The Original Alabaster Newsletter September 2022

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2 Advertise in the Alabaster Newsletter! Call Ted Vodde at 205 620-5505 or email September 2022 The Alabaster Newsletter Published Monthly Editor & Publisher: Ted Vodde Contributors: John Brackin, Dawn South, David Frings We welcome your comments, suggestions & story ideas. Call 205 620-5505 and e-mail Copyright© 2022 Mindstream Media, LLC WE’RE ALWAYS ONLINE AT WWW.ALABASTERNEWSLETTER.COM! Home and Garden Decor 8111 HWY 119 ALABASTER 1/2 Mile South of Publix OPEN WED. - SAT. 10 - 5 Owners Mary & Walter Lee fÉâà{xÜÇ i|Çàtzx `tÜ~xà WE NOW ACCEPT ALL MAJOR CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS!

Several years ago I tooka Photoshop class and found that I and my class-mates were very frustratedtrying to learn how towork it. It’s a great pro-gram but it’s very complexand can be frustrating. So I determined to look for alternatives, and I found a winner in Snapseed. Originallycreated for the IPad it is a great program that is easy touse and it’s free! I think Snapseed’s designers lookedat Photoshop using thePareto Principal or the 80/20 Rule. The rule says 80 per-cent of the work is done on 20 percent of the assemblyline and things like 80 per-cent of a church’s funds are paid by 20 percent of theparishoners.Theysaw that 80 percentof the work on Photoshop was done with 20 percent of the features so they concen-trated on that and made it easy by using it with yourfingers on a IPad or anIPhone instead of a PC. The program has also beenadapted for non-Apple products as well. Since Istarted, I’ve edited over 20,000 photos with it. I really enjoy it, and I’ve wonphotography contests withphotos I edited in Snapseed. In many ways it’s digital finger painting - no muss, nofuss, just fun. Come join mein my upcoming class andI’ll show you how this greatphoto editing programworks. Be sure to sign upearly as we have limitedseating. And please haveSnapseed downloaded on your phone or tablet beforeyou come to class as we’llhave editing exercises.Easy Photo Editing on Smartphones & Tablets with Snapseed – September 18. 2 pm. How to edit photos in smartphones and tablets using afree app called Snapseed. In this class Ted will familiarize youwith the various settings of theprogram and how to effectivelyuse them to create great photosand have fun! We will have photo editing exercises in classso please come to class with Snapseed already downloadedon your phone or tablet. It’s freein the app store. Sign up onEventbrite. Program takes placein the Nan Abbott Room.

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At the end of August, the Alabaster Department’sPolicedispatchserviceswilltransition to Shelby County 911, bringing all the city’s emergency dispatch services under the same agency. Moving forward, it is extremely important for callers to dial 911 when in need of Alabaster DepartmentPoliceemergencyservices.Thisincludes:•Whenyouneedtospeaktoanofficerforanyreason.•Ifyouseeorareinvolvedinatrafficaccident.•Ifyouobserve,arethevictimoforneedtoreportacrime.•Ifyouneedtomakeapolicereport.Pleasedonotdialanynon-emergencyAPDnumbersifyouareinanyofthesit-uationsoutlinedabove.Thedepartment’s(205)664-7401and(205)663-7401 non-emergency numbers should only be dialed for administrative purposes. The APD is excited to partner with Shelby County 911 to increase the efficiency of its dispatch services and allow stronger coordination between it and other emergency service agencies. by

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Following those first two big-time games, the Warriors will face a string of local schools, starting with an away game at Vestavia Hills (Sept. 2), followed by a home game against Spain Park (Sept. 9), a road game at Chelsea (Sept. 16), and then home games against Clay Chalkville (Sept. 23) and Hewitt-Trussville (Sept. 30).


Aug. 19 @ Buford (Milton, Ga.)


