holiday in became part of the Anaya family. style, donating proceeds to MDA/ Jerry Lewis Foundation. The first Pinches Tacos was originally opened in 2008 They chose this cause because the Anaya’s mother suffers on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood after the unfortunate from muscular dystrophy. closing of the Anaya family’s restaurant, Cha Cha Cha Pinches Tacos is a great example of Homewood ’s

Steak tamale served at Pinches Tacos. Photo by Arden Photography.

ability to combine tradition and innovation. As long as Homewood can rely on its “homegrowns” to always come home and bring inventive thinking and a renewed spirit, it will continue to blossom and be a wonderful home for generations to come.

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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Arden Photography|



Local photographer flashes with success With just one click of her camera, she captures memories that last a lifetime. Whether walking a rose petal-lined aisle or a ruby red carpet, Arden Ward’s brides and clients shine like stars in their photographs. Her celebrity portfolio includes the likes of Southern Queen, Paula Deen, Dancing with the Stars contestant and

International photographer Arden Ward. Photo courtesy Arden Photography.

NFL football player Hines Ward, President Barack Obama, New York Giants player Justin Tuck, former President George P. Bush, Taylor Hicks and Nicole Ritchie. A Homewood resident, Arden began her career shooting images with her prized Leica camera at her mother’s ballet studio, capturing graceful movements of the dancers. It was there at an early age that she learned to anticipate the shot and pay attention to lines and details. When she was only 14 years old, Arden was told if she helped clean out her grandmother’s attic she could have anything she found. What she found was a 1938 Leica Rangefinder camera and her dream of becoming a photographer. Little did she know back then that her dreams would become reality –taking her all over the world and bringing her face-to-face with engaged couples and famous celebrities. High school art classes led her to study photography at New Mexico State, where she worked hand-in-hand with top landscape photographers. “The light in the west will absolutely take your breath away,” Arden said. It was there in the open outdoors that she fell upon some of her greatest wedding moments. Although Arden’s commercial photography business was booming at the time, leading her internationally to shoot in more than 12 countries such as France, England and Switzerland, her emotional connections to weddings were essential in growing her business. “What woman doesn’t love a wedding?” she said. Arden Photography was officially formed in 2004 with a photojournalist style that captures intimate details and tells the wedding story of a couple from beginning to end. Her images show pure bliss and pristine elegance, making every bride feel like a princess on her wedding day. Just walk in wedding stores such as Bella Bridesmaid or Weddings Etc. to see Arden’s photography gracing the walls. Just recently, Arden visited France with one of her past brides, Lauren Tuck, the wife of NFL Giants football player Justin Tuck. “When shooting a wedding it is essential to relate to the couple in their own unique style,” Arden said. “Shooting Lauren and Justin’s wedding opened doors for

NFL Giants Player Justin Tuck and Lauren Tuck on their wedding day. Photo courtesy Arden Photography.

a new and beautiful friendship.” Arden works from Hallman Hill in Homewood by appointment. For more information on Arden and her photography business or to schedule an appointment, please visit

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| June 2011 | The Homewood Star

Father’s Day Gift Guide By MADOLINE MARKHAM

Trying to decide what to buy for Dad this year? Stick around Homewood and check out these local shops’ recommendations for a present Dad will love. For the tool and gadget dad

Huffstutler’s Hardware

Add to Dad’s tool collection with a full selection of hand tools and sockets including a Greatnet 11-piece Combination Wrench Set that comes with a lifetime warranty ($23.69). Huffstutler’s staff recommends a Bosch Pocket Driver ($129.99) that is 50 percent smaller than the average 12V power drill but just as strong. Also, a collapsible and adjustable B&D Workmate 225 ($76.65) removes any need for a second person to hold things as he works. 2732 Central Avenue, 871-2121 For the dad who has everything


Any dad will love Fits Socks Co. merino wool socks ($15.99-19.99). Created by an Alabama man and made in Tennessee, Ken Shaia said he had never tried a product that left his feet feeling so good after a day of standing. They are available in different lengths and colors. Another idea is the all-natural E shave crème ($20). It outlasts a typical aerosol can variety by four to five times and with its essence of aromatherapy makes shaving more luxuious. They also sell a preshave oil ($19) and aftershave ($22) in the product line. 2818 18th Street South, 871-1312

For the steak-loving dad

A 10 oz. ribeye from Michael’s Steak House.

Michael’s Steak House

If dad likes a good meat-and-potatoes meal, treat him to a house-cut angus beef steak at Michael’s. Dad can choose from a list of cuts of meat dipped in the restaurant’s signature marinade. Staff favorites include a 10 oz. steer butt ($32), a lean cut similar to a filet but with more flavor from fat; a 24 oz. Porterhouse t-bone combination filet and strip ($39); and a 12 oz. Demlonico ribeye ($23) with a flavorful marbling on the inside. Reservations are recommended for Father’s Day. You can also give Dad a gift certificate to enjoy a steak dinner any time of his choosing. 1903 29th Ave South, 871-9525 For the active dad

For the dad who grills

Cahaba Cycles

Choose from a selection of goods to outfit Dad’s bike rides and runs. If Dad bikes, he can mount a Flea 2.0 Rechargable Rear Light or Front Light ($29.99) to bike after dark or a portable 90-gram Lezyne pump ($39.99) for emergency tire fillings. If Dad runs, he might like a Garmin FR60 Running Watch and Heart Rate Monitor ($99.99) to track his workout. Other gift ideas include Tifosi TIF051 white sunglasses ($59.99), Insulated Polar Bottle ($11.99), or Strada Wireless Cateye Bike Computer ($59.99). The staff at Cahaba Cycles recommends you come in for more specific gift ideas based on what your dad likes to do. 2834 18th Street South, 879-3244

Our Lady of Sorrows Festival to include car raffle Each year at the OLS Independence Day Festival more than 5,000 pounds of mouth watering pork, chicken, ribs and beef are served. Anyone can stop by to eat or pick up a take-home meal. There will also be a rummage sale, games and bingo. Celebrating its 62nd year, the community event has grown significantly since it began in 1950 when OLS moved to Homewood from the Southside after a Joe Falconer and OLS’s Monsignor Martin M. Muller with the new 2011 Toyota Yaris. fire. Through the 1970s the festival included business. Raffle tickets are only $5 each or a new car raffle. This year RealtySouth $20 for a pair of 5 tickets. Tickets may be agent and festival chairman Joe Falconer, Jr. purchased by calling the OLS church office is donating a new 2011 Limbaugh Toyota at 871-8121. Yaris to the raffle on behalf of his real estate

Alabama Gas Light and Grill

Outfit Dad’s grill with a useful accessory like a GrillPro LED Grill Light ($24.95). The light attaches with a magnet or clip to allow him to see when he grills after dark without turning on porch lights. Dad can always use a new MPH Grill Brush ($14.95) with a replaceable head or a nifty GrillPro Electric Charcoal Lighter ($19.95). A selection of specialty sauces and seasonings, such as a variety pack of JB’s Fat Boy Rubs Variety Packs ($16-35), will spice up his meats before or after grilling. 2828 Linden Ave, 870-4060


scheduled for June 18. “We’re all family in a bigger sense,” Waites said.

