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For the Good Times! MYSTICS OF MOUNTAIN BROOK HALLOWEEN PARADE In its 16th year, the Mardi Gras-style festivities in Crestline Village will feature Halloween floats with passengers tossing candy, t-shirts, beads, stuffed animals, footballs and more. Celebrity sightings are possible such as Elvis, above, (Harold Schulz) who sang in last year’s parade. Halloween calendar begins on page 8.

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esterday was a banner day. For the I know myself, my strengths and my weaknesses, so when I tell you that I do not first time, I used the self-checkout want to deal with online banking, please realkiosk at Walmart. I slid my purchases ize that I am being, not backward, but sensiacross the scanner, put them in the bag and ble. I use the touch pad on the counter at the stuck my credit card into the little slot. I bricks-and-mortar bank, but only because the wouldn’t have attempted it, but the regular nice ladies behind the counter (Thank you, checkout lanes were jammed and my daughWendy and Lynn.) talk me through it. Unlike ter was standing right next to me for backup. TV people, I have no desire to transfer funds I kind of resent the fact that the world with my phone while roughhousing with my keeps pushing me in the self-service direction. When I call the credit card/cable/phone grandchildren. The ways I could mess that up company, I must first listen to a recording are legion. that tells me (insert eye roll) that I could I deny myself the ability to pay for Girl accomplish whatever I’m trying to do Scout cookies at the table outside the grocery store with a wave of my phone. Wave and online. If I doggedly stay on the phone, I am Sue Murphy asked to at least narrow my question down to pay? A person like me who talks with her a series of numerical issues. I press (never hands could be broke by lunchtime. say) number three even though that’s not I could be controlling my outside lights exactly what I’d like to discuss, and am and my sprinkler system from my phone, treated to a lengthy cyber-symphony, inter- I don’t know what to tell but I don’t. I do without the app that would rupted by reminders that (ahem) I could be you. Occasionally, I need let me look inside my refrigerator while I’m at the grocery store. I suppose it would accomplishing all this online. I hold my real people help. Just be nice to be able to see if a burglar was ground, and when the representative gets on the phone and finds out my issue is like Winnie the Pooh’s stealing packages off my front porch, but more of a two-and-a-half and requires Piglet, I am a very small I’d have to be looking at my phone screen 24/7. some judgment call on his part, he is someanimal in a much larger The set up that worries me the most is times at a loss because he has only been the one that allows you to use your phone given access to the same limited action technological world, to start your oven. Besides the fact that I’d options I might have encountered online. and I find it a little have to leave lukewarm food in the oven (Told you so.) intimidating. for hours (slow cook salmonella), I’d be I don’t know what to tell you. capable of pocket-dialing a really nice Occasionally, I need real people help. Just like Winnie the Pooh’s Piglet, I am a very house fire.     small animal in a much larger technological world, and I find No, for now, I’ll just celebrate my use of the self-checkout it a little intimidating. I will bravely stand up for what I kiosk. I won’t use it every time, though. I kind of missed believe in, defend my loved ones against all comers, but othhaving the checker say, “How are you today?” and finding erwise, I choose the path where there is the least potential out, happily, that she and I are both fine. that I will mess things up.  DIY? I dread it.                        

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OCT. 18 - NOV. 1 Thurs., Oct. 18

Children’s Village Founders Day Luncheon

What: Children’s Village presents the 10th annual Founder’s Day Luncheon featuring keynote speaker, C. Allen Greene, director of athletics at Auburn University. Proceeds benefit Children’s Village and their mission to provide shelter, food and clothing to Alabama’s abandoned, abused and neglected children. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: The Club Website: childrensvillagebham. com

Focus on Recovery Art Gala What: Focus on Recovery presents its first evening event to replace its Spirit of Recovery Luncheon. Guests are invited to mingle and enjoy delicious food by renowned Chef Darryl Borden, live music by Steel City Prophets, interactive art, a cash bar and a silent auction. The event will raise awareness and funding for the organization’s long-term transitional program for women in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. When: 7 p.m. Where: Park Crest Event Facility in Hoover Website: my.focus-on-recovery. org/Gala

Oct. 18-28

Shop, Save, and Share

What: Purchase a $40 Shop, Save, and Share card and save up to 20 percent on purchases at over 500 area retailers. All proceeds benefit the over 30 community projects of the Junior League of Birmingham and help improve the lives of women and children in Birmingham. When: Shop through Oct. 28 Where: Check the website for



Plant Sale with Benefits

Thurs., Oct. 25


Annual Event at the Botanical Gardens Set for Oct. 20-21

Usually, a trip to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is about observing the plants growing there. But this weekend, it’s also about taking some of those plants home. This year’s Fall Plant Sale, organized by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens group, will be Oct. 20-21 in Blount Plaza. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Herbs, trees, fall annuals, shrubs, natives and perennials will be among the plants offered for sale, with proceeds going to support programs such as Discovery Field Trips, Plant Adventures and the Centennial Tree Program, to name a few. The annual Member Plant Giveaway also will take place during the sale. Members will be allowed to

participating retailers Website:

Fri., Oct. 19

Harvest of Hope

What: The Women’s Service Board will celebrate Cornerstone School’s 25th anniversary with its 15th annual gala. Guest will enjoy a wine tasting, cocktails, live music by Eric Essix, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an auction and a brief program highlighting Cornerstone’s successes over the past 25 years. Proceeds benefit over 550 students at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. When: 6-10 p.m. Where: Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Website:

Mystery Dinner Theatre

What: South City Theatre presents Broadway success, Nightwatch, by

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BBG plant sale proceeds support programs such as Discovery Field Trips, Plant Adventures and the Centennial Tree Program, to name a few.

choose a free plant from a special selection, which this year is being provided by van der Geissen Nursery. To learn more about becoming a member of the friends group, visit A partial list of plants that will be for sale is available at

Lucille Fletcher and directed by JJ Marrs. This thriller builds steadily in menace and suspense until the final, breath-stopping moment of its unexpected, “twist” ending. Tickets must be purchased in advance. When: Buffet starting at 6:30 p.m. with the show to follow at 7:30 p.m. Where: Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium Website:

Sat., Oct. 20

Touch a Truck

What: Explore trucks from Vestavia Hills Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works and Board of Education; as well as Specialty Turf Supply, Republic Services, Vestavia Tire Express and Barber Motorsports. Included will be inflatables, train rides, face painting and balloon animals. The Heavenly Donuts food truck will be


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onsite selling donuts and coffee. When: 10 a.m.-noon Where: Vestavia Hills City Hall Website:

Tour de Brewers XIIIOktoberfest Edition

What: This informal 11k’ish charity run/walk/bike supporting the Dannon Project combines the fun of a fun run with the real fun of tasting Birmingham’s great local brews. Also included is a commemorative t-shirt, and an exciting post-run/ ride party with live music and the chance to win some great prize giveaways. When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Tin Roof Website: “Tour de Brewers XIII - Oktoberfest Edition” Facebook page

Sun., Oct. 21

Vulcan Aftertunes

What: The museum hosts the Great Peacock with Maddie Medley in the final installment of this year’s Vulcan Aftertunes. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase, and onsite food truck vendors will be accessible. When: Gates open at 1 p.m. Where: Vulcan Park and Museum Website:

Wonder Woman

What: Join Girl Spring for free refreshments and an interactive talk about clean air and keeping our environment clean. Geared for sixth grade and up and parents, Kirsten Bryant, Outreach Director of GASP, will share her story of how she became passionate about our environment, what it means to be a part of this effort and how you can get involved. Free, but RSVP required. When: 3 p.m. Where: UAB’s ArtPlay Website:

What: The Department of Psychology at UAB will host the first of a series of public lectures by leading experts that focuses on the latest research and treatment for the relief and management of chronic pain. This event is free and open to the public and includes hors d’oeuvres followed by a lecture by Dr. Roger Fillingim, a world-renowned clinical researcher in the field of chronic pain and past-president of the American Pain Society. When: Doors open at 5 p.m. with the lecture to follow at 5:30 p.m. Where: Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts on the UAB Campus Website:

Taste of the Magic City

What: Attendees will enjoy flavors from over 20 local establishments, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit M- POWER Ministries health and educational outreach programs. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Website: “Taste of the Magic City 2018” Facebook page

Sat., Oct. 27

Storybook 5K & Fun Run

What: The Junior Board of the Vestavia Hills Library Foundation presents a fundraiser for the Children and Teen Departments of the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest. Included will be live music, bounce houses, carnival games, balloon animals, storybook characters, ballet dancers in costume, face painting and complimentary food and drinks. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook character. Include your fourlegged family members in the event by registering for the Run, Walk or Wag event and enjoy a pet costume contest. When: 8-11:30 a.m. Where: Vestavia Hills City Hall Website:

Alabama Bicentennial: Charles Ghigna “Father Goose”

What: Homewood Public LIbrary celebrates the release of “The Night the Forest Came to Town” and “Alabama My Home Sweet Home” for the Alabama Bicentennial. When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Where: Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium Website:

Thurs., Nov. 1

Vulcan’s Community Awards

What: Vulcan Park and Museum hosts the fifth annual Vulcan’s Community Awards dinner. Festivities will include dinner and presentations about the inspiration


Birmingham Speaks Glory Denied: A Composer Conversation

What: Opera Birmingham presents a series of community conversations. The second event is inspired by “Glory Denied”, the story of America’s longestheld prisoner of war, who spent nine years in captivity during the Vietnam War. These conversations highlight the contributions and challenges of our country’s veterans. Hear insight from the composer of “Glory Denied,” Tom

for the substance of each honoree. When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: The Club Website:

Casino for a Cause

What: The Alabama/NW Florida Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation presents its eighth annual casino fundraiser. Tony Giles, stadium announcer for the Alabama Crimson Tide, will serve as emcee. Included will be valet parking, dinner, silent auction, music and more all to support those living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in our community. When: 6-10 p.m. Where: Haven Website: crohnscolitisfoundation. org

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Mon., Oct. 22

Cipullo (above), and an excerpt of the opera. A reception will follow. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Website:

SAVE THE DATE Fri., Nov. 2

Get Busy Fighting Golf Tournament

What: The Laura Crandall Brown Foundation hosts its fifth annual four person team scramble golf tournament, honoring Ginny Bourland, who recently lost her battle with ovarian cancer. When: 9 a.m. shotgun start Where: Highlands Golf Course Website:

Sat., Nov. 3

Walking to Remember

What: Don’t miss this opportunity

to honor someone you love and to support families in need of support while living with Alzheimer’s. Ask family, friends and coworkers to walk in honor or memory of a loved one. Proceeds support LocAL Alzheimer’s Services and Research. When: 8 a.m. Where: Riverchase Galleria, food court Website:

BTC Vulcan Run

What: With over 1,500 runners in recent years, the 44th running of this Birmingham classic 10k is again the RRCA Alabama State 10k Championship Race. Post race activities include a DJ, food, beverages and adult refreshments. Proceeds benefit Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham Track Club and more. When: 8 a.m. 10k start Where: The Trak Shak, Homewood Website:


Moss Rock Festival

What: This eco-creative festival features artist, artisans and makers, live music, food, special exhibitions, kids activities, workshops, a tiny home, a Beer Garden, craft beer tasting and more. Park at the Hoover Met where a shuttle service will provide transportation to the Preserve. When: Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Emma’s Circle luncheon volunteers, from left: Ellen Proctor, program; Lisa Stone, table captain; Caroline Drummond, corporate; Katy Ottensmeyer, corporate solicitations; Regina Ammon, luncheon chair; Rima Hartman, corporate solicitations; and Lisa Marie McGilberry.