FOOTBALL READY FOR KICKOFF onships, and fans will no doubt enjoy the games this season, as they look to bring home a fourth. The first chance to celebrate the upcoming football season was on Warrior Day, Saturday, Aug. 13. The day featured multiple scrimmages throughout the day, as well as recognition of the various cheer squads. The season kicked off in earnest on Friday, Aug. 19, with a game against Buford (Georgia) at the Freedom Bowl in Milton, Georgia. The Freedom Bowl features three different games across two days. Buford won the game with a score of 38-7. The next game will be against Lipscomb Academy (Tennessee) on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Warrior Stadium, and that game is scheduled to be televised on ESPNU as part of the Geico ESPN High School Kickoff. Game time is set for 8 p.m.

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With Fall just around the corner, local football fans are gearing up for their favorite time of the year, and this year promises to provide some really exciting football right here in the City of hasThompsonAlabaster.HighSchoolrecentlybecomeoneofthetopteamsinthestatefortheAlabamaHighSchoolAthleticAssociationClass7A,andthattrendissuretocontinuethisfall,withplentyofgoodath-letesonbothsidesoftheball.Thedefensewillonceagainbeloaded,withtal-entedplayerslikePeterWoodsandTonyMitchellleadingtheway.WoodsrecentlycommittedtoplaycollegefootballatClemsonUniversity,whileMitchellhascommittedtoplayattheUniversityofAlabama.TheWarriorshavebroughthomethree-straightstatechampi-

The month of October will feature a home game against Oak Mountain (Oct. 7), a road game at Tuscaloosa County (Oct. 14) and finally a home game against Hoover High School (Oct.Thompson21). was selected No. 1 in this year’s Class 7A preseason football rankings, collecting every single firstplace vote. Come out to Warrior Stadium this season and cheer on Coach Mark Freeman and the Warriors as they compete for another historic title. Go Warriors!

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Residential:The Beautification Board Home of the month winners are: Robert & Donna Smelcer, 201 Coral Circle Plants: Evergreens and Marigolds 4BR/3BA $380s We have new inventory weekly!!Get Dibs—Call Today!! 3BR/2BA $220s 4BR/3BA4BR/3BA$315k$390s 3BR/2.5BA $330s 5BR/3.5BA $470s 5BR/3BA $390s 205-305-8756 4-5BR/3BA $340s 4-5BR/3BA $330s 3BR/2BA 4BR/2.5BA$250s$340s SOLD!SOLD!SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! UNDER CONTRACT! YARD OF THE MONTH & TIPS

Fall is here,and you maybe wondering what to do in your garden this month.Landscaping Tips•If yourlawn needs some TLC, September and October are perfect months to re-seedand repair your lawnaccording to Better Homesand Gardens.•Make sure to fertilize your lawn thismonth using controlled-release nitrogen.•Makesure that you don’t pruneyour shrubs or trees. It istime for shrubs and trees to start preparing themselvesto go into dormancy during the winter months.Fruit and Vegetable Tips•Continue to harvest yourgardens this month.According to the OldFarmer’s Almanac, once your vegetables havestopped producing, start toclean out your garden.Make sure that you haveremoved any plants thatyou suspect had diseases orinsects.•You can still plantsome cool weather crops. and is the perfect time to perennials.

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Congrats to Coach Byars & the 6U Alabaster baseball 12-0 season. They were awarded sponsor funds for their team from Tim Mitchell and his Community Support Foundation. Tim provides scholarships, grants and sponsorships toward the school, teacher, team, church, ministries or other events of his clients' choice. Don’t miss out! These grants are available to all of Tim's clients. Please call Tim at (205) 305-8756, or,e-mail for more information.

