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CONNECTION THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CITY OF ALABASTER | APRIL 2019

CLEAN SWEEP

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FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CITY OF ALABASTER Alabaster Connection is published monthly and is delivered to citizens of the City of Alabaster. Editorial Board The Public Relations Committee of the Alabaster City Council. Committee Chair Councilwoman Sophie Martin Councilwoman Kerri Pate Councilman Greg Farrell Editor Luke Camara, me2graphics, LLC Contributors Shana Camara Lindsay Schluntz Megan Owens Lynn Barnett

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Hello Spring-time! Spring Break is in the rear view mirror & summer is just ahead. Hopefully, we will have many days of beautiful weather to aid the anticipation. The positive energy and optimism which comes with this great weather, beautiful blooms, sunshine, and longer days will aid us in the work we have before us. April is the last month we will be providing weekly junk and rubbish service. An informational sleeve was included on the outside of this newsletter with details of Marty Handlon, Mayor our amended junk and rubbish service. This information is also available on our City of Alabaster website. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Public Works Department. We are thankful for all the input we received from residents to enable city leadership to develop a compromise for this service. We are excited to see how the efforts from all working together will benefit the community. Enforcement of the new service will be a diligent effort as we transition to monthly reservations for this service. We intentionally set the reserved service day as the first Monday of the month to allow people with reservations to use the weekend for placing items on the curb. Please be aware Code Enforcement will be responding to notifications of junk & rubbish left on the curb after the scheduled Monday service, and reports of dumping. We are committed to satisfying the concerns of citizens who expressed fears of junk staying on the curb for weeks at the time. We, as a community, can work together to ensure this service remains a benefit for our residents, while allowing the city to comply with mandates of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and requests from the County Landfill. Opening Ceremonies for our Youth Baseball and Softball season was a success this year. Once again, members of our Public Safety Departments played their annual softball game for official bragging rights. For the first time since the inaugural game, the Alabaster Fire Department has a full year to brag about their skills on the diamond. Chief Love called it, and his team didn’t disappoint. It is always fun to watch this friendly, but serious competition. This baseball/softball season will be busy at the parks with plenty of talent to watch, and special memories made with old and new friends. All of this fun is possible because of our great Parks and Recreation Department employees. Their work schedules are much different than most other service departments, and we appreciate their dedication! We will once again host the Alabama Community College Conference tournament at Veterans Park. Be sure to check it out, and support any of our local ladies playing at the college level. To continue Alabaster’s education and awareness efforts of the drug and opioid addiction epidemic, our community prevention team “Alabaster For Tomorrow” will have a Strategic Planning meeting on April 16th from 9 a.m. until noon. These community volunteers play a vital role in the successes of the Compact 2020 initiative. Our volunteer level started out strong with much participation, but we have lost some participants due to changes in work or family commitments. We have even requested participation from our faith-based community leaders. Please consider being part of this effort to provide factual education and awareness, and helping reduce the number of victims in our community. Many times substance abuse happens unintentionally in the course of treating pain or injury, or sometimes results from self-medicating a slight mental health condition. This epidemic takes a village to combat. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Police or Fire departments, or call my office at 664-6831. Manna Farms’ Annual Community Event will be at Limestone Park on April 13th 8:30a.m.-1p.m. with food vendors, activities for children, tour of the garden, and educational information on hunger awareness. May you all have a blessed and meaningful Easter, remembering the powerful love of our God. Be a blessing!

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Council Comments Beautification Board Around Town Calendar CC Meeting Minutes

FEATURES

6 Easter 8 Free Libraries 9 Manna Farm 10 Clean Sweep 12 Autism Awareness

SPOTLIGHTS

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Alabaster Help Business Spotlight Citizen Spotlight Employee Spotlight


COUNCIL COMMENTS

Scott Brakefield

Ward 6 | City Council President Greetings! We recently announced what our curbside junk and rubbish pickup process will look like moving forward. I appreciate all the feedback we received while we worked to come up with the best system. We feel like we have put in place a system that is good for all parties involved. Please make sure you use the sign up genius to secure your spot. Don't forget, the window to sign up begins two weeks prior to the actual pick up date. AFD will soon be commissioning their new Fire Engine. You can look at their Facebook page to see what it looks like. I know they are excited about getting it to Alabaster and into service. Spring Sports are in full swing and our Parks and Rec Department is working extremely hard to make sure our Parks are looking great. Make sure to get out and enjoy the Spring weather at one of our Parks near you. Until next Month! Scott

Sophie Martin | Ward 1 Progress continues in Ward 1. CSX recently repaired the railroad crossing on Highway 11 at the Cool Box storage complex. The crossing is now safer and noticeably smoother for drivers to cross over. Thank you to Alabaster resident, Misty Johnson, who was recently appointed by the city council to serve on the Board of Education. Misty will be finishing out Linda Church’s term who recently resigned from her position due to moving to another city following her husband’s retirement. We are truly grateful to Linda for her service and the significant impact she made on Alabaster City Schools. It is truly an honor to serve as your Ward 1 councilperson. If you have any thoughts or ideas for our community or city, please contact me at martin@cityofalabaster.com. Kindest regards, Sophie Rick Ellis | Ward 2

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I hope that everyone is having a wonderful spring, despite the rain and cold weather. I keep telling myself that soon it will be July and I will be missing the cooler days that we have recently experienced. Remember that the month of April is the month of the city’s annual Clean Sweep. This year the Electronic Recycling/Destruction and Paper Shredding Event will be on April 13th from 8:00 am to Noon at cityofalabaster.com

the drop off area of Thompson Intermediate School on Hwy 119. Please check out the city’s website for more details concerning items that are acceptable for electronics recycling. Also, the volunteer litter group pick up dates will be April 6th from 8:00 am to noon. Volunteer forms must be filled out to participate in this part of the event. Forms can be found at the city website, www. cityofalabaster.com. The storms in Lee County remind us that spring time can not only be a beautiful time of the year but, unfortunately, a time of year that can have dangerous storms. Make sure that you have your severe weather plan updated and that you have a reliable source of weather information in case of severe weather. Stay safe! Also, don’t forget Easter Sunday is April 21st. I hope that you get the opportunity to spend the day with friends and family. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Happy Easter! Rick

Stacy Rakestraw | Ward 3 Clean Up, Clean Out and Haul Off! Our 7th annual Alabaster Clean Sweep is this month. This will be the last month for our regular curbside junk/rubbish service. As of May 1, 2019, you will need to go online or call city hall to reserve curbside pick-up. There are 100 reservations per month for the first Monday of each month. There is a $5 fee and you can put your items out the weekend just before your Monday reservation. Our trash service and bagged leaves, bagged grass, and limbs will remain the same. On April 6th, you will see volunteer groups all over the city roadways picking up litter to help keep our city beautiful and to encourage and remind people not to litter. On April 13th, the city will offer a free Shred-It and Ecycle (small fee to destroy hard drives payable to the ecycle company) for our residents from 8 am - Noon at Thompson Intermediate School, located at 10019 Hwy 119 South. In Ward 3, two areas will get resurfaced in our 2019 paving projects - Lacey’s Grove and Fox Valley. I am thankful we were able to get these on the list this year. The new gas tax passed by the State will benefit our city and help us to repave more areas each year. It is estimated that after full implementation, Alabaster will receive an estimated $356k. Happy Easter and Spring to everyone! 1 Peter 1:3 Stacy