CoNtINUeD from page 7 will never love what they never see, and more and more children are inside and don’t have creek beds to roam. We need to reverse this trend and get families to spend time together.” Gates notes that research shows that children who do not spend time outside have low self-esteem. “Biology is learned outside playing in the creek finding salamanders,” she said. “It’s the beginnings of analytical thinking and basis for what you do later in life.“ Gates recalls life-changing story after story from participants in both the Over-the-Mountain area and inner city Birmingham. One hyperactive middle schooler had her medication go down 40 percent after going on Fresh Air excursions for several weekends. A young man is now pursuing a PhD. in plant science because he spent two hours on a Fresh Air field trip while attending Miles College.“Before I met Miss Verna, I didn’t know my destiny,” he tells people. People of all ages are welcome to all events, and they host some singles-only events, like a float on the Cahaba River

Get involved with Fresh Air Family in Homewood On Sunday, June 19, Gates will host an evening walk along the Shades Creek Greenway. An expert in wildflowers, Gates will introduce the various wildflowers on the trail as well as talk about the ecosystem of Shades Creek and the importance of greenways in urban spaces. The hike will begin at the trailhead at Lakeshore and Green Springs at 6 p.m. Bring shoes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty, sunscreen, bug spray and water. The event is free, but they encourage registering online. Every Thursday you can support Fresh Air Family’s free events by eating lunch or dinner at Nabeel’s Café, 1706 Oxmoor Road. Tell the cashier you are there for Fresh Air Family, and they will donate 10 percent of your bill. For more information on Fresh Air Family events and to register, visit and find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Life Member Club of Excellence 37 Year Resident of Homewood Multi-Million Dollar Producer


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A bride’s eye view By ASHLEY BERKERY and ALISON GRIZZLE Many brides complain about how visiting vendors all over town barely leaves time to breathe. She might be overwhelmed that her invitations are on 280, her dress is in Cahaba Heights, her florist is in Vestavia, her bridesmaid dresses are in Jasper, and her bakery is in Hoover. Homewood, however, solves her problem by creating a one-city stop for every bride. No matter where a bride is in the planning process, Homewood offers every wedding resource she needs to efficiently plan her special day. Top-notch wedding professionals are right here in our quaint community, within only a few miles of each other. A natural first stop is Engaged: A Wedding Library in Edgewood. This wedding resource boutique offers brides direction from the moment they get engaged and attracts them from all over the Southeast. “Just recently we had a bride drive in with her maid of honor eight hours all the way from Wake Forest, N.C.,” owner Stephanie Whitaker said. “She found us on Facebook and realized that our onestop shopping was most efficient for her planning needs.” As the bride leaves the door of Engaged Library, she has multiple choices at her fingertips. Along the same strip in Edgewood, she can choose her bridesmaid’s dresses at Bella Bridesmaid, design her perfect wedding cake at Dreamcakes Bakery, book a pre-wedding bridesmaid’s party at Blonde Salon and Spa, or find a multitude of wedding day “musts” at Second Elegance, a bridal consignment shop. The shopping extravaganza does not have to end in Edgewood. Only a couple of miles down Oxmoor, downtown Homewood and SOHO offer more vendors. On the curve, Melissa Hill Weddings Etc. offers brides resources that extend from invitations to wedding lovelies such as handmade guest books, vintage hankies, and unique bridesmaid and bachelorette gifts. Pastry Art Bake Shoppe on 29th Avenue offers a stunning and delicious variety of wedding cakes. Directly across from SOHO on 28th Avenue South, Jerrod Brown houses his nationally recognized photography studio, Jerrod Brown Studios.

Wedding cake by Pastry Art Bake Shoppe. Photo courtesy Carol Gregg.

Katie Bryan flips though an album of invitations at Engaged in Edgewood. Bryan grew up in Homewood and is planning her wedding for May 2012. Photo by Madoline Markham.

“I meet with brides from places all over the state, some even coming from Atlanta, Georgia,” Brown said. Once they leave his photography studio, Brown says that most out-of-town girls stay around Homewood for further vendor meetings. At the north end of Central Avenue lies Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, known for creatively dreaming with brides on spectacular floral arrangements. At the opposite end of Central Avenue is Carriage House Weddings, a nationally recognized wedding vendor whose dresses have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. Homewood bride Ashley Meadows, who will celebrate her nuptials on June 11, chose her gown from Carriage House. “I always admired the gowns in the window display when I would pass by on Oxmoor Road,” she said. “When I got engaged. it was the first bridal store my mom and I visited – and I fell in love with the first dress I tried on.” Meadows also said it was a stress relief that her dress shop was down the street from where she lives. “The location made it very convenient for my dress fittings,” she said. Next on the list: rehearsal dinner or reception venues. SOHO’s Rosewood Hall offers a spacious venue perfect for hosting large receptions. Or, for the more intimate receptions and rehearsal dinners, The Star Light on Linden, a quaint bungalowstyle venue offers indoor space as well as outdoor space including a romantically lit gazebo. Voilà! Within a two-mile radius a bride can find her wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, invitations, wedding cake, a salon and spa, photography, florals, rehearsal dinner and reception venue and finishing touches for the big day. Whitaker said that when she was scouting out areas to open her wedding library she realized Homewood was a perfect fit. “Having our business within miles of fabulous wedding vendors makes it easy for our brides to plan their special day,” she said. “Eliminating the stress of driving all over town makes planning fun, and that is exactly what an engagement should be.”

