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The new author in town By MADOLINE MARKHAM

Patti Callahan Henry is recovering from a hectic summer. She sold a home in suburban Atlanta, moved into a house outside Mountain Brook Village, got her oldest child off to start college at Auburn— and released a hard cover novel in book retailers across the country. “I’ve never had so many new things at one time,” she said. In August, the New York Times bestselling author released her eighth novel, Coming Up for Air, which was awarded the August Indie Next Prize. Henry lyrically writes heartwarming stories of love and self-discovery; their genuine characters and distinctly Southern settings have an emotional pull that make the books nearly impossible to put down. Notable authors including Pat Conroy and Emily Giffin have praised her work. Henry’s other novels were set in the Carolina Lowcountry, where she likes to vacation, but for Coming Up for Air, she chose settings even more familiar: Auburn, where she attended nursing school and returns for most home football games; Atlanta, where she lived since college; and

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New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry moved to Mountain Brook this summer. Photo by Madoline Markham.

a city based on Fairhope. Central to the plot and themes are the Jubilee, a phenomenon in Mobile Bay where people can catch hundreds of flounder, shrimp or crab when they come up for air en mass. “I was fascinated by the concept of coming up for

air as a woman,” Henry said. Henry is excited to be in Birmingham, a city that she said has a such a creative environment, and in the company of writer friends like Michael Morris, Keith Thomson and UAB creative writing teacher

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Sperry Snow loved Mountain Brook and he loved its people. “He was a go-to guy in any room,” said Charlie Regan Jr., a friend and customer. “He knew everyone at a party and made everyone feel special. You wanted to be his friend, and you wanted him involved in your endeavor.” Snow, 63, co-owner of Barton-Clay Jewelers in Mountain Brook Village, passed away on August 17. A memorial service was held at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church on August 22. “When you have a visual image of

him, you always see that smile,” said Jacksonville State University President William Meehan. He and Snow went to Shades Valley High School and then JSU together, and Snow had remained active with fundraising for JSU. “He always believed that service completed the sale, and he practiced that in service to community and in his jewelry business.” Snow was known for never refusing to donate for a charitable cause. “He was probably one of the few people I have ever known that gave

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Kerry Madden. “Writers are endlessly fascinating,” she said. “Everyone has a different story.” Once Henry and her husband, Patrick, decided to move to Birmingham for his job in real estate development for Daniel Corporation, Henry said it was an easy decision where they would live. Patrick is a Mountain Brook High School graduate, and his parents, Gwen and Chuck Henry, lived here for 15 years. Their family is enjoying the change in pace from Atlanta. “We’re all home because we’re not in the car as much,” she said. “We walk to the (Mountain Brook) Village. My husband drives 10 minutes to work. It’s taken life down a notch.” Living within walking distance to the Jemison Trail was a prerequisite when the Henrys were house hunting, and her sons have quickly set up for target practice in their backyard. “We’re all outdoorsy,” she said, “but Meagan, a freshman at Auburn, is our fashion guru.” After receiving her master’s in child health, Henry worked as a clinical nurse specialist until Meagan was born. As her children grew up, she pursued her passion

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Lane Parke plan moving forward A revised plan for the 27-acre Lane Parke property in Mountain Brook Village is in the works. John Evans, whose family owns the property, said they chose to get Daniel Corporation on board with the project because of the company’s history of completing projects. The previous plan for a Lane Parke development was approved in June 2010, but no further information on the project had been released since then. “We have a history of developing legacy projects,” said Daniel Corporation Vice President of Development/Marketing Doug Neil, “and are excited for this partnership to create a vibrant, endearing project that serves the needs of the community.” The revised plan will be a smaller version of what was approved last year. It will still have a mix of upscale retail and residential space and possibly an inn, but all details for the new plan are still under consideration. “The plan we present will be very familiar looking, just smaller than before,” said Stephen Bradley, president of public affairs firm Stephen Bradley & Associates LLC. “The smaller size will take some


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Editor’s Note Well, fall is finally here, As people return to their at least technically. Although regular routines this fall, things might not be as cool in there’s lots to take care of. September as we like, there From fall gardening to exercise, are plenty of activities and we have you covered. Read events to kick off a new season. about Angela Pewitt and her This month, there are two running wear business, Alektra spectacular events being held Runwear. Who says you can’t to raise funds for the Alabama look fashionable while you Symphony: the Maestro Ball exercise? Hilary Ross has the and the annual Symphony 30 best tips for your fall garden. Picnic, a great family event. She even suggests some local Read all about the details and ladies who can help you if Jennifer Gray how you can attend the events. you’re in a bind. As Spartan football and other sports You may not know Lee Dawkins, teams are getting into full swing, we but you have probably seen all the bows, would like to feature residents showing banners and love displayed in the front their school spirit—for whichever team yard of her home on Old Leeds Road. you cheer for. Please email us pictures Read her story to see how this local lady’s of your family enjoying tailgating and battle with cancer has inspired many in the all things football-related to Jennifer@ community. We look forward Lastly, we have our Lake Lover’s to featuring these pictures over the next contest winners. Thank you for all the few months. photos you submitted. It looks like If you are looking for a great fall read, everyone, young and old and pets alike, you have some local options. We have a had a great summer of fun at the lake. See great story on new Mountain Brook resident if you recognize any of our winners. and New York Times bestselling author Patti Here’s to a great start to the school Callahan Henry. Read all about Patti, her year, sports seasons, new library programs move to Mountain Brook and her newest and a great fall! novel on our cover. Another local author, Debra Goldstein, has a book out too. If a mystery is what you like, give her book, Maze in Blue a try.

Editor’s top 5 1. Show your Spartan spirit at Mountain Brook Spartans’ homecoming game against Spain Park on September 30. 2. Start prepping your yard for fall plantings. Shop locally when you can. 3. Don’t miss out on Kathy G.’s yummy chicken salad at the Garden Café. It’s a great lunch and a lovely atmosphere. As the weather cools a bit, meets some friends for lunch and a stroll around the gardens. 4. Sign up for the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. On September 22 at Cahaba Village, you can enjoy the village after hours and sign up for a race that helps out a great cause. 5. Remember the 10th anniversary of September 11. Mountain Brook will be participating in a remembrance ceremony along with Vestavia Hills and Homewood at Vestavia Hills High School from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

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City Council recaps July 25 City Council Meeting Liberty Tree Memorial. Mountain Brook has accepted an elm from the Liberty Tree Society to be placed on Vine Street near the Board of Education. English Village parking lots. Police Chief Ted Cook recommends that the lower parking lot change to 24-hour, all day parking. The idea will be considered until the lease is renewed in September. Retirement window. The City is considering a retirement window from October 1, 2011 to May 1, 2012 for employees in City service to retire with medical benefits if they have served for 20 years or 10 years and are over age 60. Municipal Complex updates. The complex currently stands at $210,000 over budget. Although the City would prefer to install a slate roof to the structure, it would cost the City an additional $250,000. Brasfield & Gorrie plan to meet with members of the council to discuss alternate options including a synthetic slate. Sprinkler Ordinance Update. The

ordinance that took effect on January 1 of this year required all new-construction homes to include interior automatic fire sprinkler systems, but the price that was presented when the Council adopted this ordinance and what it actually costs has risen dramatically. For now, there is a 30day moratorium on the ordinance and the possibility to repeal the ordinance will be discussed next month. Board of Zoning Adjustment. Carol Johnson was appointed as a supernumerary member of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Village Design Review Committee. Bob Walker was nominated for this position, but because he was unable to be there, the nomination was carried over until the next meeting. Stop Sign on Country Club Blvd. According to the recommendation of the lieutenant, a stop sign will replace the yield sign on Country Club Blvd. where it meets Fairway Drive.

August 8 City Council Meeting Crestline stream drainage. Ben Watson of InSite Engineering discussed drainage plans for a stream area in Crestline Village from Honeysuckle Lane to the Montevallo Road “S” curve bridge. Water fountain for MBE field. Representatives from Mountain Brook Elementary School addressed the need for a water fountain at the MBE field. McWane Center school programs. Pam McLeod from the McWane Center thanked the city for its support and

provided an update of the center’s science programs and activities to be held in conjunction with schools in Mountain Brook for the upcoming year. City Hall slate roof approved. The council authorized Taylor-Miree Construction to proceed with structural and design changes necessary to install a slate roof on the new City Hall municipal complex in an amount not to exceed $216,000. The original plan for the building was to complete an asphalt shingle roof.

August 22 City Council Meeting Medical retiree premiums. The council approved an allocation of $200,000 for the City of Mountain Brook Section 115 Trust for future retiree medical premiums. This money was already budgeted. Monthly insurance premiums. The council also approved of a resolution setting the employees’ and retirees’

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Leaf ‘n Petal looks to expand Mountain Brook Village presence Leaf ‘n Petal plans to expand their presence in the village in the coming years, whether in their same location or somewhere nearby. Last month Village Living reported that City Council had approved conditional use for RBC Bank to take down the current Leaf ‘n Petal building. RBC Bank had not negotiated any sale of the building. Leaf ‘n Petal owners said that the city council presentation was merely due diligence in case they move and need to sell the property. The article misled some people to

believe that Leaf ‘n Petal would no longer have a location in the village. If Leaf ‘n Petal were to sell their current location at any point, they would move to a bigger location in Mountain Brook Village, said Jamie Pursell. Owners said the store is stocked and ready for their best fall and holiday seasons ever and that they are look forward to serving customers for years and years to come. Leaf ‘n Petal is located at 2817 Cahaba Road and can be reached at 871-3832. For more information, visit www.leafnpetal. com.

August crime report By LIEUTENANT JIM COLE This month’s crime report focuses on burglaries. In addition to these crimes, the city also experienced multiple Unlawful Breaking and Entering Vehicles or UBEV’s. Montevallo Road (Crestline) between July 29 and August 1. The thief entered an unlocked door and removed copper pipe from a vacant house. Peachtree Circle (Crestline) between 8:25 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. on August 3. The victim left her driver’s license and two credit cards on her kitchen counter near the back door. The thief opened the unlocked back door and removed those items. Fredericksburg Drive (Cherokee Bend) between 1:20 p.m. and 5:35 p.m on August 5. The thief entered a window and took silver and jewelry. No alarm.

Cahaba Road (English Village) between 11 a.m. and 11:53 a.m. on August 5. The thief pried a back door open and took cash, a television and a laptop. No alarm. Rockhill Road (southeast corner of city near the water tank) at 11:25 a.m. on August 17. The thieves kicked in a front door. The residents have an alarm that was activated. Neighbors heard the alarm go off and saw two black males run from the house. These subjects ran to a grey or blue vehicle occupied by two black females. The trunk of the vehicle was up as they were prepared to load up the victim’s possessions, but the alarm prevented any property loss. To receive Lt. Cole’s weekly crime report update, email


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Love for Lee By RICK WATSON

Longtime Mountain Brook Resident Lee Dawkins has always known there were people who loved and cared for her, but it wasn’t until after she learned she had lung cancer that she understood the depth and breadth of that love. After she started chemotherapy in February, she and her family came home one day to a huge banner in her yard that read, “Love for Lee.” The mothers of some of her daughter Carlee’s basketball teammates decorated the yard with the banner, along with pink and red bows tied around the trees in their yard. The gesture was to cheer Dawkins up during her treatment, and people throughout the community began to call, text and keep up with her progress. “I’d get a call from a neighbor who said they drove by and saw the bows and it reminded them to say a prayer for Lee,” she said. In January, Dawkins discovered she had mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer. Her cousin Millie deShazo Buck, an oncologist at UAB, helped set up appointments with doctors to pinpoint the exact diagnosis. It was shocking to hear the words “malignant” during her initial testing, she said. The news was so bad, she and her husband, Bill, chose not to share it initially with their daughters Everette, 15, and Carlee, 12. A good friend who is also a doctor started going to all Dawkins’ medical appointments with her to ensure she understood the medical terminology.

