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ready to welcome family and friends to our homes for holiday parties. But before you go into full stress mode, we’re giving you what we hope will be two helpful hostess gifts. One is our story about Bromberg’s Holiday Traditions lunch-and-learn event, with clever and easy tips from two experts not only for festive tables, but for party prep, too. And we talked with Mountain Brook resident Leslie Register about her new book, “Leslie’s Party Diaries,” which has creative ideas and recipes for celebrations not just during the holidays, but all year ‘round.

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How to Have Happier Holidays

A Personalized Party Planner

Experts Capucine Gooding and Annette Joseph Share Smart Tips for Entertaining at Bromberg’s Event

Leslie Register’s First Book Has Recipes, Tips – and Memories

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communit y night out Vestavia Hills honors fallen officers. life Page 14

no ifs ands or butt s Mountain Brook joins OTM cities cracking down on smoking. news Page 16

bl azer boos ter New college alumni board president sets out to get alums excited about UAB again. life Page 10

fashion Winter fashion forecast. Firefighters on film. Page 29

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UAB Breast Health Center Ranks Among the Best

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital has received a 2016 Women’s Choice Award recognizing it as having among the best breast health centers in the country based on clinical excellence and female patient satisfaction. “This is a wonderful honor that has been bestowed upon us, especially since it comes from women in our community and across the nation who have rated us based on the exceptional patient care and treatment they have received,” Dr. Helen Krontiras, surgical oncologist and co-director of the UAB Breast Health Center, said in a press release. Recipients of the Women’s Choice Awards had to meet standards set by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers from the American College of Surgeons, and they must carry the seal from the American College of Radiologists as a Breast Imaging Center for Excellence. Recipients of the Women’s In addition, breast centers affiliated with Choice Awards had to meet standards set by the hospitals had to receive a rating in the top 75 percent for the Centers for Medicare and National Accreditation Medicaid Services’ patient recommendation Program for Breast Centers from the American College measures, and non-affiliated centers had to of Surgeons, and they meet equivalent standards. must carry the seal from “By letting women know which breast the American College of centers in their area are among America’s Radiologists as a Breast best, we are able to reduce their risk by help- Imaging Center for ing them make smarter health care choices,” Excellence. said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award and a 13-year survivor. UAB’s Breast Health Center is part of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. After diagnosis, a patient is given a specialized medical team that includes a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and surgical oncologist to determine the best path for treatments. “We know now that breast cancer is not a one-size-fits-all disease,” Krontiras said. “A multidisciplinary approach is key to assuring the appropriate plan is implemented for each individual patient.” ❖

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the line, it was decided that only two didn’t want fries. I wanted somechoices would be presented to the thing else. For years, decades general public: fries and onion rings. even, burgers have automatiBut, I have tried them both, many, cally come with fries. I appreciate many times, and have come to the the tradition, but I am not a burger conclusion that neither one of them person. I’m a fish sandwich kind of works for me. At this point in hisgal. Now, I know that puts me in the tory, they’re not what I need to be a minority, and I have accepted that healthy, self-respecting individual. the burger contingency will be more What did I want? Well, after carevisible and vocal, but I think there’s ful consideration of how each of the room for all of us at the table. alternate options would affect my When I told the waitress I didn’t future, I wanted a salad, you know, want fries, she sighed, “Well, you something fresh and crisp, something could have onion rings.” To me, that would make a positive impact on onion rings are a food that pretends me going forward. It didn’t have to to be a fancy step up from fries, but Sue Murphy be a fancy salad, not something that isn’t. Yes, onion rings start with a included super-foods or some fardifferent vegetable, and they go ‘round and ‘round, but in the end, Well, after careful con- flung vinaigrette. All I wanted was mixture of lettuces, a couple of they wind up in the same place as sideration of how each acucumber slices, a few tomatoes, the fries – in a deep vat of oil. A of the alternate options things I could understand, things lot of people like this, but not me, at least not this time around. would affect my future, with proven nutritional track records. Oh yes, and I wanted When I said I didn’t want I wanted a salad, you everything to be grown in the U.S. onion rings either, the waitress know, something fresh What could be more patriotic than shrugged. “Those are your two that? If the restaurant branched choices.” and crisp, something out and added a side-salad choice I want more choices. Even that would make a to the menu, they’d end up with though they’re called French positive impact on me something strong on vitamins fries, fries have been embraced and fiber, something healthy and as a flag-waving, All-American going forward. reliable, something one would be side and onion rings are right up proud to put out at a state dinner. there with them, but I don’t think I’d be willing to pay for these it makes me unpatriotic to ask for extra options. Heck, I’d be willing to pay for them to other options. If I have looked over the choices on be offered to everyone, even if it required adding an the menu and neither of them appeals to me, I’d like extra box or two to the menu. I mean, it’s only paper. to be able to write in something else.  So that’s my platform: I stand staunchly on the It does not seem fair that the fries and onion rings side of offering people multiple healthy choices. I people get a voice and I do not. I’m sure there was may not get my way, but if I don’t at least speak up, a process involved in determining what would be I’ll have no one to blame but myself.        printed on the menu. The powers-that-be might even Watch me, my friends. When it’s my turn to vote, have offered multiple choices early on – coleslaw I’m writing in “salad.” ❖ and beans and potato salad – but somewhere along


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Storybook 5k and Fun Run Vestavia Hills City Hall The inaugural event, Sat., Oct. 29, benefitting the library’s Children’s Department, will be held from

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“Crossing the Horizon” Book Signing Southern Museum of Flight The museum will host a signing of Laurie Notaro’s book “Crossing the Horizon” at 6 p.m. The book introduces three female pilots who attempted transatlantic journeys before Amelia Earhart. The families of pilot Ruth Elder and her instructor George Haldeman will be present at the signing. For more information, visit Homewood

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Samford String Quartet Samford University The Wright Center will host a free send-off concert from 7:30-9 p.m., prior to the group’s Carnegie Hall performance Oct. 24. For more information visit

Oct. 19-23

8-11:30 a.m. and include live music, food trucks and storybook character appearances before and after the run. Registration for the 5k is $30 and the fun run is $20. For more information, visit vestaviahills. org. ❖

Oct. 21-22 HOMEWOOD

Mystery Dinner Theatre: Design for Murder by Geroge Batson Homewood Public Library Large Auditorium South City Theatre presents “Design for Murder,” a whodunit written by George Batson on Fri. and Sat. with a buffet at 6:30 and a show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit

Sat., Oct. 22 HOOVER

Flavor Run 5k Birmingham Hoover Met Stadium This fruit-flavored color powder 5k run will be from 10-11 a.m. Tickets are $60 and include a flavor shirt, race bib, temporary tattoo, flavor packet and finisher’s medal. For more information, visit html.

Oct. 22-23


“You Can’t Take It With You” UAB Alys Stephens Center Theatre UAB will perform this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy at 2 p.m. Tickets begin at $12. For more information, visit

Sleeping Beauty Samford University The Samford Theatre for Youth will host this production in the Harrison Theatre. Tickets begin at $10. For more information, visit

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Vulcan Aftertunes Vulcan Park and Museum The museum’s Vulcan Aftertunes series will feature Amanda Shires and Jesse Payne. Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets begin at $8. For more informtaion go to birmingham

David Sedaris UAB Alys Stephens Center The NPR humorist and best-selling author will speak beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $48. For more information, visit

Tues., Oct. 25 Homewood

Alabama Symphony Orchestra Brock Recital Hall Samford University The Five Senses: A Tango Celebration with Raul Jaurena. Program to include Raul Jaurena’s The Five Senses Suite, and other works for bandoneon and string quartet. For more information visit


Fall Plant Sale Birmingham Botanical Gardens The Birmingham Botanical Gardens will host its annual autumn plant sale in Blount Plaza on Sat. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. from noon-4 p.m. Plants available for purchase include herbs, sustainable trees, fall annuals, shrubs, natives, perennials and more. For more information, visit

Sun., Oct. 23

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p.m. The event features local food, screenings and a panel of experts who will conduct discussion sessions. Tickets begin at $20 for ARA members. For more information, visit alabamarivers. org.