Senior Center members writing life stories The Homewood Senior Center is encouraging all of its members—and anyone in the community over age 55— to share their life stories and memoirs in writing. All members will receive a copy of a final published book. Member and former English teacher Bobbie Hunt is helping organize the efforts. To help people get started writing, they are offering workshops on story sharing. Hearing others tell their stories in

these workshops will bring to mind to your own memories and encourage you to share them. Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, Member Carolyn Roberson has offered to transcribe audio recordings during the story telling sessions and then edit the text as the original storyteller feels necessary. If you are interested in the project, contact the Senior Center at 332-6500.


CoNtINUeD from page 1 Hackleburg two weeks later on May 14. Nurses from Brookwood Medical Center brought tetanus shots and first aid kits that were donated by the hospital. Homewood Pharmacy, Huffstutler’s Hardware Store, Kmart, Piggly Wiggly and Sam’s Club also donated supplies. Some in the group helped physically clean debris with Homewood equipment while the others searched for lost belongings in hopes to reunite them with their owners. Chamber assistant Caroline Hubbard said she prayed before the trip but was not remotely prepared for what she discovered that day. What Hubbard found in the midst of her search was beyond her realm of comprehension, leading her to document the trip with more than 200 photographs. “I came across so many Bibles and spiritual books,” Hubbard said. “I found one book opened to the scripture that talks about how if God cares for the sparrows of the earth, how much more will he care for our needs, clothes, food and drink?” Another book was lying open and the words on the page simply read, “Would you believe?” In the midst of all the devastation and darkness of a city that is still without electricity and water, Hubbard said there was an amazing peace and feeling of unity.

A page from a book Caroline Hubbard found in Hackleburg on May 14.

Homewood’s Mayor Scott McBrayer with Hackleburg’s Mayor Douglas Gunnin.

Volunteers from all over the Southeast and even some from as far away as Missouri were there that day helping the community. To-go plates of food had scriptures written on the boxes. Cookies were tied with verses. People were praying for recovery. “One family I spoke with lost everything,” Hubbard said. “The wife lived her entire life in Hackleburg and was not going to let this tragedy push her out of her home, so they bought a trailer and are now living in the midst of all the debris where their home once stood.” Jackson also spoke of the hope in the rubble in Hackleburg. “I haven’t been able to make it myself, but I heard it looks a lot better up there,” he said. Friends of Jackson’s parents lost their daughter, in her 30s, in the tornado, and will become guardians of her infant son, who was two weeks old at the time. Jackson has already told them he will bring up all of his son’s old clothes once their home is ready to live in again so they won’t have to worry about paying for it in the coming years. The city is coordinating further relief trips to Hackleburg. Hubbard prays that future trips will be as blessed as they were May 14.

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Homewood Sports

Samford’s men’s tennis Homewood U11 Freedom wins Trussville claims SoCon Championship Classic Tournament, April 30 - May 1

Samford men’s tennis team after winning 2011 Southern Conference Tournament on April 23. They defeated the College of Charleston 4-0 in the title match at the Champions Club. Photo courtesy of Samford University Athletics.

HHS girls golf team qualifies for Sub-State Front Row: Harrison Wingo, Peter Spencer, Jake Henderson. Back Row: Ethan Harradine, Evan Poole, Kalell Adamson, Rob Harradine, Gersain Leon, Hunter Antonio, John Dill, Ryan Gaynor, Connor Smith, Joshua Dale, Rick Gaynor.

Anna Beth Brewton (Junior), Megan Spade (Sophomore), Sarah Blake (8th grade), Coach Dani Kennedy, Jessica Mize (Senior), Aubrey Harris (Junior). Not pictured:Olivia Bischoff (8th grade).

The Homewood High School girls golf team qualified for the first time for substate tournament in 6A golf at Highland’s Golf Course on April 26. The sub-state tournament took place May 3 in Anniston

Cross country and track teams grow, place in meets

where the team placed fifth out of nine teams. The team scores at sub-state were Aubrey Harris, 102; Megan Spade, 105; Anna Beth Brewton, 111; and Sarah Blake, 127.

Fagan Sports Medicine Runners Samantha Nelms, Ben Lankford, Joy Korley, Coach Swope, Matthew Midyette, Parham ‘Hap’ Williams and Jackson Wood. Not pictured: Victoria Reyes.

Tennis Elbow:


Do you have to play tennis to get it? The answer is ‘no’. Although tennis elbow commonly affects tennis players, it also affects those involved in activities requiring repetitive arm, elbow, and or wrist movement. Examples include golfers, baseball players, gardeners, carpenters, and activities such as vacuuming, sweeping, and scrubbing. Symptoms: • Tenderness over lateral elbow • Pain with gripping(e.g. shaking hands), wrist movements(e.g. torqueing doorknobs, wrist extension (e.g. pouring from a pitcher or lifting a gallon of milk) • Morning stiffness Treatment: • Rest , ice, avoidance of aggravating activities • Exercises to stretch and strengthen forearm muscles and tendons

• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone injections If pain persists, call Fagan Sports Medicine for an appointment. If tennis elbow is left untreated it can lead to chronic pain that degrades quality of daily living. New techniques for diagnosis and treatment offered at Fagan Sports Medicine in Homewood: • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) - blood plasma that has been enriched with a patient’s own platelets that releases several different growth factors, stimulating healing of bone and soft tissue. PRP has received popular attention due to its success in treating sports injuries in professional athletes.

Article provided by Dr. Sophia Lal


When Eric Swope began coaching cross country (XC) and track & field at Homewood Middle School three years ago, only six girls and seven boys signed up for the fall XC season. A minimum of five runners is required to score points in a cross country meet. Before each meet Swope remembers begging the runners to show up just so they would qualify. One year later, the XC team had nearly tripled to 35 athletes, and last fall, 74 athletes signed up to run XC. Coach Susie Ankenbrandt, Homewood resident and former college XC athlete, came on as assistant coach in 2009 to assist with the growing numbers. The XC team self proclaims to, ‘Run Homewood’ thus, t-shirts were designed with the written motto. Track and field has also seen an increase in growth. Forty-three students signed up in 2009, 77 in 2010, and nearly 100 student-athletes competed in 2011. “We encourage team-unity, confidence, respectable behavior and good grades,” Swope said. “Meeting me at 7:15 a.m. for a study hall isn’t fun, and I’m proud of how

well our student-athletes represent HMS track & field—on and off the field.” Because of the wonderful abilities of the assistant coaches, Swope says he is able to rotate to each of the various events in track & field and interact with all of our athletes at each practice. Coach Steve Sills works tirelessly with the sprinters and relay runners, Coach Ankenbrandt focuses on training the distance runners, Coach Thrash works with long jump, Coach Litten assists the shot put and discus athletes, and Coach Swopette (as Eric Swope’s wife has been nicknamed by the team) trains high jumpers and assists with relays. The girls XC team finished in second and third place in the 2009/2010 season, and the boys jumped from seventh place in 2009 to fifth place in 2010. The girls track team climbed from ninth place in 2009, to an impressive third place in 2010. Both 2011 track teams broke several HMS school records. Swope was voted Girls Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010. “My coaching staff actually deserves those awards. They love and believe in these kids as much as I do,” Swope said.