COUNCIL COMMENTS

Greg Farrell

| Ward 4 Hopefully by the time you read this, the Thompson Road Project will be in its final stages and coming to an end. Thank you for your patience during this long project. The Council approved to purchase much needed playground equipment for Municipal Park - this replacement is part of the Parks & Recreation’s Capital Improvement plan. As the city’s spring sports are in full swing, I would like to thank the Parks & Recreation Department for their hard work during this demanding time. Please review the new procedures for rubbish pickup in the newsletter. We have worked hard to come up with a common solution for this service for our citizens. I hope everyone had a great Spring Break. As the weather begins to warm up, I encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors, whether it is working in the yard or taking advantage of the many offerings that the city has in our parks and trails. Greg

Russell Bedsole | Ward 5 Hello again everyone! I hope this spring season is off to a fantastic start for you and your family. I can tell you my family and I have been spending a lot of time at one our ballparks lately. Our parks staff is doing a really nice job. As a matter of fact, I received a nice message on my social media the other day praising our parks staff for the condition of our parks. I really appreciated their comments and certainly our staff does as well. I hope you have become accustomed to April being Clean Sweep month here is Alabaster. Councilperson Rakestraw always does a great job organizing this event, and I am sure this year will be no different. For all the information on how you can participate, please visit our website. I know she would love for you to volunteer. This would be a great project for a small group. Have you noticed many of our intersections are a little brighter at night? You may not have heard, but we recently entered into an agreement to update all lighting at intersections with brand new LED lighting. This more reliable lighting alternative provides a very crisp, clean light and uses a fraction of the electricity of the old standard lights. Be looking for all city street lights to be upgraded in the future. As always, thanks for taking the time to read my comments. I hope you have a fantastic month, and I look forward to sharing with you in May. Russell

Kerri Pate

| Ward 7

Happy Spring! GAS TAX...goodness everyone has their thoughts on this one. Am I thrilled about paying more at the pump and the trickle-down effects from there? NO! Am I thrilled that our City and County will reap some major financial benefits from these new dollars? YES! It’s a double-edged sword. Now our job is to make sure these dollars are responsibly managed and passed on to benefit us all. I would like to offer my heartfelt appreciation to one of the original members of the Alabaster City School Board, Mrs. Linda Church. As we look around today and enjoy the successes of our school system, we are reminded of her years of service. I would also like to welcome her replacement, Mrs. Misty Johnson. Misty is a strong leader and will be an asset to our already thriving board. Cities are judged on the successes of their local school systems and I am so proud of ours! As you are out enjoying the Spring weather, make sure to stop by Municipal Park and let your little ones play on the new playground equipment. Thanks to Tim Hamm and the Parks & Rec department for addressing this need. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or assist you with the new junk and rubbish pick up. We will still be offering this service on the first Monday of each month by reservation. Remember that tree limbs, grass clippings, etc. will still be picked up weekly. Check out our website for details. HE Is not here, HE is risen! Mark 16:6 Happy Easter! Kerri

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FEATURE

WHAT EASTER MEANS TO ME We asked some local pastors what Easter means to them. Here is what they told us! “Easter is the message of Hope to the Hopeless. We live in a broken world where people are seeking a way out of their brokenness. Easter represents the Risen Savior, the hope to all who will believe.”

“Easter is the time to remember the price that was paid for our redemption. To celebrate the resurrection that seals our hope. To give thanks to God for His wonderful love and grace.” Pastor Kenneth Stroup Alabaster Church of God

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“Easter is the high water mark of the Christian year! Christmas is important, of course, when we celebrate God's greatest gift. But Easter is the affirmation of His promise to us; of victory over our sinful nature and life eternal with God in heaven. As someone said, ‘Christians never say good-bye for the last time.’” Pastor Michael Brooks Siluria Baptist Church

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“To me, Easter means love. A love so deep that God would send Jesus into the world to lay down His life to redeem our lives! This Easter season, let Romans 8:38-39 sink into your heart: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Pastor Brandon Doss Cultivate Church

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LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES ARE COMING

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ip Mask, Christina Tomlin, Heather Reeves and Kayla Harris, all faculty members at Meadow View Elementary School, had an idea. What if they could make more books more accessible to more students in more places? From this simple premise, they discovered an organization that is already carrying out this vision called the Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are designed to hold about 50 books, in a weather proof box, that sit on what looks like a mail box post. They are located in strategic publicly accessible areas that have high foot traffic. These can be parks, outside schools, in neighborhoods and even on street corners. “The theme is ‘take a book or share a book’. You can choose to do either or cityofalabaster.com

both,” shared Tomlin. “Anyone can stop by and leave a book or write a note in the book to leave a message. Anyone can take the book and read the messages. When they are done, just return it.” As of right now, Meadow View staff has placed three Little Free Libraries around Alabaster. “We have one outside the gym here at Meadow View, since during the summer programs that is the main entrance and exit. We will have one at Buck Creek Park near the ball fields and one in Veteran’s Park as well. They will be stocked with donated books that will appeal to all ages,” Reeves shared with a smile. The cost of each location was covered by two grants, one from Little Free Library and the Bicentennial Commission. In total, it costs about two

thousand dollars for the three locations. Each box is decorated with a theme. One is all about Pete the Cat, while another is decorated with an Eric Carle motif. Kip Mask, the STEAM teacher, was in charge of decorating each location. Harris views each location as a Red Box but for free books. “People are busy, when sports like baseball are up and running and you are at the ball park three four nights a week, sometimes academics will be lacking. Studies have shown that increasing access to books is one way to increase academic standards, and with two of our libraries being at the park(s), we think this will help with that. They can walk up, grab a book that looks interesting and borrow it,” exclaimed Harris. As part of their efforts to increase awareness, Tomlin, the school librarian, has been teaching the children about them. “They have been very excited about them and are asking a lot of great questions. They want to know if they can borrow a book without a library card - Yes. Can they take it back to any location Yes.” She also explained that as books get cycled through the locations, they will be stamped. Each location will have a steward assigned to them that will check for appropriate books and make sure everything is working well,” she shared. The team at Meadow View has been excited to see how the community has come alongside this project. “We have worked with the Alabaster Teen Council to explain what we are doing, and they are very excited. Tim Hamm at the City’s Park and Recreation has just been wonderful to work with. We are also seeing if the Senior Center would take a location and do landscaping around it,” she said. If anyone would like to be involved, they can contact Christina Tomlin: christina.tomlin@acsboe.org or 205-685-4300. AC


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ut at Limestone Park in Alabaster - located off of Highway 31 just south of the Promenade - down the gravel drive sits several acres of cultivated land. This is Manna Farms, a non-profit, volunteer-based ministry. “Our goal is to provide fresh produce to families in need,” shared Andy Ward. Ward founded Manna Farms, along with his wife, because God awoke a craving to assist others. “We desire to remind people who are going through difficult times that they are remembered and are valued by God and their community,” he stated. Manna Farms accomplishes this goal by partnering with Manna Ministries to donate fresh produce to families in need. “Because Manna Farms grows and harvests this food, families in need now have access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables,” he proudly said. Manna Ministries offers fresh and boxed food and is open to anyone that needs food assistance. Open every Saturday at 9 am, they are located at 333 Smokey Road in Alabaster. Ward and his family are excited to be taking part in this ministry. “We love doing this because it is for Jesus. He gave everything, including His life, for us. Matthew 25:35-40 says “...whatever you do for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do for me.” We find joy in serving others because it’s the least we can do for the One who gave everything for us. We

love because of the Love He has for us,” he exclaimed. One way to get involved is to take part in their annual plant sale fundraiser. “It is set for April 13th from 9 to 1 pm at Limestone Park. We will be selling some flowers along with vegetables plants,” shared Ward. To volunteer or to find out more, send an email to: Mannafarmsalabaster@gmail.com Farm days are every Saturday at 8:30 am at the farm. AC