Wild and Scenic Film Festival RMTC Cabaret Theatre Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council present the ninth annual film festival from 2-6

Homewood Chamber Golf Classic Robert Trent Jones-Oxmoor Valley The Chamber’s annual Golf Classic will be held on the Valley course with proceeds benefitting the organization’s programs, community efforts and scholarships. For more information, visit

Fri., Oct. 28 BIRMINGHAM

Mid-Day Music Cathedral of the Advent Beginning at 12:30 p.m., a free, 30-minute recital will be held in the Clingman Commons. Judson College’s Assistant Professor of Music Sadie Goodman will sing, accompanied by Beth McGinnis on the piano. For more information visit


Dirt Dash 5k Fun Run/Walk Birmingham Botanical Gardens The gardens will host its annual 5k, fun run and family walk. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Tickets are $15 for ages 7-17, $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Entrance to parking lot will close at 7:55 a.m. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

50th Anniversary Gala Southern Museum of Flight The museum will host a 50th anniversary celebration beginning at 6 p.m. and benefitting the museum’s educational programs. For more information, visit


Close Encounters of the Storytelling Kind Red Mountain Theatre Dolores Hydock will present a storytelling program in the Cabaret Theatre. For more information visit

Nov. 3-5 HOOVER

TumTum Tree Wine Auction Regions Field The TumTum Tree Foundation, which supports children’s charities in Alabama, will hold its 27th annual Charity Wine Auction weekend. The event will begin Nov. 3 with a wine tasting at 6 p.m. at Regions Field, $75 per person, followed by private winemaker dinners, $150 per person. A Paulée-style dinner and live auction will be held at The Club Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., $200 per person, and the weekend will conclude with a tailgate party in Auburn, Alabama, at the Auburn vs. Vanderbilt football game Nov. 5, $100 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

event will include a tiny house open for display. Tickets begin at $5 in advance and $25 for the beer tasting. Guests are asked to park at the Hoover Met parking lots where a shuttle service will provide transportation to the Preserve. For more information, visit ❖

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Little Black Dress Luncheon & Fashion Show, Wed., Nov. 2 Private Club in Vestavia Hills Assistance League of Birmingham will host the annual luncheon from 11-1 p.m. and will also honor past presidents while celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary. Tickets are $45 and proceeds will benefit the league’s various community service programs. For more information, visit ❖

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Twelfth Night Virginia Samford Theatre The theatre will host performances of this Shakespearean classic in the Martha Moore Sykes Studio Theatre. This rollicking new production, set at the end of Disco and the beginning of New Wave, stars some of Birmingham’s finest actors and musicians. Tickets are $25. For more information visit

Nov. 5-6 HOOVER

Moss Rock Festival The Preserve A free, eco-creative festival will be held Sat. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The 11th annual event will feature 100 exhibiting artists, artisans and makers. Festivities include music, food, special exhibitions, guided hikes, kids activities, workshops, a rock climbing wall, a Beer Garden craft beer tasting and more. This year’s

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M-Powering and Educating Local Ministry Boosting Awareness Through Tasty Fundraiser

By Emily Williams At the beginning of the year, Dalton Smith of Vestavia Hills took on the executive director position at M-Power Ministries, a non-profit organization that he knew very little about before he pursued the position. But soon he was a true convert to the mission of the organization, which provides GED and career readiness courses in addition to distributing free medications for chronic illnesses. To spread the word about M-Power, the organization is hosting a tasting event, Taste of the Magic City, Oct. 27 at MAKEbhm in Avondale. Smith, who described himself as a “recovering lawyer,” has worked in jobs across the spectrum in the worlds of profit, non-profit and government – from being partner at the advertising firm Scout Branding to heading up the merger that created the Birmingham Business Alliance. His new position as executive director of M-Power Ministries is a whole new world, he said. “This is a non-profit that is very hands on,” Smith said. “We are changing people’s lives daily. It’s tangible. It’s a change that you can see.” In his first few months, Smith was just “getting his feet wet,” trying to understand the inner workings of an organization that he had hardly heard about before he was hired. He said he

found M-Power to be Birmingham’s best-kept secret in terms of non-profit organizations. Out of its building in Avondale, the ministry provides GED and career readiness courses in addition to offering a free health care clinic. It has a small staff that is supported by a large

‘We serve around 40,000 people, which is a huge number for it to be so quiet in the community. So, we’re hosting this event to tell the story and spread the word.’ Dalton Smith, M-Power Ministries

group of volunteer teachers, most of them retired, as well as physicians and nurses. The clinic doesn’t just see patients; it hands out free medicine for people with treatable illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. Unlike other non-profit literacy programs, Smith said, M-Power’s closed enrollment keeps student-to-tutor ratios low and allows each program participant the opportunity to follow a curriculum designed to suit his or her specific needs. “There is also an aspect of accountability,” he said. “If they don’t show up

and they don’t put in the work, then we can’t work with them. “Our program works,” he said. “It works because the people who come here truly want to learn and want to break that cycle of poverty, and it works because the people who volunteer make sure that they connect with their students.” Smith recounted several success stories, including one about a young woman who went through the courses with flying colors and found that she had a knack for graphing and design, leading to a career in architecture. “A lot of the people who come here to learn have a natural talent that they missed out on,” Smith said. “For one reason or another, their school system overlooked them or told them they weren’t good enough, so we’re here to give them a second chance.” Smith said he hopes the new fundraising event is just the beginning for the organization’s continued success. The funds raised during Taste of the Magic City will help M-Power work toward expanding its coverage by opening courses to more community members looking to break out of the cycle of poverty. The event will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and will feature culinary tastings from local restaurants and catering companies, musicians and more. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit ❖



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Thurs., Oct. 20 Wig and Stache Bash The Florentine Preshcool Partners will host its inaugural Wig and Stache Bash from 6-8:30 p.m. The event will feature a silent auction, live music, cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. In honor of October and Halloween, guests are encouraged to wear wigs, mustaches and other arrays of disguises. Individual tickets are $65 or $120 per couple. For more information, visit


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You never know who you may run into at the Mystics of Mountain Brook Halloween Parade in Crestline Village on Oct. 31. The library will host its annual fairy tale-themed family event, with volunteers from the Teen Advisory Board donning popular fairytale character costumes from children’s books and movies. Children are encouraged to dress up and activities include crafts, games, snacks, face painting, balloon animals and more. A singalong movie will be shown on the lawn at the end of the evening.

Sat., Oct. 22 BIRMINGHAM

Trick or Trot 5k Sloss Furnaces The fourth annual costume 5k run will begin at 7 a.m., benefitting Kid One Transport. The event will include a bloody mary bar for adults and postrace music and kids activities. Costume contest awards will be given for a variety

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Heritage Festival Jefferson Christian Academy The Academy will host a free festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring a silent auction, carnival rides, inflatables, music, arts vendors, booths, pony rides, games and more. For more information, contact Bill Brown at bbrown@jcaweb. net or call 956-9111. Photo by Beth Hontzas

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Creepy Crawly Spiders of Alabama Aldridge Gardens Dr. Drew Hataway from the biology department at Samford University will bring some interesting arachnids and discuss his experience with spiders. This event is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and ends with a search for harmless wolf spiders in the gardens. Tickets begin at $12 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit aldridgegardens. com.

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The church presents its fall carnival from 5-8 p.m., featuring candy, games, inflatables, live music and food trucks. This event is free but does not include the price of food. For more information, visit VESTAVIA HILLS

Fall Festival Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church Fall Festival Area residents are invited to enjoy trunk-or-treating, inflatables, crafts, games, cotton candy and other treats. A hot dog and chili dinner will be provided by the church’s Men’s Club. For more information, visit

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....Everyone deserves a chance to ride a bike! Wicked fun when Homewood Witches take to the streets on Oct. 30. Event proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and its efforts to find a cure for lung cancer. Hollywood Pools “Eat, drink and be scary” is the theme for Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s annual fundraiser. The event will showcase tastings from local restaurants and businesses beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and guests must be ages 21 and over. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s scholarship and capital funds. For more information, visit

Fri., Oct. 28 HOMEWOOD

Cirque de la Symphonie Spootacular Samford University The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform a themed SuperPOPs conducted by Chris Confessore from 7-9 p.m. in the Wright Center. Tickets range from $10 to $60. For more information, visit HOOVER

Once Upon a Pumpkin Hoover Public Library The library will present its annual Halloween party at 7 p.m. Festivities include Cinderella’s Ball, a Jack’s beanstalk climb and feast on Hansel and Gretel’s house. This event is for all ages and costumes are welcome. For more information, visit


Spooctacular Weekend Library in the Forest The weekend of activities will begin Fri. at 6:30 p.m. with a Halloween storytelling event, complete with themed snacks. spooky stories, creepy crawly snacks and more all around the library. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Sat., the junior board will host its inaugural Storybook 5k and fun run. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook characters. Guests must register by Oct. 20 at For more information, visit

Sat., Oct. 29 HOMEWOOD

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Hoover Hayride & Family Night Veterans Park on Valleydale The free family-friendly event will be held from 5-8 p.m., featuring hayrides around the park, candy, food vendors, balloon artists, face painting and giveaways. For more information, visit VESTAVIA HILLS

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Boo 21 B&A Warehouse The annual Halloween party will begin at 8 p.m. and features music by the M-80’s and DJ Mark AD, Scaryoke karaoke and a horror movie lounge. A costume contest will feature more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. The event is for ages 21 and up and tickets are $25. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Alabama. For more information, visit

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Howls and Growls Iron City The Greater Birmingham Humane VESTAVIA HILLS Society will host its second annual Fall Festival event from 7-11 p.m. Music This is your ad proof for the Oct. 20, 2016 OTMJ Please contact your sales representative as soon as possible to approve yourHalloween ad Liberty Park Baptist Church or make changes. You may fax approval or changes to 824-1246. will be provided by the Molly Ringwalds The church’s fall festival will be and a costume contest will feature a held from 5:30-8 p.m. and include Please make sure all information is correct, including address and phone number! variety of prizes. Tickets begin at $50 inflatables, face painting and other and benefits the Auburn University children’s games. Admission is one bag Shelter Medicine Program. For more Please initial and fax back within 24ofhours. candy per family. Bring cash for food information, visit If we have not heard from you by 5 pm of the friday before the press date, your ad will run as is. and drinks. For more information, visit Thank you for your prompt attention. BIRMINGHAM

Eat, drink and be scary at Viva Vestavia on Thurs., Oct 27. The event will showcase tastings from local restaurants.