Making a Difference

Emma’s Circle Brings in Leigh Anne Tuohy for Event to Fund CASA By Ingrid Howard When the Alabama Legislature cut all funding for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program several years ago, a group of women started Emma’s Circle to find a way to financially support the program. The group decided to host a luncheon and invite speakers who had benefited from the CASA program. That first luncheon was held in 2012 at WorkPlay and was a huge success. “It was one of the best events I have ever been to,” said luncheon chair Regina Ammon. “There was this real sense of urgency. There were boxed lunches ... and they had judges and CASAs and all of these people who … conveyed their enthusiasm but also their urgency.” Six years later, Emma’s Circle has invited Leigh Anne Tuohy, the woman who inspired the movie “The Blind Side,” to speak at its luncheon at The Florentine. “She is a really strong supporter of helping young people and the importance, the value of guiding someone,” Ammon said. “The power of one person in a child’s life can change everything, and Leigh Anne Tuohy tells that story well.” For this year’s luncheon, Ammon said, Emma’s Circle is working to bring in people who haven’t been to the event before.

Where: The Preserve in Hoover Website:

Sun., Nov. 4

Friends $5 Bag Sale

What: The Friends of the Homewood Public Library presents a $5 bag sale. Fill a grocery bag with books, movies and other items for only $5 per bag. Bags are provided by the Friends of the Homewood Public

For the first time, people can buy individual tickets to the event, instead of having to buy a table. “We’re making a big push to raise awareness about CASA,” Ammon said. “We’re taking out ads. We’re sending out press kits.”

Advocating for a Child

The CASA program trains volunteers to usher children through the child welfare system. “Usually these children are neglected or abused,” Ammon said. “Or there’s a hideous divorce case going on. Or they’re in foster care. Or they’ve been taken out of their homes and put somewhere else for some reason.” Volunteers assigned to a child research the case, including going into the child’s home and getting an understanding of what’s going on in the child’s life. Any time the child is engaged with the state system, or even for a parent-teacher conference, the advocate is there to advocate for the child’s best interest. “Children with CASAs are more likely to be adopted or more likely to finish school – more likely to learn to read,” Ammon said. “Just on every level, having that one, stable adult who isn’t trying to manipulate the kid, who isn’t being bad to the kid, it’s incredibly stabilizing and useful.” Katy Ottensmeyer, a public finance lawyer with Maynard

Library. To donate books or for more information, contact Friends Bookstore at 332-6651. When: 2-4:30 p.m. Where: Homewood Public Library, Room 101 Website:

Tutus, Blues & Brews

What: This free, family-friendly event features music by Automatic Slim Blues Band, chances to win prizes, food by Taco Mama

Cooper & Gale, said she was hooked as soon as she took the CASA training. “You just have opportunities to really make a difference in somebody’s life,” Ottensmeyer said. “You have so much more access to a child in need when you’re a CASA because you’re appointed by the court. The court is depending on you to gather information and just to learn everything you can about that child. And they truly are children in a desperate situation.” While a lot of the CASA volunteers are lawyers, Ammon said they also can be people such as social workers or judges. “They are well-educated people who understand government systems, and they donate their time to a child,” she said. The 2018 luncheon will be Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Florentine. Tickets can be purchased by going to and searching for Emma’s Circle Luncheon. Ticket prices begin at $100. “This luncheon is important because it’s raising funds for an organization that needs more funding, needs more volunteers,” Ammon said. “And the money goes straight to CASA. We have enough sponsors now that they pay for the luncheon. Luncheon expenses are covered. Everything that’s donated at the luncheon – actually much of our sponsorship money – goes straight to CASA.”

and Edgewood Creamery and beer. Tutu and cape kits will be sold in advance at the The Dance Foundation for a dress-up parade at the event. Proceeds benefit The Dance Foundation’s extensive educational outreach the Community Partnership Program. When: 3-5 p.m. Where: Red Hills Brewing Company Website: “Tutus, Blues & Brews” Facebook page


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ABOUT TOWN were utilizing, and within that they needed math manipulatives,” Hunsberger said. “Another group was working on a phonics progression, so they needed reading cards.”

Adding the Big Three

This year’s event will start with a 5K at 8 a.m. Oct. 20. The Heroes Challenge – a one-mile fun run with an obstacle course – is limited to children 11 and younger and begins at 9:30 a.m. The race starts at 3162 Heights Village. The event is open to anyone. To sign up, visit and search for Heights Heroes. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $25 for the Heroes Challenge fun run.

Photo courtesy Alicia Hunsberger

In the race’s second year, Hunsberger said, the school is continuing to promote the VHECH promise and focusing on the school’s “big three:” be safe, be respectful and be your best. The

PTO funded a grant to give every VHECH student a T-shirt that says “Heights Hero” on the front and lists the “big three” on the back. “The 5K is just one piece of the whole thing,” Hunsberger said. “I think it’s an awesome event and an awesome opportunity. Even though I’m not a huge runner, it’s certainly fun for me to get to participate alongside the kiddos. Anything that I can do to be a part of what’s happening in the community is fun for me.”

Alicia Hunsberger, principal at Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights, with some of her students participating in last years race.

A Tradition of Its Own VHECH Promotes Its Promise in Heights Heroes Races

By Ingrid Howard Alicia Hunsberger, principal at Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights, said she isn’t a runner. But because she loves being a part of the community, she puts that aside during VHECH’s annual fundraising event, the Heights Heroes 5K and Fun Run. The idea for the fundraiser came together after Hunsberger first became principal at the school two years ago. She wanted Cahaba Heights to have a tradition all its own. “In Cahaba Heights, we’re kind of a town within a town,” she said. “Cahaba Heights has its own feel and its own community, which we love and we pride ourselves in.” So Hunsberger and the PTO came up with the idea to start a 5K race and fun run. Although there are other 5K races in Vestavia Hills, there aren’t any specifically in Cahaba Heights. Not only does the event raise money that goes straight back into the school, but Hunsberger said it also promotes community involvement and awareness about what’s going on at VHECH. In conjunction with the race last year, staff members around the school took on ‘hero’ personas to promote the VHECH promise,

which includes ideals such as being kind to other people, working to be successful and honoring others. Hunsberger was Captain P, for the first letter in ‘promise,’ and she wore a cape with a P on it. “So it wasn’t a one-time, oneweekend event; it was really a lot leading up to it,” she said. Students also watched videos in class that promoted kindness, character, community and fitness. By race day, Hunsberger said, it was obvious to her that the event would be a success. She said the school raised much more money than she anticipated. “To notice how many kids were actually there was a huge thing,” she said. “It was just like, oh my goodness! They’re all out here to support, and I know it’s a Saturday, and Octobers are busy, and people have soccer games and everything else under the sun, but they’ve made a commitment to being here.” The money from the race went into the school PTO’s budget. Teachers were able to submit grant requests, and so much money was raised that every grant request was fulfilled. “Anything from asking for an iPad cart for all the students to benefit from with technology, to our first-grade teachers have received a new math curriculum that they


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halloween fun

Afraid you might not have anything to do this Halloween? We’ve gathered a list of some of the happenings in the Over the Mountain area to help you with your Halloween planning. Enjoy! Oct. 18-31

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Boo at the Zoo

Witches Ball 2018

What: Wear your costume and watch as the zoo transforms into a destination of spooky attractions, themed rides and carnival games. Enjoy trick or treating, inflatables, ghostly Ghoul School, Bat Keeper Chats and more. When: 5-9 p.m. Where: Birmingham Zoo Website:

What: Pirates, Seadogs and Old Salts alike welcome every monster, witch and ghoul to the Magic City Witches Ball, presented by Books, Beans, and Candles Occult and Metaphysical Shoppe. Plan on dancing the night away at the 15th annual pirate-themed ball benefiting Lone Warriors Charity for local veterans. The 21 and up only event will include a live band and DJ. When: 7 p.m. Where: Workplay Website: witches-ball-2018

Thurs., Oct. 18

Howls and Growls Pre-Party

What: The Greater Birmingham Humane Society Young Professionals Board is throwing the official pre-party for the Howls & Growls Halloween celebration benefiting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. The event features music, drinks and a petcostume contest, where the winner will receive VIP tickets to Howls & Growls on Oct. 26. When: 7:30-10 p.m. Where: Side Bar Website:


An Evening at Hogwarts

What: Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles: Grab your wizard robe and cross Platform 9 ¾ to McWane’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Enjoy dinner in the Great Hall, make your own wizard wand, concoct potions, attend flying lessons and more. After class, grab your complimentary popcorn and drink and view a special showing of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in the IMAX Dome. Advanced reservations required.  When: Oct. 19 from 5-10 p.m., Oct.

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Pumpkin Patch Express

HOMEWOOD WITCHES RIDE The sixth annual two-mile cycling parade in honor of Paula Stringfelllow Ford, who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2013, takes place Sun., Oct. 28. Above, Melissa Galbraith and Michelle Franco get ready to ride at last years event.