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CLEAN SWEEP 2019 “The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” - Marie Kondo

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ana Sloan’s daughter, Amelia, gets excited right about this time each year and it is not because of Spring or even the end of school being in sight, but rather something unexpected. “Every Spring, she starts to get excited and starts to ask about Clean Sweep,” shared Sloan. For Sloan and her daughter, this annual city-wide clean-up day has become an annual give back to the community day for them. “This will be our third year my daughter and I have volunteered. I want to teach her to volunteer, not to just do work that you get paid for. I want to teach her it isn’t always about money,” Sloan said. And it seems to be working. “She loves going along. She is so excited, but she only goes about ½ way before her legs give and she is riding with the police in their escort car,” she said with a laugh. The Clean Sweep is a month-long effort to Clean Up, Clean Out and Haul Off any trash, rubbish or debris around your home and the city. This is the Seventh Annual Clean Sweep and each year the need grows but so does the list of volunteers. “I am surprised at the amount of people that volunteer to help,” said Sloan. “People bring their kids along and I think that is great. What amazes me each year is the age range of who all volunteers. We have gone with lots of folks of all ages, older and younger.” For Sloan and her daughter, they look forward to having a good time and meeting new people while giving back. “I am just excited to meet the folks that we get put with and seeing different parts of the town. Every year is different. I think it is important for people to know that it is not just folks that get paid to clean up, but the community to care for where we live and take pride in that,” she said. This year volunteers will be out cleaning right of ways on April 6th. Each team is given appropriate work equipment such as: gloves, bags, and reflective vests while Alabaster Police provides an escort. “I would tell everyone,” started Sloan, “that is it an opportunity to give back to the community. I know Alabaster City works very hard for us as citizens, so I want to give back to our community anyway I can. I would hope everyone would feel that same way.” For those that are hesitating to volunteer, Sloan believes you will enjoy yourself more then you realize. “I would just say that it is very fun, and you get to meet new folks. Come join and have some fun, even though it is trash, it is still fun,” she said with a smile. To find out more visit: www.cityofalabaster.com/320/Clean-Sweep-2019 AC

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FREE E-CYCLE EVENT

Do not miss out on the free E-cycle and Shred-it day as part of April’s Clean Sweep month. During Clean Sweep, everyone in Alabaster is encouraged to Clean-up, Clean Out, and Haul-off any rubbish, junk, or debris around our beautiful city. As part of these clean-up efforts, the city provides free (in most cases) resources to shred your documents, or e-cycle unwanted electronics. The only fee would be $10 if someone wants to have their hard drive shredded by Protec. This event will take place on April 13 from 8 am to 12 pm at Thompson Intermediate School, 10019 Hwy 119.

SOME ITEMS YOU CAN RECYCLE ARE: • • • • • •

Computers and laptops Smartphones and tablets Wires, cables, modems, and routers Printers, copiers, toner, and ink cartridges TVs and stereos Small appliances & other consumer electronics

ITEMS THAT ARE NOT ACCEPTED ARE: • • • •

Flammable or combustible materials Items containing mercury (thermostats, thermometers) Lightbulbs Paint, adhesives, caulk, solvents or thinners

A full list of accepted and non-accepted items are on the city’s website. AC

NEW JUNK AND RUBBISH SERVICE STARTS APRIL 22

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he City of Alabaster was facing a dilemma with curbside junk and rubbish service. This service, one of the few if not the only one in the county, was causing problems. The junk and rubbish service is a way for residents who do not own a truck or are unable to take unwanted items to the landfill to dispose of them. This would include large but common household items like mattresses, sofas and the such. But over the years, what was once a small percentage of waste started to add up. As the junk and rubbish started to increase, it also caused the yard debris service to be negatively affected by contamination. While the landfill accepts both types of debris, they do not allow them to be deposited at the same location at the landfill. When this happened, it cost the city much more in fees. The city was also made aware that with junk and rubbish items being left in gutters, it was causing an issue with rain water runoff. The city is required to be in compliance with storm water regulations, which the curbside junk and rubbish service was causing to be impacted negatively. To combat these two conditions, the city council passed a new resolution changing the weekly and unlimited junk and rubbish pick up service into a limited and monthly service. Below are the rules and regulations the resolution created. • The first Monday of each month will be the Junk and Rubbish pickup day unless that day falls on a holiday. In the event the first Monday is a holiday, the second Monday of the month will be assigned as the Junk and Rubbish pickup day. • The City will also offer two additional pickup Saturdays which will coincide with “Free Day” at the Shelby County Landfill. • All residents who wish to schedule a Junk and Rubbish pickup must sign up through the City of Alabaster’s website: www.cityofalabaster. com on the signup genius page. • The City will have 100 slots available for reservation each month. • A $5 reservation fee is required when the pickup is scheduled. • Reservations will be opened two weeks in advance of the scheduled Junk and Rubbish day pickup each month. • In the event a resident doesn’t have access to a computer, they can come to City Hall to sign up and pay the $5 reservation fee. • Reservation fees are non-refundable. • When signing up for the service, the resident may list what items are being picked up. • There is a 10 cubic yard limit. • Once a reservation is confirmed, residents may place their items at the curb for pickup no more than 24 hours prior to scheduled pickup time. • This program will begin May 6, 2019, with sign up starting on April 22, 2019. If you would like more information on this change to the service please visit: www.cityofalabaster.com or contact the Public Works department at: 205.664.6810. AC cityofalabaster.com

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UNDERSTANDING AUTISM

National Autism Awareness Month: A Mom’s Perspective

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f you meet one person on the spectrum, you’ve met one person.” This is how Erika Zoebelein helps others understand individuals with autism in society. Erika is an Alabaster mom of a son with autism and a board member for the Angel Warriors Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping nurture individuals with special needs and multiple medical disabilities so that they may realize their full potential and build their futures. She is passionate about empowering families and schools, and strengthening communities, as they strive to better meet the needs of their friends and loved ones with various disabilities.

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“ON THE SPECTRUM” Erika says that awareness of autism starts with a basic understanding of what it is: a neurological condition that is considered on the spectrum. “Like a rainbow has different colors, there are varying traits and severities of how autism appears. You may have some individuals who are nonverbal and don’t communicate with their mouth, but they can communicate with pictures or with electronic communication devices. You may have a child that can verbally communicate but has other, different struggles,” she explained. “So, while there can be some general traits or characteristics, not everybody is going to be the same. That’s why when you meet one person on the spectrum, you’ve only met one person.” One of those people, is Erika’s son Noah, who is almost 16. Although he never really had issues with eating and textures, which many kids with autism do, his challenge was dealing with environments that created a sensory overload. “He struggled doing things that others may view as simple, such as going to Walcityofalabaster.com

or character they’ve seen and ask, ‘Hey, have you seen this? What do you think?’,” she continued. “I think that helps that conversation. It’s never a hinderance if someone wants to know more or be more educated about it.”