Inspiring a Change

Sarah Katherine “Suki” Bateh is the inspiration for The Suki Foundation, which raises awareness and research funds for Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.

Sun., Oct. 30 HOMEWOOD

Homewood Witches Ride Homewood Central Park The fourth annual Homewood Witches Ride will begin at 4:30 with the two-mile parade-style bike ride beginning at 5:45. The witches will throw candy for children at various marked “candy zones” and the event will include food trucks and a DJ. Registration to participate in the bike ride is $25 and event proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and its efforts to find a cure for lung cancer. For more information, visit homewoodwitchesride. org.


Fall Festival St. Mark’s United Methodist Church This free fall festival will be from 4-6 p.m. and include classic carnival games, hayrides, inflatables and trunkor-treating. A hot dog dinner will be

host its fifth annual Raise the Roof for Rett event at Haven on Oct. 28 from 6-10 p.m. According to statistics from Children’s of Alabama, Rett affects one in 10,000 girls worldwide, including Bateh, who was diagnosed at age two. The developmental disorder causes loss provided. For more information, visit HOOVER

Mountaintop Community Church Punk-Your-Trunk The Grove The Church will host their annual Punk-Your-Trunk from 4-7 p.m. and include games carnival rides and trunkor-treating. For more information, visit

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Hoover Girl Promotes Awareness for Neurological Disorder Sarah Katherine “Suki” Bateh is proving that making a difference doesn’t have an age limit. The 7-year-old Hoover girl is the inspiration for The Suki Foundation, which raises awareness and research funds for Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. The organization will

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of communication and motor skills, reduced growth and abnormal breathing. The genetic mutation that causes the disorder was found recently, and specialists have dubbed the genetic link a “Rosetta Stone” that could help unlock new treatments – and even cures – for similar disorders such as autism, schizo-

phrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to the foundation’s web site. The foundation provides funds for research at UAB and the Rett clinic at Children’s of Alabama, one of the few Rett clinics in the Southeast. The foundation has raised $350,000 of its $500,000 goal for the year so far. The event will include a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions and music. Tickets are $65 per person. For more information, visit

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Mystics of Mountain Brook Halloween Parade Crestline Village The Mystics of Mountain Brook will host its 13th annual Halloween parade at 4 p.m. The Mardi-Gras-style parade will feature floats tossing t-shirts, beads, stuffed animals, footballs and more. The parade route will begin at Emmet O’Neal Library and will end on Vine Street. For more information, visit ❖

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New College Alumni Board President Sets out to Get Alums Excited About UAB Again By Julie Keith Wes Calhoun knows that when it comes to UAB, seeing is believing. “I think a lot of people haven’t experienced or seen the growth that I’ve seen in the past two months as I’ve taken campus tours. I’m like ‘Wow, this is all here?’ People have their blinders on and they’re going through their day to day and they haven’t had a chance to look at what UAB is doing,” Calhoun said. “So one of the things I’m looking forward to as part of our new board is getting people to campus and excited about what’s going on here.” As a 1986 criminal justice graduate and longtime Birmingham businessman, Calhoun has the perspective, the connections and the enthusiasm to champion the College of Arts and Sciences. He purposely chose UAB despite longstanding family connections to the University of Alabama, at a time when many of his friends were heading to Tuscaloosa, Auburn or out of state. “My father wanted me to go to UA, but I didn’t want to go to Tuscaloosa,” he said. “I grew up going down there to homecoming and football games my whole life, but I wanted to stay here in Birmingham. I took a few classes at Alabama one summer and I made good grades, but I wanted to come home. I never really felt like I was missing anything by not going away to school.” Part of UAB’s appeal for Calhoun was that it offered a flexible class schedule that accommodated his heavy workload. His grandfather started Calhoun’s Shoes in Homewood in 1950, which, by the time Calhoun graduated from high school, had grown to seven retail locations under his father’s leadership. He was able to work days or

nights, depending on when his classes were available. But he said it wasn’t easy. “It was tough because I was working more than 40 hours a week, and I was in school taking three classes, sometimes four classes at a time. So it took me five and a half years to graduate,” he said. By then, he said, he was ready to finish school, and he followed good friends through the criminal law program, a part of the Department of Justice Sciences in the earlymid 1980s. “Many of my friends were going to go to law school, they were all criminal law majors,” he said. “I rode their coattails through that program and I actually got my degree in criminal justice with a minor in studio art. My father didn’t want me to get a Bachelor of Arts degree; he said I had to have a Bachelor of Science degree. So that was the compromise.” In hindsight, Calhoun can see how his degree choices worked out as he built his own career. “In a way it’s ironic, because five years after graduation I took a break from the family business because I wanted to use my studio art degree, and that’s when I started my advertising agency, Calhoun Communications,” he said. Building a Career, Cheering for UAB

Calhoun decided to forge his own path in marketing and communications rather than assume a role in the family-owned company. But as he built a two-decade career in advertising – eventually representing more than 100 clients – he remained close to his father, who was also adapting the family shoe business into something else. “He ended up letting all the leases run out on all

seven stores,” Calhoun recalled. “The final one was at Century Plaza, and when my father let that one expire, he started looking at government contracts. That’s when he started Shoe Corp. He used American manufacturers and slowly won contracts and wrote specs for prison shoes, which have no metal so you can’t make a weapon. This was before the Internet, so he would get all the major newsfired up: As a 1986 criminal papers and look in the back where they had bids for prison justice graduate and longtime Birmingham businessman, Wes shoes and he started slowly Calhoun, above, has the perbidding on them.” spective, the connections and Years went by, and father the enthusiasm to champion the and son each became successCollege of Arts and Sciences. ful – side-by-side. Calhoun kept his dad up-to-date on Calhoun Communications, and his father kept him abreast of developments at Shoe Corp., but they didn’t work together – until 2008. “That’s when he asked me if I would come back and help him. He had offers to sell the business, but he wanted his children and grandchildren to take it over,” Calhoun explained. “My sister has always been with Dad and worked with Dad, so he said ‘Let’s pass this business on.’ It wasn’t that sexy to me, like advertising, so I was doing maybe 15 hours a week and slowly year after a year got more and more involved. He came to me about two years ago and said, ‘Hey Wes, I’m going to retire in the next year or two. What do you want to do? Do you want to sell the company?’ And I said, ‘Dad I hate to tell you this, but I’m really enjoying it.’” As Calhoun points out, now that he’s working with government contracts, that criminal law degree has come

Part of UAB’s appeal for Calhoun was that it offered a flexible class schedule that accommodated his heavy workload. His grandfather started Calhoun’s Shoes in Homewood in 1950, which, by the time Calhoun graduated from high school, had grown to seven retail locations under his father’s leadership.

‘Getting people to campus and excited about campus is going to be so important. Because if you don’t come down here and see it, you don’t even know what we’re talking about.’ in handy after all. At the same time Calhoun was transitioning back into his family’s business, UAB was transitioning, too. Growing rapidly and establishing a thriving campus culture, as well as successful new academic and athletic programs, UAB was no longer the school Calhoun attended in the 1980s. He heard the UAB siren call after the football program was canceled and then re-established. The old passions he felt for his school as a student had been rekindled as an alum, and now as president of the new Arts and Sciences Alumni Board. “One of the things I’m excited about as part of our new board is the chance to have events leading up to football coming back,” he said. “Getting people to campus and excited about campus is going to be so important. Because if you don’t come down here and see it, you don’t even know what we’re talking about. Planning events that will get alumni back down here, that’s going be the first step.” Calhoun sees even more growth and opportunity ahead for his alma mater and his hometown. “The exciting thing is we’ll have football back next year, and in the South football reigns. And that just really coincides with the growth of

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Birmingham with the (Regions) ball park and Railroad Park. I’m hearing more and more that the kids when they’re graduating, they don’t want to leave Birmingham, and that’s different than it was 20-30 years ago. They are slowly sticking around, and that’s going to make a huge impact on UAB and Birmingham.”

Atlanta Braves are America’s Team, but UAB is Birmingham’s Team. We’ve got a gem in our backyard, but you’re not going to know about any of these things unless you come down here. And I’ve already started spreading the word about how amazing this place is.” ❖ This article first appeared in the fall issue of the Arts & Sciences magazine for the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.

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When asked why more of his peers aren’t as engaged, Calhoun said the explanation is pretty simple. “I think they don’t know,” he said. “We have close to 30,000 College of Arts and Sciences alumni to connect with. Nineteen departments fall under this CAS umbrella. There’s so much to talk about – so much that’s happened in a short time. It’s incredible.” “Reaching out to classmates I had at UAB who have gone and moved away, to get them back into it, that’s what I’m looking forward to,” he added. “Back to my fraternity brothers, people here in our own backyard. So many people have just turned 180 degrees from their college experience. That’s a challenge for us, but that’s exciting to get people down here and see what UAB is doing, and get their children down here to go to school here.” “You know, we say that the

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The Oak Street Garden Shop in Crestline Village transformed into a fall festival Oct. 8, offering up autumnal fun while supporting Studio by the Tracks and its artists with special needs. Guests perused pumpkins as well as a selection of art, T-shirts and more offered up by the studio’s artists. “The event at Oak Street was a wonderful time for the public to meet some of our talented artists,” said Suzanne Boozer, the Studio’s executive director. “Several artists worked on their art at the event and I think many people were amazed at the quality of the work.” Artists get 60 percent of the profits

when they sell a piece, which Boozer said adds to their sense of self-worth. Oak Street owner Billy Angell spent the day in a dunking booth, taking more than one dive into the water at the hands of guests. Other activities included pumpkin carving and decorating and inflatables for the kids. A portion of the proceeds made from the shop’s sales were donated to the studio to support its mission to provide art classes for adults with special needs. “I always love it when our students are visible to the public,” said Art Director Katie Thompson. “I was amazed by the support shown by the staff and patrons of Oak Street. ❖

Clockwise from left; Studio by the Tracks artist, Michael Hall with Janice Hall, Braxton Hopkins and Mason Hopkins; Isabel Roden and Debbie McCorquodale; Ruth Penton Polson with daughter Emma; and Katie Thompson and Suzanne Boozer.