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Haunted Sloss Furnace

What: Legend has it that historic Sloss Furnace is haunted by workers who died gruesomely on the job. Museum Curator Karen Utz will discuss the paranormal activity. When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Homewood Library, Round Auditorium Website:

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

Wig and Stache Bash

What: Preschool Partners hosts an event featuring both a live and silent auction, live music, cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Guests are encouraged to wear wigs, mustaches or other costumes. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Iron City Website: events

HOWLS AND GROWLS The Greater Birmingham Humane Society Young Professionals Board is hosting a Halloween celebration benefit on Fri., Oct. 26. Left, Amy Green Hagedorn, Stacey Harris, Lauren McMahan and Jennifer Scott Mayo at last year’s Howls and Growls. 20 from 3-8 p.m. and 5:30-10:15 p.m. Where: McWane Science Center Website:

Fri., Oct. 19

Teen Creature Double Feature

What: Emmet O’Neal Library presents Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein for teens, grades 7-12. When: 6-9:30 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library, Community Meeting Room Website:

The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball

What: The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball and Alabama Theatre present a Halloween event

featuring a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” along with the live cast, Antic-i-pation, and two cash costume contests. DJ Stevo will be spinning the ghoulish groove during registration for contest including best general category and best Rocky Horror character look-a-like. When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., costume contest at 8:30 p.m. with the show immediately following Where: Alabama Theatre Website: “The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball” Facebook page

Sat., Oct. 20

Trick or Trot 5k

What: The sixth annual costume 5k run benefitting Kid One Transport will include a costume contest with awards given for a variety of

categories, post race food and two beers for adults 21 and up. Runners of all ages, strollers and pets are welcome. When: 7 a.m. costume contest, 8 a.m. race Where: Back Forty Birmingham Website:

Zombie Night Run

What: A fun event for all ages to enjoy while raising funding to provide educational programs and scholarships for future leaders. Race participants will start the race with flags attached to their waist. The objective is to make it from start to finish with your flag, while being chased by zombies. Included will be live music, give-a-ways and entertainment for all ages. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Railroad Park

What: Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum presents a scenic autumn ride to the pumpkin patch, where guests can take a hayride, bounce in the inflatable bounce house, get lost in the corn maze, search the pumpkin patch for the perfect pumpkin and more. When: Oct. 20 and 27 at 10a.m. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Oct. 21 and 28 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Where: Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera Website:

Thurs., Oct. 25

Hoover Hayride & Family Night

What: This free, family-friendly event features hayrides around the park and a large exhibitor area, where Hoover Area Chamber members distribute candy and giveaways to children dressed in their favorite costumes. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Veterans Park Website:

Viva Vestavia Hills

What: The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce presents Eat, Drink & Be Scary to benefit the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The event features tastings from area restaurants and fine wines, a costume contest and silent auction. When: 6:30-9 p.m. Where: Hollywood Pools Website:

Fri., Oct. 26

A Night Dark and Grimm

What: Emmet O’Neal Library presents a fairytale carnival with games, crafts, character meet and


greets, snacks, prizes, princesses and the Peter Pan movie. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library, Community Meeting Room Website:


What: Old-fashioned Halloween fun for the whole family, this party includes games, crafts and a wacky mad scientist, Doc Atoms, with his explosive show. When: 6:30-8 p.m. Where: Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, Community Room Website:

Nightmare Before Halloween Bash

What: Every year the Hoover Library pulls out all the stops to entertain and delight kids of all ages. The Tim Burton themed party will include games, activities, food, costumed characters and more. When: 7-9 p.m. Where: Hoover Public Library, Children’s Department Website:

Boo 23

What: This annual Halloween party features music by Fly By Radio and DJ Mark AD, karaoke, fortune telling, Hocus Pocus by Jun Kim, photo booths, costume contest, a horror movie lounge and more. Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Alabama. When: 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Where: B&A Warehouse Website:

Howls & Growls

What: The Greater Birmingham Humane Society Young Professionals Board is hosting the fourth annual Halloween celebration benefiting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. The event features live music, games, activities, local food and beverages. When: 8 p.m.-midnight Where: Haven Website:

Sat., Oct. 27


What: Alabama Wildlife Center presents a day of games, crafts, a bird of prey show and more. Meet Alabama’s owls up close and witness the release of a rehabilitated bird back into the wild and more. Admission is free with Oak Mountain State Park admission. When: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Where: Alabama Wildlife Center Website:

Cahaba Village Fall Festival

What: Guests will enjoy refreshments from the shops of the Cahaba Village and a HowlO-Ween pet costume competition. Proceeds benefit the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. When: 2-5 p.m., pet costume

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evidence of the paranormal that were captured during the library investigations. When: 6:30-8 p.m. Where: Homewood Public Library, Round Auditorium Website:

Sun., Oct. 28

Boo Run for Down Syndrome

What: All levels of runners, walkers and dancers of all ages are invited to come out and experience a funfilled 10k and 5k run followed by a costume dance party, hot dog stand, trail run, crafts and face painters. Funds raised benefit Down Syndrome Alabama’s groups, programs and outreach. When: 2 p.m. start of the 10k and 5k races Where: Red Mountain Park Website: downsyndromealabama. org

Fri., Nov. 2 paranormal investigations in the Homewood Public Library in October. They will share interesting stories, video, audio and photo

Dia de los Muertos Festival

What: Join Bare Hands Inc. in celebrating life at the 16th annual

“Day of The Dead Festival.” Included will be music by headliner guest The Iguanas, the memorial roll call, jazz street parade, the Frida Kahlo Ceremony, dancing, food vendors, art, kids activities and altars erected to celebrate the lives of loved ones. When: 5-11 p.m. Where: The Streets of Pepper Place Website: “Dia de Los Muertos No. 16” Facebook page

Homewood Fall Festival

What: Homewood Parks and Recreation hosts its annual fall festival featuring bounce houses, games, a DJ, face painting, a photo booth area, arts and crafts, a cupcake walk, food trucks, a costume contest and candy. When: 2 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Where: Homewood Central Park Website:

Homewood Witches Ride

What: The sixth annual two-mile cycling parade in honor of Paula Stringfelllow Ford, who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2013, benefits the American Cancer Society. Riders, dressed as witches on decorated bicycles, will throw candy along the parade route. Witches from all areas are welcome. When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Where: Homewood Central Park Website:


The Phantom of the Opera

What: See The Phantom of the Opera as you’ve never see it before. The 1925 classic silent film will be played on the big screen featuring Tom Helms playing his original score on Big Bertha. When: 2 p.m. Where: Alabama Theatre Website:

Wed., Oct. 31

Mystics of Mountain Brook Halloween Parade

What: The Mystics of Mountain Brook hosts its 16th annual Halloween parade.The Mardi Gras-style festivities will feature Halloween floats with passengers tossing t-shirts, beads, stuffed animals, footballs and more. When: 4 p.m. Where: Crestline Village Website:

Thurs., Nov. 1

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The use of e-cigarettes, or “vapes,” in high school-aged youth has become so socially acceptable that the students who aren’t doing it are probably on the outside. That’s what Lindy Walker, Help the Hills Coalition chairwoman, told parents at the Vaping Workshop held Oct. 9 at Vestavia Hills High School. What teens might not realize is that they are getting as much or more nicotine in e-cigarettes as in traditional cigarettes and ingesting many of the same potentially dangerous chemicals. Susan Walley – a professor at UAB and hospitalist at Children’s of Alabama – passed around products by JUUL, a company that claimed 72 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market share in the third quarter of 2018. The JUUL resembles a flash drive, making it easy for teens to conceal. Each pod used in the device has 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid – two to three times as much nicotine as other e-cigarettes. “Just to compare, in a traditional cigarette … the average amount of nicotine that someone is going to get is about one to two milligrams,” she said. “And we know from anecdotal evidence that youth are using one to two of these pods a day.” This dramatically increases the likelihood of nicotine addiction. Youth also are more likely to become addicted because their brains are still in the developmental stage, she said. “We’re seeing kids that use it, even for a couple of weeks, and they already have that physiological addiction,” she said. Walley said teens may not realize e-cigarettes contain nicotine because the products, labeling and marketing are not fully regulated by the FDA. “You might have a product that says that they have no nicotine, and when scientists do quantitative studies, they actually do contain nicotine,” she said. “For the youth, that’s thinking, ‘I’m just going to

Vaping Is In at OTM High Schools, But Teens Don’t Realize the Dangers do this for the doughnut flavor,’ and they buy something that they’re told has zero nicotine, and then what happens is it could have nicotine.” When asked about the risk of certain tobacco products, surveyed students were less likely to say an e-cigarette is risky than they were

What teens might not realize is that they are getting as much or more nicotine in e-cigarettes as in traditional cigarettes and ingesting many of the same potentially dangerous chemicals. to say a traditional cigarette is risky. “Kids are like, ‘Oh tobacco’s bad, cigarettes are bad, but e-cigarettes, those are safer,’” Walley said. “That’s the perception.” That may at least in part be because e-cigarettes have become

so ubiquitous in society, Walley said. She showed a photo of an Over the Mountain convenience store with a large, bright yellow ad for e-cigarette products on its brick exterior. “When you go to a gas station and there is a flagrant sign that makes it seem totally normal to buy tobacco products, even though all of us are like, ‘We’re too smart to fall for that,’ that is social norming,” she said. “The next time you see it, it’s not that big of a deal.” Sales of tobacco products, including JUUL, are banned to people under 19. But teens manage to buy them, anyway. Most teens are getting their e-cigarettes from convenience stores rather than vaping shops.

The Real Risks

Because of low regulation from the FDA, what’s advertised in e-cigarette products may not be what’s actually in them. What’s more, e-cigarettes contain some of the same substances that are considered dangerous when inhaled in traditional cigarettes. Research also has found that


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e-cigarettes contain ultrafine particles that can get deep into the lungs and cause damage, along with metallic nanoparticles from the degradation of the heating mechanism, Walley said. She said it could take a while to gather enough data on e-cigarettes to accurately assess their risks. It took more than 50 years to prove to the public that traditional cigarettes cause cancer, Walley said. “We know that e-cigarettes have many of the exact same components as cigarettes, but we don’t have 50 years of data to say that e-cigarettes cause cancer or e-cigarettes cause heart attacks,” she said. “But as a parent and as a pediatrician, knowing how much damage cigarette use and tobacco use has done, I don’t want to wait 50 years and then say, ‘Oh, we were wrong.’”

What to Do?