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Senator April Weaver has been elected chair of the joint legislative Health Care Workforce Task Force. She was joined by Jeff Brannon of Flowers Hospital as the vicechairperson. The pair were elected by the other members of the task force at their first meeting, called by Governor Kay TheIvey.task force was created Weaver’sthroughlegislation during the 2022 Session in response to the shortage of healthcare workers the state has seen throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and will be used to study and suggest solutions to address critical shortages. “I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to lead the Health Care Workforce Task Force alongside Vice Chair Jeff Brannon,” said Weaver. “With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, I understand firsthand the sacrifices that these men and women make every day and the risks that come along with it. The Covid-19 workerspercentthetionalloadsincreasegrewonhospitalsspecificallytheenormouslypandemicimpactedhealthcareindustry,withinthewherepressuredoctorsandnursesduetoanexcessiveintheirwork-andariseinemo-trauma.”“Sincetheonsetofpandemic,nearly20ofallhealthcareintheUnited

States have exited the field. In Alabama, some of the most critical staffing shortages in our hospitals are worse today than they have been throughout the entire pandemic, and this unprecedented shortage is causing significant harm to Alabama’s health care industry.“Iam eager to work alongside my colleagues and begin our work on the task force to carefully study the situation we have been dealt, identify significant problem areas, and propose meaningful solutions to help ensure the state is well-equipped to tackle this issue and prevent any further shortages in the future.”

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On-Line Registration will be available at beginning at 8 am on Sept. 1 and ending at 11 pm on Sept. 24.•Walk-in Registration will be available at the Parks and Recreation Office between 8 am and 5 pm, weekdays only, from Sept. 1 thru Sept. 23. •Registration Fee: Free. Includes 15x15 space. You must provide your own table, chairs and/or canopy. Note: There may be a fee charged through Revenue for a Business License or Permit.•Event Date: Fall Fest will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 am until 3 pm at Buck Creek Trail.



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The Dog Park at Veterans Park will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 7, for maintenance.•If needed, the Rain-Out date will be the following Wednesday, Sept. 14.



PAVILIONS FOR RENT Outdoor Rental Facilities: •On-Line Pavilion Rentals – available at •Pavilion rentals are available during the current year only.•Several of our City Parks offer pavilions for events such as picnics, family reunions and birthday parties. The best way to ensure your event happens at the location of your choice is to reserve it early. •Please do not send out invitations listing one of our parks as the event location before you have secured a pavilion through Parks and Recreation. The pavilion you plan on using may not be available.•Pavilions are available for use by permit only. There is a $40 rental fee (no checks accepted) which must be paid before your reservation is complete.•Note: Inflatables, charcoal grills, and piñatas are not allowed in any of the City parks. Please see our web site for a complete list of rules. open picnic tables (those not under a covering) are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.


The Parks and Recreation Office and Veterans Skate Park will be closed on the following date: •Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.

On-Line Registration will be available at beginning at 8 am on Sept. 6 and ending at 11 pm on Sept. 24.•Walk-in Registration will be available at the Parks and Recreation Office between 8 am and 5 pm, weekdays only, from Sept. 6 thru Sept. 23. •Available to: BOYS: Kindergarten thru 9th grade and GIRLS: Kindergarten thru 6th grade.•Cost: $85.00 (plus 10% for non-residents)•For more information, please contact Nik McCrimon at 664-6840 or *IMPORTANT: •9th graders who turn 15 before September 1, 2022 are not eligible.•Kindergarteners are required to turn 5 before September 1, 2022 to be eligible to play (no exceptions).


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SEPT. 10th IN ORR PARK will also be a classic car show—the 20th Annual Cars by the Creek—a variety of children’s activities, axe throwing, and food vendors on site. Live music runs all day during the festival with a wide variety of styles. Musical acts include Montevallo High School Jazz Band, Chase Stewart, Mother May I, and 2BLU and The Lucky Stiffs! The chainsaw carving exhibition will include a panel of well-known artists: Heather Bailey of Alabaster, Alabama; Justin Bailey of comestheThepurchase.festivalArtworkFarmington,andofCarolina;ofAlabama;Alabaster,CoreyLancasterPrinceton,NorthDaveMarshalekShelbyville,Tennessee;JustinDriverofKentucky.createdduringthewillbeavailablefor20thAnnualCarsbyCreekcarshowwel-allyears,makes,and