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Hundreds of guests made their way to Homewood’s Central Park on Oct. 16 for the Homewood Arts Council’s Sunday in the Park. The event married two of the council’s regular events, the Handmade Art Show and Pickin’ in the Park. Scattered showers didn’t dampen the fun as guests perused art vendors’ offerings of paintings, pottery, jewelry and more. A few of the artists on hand included Nancy Abney, Sherri Arias, Bee Creek Farms, Beth Bradley, Rebekah Crossman, Leah Dodd, Nabeel Emaish, Joye Hehn, Valerie Holley, Janene Hyatt, Liz Lane, Jill Lindsey, Alice Lizee, Jill Marlar, Ellen Moran, Paige Nicholson, Dragana Obradovic, Mary Segreto, Holly Stringfellow, Leslie Martin Smith, Pam Truitt, Gyl Turner, Wendy Watts and Charlotte Wilson. A tent provided cover as guests joined local musicians for an outdoor Pickin’ in the Park jam session. Musical groups leading the performance included Anthony Sutton, Bob Tedrow and Friends, Foggy Hollow Review, Nitrate City and Steel City Jug Slammers. Food trucks provided culinary offerings for guests who didn’t bring their own picnics, and Boy Scouts were on hand to help shoppers and vendors carry their heavier items. ❖

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place on city property. But the smoker must not be within 20 feet of a nonsmoker. Restaurants and businesses that currently provide smoking areas in their establishments will have to get rid of those areas. “Previously, property owners could allow some smoking in designated areas,” Mountain Brook city attorney Steve Stine said. “Now that is no longer an option.” The ordinance also establishes fines for violations: up to $100 for the first violation, up to $200 for a second violation within a one-year period and up to $500 for a third violation within a oneyear period. Mountain Brook City Manager Sam Gaston said the city changed its ordinance after speaking with Jefferson County Health Department representatives, who have been lobbying cities to adopt stricter smoking ordinances. The push behind the campaign is more research about the harmful effects of secondhand and thirdhand smoke, said Barbara Newman, environmen-

tal health program supervisor for the Jefferson County Health Department. Secondhand smoke is smoke from cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products nonsmokers breathe; thirdhand smoke is the residue left behind on surfaces and furnishings that nonsmokers may come in contact with. “What we’re finding is that many people who are not just customers but people who are employed by certain businesses have to deal with the consequences of secondhand smoke from places that allow smoking,” Newman said. “Even though smokers may be in a separate area, the same ventilation system that serves smokers and nonsmokers is being used. And the smoke can spread into fabrics and in the walls so people are still exposed to secondhand smoke even though they may not be in the same room.” Studies have shown that secondhand smoke exposure can cause diseases and death in children and adults who do not smoke, Newman said. “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke,” she added. E-cigarettes have also been targeted

There is no ‘BAM’ in ‘Hoover’ Proposed Sports Complex Name Lands With a Thud By William C. Singleton III

Hoover city officials want to hear what residents think about a name for the new $80 million sports complex after community outcry made them rethink the name initially chosen. The Florida firm hired to manage the sports complex recommended naming it “The Alabama Sports and Events Center” and calling it by the nickname “The BAM.” Officials with Sports Facilities Management had caps and T-shirts made touting the names and distributed them during an Oct. 3 City Council meeting. Hoover residents quickly took to social media to criticize the name and city officials for not including the public in the naming process. A thread on the “Hoover Vote” Facebook page registered more than 65 comments on the topic, most of them critical of the recommended names.  “If we sit back and think about it, do we really want people to refer to the sportsplex as ‘Bam’?” asked Hoover resident Sam Swiney. “If we are honest with ourselves, then we do not. There is no

mention of Hoover. The name is geared toward that of a regional facility and excludes the branding name of the city.” “It seems that SFM did not do their homework as is evidenced by the sports grill (in Cahaba Heights) named BAM as well as the BAM acronym for Books-A-Million,” said Hoover resident Karen Bailey. “It’s embarrassing,” Sharon Minter said. “The citizens who are ultimately funding this venture get no say so whatsoever. The name is ridiculous.” Ashley Whittaker, marketing director for Sports Facilities Management, said the official name was chosen to reflect Hoover’s connection to the greater Birmingham region, and a nickname was selected because people would likely shorten the name, anyway. “We wanted to give it a name that would stand up to a national marketing platform,” she said. “Not everyone knows where Hoover is.” The council, however, reversed its course and held a meeting Oct. 17 to take suggestions from residents on a new name. The council appointed


under comprehensive smoking ordinances. E-cigarettes contain a liquid that, when heated, produces a vapor that smokers inhale. The liquid is generally made up of propylene glycol, glycerol, water, flavorings, nicotine and other chemicals, although the composition may vary. Because e-cigarettes are relatively new, the safety is uncertain. Nevertheless, cities are taking a proactive approach to e-cigarettes. Mountain Brook’s ordinance treats cigarettes and e-cigarettes the same. It notes that, because e-cigarettes “closely resemble and purposefully mimic the act of smoking … that their use in workplaces and public places where smoking of traditional tobacco products is prohibited creates concern and confusion and leads to difficulties in enforcing the smoking prohibitions.” However, Mountain Brook’s ordinance does not prohibit smoking in cigar bars, vape shops or hookah bars. Vape shops allow patrons to sample e-cigarette products. Vestavia Hills’ anti-smoking ordinance, adopted in August 2013, prevents even the sampling and smoking of e-cigarettes and tobacco products in businesses. Mayor Alberto “Butch” Zaragoza said Vestavia Hills has one of the strongest anti-smoking ordinances in the area. “We got a lot of criticism because we included e-cigarettes in this last ordinance,” he said. “Now you look around and everybody is wanting to ban e-cigarettes.” Hoover amended its anti-smoking ordinance in September 2008, banning smoking in all enclosed public places in the city and within 10 feet of entrances and exits of an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited. However, Hoover’s ordinance does not address e-cigarettes. Hoover City Council President Jack Wright said he has spoken with Jefferson County Health Department

a committee to filter through the suggestions and present recommendations. “It’s important that our community portrays this new venture in a positive light,” Councilman Casey Middlebrooks said. “And we want the community to buy into it, and that starts with their input. The public voiced very clearly they are unhappy with the original name so we’re going to start all over and include public input and more transparency in the process.” The council also has set up an email address,, to take suggestions from the public. The email account will accept suggestions until noon Oct. 20. The committee will wade through all of the suggestions from the public and narrow them to five names, Middlebrooks said. Residents will get to choose from the five names through a public survey, Middlebrooks added. The council will ultimately vote on the new name. Sports Facilities Management issued a statement saying it supports the community’s desire to rename the complex: “We believe the process outlined with the council will engage the community for input in order to arrive at a name that will be successful for the development. Ultimately, we aim to have the brand name and activities be something the community is proud of and excited to participate in.”

representatives about adopting a stricter ordinance, but the two parties haven’t been able to get on the same page. However, Wright said he believes the city’s current ordinance addresses the issue sufficiently. “There doesn’t appear to be an identifiable problem (with the city’s current code) that has been brought to our attention,” he said. Homewood added some teeth to its anti-smoking ordinance in November 2015 to regulate the distance smokers could puff in proximity to public buildings and to do away with smoking areas in other enclosed public places and public transit vehicles. The city’s ordinance also regulates e-cigarettes but does allow smoking in vape shops “or stores where 80 percent of the sales for such stores is related to vape products.” The same provision covers tobacco shops. Homewood’s law, like Mountain Brook’s, establishes a minimum 20-foot buffer outside an enclosed area where smoking is not permitted. Homewood City Councilman Patrick McClusky said that, even though the anti-smoking movement is gaining more attention, a balanced approach is still needed when dealing with the issue. “A point of contention that some people have is that there are people who still smoke and it’s not illegal to do so,” he said. When Homewood city officials were contemplating revisions to their code, they didn’t go as far as anti-smokers wanted in terms of establishing the distance between outdoor smoking and public places, McClusky said. “We do understand because it’s not illegal, we can’t tell people not to smoke. So we felt like we needed to have some areas and places where people can smoke even as we try to protect the rights of nonsmokers.” Those places, it appears, are becoming fewer and fewer. ❖

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Hoover City council members sport caps with the proposed nickname of the city’s $80 million sports complex. The name “The BAM” was recommended by the sports facilities management firm hired to run the complex. But after community outcry against the name, the council has sought the public’s input in selecting a new name.