Lee Dawkins with daughters Everette and Carlee at their home. Photo by Rick Watson.

Another friend set up a page on The Caring Bridge where Bill kept a journal about his wife’s condition. Yet another friend set up a schedule on, and all of a sudden, dinner each night was provided for the family—from February through May! “This community wrapped its arms around our family,” Dawkins said. “It was incredible,” said Bill. Everette formed a “Laps for Lee” Relay for Life Team and raised more money than any other team. Carlee had “Love for Lee” bracelets made with part of Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous.” Dawkins found herself thinking, “Do I deserve this? Have I been this nice to other people?” When Dawkins made it halfway

through her chemo treatments, the bows and banners appeared in their yard again. “Three down and three to go,” they read. She said the banners and bows helped start a prayer phenomenon. Dawkins went to Boston to get a second opinion on the impending surgery that was to happen after chemotherapy treatments. Doctors in Boston again refined the diagnosis from Mesothelioma to another rare form of lung cancer. But fortunately the new diagnosis was treated with the same therapy. When she returned to Boston in June, her doctor met with her to go over new scans and said, “You got your miracle.” Tests revealed she had no evidence of the disease.

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Her family was ecstatic with this news, but doctors want to continue chemo treatments until at least October when another scan is scheduled. Dawkins believes her outcome is a testimony to the power of prayer and community. “The way this community rallied around us is overwhelming. I am so grateful,” she said. She is amazed by the care and support she continues to receive from doctors and staff at UAB. “The one thing that the ordeal has done for the family is to change their perspective on what’s important,” said Bill. Lee Dawkins faced a life threatening disease, but she thinks the love, support and prayers of her community are what pulled her through.

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Symphony 30 celebrates 14th Annual Symphony Picnic

Sarah Johnson of Jim ‘N Nicks, Lindsay Knight of Brookwood Medical Center, Caroline Reynolds, Morgan Cook, and Tracy Sproule plan the picnic at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo by Jennifer Gray.

On Sunday, September 26 at 4 p.m., Symphony 30 will host its annual Symphony 30 Picnic. This year’s event will be held once again at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, with the proceeds going to help the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and specifically their family and education programs. Along with dinner provided by Jim ‘N Nicks and a symphony concert, activities will include an art table where children can make their own musical instruments. New to the event this year is Nancy Tran of picnic planning Green Central Station. They are planning a Croquet lawn and badmitton court and will have picnic blankets and tables for everyone to use. The Symphony 30 Group is a nonprofit group comprised of approximately 80 young women who are committed to the legacy and future of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony

30 Group has raised more than $200,000 for education programs at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Planning the event this year are Morgan Cook, Symphony Picnic Chair; Caroline Reynolds, Symphony Picnic CoChair; and Tracy Sproule, President of Symphony 30. The Annual Symphony 30 Picnic is supported by its title sponsor, Brookwood Medical Center. Other local businesses sponsoring the event are Jim ‘N Nicks, CRC Insurance Services, Circa Marketing, Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, Royal Cup, Sterne Agee and the Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation. For more information regarding the Symphony 30 Picnic or to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are $60 per family or $25 for an individual ticket.

Symphony Maestro’s Ball

Maestro’s Ball Committee members. Front Row: Dalton Blankenship, Lynn LaRussa, Ellen Walker, Kelley Fitzpatrick, Ann Chambliss. Back Row: Connie McCallum, Brenda Hackney, Gale McManus, Lisa Miller, Maggie Brooke, Lissa Tyson. Photo by Madoline Markham.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Music Director Justin Brown will hold the Maestro’s Ball, hosted by Connie and Fred McCallum, on Friday, September 9 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. The Maestro’s Ball is the ASO’s largest fundraising event, and its proceeds support the ASO’s artistic, educational and outreach programs. The evening will begin with a champagne reception in the ASC lobby at 6 p.m. with chamber music provided by members of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, followed by a 7 p.m. concert in the Jemison Concert Hall featuring guest pianist Alfredo Arjona playing Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with Maestro Brown conducting. At 8 p.m. patrons will enjoy dinner on the ASC grounds catered by Idie and Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club with decorations by Sybil Sylvester of Wildflower Designs. This year’s Maestro’s Ball Committee members are Ball Chair Dalton Blankenship, Dell Brooke, Maggie Brooke,

Ann Chambliss, Marilyn Dixon, Kelley Fitzpatrick, Brenda Hackney, Kathryn Harbert, Idie Hastings, Sheryl Kimerling, Lynn LaRussa, April McAnnally, Gale McManus, Lisa Miller, Penny Page, Ellen Smith, Tracy Sproule, Mary Laura Stagno, Sybil Sylvester, Lissa Tyson and Ellen Walker. The 2011 Maestro’s Ball Corporate Committee members are Corporate Committee Chair James McManus, Robert Aland, Dell Brooke, Dixon Brooke, Will Brooke, David Brown, Tony Davis, Jay Dickerson, Mike Donnelly, Mike Goodrich, Jim Gorrie, Miller Gorrie, Beau Grenier, Chris Harmon, Jim Hughey, Sandy Killion, Benny LaRussa, Sherrie LeMier, Coleman Loper, Matt Lusco, Gordon Martin, Claude Nielsen, Craft O’Neal, Alan Register, David Silverstein, Stan Starnes, Lee Styslinger III, Lee Thuston and Raymond Watts. For additional information about attending the Maestro’s Ball, contact Ashley Blomeyer at 314-6917.

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Jesse S. Vogtle, Jr., Robin Sparks Davis, Lee O. Perry, Misti S. Weaver, Amy M. Jackson and Wally Nall, III are planning the ZooGala. Photo courtesy of The Birmingham Zoo.

On Saturday, September 17, the Birmingham Zoo will host its largest fundraising event, ZooGala 2011. Elephants, a red fox, a serval, a great horned owl and other animals will make this event memorable. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, live music and animal walkabouts in an African wonderland. All funds raised at ZooGala go toward the zoo’s operational efforts. This black tie-optional party will be held in the zoo’s signature exhibit, Trails of Africa. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. in the zoo’s Junior League of Birmingham - Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo. Afterward, guests will be transported by a train ride to a

seated dinner beginning at 8 p.m. ZooGala 2011 will feature live entertainment by Lava Lamp, menu and decorations by Kathy G. & Co. and jewelry by Empire Diamonds. Bulwagi, Callee and Ajani, three of the zoo’s African bull elephants and residents of the Trails of Africa, will make an appearance during dinner. The chairs of this year’s event are Lee O. Perry, Misti S. Weaver and Amy M. Jackson. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the zoo’s website at www., email kvaughn@ or call 397-3861.

Call for historical photos Photos are needed for a new book on Mountain Brook in the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing. The book will be a pictorial and narrative history of Mountain Brook from the founders’ inception to present day. Mountain Brook resident and MBHS graduate Susan Stocks is writing the book and is looking for family photographs of those who have lived in Mountain Brook and helped build it to what it is today. She will include archival photos from the Birmingham Public Library but also hopes to receive some photos of people from the

community. “I think it will be a book for people in Mountain Brook and friends and family who have moved away to be proud of,” Stocks said. “I have heard some fun historical stories from people already.” Anyone who allows their photographs to be scanned will be given credit for the photo and receive their original back in a timely manner. For more information or to suggest photographs to be scanned, contact Stocks at 218-3189 or

Wine and Food Festival By GATES PORTER

On Friday, September 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., the 21st annual Western Wine and Food Festival will be held at the Birmingham Zoo. Western Supermarket in Mountain Brook Village is planning to bring more than 650 wines for attendees to sample with a plethora of national, regional and local wine representatives and winery owners on hand to answer questions regarding their products. Wines will be sold at prices much lower than normal, allowing customers to come and take advantage of this one night of great deals before the holiday season arrives. In addition to great wines, food prepared by the chefs from the Jefferson State Culinary Institute will once again be

served at the event; the culinary options available will emphasize Alabama food products. Funds raised during the festival will go towards the Emmet O’Neal Library, specifically, the library’s author series, a literary event that has brought in many famous authors such as Carl Hiaasen to Birmingham to speak over the years,. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door; ten people or more can order tickets as a group to receive admission tickets for the price of $40 per person. You can purchase tickets for the festival either at the Emmet O’Neal Library, Western Supermarket locations or online at


CONTINUED from page 1 pressure off the traffic and parking.” The new plan will have to go before city council and through the approval processes again. Daniel and the original team behind the Lane Parke plan will release more detailed plans in the coming months. “We are studying where the project has been and what the future of the area will be,” said Daniel Corporation Chief Development Officer Patrick Henry. Daniel has developed Greystone, Ross Bridge, the new Shops of Grand River outlet mall in Leeds and other projects

that have been successfully financed. They believe that the Lane Parke project is financially viable. All parties involved in the plan emphasize that they want to build a lasting space for the community and their children and grandchildren. Henry also said that Daniel anticipates working with the city on the project. “We have been a part of Mountain Brook for the past 60 years and want to build a timeless project,” Evans said. “That is our vision.”

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Putting a “spark” in women’s running wear Isn’t that a nice change?

Kimberly Powell, Alectra founder Angela Pewitt, Michelle Oliver and Ruth Penton Hayes wear Alektra shorts in Diamond, Pink Block, Lime and Lava Lamp patterns, respectively, on the Jemison Trail. Photo by Madoline Markham.

By JENNIFER GRAY Running has long been a part of Angela Pewitt’s everyday life. But she had found over the years that it was difficult to find running shorts that held up over time, much less had a fun, feminine look. So she decided if she couldn’t find the shorts she wanted in stores, she would just have to create them herself. Alektra Running Wear launched in February 2011 at the Mercedes Marathon. Pewitt chose the name of her business from the mythological goddess of energy. “Every girl has a spark,” said Pewitt. Pewitt said creating the line was a learning experience. “I had to figure out each step of the process as I went,” she said. First, Pewitt set out to design the style of her shorts. She wanted a short that had a bit of a boxy cut to it, making it more more comfortable and not as short as others on the market. Secondly, she wanted it to have the Dri-FIT technology that allows athletic wear to dry quickly, keeping sweat and moisture from staying on the skin. “One of my favorite features of the short is the oversized Velcro interior pocket,” said Pewitt. This feature allows for ample room for a car key or house key and even an iPod. The shorts also have the Wikin Dri-FIT liner. Pewitt first designed a prototype then found fun fabrics to make her shorts unique. No basic black here. “My story is really one of six degrees of separation,” she said. “Each step of the way, a friend would have a connection to someone who was able to help or answer questions.” Pewitt’s friend Brad Crowe helped put her in touch with someone at Russell Athletics that was able to recommend manufacturers, and her husband, attorney Jim Pewitt, handled the trademarking.