Support HHS football with a meal Homewood High School Head Football Coach Doug Goodwin is gathering the community to support the team for a weekly game day meal. The football team, cheerleaders, coaches and coaches’ families will gather for a game-day meal after

school each Friday during football season. Team parents will pick up, set up, and clean up the food. Businesses interested in providing a meal or partnering with other merchants to do so can contact Goodwin at

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HOMEWOOD PARKS & RECREATION 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 5:30am – 6:30am and 6 pm


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.

Athletics Homewood Patriot Youth Football League HPYFL is responsible for organizing youth football in Homewood and oversees its operation. Please visit their website for more information.

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. There are three levels of play in the soccer program: The Patriot Teams: For player’s age 3 to 7. Teams are established in three age groups, U-4, U-6 and U-8. It is intramural so all activities take place at Homewood Soccer Park. It provides an early learning and playing opportunity, introduces basic soccer skills and focuses on learning “The Joy of the Game”. The Red Teams: Recreational teams for players age 8 and older that offer players the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game in a reduced competitive environment while improving his/her soccer skills. The Blue Teams: Select (Try-out) teams that play at a competitive level. Blue teams are available starting at U-11 up to U-18.

Important Summer 2011 dates: June 1 : On line registration opens for the fall 2011 season June 4-June 11: Blue Team (Select-try out teams) Try outs 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 Detail information about all three levels, including deadlines, fees and Club philosophy is available on our website at , or call David Putman, Soccer Director, at 979-8974

Lee Center Activities Zumba Fitness with Marshea!!

Zumba is the new craze sweeping America!! It is LatinInternational inspired dance fitness. Every class feels like a party! Come join me and you’ll see what I mean, you don’t even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow my lead. Zumba is for both sexes beginning age for this class is 14 yrs and older. You can burn 500 to 1000 calories in one fun-filled hour of Zumba!! It’s easy, come try it I guarantee you will have a blast!! Cost of class is only $5 per session. Monday & Wednesday @ 5pm, Saturday @ 10 am. For more information: 205-643-0034 or email:

Rosedale High School Reunion

Plans for the 11th Rosedale School Reunion are underway. The gala affair will be June 23rd – June 26th. Tentative Schedule of events Thur., 23rd – Kickoff - Lee Community Center - 6:30pm – 9pm Fri., 24th – Banquet - Homewood City Hall (Rosewood Room) 6:30pm – 9pm Sat., 25th – Class Night & Dinner - Lee Community Center 6:30pm – 9pm Sun., 26th – Picnic - Spring Park - 2pm – 7pm For additional information contact: Frances Jones (President): 205-879-1165 Barbara Tubbs Pope (Business Manager): 205-871-4070 Bonita Jones Greathouse (Business Manager): 205-586-0469

City Wide Special Events Fourth of July Festival Downtown Homewood Monday, July 4

The City of Homewood and the Homewood Parks and Recreation will celebrate the 4th of July 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 5:00PM. 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 at the beginning of the fireworks 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 interest areas.

Senior Center Activities

Noah’s Wife Book Presentation

On Wednesday, June 15 local author Teresa Thorne will elaborate on her trip to Turkey and introduce her award winning book, Noah’s Wife. This is a historically based fiction novel. Teresa’s debut prize-winning novel, Noah’s Wife, gives the Biblical story of Noah-and-the-ark a unique twist, telling the tale from the perspective of a brilliant young girl with a form of autism (now) known as Asperger’s Syndrome, and setting the story in a culture that existed during a great flood in the Black Sea region thousands of years ago. The choice to make Noah’s wife an Asperger savant stemmed from personal experience in the author’s life and gives the story a unique perspective. Books will be available for sale at the presentation. About the author: Teresa Thorne – Her Screenplay Six Blocks Wide, has been shown at film festivals in Alabama and Europe. Teresa, is originally from Montgomery, Alabama she is retired from the Birmingham Police Department as a captain and currently serves as executive director of the business improvement district, CAP, in downtown Birmingham. For more info on Teresa & her works visit:

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Free Friday Flicks 2011

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June 3rd- How to Train Your Dragon June 10th- Shrek June 17th- The Wizard of Oz June 24th- E.T. July 1st- Despicable Me July 8th- SpongeBob SquarePants July 15th- Over The Hedge July 22nd- Chicken Run July 29th- Rango August 5th- Tangled


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What sets The Diamond Dealer apart from the other jewelry stores in town? Armed with 60 combined years in the business, owners John and Billy Bromberg say that it’s a combination of their high quality diamonds and colored gemstones as well as settings to match that stands out to their clients. “Once you know you have the best,” he said, “you look of course for value. And we set up our business specifically to provide this value.” The brothers opened their Homewood store in 2003. The Birmingham natives note that their experience has provided professional contacts throughout the country to obtain the best pieces. The prestigious Diamond Dealers Club of New York opens doors to obtain whatever diamond a client wants at an affordable price. The brothers emphasize their concern for providing personal, face-to-face service to their clients. “We appreciate helping clients select gifts,” Billy said. “It’s rewarding to earn the trust of someone who wants to give an important and lasting treasure.” Clients can walk in or schedule an appointment. John and Billy both design the pieces in their store. “We can translate your wish from your mind’s eye to a gorgeous piece that you’ll wear always,” Billy said. In addition, you can find pieces from earlier eras in their display cases. “When you look at the old Art Deco pins or necklaces, there’s a charm that captures the imagination,” John said. “The value in