The sports facility will include a 155,000-squarefoot, indoor multi-purpose center; NCAA regulation-size fields for soccer, football and lacrosse; NCAA regulation-size baseball fields that also can be used for softball; tennis courts; a walking track; and a pro shop. The indoor facility is scheduled to be completed by May 2017 and the fields by February 2018. ❖

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Zaragoza Calls for Unity in His Final State of the City By Emily Williams As Vestavia Hills Mayor Butch Zaragoza gave his final State of the City address Oct. 11, he recounted his administration’s triumphs as well as its shortcomings. The majority of his presentation, given at the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon, focused on the economic development initiatives that took place during his tenure, with the most notable growth occurring in the past two years. A number of projects that were started under his administration will continue under the administration of incoming Mayor Ashley Curry, including the Patchwork Farms development

and the development plans for the former Altadena Valley Country Club location. Zaragoza summed up the state of Vestavia Hills in the terms displayed on the city’s new logo, which reads: unity, prosperity, family. While the city’s economy is prospering and families are choosing to live in Vestavia Hills, he said, the unity of the community has suffered. To increase unity, Zaragoza said people should rely less on the “new school” of communication. Younger generations, particularly, rely too heavily on social media as a means of conversation, he said. “Somewhere along the way you lose the capability of communication, and I think sometimes us old folks have done

the same thing,” Zaragoza said. He added that face-to-face conversations give people more opportunity to “talk it out,” which leads to solutions. The outgoing mayor’s final request for both the city and community was, “Let’s get over and move forward.” Though his eight-year stint as mayor is coming to a close, Zaragoza said his 47 years of working for the city is not. He said he looks forward to aiding the community in some capacity. ❖



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The Old Berry School Changes Hands, Now Belongs to Vestavia By William C. Singleton III The former Berry School property is officially a part of Vestavia Hills now. In recent weeks, the city of Vestavia has annexed the 38.5-acre property off Columbiana Road, and the city school board has closed on the sale of the property for $11 million from the Hoover school system.   The property houses a school building, which has been used as a high school, middle school, elementary school and alternative school over the years. The Vestavia Hills city school administration and board still must determine how it will use the building and property. The school board is holding community meetings to ask residents how to best use its school facilities. “We wanted to get parent input and community input on what exactly we need to do with our facilities before we make any decisions on what to do with the Berry property,” said Whit McGhee, spokesman for the Vestavia Hills school system.  Two meetings were held in September at the school system’s central office, and four others are scheduled for the following dates: • Oct. 24, noon, Vestavia Hills High School • Oct. 27, noon, Pizitz Middle School • Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Cahaba Heights Elementary School • Nov. 3, noon, Liberty Park Middle School The city of Vestavia contributed $2 million toward the purchase price, which also includes a football field, a baseball diamond, a track and tennis

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In recent weeks, the city of Vestavia Hills has annexed the 38.5-acre property off Columbiana Road, and the city school board has closed on the sale of the property for $11 million from the Hoover school system.  

courts. City officials are eyeing the athletic portions of the property as recreational areas residents could use until the school system makes more definitive plans. “A lot of folks in Vestavia like to walk around the track at our high school stadium, so that could be potentially another option” for Berry, McGhee said. “But that’s all to be determined.” City manager Jeff Downes said the city entered a partnership to purchase the property because city officials understand how important education is to Vestavia Hills. But the partnership also serves a dual purpose. “Another issue we have in our community is the quantity and quality of our recreational facilities,” Downes said. “So by partnering with the school system, this allows us to have some opportunity to improve our recreational program as well.”

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Samford Announces Record Enrollment

As of Sept. 12, Samford University’s current enrollment is 5,471, exceeding last year’s enrollment of 5,206 and setting a new record for the eighth consecutive year. In addition to the largest student body in the university’s history, Samford exceeded last year’s freshman enrollment with 916 first-year full-time students. “At a time when many private institutions are struggling with enrollment, we are blessed,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland. “Our institutional story is ably and effectively told by motivated, trustworthy staff and faculty members throughout our admissions process, and I am grateful to them for creating an environment that is so welcoming to prospective students and their families.” The student body consists of 3,341 undergraduates and 2,130 graduate and professional students from 47 states and 39 foreign countries. According to a press release, Vice President of Student Affairs R. Philip Kimrey identifies the current freshman class as one of the most diverse in Samford’s history. Westmoreland additionally noted that the university is the top-ranked private university in Alabama, according to U.S. News and World Report, fourth in the South for regional universities and third in the South for best undergraduate teaching. ❖


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Glenwood Announces Public Phase of $10 Million Capital Campaign Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Center has launched the public phase of an ongoing capital campaign, which so far has raised $7 million of its $10 million goal. The news was released following an announcement that Capstone Collegiate Communities will build three homes on the Glenwood campus, amounting in a $1 million gift. A kickoff party on the site of the development featured food donated by Hot and Hot Fish Club, Dyron’s Lowcountry and Shindigs Catering. “We are delighted to build these homes designed by Nequette Architecture & Design. We are grateful for the opportunity to give 16 people who deserve a home in a beautiful setting just that,” said John Vawter, principal of Capstone Collegiate Communities. According to campaign co-Chair Mallie Ireland, the funds raised through the campaign will allow the organization to increase community access by housing more residents and funding an outpatient treatment and education center in the heart of Birmingham. “We are fortunate to have the support of C3. Their contribution will do much more than provide a home for people with autism; it will fundamentally change the lives of entire families,” said campaign co-Chair Philip Young, who, in addition to being a Glenwood board member, is a parent of a child with autism who lives at Glenwood. The campaign also plans to expand services to Huntsville and Montgomery and create an amphitheater and arts center, adult housing and a children’s residential treatment facility. For more information about Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Center visit ❖

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irmingham Botanical Gardens kicked off its 11th annual Antiques at The Gardens show with Gala in The Gardens, a black-tie affair sponsored by 1919 Investment Counsel, Pershing Advisor Solutions/BNY Mellon and Stifel. More than 750 guests attended the gala and a reception at which they got a first look at what this year’s showcase had to offer. Southern Living sponsored the preview reception. A junior guild pre-party also was held at the nearby Grand Bohemian of Mountain Brook, sponsored by Mariee Ami, Pinnacle Imports and Gallery 1930. Honorees for this year’s gala were Miller and Frances Gorrie. The evening featured catering by Kathy G. & Company, music of To The 9s and a Coopers Craft bourbon bar in the Rushton Garden. Chairs for the 2016 Antiques at The Gardens show were Cathy Luckie and Ragan Cain. Proceeds from Antiques at The Gardens will benefit educational programming at The Gardens, which includes the flagship program Discovery Field Trips, which provides a free, curriculum-based science education to 10,000 Birmingham and Bessemer school children each year. ❖

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The Mountain Brook Kappa Delta Alumnae Association hosted its annual KD Friendship Fun-draiser Oct. 4. Guests gathered at Urban Cookhouse in Crestline Village for a meal, with part of the proceeds benefitting The Exceptional Foundation, an organization that serves individuals with special needs in the Birmingham area. In attendance at the event were Sallie Chalkley, Claire Mallette, Martha DeBuys, Ashley McMahon, Isabelle Lawson, Katie Patrick, Elizabeth Outland, Betsy Henley, Susan Waggoner, Lucie Haynes, Leigh Bromberg, Tracy Simmons, Betsy Harmon, Jennifer DeBruge, Anna Howell, Cecie Hartley, Suzanne McMillan, Laura Dee Patrick, Anna Carson and Melissa Kennan. ❖

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The Delta Zeta Birmingham alumnae chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority hosted its first meeting of the year Sept. 26, featuring newly elected officers. The 2016-2017 officers are Tamara Harrison, president; Judy Struchtemeyer, president-elect; Abby Johnson, vice president for collegiate relations; Angela Kelso, vice president for communications; Ginger Cowley, vice president for finance; Liz Estes, vice president for fundraising and philanthropy; Carol Medders, vice president for membership; Karley Nemeth, vice president for programs; and Toni Vaughn, secretary. ❖

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English Village Garden Club Hosts Annual Fall Dinner

The English Village Garden Club hosted its annual catered fall dinner at the hillside home of Dr. Price and Joy Kloess. The 96 guests in attendance enjoyed specialty drinks called Sunset Brew as they dined on pork tenderloin, cheese soufflé, grilled vegetables, salad with goat cheese and berries and assorted desserts. In addition to its fall and spring dinners, the club hosts five meetings throughout the year in homes around the neighborhood, each meeting featuring a special guest speaker. ❖

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Guests gathered at the Birmingham Zoo on Sept. 30 to sip while supporting local non-profit organizations at the annual Western Wine and Food Festival. More than 650 wines were available for tasting, and paired food offerings were created with products grown and made in Alabama. To finish the evening, coffee was provided by the Fairhope Roasting Company. Activities included animal walkabouts and interactions as well as carousel rides. A raffle featured prizes such as a pig-roasting box, a fire pit, golf passes to Bent Brook, a magnum of Veuve Clicquot and more. Each guest left the event with a souvenir Govino glass. Proceeds from the event will benefit Emmet O’Neal Library, the Birmingham Zoo, East Lake Initiative and the Junior League of Birmingham. ❖