After Southern Living did a story on her product, the business took off. Alektra shorts are available in nine patterns. They are carried locally at the Trak Shak in Homewood and the Mountain Brook YWCA. They can also be ordered online at The shorts retail for $40. Alektra shorts have been shipped to as far away as Germany and to states such as Maryland, Texas, Virginia and Massachusetts. One local pro tri-athlete wears them for every competition, as do many local runners. Pewitt also works with women’s lacrosse teams and even the Mountain Brook track team. Conscious of giving back to her community, Pewitt has partnered with the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation for this year’s Race for the Cure. “Ten percent of all the net profit sales for my pink shorts from now until October 15 will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation,” said Pewitt. “I really wanted to give back to the cause and the community.” Only online purchases of these shorts qualify and can be ordered on her website. What’s next for Alektra run wear? Pewitt has been approached by men to create some for them. “There’s also a real interest in a longer short among the 60 and older crowd,” she said. Whatever direction she decides to go next, you can bet that her “spark” will be evident. When Pewitt is not running, running her Alektra Runwear business, or running around with her two young men, James, 15, and Joseph, 13, she sells advertising for Flower magazine. For more information on Alektra Runwear, visit

Cahaba Village for the Cure By GATES PORTER

On Thursday, September 22 from 6 to 8 p.m., merchants at Cahaba Village on Highway 280, the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Alabama Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will come together for the second annual Cahaba Village for the Cure. The event will lead up to the Komen’s annual Race for the Cure on October 15. Last year’s Cahaba Village for the Cure event was the result of joint efforts of Komen and Paige Gilliland from NEWK’S Express Café. The restaurant actively sponsors the annual Race for the Cure, and many of their employees have personal connections with breast cancer. The 2010 event resulted in more than $1,000 in

business proceeds and personal donations. This year’s event will feature live entertainment, a plethora of food options and a scavenger hunt, which, according to those heading up the event, holds “fabulous prizes” for the winners. Some businesses will stay open late to cater to the needs of the event’s attendees and will donate a portion of the night’s sales to Komen. Members of the non-profit will be in pink tents throughout the venue to provide breast cancer information and register people for Race for the Cure. For more information about Cahaba Village for the Cure, visit www. or call 263-1700.

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Village Sports Alabama and Auburn season previews With Jay Barker and Al DelGreco

We sat down in the studio with JOX’s Jay Barker and Al DelGreco to talk about the upcoming football season. You can hear their show weekday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m.


Alabama Crimson Tide Can Marquis Maze fill the gap left by Julio Jones? He won’t be called to fill those types of shoes. He can be used more, though, and should have been used more in the past. He is a competitor that makes plays.

What is your take on the quarterback situation? Who do you think will win out, AJ McCarron or Phillip Sims? Both are good. They seem to be responding well. If I had to predict? It would be AJ McCarron. He is the frontrunner and has experience behind Greg the last few years. But Phillip Sims has potential. I think both will end up getting time as the coaches see how they react. Is Nick Saban the best coach in college football? Do you see him staying at Alabama until retirement? He is one of the best, if not the best. People have their favorites based on regions. You can’t argue with the recruiting he has done. If he had stayed at LSU, I think he would have won two or three national titles. He is the best in all aspects, athletically and academically. You look at the number of All-Americans, first-round draft picks. He is replacing lots of coaches but still succeeding. I think he will stay at Alabama. I had a conversation with him on the golf course recently, and he said that he thinks everything he can accomplish can happen at Alabama. He came in wanting to get Alabama back to the Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings kind of years and build a dynasty. I think he will win one or two more national titles at Alabama. Will the defense be as good as advertised? They will be very good. The defensive line is a big question mark though. The defensive schemes will be a little different as far as some outside linebacker pass rushes. But I think the key is up front. Can the front three get a push? People are comparing them to ’09. They also have the ’61 and ’92 defenses to live up to, which were just phenomenal. Those defenses are all built the same way, with a lot of speed. Are you worried about the depth situation at running

Who do you think will be a breakout star this year? DeAndrew White will be a big one. He has been turning heads during practice. Maybe he’ll be the other playmaker. Also, the defensive line junior college guys can cause headaches hopefully and create situations where the secondary doesn’t have to stay on their man every second. Will any freshmen be big contributors this year? I thought Dee Hart will be. He really did have a great spring practice. But Arie Kouandjio might, although right now he is battling injuries. It is tough to make an immediate impact for a deep and talented team like Alabama, especially for positions that have to learn a lot like the offensive line.

Jay Barker back? Not really. Trent hasn’t been an every-down back in the past, but he is built like one and could be one this year. Eddie Lacey has the pectoral issue. Blake Sims can do some wildcat formation plays and also be a third down type guy for running routes and screens. I do worry about the drop off after that. Dee Hart would have been huge; I thought he was really going to contribute. And Corey Grant transferred to Auburn, and Demetrius Goode transferred to South Alabama. You got to think those transfer guys are thinking right now, “Maybe I shouldn’t have left.”

Will this team be able to make it out of the SEC undefeated? What do you think their final record will be? Undefeated. I think the schedule lines up well, and I think this team is hungry. I think they are thinking back to ’09 and how they got there. Saban saw last year as a building year and expects this one to be good. I think the quarterback play will be good enough to win, and maybe it will be better than expected. Could you see a one-loss Alabama team in the national championship game? Yes. There are eight SEC teams ranked in the preseason top 25, so it is a tough road. I think the SEC has enough prestige where that could happen, and it has happened before.

Auburn Tigers their final record will be? I think 8-4. The road games make it very difficult. I believe the losses will come to South Carolina, Arkansas and LSU, and then we will win one and lose one between Clemson and Alabama.

What do you think about Barrett Trotter being selected as the starting quarterback? It was a logical choice. He had more game experience and seems to know the offense pretty well. And Gus Malzahn has proven that he knows what it takes to be a successful quarterback, so I am ready to back him up with whatever he decides.

In your opinion, is Chizik an elite coach? Not yet, but he is on his way. He has obviously done well so far at Auburn. But to get to be in that elite category, he has to do well for nine or 10 years, and I think he would tell you the same thing. But if you look at his record and his recruiting at Auburn, it puts him on that path.

A lot of people are looking back at the 2009 Chris Todd season as proof Malzahn can succeed with an unproven quarterback. Do you buy that? Not only that, but the two quarterback system he ran at Tulsa also put up numbers in the top five of multiple offensive categories. His system works. So I wouldn’t say the quarterback has to manage; he has to execute the game plan and utilize everyone on the field. Of course, the running back plays a big part too and so does the offensive line. Last year, Michael Dyer had a huge year but was overshadowed by Cam. Will he keep that up, or will defenses focus in on him and stop him? Well, he will have a different role. He will be more important to the offense. Last year, he was more of a second-half guy who came in and just wore down the defenses. This year, he’ll have to go four quarters. So we’ll see if he can handle it. Onterio is certainly a weapon but is built different; he’s not a every-down back. So Dyer will have to step up. It seemed like last year’s secondary was very soft until the second half of the Alabama game onward. Do you think Ted Roof will finally improve the pass defense?

Will Malzahn leave after this year? I hope not. I think something that people aren’t taking into consideration is how much he wants to be a head coach. He was awfully close to taking the job at Vanderbilt. I don’t know how much he wants it. But I will say there is a good chance he leaves if the opportunity comes up.

Al Del Greco Last year, the secondary got better as the year went on. The kind of defense Auburn plays is hard because they have to be out on the field a lot as a byproduct of the offense. The defensive line got pressure, which helped the pass defense. The secondary gave up most of the yardage in the first half last year, and I give the coaches credit for halftime adjustments. The schedule is killer—games at LSU, at Arkansas, at South Carolina, home against Bama—what do you think

Who do you see being a breakout star this year? Trovon Reed would’ve been last year but had the injury issues. I think he will be a weapon this year. Angelo Blackson on the defensive line. And Corey Lemonier has everyone raving about him. Will any freshmen be big contributors this year? I think Reese Dismukes and Christian Westerman have a chance to step up on the offensive line. If any freshmen do contribute, I think it will come mainly from the offensive line. As far as Kiehl Frazier, I think he will be redshirted.

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JV Soccer undefeated in regular season By HILARY ROSS The Mountain Brook Junior Varsity Girls Soccer team played in the most competitive division in the state and won all games in 2011 spring regular season play. They amassed a stellar record of 15 victories. Their only loss for the season was in tournament play. Some of the wins were against powerhouse schools such as Hoover, Vestavia, Spain Park, Briarwood, Oak Mountain, Grissom, Thompson, Hewitt, McGill-Toolen and Auburn. Alexa Ruttenberg, Charlotte Weaver, Christina Lilly, Oliva Lantz, Elizabeth Clutton and Kate Perry are part of a stacked roster of outstanding soccer talent that is familiar with championship trophies. These girls played on the Birmingham United Soccer Association 96 North Blue team that won the 2007 Alabama State

Championship in their respective division. Keeper Caroline Milligan is the only JV player that is a second generation Mountain Brook High School soccer player. Her mother, Suzanne O’Neill Milligan, played in the 1980s and was on the mile relay team that won a state indoor track championship for Mountain Brook High School. Coach Scott Flowers is in his fourth year as head women’s soccer coach at Mountain Brook. He also coaches for Birmingham United Soccer Association (BUSA) and has led two different teams to the state finals. Coach Adam Johnson started his first year with the Mountain Brook soccer program this year. He has been a BUSA coach for five years and Alabama ODP Staff coach for boys and girls for four years.

Kate Perry, Bailey Martin, Katie Windle, Caroline Milligan, Emma Fasking, Peggy Haynes, Charlotte Weaver, Anna Bolton, Sophie Johnston, Maggie Albright, Olivia Lantz, Elizabeth Clutton, Maggie Dodson, Mallie Wilson, Alexa Ruttenberg and Christina Lilly. Photo courtesy of Image Arts.