models of cars. Awards will be given to “Best of Decade,” “Best of Show” for Cars and Trucks, and “Best ‘Woodie.’” There will also be a 50/50 drawing and door Registrationprizes.begins at 9 Children’sa.m. activities will include a “make and take” art project, the “Balloon Guy,” Dr. Bob’s Traveling Snake Show, inflatables courtesy of JAC’s Rentals, and Candlewoodmore. Suites Alabaster is the official hotel for the 2022 Tinglewood Festival. Call 205-620-0188 to inquire about special rates. Tinglewood Festival is inspired by a special section of Orr Park, where local artist Tim Tingle has carved faces and creatures into the dead parts of living cedar trees since a fateful ice storm in 1993. The festival is organized by the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce, Montevallo Main Street, and the Montevallo CollaborativeArtsas a signature event for the City of ForMontevallo.moreinformation,



Easy Photo Editing on Smartphones & Tablets with Snapseed –September 18. 2 pm. Join us as Ted Vodde teaches how to edit photos insmartphones and tablets using a free app called Snapseed. He discov-ered Snapseed several years ago and has since edited over 20,000 photosusing the program and has won photography awards using photostaken with an iPhone and edited on Snapseed. In this class he will famil-iarize you with the various settings of the program and how to effective-ly use them to create great photos and have fun! We will have photoediting exercises in class so please come to class with Snapseed alreadydownloaded on your phone or tablet. It’s free in the app store. Sign upon Eventbrite. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room.

Medicare 101 – September 22. 6 pm. A fun and informative class to learn what to expect with Medicare and how to ask the right questions.Perfect for anyone wanting to learn about their Medicare options.Presented by a representative of Medicare Advisors of Alabama.Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room.


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Closed Dates – September 5 – Labor Day Tai Chi - Wednesday mornings starting September 7th.10:15 am – Tai Chi for Arthritis (but, it’s also good for anyone).11:15 am – Tai Chi for Diabetes (but, it’s also good for anyone).Join us as local instructor Melanie Chaney teaches a 10-week course inTai Chi. Tai Chi is an exercise that improves balance, sharpens the mind,boosts the immune system, and circulates oxygen throughout the bodywhile gently massaging all the joints, ligaments and muscles of the entirebody. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flexible, flat-soled shoes thatencompass the foot. Try not to miss any classes because each class buildsupon the previous ones. Newcomers will not be allowed after the secondclass takes place. Space is limited. Participants must complete theEnrollment Form at the front desk before the first class. Program takesplace in the Nan Abbott Room. Resumé Workshop – September 8. 5:30 pm. Alan Scott Hahn from Alabama Works! will guide you through formulating all parts of yourresume including writing parts of the resume and understanding the dif-ferences between chronological and skills-based resumes. Additionally,application strategy and interview skills will be covered. Sign up onEventbrite. Class takes place in the Nan Abbott Room.


Library Card Sign up Month: September is National LibraryCard Sign up Month and children who get their first librarycard at our library will also get a gift bag. They must be withtheir parent or legal guardian who must bring their proof ofShelby County residency identification. This does not apply toreplacement cards. The library card will be ready in about fiveminutes after filling out a short form and books can be checkedout right away.


Story Times: Friday mornings Toddler Tales at the library10:30am in the Nan Abbott Room. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays Sensory Story Time 3:30pm in the Nan Abbott Room

American Girls History Mystery September 23, 4:00 p.m.Young journalist Kit Kittredge needs your help! Decipher theclues and interact with objects relating to the historical AmericanGirls doll characters to solve the mystery. Get ready to exploreand experience history, make a craft, and more! Kids ages 6years old and older can sign up Those under age 8must be with an adult. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room.Stress-free Tips for Developing School Readiness Skills inYoung Children – September 24, 10:30 a.m. Parents of children from birth to 8 years old are invited to discover strategies to helpkids build skills for success in school. Topics include: readingand listening, body and brain, science and math, talk and play,music and more. Learn about free library resources and easyactivities to do at home or on-the-go. The presentation includes ademonstration of educational kits that can be checked out. Please sign up at

Library Board Meeting – September 27. 6 pm. Meeting takes place inthe Nan Abbott LIBRARYRoom.