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General Sumter DAR Kicks off a New Year The General Sumter Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution began a new chapter year with a luncheon meeting Oct. 6 at the Birmingham Country Club. Chapter Regent Mary Helen Dixon presided over the event.  Members heard reports from the national organization by Janeal Shannon and Jean Vaughan; on national defense by Mary Ann Kirkpatrick; on Veterans’ Day Parade participation by Cheri Sanders; on the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant by Annette Dean; and on membership by Angela Comfort and Nancy Jones. A ritual and benediction were led by chaplain Carolyn Johnson. Vice Regent Ellen Tucker introduced the meeting’s featured speaker, author and retired Navy Comdr. Sterling DeRamus, who spoke on The Role of a Military Historian. Additional chapter officers include Sallie Cox, second vice regent; Emily Blount, recording secretary; Rusty Kirkpatrick, corresponding secretary; Rebecca Washington Mason, treasurer; Barbara Lummis, assistant treasurer; Becky Keyes, historian; Rhetta Tatum, librarian; and Anne Gibbons, parliamentarian.  Committee chairs for the year include Judy Anderson, Patricia Bennett, Cece Dillard, Carolyn Drennen, Glenda Eskew, Pam Eubanks, Miriam Ford, Judith Hand, Joan Hull, Mary Ann Jones, Gloria Lundberg, Betty Northen, Kathryn Porter, Gail Pugh, Laura Ramsay, Carolyn Reich, Lynda Robertson, Katherine Robinson, Aubrey Ross, Donald Roth, Peggy Selig, Rebekah Taylor, Carole Thomas, Virginia Tucker, Donna Ware, To: Melissa Whetstone and Martha Wurtele. ❖


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of Augusta, Georgia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Kelly Rhodes, to Davis Michael O’Brien of Mobile. Mr. O’Brien is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Mark O’Brien of Vestavia Hills. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Mary Anne Kelly Wells, the late Mr. James Richard Kelly, Mrs. Aubrey Cecil Rhodes and The SummiT • 123 SummiT boulevard the late Mr. Rhodes, all of Augusta. 977-5512 • Mr. O’Brien is the grandson of and Mrs.Southern Jerome Francis Smathers & Branson PeterMr. Millar Tide Wozniak of Toledo, Ohio, the late Mrs. Norma Jean O’Brien of Richardson, Texas, and Mr. Richard Eugene O’Brien of Addison, Texas. Miss Rhodes is a 2010 graduate of Rhodes-O’Brien Aquinas High School in Augusta. She Mr. and Mrs. Carl Thomas Rhodes is a 2014 graduate of the University

of Alabama, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing and management. She received a master’s degree in marketing in 2015. Miss Rhodes was presented at the Augusta Symphony Cotillion in 2012. She is a marketing assistant for Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton in Birmingham. Mr. O’Brien is a 2010 graduate of Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Alabama in 2014 and is a third-year medical student at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. A June wedding is planned at Saint Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta. 

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as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ellen Sloane Presley, Lindsay Drake Cowie, Mary Coleman Ernst, Sarah Wilson Greenfield, Mallory O’Connor Guerreso, Lauren Bair Jaques, Jennifer Keener Steinhoff and Lauren Ann Tarola. The father of the groom served as best man. Groomsmen were Jon Ross Blankenship; David Jones Badham; Graham Coleman Brown; Garrett Barton Cummings; William Warren Davis; Miller Sunnen Kreider; Corry McCullough Maguire, brother of the bride; Raymer Francis Maguire IV, brother of the bride; Matthew Gray Mahon; and Spencer David Davis. After a honeymoon trip to Bali, the couple live in New York City.



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Fred and LaDonna Kusta met for the first time in 1941 on a blind date, leading to a loving marriage that has thrived for 74 years. With a bag full of quarters, Fred treated his future wife to an evening of dancing to the songs on a nickel jukebox and, according to their three children – Konnie Cross, Lenny Kusta and Kristie Bryant – they have been dancing ever since. Whenever the kids hear their parents’ song “Who Wouldn’t Love You,” they close their eyes and see Fred and LaDonna dancing in perfect rhythmic sync. The couple married on Oct. 3, 1942, in Alumnae Hall at Ohio Northern University. LaDonna walked down the aisle carrying gardenias, her favorite flower, as a friend sang “I Love You Truly.” The wedding date was hastened due to Fred’s impending military service in World War II. Three months after the couple wed, he was sent to basic training, beginning 2½ years of service that included working on the Manhattan Project. All the while, the couple corresponded Smathers & Branson Peter Millar Southern Tide through daily letters. The marriage stood strong across the long distance and what began as two people has resulted in a family of 30, including six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. They raised their children in Vestavia Hills, where they have remained, spending the past decade watching their tion and unending commitment,” the kids collectively grandchildren play youth and high school sports from the wrote, “We thank God for our parents.” Vestavia Hills High School bleachers. Throughout the years, the couple has celebrated each According to the kids, a relationship as outwardly anniversary in some capacity, giving special attention to loving as it is inwardly has been the backbone of their milestone years. For their 50th, a party was thrown in their parents’ successful relationship. Post-it notes that read “I honor at The Club. For year 60 the entire family spent a love you” can always be found, left on the mirrors of their week in Cape San Blas, Florida. For 70, the family gathbathroom for each other. ered closer to home and spent a week at Smith Lake. Their advice for their children on how to maintain As is tradition for all of the non-milestone anniversaries a successful marriage is to never go to bed angry, treat in between, the couple celebrated their 74th anniversary everyone with respect and exercise. with a family dinner. “They are a steadfast example of unselfish love, devo—Emily Williams Barbour


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The Cahawba Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution promoted Constitution Week awareness with several activities during September. Activities were led by Constitution Week Chairman Halcyann Badham. Members applied to their car bumpers red, white and blue magnets, which were designed by the chapter and read, “Celebrate U.S. Constitution Week September 17-23 Daughters of the American Revolution.” Constitution posters created by the national DAR were distributed to schools, grocery stores, businesses and libraries throughout the Birmingham area. The Sept. 10 chapter meeting was held at The Club with featured speaker Ray Melick, district director for U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Alabama. Proclamations recognizing Constitution Week were secured from the governor, area mayors and American Village CEO Thomas G. Walker Jr. During the month, Denise Weaver, constituent services representative for Palmer’s office, made presentations to elementary school students at West Jefferson Elementary School, Minor Elementary School and Vestavia Hills Central Elementary School. The program, called The Nation’s Capital, included interesting facts about the 229-year-old U.S. Constitution. West Jefferson teachers Jodie Minor and Nancy Hendrix, both Cahawba chapter members, Minor media specialist Tonya Allen and VHEC media specialist Elizabeth Hester, also a Cahawba chapter member, assisted with the presentations. Branson Petergave Millar Southern Tide of the EthanSmathers Vice, field&director for Palmer, additional presentations Constitution program to sixth-grade students at Liberty Park Middle School in Vestavia Hills on Sept. 21, with help from media specialist Laura Ezell. ❖




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Birmingham First Responders Moonlight as Models for Hope Lodge By Emily Williams

‘When people buy a calendar, all of the proceeds are going to help patients. The whole reason I wanted to become a firefighter was to help people and this is helping people.’

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Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department member Javier Crayton signed on with the department to help people in need. Last month he added model to his list of first responder duties. The department has released the Magic City Heroes 2017 calendar, which features a few of the department’s everyday heroes dressed, or rather undressed, in their battle gear. Sales of the calendar will raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge. “This is the first year that we have done a calendar in a while,” Crayton said. “They just brought it back and when someone backed out at the last minute, they asked me to help out.” Though he has never considered himself a model, Crayton said the photo shoot was surprisingly entertaining. “One of our captains came by the station and we shot everything in one day,” he said. “We had a lot of fun with it.” While he had a fun time dressing down for the photos, he said that participating was satisfying on another level because it was going to help the many cancer patients who live at Hope Lodge. Cancer touches everyone’s lives, Crayton said, and he is not immune, having lost his mother to breast cancer. “We really weren’t expecting her to get sick,” he said. “I think probably that was mostly because she was the first one in the family who has. So, it was very hard.” Crayton is the calendar’s Mr. October, gracing the page for the month that is nationally recognized for Breast Cancer Awareness. To kick off sales of the calendar, the firefighters-turned-models hosted a dinner Sept. 27 for Hope Lodge residents and their families, getting an opportunity to meet the people they are helping as they acted as the wait staff and served dinner provided by The Fish Market. “When people buy a calendar, all of the proceeds are going to help patients,” Crayton said. “The whole reason I wanted to become a firefighter was to help people and this is helping people.” The calendar was introduced to the public Sept. 30 during the Southern Women’s Show Girl’s Night Out event at the BJCC, with each of the featured first responders taking to the catwalk to strut their stuff. Things got steamy and dollars were tossed, which Crayton said was all in good fun – and the dollars went to the calendar fundraiser. “We got to close everything at the end of that Friday night and everyone was having a great time,” he said. “It ended up being a bonding experience for all of the guys.” With the purchase of a $15 calendar, buyers are helping Hope Lodge continue providing cancer patients and their families a place to live while they are receiving treatments. Calendars can be purchased through Jan. 31, 2017, and are available at Hope Lodge from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, online at and on the “2017 BFRS Firefighter Calendar” Facebook page. ❖

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To kick off the sales of Birmingham Fire and Rescue’s 2017 Magic City Heroes calendar fundraiser, the calendar models, pictured above, hosted a dinner Sept. 27 for the current Hope Lodge residents and their families.