pieces,” Billy said. “They may start with some beautiful diamonds for rings at the time of a wedding, then later there may be occasions for diamond stud earrings, perhaps a diamond pendant necklace, and a larger ring for the right hand.” The brothers recommend commemorating family milestones will such core pieces that can be passed down to the next generation. John notes that fine jewelry is not just classic but also fashionable. “People are realizing that better jewelry adds so much to the total look—and it’s permanent,” he said. “Our customers often want something great looking to wear every day with jeans and sweaters, or downtown tailored suits.” Many of their clients build a collection one Billy and John Bromberg, owners of The Diamond Dealer. Photos courtesy of The Diamond Dealer. piece at a time over years. What’s popular now? Customers these pieces is phenomenal, too.” The store they can easily see us when they are in like the striking color of gemstones such also sells designs by Birmingham’s Comer Homewood. And we enjoy seeing so many as black opal, ruby, emerald and multiNeal, which they see as a rare privilege to old and new clients strolling around the color sapphire. The store has also seen an carry. city.” increased interest in black and white South The store has found a fitting home Over the years in the business, John Sea pearl necklaces. in Homewood. “In Homewood, you find and Billy have seen clients appreciate the Fashions will come and go, but the designers and shops who represent the best value of their jewelry investment. “Our Bromberg brothers emphasize that their in modern living,” John said. “Our clients returning clients always mention how glad mission will always remain to provide the flock to Homewood for its excellence, and they are to have acquired their previous best jewelry at the best value.

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Ordinary Days Beach Brain By LAuREN DENtON

A few weekends ago, my husband, Matt, and I found ourselves at Homewood Park pushing Kate on the swings. It was a gorgeous, sunny Saturday morning with a cool breeze and warm sun. As my hands were pushing her in the swing, my mind raced to the beach. I said to Matt, “Just imagine we’re sitting on beach chairs, salty breeze in our hair…” His response was, “Why can’t it just be a beautiful day in Homewood?” I felt a little twinge of guilt, as if I wasn’t fully enjoying our time there at the park. The thing is, I was. It was wonderful to be outside at the park with my two favorite people, but I can’t help thinking of warm white sands and clear blue water when I feel the sun on my face after a cold winter. Every year, after the excitement and chaos of the holiday season, I’m ready for warm weather again. I’ve always loved hot weather, and I think that love has only intensified as I’ve gotten older. I’ll take sun and 85 degrees over a chilly 45 degrees any day. It’s lucky I live as far south as I do! As we get closer to spring and the sun’s warm fingers begin to thaw me out, I think my subconscious begins to split. At least through August, part of me will reside in Homewood, enjoying summer here in the neighborhood—taking Kate to swim at the community center and watching a Free Friday Flick or two at Central Park—but another part of me will be sitting in the sun, picking up shells or perched under a beach umbrella. My family’s little place in Perdido

Key, Fla., has withstood every storm and hurricane since Frederick in 1979, and every summer, we wonder if it’ll be our last. Although it was built with materials strong enough to withstand both Ivan and Katrina, we know our home-away-fromhome is subject to Mother Nature (and, it seemed last summer, BP), so we enjoy it as much as possible every season. This summer will be no different, although there will be some changes. It’ll be the first summer that we’ll have a toddler toddling around the pool and in the sand and the first time we’ll have a little pink swing hanging from the rafters on the porch. New squeals of laughter will join the adult conversation and other kids’ laughter around the pool. But as always, the stresses of everyday life will slide into the background while the business of relaxation takes the front seat. (Well, as much as you can relax with a one and a half year old!) So, while I love Homewood, especially when the leaves are green and flowers are in bloom, forgive me if I’m a little spacey this summer. It’s because in my mind, I’m lying by a pool overlooking Ol’ River, enjoying a salty breeze and listening to the seagulls. I know many folks around here take trips to the beach during the summer—sometimes a few short trips, and sometimes one weeklong do-it-all trip. Do you have any favorite places to go, things to do or places to eat at the beach? Write and let us know, or post it on our Facebook page!


Messy is beautiful, too By BARBARA JONES If you don’t think so, just ask the 50 plus friends, neighbors and parents who attended Patton Biggs’ sixth birthday party in the Dixon Avenue cul-de-sac. Kids from ages 2 to 38 went through an obstacle course of “yucky stuff,” starting with a pool of spaghetti noodles, on to a slip and slide covered in slime, through a tent full of feathers and eggs, followed by a pie in the face. They dug in the dirt for bugs, painted murals with their hands and feet, sat on balloons filled with shaving cream and shot each other with silly string. By the time the party ended, the entire cul-de-sac looked like a Jackson Pollack painting, including the birthday cake, which was designed by Whole Foods. “I thought this would be so much fun for my son and was surprised when our neighborhood girls jumped right in and got even messier than some of boys!” Patton’s mother, Mary Biggs said. “I am always


Haley Shepler, Mallory Chewning, Max McCutcheon, and Drew Vincent (front) play in the spaghetti pool.

amazed at the generosity of the residents of Dixon Avenue. They shared their picnic tables and tents and rolled up their sleeves to clean up all of the mess—which was considerable by the end of the day.”



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CoNtINUeD from page 1 everything,” he tells students, “There is no limit!” He energetically asks them for ideas for poem titles and has them fill in the blanks for rhymes. Ghigna wrote a poem especially for Bugsy, the newly named caterpillar at Homewood Central Park, and presented it to winners Robert Hill, Celie Jackson, Ella Grace Ivey and Kaylin Rezekat at We Love Homewood Day in May. As he tells the kids, Ghigna’s writing is inspired by all he sees—clouds, daddy long legs on the porch, children he meets, everything. It was specifically his son, Chip, who renewed his spirit as a writer and got him into his career in children’s poetry and literature. “I wanted my son to see nature—not just clouds but flying ships and bunnies,” he said. Father and son would take turns creating couplets (two lines that rhyme) about what they saw outside in a game they called “ping pong rhymes.” One of his first books, Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose, was inspired by things he and Chip, a 2007 Homewood High School graduate, did together. As Chip grew up in Homewood, his interest in both art and sports inspired A Fury of Motion: Poems for Boys. While in the stands at Chip’s sports games and practices, Ghigna wrote some of Score! 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire as he tried to think of way to motivate kids to follow their dreams. Score! received the National Parenting Honor Award and has been adopted by school systems as part of their character education programs with principals reading a poem-a-day from it during their morning announcements. Before Chip was born, Ghigna had become burnt out on writing. A former high school English and college-level creative writing teacher, he had been serving as poet-in-residence at the Alabama School of Fine Arts a since 1974. He had written poetry since he was a kid, but it was Harper’s, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal and other adult literary publications.