Mart,” his mom shared. “We have now moved past that, but not everyone will have the same struggles or have them to the same level of severity.” QUALITY CONVERSATIONS She encourages individuals to realize that if you see a child or adult in the grocery store who is seeming to have a hard time coping, it may not be attributable to just ‘bad behavior.’ They may actually be on the spectrum. “We see a lot of examples on TV like the Rainmans or the Good Doctors, where they may have similar traits and characteristics, but that’s not what everybody on the spectrum looks like. While those are great for spreading awareness and getting it out there, not every kid on the spectrum has a ‘super talent’ or that kind of thing.” That’s why, when it comes to learning about autism, Erika sees media portrayals as simply a foot in the door for opening real conversations about the spectrum. “Someone may have not otherwise felt comfortable asking me about my son, but they may be able to reference a show

CONNECTING CLOSE TO HOME Erika is thankful for organizations like the Angel Warriors Foundation and the Autism Society of Alabama for the role that they’re playing in facilitating connections and conversations that educate and empower individuals, families and communities. These and other organizations are working together to create more social opportunities for individuals and families with special needs here in the city of Alabaster. LEARNING ACCEPTANCE & UNDERSTANDING Within the Alabaster City Schools system, there is a growing movement to connect students with individuals on the spectrum through peer helpers and support groups, as well. “It helps connect and bridge the gap when kids are interested and want to be friends with kids like my son. It makes the community grow stronger. Across the board, we’re seeing that everyone should be moving past just ‘awareness’ and into acceptance,” Erika expressed. “If you see somebody that’s a little different than you, it doesn’t mean that they’re less than you. Whether that’s someone on the spectrum, or with Downs Syndrome, or whatever it is, being different does not mean they’re ‘less.’” “It’s about treating each other like we’re human, realizing we’re all different and we’re all going through something and being understanding – I think we could use a lot more of that in the world.” AC


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he Arc of Shelby County serves over 250 individuals with disabilities and their families in Alabaster. The organization makes a difference in this community and throughout Shelby County, and the generous support of people like you helps to make it happen! “The long-term employment opportunities provided by The Arc of Shelby County are completely funded through community support. We have individuals in our employment program that we have been supporting in jobs in Shelby County for years – our longest is 14 years!” said Jennifer Ellison, Director of Development. These employment opportunities are provided in partnership with a number of employers in Alabaster, including Taziki's, Target, Publix, Olive Garden, Candlewood Suites, and Brookwood Baptist Shelby Medical Center.

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PAUL’S STORY Paul is one such Alabaster resident who receives long term job support working at Taziki’s through one of the Arc’s Employment Services programs called Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH is a partnership between the Arc of Shelby County, Shelby County Schools, Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, and cityofalabaster.com

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. “Paul came to Project SEARCH as a charismatic young man,” said Project SEARCH’s Tonya Travis. “When it came time for his employment, we knew it needed to be a place that would allow ‘Paul to be Paul,’ but that he had definite tasks to do so that he could check them off. We were blessed that Taziki’s was opening up just right across the street from the hospital.” “I clock in, then I wipe down tables and chairs, and I do salsas. Then I wipe down windows and I take my break right before we open,” Paul listed. “When I deliver food I say, ‘Can I get you guys anything else?’” BRINGING THE JOY Allison Gurley is the Sales and Marketing Director for Taziki’s. She has seen firsthand how Paul’s unique personality and talents affect the business. “His enthusiasm, his smile, and the way he laughs just changes the morale of the whole store. The staff looks forward to working with him every day!” “I’m good at putting people’s smiles on their faces,” Paul agreed proudly. “The Arc trains me, they come to see me and see if I’m happy and see that I’m doing a great job!” ▶


ALABASTER HELPS OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE Employment for individuals with disabilities is important, because just like everyone else, they want to live as independently as possible. “What makes us different from other agencies out there is that once [Project SEARCH participants] get a job, we don’t stop them. We offer long-term support so that as long as that young person is employed, they will receive support minimally at least twice a month,” Tonya explained. “They touch base with their supervisors to make sure they’re showing up on time and addressing any issues they may have.” MEETING ALL SPECIAL NEEDS In addition to Project SEARCH, the Arc of Shelby County offers a Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) program. In partnership with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Thompson High School, this program provides classes and experiences that focus on career readiness and life skills. The various Early Intervention Services for children with developmental disabilities and their families, and the Children’s Program, which provides free training to daycares and mothers’day-out programs in Alabaster and throughout Shelby County, are two other programs that are central offerings from the Arc. “Through our Community Living Program, we also work

with families to assist them in gaining access to programs and services they need through individualized supports, as well as through sponsored Parent Workshops throughout the year,” Jennifer shared. SUPPORTING THE ARC Alabaster residents can get involved with The Arc of Shelby County by helping spread awareness, volunteering, and supporting events. Jennifer identified two events coming up that everyone is invited to participate in: Warrior Challenge 5K & 1-Mile Obstacle Run Saturday, April 13 At the University of Montevallo Swinging Fore Achievement Golf Tournament Thursday, May 2 At the Ballantrae Golf Club More information can be found on their website or on their Facebook page. 203 Amphitheater Road, Pelham, AL 35124 205-664-9313 www.theARCofShelby.org AC

You are invited to join us for the celebration of Holy Communion each Sunday at 10:00 am. Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday: 9:50 am. Blessing and Distribution of Palms 10:00 am. Procession and Holy Communion Wednesday in Holy Week: 5:30 pm. Evening Prayer The Litany Stations of the Cross Holy Communion Maundy Thursday: 6:00 pm. Holy Communion Stripping of the Altar Good Friday: 12:00pm and 6:00pm Evening Prayer The Litany Ante Communion Easter Sunday: 10:00am. Holy Communion

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NAMASTE THE YOGA LOFT home community with the specific goal in mind to teach yoga as part of a healthier, happier lifestyle. She uses yoga as a tool for pain management, stress reduction, building strength, balance, strong bones cardiovascular strength, improved sleep, and improved mobility. “Nothing is more rewarding than someone telling me their blood pressure is down, or that they used one of my techniques to keep from getting angry, they have been sleeping finally, or to see them reach a physical goal that has been a hindrance to them,” she explained.

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SHARING THE LOVE In January 2017, the 25-year Alabaster resident opened The Yoga Loft in her cityofalabaster.com

A QUIET RETREAT The Yoga Loft is tucked away in a private studio located above Brooklere Pharmacy in Buck Creek Plaza. To Cindy, the difference between attending yoga classes at a gym and joining a yoga studio, is that The Yoga Loft provides a fully serene environment for people of all shapes, sizes, and levels of fitness. She attributes much of her success to a never-wavering commitment to knowing each member and ensuring they know they are accepted. “Regardless of age, size, shape, weight, physical ability, or ailments, everyone feels welcome and everyone can benefit from the class. I have built a community of yogis who help, laugh, and socialize with each other. We are a no-judgment zone, and above all, a noncompetitive environment,” she shared. “I nurture an environment where members come together as a group and get to know each other, help each other, and laugh with each other.” SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Cindy described some of the various

class styles available at The Yoga Loft, including (but not limited to): “Vinyasa” (flow): “Movements and poses flow one into the next. Some of them provide great cardio, others are meant for mindfulness, others for strength and balance.” Hatha: “This is the most widely taught yoga style in the U.S. and incorporates lots of familiar poses often seen in ads. It’s a great place for beginners to start to learn some basic poses.” Balance and Goals: “These days are all about trying a new balance pose. We have plenty of spotters for those who want to get out of their comfort zone. Some use this time to practice their basic poses as well, or just stretch and watch.” IT’S NOT WHAT YOU MAY THINK Cindy enjoys addressing common misconceptions about yoga and offering explanations that help individuals relax into this form of exercise and strengthening. For example: MISCONCEPTION #1: YOGA IS A RELIGION. “Yoga is not a religion. Rather, it is a practice that combines the mind – learning to relax, control anxiety, and be mindful; body – as the whole body is worked out in every class; and spirit – not a religious spirit, but that place where your feelings and compassion lie. Yoga has become Westernized and in classes like mine, you will never hear a prayer or chanting. You will always know what I'm talking about.” MISCONCEPTION #2: YOGA REQUIRES FLEXIBILITY. “No, you become flexible because of yoga. I once heard a quote I agree with, ‘Saying you're too inflexible to do yoga is like saying you are too dirty to take a bath.’” For more information about The Yoga Loft, including hours, classes and registration prices, visit: www.TheYogaLoft.life.com. AC