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Hoover Resident Recognized by National Down Syndrome Congress Hoover resident Ashley DeRamus, (above) who with her mother operates a clothing line aimed at females with Down syndrome, was recognized July 23 during an awards banquet for the National Down Syndrome Congress. DeRamus was given the organization’s Christian Pueschel Memorial Citizen Award during the group’s annual convention in Orlando. “We with Down syndrome are a special gift from God,” she said in her acceptance speech. “Don’t hold us back, but support and share our dreams. Remember this: Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Show them what you can do.” According to the national group, the award is given annually to “an individual with Down syndrome whose achievements, service and contributions have enhanced the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome and their families.” “It feels really good,” DeRamus said. “I work very hard and I am happy


to know I am making a difference. “ DeRamus and her mother, Connie, operate Ashley by Design. The proceeds from clothing sales benefit the Ashley DeRamus Foundation, which advocates for individuals with Down syndrome and special needs. “This award exemplifies the goals of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation and is a confirmation that we are successful in our efforts,” said Connie DeRamus. Connie DeRamus said there is increasing demand for the kind of fashion-forward clothing that Ashley by Design offers. The company now can choose designs from larger manufacturers such as Adorn and UMGEE, she said. The mother and daughter duo promote the brand at shows across the country, including the Southern Women’s Shows. Ashley took to the catwalk Sept. 30 to show off some of her fashions at the annual Southern Women’s Show. ❖

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Entertaining with Ease

How to Have Happier Holidays Experts Share Smart Tips for Entertaining at Bromberg’s Event

By Donna Cornelius for the hostess as well as the guests. That’s the message two experts in entertaining shared with guests at “Holiday Traditions Inherited, Invented, Inspired,” a lunch-and-learn event Oct. 13 at Bromberg’s in Mountain Brook Village. Capucine Gooding, Juliska’s founder and creative director, and Annette Joseph, Traditional Home magazine’s lifestyle and entertaining expert, presented holiday entertaining ideas using pieces from Juliska, a leading casual dinnerware line. Ricky Bromberg, president of Bromberg and Co., welcomed guests to the luncheon. “This is our first Holiday Traditions event,” he said. “We’re thrilled to be selected as Juliska’s only holiday event in the U.S. in 2016.” He introduced Gooding, who with her husband, David, started Juliska in 2001, and Joseph, who is the author of a book called “Picture Perfect Parties.” Gooding said Bromberg’s “has been an incredible partner for Juliska.” She and Joseph used two beautifully set tables, one inspired by Thanksgiving and one by Christmas, to illustrate their tips. But their advice included not just decorating ideas but behind-the-scenes preparation. Joseph said every hostess needs a party pantry stocked with essentials for entertaining. “The way to enjoy Thanksgiving or any party is to get organized,” Joseph said. “I do this with what I call props. I go into my party pantry and get creative.” She said items in her party pantry are a mix of plain and fancy. “I have basic pieces, and then I sprinkle them with fabulousness, like Juliska pieces,” she said. “Your props should reflect your personality.” She also advised treating your party pantry like your clothes closet. “Get rid of or donate things that you don’t use,” Joseph said. “Toss out things that are chipped. Edit and then buy what you need. Decide what you want to collect and what you want to add to your collection.” Gooding said dining and entertaining are “about family.” “Tradition brings us all together,” she said. “Sometimes you have familiar traditions – we always put cookies by the fireplace for Santa – and sometimes you create your own.” Her family is starting a new tradition this year, she said. “We’re having a ‘friends-giving’ the week before Thanksgiving and will test our recipes so I can poison my friends and not my mother-inlaw,” she said, laughing. She held up a pretty Juliska glass jar when she told the guests about another of her family’s new traditions. “We started a wish jar,” Gooding said. “Put it on your mantel. During the year, tear out photos and ads of things you want or write down things you wish for, from fuzzy bedroom slippers to

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Holiday parties should be merry and bright

‘We started a wish jar. Put it on your mantel. During the year, tear out photos and ads of things you want or write down things you wish for ...’ Capucine Gooding, Juliska founder and creative director.

a trip to Paris. If David’s mother calls and asks what to get him for his birthday, I can reach into the jar and pull out a wish.” Children might enjoy a jar they can fill with “wishes for the world,” such as peace and an end to hunger, she added. She showed guests what she called a “gratitude banner.” “Each season, I go to Home Depot, buy a big canvas and a Sharpie, and scrawl ‘Gratitude’ on it,” she said. “We hang it in our entry hall. Guests can write on it whatever they’re thankful for. Children especially enjoy this. The banner can be as casual or as decorated as you want.” Gooding said many Juliska pieces can do double-duty, including small gift trays from the company’s Forest Walk collection. Each has a different word such as love, friendship, family and gratitude in its design. “These can hold condiments for parties,” she said. “Or put a homemade cookie on a tray and give it as a gift.” Ramekins and small bowls can hold tiny violets, potted herbs, nuts or home-baked goodies for hostess gifts, she said. Joseph suggested another use for small bowls. “Fill them with a little mound of moss, stick a toothpick in and put a place card on top,” she said. Joseph said there’s an easy way to really light up parties. “You can put clementines and ivy down the center of your table and then add different candlesticks,” she said. “The glow is very dramatic when guests walk in.” When they’re not holding candles, Juliska’s tiny tea lights can be turned upside down and become small vases, Gooding said. Joseph said her party pantry includes “lots of vases.” “You can fill them with fresh flowers, but you also can use non-fresh things like pinecones and feathers,” she said. “Start picking up acorns every day, and by Thanksgiving you’ll have enough to fill a vase.” Gooding said colorful napkins are “another good thing for your stash.” She showed Juliska’s Forest Walk napkins, cheerfully decorated with leaves, seeds and feathers. “These will go with so many things and will add color to your table,” she said. “And just so you know, most napkins are large enough to double as hand towels that you can give as favors.” Among other tips:

‘You should have a cocktail in your hand and greet each person, show them in and spend time with them. Guests can sense if something is amiss, so be relaxed.’ Annette Joseph, Traditional Home magazine’s lifestyle and entertaining expert

• Have some statement pieces in your party pantry, Gooding said. For example, Juliska’s crystal Christmas tree “is beautiful on the mantel, in the entry hall or on the dining table,” she said. “You put a statement piece out, and it does the work for you.” She said another statement piece is a charger, which can double as a platter. And because chargers are larger than dinner plates, they can come in handy during the holidays. “We use these as our plates at Thanksgiving,” Gooding said with a smile. • Gooding and Joseph said they like place


Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr.


Top, from left: Brian Hood, Bromberg and Co. store manager, Juliska founder Capucine Gooding, Annette Joseph of Traditional Home magazine and Julia Glass, Bromberg and Co. gift buyer. Bottom left: A festive Christmas table was set with Juliska tableware at the event. Bottom right: Gooding said small Juliska trays add seasonal flavor to table settings and make great gifts, too.

cards, especially at large events. Joseph said she hates going to a wedding and “wandering around with a

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can go into the dishwasher for easy clean-up. “Our Bohemian glass is made in the Czech Republic,” she said. “Each is mouth-blown by a team of two to three master blowers. Every piece is hand-signed – but it goes in the dishwasher. It’s not crystal; it’s glass.” • At parties where guests don’t know each other well, ask those at the table fun questions like, “What’s the worst Christmas gift you ever got?” or “What’s the worst vacation you ever took?” to help break the ice, both women said. Entertaining is about thoughtfulness, Gooding said. “It’s making someone’s favorite dish or putting their favorite album on,” she said. Joseph said the best parties start with a relaxed hostess. “You shouldn’t be working when your guests arrive,” she said. “Allow enough time to enjoy a breather before the party starts. You should have a cocktail in your hand and greet each person, show them in and spend time with them. Guests can sense if something is amiss, so be relaxed. The secret to a fantastic party is making each guest feel special.” ❖

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Entertaining with Ease

A Personalized Party Planner Leslie Register’s First Book Has Recipes, Tips – and Memories

By Donna Cornelius

Photos by Leslie Register

book is called “Leslie’s Party Diaries,” and that’s exactly what it is. Register, a Mountain Brook resident, has been documenting her own parties in a trusty yellow notebook and in accordion files stuffed with menus, photos and invitations. She shares what she’s learned in her book, which not only has her favorite recipes, but also tips for party themes, do’s and don’ts for entertaining, and must-haves for the smart party-giver. The book’s most charming section is a collection of photos and descriptions of her own celebrations, including a “Gobble Until You Wobble” Thanksgiving feast, a pre-Christmas “Got Tree, Come See” gathering, and birthday bashes for her daughters. “Slide Sallie Slide” was for her daughter Sallie Simpson’s 10th birthday, which had a waterslide as its main attraction. Her older daughter, Lily Simpson, was the guest of honor at a 5th birthday “Dunkin’ Donuts Party” with a dunking booth and doughnut cake. Register, who has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Alabama, once put her artistic talents to work to create “Bug Show,” a backyard party and exhibit of her insect-themed artwork. She even parked a 1979 Volkswagen Beetle in her driveway and put together a fruit and cheese tray in the shape of an oversized – but appetizing – bug.