Mountain Brook dominates at Senior County Championship swim meet By HILARY ROSS The last meet of the swimming season was the highly anticipated Senior County Championships, which is eligible to swimmers from all 21 teams from Jefferson and Shelby County who have met qualifying times. Mountain Brook swimmers had several high point award winners from many area teams and clubs. These awards were given to the eight, best overall swimmers in each of the age groups based upon points earned by their place finishes. In the 6-and-under girls’ division, Rosemary Cooper of Birmingham Country Club (BCC) finished high-point runner up, Alania Long of Pine Tree Country Club (PTCC) was 4th, Ren Elder of the Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) was 5th, while Molly Coleman of PTCC finished in sixth place overall. In the 6-and-under boys’ division, Grayson Long of PTCC was the high point winner, Richard Monk of Mountain Brook Club (MBC) finished third, Koerper Cambell of the LJCC was fifth and Ford Moffat (BCC) finished in sixth place overall. In the 7-8-year-old girls’ division, Mary Morgan Elder (LJCC) was the high point winner. ER Gray (LJCC) finished third in overall points and Hannah Halpern (LJCC) was the sixth place finisher. The LJCC 8-Under 100 yard medley relay team of Hannah Halpern (backstroke), ER Gray (breaststroke), Mary Morgan Elder (butterfly) and Ellie Campbell (freestyle)

set a new Senior County Record with a time of 1:15.97. The Medley Relay is where each relay member swims a different stroke, leading off with backstroke, then breaststroke, then butterfly, and concluding with freestyle. In the 7-8 year old boys’ division, Mountain Brook residents swept the top four places. David Dixon (MBC) was the high point winner, winning all six individual events at the meet, while Mac Swoger (BCC) won the second place award. Henry Phillips of MBC finished third and Walton Redden of BCC took the fourth place finish overall. In 9-10 girls, Lamar Campbell (LJCC) was fourth overall, Patsy Elder (LJCC) was seventh and Caroline Knight (MBC) was eighth. For the 9-10 boys, Gaston Petznick (BCC) was the third place finisher. Drake Amrick (LJCC) was fourth and Eric Besse also of the LJCC was fifth. Hannah Elliott from BCC was the 1112 girls’ sixth place finisher, while in the 1112 boys, James Hoyt (MBC) finished third overall, William Bloodworth (BCC) was 5th and Chase Hilyer (LJCC) was sixth. Frances Conner (BCC) was eighth for 13-14 girls and Charles Hoyt (MBC) was sixth overall for 13-14 boys. In the 15-18 division, Jordan Ames of the LJCC finished fifth for the girls and Luke Huffstutler also of the LJCC finished fourth for the 15-18 boys. Cal Elder, coach for the Levite Jewish

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Community Center summer swim team, enjoyed seeing his three daughters place in all three of their divisions: 6-and-Under Girls (Ren Elder -5th), 7-8 Girls (Mary Morgan Elder -1st) and 9-10 Girls (Patsy Elder – 7th). “Mountain Brook has a long history of dominant swimmers, especially in the younger age brackets,” Elder said. “Those that participate in swimming, like all other aspects of life in Mountain Brook, compete

at the highest level and excel.” Some Mountain Brook swimmers train and compete year-round with Elders’ Magic City Aquatics League (MCAL) of the Birmingham Swim League. For more information on these teams, visit. or birminghamswimleague. org. For more information about summer swimming, please visit the Jefferson – Shelby Swim Council website at www.

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Sam Higgins and Logan Brewer, 10, support their teams as they enjoy waves at the beach. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Brewer.

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Pony Express 5K and Fun Run benefit Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch By KATHRYN ACREE Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch is hosting its first annual Pony Express 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run for all running enthusiasts and those who would like to learn more about the ranch’s work. The Pony Express will be held on October 1 in Crestline Village. The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile fun run will begin at 9:15 a.m. The 5K race will be chip timed. There will be music, refreshments, and kids’ activities on race day, and families can bring their children even if they do not intend to participate in the run. Mountain Brook’s Joy O’Neal founded Spirit of Hope to connect children from group foster care or at-risk counseling with rescued horses who have suffered abuse. By working with horses that have similar backgrounds to their own, children are able to heal emotionally from the scars of their past. “It is amazing how quickly children connect to the horses,” said O’Neal, the executive director. “It gives us opportunities to talk about communication skills like reading body language in the horse and how often humans give out the same cues. Children show real empathy and compassion to the horses.” The non-profit, faith-based organization is sustained by private donations and does not receive state or federal funding. They offer their services at no charge to a variety of children and youth that benefit from an equine assistance program. “Care and upkeep of the ranch and horses costs a minimum of $5000 a

Back row: Porter Phelan, Haskins Jones, Stuart Phelan, Harrison Clark. Front row: Liz Vandevelde, Ann Vandevelde, Courtney Clark, Whitton Bumgarner. Photo courtesy of Jill Clark.

The Birmingham Country Club 12 and under Intermediate Team won at the Alabama State Junior Tennis Team Championships in Auburn, defeating teams from Mobile and Tuscaloosa. The team played boy and girl singles, boy and girl doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. The BCC team won with 129 games followed by Mobile with 115 and

Tuscaloosa with 81 games. Team members playing in Auburn were Ann Vandevelde, Liz Vandevelde, Courtney Clark, Whitton Bumgarner, Haskins Jones, Harrison Clark, Stuart Phelan and Porter Phelan. William Lineberry and Rob Jolly were unable to attend but the entire team plans to play at sectionals in August.

Twins awarded swim medals

month,” O’Neal said. “Our board received the suggestion of doing a 5K, and so we’re planning our first event for October 1 in Crestline.” Registration for Pony Express is available through September 29 online or on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m. across the street from the Emmet O’Neal Library. Race registration is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1 mile fun run until noon on September 29. The costs will be $30 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 mile fun run on the day of the race. For more information on the race and registration, visit www.ponyexpress5k. com. For more information on Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch, visit

Alaina and Grayson Long with Donna Williamson, who presented their medals, and their father, Dr. Gary Long. Picture courtesy of Kim Long.

Grayson Long was awarded the top award for swimming at the Senior County Swim Meet. The 6-year-old and under male high point trophy at the Jefferson Shelby Swim Council 2011 was presented July 31. He won first place for the 25 breaststroke, 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke events. Alaina Long was awarded the fourth place award for swimming at the Senior County Swim Meet in the the 6-year-old

and under female category. She placed second in the 25 breaststroke, sixth in the 25 freestyle and second in the 25 backstroke events. The twins are the children of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Long and attend Cherokee Bend School. Their father, Gary Long, is a former All-American Auburn swimmer. The Long twins follow behind older brother, Garrett, who medaled at Senior County as well.

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Student film debuts

Film camp students shoot a scene at Sugar Candy Shop in Crestline. Photo courtesy of Joy Gavel.

By ELIZABETH LITTLE Eight students participating in a hands-on film camp this summer debuted a short film, “The Brockwell Incident,” at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in downtown Birmingham in August. All of the film was shot in Crestline, including landmarks such as the Clock tower, Church Street Coffee and Books and Sugar. The real-world concept of asking permission at the different locations of their filming taught the students responsibility and patience for scheduling and to expect setbacks. The students filmed for four days during the two-week camp, shooting more than one hour of footage they meticulously shed to a 9-minute short film. “I began to learn about all of their personalities, each student is unique,” said learning designer Michael Milazzo of g8four, the organization that ran the camp. “Like this one will want to direct and this one will want to be behind the camera and this one will want to edit and not want to do anything else, you know?” Milazzo laughed, smiled and then continued, “They’re all great, really cool kids.” The plot the students created was interesting and well thought out, the instructors said. They believed the students

had truly made something of merit that could have been written by adults and that they should be proud of what they have accomplished. Without spoiling the students’ hard work, the plot follows a girl and her friends, who find a mysterious journal that reveals intriguing clues to a possible threat. Joy Gravel and Kaitlin Richburg, fellow learning designers, also assisted the students and supported them throughout various stages of making the film. Guest independent filmmakers were invited to the camp to share important, professional teaching to the students during each stage and answered questions from their own past experience. The campers ranged in age from 8 to 14. The youngest, Will Robinson, 8, never went anywhere without his flip camera, instructors said. Although not seen in the movie, Will was the director of the behindthe-scenes footage and couldn’t get enough of the filmmaking process. The film was entered into the student film category of the festival to compete for an award. Accomplished filmmakers from around the country met with the students at the festival.

Library investing programs By GATES PORTER In December 2010 the Emmet O’Neal Library became one of only 20 libraries across the nation to receive a Smart Investing grant for programming and collection development from September 2011 to May 2012. Using the grant money, the library will offer programming on personal finance and investing for all ages with programs taking place on the first Thursday of every month from September through May. The first event will be a storytelling by Dolores Hydock about how people deal with both the presence and absence of money on September 8. Headed up by Adult Services Librarian Katie Moellering, this general seminar-style programming will begin on October 8 and will be led throughout the year by UAB professor of finance and accounting Dr. Andreas Rauterkus. He will cover topics such as balancing a checkbook, choosing an investing professional, and checking a credit score. These programs are intended for adults; the library will

also hold programs for teens. Due to findings in focus groups, the library will also hold two seminars regarding women and finances. “We got a lot of responses from women who have had to re-join the workforce after time away and women who are recently widowed or divorced and having to manage money for the first time,” Moellering said. All programs are free of charge. Registration is not required but is suggested. Seminars will begin at 6:30 p.m., The library will be offering sandwiches and chips at each program. “The purpose of the grant is to underscore the fact that libraries are a safe and unbiased source for financial information,” Moellering said. “Not only are we doing public programs on finance and investing, but we’re improving our collection of books and other materials.” For more information about these programs, contact Katie Moellering at 4451118 or

Library update from Holley Wesley I would like to extend a giant “Congratulations!” to the winners of the adult summer reading program drawings! Jacqueline Giovanelli won the Nook Simple Touch eReader, Karen Hubbard won the Nook Color eReader, and Vastine Stabler won the iPad 2. Thanks to all participants for making this one of the best summer reading programs in the county!

For a complete list of library events, see page 25. For more information about these or any of our other regularly scheduled programs, you may call us at 205-445-1121 and find us online at, blogging at www., on Facebook at www., and on Twitter at @ eolib!


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The heart of a servant leader By MADOLINE MARKHAM Mountain Brook Baptist Church’s Dr. Jim Moebes leads by example— traveling miles to be with a member of his congregation for a surgery or death of a loved one, sleeping on the floor at the church overnight when it served as a shelter, traveling around the country and world to build churches and serve those in need in times of crisis. He loves to fish but rarely does so even on his off days. He always finds someone else to serve instead. For 38 years he has selflessly given all of himself in his role as minister at Mountain Brook Baptist Church (MBBC). He will retire from his position as Senior Minister this month. “He made this church a beacon of the community, but he never takes credit for any of it,” MBBC deacon T.L. Cloar said. “He always gives credit to someone else.” Known for his storytelling, Moebes loves to tell of the little girl he met and wanted so badly to adopt in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, of sharing in communion with a newly built church in Russia, of seeing the fruit of the ministry of a Chinese woman preacher. “He shaped Baptists around Alabama and around the world,” said MBBC Minister of Education Dr. Alvin Pelton, recalling Moebes’ years of service with the Baptist World Alliance. Church members recall serving on mission trips with their minister, cleaning and building. If there was ever a chain saw around, Moebes would find it and put it to use. Some of Moebes’ stories are serious, but many are laced with his sense of humor in a way that makes anyone who has heard them laugh as they recall the story. Anyone who knows Moebes will tell

you that he is a man who both preaches scripture and lives it out. “I have never seen a greater minister and preacher,” Cloar said, noting how many other Baptist churches he attended that had prominent leadership in the denomination. “And you don’t usually get both in one man. He devoted his entire being to the church and its membership and the city and the country and the world.” If ever anyone in his congregation was in the hospital, Moebes was there from the beginning until the end of the crisis. “It didn’t matter the time of day or night, he was always available for the congregation,” said MBBC Director of Children and Family Ministries Sharon Howard. Moebes’ preaching is rooted in scripture. “His preaching causes you to think and to look at God in terms of the whole Bible,” MBBC deacon Altey Kitchings said. Cloar said that he wondered just how long Moebes could sit and quote scripture that spoke to a particular situation. Many people stop Moebes around Birmingham and remind him that he is going to preach their funeral. “He is the best preacher I have ever heard preach a funeral,” Kitchings said. “He really captures the essence of a person,” Cloar said, “and he really comforts the family.” The list of what Moebes is known for goes on and on. He set records as a basketball player at Samford University, and later earned his Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in counseling from the University of Alabama. He served in civic leadership positions with the Central Alabama Chapter of

Dr. Jim Moebes is retiring from Mountain Brook Baptist Church this month. Photo courtesy of Mountain Brook Baptist Church.

the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the United Way, FEMA, Baptist Health Foundation Board of Directors and many other organizations. In addition to being a strong minister and preacher, he is also a strong administrative leader. “He would have been an excellent executive had he worked in corporate life,” Cloar said. What else? “He even cooks a mean breakfast,” Howard said, recalling when he led the MBBC youth group she attended as a teenagers in the late 1970s. Moebes and his wife, Gail, who

taught elementary school in Mountain Brook, plan to stay active in the church after his retirement. Their son, David, lives in Phoenix with his wife and daughter, and their daughter, Stacey Wilder, lives in Savannah with her husband and three children. Some have heard Moebes say he’ll sleep for a year after he retires. He’ll probably do some fishing, but no one doubts that he will continue to serve the people around him and around the world. A reception will be held for Dr. Moebes on September 11 at 11 a.m. following the traditional service in Hudson Hall at Mountain Brook Baptist Church.