The workshop had many parents asking what they could do to make sure their children weren’t vaping. Although e-cigarettes don’t have the same tobacco smell as traditional cigarettes, Vestavia Hills

High School Principal Tyler Burgess said a smell still can be detected. “A lot of the fruity smells, literally Fruity Pebbles, remember the cereal? Trix? That artificial fruity flavor smell? We will get that hint in bathrooms. We’ll get that hint on their clothing if they really are smoking a lot,” he said. Possessing e-cigarettes at VHHS is a class 2 offense, Burgess said. First-time offenders have to attend Saturday school. A second offense would mean in-school suspension, and a third offense would mean alternative school or suspension. But he said few students are caught more than once. “I do think that it’s happening quite a bit,” he said. “It’s just a matter of kids getting better at hiding it.” When asked how often students are using e-cigarettes at school, Burgess said daily. “We might not have a student get in trouble for it daily, but we could, probably, if we devoted our lives and our time to it,” he said. One of the issues is the identification of e-cigarettes, said VHHS Assistant Principal Jennifer Brown. She said the school had a workshop to show teachers the products. “They were like, ‘I’ve seen one of these in my class before!’” she said. “We’re trying to educate everyone.” But a foolproof way to stop vaping among youth hasn’t been found. Burgess said the school has health-related assemblies and would like to have more, but it also has to balance assembly time with instructional time. “Yes, I agree that the burden is on the school,” Walker said. “But the burden is on us as parents. … We have got to educate ourselves and have these intentional conversations. And that’s what tonight is all about.” The event was arranged by Help the Hills, a coalition dedicated to reducing use and abuse of harmful substances in Vestavia Hills youth. For more information, email info@

Elementary school children from throughout Mountain Brook learned what it takes to run a city on Sept. 30 as members of the high school’s Leadership Mountain Brook organization hosted Little Leader Day. The day began with an introduction and opening ceremony at City Hall, led by Mayor Stewart Welch and city manager Sam Gaston. Welch welcomed the students and Gaston (right) gave a presentation on the city’s history and operations. The students broke into three teams to visit the city’s Fire Department, Police Department and the Emmet O’Neal Library, where they heard from department leaders about their jobs and were given tours. Capping the afternoon, the kids had snack time at the Tot Lot and painted their handprints to commemorate the day.

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Spartan Shuttle Set to Begin Trips Around Mountain Brook

By Emily Williams

A bus will be shuttling people around Mountain Brook on a new route beginning Nov. 5, at least for a trial period. The Spartan Shuttle will travel on a loop from English Village to Mountain Brook Village and then Crestline Village before returning to English Village. The bus will run Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until about 8 p.m. The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority will be conducting a three-month trial of the new route, run by MAX Transit, to test its success as an alternate method of transportation. In a recent town hall meeting, Joshua Johnson, a representative of the BJCTA, said the authority has done its best to set a route through high-density areas while keeping passenger wait times as short as possible. “The headway – which is the time between stops – is every 35

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One bus will be traveling on the route during the trial. It will be a 35-foot bus that is ADA-compliant and includes bike racks. The bus will be free to ride, Johnson said. “If it’s free, it’s just easier to hop on in. It’s more convenient and you don’t have to worry, ‘Do I buy a ticket?’ or ‘Do they take debit

cards or only cash?’” he said. The bus will make about 25 stops along its route, at least three of them at park-and-ride stops. Park-and-ride lots will be designated areas for all-day parking in Office Park, with a stop near the fountain; at Mountain Brook Baptist Church; and at Shades Valley Presbyterian Church, which is within walking distance to one of the Mountain Brook Village stops. City manager Sam Gaston said during the meeting that there are all-day parking spots available in English Village, but he will look into allocating all-day parking spots in Crestline Village. The major stops along the route will include, in order, English Village, the Birmingham Zoo, Office Park, Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Crestline Village, the Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook and then English Village once more. “We wanted to get some residential stops too because Mountain

Assistance to Firefighters grant. The district will buy four new power load stretchers, allowing crews from each of the district’s transport units to load and unload the stretcher without having to manually lift and lower it. This feature is safer for the patient and

reduces back injuries for crew members. The change will bring the department up-to-date with the newest requirements set out by the federal government and the National Fire Protection Association.

minutes. That’s kind of a conservative guess right now, but I think hopefully we can get it down to 30 minutes once it’s up and running,” said Johnson.

“If it’s free, it’s just easier to hop on in. It’s more convenient and you don’t have to worry, ‘Do I buy a ticket?’ or ‘Do they take debit cards or only cash?’” JOSHUA JOHNSON

Brook has a really good sidewalk network and it’s pretty easy to get around on foot,” he said. Johnson noted that the 7.65-mile route would cost the city $158,000 per year. He said grant funds could reduce the city’s costs if the trial proves that the bus cuts down on traffic. Johnson said that MAX will look at ridership data to determine whether the route will be continued after the trial and, if so, whether there are opportunities to extend the route. “Really anything off of this (route), the way it is now, would make it that 40-minute wait,” Johnson said. “We’ve got enough routes that are slow and I don’t want to make this one of them.”

Johnson said it could be possible to add a second bus to the route to cut down on wait times or to extend the route. Possibilities include connecting to other routes such as Montclair Road and the Magic City Connector in downtown Homewood, or adding stops at Brookwood Village. Passengers will be able to use MAX Transit’s My Stop app, which provides up-to-date information on where the bus is stopping next, how long the wait should be at each stop and how many passengers are on the bus. The new Spartan Shuttle will make a preview appearance on the streets of Crestline Village for the annual Mystics of Mountain Brook Halloween parade on Oct. 31.

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By William C. Singleton III Homewood officials hope to join Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Huntsville as the only Alabama cities exempted from the state’s Lid Law. But for that to happen, voters throughout Jefferson County would have to put on their stamp of approval. When county residents go to the polls Nov. 6, they will be asked to approve a constitutional amendment that would allow Homewood to hold property tax referendums without having to go through the state Legislature. Most Alabama cities are under the state Lid Law, which caps the amount of property taxes a resident could pay to $75 per year for every $1,000 of owned property. When the law was passed in the 1970s, residents of Mountain Brook,

Vestavia Hills and Huntsville already were at the cap limit, so their cities were exempt from the law. Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Huntsville can hold referendums in their cities to raise property taxes without the issue being subject to a countywide vote. Homewood’s asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment to allow it to do the same. Homewood reached the state’s tax limit, or lid, 15 years ago, said Homewood City Councilman Alex Wyatt. “This is really about letting Homewood control its own tax base rather than the state, who is really in control,” he said “Homewood can’t really do anything at this point. This would allow Homewood the ability to do that (hold a city property tax referendum) at some point in the

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Homewood Hopes to Blow the Lid Off State Tax Caps

future, whether five years, 10 years, 15 years, 25 years or never.” Homewood City School Superintendent Bill Cleveland said the school system has no immediate plans to ask its residents to increase property taxes if county voters grant Homewood its exemption. “If this passes, if there ever were to be a desire to increase property taxes in Homewood, those taxes could only be increased by a vote of the citizens of Homewood,” Cleveland said. “We simply want to be in the

same category as the cities of Mountain Brook and Vestavia. Both these neighbors of Homewood are exempt from the Lid Bill, and their citizens have the ability to control their property taxes.” The Homewood City Council on Oct. 23, 2017, unanimously passed a resolution in support of lifting the Lid Law. The city school board passed a similar resolution the following month. The Alabama House of Representatives on Feb. 15 and the Senate on March 1 approved allowing Jefferson County resi-

dents to vote on the amendment. School officials are heavily involved in the push to lift the tax lid because schools largely are dependent on property taxes for the local portion of their budgets. But property taxes can be raised for other purposes, as well, such as for parks or general city use. Schools still would get a portion of any city property tax revenues. Homewood city and school leaders have been meeting with school PTO groups to discuss the amendment and the reason officials are seeking it now. Cleveland said the time is right because the council and the local legislative delegation are in agreement. “While we have no plans to ask the voters of Homewood for a property tax increase, if we wait until we need an increase to have this law changed, that will be too late,” he said. Wyatt agreed. “If we wait until the schools need it, it’s too late because the process takes a long time going through the Legislature and having to wait for a general election, which is every other year,” he said. “So, we need to get this exemption now.” Homewood’s school system receives 37.5 mills from property tax, which raised about $20 million in the 2018 fiscal year, Cleveland said. In addition, the school system receives 1 cent of the city’s retail tax, which has totaled about $8 million over the past few years, Wyatt said.

Communicating the Idea of Self-Rule

Wyatt said city officials are trying to get word out to voters beyond Homewood about the amendment. “We are planning to reach out to people across Jefferson County over the next month to let them know what this is and why it’s so important and why it’s needed,” he said. “Hopefully, they’ll understand this is about us and controlling our own destiny and securing our schools’ future.” Even though Homewood’s fate rests with residents outside Homewood, Cleveland said he believes they can relate to the concept of self-rule. “My hope is that the voters in Jefferson County will recognize the importance of letting the citizens of Homewood be able to make decisions that impact them directly,” Cleveland said. “Many friends in other municipalities would prefer to have local decision-making powers rest with them. I believe that voters in Jefferson County can understand and appreciate that we would like a ‘yes’ vote on this local amendment so the local residents can decide what is best for them.”


Oak Mountain’s Brooklyn Holt Earns Miss Iron City Crown

Brooklyn Holt, a senior at Auburn University and graduate of Oak Mountain High School, recently was crowned Miss Iron City 201819. The win qualified her Brooklyn Holt to compete in the Miss America system’s Miss Alabama pageant. A decorated pageant winner, Holt began competing in pageants when she was 15 years old, participating in the Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen program. She has spent six years in the Miss America system, three times in the Outstanding Teen program and now in her third year with the Miss America program. “You could say I have been preparing for a long time,” Holt said. Throughout her pageant career, Holt has used her participation to promote her platform, “Raise Your Voice for Children,” which addresses the issue of impoverished children and their families whose needs are not being met. “Because of my life experiences and the reality that my father abandoned me at 6 years old, I have been able to use the neglect in my childhood to mentor other children, relating to their feelings and showing them through my successes the importance of making great choices,” Holt said. “My goal is for all children to realize that we must not let challenges paralyze or limit us. Instead, we should accept challenges, work hard to overcome them, and turn them into strengths.” Her platform complements the Miss America program’s support of the Children’s Miracle Network. The thousands of dollars Holt has raised through her various campaigns and many speaking engagements she has hosted have been used to advocate for and support the organization’s hospitals. “Being crowned Miss Alabama would provide me with wonderful opportunities to continue my journey and make an impact on the lives of children and their families,” Holt said. Throughout her career in the pageant system, Holt has earned the honors of Distinguished Young Woman of Shelby County 2015, Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama 2015, first runner-up for the Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen Quality of Life Community Service Award and the 2017 Miss Alabama Top 5. For more information on Holt’s campaign, follow her on social media @missironcity.

PEOPLE Mountain Brook’s Marshall Earns His Place as Eagle Scout

David Roye Marshall III of Mountain Brook was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor on May 6. As a member of Troop 53 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Marshall earned 28 merit badges and a Bronze Palm, served in leadership positions and participated in many service projects. For his Eagle Scout project, Marshall designed and built directional trail signs for Jemison Parkway, which includes Trace Trail, Watkins Trail and Nature Trail. He spent a year planning the David Marshall project, including meeting with city parks officials to ensure the signs met code requirements. Marshall is the son of David and Margaret Marshall.