When he and Debra found out they were expecting a baby boy in 1988, Ghigna discovered there weren’t many books of poetry for boys on the market and began writing some of his own. “It was like the floodgates opened up,” he said. “My love of language returned.” He started by writing for children’s magazines such as Cricket, Highlights for Children and Ranger Rick, and in 1992 he got a four-book contract with Walt Disney Company. He adopted the name Father Goose when kids and teachers began calling him that during his visits to their schools. They liked calling him Father Goose because it was easier to say and spell than Ghigna. Ghigna’s best writing comes in the morning and late at night, but as his list of Ghigna’s publications attests, he writes all day, often using the afternoons to make revisions. He has more ideas for books and poems than he has time to write. He usually has three or four new book projects going on at once. While most of his work is for children, Ghigna does write some for adults. His wife saved love poems he had written for her over the years and later published them in Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Redbook and other women’s magazines and as the book Love Poems. He posts poems like “Be still in the world” on his adult poetry blog, Still, it is stories for children that Ghigna is inspired to write each day as he looks out the window of his tree house and as he takes his daily two-mile hike along Kenilworth Drive, Ridge Road and Roseland Drive. “I like to think of my poems as little celebrations of childhood that help young readers find the wonder and joy in the world around them,” he said. “I also hope my humorous poems help tickle the funny bone of their imaginations.“ If the wonder-eyed look and giggles of the elementary school kids he speaks to are any indication, Father Goose does just what he hopes to do.

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Edgewood receives new fitness circuit Homewood Middle School sixth graders participated in a history lesson that allowed the students to experience the 1950s era firsthand. After researching the time period, the students dressed the part and held a 50s party.

Shades Cahaba’s H.E.R.O Art Club Edgewood student Jane Hideko Ferderber, PTO President Lisa Harrison, Rep. Paul DeMarco and Principal Patricia Simpson cut the ribbon for the school’s playground fitness circuit.

State Representative Paul DeMarco was at Edgewood Elementary School for a ribboncutting ceremony for the school’s newly installed playground fitness circuit. Rep. DeMarco worked very hard to secure funding for this equipment. A playground fitness circuit differs from a regular playground. A fitness circuit is not just targeted for play but for full fitnessfocused play. Each of its stations has a sign that explains different fitness tips that the students can use while playing on that station. This is another effort to help students develop

lifelong skills for wellness and physical fitness. “On behalf of the entire Edgewood family, I would like to thank Rep. DeMarco for securing the funding to build our new fitness circuit,” John Dorough, Edgewood’s physical education teacher, said. “This equipment will give our students a new and innovative way to exercise. We appreciate the fact that Rep. DeMarco recognizes the importance of our children living a healthy lifestyle, and this fitness circuit will provide them the opportunity to do so on a daily basis. Thank you very much.”

Edgewood Spring Festival The Edgewood Elementary School Spring Festival hosted fun for the entire family including food, rides, games, a raffle and silent auction. At the festival, Edgewood’s second grade Brownie troop also collected items for tornado relief to help others in our state that lost so much during the storms. This is the school’s only fundraiser for the year, and the money raised is used for supplementary school materials for students and teachers. The efforts of dedicated PTO members and the Homewood business community combined for a successful festival.

Shades Cahaba’s H.E.R.O Art Club

The artwork of the H.E.R.O. Art Club from Shades Cahaba Elementary was celebrated on May 9 at Dave’s Pizza where the students’ artwork was on display. Art Teacher Mary Jane Coker explored the interaction of peer collaboration while in the art room, and she had a goal to have an

art club that included mentoring in the arts, increased artistic skill development, character education development and the creation of lasting and meaningful relationships. H.E.R.O. stands for Helping Everyone Realize Opportunities.

Motivational speaker visits schools Students enjoy the games at Edgewood’s Spring Festival.

A nationally recognized motivational speaker visited Homewood Middle School and Homewood High School students and parents. Gary Whitehurst addressed questions and concerns that have come from Homewood student focus groups and he tailored his presentation to the things

that are on students’ minds. Whitehurst spoke to the middle school students, then ninth grade students at the high schools and then to parents that evening at Homewood Middle School. This event was sponsored by Homewood Middle School PTO’s Parent Involvement Committee.

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HHS student named Presidential Steven Baggett Scholars semifinalist selected for Homewood High School earned first chair trumpet senior Hannah Mae Robinson honors three consecutive was named a semifinalist years. In the fall, Robinson was selected to perform at in the Presidential Scholars the Army All Star game held Program. From 3,000 candidates, 560 students were in San Antonio. This venue named semifinalists. is reserved for the top high school musicians in America. Hannah Mae has accumulated a 4.39 GPA and “Hannah Mae is highly motivated, energetic, made a perfect score of 36 on dependable, and extremely the ACT. She will attend Yale University in the fall. During well organized,” Dr. Kevin her time at HHS, she has Maddox, HHS principal, said. “But more importantly, she is developed strong leadership a great person who genuinely skills by participating in cares about other people. She various activities including Beta Club, National Honor Hannah Mae Robinson was can often be seen greeting Society, French National Honor accepted to Yale University. others with a smile regardless Society, Key Club, Peer Helpers and Math of the circumstances. She has an innate ability Team. She has also been an active participant to bring out the best in people.” in the HHS Marching Band, where she has

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University. Homewood-Oxmoor Rotary Club members annually award scholarships to deserving Homewood students on the basis of academic achievement and participation in school and community activities. This year’s recipients were introduced to club members by education foundation chairman Lawrence Corley at the May 12 meeting at Homewood Public Library. They all spoke of their high school experience and future plans.

Schools foundation awards Action Team Projects

Edgewood Elementary School art teacher Celia Castle accepts the “Art on Wheels!” ATP from the Foundation.