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IT TAKES A VILLAGE: CONNOR’S STORY Working together to face the challenges of being an adult with special needs

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e knew something was wrong with Connor’s development when he was about a year and a half.” Nancy Owen is the mother of now 22-year-old Connor. “We had great doctors but still could not find any answers until he was three.” FINDING ANSWERS Although they had insurance coverage for their baby long before he was born, the Owens family quickly discovered that anything dealing with speech, occupational therapy, or autism were not covered. They eventually found a way to get speech services for Connor at Children’s Hospital. “He was diagnosed by a psychologist that did observations during his speech sessions,” Nancy shared. “At that time, he was diagnosed with autism. He is now classified as severely autistic. Connor is still considered non-verbal.” LEARNING TO LEARN Once Connor turned five in 2000, they knew that they would need additional help to guide his development. So, the family moved to Alabaster.

“We contacted the school system and shared our situation. They suggested the Linda Nolen Learning Center, where Connor would be in a classroom with five other children with autism,” she recalled. “This was so much better than the school system we had moved from, where he was in a class of 20 inclusion children with only one teacher and one aide attending only partial days four days a week!” Although the LNLC was located in Pelham at the time of his enrollment, when the Alabaster school system separated from the Shelby County school system, Connor was still considered a student of Alabaster City Schools. “I didn’t really expect that I would have the advocacy that I received from Alabaster since he was not in one of their buildings. I am very thankful this was not true,” Nancy enthused. “Keri Johnson, Director of Special Education for Alabaster City Schools, made a conscious effort to always attend Connor’s IEP meetings.” WHAT COMES NEXT? The last few years of Connor’s schooling, Nancy, Keri, and Connor’s teachers, Crystal Dryer and Wendi Betsch, worked with the Medicaid board and visited all the programs they could find for adults with developmental disorders. “Many of them were great programs, and most required a Medicaid waiver or expensive private pay. But each one made it clear that their program was not suitable for someone with Connor’s needs,” she said. “He was rejected for each program.” Finally, she approached Mayor Handlon, who compassionately drew in other city officials and together they devised a way to build Connor a therapeutic cabin as a way to provide him with his independence and the support that he needs.

“All parents want to see their children grow up and be successful in life. Success is measured differently for each of us. It just took a community like Alabaster to make that dream a reality.” INTEGRATING INTO THE COMMUNITY “Alabaster is a place we can go out in public and feel as though we are not being judged. In the city we moved from, we often felt ostracized and judged as bad parents, rather than a family trying to normalize things the best they could with a child who has special needs. Alabaster’s local restaurants, however, are all accepting.” Nancy is also very thankful to Justin and his staff at Alabaster’s AmStar Theater for offering sensory-friendly movies each month. “I really wish more parents would find the courage to bring their children to these movies, because more than being sensory friendly, is the fact it is judgment-free.” Nancy believes that although the need is large for younger children with special needs, it is even greater for those individuals as they age. One way that Nancy personally invests in meeting this need, is through serving on the board of Angel Warriors Foundation with her friend Jamia Alexander. “We have a large population of adults who have special needs that do not participate in everyday activities like others take for granted. However, Alabaster is recognizing the needs of children and adults. It is a welcoming and accepting community that can and will make the lives better for all individuals by embracing the needs for all their citizens.” AC cityofalabaster.com

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

STEWARDS OF OUR WATER

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ichael Brothers has enjoyed his time working for the City of Alabaster. “Let me see, this coming May I will start my 20th year. What attracted me to this job was the opportunity for steady employment. I had my daughter on the way. She is 18 now, and I have really enjoyed the career I chose,” he said. Brothers started off his career with the city as a laborer in the Environmental Services department, commonly called the sewer department. From there, he moved up to become a field supervisor and now he is the superintendent. Brothers’ role as superintendent means that he oversees the plant and all the field work. “The field crew is tasked with the maintenance of all the collection lines and lift stations. They maintain that infrastructure. The plant itself is tasked with the actual treatment of the waste water. All the lines bring it here to the treatment facility and they keep the process going; they monitor the results in the lab and

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are tasked with the safe discharge of the treated water,” Brothers shared. While he has almost 20 years of experience, this role is new for Brothers. “Now I not only have the field but the treatment process and the laboratory. There is a learning curve, but it is exciting. I am

"The biggest thing we want to make sure of is that we are being good stewards of our environment." -Michael Brothers stepping into a new role supervising that staff and learning their role. It is interesting,” he said with excitement. As part of his self-improvement, Brothers has started to finish what he never really started 20 years ago. “I have since gone back to college. This certainly has been challenging,” he said with a smile. He is currently working on his Environmental Science degree, with an eye on a concen-

tration in Water Resource Management. “It has been an overall pleasant experience. Going to school as an adult with a mortgage payment, kids and all those responsibilities isn’t easy, but it is doable. I guess the actual purpose is personal, having not fulfilled that goal when I was younger. I went from high school to a career,” he shared reflectively. He sees his department's role as being one that is often not mentioned, and that is a good thing. “The good mark of any utility is to be overlooked - if you don’t think about them because they work, that is a good thing. It is the same with us,” he said. And his crew of employees make his job easy in that regard. “Our team is great. Everyone here is professional in what they do. It is the kind of job in which wunexpected things happen. And it pays dividends to have people with a nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, and that is a blessing to have,” he exclaimed, adding, “It is more professional than people give it credit for. They think it is dirty, but actually, takes a highly trained team to make it all work right. We have to meet ADEM’s and the EPA’s strict standards and we hit those marks and it is very clean.” When Brothers is not at work, he likes to travel with his wife. “We just took a short trip to Atlanta and I’m planning a big one for our tenth wedding anniversary,” he said. Before going back to school, he enjoyed carpentry. “Whew...it has been a while since I had time to enjoy that,” he said with a laugh. “I guess the biggest thing we want to make sure of is that we are being good stewards of our environment. I mean, we aren’t making more water so we have to manage it the best we can,” he said. AC


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uring late 2014 and early 2015, the City of Alabaster launched a renewable energy initiative to recycle used cooking oil to create and use biodiesel. To date, thousands of gallons have been retrieved, recycled and reused. All residents are encouraged to participate in this no cost program - it helps keep oil out of the sanitary sewer system as well as reducing dumping into creeks or storm drains. There are numerous exchange stations around town. Each station has empty containers and room to leave used ones. Locations: • All three fire stations (County Road 44/95 by the library, County Road 12, U.S. Highway 31 across from the Shell) • At the sewer plant (behind Sol Azteca) • Chevron - Highway 119/Cty Road 80 • Food Land grocery store • Fox Valley apartments • The View apartments • Walmart neighborhood market AC

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GARDENING TIPS FOR APRIL

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ccording to The Spruce and Southern Living, after a hard winter, working in the April garden is pure bliss. It's time to pull out your garden tools and get moving.