Tween and Teen Circuit Art September 29, 4:00 p.m. Folks ages11 to 18 can discover how to create by combining electronics andart with the science lady -- Jan Mattingly of Dynamic EducationAdventures. Sign up at No adults or younger children, please. Program is in theNan Abbott Room.

Crafty Kids Club: Rag Doll Workshop September 8 at 4:00 p.m.Kids ages 6 years old and older can learn about and celebrate thebirthday of America’s favorite rag dolls (Raggedy Ann andAndy) and make a one-of-a-kind doll. Sign up Kids under age 8must be with an adult. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room.Homeschool Happening: Math Mania September 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Students can enter the world of mathematic puzzlesas they move through the Nan Abbott Room to think, learn andsolve things of numbers, patterns, and more. Sign up Kids under age 8must be with an adult. Shelby 4H Science Club September 15, 4:00 p.m. Kids ages 9 to18 years old can join our science club. It’s led by Julie Yocom,Shelby County 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent,Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Sign up Program is in theNan Abbott Room. Big Nate: Celebrate! September 16, 4:00 p.m. Join us for fun, games, and a snack inspired by that wacky schoolboy. Sign upkids ages 6 to 11 years old at Kids under 8 must be with an adult. Program is inthe Nan Abbott Room. Teen Dream Team September 20, 6:00 p.m. Calling all dreamers-- writers, artists, musicians, and others -- ages 11 to 18 years old.Come show what you’ve dreamed up. We’d love to hear poetry,short stories, scripts, songs, or books and see your drawings,photos, or fashions. Tweens and teens can sign up No adults oryounger children, please. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room.

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Adult Computer ClassesSeptember 10. 10:30 am. Button Making 101 – Learn how to use Canva design program to create custom buttons for fun or promotion. We willlearn how to use the various button machines to make and take yourown buttons. September 13. 4 pm. Laser Cutting Basics – This class will introduce you to using CorelDRAW software to create designs for using our lasercutter. The class will also include learning how to safely operate theLibrary’s laser cutter.September 20. 4 pm. Microsoft Excel 2019 - This class is designed forthose new to using Excel. We will cover basic spreadsheet navigation,formatting and the basic structure of formulas.Sign up on Eventbrite. Classes take place in the Nan Abbott Room. ABC & Ds of Medicare – September 12. 1 pm. Karen Haiflich of the Medicare Information Source will help you navigate through the processof Medicare. Learn about filing, benefits, and any other questions youmight have. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room.Friends of the Library Meeting – September 12. 6 pm. Meeting takesplace in the Nan Abbott Room. Library Book Group – September 15. 6:30 pm. Join us to discuss Bewilderment by Richard Powers. A widowed astrobiologist and singlefather to a troubled son contemplates an experimental neurofeedbacktreatment that trains the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’sbrain. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room.

Ya Ya Yarners – September 19 & 26. Monday evenings at 5:00 pm.Members share crochet and knitting talents as well as work on commu-nity service projects. This year our group will provide hats and scarves tolocal charities and will provide shawls to local nursing home residents.Need to brush up on your skills? Want to share your talents with othercrafters? Join us for a fun-packed evening of stitching and conversation.For more information, email us at Programtakes place in the Nan Abbott Room.