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education – iPad, I Can! • Edgewood Elementary School, kindergarten to fifth grades – Art on Wheels! • Homewood Middle School, eighth grade – Project: Math is NOT a Spectator Sport • Shades Cahaba Elementary School, kindergarten – Hearing is Learning! • Shades Cahaba Elementary School, first grade– First Grade Flips for Technology • Hall-Kent Elementary School, fourth and fifth grade – Here We Grow: The Growth Mindset in Action • Homewood High School, ninth grade – Ninth Grade Advisory

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Patriot baseball player Steven Baggett has been selected for the North-South Baseball All-Star team. The All-Star contest will be played as part of the 15th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week to be held in Montgomery this summer. The baseball doubleheader will be played at Riverwalk Stadium Monday, July 11, at 4 p.m. Congratulations to Steven for earning this honor.

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Homewood Events

Homewood Star Calendar

6/3- Free Friday Flicks: How to Train Your Dragon. Bring lawn chairs and picnic

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

6/4- Aqua Zumba “Splash” Pool Party. This party will kick-off summer

Aqua Zumba classes with door prizes and Zumba gear for sale. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Lakeshore Foundation. Admission: $10. More information: www.

6/5- Vulcan’s 107 Birthday Bash. This event includes admission to the observation

deck, museum, and exhibit: The Music Lives on: Folk Song Traditions Told by Alabama Artists. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Vulcan Park and Museum. Admission: Children 4 and under: free, 5 and up: $3. More information: www.visitvulcan. com

6/10- Free Friday Flicks: Shrek. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and come

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

6/14- Mobile Dairy Classroom. Come learn about the process of milking cows—

larger groups are welcome, be sure to call before 6/10. 10:30 a.m. Homewood Public Library. Admission: free. More information:

6/16- Pippi and Friends. Features pony rides and Chick-Fil-A lemonade! 10:30

a.m. Homewood Public Library. Admission: free. More information: www.

6/16-6/18- Harmony Landing Beginning of Summer Sale. This sale will feature

lake house and beach house items including painted furniture pieces, indoor and outdoor pillows and rugs, hand towels, and pictures. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Harmony Landing, 2925 18th Street South. More information: www.

6/17- Free Friday Flicks: The Wizard of Oz. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and come early to enjoy the bounce house, shaved ice, pizza, and more. Begins at sundown (around 8:15 p.m.) Homewood Central Park. Admission: free. More information:

6/24- Free Friday Flicks: E.T. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and come

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

6/30- Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? An invitation to solve the mystery and enjoy Barber’s milk with the missing cookies. 10:30 a.m. Homewood Public Library. Admission: free. More information: www.

Music & Arts 6/2- Summer Serenades at Brock. Join us for a new mini Summer Series, featuring key performers from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall, Samford University. Admission: $25 (general public), $12 (students). More information: 975-2787.

6/2-6/5- Strapless. AROVA Contemporary Ballet production featuring young

characters struggling against expectations while finding their way in the world. 7:30 p.m. on 6/2-4. 2:30 p.m. on 6/5. Virginia Samford Theatre. Admission: $25 (general public), $20 (seniors), $15 (students). More information: or 251-1206.

6/3- The Black Jacket Symphony with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The

Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Alabama Theatre. Admission: $30. More information: or 252-2262.

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6/4- Hikes for Tikes. Join nationally known storyteller Ashley Hulsey Coutch for a story, a hike and a song. Children will engage with nature through story and movement. Hands-on activities if the weather is not pleasant. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Admission: free, registration required. More information: email to register. .

6/7- Wellness Walk. A professional naturalist will lead a hike through the

gardens with a nature based theme such as mosses, ferns, wildflowers, trees, flowering shrubs, geology, birds and butterflies. 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens (orientation room in Plaza). More information:

6/19- Hike by Fresh Air Family. Founder and Executive Director Verna Gates will lead an evening walk along the Shades Creek Greenway. 6 p.m. Trailhead at Lakeshore and Greensprings. Admission: free, registration required. More information:

Theatre 6/10- Vestavia Lodge Dance. 7p.m.-10p.m.Bailey’s Dance Studio, 1853 Montgomery Highway #103. Admission: $5. More information:

6/17-6/19, 6/23-6/26- Happy Days, A New Musical. A production by the Magic

City Actors Theatre based on the TV series, Happy Days. Arnold’s may be demolished and everyone rallies together with a dance contest to save it. 7:30 p.m. on 6/17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, 2:30 p.m. on 6/19 and 26. Virginia Samford Theatre. Admission: $25 (general public), $20 (seniors), $15 (students). More information:

6/24- Friday Night Dances. Featuring the band Classics and food sponsored by

Brookdale Living with Dance Host Dave Woods for All Single Ladies. Bailey’s Dance Studio, 1853 Montgomery Highway #103. More information: www.


6/1- 16th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance. The

Birmingham Barons will host the Chattanooga Lookouts, Double--an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 12:30 p.m. Rickwood Field, 1137 2nd Avenue West. Admission: TBA. More information: 988-3200.

6/2-6/3- Birmingham Barons v. Chattanooga Lookouts. 7:05 p.m. both nights. Regions Park, 100 Ben Chapman Drive. Admission: $7 and up. More information: 988-3200.

6/9-6/13- Birmingham Barons v. Mobile Bay Bears. 7:05 p.m. on 6/9, 6/10, and

6/13. 6:30 p.m. on 6/11 and 2 p.m. on 6/12. Regions Park, 100 Ben Chapman Drive. Admission: $7 and up. More information: 988-3200.

6/23-6/27- Birmingham Barons v. Tennessee Smokies. 7:05 p.m. on 6/23 and

6/24. 6:30 p.m. on 6/25. 2 p.m. on 6/26. 11 a.m. on 6/27. Admission: $7 and up. More information: 988-3200.

Special Events 6/5- Choral Concert. The Cathedral Choir, conducted by Stephen G. Schaeffer,

Director of Music and Organist, sings a Bon Voyage concert prior to its East Coast concert tour. 4 p.m. Cathedral Church of the Advent, 20176th Avenue North. Admission: free. More information: 251-2324.

6/11- SPREE. (Shop. Praise. Relax. Eat. Enjoy) This event will feature food from

different vendors and businesses will have products on display. This will raise funds for the United Methodist Women’s Organization. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oakmont United Methodist Church (gymnasium), 914 Oak Grove Road. Admission: free. More information: or 942-4622.