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LifeActually By Kari Kampakis

Jeremiah 29:11

It was a gorgeous spring day, and I was happy. I had the sun on my face, love in my heart and overwhelming gratitude for the family my husband and I had started. Life was good. As Harry and I sat in the grass outside our home, watching baby Ella crawl around with an explorer’s curiosity, a sense of peace washed over me. Everything I needed was here. My only agenda was to enjoy the scene before me. Then all of a sudden, I saw something that threatened to ruin our perfect family moment. Ella was crawling on the sidewalk now, closing in on a new target: a massive pile of ants that, on her level, probably looked like fun. I knew what had to be done, but I dreaded it. Never in a million years would Ella understand that I had her best interest in mind. The temper tantrum sure to follow would sour all our moods. Nevertheless, I pushed off the ground, ran over and swept her up in the nick of time. From my perspective the timing was perfect, but naturally Ella disagreed. She wailed and kicked and screamed in my arms, angry at me, angry at the injustice. I could hear her protest in my head: I wasn’t bothering anyone, Mommy. Why’d you have to pick on me? It occurred to me shortly after this event that maybe God feels this way as our guardian. Whereas we see life at eye level, He takes an aerial view. What looks like a good thing to us is often a danger zone, and though it pains him to jerk us off our chosen course, He does it out of love. In the meantime, we wail and kick and scream, mad at the disruption. We miss our old comfort zone, resent the new course we’re on, and wonder why God would pull a fast

one on us. Sometimes, we can look back and see clearly the bed of ants we narrowly avoided. We thank God for His wisdom, protection and perfect timing. Other times, the reason’s not so obvious. We believe we’d be better off trucking along as we were, not stuck in a foreign territory. We must rely on faith to trust that God does, indeed, have a plan for us. Several months ago, a friend of mine shared a Bible verse that helped her through a difficult divorce. Reflecting back on her marriage now, she can see how toxic the relationship had become, but at the time she wanted to fight for it. The marriage ended by no choice of her own, and today she’s thankful it did. She’s finally in a better place, and she credits Jeremiah 29:11 for building her strength: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We all have plans for our lives, courses we’ve mapped out, destinations we want to reach. Sometimes our plans pan out; sometimes they get overridden. No matter how small and insignificant we may feel, God has a plan for each of us. He watches us closely, imposes detours when necessary and protects us always. Though we don’t always understand His ways, we can rely on His promise of hope and a future, trusting that no matter what happens, He is with us. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Mountain Brook mom of four with a background in PR, writing and photography. Learn about her blog and fiction writing at or find her on Facebook and Twitter. Email her at

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CONTINUED from page 1 for writing fiction, releasing her first book in 2004. “It’s fun to ask what happens next, and it’s more fun when you don’t know what will happen,” she said. When Henry returns from her book tour this fall, she hopes to get involved in her sons’ schools and maybe to figure out how to drive to the high school without using her GPS. Her son Thomas is a sophomore at the high school and Rusk is in seventh grade at the junior high; they are both playing football this fall. She’ll also return to her writing space at home to get to work on her next novel. She’s got a box full of ideas, from saving historical homes to dolphin research to women pilots in the 1940s. As she gets to know Birmingham, Henry said she will definitely write about

the city at some point. “I don’t know how or why, but I will,” she said. “And I won’t write about my neighbors.” Patti Callahan Henry novels

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Judge-turned-mystery-writer ties book to community By MADOLINE MARKHAM Debra Goldstein has always invested in the community, serving the public as a judge and volunteering with various organizations, so it’s no surprise that her debut novel, Maze in Blue, is intrinsically tied to people in Birmingham as well. For ten years leading up to its publication, her friends read, praised and critiqued the mystery novel set at the University of Michigan in the 1970s. Most of her writing came while staying at the beach condo her friend Judy Todd lent her. “I’m having so much fun with the book, and doing some good with it,” Goldstein said. Goldstein, who lived in Cherokee Bend until her youngest children, twins Jennifer and Stephen, graduated high school in 2004, has donated book profits for tornado relief efforts and to Breast Cancer Research Foundation during select dates. September sales from her book will benefit YWCA’s domestic violence programs in an effort in conjunction with the women’s service club Zonta. A portion of the proceeds of all copies of Maze in Blue sold from September 18 to October 2 from Little Professor Book Center or from Amazon (book or Kindle version) will be donated to the YWCA. Maze in Blue debuted with a soft opening in May at Temple Emanu-El’s Oy Vey Cafe, where Goldstein is actively involved. Soon afterward, Goldstein had her first book signing at Little Professor and since then has talked to book clubs around Birmingham. The book met its sales goal for the year after two months. Goldstein’s daughter, Jennifer, thought it was fun to read on the Metro on her commute in Washington, DC, and Emmy Rickets at Little Professor said she read it on the treadmill. Uniquely set on a college campus, details of Goldstein’s characters’ lives

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allow anyone to reminisce about their college years. She incorporated elements of her own stories from college—her dorm, her sorority and a few pranks she pulled. “None of the murders are true though,” she said. Goldstein has always been a writer, writing children’s theatre as a child, working as an editorial assistant in New York City after college and writing legal articles. She has also been an avid reader of mysteries, what she says was a break from the seriousness of her day job, and writing her own mystery novel was always a dream. That dream became a reality thanks to the encouragement of friends. “If you are going to do it, do it,” a friend told her. In 2000, Goldstein went to Todd’s

beach condo for a long weekend and came home with 85 written pages. “About five of those ended up in the book,” she said, but it was a start. By 2001 the book was ready to show to her friends, who critiqued it. “Critiquing me is the best thing they could have done,” she said. Then in 2008, author and friend Teresa Thorne, who wrote Noah’s Wife, invited her to the Alabama Writers’ Conference in Auburn, which inspired her to continue writing. Then, through a meeting at the Women’s Network, Joyce Norman of Chalet Publishers got a copy of Goldstein’s manuscript and offered her a contract for two books. Now that the book is becoming well established in Birmingham, Goldstein

is spreading the word to University of Michigan connections, where many people will no doubt identify with campus traditions like the Mud Bowl and the layout of buildings. She’s planning for her next novel to be a murder mystery set at the Biltmore/ Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. “I’m sure one will end up in law school if the series takes off,” she said. Maze in Blue is currently available locally at Barnes and Noble, Jim Reed Bookstore, The Alabama BookSmith, Little Professor Book Center and The Book Seller at St. Vincent’s as well as online on Amazon. For more information on Goldstein’s work, visit

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Tips for a fantastic fall garden By HILARY ROSS After the summer heat fades and before the chill of winter appears, fall is an invigorating time to garden. Circle Friday, September 23 on the calendar, as that is the day that summer “officially” ends and marks the onset of autumn. The cool days allow trees and shrubs to establish roots and transition into the garden before next year’s growing season. Plus, who does not like to be outdoors during this time of year? Follow these tips and you are on your way to a fantastic garden. Do plant a tree with glorious color and maintains interest throughout the year. Some of my favorite trees with stunning fall color are Japanese Maples, particularly ‘Bloodgood,’ which has deep scarlet foliage in fall, and Coral Bark Maple, which has glowing, golden leaves that drop to reveal exquisite, coral-red twigs and branches in winter. The peak of ‘October Glory’ Red Maple here is in mid-November, leading me to think the tree should be renamed ‘November Glory’. Shumard Oak is a regal tree that tolerates a diverse range of soils and its dark green, lustrous leaves change to an outstanding crimson in autumn. Crepe Myrtle has beautiful, vivid fall foliage plus the interest of exfoliating bark and plentiful summer blooms. Chinese Pistache is a striking, medium-sized tree that ignites gold, then burns orange, and finally flames red before its leaves fall. Don’t miss the final show from your summer annuals, such as impatiens, geraniums and coleus. Easily, you will get almost two more months production from your established summer annuals (including many herbs) before the first frost, typically mid-November. Refresh them by pinching back or trimming leggier stems and remove any seed pods or spent blooms. This encourages a bushier, compact plant that will put on fresh foliage and a burst of new blooms. Also, re-fertilize with a balanced fertilizer to encourage that last performance before frost. Do know how to pick your pansies and violas. After the final show from your summer annuals, it is time for planting again. Pansies and violas can reward you with six months of color in your garden. Pansies are larger in flower than violas, and both come in a variety of colors and “faces.” Look for compact plants with healthy, green foliage and avoid long-stemmed bedding plants with yellowing leaves. Also, the roots should be thick enough to hold the potting medium together, yet not a thick, tangled mass. When you plant your pansies or violas, use a granular, time released fertilizer, such as 18-6-12, at the time of planting and again in early February. Keep spent blooms pinched regularly to encourage best flowering. Consider adding

curly leaf parsley, ornamental kale or a cool-season lettuce to your flower beds and containers to fill space and add contrast to your pansies and violas. Don’t neglect your grass. In early fall, when the days are not as hot and the nights are cool, it is the appropriate time to apply one last light application of a low-nitrogen fertilizer if you have a warm season grass, such as Bermuda or Zoysia. A fertilizer product such as 5-10-10, 5 percent nitrogen (which promotes healthy growth), 10 percent phosphorus (which encourage healthy roots) and 10 percent potassium (which aides in the overall health) is perfect. This light application will allow your lawn to look great until the first frost while giving the sod the extra nutrients needed throughout the dormant season. Do plant some spring flowering bulbs and rhizomes now. Some of my favorites include daffodils and bearded iris. Daffodil is one of the finest flowering bulbs in our area and thrives without attention. The bulbs increase naturally from year to year, so as each year passes you will enjoy more and more stunning blooms. My two favorite are ‘Ice Follies,’ which is a large, yellow-cupped daffodil with white petals, and ‘Thalia,’ which is a dainty, white daffodil. Bearded Iris is a great cut flower and comes in almost every color imaginable. Excellent drainage and full sun is what an iris needs to produce traffic-stopping flowers. Don’t be afraid to dig up and divide your perennials such as hosta, yarrow, dianthus, daisies and daylilies. Fall is the perfect time to carefully dig the plant and its roots from the ground. Using a garden fork, gently pull apart the lifted plants at the roots with your hands. Set your divided plants back at the original depth, tamp soil in place and water well. Then, you will have twice as many plants to enjoy or share with family, neighbors and friends. Do think about calling one of these Mountain Brook ladies who focus on planting containers as well as giving garden advice and installing small annual and perennial beds. Also, if you plan to travel and are away from your yard, they also can be retained to water and watch over your plantings while you are gone. They can also help with pruning, deadheading and fertilizing. Libba Vaughn can be reached at or 533-1090; Natalie Lee d/b/a Busy Bee Gardening can be reached at natalielee18@ or 516-3300.