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ride, a 100-mile bike ride, a 10K run and the ultramarathon. After successfully completing each, he has earned the title of Leadman. Eddie Thomas and Johnathon Stevens participated in the Race Across the Sky, a 100-mile ultramarathon in Leadville, Colorado, to bring awareness and raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

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Two Local Runners Raise Over $36,000 for Breast Cancer Research On Aug. 18 and 19, local runners Johnathon Stevens and Eddie Thomas participated in the Race Across the Sky, a 100-mile ultramarathon in Leadville, Colorado, to bring awareness and raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. Both Stevens and Thomas competed in the Leadville trail race, which began at 10,200 feet above sea level and reached elevations of 12,600 feet. They each finished in less than 30 hours, which landed them among the top 50 percent of participants, and they raised more than $36,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through a campaign spearheaded by Cobbs Allen CEO Grantland Rice III. “We have all been touched by breast cancer in some way,” said Stevens. “Why not raise money for the cause by doing something we love. This is our way of being part of the solution. I want my kids and grandkids to not suffer from cancer, and if they do, for there to be a cure for the disease.” Co-founded by Stevens’ late mother-in-law, Dolly O’Neal, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent and eradicate breast cancer. Though Stevens stuck around for the race, Thomas went a step further, taking on the challenge of the entire Leadville Series. In addition to the trail ultramarathon, he completed a 50-mile mountain bike

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Linda Brady was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.


Linda Brady Forges On Support Center Helps Breast Cancer Survivor Cope

Photo special to the Journal

By Ingrid Howard

‘It’s kind of like you joined a club you never wanted to be a part of, but then you find out it wasn’t as bad as you thought.’

When Linda Brady was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, she didn’t understand a lot of what the doctors were telling her. She was 61 years old and had gone to the doctor for her regular gynecological exam and mammogram. She made sure to have the recommended regular tests, especially because she had a history of breast cancer in her family. When she had the exams in 2016, the doctors found a “pretty interesting spot,” she said. A couple of weeks later, she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. “You hold out hope that’s not going to be what the doctor’s diagnosis is, but then when you hear it, you really don’t get much further after the word ‘cancer,’” she said. “You miss a lot.” Her husband always went with her to her appointments, and Brady said she was glad for that second set of ears. “The best way I can describe it is, there are a lot of voices in my head,” she said. “You’re being asked to make a lot of big decisions in a short amount of time.” Four weeks after her diagnosis, Brady went in for a double mastectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery. She got a good report from her doctor, and she didn’t need chemotherapy. But the surgeries still were hard on her, she said. “I was riding that high,” she said. “Oh lord, I’m going to live! You’re so happy that

LJCC Goes to the Dogs

you get to live, and then all of a sudden I was exhausted. I wasn’t sleeping. I was in a lot of pain from the surgeries. And basically, I was not recovering to the level of my life that I wanted to be.” She decided to go to a breast cancer support group meeting at Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. Forge is a partnership between The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Brookwood Baptist Health, Grandview Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Health System and UAB Medicine. It provides services for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, including telephone support, counseling, events, advocates and support group meetings. Taking part in the support group didn’t make her feel better at first, especially because so many people there had reoccurrences of their cancer. “I went home crying,” she said. “I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore. I’m never going back.’” But she took home a brochure about Forge and called the center two days later. She said it was the best phone call she ever made. An assessment at Forge revealed she had anxiety and depression. She made goals and saw a counselor, a free service through Forge. She decided she wanted to control something in her life, so she took control of her diet. “I wanted to eat well to try and fight can-

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Bogey Shaffer

Journal photos by Ingrid Howard

The Levite Jewish Community Center’s pool has gone to the dogs recently, and those dogs seemed to love it. Vendors selling dog treats, bandanas and dog food surrounded the 288,000-gallon outdoor pool at the center on Oct. 7 for the third annual Pooch Plunge. There also were kiddie pools, tennis balls and a photo station for the pups to enjoy. “It’s funny, because in the first year we had all these vendors,” said Dan Tourtellotte, one of the event’s organizers. “And what we found out was the people and the dogs — they just want to swim. And the owners want to watch the dogs. So we’ve kind of dumbed it down. We still have a few committed vendors that are here, but basically, we have some balls out there for them, and they entertain themselves.”

It’s so entertaining, Tourtellotte said, that every year there are a bunch of spectators who don’t bring their dogs. They just come to watch the fun. “This is awesome. I hope they do this more, even more times a year,” said Caitlin Simpson, who attended the event with her pup, Harry. The event has grown each year, and LJCC’s Priscilla Denard said more than 1,000 people on Facebook were interested in this year’s event. “It’s just an easy event,” she said. “Just let the dogs come, and the pool is the main event.” The annual Pooch Plunge is open to everyone, not just members of the community center. “We just thank the community for supporting the event,” Denard said. “Like we said, we’re open to everyone, even dogs.” —Ingrid Howard

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Jeremy Gaddy with Sadie.

Margaret Troiano and Fisher.


Restoring a Tradition

Southminster Presbyterian Church will celebrate the Kirkin of the Tartans on Oct. 28 with a worship service and festival, including food trucks and a family version of the Highland games. Popular legend dates this Scottish Highland custom back more than 250 years, when English rule prohibited families from displaying their unique tartans. The wearing of the tartans went underground, but the tartans would surface once a year for a church ser-

vice to receive a blessing from the minister. “Kirkin literally means churching,” said the Rev. Tom Bryson. “Families in the church and community bring forward unique items that include pictures, keepsakes and even tartans for those of Scottish heritage to receive a blessing.” Traditional Highland games events such as the caber toss, stone put and hammer throw will be replaced by family friendly games.

The games will take place on the newly dedicated Tillman Field at Southminster. They celebrate the memory of longtime member Tommy Tillman, his work to help create the all-purpose field and the gift his wife, Ann, made for field improvements. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Kirkin of the Tartan/ Blessing of the Family Worship Service. Food trucks will be available for lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m., and the games begin at 1 p.m. Southminster is at 1124 Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Hills. Call 822-1124 for more information or, to learn more about the celebration and its history, go to —Virginia Martin


I was talking about,” she said. Brady was Forge’s ninth client. Eighteen months later, she was asked to speak at breast cancer survivor groups at Forge. “It’s kind of like you joined a club you never wanted to be a part of, but then you find out it wasn’t as bad as you thought,” she said. “And you meet lots of nice people along the way who are in the same boat with you.” It’s been 2½ years since the day she got her diagnosis. Brady doesn’t call herself cured, but she has been calling herself a survivor since day one. “The day I was diagnosed, I can

call myself a survivor, because my intent is that I am going to be a survivor,” she said. “My journey starts today – the day you are diagnosed. That is basically, I think, what all women need to be told today.” Brady recommends that people take a significant other, friend or relative with them to their appointments. “I have to give kudos to my husband as my co-survivor,” she said. “He was absolutely above and beyond the call. He was listening to the doctors and hearing everything that I wasn’t. … You just don’t know what you’re missing, and you need a second set of ears to hear it.”

Southminster Presbyterian to Celebrate the Kirkin of the Tartans and the Highland Games

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cer and fatigue,” she said. “And that may seem like a really small thing, but it was a big thing for me. I wanted to be able to do that for myself.”

Sharing Their Stories

Another goal of hers was to talk to more survivors. “I needed to know, ‘Does your back hurt this bad? What did your doctor tell you?’ I needed to swap stories with people who knew what

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Takács Quartet Copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society

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Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, Piano

In conjunction with the Nell and Fletcher Morris Piano Competition

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Copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Hosts 13th Annual Arts, Design Showcase


Journal photos by Jordan Wald

celebration of all things beautiful, whether in the home or out in the garden, was on display Oct. 7 at the annual Gala in the Gardens, an event that kicked off the 13th annual Antiques at The Gardens. The annual event, hosted by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, supports the many educational programs offered by the gardens. Attendees mingled with the show’s

Tastemakers and lecturers, including Red Diamond Lecture Series headliners Martha Stewart and her co-author, Kevin Sharkey. This year’s event honored Cameron and Derril Crowe and was organized by co-chairs Virginia Amason and Leigh Haver. The festive black-tie evening included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing to the music of Rhythm Nations and a preview of the show.

Emily and Bill Bowron.

Russell and Maree Jones.

Iris and David Thorpe.

Grace Anthony and Natalie Kelly.

Garland and Robert Reich.

From left, Findlay Shelfer, Penny Fuller, Cameron Crowe, Libby Spain and Katie Perry.

Tom and Jane Underwood with Beverley Hoyt and Wally Evans.

Crawford Bray and Lyn Chappelle.

Herbie and Hannah Johnson.

Elizabeth Burgess, Brett Shaffer and Leigh Haver.

Theresa and David Miller.

Sandy and Jerry Parker.

Virginia Amason and Barbara Burton.


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Journal photos by Jordan Wald


Kristen Funchess and Lori Sullivan.

From left, Kristin Harrelson, Bethy Heath, Danna Ray and Meredith Vinson.

Three Cheers

Western Hosts Annual Wine-Tasting to Benefit Five Local Non-Profits

Michael and Rosie Chambers with Art and Katie Tipton.

Attendees sipped and savored at the annual Western Wine and Food Festival, held Sept. 28 at the Birmingham Zoo. More than 500 wines were available in a “Penny a Pour” tasting, and more than 35 wines could be won in a wine pull.  In addition to sampling beverages, guests perused

the selection of foods to sample from 45 local vendors, met with zoo ambassador animals and hopped on the carousel to take a ride. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Birmingham Zoo, Emmet O’Neal Library, Junior League of Birmingham, East Lake Initiative and UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. ❖

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Trees & Shrubs • Herbs • Perennials • Camellias • Fall Lettuces • Biennials • Natives • Winter Annuals • Bedding Plants • Daylilies

Journal photos by Jordan Wald


It was all about the 1980s at the fifth annual Dinnertainment, hosted by the Exceptional Foundation. The event took place Sept. 21 at Birmingham Country Club, where the ballroom was decorated with a sea of oversized red, green and yellow balloons strung with streamers.  The festive evening began with a cocktail hour and art show of work created by foundation participants.  Guests then took their seats for dinner and a show, featuring performances by about 40 foundation participants. The show included performances inspired by ‘80s pop culture icons, including The Blues Brothers, Thriller, Madonna, Dirty Dancing and more.  Hosts for the show were Magic 96.5’s Rob Conrad and Robbie Lee, Exceptional Foundation athletic director. ❖

Cody Nall and Joseph Holt.

Griffin and Jessica Thomas.

Kristen and David Silverstein.

Matthew and Hanna LePere.

Randall, Lynn and Stephanie Brown with Min Sun Lee.