6/4-6/5- 9th Annual “Art in the Gardens”. Talented artists from all over the state

6/14- Bama Rising: A Benefit Concert for Alabama Tornado Recovery. Features

6/4, 6/18, 6/28- Birmingham Children’s Choir Auditions. Those interested in

6/15- 35th Annual Fern Show & Sale. Members’ entries for the show will be

6/10-6/11- White’s Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Features stage performances,

6/17- 10th Annual “Hydrangeas Under the Stars” Garden Gala. Make plans

of Alabama will exhibit their works of art. Shop the works of more than 70 artists.9a.m.-5p.m. Aldridge Botanical Gardens. Admission: free. More information:

auditioning should call Amanda Klimko to schedule an appointment at 916SONG or email Auditions will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. train rides, campfire pick’n and mountainside pick’n with hookups available and great food from the concession stand. 6p.m.-10 p.m. (Friday) and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Saturday). White’s Mountain, St. Clair Springs. Admission: $20 for both days. Children 12 and under are free. More information: www. or 467-6927.

6/10-6/12- Symphony in the Summer. The ASO & Linn Henley Charitable

Trust will present a weekend of three free concerts which will be featuring different programs, so guests can enjoy all three evenings. 8p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 6 p.m. (Sunday). Railroad Park, 1600 1st Avenue South. Admission: free. More information: 314-6946.

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“Our crew worked systematically and methodically to prioritize the needs,” Bonner said. “We evacuated serious injuries to hospitals, treated walk and wound victims and helped residents get to safety.” Luckily, when they asked for a missing person count, neighbors responded that

everyone had been accounted for. Bonner said there had been a lot of self-rescue and neighbor rescues before their team arrived on the scene, and that was especially great to hear after seeing so many people walking around dazed and confused when they first arrived. Bonner credits his entire team, along with all of the other Homewood Public Works departments that responded, for their efforts. “It is in times like this we

performances by Alabama, Bo Bice, Sheryl Crow, Taylor Hicks, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, and Kelly Pickler. BJCC Arena. Admission: $25 and up. More information: accepted from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. A variety of ferns will be available for purchase. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road. Admission: free. More information: Ginny Lusk at 205-988-0299.  to attend the Gardens annual fundraiser. Enjoy a magical night under the stars with smooth jazz, super wines, excellent food and beautiful works of art. 6 p.m. Aldridge Gardens, Admission: $150. More information: www.

6/18- Martin Lawrence. Watch the stand up comedy of the man who starred in

Welcome home Roscoe Jenkins and the TV series Martin. 8 p.m. BJCC, Concert Hall. Admission: $75.50. More information:

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. really witness what a great community Homewood is – and how we have such great leadership,” he said. Bonner also pointed out how Mayor Scott McBrayer took a stand and encouraged Homewood to go above and beyond what they would normally do. Homewood Parks and Recreation Director Berkeley Squires agreed. “The mayor really stepped up and didn’t wait on anyone to ask for help after tornado damage,” he said.

In addition to the fire department’s work in Pleasant Grove, the mayor also directed parks and recreation and sanitation department crews and trucks to clean debris in Cahaba Heights and Pratt City. “Things will never be the same,” Squires said of the city’s continued relief efforts in several areas, “but we want to help put something back that the people can be are proud to say is theirs.”

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Fashion Spotlight By: Blake Rhodes

She’s a petite bombshell with a big voice and an even bigger personality. She was born and raised in Birmingham and never meets a stranger. I would bet most of you reading this article have at least heard of Homewood resident Cassie Moore. But what most people don’t know is that her personality is even bigger than her huge heart. Cassie has a deep passion for animals. She currently serves on the board for Hand-n-Paw and as vice president of the Animal League of Birmingham, which provides assistance to local non-profits who promote animal welfare. Cassie’s latest project is developing the Hottest Hounds of Birmingham, a coffee table book filled with photos of dogs from the community. Proceeds from the book will help benefit our local animal shelters. Not only does Cassie help improve the lives of animals in our community, she also creates lean healthy bodies as a Better Body Bootcamp instructor. You have probably seen Cassie and her students at Homewood Park doing pushups, crunches and perhaps flipping tires! As if she isn’t busy enough, Cassie is also a real estate agent for Realty South and helped found Birminghamhot. com. From a hardcore workout to a charity event to a house showing, how does one stay sane let alone in-style? For an early morning workout, Cassie prefers a Nike halter top, black cropped pant and Nike Luna Rite shoes. All of these items are stylish and comfortable, but they are all made of dry-fit material allowing her skin to breathe in the hot summer temperatures. All of these items came from the Trak Shak in Homewood. When headed to a social event for Hand-n-Paw or The Animal League of Birmingham, she is likely to wear a long,

Cassie Moore’s workout, social and work attire. Photos by Blake Rhodes.

colorful maxi dress like this one pictured from a.k.a. Girl Stuff. Cassie wears bold colors to match her bold personality. Dresses like these are perfect for summertime. You can dress them down with flat sandals or dress them up with adorable wedges like

Zumba craze is taking to the water

Participants enjoy an Aqua Zumba fitness party.

By ASHLEY BERKERY Zumba fitness is sweeping the nation, and this summer new Aqua Zumba® classes are hitting the Wallace Pool at Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital. Aqua Zumba®, known as the Zumba “pool party,” gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Splashing, stretching, twisting, even shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during an Aqua Zumba class. The class integrates the Zumba Latin dance formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines for a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning and, most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. Join licensed Zumba Instructors Neki Garrett, a Homewood High School

graduate, Yolanda Banks and Ashley Harris on Saturdays throughout the summer at 1 p.m for fitness fun. All fitness levels are welcome, ages 12 and up. Appropriate swim attire and water shoes are required, but the ability to swim is not required. The cost for classes is $35 for four classes, $50 for six classes, or $10 for individual sessions. Summer classes will kick off with an Aqua Zumba Launch Party on Saturday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. Admission for the launch party is only $10. The usual 45-minute class will be extended to an hour, with door prizes available and Zumba gear for sale. For more information on Aqua Zumba, or the instructor’s schedules, visit www.

the ones Cassie is wearing. While showing a home, Cassie dons her professional look of a button-up top, cropped pants and wedge sandals. She accessorizes with gold and silver teardrop earrings and David Yurman cuff bracelets.

Her top and pants are from Express. The shoes are BCBG from Belk. Contact Cassie Moore about helping animals, building a better body, or buying/ selling a home at

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The Homewood Star June 2011  

News, Sports, and Entertainment

The Homewood Star June 2011  

News, Sports, and Entertainment