Do not miss out on the free e-cycle and shred-it day as part of April’s Clean Sweep month. During Clean Sweep, everyone in Alabaster is encouraged to Clean-up, Clean Out, and Haul-off any rubbish, junk, or debris around our beautiful city. As part of these cleanup efforts, the city provides free (in most cases) resources to shred your documents, or e-cycle unwanted electronics. The only fee would be $10 if someone wants to have their hard drive shredded by Protec. This event will take place on April 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Thompson Intermediate School, 10019 Hwy 119.

LANDSCAPE TIPS: MULCH - Now that winter is gone, remove and replace mulch around such plants as azaleas, roses, and camellias because disease spores and insects may have overwintered in this material. If you think disease or insects are not a problem, just freshen your mulch. LAWNS - It’s time to start cutting warm-season turf such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, and Centipede. Be careful not to scalp your lawn. Adjust the blade height so that the turf looks cut when finished, but you can’t see spots of soil. A good rule of thumb for spring cutting: Remove only about the top third of the grass blades each cutting. During periods of fast growth, try to cut your lawn at least once a week.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: HERBS - Once the frost period has passed, it’s time to plant herbs. Culinary herbs are easy to grow, but be sure that you’ve planted enough of the ones you frequently use. As a general rule, it takes twice as many fresh herbs as it does dried ones to equal the same amount of flavor in cooking. Direct seed in the vegetable garden toward the end of the month. Feed fruit and nut trees and bushes.

GENERAL GARDENING TIPS: Be prepared for cold snaps at night. Use row covers, newspapers, or sheets to protect seedlings. Start seeds indoor of warm season vegetables and flowers if you haven't yet. Stake perennials before they get too tall. Finish pruning roses. Remove dead and diseased wood first. Hybrid teas can be cut back hard, to a new shoot. Check on cool season crops for harvesting. Begin transplanting warm season seedlings outdoors, at the end of April, when the soil has warmed and night temperatures stay above 50 degrees F.

Some items you can recycle are: Computers and laptops Smartphones and tablets Wires, cables, modems, and routers Printers, copiers, toner, and ink cartridges TVs and stereos Small appliances and other consumer electronics Items that are not accepted: • Flammable or combustible materials • Items containing mercury (thermostats, thermometers) • Lightbulbs • Paint, adhesives, caulk, solvents or thinners • • • • • •

BEAUTIFICATION AWARD WINNER Paul and Margie Tombrello 251 Saddle Lake Drive This property is located in the beautiful subdivision of Saddle Lake. The shrubs and lawn are beautifully maintained, with a design that proves to be “head turning” curb appeal. The Beautification winner for April is in Ward 1. Next month the winner will be from Ward 2. To join the Beautification Board email beauty@cityofalabaster.com. CONTACT THE BEAUTIFICATION BOARD: beauty@cityofalabaster.com

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Participants: Alabama Counseling Link, Angela Hayes Counseling, Bradford Health Services, Brookwood Baptist Shelby Medical Center, DHR-Adult Services, Kimberly Williams Counseling, Owens House, SafeHouse of Shelby County, Shelby County Treatment Center, United Way Success by 6, Warrior Wellness Group, NAMI Family to Family/Connections Support Group, NAMI WALKS, Children’s of Alabama (PIRC), Chilton Shelby Mental Health, Hand In Paw, IPS Supportive Employment CSHMC, M4A (Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging), Recovery Organization of Support Specialist (ROSS), Birmingham VA Mental Health Service, Crisis Center, Music Therapy Milestones, UM Community Counseling Clinic, Magnolia (Eating Disorders), Recovery Resource Center, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama – Mental health resource assistance, Easter Seals – Counseling, Alabama Autism Assistance Program (HANDS) – Behavior Counseling, Alsana – Eating Disorder Recovery, Restoring Hope – Community Counseling, Alabaster Fire Department, Alabaster Police Department, Compact 20/20, Pelham Fire Department, Pelham Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff Office, Helena Police Department, Hoover Police Department, Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resource Coalition (ASPARC), Alabama Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

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GABRIELLE BRADLEY PARTICIPATES IN ELKS LODGE HOOP SHOOT Congratulations to Gabrielle “Gabby” Bradley! Over 3 million kids participate in the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Competition across the country, and Gabby is one of 12 remaining in her 8 and 9-year-old division for free throw shooting. She won the Southeast Regional Championship on March 16, defeating champions from Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. She will go on to the National Championship April 25-28 in Chicago. She also has played competitive basketball in the city of Alabaster for 4 years, and led her team to the championship game in her league this year, scoring 76 of her teams 103 points in the season and assisting on 20 of the other 27 points.

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COMMUNITY APRIL April 1st School Board 5:30 p.m. April 1st Council 7 p.m. April 3rd Court Plea Dockets 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. April 9th Board of Zoning Adj. 6:30 p.m. April 10th Court Plea Dockets 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. April 15th Council 7 p.m. April 16th Planning Commission 7 p.m.

All meetings are held at 1953 Municipal Way in the Council Chamber. View full calendar, agendas and resolutions at www.cityofalabaster.com.

LIBRARY The Albert L. Scott Library is located at 100 9th Street N.W., Alabaster. Hours of operation are: Mon., Tue. and Thu.: 9 am - 7:50 pm Wednesday: 10 am - 5:50 pm Friday: 9 am - 5:50 pm Saturday: 10 am - 4:50 pm Sunday: 1 pm - 4:50 pm

If you would like more information concerning programs, please contact the Library at 664-6822.

ADULT COMPUTER CLASSES Call or come by to sign up. 664-6822.

LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

Getting Started with Social Media – This class will cover the basics of using Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

April 23 at 6 pm

April 15 at 10 am

February 28 at 6 pm

Beginning Excel 2013 – Learn the basic information regarding the different icons and various functions available in Excel. Also, get an overview of creating and formatting spreadsheets.

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 Eric Smith, the founder of Medicare Advisors of Alabama. Program takes place in the meeting room.

April 29 at 10 am

Basic Internet & Email – Surfing the Web just got easy! Also, learn how to set up an email account through Gmail.

ABC & DS OF MEDICARE April 8 at 1 pm

April 19 – 21 for Easter Holidays

Karen Haiflich of the Medicare Information Source will help you navigate through the process of Medicare. Learn about filing, benefits, and any other questions you might have. Program takes place in the meeting room.

February through mid-April

Available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the meeting room. Call or come by the Albert L. Scott Library to sign up. 664-6822.

YA YA YARNERS April 1, 15, 22, and 29, Monday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Ya Ya Yarners are meeting at the Albert L. Scott Library now! Do you knit or crochet? Would you like to learn how? If so, we have a group for you… the Ya Ya Yarners! We will teach you if you don’t know how. We will start you with one of cityofalabaster.com

colonists to the New World. During the voyage, Emme becomes involved with Governor John White, who reassigns her to his household and then asks her to marry him. With no better prospects and happy to be free of her bland former employers, Emme agrees. Once on Roanoke, the colonists restore the village abandoned by former English settlers and realize, when faced with hostile natives, that they have been misled by White. Program takes place in the meeting room.