Michelle Blackburn and Chip Kalousek.




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Journal photos by Jordan Wald


From left, Alli, Lauri and Virginia Jordan with Tabby Brock, Katherine Jordan and Taylor Knight.

Start With a Bang

Bottoms Up Event Raises Funds for Crohn’s and Colitis Research The Young Professionals Council for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Alabama/NW Florida chapter hosted its inaugural fundraiser, Bottoms Up for Crohn’s and Colitis, on Sept. 29. Guests gathered at Cahaba Brewing Company to play tailgate games, eat food provided by Little Donkey and, for the sports lovers, watch football games on the big screen.  Items up for grabs in a silent auction included a Kate Spade wallet, dinner and movie packages and a Cahaba Brewing tour and tasting, among others. Heading the event for the organization were Young Professionals Council leaders Taylor Knight and Lindsay Self. Funds raised through the event will benefit the foundation’s research and education programs. ❖  


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Emily Richter, Lindsey Self and Taylor Knight.

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Pop in the Park


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Beth-El Sisterhood’s Brunch with Bethany Breaks Attendance Records

Above, Jem Lamb, Bree Tinch, Estye Fenton, Melissa Altmann, Michelle Berman-Wolnek, Karen Weinrib and Ilene Kosoff. Below, Jennifer Doobrow, Felice Hirsch, Riva Hirsch, Ruth Siegler and Rebecca Millsap. Below, left: Rhoda Fleisig, Claire Diamond, Karen Weinrib, Tracy Diamond and Ilene Kosoff.

Photos courtesy Temple Beth-El

A record-setting crowd of more than 100 women of all ages attended an open meeting held Sept. 23 by the Temple Beth-El Sisterhood. The highlight of the Brunch with Bethany meeting was an Oprah-style interview by Karen Weinrib and Ilene Kosoff of Beth-El’s new rebbetzin, or rabbi’s wife, Bethany Slater. The crowd gathered in the temple’s Cultural Center, which was decorated á la “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” for a brunch prepared by CoKo Catering. Weinrib chaired the brunch and served on the organizing committee, which also included Kosoff, Arlene Fisher, Sue Lischkoff, Rebecca Rothman, Rhoda Fleisig, Esther Levy, Claire Diamond, Julie Cohen, Tracy Diamond, Doris Goldenberg, Colette Grodner and Danielle Weintraub. ❖

BBQ and Brew

Holy Family Hosts Barbecue Cook-Off at Cahaba Brewing

Photos courtesy Holy Family Cristo Rey

Fine cuts of meat were cooked to perfection Sept. 8 as the Holy Family Cristo Rey Advisory Council hosted the 2018 BBQ at the Brew fundraiser. The amateur barbecue cook-off competition was held at Cahaba Brewing Company with five teams competing in a number of different barbecue categories, including pork shoulder, ribs, brisket and chicken.  More than 250 guests attended the event, which included live music from Michael Latham and Diner Jamband. In addition, the event raised more than $7,800 for

HFCR Advisory Council President Kristy Smith and Advisory Council member Jacquie Harty.

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Relapse Happens - Life Happens

How we deal with it can be the difference between life or death. As we write this we are waiting and watching for hurricane Michael. At the same time the clients at Bayshore at the moment are clients who have relapsed at least once since leaving Bayshore Retreat or other facilities. Why the relapse? Easy. Life has sudden twist or turns and dealing with those can be difficult, therefore we revert back to the ‘escape’ that is familiar. Each client who returns to Bayshore is full of humility and embarrassment. They express feelings of guilt that perhaps they failed us. Au Contraire! They failed themselves. “You worked so hard to help me and I screwed up”. Again we say, no, “you worked hard and failed yourself”. The take away is that they chose to come back to Bayshore Retreat. This is awesome because it shows that they know we’re not going to judge them and they can be truly honest with us. Back to hurricane Michael. It was interesting to see the intense work of everyone as they prepared the house with supplies to weather the storm. This is something that goes on in everyday life… having the tools and supplies to weather the storms of life. In order to survive a hurricane or any catastrophic event one must be clear headed and have a plan. Life happens. We must be prepared to handle the unexpected with certainty and anything that takes away ‘clear thinking’, whether it’s alcohol or drugs, is not our ‘friend’. Life or death may be the difference. Bayshore Retreat is different and can make a difference.

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Above, from left, Pat Grant, Rebecca Mason, Julie Crocker, Carmen Morrow, Ginger Ballard, Beth Elliott and Carolyn Waguespak. Below, Cheree Carlton, Martha Lee Culp and Kathy Miller.


Ballerina Club Talks Party Plans for the Year, New Members The Ballerina Club met at the Country Club of Birmingham recently for its first general meeting and luncheon of the new year. President Carmen Morrow welcomed members before plans for the club’s fall and spring parties were announced. New officers include: Julie Crocker, Beth Elliott, Susan Williams, Rebecca Mason, Carolyn Waguespack, Pat Grant, Sahra Lee, Ginger Ballard, Carla Roberson and Angie Holder. ❖


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holiday/winter fashions

Photo by Linly Heflin member Anne Hicks.

Step Out in Style Linly Heflin Unit volunteers wearing fashions from Gus Mayer at this year’s event included, from left, Happy Anthony, Addison Hubbard, Nancy Bromberg, Elizabeth Hubbard, Britney Jones (Gus Mayer), Kathleen Doss, Margaret Little and Walton Foster.

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Linly Heflin Celebrates 60 Years of Scholarship and Fashion By Emily Williams


ixty years have passed since the Linly Heflin Unit began its annual Scholarship Fashion Show, raising more than $6 million to help women in Alabama pursue higher education. This year, the women’s service organization partnered with Gus Mayer to celebrate the anniversary with a fashion show Oct. 17 at The Club. Members of the organization, some of whom have modeled in the show for decades, walk the catwalk to show off the latest trends, said President Susan Alison. Those include a variety of looks from the Shoshanna brand as well as a selection of furs. “I don’t want to give away all of Gus Mayer’s secrets, but rumor has it that leopard print is big this year, and skirt lengths are longer,” Alison said. “Textured fabrics are making a splash, with leather and lace and metal embellishments. Colors are leaning toward the dark and subdued, but then a red dress will pack a vibrant punch.” Beyond fashion, Alison said the best part of the evening always is sipping cocktails with friends while knowing you’re helping worthy women attend college. “The music is peppy, the colors are bright, the girls’-night-out camaraderie is fun, and it’s wonderful to dream,” Alison said. “I dream of having those long legs

and high cheekbones, but occasionally I spy something that I actually could wear.” The Linly Heflin Unit was founded in 1919 and will be celebrating its centennial as January approaches, including by reprinting its acclaimed cookbook, according to Alison. Funds raised through the cookbook sales and the fashion show go to the scholarship fund. “Historically, women have needed some extra boosts – in the workplace, in politics, with college admissions, at home – and we are our best advocates,” Alison said. “We know what works. We’ve lived it. We understand and relate.”

Unit Began by Rolling Bandages

The unit began as a ladies’ service group of bandage rollers during World War I and has evolved over the past century to include a membership of more than 100 women from accross Alabama. The unit has grown from offering two scholarships in 1923 to 102 scholarships in 2017. In total, the until has awarded more than 3,000 scholarships. Recipients are chosen initially based on their academic records, including their grade point averages and scores on the ACT and SAT, and their financial need. Finalists move on to an interview. “Then teams on our scholarship com-

mittee personally interview the finalists to get a feel for who is most deserving and will thrive in a college setting,” Alison said. “It’s so difficult to narrow it down, though, because all of our finalists are outstanding students and have a huge need,” she said. Many of the young women who receive financial assistance from Linly Heflin are number one in their classes as well as participating in clubs and organizations and volunteering in the community – all while holding down a job, as well. “But what makes them so inspirational is often they do all of this under the absolute worst home situations,” Alison said. “They want to break the chain and are remarkably optimistic about carving a successful path, so it’s an honor to work hard on their behalf.” Operating under the motto, “educate a woman and you educate a family,” Alison said, the women of Linly Heflin aim to help other women reach success. “Many return to help in one way or another, whether speaking at our events or contributing financially,” Alison said. “I imagine that is very satisfying for them to be able to pay it forward for some other aspiring young student who is nameless but they know well.” For more information on the Linly Heflin Scholarship Fashion Show,

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ith the final day of October fast approaching, the setting sun gives way to festive yard lighting, inflatable creatures and all things spooky in homes and across lawns throughout the city of Birmingham. While some settle for no decorations and some for a simple pumpkin on the front porch, there are other families who like to go the extra mile to make their homes just a bit more magical come All Hallow’s Eve. That is definitely the case for Phil and Dawn Philbin’s home in Cahaba Heights. Phil has his decorations on a timer, so once the sun begins to set, the home lights up. Not immune to the growing popularity of inflatable decorations, Phil has a dancing skeleton with a pumpkin head that inflates in the evenings. On the opposite side of the front yard, a happy-looking stuffed scarecrow sits on the Philbin’s wooden adirondack chair, resting next to a table topped with a pumpkin. “We stick to the ‘fun’ and not the ‘spooky,’” Dawn said. The white pergola covering the front porch of their home is strung with a variety of festive lights and white ghosts, soaring above a selection of pumpkins resting on the stoop alongside small statues, one a fuzzy, black cat and the other a spider hoisting a pumpkin. At night, the doorway is well lit and perfect for welcoming kids to the door to snag some candy as they are trick-or-treating. The Philbins have lived in their house for the past 21 years, Phil said, and that’s about how long ago his penchant for Halloween decor presented itself. “I started out with some little lights here and there,” he said. “Just a few things.” Over the years his collection has steadily grown, but he’s paced himself. “I try to add something new every other year, something that is different,” he said. He hasn’t made any additions this year, but he said he’s always on the lookout.

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Clockwise from above: from left, Dawn and Phil Philbin with their granddaughter, Camille. The Philbin’s witch used to crash into a tree in their front yard, but after the 2011 tornado tore through, Phil now attaches her to the chimney. A happy-looking scarecrow relaxes in the adirondack chair on the front lawn throughout the month of October. The Philbin’s Halloween decor sticks to fun rather than spooky, like this fuzzy, black cat that sits on their front porch or a spider statue carrying a pumpkin.


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HOME Dawn decorates inside the house with fun pieces like this raw cotton floral arrangement in the kitchen.