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Mountain Brook Elementary Meet and Greet By HILARY ROSS

In an effort to “go green” this year, Mountain Brook Elementary distributed its class lists via school email messenger. With the class list was an invitation for all students and parents to attend the annual Meet and Greet the Teacher event. This annual event gives students and parents an opportunity to visit the classroom and meet the instructor before the first day of school. Its purpose is to reduce any anxiety and assist with the comfort level of the parent and child. In the lobby of the school, students were welcomed with balloon decorations and given the opportunity to sign up for activities such as chess or karate. MBE Sportswear was also offered for sale giving new students a chance to grab some gear with the MBE Logo. In the auditorium, student standardized test results were given to parents, further helping the environment and saving on postage expenses. Several new faces joined the MBE faculty and staff this year. Amanda Lybrand replaces Melinda Storey, who retired this year, as the teacher who oversees PAGE (Program for Academically Gifted Elementary students). Three new teachers combine with Julie Cox and


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(we’ve grown up with you!) New first grade teachers Katherine Puckett, Paige Slaughter and Sara Brownlee.

Elizabeth Fillebaum to complete the first grade staff: Katherine Puckett, Paige Slaughter and Sara Brownlee. Martha Johnston is a new special education assistant; Tracey Canaday is a new special education preschool teacher. The Extended Day Program also invited students and parents to a meeting prior to the first day of school where they were given an opportunity to register and meet the director of the program. MBE showed its excitement about the new school year and eased the transition for students from summer vacation back to school.

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Kicking off a new school year Afternoon Peer Helpers Sarah Grace Lindsay, Lindsey Kirk, Will Byrne, Hunter Lucas, Gabi Goldfarb, Laura Wason, Kennedy Schwefler, Kate Lanier Carter, Maggie Baker, Anna Catherine Gillespy, Margaret Koopman and Autumn Robinson.

By HILARY ROSS Mountain Brook Junior High held several events to welcome its students back to school. The junior high consists of grades 7, 8 and 9 and has the largest seventh grade class enrolled from each of the four elementary schools. Registration was condensed to one day in a morning and an afternoon session for returning students and new students. This was new and seemed to run smoothly despite having the entire student population on the same day. Parents were able to register their children, sign up for activities, purchase supplies and visit the library to receive textbooks. Several MBJH students assisted with the registration process by helping students gather supplies and pick up their textbooks. Peer Helpers, who are eighth and ninth grade students trained in peer relationships, helped during registration with supplies. Students Organized for Service (SOS) Council members are eighth and ninth grade students who provide leadership for the community service program and set a positive example for other MBJH students. The SOS Council members assisted in the distribution of textbooks and provided information about

the community service opportunities at the school. New seventh grade students were invited to participate in Spartan Day, which was a fun-filled day at MBJH to help make the transition from elementary school to junior high easier. Seventh graders were divided into groups and paired with two ninth grade WEB (where everybody belongs) leaders to tour the school, play games and learn important information about MBJH. WEB leaders are ninth grade MBJH students who are chosen by an application process. Throughout the year, they host several events to welcome and integrate these new seventh grade students. Open House was held at MBJH to give parents an opportunity to meet the teachers and visit the classrooms to learn more about the junior high. Peer Helpers functioned as ambassadors for the school and were positioned throughout MBJH for any parents who needed assistance finding the classrooms. By the first day of school, both students and parents were familiar with MBJH and felt comfortable to start another great year as a Spartan.

New to Crestline Elementary School, Foster Phillips chooses a gift from Crestline’s PTO with his mom and “buddy” Tom Fischer.

By LAUREN FOWLER A newcomers reception was hosted by the Crestline School PTO to welcome students and their families to the Crestline School community. On the morning before the opening day of school, Principal Laurie King spoke of the engaging and challenging curriculum the faculty strives to provide and of the safety and care that is shown to each individual student. Mrs. King spoke of upcoming fun the students can look forward to: numerous runs, programs, plays, flings and events. The PTO furnished light snacks for the attendees, CES magnets for their parents’ cars and Crestline T-shirts or shorts for the new students. After the reception, students

were paired with buddies to explore the school and learn where their classrooms are located. Seen together throughout the building, children enjoyed seeing their new school from the perspective of veteran students. The PTO continued their welcome by hosting a faculty luncheon at Crestline. They served an array of salads, bread and tea. The teachers and staff finished off their meal with Tracey’s warm banana pudding and a prayer for the upcoming school year. Having planned together, eaten together and prayed together, the Crestline School family is prepared and ready for the new school year.

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Nathan Pitner named BWF Principal By BAMA HAGER Nathan Pitner is ready to begin the year as the new principal of Brookwood Forest Elementary School. “It’s some combination of thrilling and humbling,” Pitner said in reference to his new position. Prior to Brookwood Forest, Pitner taught at Mountain Brook Elementary and served as the assistant principal of Cherokee Bend for four years. “I’ve been fortunate to learn with and from many different people and perspectives in one of the best school districts in America,” he said. “I can’t think of a more exciting time to be in education or a part of the Brookwood Forest family.” Pitner got acquainted with faculty

New BWF Principal Nathan Pitner with his wife, Becky, and their twin daughters. Photo courtesy of Nathan Pitner.

during summer teacher training events and is excited for the new school year.

Cherokee Bend students modeling groovy tie dye shirts.

By FRANCES WATTS In August, The Cherokee Bend PTO was busy preparing for the new school year. On August 7 the grounds committee lead by Libba Vaughan and Ann Walthall met to begin work on the school’s new landscape design and to give the planters at the entrance a fresh and welcoming look. The committee’s plans include sprucing up some of the flower beds and the areas outside of each classroom. Also busy were the sportswear chairs, Alison Scott and Mandi Smith. A newly designed CBS sportswear blog allowed students, parents and teachers to preview this year’s sportswear. There were several new designs offered including the groovy tie dye shirt, which pays homage to the school’s 1969 founding and the iconic Cherokee Chief design based on a vintage

logo used at CBS when the now Mountain Brook High seniors were at Cherokee Bend. Also for sale were Tervis Tumblers with the CBS logo, note pads with matching pens and led flashlights. Shopping began at the preview party at the home of Alison Scott and then at the school’s “Meet and Greet” on August 15. On August 26th, many Cherokee Bend mothers attended Girl-A-Palooza at the home of Kimberly Long. Additional hostesses included Ruth Berry, Lisa Bowling, Shelley Hunt, Tricia Irby, Alison Scott, Ann Walthall, Gigi Watson, Stacy White and Lane Woodke. This year’s theme was “Mama Mia,” for mammas only. All proceeds from the sportswear sales and Girl-A-Palooza benefit The Cherokee Bend PTO.

Amanda Hood new assistant principal at MBHS high school By LAURA DILLON Amanda Hood has joined the faculty as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. In this capacity, Hood will have responsibility for curriculum development and will assist in setting the long range goals and academic vision for the school. “We are thrilled to have Amanda join our MBHS team,” said Vic Wilson, Mountain Brook High School Principal. “In her position, she will be able to leverage her extensive experience in academic and curriculum development that will allow us to continue our efforts to have a positive impact on learning for all students,” he added. Hood is a graduate of Troy State University, where she New Assistant Principal Amanda Hood. earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis great opportunity for me to continue my in math and history. She received her career in a school and a school system master’s degree and educational specialist where there is a culture that has a great degree in educational leadership from the emphasis on professional and academic University of Montevallo in 2003 and 2010, development,” Hood said. “I am very respectively. Hood taught math at Oak impressed with the focus that the faculty Mountain High School, where she also and teachers place on the needs of the coached cheerleading and served as the individual child and the school’s ability to sponsor of a variety of organizations. Prior create an environment for all students to to joining Mountain Brook High School’s succeed,” she added. staff, she had served as the Academic Hood grew up in Selma and currently Assistant Principal at Spain Park High lives in Oak Mountain with her husband, School for the past six years. Jerry, and their four children: Olivia (12), “This move to Mountain Brook is a Christian (11), Daniel (7) and Vica (6).

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Sydney Waite, Kathryn Davis, Mary Jackson and James Pitard.

Kathryn Davis, Sydney Waite and James Pitard, students at Brookwood Forest Elementary, attended the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, DC June 20-25. They joined a select group of students from all over the world to study leadership and explore some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions. This experience allowed these students to take learning beyond the classroom with unique access to America’s centers of justice, legislation, and history. From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian Institution, and from historic Gettysburg to the National Museum of American History, Davis, Sydney and James examined the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. As forum delegates, they also participated in small group discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus and foster change. Davis, Waite and Pitard, all entering sixth grade this fall, were nominated by their fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Mary

Jackson. Each was accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. After 20 years of dedicated service of teaching and investing herself in her students, Mrs. Jackson officially retired from teaching this past May but not from being involved with the students that she taught. After the students returned from Washington D.C., she invited all three to her house to hear all about their trip with her pen and paper in her hand. By viewing dozens of photographs and listening to each of her former students share their insights and highlights, it was apparent that Mrs. Jackson wanted to experience this trip through her former students. She is a refreshing example of a teacher leaving a permanent impression on her students and who continues to invest in her students even after the last bell has rung. This program is coordinated by People To People Leadership Programs to fulfill the vision President Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he founded People To People International during his presidency in 1956.

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Cherokee Bend kindergarten teacher Robin Kendrick welcomes new students Samantha Stewart, Rachel White and John Webb at the school’s Meet and Greet event.

By FRANCES WATTS Cherokee Bend School welcomed 66 students to the kindergarten class this year. Several events the first week of school made the transition enjoyable for students and their families. On August 15, students were invited to “meet and greet” in the kindergarten classrooms. After

dropping off their students on the first day of school, many mothers of kindergartners enjoyed coffee and muffins at the home of Perry and Stacy White. Later in the week, the kindergarten teachers hosted a question and answer session for parents in the school auditorium.

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With the reigning 6A Girls Tennis Champions and 6A Boys Tennis RunnersUp, it seems only fitting that Mountain Brook would be home to the only store in Alabama dedicated to tennis alone. Player’s Choice accommodates those who have recently taken up tennis as well as those who have been playing for years with a wide range of tennis gear. Owner Deborah Standifer is constantly running to different sections of the store to assist customers. She started playing tennis as a kid for fun, and her dedication to the sport intensified after meeting and marrying her husband, Jack, a tennis coach. She is now a mom to three daughters; her 8 year old participates in tournaments nationwide. Because Standifer has children herself, she noticed there were only a few places where children’s tennis clothes and racquets could be found. “There really wasn’t much out there for kids at all,” Standifer said. She is happy with the selection of children’s sporting goods she is able to offer the community. Player’s Choice has worked with local schools to order uniforms and has also sold uniforms to several ladies’ and men’s teams in the Birmingham area. Teams are also given a discount. Of course, the store still offers all the items adults need to play tennis as well. “We’re the best racquet stringers in the business,” Standifer said. In addition to racquets and strings, Player’s Choice offers a wide variety of tennis shoes, bags, shirts,

Player’s Choice Tennis owner Deborah Standifer in front of the store’s wide selection of racquets. Photo by Mia Bass.

skirts and grips. By coming into the store, customers can try things on and get professional opinions before taking an item home. If you don’t see what you’re looking for in the store, Player’s Choice can order most anything and have it in the store within three to ten days. It’s also easy for Player’s Choice to deliver or ship items to customers nationwide.