April 3 at 10 am

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two simple projects. We will supply the needles or hooks and yarn and a pattern. We also do community projects such as hats for service members, lap blankets, prayer shawls and many other things, plus we have a really good time. We hope you will join us! For more information please call the library at 664-6822 or email Carol Smith at csmith@shelbycounty-al.org. Program takes place in the meeting room.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP April 18 at 7 pm

Join us to discuss Left in the Wind: the Roanoke Journal of Emme Merrimoth by Ed Gray. In 1587, the 118 men, women, and children of the "Lost Colony" were abandoned by their governor on what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and never heard from again. In this fictional journal, Emme Merrimoth—one of the actual colonists of Roanoke—recounts the harrowing journey that brought the

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LIBRARY YOUTH EVENTS STORY TIMES: Fridays at 10:30 am

Toddler Tales in the meeting room Second and Fourth Wednesdays at 3:30 pm

Sensory Story Time in the meeting room Wednesdays at 10:15 am

Outreach Story Time at day care centers

LEGO® LEAGUE April 2 from 6 - 6:45 pm

Youngsters of all ages can combine their creativity with the library’s blocks.

HOME SCHOOL HAPPENING: AN HOUR WITH JAMES SPANN April 8 from 10 – 11 am

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CLOSED Home School Happening: An Hour with James Spann

program when TV meteorologist James Spann of ABC 33/40 returns to our library. Learn about spring weather hazards, safety, and more. Come as a James Spann look alike if you want!

WONDER KIDS’ BOOK CLUB

room, and a trackless train ride around the library parking lot. Please note that because the train will run through the entire parking lot, guests are advised to park on the edge of the Piney Woods along 2nd Avenue NW. Free tickets are available in the lobby. All children must be with an adult.

April 9 from 6 – 7 pm

Children age 6 and older can come explore Birds of a Feather when birds visit from the Alabama Wildlife Preserve. Please sign up.

PETE THE CAT BOOK CLUB April 17 at 4 pm

Kids age 6 and older can sign up and come for fun of reading and cool cats.

DYE-ING TO COLOR WORKSHOP

AMERICAN GIRLS CLUB: SPRING FASHION SHOW

April 16 at 6:15 pm

April 26 at 4 pm

How EGG-citing! Come dye eggs with us! $3.00 per half-dozen eggs. Please sign up and pay in advance by April 15. Make checks out to the library. Sorry, no refunds. All children must be with an adult.

Girls age 7 years old and older can walk the runway and model their fresh spring fashions. Please come with a short narrative that shows: your name, your doll’s name if applicable, your favorite color and favorite food, and a brief description of the outfit(s). Girls can come with or without a doll and family and friends can sit in the audience. All kids in the audience must be with an adult. Sign up.

HIPPITY-HOPPITY TALES WITH THE EASTER BUNNY & MORE April 17 from 10 – 12 noon

EGG-traordinary fun! Children and their caregivers are invited to a fun-filled morning featuring Miss Spring and the Easter Bunny, cookie decorating in the meeting

Programs are in the meeting room. Children under age 7 must be with an adult.

Friday, April 19 In observance of Good Friday.

TRASH TO TREASURES EXTRAVAGANZA REGISTRATION (Only 50 booths available)

Online Registration begins at 8:00 am on April 8 and ends on May 3 at 11:00 pm. Walk-in Registration at the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Office will run from April 8 through May 3 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, weekdays only. IMPORTANT: As soon as all 50 booths are reserved, registration will close out even if it’s prior to May 3. The registration fee is $10, which can be paid with cash, debit, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. No checks accepted. The fee includes a 20x20 booth. You must provide your own table and chairs. Event Date: The Extravaganza is a community yard sale which will be held at Buck Creek Park on Saturday, May 11 from 8 am until 12 pm.

EASTER EGG DROP The Sky is Falling Easter Egg Drop, which is open to the community, is sponsored by Cultivate Church. There will be multiple age-appropriate Egg Drops, including one for the little ones, and two for the older ages. The event will take place at Veterans Park on Saturday, April 20. Gates open at cityofalabaster.com

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CALENDAR 9:00 am with FREE admission. The Egg Drops begin at 10:30 am. Registration is required to participate in an Egg Drop. You can register at the gate; or pre-register online at cultivatechurch.tv/eggdrop. There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny, free food and drink, and inflatables.

is available at the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Office between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, weekdays only from April 22 through May 31. Flag Football Cost: $115.00. Non-residents: Additional 10% per child. Multi-child discount: 10% after oldest child pays full price.

FOOTBALL REGISTRATION

SPRING BASEBALL AND GIRL’S SOFTBALL

(This is a Full Contact sport!) available to Kindergarten** through 6th grade

**Kindergarteners MUST turn 6 prior to August 2, 2019! NO 5-year-olds allowed! 6-year-old Kindergarteners will be playing with 1st and 2nd graders. Online Registration will be available at www.alabasterparks.org beginning at 8:00 am on April 22 and ending at 11:00 pm on May 31. Walk-in Registration is available at the Alabaster Parks and Recreation between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, weekdays only from April 22 through May 31. Football Cost: $165.00. Multi-child discount: 10% after oldest child pays full price.

CHEER REGISTRATION Available to Kindergarten**- 6th grade

**Kindergarteners MUST turn 6 prior to August 2, 2019! NO 5-year-olds allowed! 6-year-old Kindergarteners will be cheering with 1st and 2nd graders. Online Registration will be available at www.alabasterparks. org beginning at 8:00 am on April 22 and ending at 11:00 pm on May 31. Walk-in Registration is available at the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Office between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, weekdays only from April 22 through May 31. Cheer Cost: $165.00. Non-residents: Additional 10% per child. Multi-child discount: 10% after oldest child pays full price.

FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION Available to K5 - 8th grade boys & girls

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Online Registration will be available at www.alabasterparks.org beginning at 8:00 am on April 22 and ending at 11:00 pm on May 31. Walk-in Registration cityofalabaster.com

Baseball/Softball has 358 eager players in our Spring Sports program. Please visit Warrior Park or Veterans Park and take in a game or two. It will be a pleasant experience even if you don’t have any children participating. No cost.

SPRING SOCCER Spring Soccer has 448 energetic young participants who love an audience. Please show your support by attending a game at Municipal Park. There’s sure to be lots of action, and there’s no admission fee.

START SMART BASEBALL Start Smart Baseball has some excited 3 and 4-year-olds learning the fundamentals of Baseball on Tuesday nights during the month of April with a couple of sessions in May. Location to be announced.

PAVILIONS FOR RENT

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. All open picnic tables (those not under a covering) are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.

SENIOR CENTER CLOSED April 19 - in observation of Good Friday

NEW TRIP 3 Night / 4 Day Fall trip to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg - Oct 7-10, 2019

Don’t miss this amazing fall trip to the Smokey Mountain of Tennessee. Trip will include: 3 nights lodging in Pigeon Forge, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, Smokey Mountain Opry Show, Titanic Museum and an Exclusive private dinner on the Titanic’s 3rd deck “Secret Dining Room”, a visit to the Old Mill, step-on guide tour, and four hours of free time in downtown Gatlinburg! All dinners are included but lunches are on your own. Space is limited. Note: there is a lot of walking on this trip. Cost $395/person for double occupancy or $535 single occupancy. Space is limited. Sign-ups will begin on Tuesday, April 2.