“I try to make it a spontaneous type of thing,” he said. “I’ll see something in a home decor store somewhere or maybe find it online.” To get the home ready for the holiday, Phil’s work usually begins on the first of October. He is in charge of decorating the outside of the home, and Dawn is in charge of adding fun little touches indoors. “But I do give her suggestions,” Phil admitted. Decorating the house is one of the ways Phil likes to embrace his inner child, he said. Dressing up his daughter, Meghan, and taking her trick-ortreating was something he always loved to do, and making the house look more magical was an extension of embracing the holiday

excitement. “Phil’s holiday spirit has helped carry that over to a new generation of kids now that we have a granddaughter,” Dawn said.

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The annual Halloween display isn’t just for family, but for all kids and kids at heart, like Phil. The Philbin yard is well-known to the neighbors, so much so that Dawn and Phil know which decorations are their neighbors’ favorites. When the 2011 tornadoes ran through the area, it took out the tree on which Phil used to always strap his “witch crashing into a tree.” “Some of the kids in the neighborhood would ask, ‘Where’s the witch going to hang?’” Phil said, adding that it has found a suitable home strapped to the chimney.

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or 10 to 12 kids in a group who all trick-or-treat together,” he said. “Especially on Dolly Ridge Drive, because its only one avenue in and out, so it’s really safe for most people.” Having big groups of neighborhood families out in the streets having fun together is one of the many things that makes Halloween a community-driven holiday. “We have a wonderful neighborhood and enjoy all the children that come to trick or treat,” Dawn said. “It is fun seeing all the families.” It was the same for Phil during his childhood, growing up in Nebraska. “When I was a child, I used to enjoy going out trick-or-treating on Halloween and had a great time doing it,” he said. “It was a fun time when kids could run free and not have any worries; and the parents too. You had confidence in your neighbors.” It’s that same safe community spirit that Phil said he has found on Dolly Ridge Drive. “Everybody looks out for one another, everybody acts decently towards each other and we take care of each other,” he said. Though they don’t go all-out for other holidays, decorating at the Philbin house doesn’t stop with Halloween, according to Dawn. “After Halloween, we have turkeys that go in the yard and the Grinch and Max for Christmas,” she said. For some folks, decorating big for Halloween is a chore. For Phil, it’s just plain fun, and his enjoyment is magnified when he sees his neighbors enjoying his work. “I enjoy having a good time and I enjoy sharing a good time,” Phil said. “It is what makes good times that much better.”


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Glimpsing the Future

Vestavia Hills Parents and Kids Visit Future Site of Dolly Ridge Elementary By Emily Williams Hundreds of parents and students gathered Sept. 30 at what will become Vestavia Hills Elementary Dolly Ridge for the school’s grand opening – a year early. The building now is home to Jefferson County’s Gresham Elementary School. After renovations, it will open as a Vestavia Hills elementary school in August 2019. During last month’s introductory event, parents and kids toured the school’s classrooms, fine arts spaces, cafeteria and gym and saw renderings of upcoming construction and renovation projects. Dolly Ridge Principal Ty Arendall and Assistant Principal Lorie Belski were on hand to welcome families, district staff and the school’s inaugural PTO officers. Arendall said turnout for the event was good, and 200 Dolly Ridge bumper stickers were doled out before the supply ran out. “People were especially impressed with

the large and up-to-date classrooms,” Arendall said. “Gresham was built as a middle school but it was converted to an elementary school, so it has a lot of useful common areas, features and spaces that most schools do not have.” Arendall, current Liberty Park Elementary principal, was hired as principal of the new school in January and has been splitting his time serving as principal and helping prepare the new school. When Vestavia Hills acquired the 27-acre facility, it was noted that the school had been well kept. It was completely renovated in 2008. New construction will include updating the exterior of the building, making the carpool and parking areas more efficient and building a 12-classroom addition. “I have been very energized by the planning process,” Arendall said. “Establishing a new Vestavia Hills school is very exciting. We want to ‘build it strong’ so that the good

work we do and the culture of excellence we create lasts for many, many years.” According to Arendall, the main goal now is to get everything ready for the first day kids arrive, in August. “There are many things that have to be done and many decisions that we will make before the school year begins. These things are all important – big and small,” Arendall said. “Each of the items needs to contribute to the overall mission of the school.” One of the big goals recently was to establish the school’s parent teacher organization board. PTO President Ginny Prier and Treasurer Amber Boylan have been working with a committee to establish the organization’s bylaws. “Outstanding PTO and community support will be really important through the transition and the year ahead,” Arendall said. Next on the list for Arendall is hiring the school’s staff and creating a culture with common beliefs, mission, vision and values

The building now is home to Jefferson County’s Gresham Elementary School. After renovations, it will open as a Vestavia Hills elementary school in August 2019.

for Dolly Ridge. “Obviously, because the teachers and staff all work in Vestavia Hills, we will share some common expectations and experiences. But we will also bring unique experiences and ideas from our time in different VHCS schools,” Arendall said. Though Dolly Ridge will be part of the Vestavia Hills school system, it’s important to create a unique school culture, he said. “With such an incredible community behind it, it has amazing potential and can truly be anything we are willing to make it to be,” he said.

Front, from left: Abbi Pearman, Nicole Kennedy, Meredith Colabrese, Sophia Skellie, Bella Daviston, Amelia Daviston and Celia Simpson. Back: Kate Wilkinson, Haley Stallworth, Madi Ellis, Anna Self, Ashlee Frier, Audrey Colabrese and Erin Williams.

Bake Sale for a Cure Hits $5,000 in Contributions to OHOH

The Baking Up a Cure bake sale to benefit Open Hands Overflowing Hearts raised $1,487 this year, bringing the total contribution for the sale’s five-year history to more than $5,000. The sale was started by a group of eighth-graders at Simmons Middle School in Hoover who heard about Kayla Perry Funk, OHOH founder. Funk was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 18 and founded OHOH a year later to raise money for childhood cancer research.   Inspired by the organization’s motto, “What will you do?” and “100 days, 100 ways,” the group of girls started a bake sale, inviting friends from other schools and churches to join their efforts.   Now as high school seniors, the

group has brought in a junior bake team to continue the annual bake sale and hope to plan similar sales after they go to college.

ADHD Workshop in Mountain Brook Wraps Up

Dr. Dale Wisely, director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church and School in Hoover, will present the third part of his ADHD workshop series for parents Oct. 24 at the Mountain Brook Board of Education building, at 32 Vine St. The workshop is co-hosted by All In Mountain Brook, and sessions run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Attendance is free. “There is nothing more important to a child with ADHD than to have adults in their lives who understand the disorder,” Wisely said. “It is as important as any form of treatment. When adults understand the disorder, the quality of the ADHD

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child’s life can improve dramatically. Helping us understanding this complex disorder is the goal of this series. The third session is about “ADHD: Making Things Better at Home and School.” The second in the series, on Oct. 17, covered treatments and interventions. Though the workshop is designed for parents who want a deeper understanding of the disorder, it also has been attended by educators, pediatricians, nurses and social workers.

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Front, from left: Isabella Berry, Anna Grace Fuller, Georgia Thornton and Jagger Baguer. Back: Grace Kingrey, Maggie Von Hagel, Luke Parmer, Kate Tanner, Charles Farr and Mary Turkiewicz.

Ten seventh-grade students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program this year. The students, who scored in the 95th percentile or above on a national grade-level assessment, have access to extra educational and enrichment resources through the program, including online courses and residential summer learning opportunities. The OLS students who qualified are Isabella Berry, Anna Grace Fuller, Georgia Thornton, Jagger Baguer, Grace Kingrey, Maggie Von Hagel, Luke Parmer, Kate Tanner, Charles Farr and Mary Turkiewicz.

press release from the Department of Education. “It’s pure joy to know that this school has achieved at such a high level,” LPMS Principal Tonya Rozell said. “I’m proud of our students who are taking advantage of all the resources and teaching available to them, and I’m proud of our faculty and staff who are on the front line of meeting their academic, emotional and social needs. “I’m grateful for the partnerships and shared vision of excellence that Liberty Park Middle School has with district administration, parents and community. It’s truly an honor to be named alongside other schools around the nation as a 2018 Exemplary High Performing

LPMS Recognized as National Blue Ribbon School Liberty Park Middle School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. LPMS was one of 349 schools nationwide and only five schools in Alabama that were chosen to receive the award, according to a

School.” The award, announced Oct. 1, recognizes schools that meet rigorous criteria. LPMS’ win places it among the top 15 percent of schools in the state. “The National Blue Ribbon Award is an acknowledgement of exemplary work by everyone at Liberty Park Middle School. It continues a tradition of excellence in Vestavia Hills City schools. We congratulate the entire LPMS staff for this accolade,” Vestavia Hills Superintendent Todd Freeman said. LPMS administrators will receive a plaque and flag during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.

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Buc Bama Bound

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Reichard Gives Hoover a Kicker Par Excellence also gives me a chance to be around a lot of my friends who play football.”

Keeping It Simple

Reichard follows a fairly simple routine when he trots out onto the field for a field goal or extra point. He walks up to the line, gets the holder to mark the spot, gets a line on his target, takes a deep breath, waits for the snap and then kicks. “It’s not too complicated,” Reichard said. “I keep it simple so it will be easy to replicate.” And if he misses, he doesn’t overact. “I just move on to the next kick,” he said. This fall, Reichard has made five out of seven field goal attempts. One of the misses was a block. He also booted a career-long 54-yarder against Oak Mountain on Sept. 21. “It was pretty awesome,” he said. “I ran out as time was about to expire at the end of the first half and kicked it. It’s something I’ll always remember. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to kick another one that long this season. Since time was expiring, I got to celebrate it with my teammates as we headed to the locker room.” Reichard also punts, but he prefers placekicking. “I’ve always been better at placekicking and you have a chance to score some points,” he said. “But I’ll do whatever the team needs me to do to win.” His favorite kicker is Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens. “He makes clutch kicks look easy,” Reichard said.

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Several years ago, James Wilhoit was watching a video on Instagram when young kicker Will Reichard caught his eye. “I thought he was the best ball striker for a boy that age I’d ever seen,” Wilhoit said. “I contacted him and told him that he’s got talent and I would like to work with him.” Reichard was in the sixth grade at the time and made the trip to Nashville to work with Wilhoit, a former University of Tennessee kicker who conducts kicking camps and lessons in middle Tennessee, using Brentwood Academy facilities. Wilhoit’s first impression of Reichard has proven enduring. Now a senior at Hoover High School, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Reichard is regarded as the No. 1 kicking prospect in the nation. He has verbally committed to Alabama. “He’s incredible,” Wilhoit said. “Alabama is getting one of the most consistent kickers I’ve ever coached. I’ve had kickers at Tennessee and Ole Miss. I’ve had 40 to 50 (NCAA) Division I kickers I’ve worked with, and he’s one of the best.” Reichard started kicking when he was in the third grade, a year after he had been a wide receiver. “I had played soccer all my life, so when I started kicking, it was natural to me,” Reichard said. “I got some training and I’ve been kicking ever since.” Reichard continued to play soccer too, but once he reached the eighth grade, he decided to concentrate on football. “I saw I might have the chance to kick in college,” he said. Plus, he enjoys being in the spotlight. “I kind of like all eyes being on me and I have to go out and do my routine and perform,” he said. “It comes with a lot of pressure, but it’s also something I’m good at. It

This fall, Hoover’s Will Reichard has made five out of seven field goal attempts. One of the misses was a block. He also booted a career-long 54-yarder against Oak Mountain on Sept. 21.