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· Tuesday at 2:10 pmIntermediate Yoga · Wednesday at 9:30 amActive Aging · Wednesday at 12:15 pmTai Chi · Thursday at 9:15 amBeginner Line Dancing · Thursday at 10:10 amHigh Beginner Line ·DancingThursday at 1:00 pmGentle Yoga · Friday at 9:30 am- Zumba Friday,Gold September 2nd at 10:00 am- Health Talk with Robbie Friday,HypertensionLewis:September 2nd at 11:45 am- Bingo with Shelby Tuesday,RidgeSeptember 6th at 10:00 am- Grief Support Group Friday, September 9th at 9:30 am– Jim N Nicks Biscuits & Tea Monday, September 12th at 9:00 am- AARP Safe Driver Tuesday,Course September 13th at 10:00 am– Acrylic Painting Monday,Class September 19th at 10:00 am- Caregiver Support Tuesday,GroupSeptember 20th at 9:45 am- Flu Clinic Tuesday, September 20th at 1:00 pmTuesday,CardmakingCreativeTechniquesSeptember27th at 9:30 am- Master Gardener Series

Ann Ardovino, DMD and Kelli Albritton, DMD 205.664.7610 100 Colonial Promenade Pkwy, Ste 400 Located in Alabaster Colonial Promenade next to American Family Care New Patients Welcome! A Family Dental Practice. We offer General & Cosmetic Dentistry. We offer: • Same Day Crowns • Implant Crowns • Tooth colored fillings • In office whitening • Botox/Dysport for TMJ therapy and frownPleaselinesvisit our website for a complete list of services at No Insurance? Ask about our Office Saving's Plan.

The Alabaster Senior Center, operated by the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department, offers a variety of programs and services for individuals 55 years of age and older who live in Shelby County. The Senior Center is located at 1097 7th Street S.W., HoursAlabaster.ofoperation are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. If you would like more information concerning Senior programs, please contact the Alabaster Senior Center at 205-663Exercise1307. Classes: · Monday at 12:15 pmCardio Rhythm · Tuesday at 1:00 pmGentle Yoga


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looks like a great partnership“Thisopportunity.projecthas had a significant impact on our local waterways and communities. Since the first litter gitter was installed in 2019, we have removed over 14,500 pounds of trash in Jefferson County. Now, we are excited to be extending the project into Shelby County,” Smith said in the Freshwater Land Trust, other device locations include Valley, Village, Shades, Pinchgut, Griffin and Five Mile Creeks. Some of their partners include Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper, Jefferson County Department of Health, Birmingham CocaCola Bottling Company, Coca-Cola Foundation, River Network, Village Creek Society, Jefferson County Conservation District, ABC Coke and the Cities of,LandRiverkeeper,withtheexpressedDirectorHills.TrussvilleHomewood,Birmingham,Bessemer,Brighton,Tarrant,andVestaviaAlabasterEngineeringFredHawkinsalsoenthusiasmfornewproject.“We’rehappytopartnertheCahabaFreshwaterTrust,OspreyLLCandtheProtectiontoinstallthislitterdeviceinAlabaster’sCreek,”Hawkinssaid.Formoreinformationthecleanupinitiative,theFreshwaterLandonlineat

Alabaster’s Buck Creek is getting a little bit more beautiful than it already is thanks to the recent installation of a new cleaningdevice called the “Litter Gitter.”Themechanism was installed in Alabaster on Friday, March 11, at a point near Buck Creek Park. According to the Freshwater Land Trust, this is the first such device in Shelby County, and one of 11 in Central announcementAccordingAlabama.toanfromthelocalnonprofitorganiza-tion,thedeviceisusedtocollecttrashthathasenteredthewaterwaythroughstormwaterrunoff.ItworksbyinterceptingfloatinglitterandisthencleanedonaweeklyorbiweeklybasisbytheLitterGittercontractor,OspreyInitiative.Inadditiontoinstallingthedevice,Ospreywillcol-

Veterans Funeral & Cremation Society Providing Dignified & Affordable Funeral Services & Cremation For America’s Heroes with Burial at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama CALL TODAY 205-621-0800 range of options during your time of need. WE ARE THE ONLY ONSITE CREMATORY IN SHELBY COUNTY CHARTER FUNERAL HOME CELEBRATING LIFE! NEWWELCOMINGPATIENTS! THE SMILE TEAM IS READY TO SCORE YOUR SMILIN' SUCCESS!