Standifer bought Player’s Choice four years ago when they were still located near the Galleria off Lorna Road. She made the decision to move to Mountain Brook and opened the doors in Cahaba Village in December of last year. “We have more visibility from the road now,” Standifer said. That visibility has helped the store bring in people from as far away as Nashville who have said they just had to

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come in. Standifer worked to renovate Highland Park Tennis Center a few years ago, and the center has become home to several tennis leagues. Player’s Choice also supports local tournaments including a men’s Pro Circuit Tournament in Birmingham from October 29 through November 8.

Quarterly Luncheon featuring a Birmingham News Panel with John Archibald, Barnett Wright, and Bob Blalock. Moderated by Tom Scarritt. September 29, 2011 Park Lane in English Village 11:00am – 1:00pm $25 for members and $30 for non-members

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go to or call the Chamber offices at 871-3779 MOUNTAIN BROOK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 32 Vine Street Mountain Brook, Alabama 35213

Restaurant Showcase

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The Gardens Café by Kathy G. |



2612 Lane Park Road 871-1000 Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Gardens Café by Kathy G. extends the pleasures of strolling through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens into a culinary experience. You can pick up a brown bag or picnic basket lunch to enjoy in the gardens themselves, or if you prefer more formal dining, you can order their garden bistro menu at a table on the café’s covered patio or the uncovered terrace. When it’s cold, hot or rainy, you can move inside to the dining room for a view of the gardens and a fresh flower arrangement at your table. “We really just want to make the restaurant part of the gardens,” manager Tamara Archer said. Like the landscape that surrounds it, the menu at The Gardens Café changes seasonally, about every four months, and incorporates local and seasonal ingredients where possible. Although the vegetables grown at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are donated to Magic City Harvest, the café sometimes uses some of their fresh herbs. Their most popular dish stays on the menu all year: Kathy G.’s Pecan Honey Mustard Chicken Salad, served on a sandwich or salad with greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and flat bread crackers. The menu also features a selection of specialty sandwiches, appetizers, entrees and desserts. In the summer a menu favorite is their tomato pie, an individual pie full of fresh tomatoes and cheeses and served with a salad. It will be available through September before the menu changes for the fall, Archer said.

Kathy G.’s Pecan Honey Mustard Chicken Salad. Photo by Madoline Markham.

Every Wednesday the café serves a crab cake with a mixed green salad, and every Thursday it serves shrimp and grits. They also have a soup of the day and other daily specials throughout the week. Beyond lunchtime, the restaurant is a popular place for bridal lunches, garden club events and other special events. The entire restaurant is available for rent, or just

the upstairs balcony, which seats about 30 and offers more privacy. The Gardens Café is the only restaurant operated by Kathy G., a full service catering and events company owned by Kathy Mezrano. Members of The Birmingham Botanical Gardens receive a 10 percent discount at the café when they show their membership

card. After your meal, you can venture around to see what is in bloom. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are free and open daily from dawn to dusk. “We hope guests enjoy the gardens while they are here,” Archer said.

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September 2011 | Around the Villages

Around the Villages is now live and promoting shopping local. The website allows local businesses to sell products online as well as list menus and sell gift certificates. Several retailers already have merchandise on the site. There is also a calendar that lists sales and other events.

Zoe’s Kitchen fundraiser

For the finest collection of needlepoint canvases, stitching accessories, and exceptional customer service.

Kathy Schenkel Designs on display Sept. 17 - Oct. 8 2810 Crescent Avenue Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-5191

Sept. 1-15 Zoe’s Kitchen is holding a fundraiser to benefit Rise School, a school for children with special needs in Tuscaloosa. For every Dinner for Four purchased at locations in Birmingham, $5 will be donated to the school. The fundraiser is being held in memory of Zoe Bromberg, the granddaughter of Zoe’s founder Zoe Cassimus who was killed in an accident while visiting Europe this summer. For more information on Zoe’s, visit Their Crestline location is 225 Country Club Park and can be reached at 871-0060.

Bambinelli’s now Salvatore’s

The restaurant formerly knows as Bambinelli’s in English Village has changed Salvatore’s, a more casual Italian restaurant. You now order at the counter, and the menu, while mostly serving the same dishes, has lower prices like that of the owner’s three other Salvatore’s locations in Birmingham. They also now serve pizza by the slice. Salvatore’s is located at 2031 Cahaba Road and can be reached at 871-2423.

Kiki Risa now M. Lavender

The Mountain Brook Village clothing store formerly known as Kiki Risa has changed its name to M. Lavender Clothing. “We are in the same location and carry the same clothing lines as before,” owner Meredith Lavender said. “We are just no longer affiliated with the Destin store.” The store is located at 2734 Cahaba Road and can be reached at 870-7275 or

Chamber of Commerce to host luncheon, After Hours The Mountain Brook Chamber will host its quarterly luncheon on September 29 at Park Lane in English Village. The luncheon will feature a panel from The Birmingham News. John Archibald, Barnett Wright and Bob Blaylock will share their take on the news that is important to you; Tom Scarritt will moderate. Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch lasts 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers andf are available at The Chamber will also hold a Business After Hours event on September 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Parc at Grandview in conjunction with the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Another Business After Hours will beheld September 29, 5-7 p.m. at McCormick and Schmick’s in conjunction with the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and Homewood Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit or call the Chamber at 8713779.

Yogurt Mountain to open in English Village A new Yogurt Mountain location is scheduled to open on September 16 in English Village. It will be a part of the current Joe Muggs location, which will still sell coffee but will cut back on their news stand selection to make room for the yogurt bar, according to Yogurt Mountain Marketing and Communications Creative Director Craig Hyde. The new store will be smaller than the Cahaba Village location but will still offer 12 handles of yogurt and more than 50 toppings. Joe Muggs is located at 2037 Cahaba Road and can be reached at 871-6009.

Village Living Lake Lovers Photo Contest Winners To see more Lake Lovers finalists, visit

Best Action Photo

Trent Wright, 7 , wake surfs on Lake Martin. Photo by Lelie Wright.

Best Kid Photo

“Mommy, I don’t think I needed my googles!” Photo by Aimee Forbus.

Best Fishing Photo

Evans Oliver on Lake Logan Martin. Photo by Lisa Oliver.

Ann Carter and Holt Carlson. Photo by Juli Carlson.

Best Pet Photo

Moose the dog fishes at Lake Martin. Photo by Shaun Flynn.

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Emmet O’Neal Library Programs Adult Department programs 9/8- Smart Investing at EOL, 6:30 p.m. EOL will host a reception followed by acclaimed storyteller Dolores Hydock’s presentation, Smart Money: Stories About Cold, Hard Cash, from at 7 p.m. 9/15-Third Thursdays at Dyron’s Lowcountry, 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Dyron’s donates 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to the library, and a librarian will be on hand to chat with diners. 9/17- Knit & Knibble, 2-3:30 p.m. From knitting to embroidery to scrapbooking, all crafters are welcome Brown Bag Lunch Series, Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. 9/7 - Second in a six-part film series on the ancient Celts 9/14 - Local author and businessman Jim Reed, How to Become Your Own Book! 9/21 -A film that follows the extraordinary efforts to restore both animals and people to the Mesopotamian Marshes destroyed by Saddam Hussein when the inhabitants rebelled against him. 9/28 - Once he was one of the most famous men in the world; today few people know who he was or what he accomplished. Today’s film re-evaluates Gilbert de Lafayette and his crucial role in the establishment of America’s democracy. Computer Classes, beginning Oct. 13 A class for the true novice, the six-week, hands-on course gets the student familiar with a keyboard, using the mouse, and the basics of internet surfing. There is a $30 fee for the class. Classes meet on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Teen Programs 9/2- Game On, 4-6 p.m. Rock Band battle of the bands 9/9 - Aranzi Aronzo, 5-6 p.m. Japanese felt craft 9/24- Alabama and/or Auburn football

game on the big screen, Time TBA Children’s Department programs 9/1- Patty Cake Story Time. Ages 0-12 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/1- SNaP – Game On. Grades 3-6. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/6- Together Time Story Time. All ages. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. No registration required. 9/6- Library Out Loud Story Time. Grades 5K-2 . 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/7- Mother Goose Story Time. Ages 1224 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/8- Patty Cake Story Time. Ages 0-12 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/8- SNaP – Popcorn and a Movie. Grades 3-6. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/9- Savvy Surfing: Homework Helps. Grades 3-6. 3:30 p.m. Must register. 9/10- Family Storytime with Mr. Mac. All ages. 10:30 a.m. No registration required. 9/12- Toddler Tales Story Time. Ages 2436 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/12- Chess Club. Ages 7 – adult. 6:00 p.m. No registration required. 9/13- Together Time Story Time. All ages. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. No registration required. 9/13- Library Out Loud Story Time. Grades 5K-2. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/13- Family Night: Bama Air Dogs. All ages. 5:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/14- Mother Goose Story Time. Ages 1224 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/15- Patty Cake Story Time. Ages 0-12 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/15- SNaP – T-Shirt Tote Take-away. Grades 3-6. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/17- Family Storytime with Mr. Mac. All

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ages. 10:30 a.m. No registration required . 9/19- Toddler Tales Story Time. Ages 2436 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/19- Chess Club. Ages 7 – adult. 6 p.m No registration required . 9/20- Together Time Story Time. All ages. 9:30 a.m.& 10:30 a.m. No registration required. 9/20- Library Out Loud Story Time. Grades 5K-2. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/20- Bookmania: Darth Paper Strikes Back. Grades 3-6. 6 p.m. Must register. 9/21- Mother Goose Story Time. Ages 1224 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/22- Patty Cake Story Time. Ages 0-12 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/22- SNaP – Way Out Writing. Grades 3-6. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/24- Family Storytime with Mr. Mac. All ages. 10:30 a.m. No registration required. 9/26- Toddler Tales Story Time. Ages 2436 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/26- Chess Club. Ages 7 – adult. 6 p.m. No registration required. 9/27- Together Time Story Time. All ages. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. No registration required. 9/27- Library Out Loud Story Time. Grades 5K-2. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/27- Bookmania: Darth Paper Strikes Back. Grades 3-6. 6 p.m. Must register. 9/28- Mother Goose Story Time. Ages 1224 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/28Elephant & Piggie After-School Special. Ages 3 & up. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. 9/29- Patty Cake Story Time. Ages 0-12 months. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Must register. 9/29- SNaP – Bingo for Prizes. Grades 3-6. 3:30 p.m. No registration required.