Reichard hasn’t made any game-winning kicks for the Bucs because Hoover is usually well ahead in most of its games. “My last game-winning kick was in the third or fourth grade,” he said. “But I’ll be ready if I get the chance.” Reichard hopes to make a plethora of clutch kicks for the Crimson Tide, which hasn’t had an elite kicker for some time. He also had offers from Georgia, LSU,

Oklahoma and Oregon, but he chose Alabama. “It’s close to home, and I love the special teams coach (Jeff Banks) and coach (Nick) Saban, and I wanted to be a part of the greatest dynasty in college football,” Reichard said. “For sure, it’s a big opportunity for me to go in and play early. That’s one of the reasons I chose Alabama. I know there will be competition, but it’s something I look forward to.” Wilhoit believes Reichard will thrive at Alabama. “Alabama is getting a different kind of kicker than they have gotten in recent years,” Wilhoit said. “He’s mature – wise beyond his years and not your average teenager – and a consistent ball striker. There’s a reason he’s the No. 1 kicker in the country. He has a combination of leg strength and consistency. He doesn’t have a lot of bad days, although he might miss a kick every now and then. “Once he gets down there and shows them what he can do, the fans are going to love him.” Meanwhile, Reichard is trying to help the Bucs repeat as Class 7A champions. Hoover (5-2) is in a three-way tie for second place in Region 3. The team has a 4-1 region record after beating crosstown rival Spain Park 32-7 last Friday. Reichard kicked a 41-yard field goal in the game. This week, the Bucs visit archrival Vestavia Hills, which is 4-3 overall with a 2-3 record in the region, in another region matchup. Next week, Hoover closes region play with a home game against unbeaten Mountain Brook, which is in first place in the region. “We pretty much look at every game as a must win,” Reichard said. “These games will help us with playoff positioning, but we’re taking them one game at a time.”

Juniors Lead Mountain Brook’s Volleyball Team Into Postseason Play Mountain Brook volleyball began the 2018 season with no seniors, heavily reliant on its junior class for success. Now the team is headed into the postseason ranked second in the state behind the strength of that big junior class. “Our team is working really well together,” said coach Vickie Nichols. “Everyone has been stepping up and doing their job. We have a lot of depth in our bench, which has been really good. If someone is having a bad day, someone else can step up. I have a lot of talented girls. It’s been fun to watch them play, to watch them

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Mountain Brook volleyball coach Vickie Nichols with Liz Vandevelde.

grow and to watch them get better.” Grace Carr, Ann Vandevelde and Ellie Dayhuff are the captains on this squad. Carr has 94 kills,

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Vandevelde has 196 assists and Dayhuff has 37 kills. It’s been enough to place the Spartans in a solid position to give the state favorite, McGill-Toolen, a run in the postseason. “Ellie has done a great job in the middle for us,” said Nichols. “They’ve helped a lot with our younger players, keeping them encouraged. They’ve pushed them to play harder, and they have. They’ve stepped up.” Dayhuff also has 12 blocks and 4 digs. Carr also has 10 aces, 6 blocks and 62 digs. Vandevelde also has 10 aces, 7 kills, 2 blocks and 55 digs. Mary Catherine

Mountain Brook’s Ellie Dayhuff has 12 blocks and 4 digs.

Fowlkes has added 38 kills and five blocks, while Liz Vandevelde has one ace, 79 digs and 8 assists and Evelyn King has five aces and 82 digs.

The Showdowns

Mountain Brook will host the area tournament after sealing the top spot with a victory over John Carroll to end the regular season. The Spartans lost just one area match, to Spain Park. “They bounced back from that one loss and took care of business,” said Nichols. “They did what we needed to do.” The top two teams at the area

tournament will advance to the superregional at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville later this month. That takes place Oct. 25-27, with the state tournament following Oct. 31-Nov. 1. “The biggest deal for us right now is to stay consistent and play together,” Nichols said. “We’ve done a good job of being resilient and being able to bounce back when we aren’t doing so well. When we have found ourselves in a hole, we’ve done a good job of climbing out. But we need to be more consistent so that we don’t find ourselves in holes to begin with.


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Week 8


Scoreboard CLASS 7A

Hoover 32, Spain Park 7 Mtn. Brook 20, Hewitt-Truss.17 Thompson 21, Vestavia Hills 20 Tuscaloosa County 10, Oak Mtn. 7 CLASS 6A

Homewood 34, Chelsea 7 CLASS 5A

Briarwood Christian 41, Parker 7 Pleasant Grove 42, John Carroll Catholic 0

Schedule - Oct. 19 Journal photos by Lee Walls Jr.


Hoover @ Vestavia Hills Thompson @ .Mountain Brook Spain Park @ Oak Mtn. (HC) CLASS 6A

Homewood @ Carver CLASS 5A

Hamp Greene celebrates as No. 7 Mountain Brook upsets No. 2 HewittTrussville Friday night in Trussville. More photos at

By Blake Ells Mountain Brook defeated second ranked Hewitt-Trussville on the road Oct. 12 to remain undefeated and take over first place in 7A, Region 3. It was the first game of a stretch that also includes Thompson and Hoover. “I’ve been coaching for 36 years,” said head coach Chris Yeager. “I’ve been a part of national and state championships. In 2011, we beat Hoover for the region championship, but this one, to me, it moves to the very top to me. “This restores a lot of faith in people about what high school football is all about. The fastest doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest doesn’t always win the battle. We were very honest with our kids going into the game. Football is a game of mass times acceleration. You can measure mass with a scale and acceleration with a watch. They

were bigger than we are. They were stronger than we are. They were faster than we are. But the thing you can’t measure is you can’t measure the engine that drives all of that, which is the heart.” The Spartans rushed for 301 total yards, including 128 from A.J. Gates. Gates had an 80-yard touchdown run near the end of the first half that propelled the Spartans to the win. “Everyone doubted us at the beginning, saying we weren’t going to beat anyone and that we were going to have a bad season,” Gates said. “Our team pushed each other so hard, and coach Yeager always told us to play for the person that’s next to you. Not for yourself. That’s what we’re doing. We’re playing for each other and giving our all and getting the outcome we want that no one expected from us.” The “toughest region in high school football” had long been

Mountain Brook’s Sam Higgins finds an opening behind the blocking of Beau Hubbard (60) and Hayden McDonald (63). The Spartan’s rushed for over 300 yards against the Huskies.

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written off as a three team race between Hewitt-Trussville, Thompson and Hoover. But Mountain Brook had other plans, and before heading into games against the latter two, they sat alone at the top. “In that first poll, we weren’t even in the top ten,” said Yeager. “We weren’t even mentioned. We weren’t even among the ‘best of the rest.’ I understand why. There are guys that have a bunch of stars beside their names and guys that have a bunch of scholarship offers. I get it. The most fulfilling thing to me is that doesn’t always tell the whole story.” Now, the Spartans will host

Thompson and Alabama commitment Taulia Tagovailoa. “We’re facing probably the best passing quarterback in the state,” Yeager said. “We’ll march on. Being in the driver’s seat can last a very, very short amount of time. We’re going to get to check our maturity level.”

Clark Griffin had a big interception for the Spartans late in the first half in the game against HewittTrussville. With 1:34 remaining in the first half and the Huskies trailing 10-7, he nabbed a Paul Tyson pass in the end zone that set up the

80-yard Gates score. That changed the direction. Sophomore quarterback Strother Gibbs added 83 yards rushing on 17 carries in the win. Gibbs has made a huge impact this season at a young age. “I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone play with as much composure as he has,” said Yeager. “He has a very mature demeanor. Nothing rattles him. When he has a bad play, he may be the best I’ve seen at moving forward.” There’s a lot left ahead, and Yeager and his players know what they face, “We have to keep up the good work and not give up on each other and keep playing for the guy next to us,” said Gates. “We need to go harder every day and not take plays off and have fun with the game and enjoy it and keep winning.” The Spartans are in the playoffs. Much of how their 2018 story is written will be determined when they host Thompson and travel to Hoover in the next week. This

Memorial Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Magic Moments

fee includes everything needed for the day, such as beverages on the course, breakfast and a barbecue lunch. Golfers can register for a morning tee time that begins at 8 a.m., or there is an afternoon tee time that begins at 1 p.m. In addition to the golf tournament, there will be a pre-party at Cahaba Brewery on Oct. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets to the event are $50 for nongolfers and $25 for golfers. This price includes catering by Taco Mama, drinks, live music, door prizes and a silent auction. The auction will feature donated items from local businesses and artists, gift cards to

local restaurants, Southwest tickets and more. Every dollar raised from the event goes to Magic Moments, an organization that aims to grant the wishes of children with lifethreatening diseases. “He just had this joy for life,” Headley said. “So we thought we could give back to a local charity that supported kids. And what made it such a perfect match was that Magic Moments not only supports kids, but they’re trying to bring joy back into their lives.” To buy tickets or register to play, call Magic Moments at 638-9063 or email

Mountain Brook’s AJ Gates, left, celebrates an 80-yard first half touchdown run with Blake Roth (17) and Pierce Rodrigues (10) in the Spartan’s Region 3 win over Hewitt-Trussville.

The fourth annual Hunter Collier Memorial Classic will take place at Hoover Country Club on Oct. 29. Collier, a Briarwood graduate, passed away in 2014 after a hunting accident. His family organizes this golf tournament each year in his honor. “He loved golfing with my dad,” said Collier’s sister, Jenny Headley. Registering a team of four golfers is $420, and an individual golfer ticket is $110. The golfer’s entry

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Juniors lead Mountain Brook volleyball team into postseason play. PAGE 30

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Bama Bound Reichard gives Hoover a kicker par excellence. PAGE 30

Mountain Brook’s Gavin Lee (90), Edward Cain (6), Baynes Autry (23), Colton Yeager (45) and Grant Griffin (24), celebrate a big stop in the Spartan’s 20-17 win over Hewitt-Trussville Friday night. With the win Mountain Brook stands alone atop Class 7A, Region 3. See story page 31. More photos at

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