Outdoor Rental Facilities:

Online Pavilion Rentals – available at www.alabasterparks.org. Several of our City Parks offer pavilions for events such as picnics, family reunions and birthday parties. The best way to assure 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

OUTDOORS WE GO April 2 at 9:30 am

Entertainment and bingo outside under our new pavilion! Stop by and sign up today to reserve your spot. Special thanks to our sponsor Kindred at Home Hospice.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS April 10 at 10 am

With Southern Care Hospice

JIM N NICK’S BISCUITS & TEA April 12 at 9:15 am


CALENDAR ENTERTAINMENT April 26 at 12 pm

Join us and enjoy entertainment with James and James.

TIMELESS TREASURES

understanding your body better and leave feeling refreshed and re-energized. Gentle movement is modified to allow the class to be completed by a standing or seated participant; all levels of fitness are welcome. Space is limited. $2/class.

For dancers with some prior line dance experience. High beginner and intermediate dances will be taught with more complicated steps and at a faster pace. Students may move up to this class when they feel they are ready. Space is limited. $2/class.

ARTHRITIS EXERCISE PROGRAM

BEGINNER LINE DANCING

April 29 at 11:45am

Special entertainment with several of our talented members of Timeless Treasures. Bring lunch and enjoy this special treat. Special thank you to all our community vendors that supported the Alabaster Senior Center this month! Kindred at Home, Southern Care/New Beacon Hospice, Shelby Rehab Select, Southern Care Hospice, Jim N Nicks, Disability Rights and Resources, Southeast Hospice Network and Oasis Hospice

GROUP FITNESS AT THE ALABASTER SENIOR CENTER GENTLE YOGA Tuesdays from 1:15 - 2:30 pm Thursdays from 2:15 - 3:30 pm

Combines traditional/modified yoga postures and breathing techniques. Come improve your overall health through

Thursdays from 10:10 - 11 am

Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am

Helps alleviate pain and stiffness, maintain range of motion, improve balance and coordination, increase endurance and overall health. This is a seated class with health tips given on steps you can take to healthier living. Space is limited. $2/class.

ARTHRITIS & MORE

For students, new to line dancing. Several easy beginner dances will be taught in each class. Instruction will proceed at an easy pace and repetition will be emphasized. Appropriate supportive shoes should be worn such as tennis shoes, boots, and flats. High heels and backless shoes are not appropriate. Safety is a priority. Space is limited. $2/class.

Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm

This class is designed for those seeking to improve or maintain their mobility, muscle strength and functional ability. This class will include a variety of exercises working from head to toe while sitting and standing. $2/class.

INTERMEDIATE CLASS LINE DANCING Thursdays from 9:15am

MOVIN’ & GROOVIN Fridays from 9:30 - 10:20 am

Focuses on stretching, cardio, light weights and having fun! All taught to music! Learn safe ways to improve muscles to make every day activities easier. Emphasis is on improving and maintaining overall health from head to toe. You won’t want to miss this class. Space is limited. $2/class.

Special-Needs

Eggstravaganza

Meet THE EASTER BUNNY, Hunt Eggs & Have Fun with Angel Warriors Foundation! Who: Special Needs Individuals and their immediate family When: Saturday, April13th from 2:00 to 4:00PM Where: Larry Simmons Stadium (TMS Football Stadium, Alabaster; in the event of rain, TIS Gym) Cost: FREE RSVP on our Facebook Page @AngelWarriorsFoundation and for more information, visit our web page: www.AngelWarriorsFoundation.org

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COUNCIL MINUTES

CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES (ABRIDGED) Unabridged version of minutes and resolutions/ordinances can be found on the city webpage at www.cityofalabaster.com.

FEBRUARY 4, 2019 AT 7 PM

Agenda Items: 1. Resolution 020419 Awarding Bid for Uniforms - Youth Soccer, Baseball & Softball Programs Motion Passed Unanimously 2. Resolution 020419-A* Authorizing AHAB’s Recommendation to Demolish Structure at 572 Old Hwy 31 Motion Passed Unanimously 3. Resolution 020419-B* Authorizing AHAB’s Recommendation to Demolish Structure at 62 12th Ave SE

Motion Passed Unanimously 4. Resolution 020419-C* Authorizing AHAB’s Recommendation to Demolish Structure at 160 12th Ave SE Motion Passed Unanimously 5. Resolution 020419-D Authorizing Purchase of Par-Kan Refuse Dumpster for Public Works Motion Passed Unanimously 6. Resolution 020419-E Authorizing the Funding for CDA Budget Line Item for Future Development Motion Passed Unanimously 7. Resolution 020419-F

Authorizing the Mayor to Sign Agreement for General Liability Insurance Motion Passed Unanimously SAID MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:22 PM

FEBRUARY 18, 2019 AT 7 PM

Absent: Sophie Martin

Mayor Comments: • • • •

Rare Disease Day 2019 Proclamation Eagle Scout Ethan Scales Proclamation Eagle Scout Trey Woodall Proclamation Mayor Handlon recognized Danny Goggins, Boy Scout Troop 548 Leader

Agenda Items: 1. Resolution 021819 Amend Job Description Requirements for Firefighter Motion Passed Unanimously 2. Resolution 021819-A Declare Various Unused Departmental Property Surplus Motion Passed Unanimously 3. Resolution 021819-B Authorize Acceptance of Shelby County Senior Center Grant Motion Passed Unanimously 4. Resolution 021819-D Supporting Legislation to Change RSA Tier I and Tier II of the Employment Retire-

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ment System Motion Passed Unanimously 5. Resolution 021819-E Support Legislation to Authorize Municipal Liability Caps for Employees Motion Passed Unanimously 6. Resolution 021819-F Support of Protecting Local Control Over Public Streets and Call to Reverse FCC Federal Communications Commission Action Motion Passed Unanimously 7. Resolution 021819-G Authorize Grant Application for Alabaster Fire Department Motion Passed Unanimously 8. Motion – ABC RequestSRK Foods LLC / BP Shop – 9200 Hwy 17 Motion Passed Unanimously 9. Resolution 021819-H Authorize Medical Clinic Board Bond Issuance - Fiscal Year 2019 Motion Passed Unanimously 10. Resolution 021819-I Moratorium on Businesses Relating to the Sale of Cannabidiol – CBD Oil Motion Passed Unanimously EXECUTIVE SESSION

Alabama Code Title 36-25A7 (6) Motion Passed Unanimously Council Meeting adjourned, and Executive Session began at 7:32 pm.


CITY COUNCIL SOPHIE MARTIN, WARD 1 506-8961 martin@cityofalabaster.com

CITY OF ALABASTER 1953 Municipal Way Alabaster, AL 35007 www.cityofalabaster.com 664-6800 MARTY HANDLON, MAYOR 664-6831 handlon@cityofalabaster.com

RICK ELLIS, WARD 2 ellis@cityofalabaster.com STACY RAKESTRAW, WARD 3 529-3326 rakestraw@cityofalabaster.com

RUSSELL BEDSOLE, WARD 5 205-229-6021 bedsole@cityofalabaster.com SCOTT BRAKEFIELD, PRESIDENT, WARD 6 brakefield@cityofalabaster.com KERRI PATE, WARD 7 965-8300 pate@cityofalabaster.com

GREG FARRELL, WARD 4 farrell@cityofalabaster.com

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