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Food & Wine

Family Fun

9/13- From the Garden to the Grill. Owner Angela Schmidt from Chef U will lead

9/10- Harvest Day. Learn about harvest season with crafts, story time, music,

9/29-10/1- Greek Food Festival. 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. To pre-order food at the festival

Special Events/Ministry

this class on taking vegetables from your garden or famer’s market and grilling them perfectly. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Admission: $25 (members) $30 (nonmembers). More information:

drive-thru, call 716-3086 or fax 716-3085 for orders of 10 or more. Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 307 19th Street South, 35233. Admission: free. More information:

games and animal demonstrations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Birmingham Zoo. Admission: $14 (adults) $9 (kids 12 and under, senior citizens). More information: www.

9/8- A Hero’s Welcome. An evening to welcome and honor severely injured military

Mountain Brook Events

personnel as well as police officers, firefighters and first responders. Keynote speaker is Colonel David Sutherland, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 6 p.m. Cocktails, 7 p.m. Dinner. Lakeshore Foundation, 4000 Ridgeway Road.

9/2- Mountain Brook Spartans vs. Vestavia football game. 7 p.m.

9/16-18- 27th Annual Alabama Orchid Show and Sale. Check out the exhibits

9/6- Art House Independent Film Series: The Lincoln Lawyer (R). Levite Jewish Community Center. 7 p.m. $2 donation includes popcorn and soda.

9/8- Cocktails in the Gardens. Matthew Devine of Downright will be the music for

the evening under the theme “Green and Serene.” The signature drink will be Midori Melon Punch. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Hill Garden. Admission: Free (members) $15 (nonmembers). More information:

9/11- 10th Anniversary 9/11 service with the cities of Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Homewood. 8:45- 9:30 a.m. Vestavia Hills High School. 9/15- Business After hours sponsored by the Chamber with Shelby County, Vestavia Hills and Mountain Brook at the Parc at Grandview. Time TBA. 9/19-9/23- Boys Varsity Tennis Team Tryouts 9/22- Cahaba Village Race for the Cure sign-up event. Cahaba Village will host an after hours event in cooperation with the North Central Alabama affiliate for Susan G. Komen to promote breast cancer awareness. Visit the village after hours - and talk to the volunteers in the signature pink tents. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 9/23- Western Wine & Food Festival. Features a wine tasting with food and dessert by Jeff State Culinary students. It benefits the Emmet O’Neal Library. 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Western. Admission: TBD. More information: 9/26-9/30- Girl’s Varsity Tennis Team Tryouts 9/29- Business After Hours sponsored by the Chamber with Vestavia Hills Chamber, Homewood Chamber, and the Mountain Brook Chamber. 5- 7 p.m. McCormick & Schmick’s. 9/30- Mountain Brook High School Homecoming. Mountain Brook will host Spain Park. 7 p.m. Spartan Stadium.

showcasing different and unusual species of orchids and pick up a few to take home with you. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Admission: free. More information: call Show Chairperson Margaret Holder at 933-8688.

9/17- ZooGala 2011. Enjoy cocktails and a seated dinner in Trails of Africa, catered

by Kathy G and entertainment by Lava Lamp. Dress is black tie optional. 6:30 p.m. Birmingham Zoo. Admission: $350 (individual) $500 (couple). More information:

9/18- Shades Mountain Baptist Church 100 Year Celebration. 2017 Columbiana Road.

Celebration Service in the Worship Center, 9:30 a.m. New Wind Reunion in 4th floor Concourse, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. “A Century of Song” in the Worship Center, 6 p.m. More information: or 822-1670.

9/24- Great Prostate Cancer Challenge. This 5K race and 1 mile fun run benefits prostate

cancer research, education and free screenings. 7 a.m. Oak Mountain State Park, Dogwood Pavilion. Registration: $25 (in advance) $30 (race day). More information: 9/26- World Premier of Alabama’s Rick Bragg: Out of the Dirt, a documentary biography of the acclaimed storyteller/journalist/teacher/Pulitzer Prize winner. 7 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, 808 South 20th Street. More information. Tickets: $29. More information:


9/1- I Got Sick Then I Got Better. A one-woman show starring Broadway actress

Jenny Allen. Benefits the Lynne Cohen and Norma Livingston Preventative Care Program at UAB. Alys Stephens Center. 7 p.m. More information: www.

9/17- C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The touring cast will present the adaptation of Lewis’ novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. BJCC. Admission: $29 or $89. More information:

Kick off the Fall Travel Season with AAA Travel’s Last Minute Picks! • Royal Caribbean 2011 Cruise Deals: Voyager of the Seas sailing from New Orleans 7 Nights visiting: Jamaica, Grand Cayman & Cozumel. 11/12 from $599, 11/19 from $699, 11/26 from $499, 12/3 & 12/10 from $519, 12/17 from $649. Holiday Sailings 12/24 from $919 and 12/31 from $799. • Disney Fall/Winter FREE Dining Package - For a limited time, get a FREE Disney dining plan when you buy a full price Magic Your Way vacation package with a minimum of 3 nights (including accommodations and tickets) for select dates at select Walt Disney World resort hotels. Stay at select Disney Value resorts and get the Quick Service Dining Plan for FREE. Stay at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villas resorts and get the regular Dining Plan for FREE. Offer valid for select dates 10/2/11 – 3/31/12. • Hawaii: SAVE more than 60% off rack rates at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort on Oahu. Valid for select travel through 12/25/11. • Caribbean Hot Deals: Receive exclusive savings and complimentary upgrades at participating Hot Deals hotels and resorts. Book by 9/11/11 for travel through 12/16/11. • Costa Rica: SAVE UP TO 59% and receive a $50 spa credit PLUS Kids 12 & younger stay and eat FREE per room at the all-inclusive Riu Guanacaste. Valid for travel through 12/23/11. • Las Vegas: Save up to 37% PLUS receive two tickets to Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular for stays of three nights or more at either The Venetian Hotel Resort Casino or The Palazzo Hotel Resort Casino. Must be booked by 9/27/11 To Book Your Next Trip, Call AAA Travel: (205) 978-7030 for travel through 9/30/11. Or visit us at: 2400 Acton Road (I459 @ Exit 17) • Europe: Italian Intermezzo 9 days touring Rome, VenAAA TRAVEL UPCOMING TRAVEL SHOWS: ice & Florence from $1999 pp. Italy’s three most famous Thur., September 1st – Celebrity Cruise Show - 6pm & best loved cities. Tue., September 13th – Holland America On Stage Alaska – 6pm • European River Cruising: Book a river cruise & air with Sat., September 17th – Europe Guided Tours Event – 10 am Uniworld and SAVE up to $2,600 per couple with Cruise RSVP: (205) 978-7030 & Air Savings on select 2011 itineraries and dates. Rates quoted are per person, cruise or land only, based on double adult occupancy unless otherwise stated. Offers valid for select travel dates, properties and booking periods - call for full details on all offers. Rates, offers, specials, inclusions, blackout dates, supplemental fees, terms, conditions, availability and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. Taxes, gratuities, transfers, airfare and excursions are additional unless otherwise indicated. Fees and policies vary among airlines and are subject to change without notice. Not responsible for errors or omissions. AAA Travel acts only as an agent for the various travel providers shown above.

Village Living Calendar Music and Arts 9/4- Jazz in the Park. Features the Neo Jazz Collective, Ricky Powell, Heritage Band and Dee Lucas. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Railroad Park. Admission: free. More information:

9/24- 8th Annual Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival. Several area jazz groups will

perform featuring Paul Taylor. The festival will also have an Art Village and vendors including Jones Valley Urban Farm and West End Community Gardens. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. 4th Avenue North and 18th Street. Admission: free. More information:

9/24- Best of Birmingham. The finest music students from UAB, Birmingham-

Southern, Samford, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Indian Springs and Altamont will perform. 7 p.m. Brock Recital Hall, Samford University. Admission: $10. More information:

Save the date 10/1- Shelby Blues and BBQ Festival. Teams will compete in food judging competitions in four categories: BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, BBQ pork and desserts. Held by Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Verizon Wireless Center, Pelham. More information:

10/1- Fiesta Hispanic Culture Festival. Music and dance stage; arts, culture, and

children’s activities; health and wellness information; multi-cultural food; and community villages, where event-goers can sample the various customs and traditions in Spanish-speaking countries. Regions Park, Hoover. More information:

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

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

10/1- Pony Express 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Benefits Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch. Includes music, refreshments, and kids’ activities. 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. 5K, 9:15 a.m. Fun Run. Crestline Village. $25 for 5K and $15 for Fun Run before September 29; $30 and $15 after. More information: www.

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.

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CONTINUED from page 1 to everything,” said Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzan Doidge. “He didn’t just pick one or two causes. Even when I was in my 20s before I knew him well, I called on behalf of American Cancer Society, and without hesitation he offered a donation for the event I was working on.” If you attended almost any fundraiser around town, Snow was there, and there was no doubt some auction item donated by Barton-Clay. “When he called and asked for help for a charitable cause,” Regan said, “the answer was always yes because you knew he was giving more than he was asking for himself.” Snow didn’t just give money and sit on boards, either. “He was a great father and grandfather, so that spilled over to when he was at Camp Smile-A-Mile hanging out with our campers,” said Camp Smile-AMile Executive Director Lynn Thompson. Thompson remembered how Snow would come to be a friend to the kids and volunteers at camp. He always came armed with various monkey-themed items, the camp’s mascot, for giveaways. After years in the jewelry business, in 1987 Snow and Eric McLain opened Barton-Clay, naming the business after their middle names. The store quickly became known as an extremely customeroriented business just as Snow intended it to be. They moved to their Mountain Brook Village in 1995. “He treated you with the same respect if you were buying the most expensive thing in the store or a watch battery,” said Martha Gorham, a friend and customer. There are countless stories where a customer had a budget less than the cost of an engagement ring or other piece, but Snow somehow made the numbers add up. For Snow, his customers were his friends and his friends his customers.


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“There was not a piece of jewelry I would not buy from him,” Regan said. “He knew my wife’s taste better than I did. He was always actively interested in you, your family and your grandkids when you came to the store.” Regan also spent time at Barber Motorsports Park with Snow, who was a firearms enthusiast and loved to talk about cars, especially his old Triumph. An Auburn fan, Snow always made sure his daughter, Carrie Snow Cearlock, and grandchildren, James and Hudson, had tickets to see the Tigers play, and he invited his friends to stay at his home on Lake Martin after the games. Beyond his business and sportsmanship, Snow was instrumental to the business community in Mountain Brook. “He was a strong supporter of not just his business but the businesses surrounding him in our community,” said former Chamber president Alice Womack. When the Chamber of Commerce was trying to raise support for the Legends of Motorsports in Mountain Brook Village, Snow raised $8,000 by auctioning off a Rolex—all without prodding from any other person. Whenever anyone in the business community had a crazy idea for something new, Snow would listen and help make it happen. If he thought it was a good idea and put himself behind it, it would work. It was Snow who was also instrumental in starting the Chamber of Commerce and served as one of its first presidents. Snow will be missed at Barton-Clay, at charitable events to come, at Bottega and Highlands Bar and Grill, where he was always to be found, but his memory will live on in the stories so many have to tell of his giving, fun-loving spirit. Snow’s family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Children’s Harbor, 1600 6th Ave S., Birmingham, Ala. 35233 or to the charity of your choice.


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