“LITTER GITTER” INSTALLED AT BUCK CREEK PARK lect the trash that it picks up and attempt to recycle as much of it as possible. The group will also perform “tactical SmithExecutivereachestrashwardinpeopleprogramwaterbeentant“BuckRiverkeeper’sBuckdeployHills.viouswasparticularFreshwaterfromupstreamapproximatelyclean-ups,”100yardsanddownstreamthedevice.AccordingtotheLandTrust,thiscleanupdevicerelocatedfromitspre-locationinVestavia“WeareexcitedtoalittergitteronCreek,”saidCahabaDavidButler.Creekisanimpor-tributaryandhaslongapriorityforourqualitymonitoringbecausesomanyswim,fish,andplaythewater.Welookfor-toseeinghowmuchwecatchbeforeittheCahabaRiver.”FreshwaterLandTrustDirectorRushasaidthattheproject

ALABASTER Tour of Lights 2022 Information

Planning to decorate your home for the holidays this year? The Alabaster Beautification board wants to put you on our map so when families drive around this holiday season to look at Christmas lights, they’ll come to see your home. There will be a contest for the best decorated homes with a nice selection of prizes.Don’t delay, the deadline for getting on the Tour of Lights is October 31st.

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This is the 6th year of the TOUR OF LIGHTS which features a map of homes who celebrate Christmas/ Holidays by decorating their homes with an array of lights and colorful decorations so our residents can experience the joys that Christmas and the Holidays bring to families and friends! Let your Christmas light decorations reflect the magic feeling of “ooh and ah” created as the young and old view your display! To enter your home on the Tour of Lights List, go to the City of Alabaster Web where(’llfindan Entry Form & Octoberabaster.comtouroflights@cityofal-andCompleteInformation:theentryformemailto:EntryDeadlineis31,2022“Submit

Early! “Start untangling your boxes of lights!” Display: Must be ready by December 1st. and on by 5:30pm each night. Prizes will be awarded based on popular vote and announced in January. Voting Instructions: Will be posted online.


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The beginning ofschool marks the end of much of the summer fun. Families are busier than ever, and rising prices offuel and food may limitour ability to travel longdistances for fun. This puts families searching forfree or inexpensive activi-ties that are close to home. If this is you, let me sug-gest a destination that isclose to Alabaster and allows people to visit at no charge (excluding trainrides).Irecommend a trip tothe Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum located at 1919 Ninth Street in Calera, Alabama. This is the official railroad museum for the state of Alabama. The museum preserves, restores,and displays a variety oflocomotives, cars, and equipment from days goneby. It gives visitors a chanceto learn a piece of railroad history through interpretivesignage and heighten theexperience by touching,climbing and even rides ontrains during scheduledevents. The museum has two vintage depots, fromWoodlawn and Wilton Alabama, that are approaching 100 years old. The orig-inal Wilton Depot is nownamed Calera in honor of the current home city.The museum has a variety of locomotives that dateback to the age of steamengines. As you drive onthe museum property, youwill see the stately steam1924 locomotive originallyowned and operated by theWoodward Iron Companythat is pictured with this article. I photographed thisengine at night using amethod called painting with light that illuminatesvarious portions of the subject. Other enginesinclude equipment once operated by AlabamaPower Company andthree operating diesel-electric locomotives used to power trains for paid excursions on certain weekends and key holidays. A huge draw for the museum is the actual rides that they offer on a 5-mile abandoned rail line on selected weekends and the very popular “North Pole Express” night rides during the Christmas season. These excursions are on a full-size rail line using actual engines and cars that travel Alabama and parts of the United States. Two excursions are offered every Saturday from May through September; check with the museum for current rates

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