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Leslie Byars Register’s first

Cr owd Pleaser s: Leslie Register, left, loves entertaining indoors and outdoors at her Mountain Brook home. She once gave British phone booth ornaments as party favors to remind guests of the actual one in her beautiful garden. Above, Register’s book, “Leslie’s Party Diaries,” has descriptions of parties she’s given, including a “Got Tree, Come See” Christmas gathering and a fun “Sixteen Candles” celebration for her daughter Sallie’s 16th birthday.

Her interest in art started early, as did her love for cooking. She grew up in Mayfield, Kentucky, where her grandmother lived just down the street from her family’s home. “My mom likes to cook, and so did my grandmother,” she said. While her mother, Alice Byars, knows her way around the kitchen, her father, Bob Byars, is no slouch when it comes to cooking. One of his recipes in “Leslie’s Party Diaries” is simply called “Scratch,” which his daughter describes as “Chex mix on steroids.” “My dad is famous for his eggplant fries,” Register said. “Eggplant is not one of my favorite things, but these fries are great. You peel and cut the eggplant and then soak it in salted

water. The ice water makes the fries airy.” Register left Kentucky to attend UA. “My older sister went to Alabama, and it sounded like so much fun,” she said. “A lot of our friends went to the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt, and we wanted to do something different.” After graduating from college, Register thought she’d probably look for a job at an art gallery, she said. But on the advice of her mother’s friend Nina Griffith, a former editor at Southern Accents magazine, she took a different direction, freelancing as a photo stylist at Oxmoor House, a Birmingham-based publishing company, and then joining Southern Living magazine, where she was a senior photo stylist for nine years. Since leaving Southern Living, Register has worked as a freelance stylist for Cooking Light magazine, Oxmoor House, Cooking with Paula

Deen magazine, Birmingham Home and Garden magazine, and special interest publications for Pillsbury and Betty Crocker. Register’s family also includes her husband, Jon Register, and two stepdaughters, Kate and Grace Register. Her daughter Lily, who’s now 19, is a sophomore at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Daughter Sallie,16, is a junior at Mountain Brook High School. Register began thinking seriously about writing a book last summer, she said. “I was going back and forth to SMU and would take my notebook with me,” she said. While she had recipes, old photos and plenty of source material from past parties, she was missing one of the book’s most important ingredients: food photos. The sunny breakfast room of the Registers’ house became her studio. “Most mornings, I had to shoot pictures by 11:30 while the light is still

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good,” she said. “My husband would say, ‘You’re cooking this early?’ I’d tell him, ‘Yes – and this is what we’re having for supper.’” Register already was an expert photo stylist, having learned the skills at Southern Living. “All the photos in the book, except for older party photos, were made on my iPhone,” she said. “I got an iPhone 6s for Christmas. I now have about 30,000 photos in the Cloud.” Register said she used what she had to set up the photos. “I’d go to my closet and pull out dresses to put on the table,” she said. “When I needed props, I used a Louis Vuitton book, scarves and even some lottery tickets that were sitting out on the counter. I wanted it to be personal.” To stay organized, Register made a detailed work schedule. “I’d make grocery lists and say, ‘This week, I’ll make this, this and this,’” she said. “I was the book’s writer, cook, stylist and photographer.” Support came from family members and former co-workers, including Judy Feagin and Susan Alison, who did copy and recipe editing; Alyce Head, who used her two-week hiatus between an old and new job to create the book’s logo and work on its design; and her own aunt Patricia, who was an English teacher. Register self-published her book and had it printed by Hoffman Media. “Greg Baugh, the executive vice president at Hoffman, was so helpful,” she said. Register said the recipes in the books are “my favorites – ones that we use over and over.” Her husband, whom she said is “great on the grill,” contributed “Foolproof Beef Tenderloin,” which includes a little-known tip that involves wrapping the meat in beach towels. Her sister’s chocolate chess pie is in the dessert section. From a friend came the recipe for “Wade’s Mother’s Slaw.” While Register is a whiz at parties, her family loves casual meals at home, she said.

“We call it Five Star T-Shirt Dining,” she said, laughing. With clever ideas for hostess gifts, cocktails and tablesetting, “Leslie’s Party Diaries” is very much an up-to-theminute manual for anyone who entertains – or who wants help learning how. But Register wanted the book to be one that her family would value and cherish in the years to come. Maybe that’s why the book is dedicated to her daughters with these words: “To Lily and Sallie, may you always

remember.” You can order copies of “Leslie’s Party Diaries” for $39 plus tax through her website, Register will sign copies of her book at Table Matters in Mountain Brook Village from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19; Henhouse Antiques in English Village from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20; Kyle Fine Stationery in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 27, check her website for times; and Williams-Sonoma at The Summit from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 5. ❖

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Ingredients for casserole: 4 medium-size sweet potatoes ¼ cup butter, melted 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Dash of salt Ingredients for topping: 1 cup light brown sugar ¾ cup all-purpose flour 2/3 cup butter, cut in cubes 1 cup pecan pieces

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Melt butter in Dutch oven with olive oil and pan drippings over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes. Add chicken and next 6 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are tender and chicken is done. Add broth; bring to a boil. Stir in sausage, tomatoes and okra. Return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Directions: To make the casserole: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet; bake 1 hour or until tender. Cool slightly (about 10 minutes). Peel potatoes; place in a large mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher until smooth. Stir in butter, sugar, vanilla and salt; pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees. Sprinkle topping over potato mixture. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. To make the topping: Combine first 3 topping ingredients in a bowl with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in pecans. ❖


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Weeknight Gumbo

Directions: Cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until browned. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Set aside.


Sweet Potato Casserole

Leslie Register has lots of great recipes, but these are two that seem just right for fall. In “Leslie’s Party Diaries,” she writes that Weeknight Gumbo “comes together quickly and tastes like it took hours. It can be made ahead and reheated, too.” She calls her Sweet Potato Casserole a “must-have for Thanksgiving dinner and writes that, if your diners include people with nut allergies or young children, the filling can be topped with marshmallows and baked in small ramekins.

Ingredients: ½ pound Andouille sausage, sliced 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ½ pound skinned and boned chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 cup chopped onion ½ cup chopped green bell pepper ½ cup chopped celery 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning ½ teaspoon salt 5 garlic cloves, minced 1 32-ounce container chicken broth 1 16-ounce can whole tomatoes, und rained and chopped 1 cup frozen okra 3 cups hot cooked rice

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Lighting of the Star and the Downtown Homewood Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting are scheduled for Dec. 6.

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Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop is the oldest toy store and hobby shop in the Birmingham area. “We are family-owned and operated since 1950 with a focus on classic toys for the child inside of everyone,” said Tricia McCain, owner. “We carry a wide variety of brands including, but not limited to Corolle Dolls, Lego, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug, Lionel Trains and Traxxas Remote Control.” Pictured above, Charles Dedmon get’s a preview of some of the most popular items on this year’s Christmas lists. “Whether you are looking for a new toy for a newborn baby, a birthday gift for your

child’s classmate or even a new hobby for dad, our experienced staff can help you decide on the best item,” Tricia said. “We carry the largest selection of remote controlled toys in

We carry the largest selection of remote controlled toys in Birmingham. Birmingham. We are proud to have over 60 years of business in the hobby industry. “If you are looking for a particular toy, don’t hesitate to give us a call. If we don’t stock it, we can often special order it for you.” Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop is located at 2830 18th Street S., 879-3986.

Homewood Kick Starts the Holidays With Open House Nov. 3 Homewood for the Holidays kicks off Nov. 3 with the 16th annual Holiday Open House downtown. Stores on 18th Avenue and surrounding streets will be having extended store hours, holiday specials, refreshments and other treats. Local musicians will be playing on the streets and a Holiday Trolley will take shoppers around the downtown area. Santa’s even making a special appearance to have his photo taken with children. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., usually draws thousands of people to the area and reminds them to shop locally this season, according to a press release from the Homewood Chamber of Commerce. Holiday celebrations will continue in Homewood on Dec. 6 with the Lighting of the Star and the Downtown Homewood Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. The star lighting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the top of the 18th Street hill. Mayor Scott McBrayer will light the star, also launching the parade. Float registration information is available at Immediately following the parade, Santa will light the Christmas tree in front of City Hall and will then be available for pictures.

In this section find out what some of your favorite Homewood shops have in store for the holiday season! Alabama Goods s At Home furnishings Homewood Toy & Hobby s Mantooth Interiors roman Brantley s Savages Bakery & Deli the dress shop on linden Three Sheets s wallace-burke

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Mantooth Interiors “Working with our clients to create comfortable and inspirational environments for living is what makes our design team excited every day,” said Lynette Mantooh, who owns the

detail. “Courage is essential. You come to us expecting design expertise, and our team is never afraid to share our vision with you. Come visit with us – and let’s get started. “Together, we’ll create living spaces that have ‘You’ written all over them. Every line.

Our team has interior motives. Homewood store with her husband, Larry. “So, when you meet us, don’t be surprised by how much we want to get to know you. Our desire to collaborate with you so your style appears in every detail of your home is what sets us apart. “At Mantooth, these are crucial attributes we bring to your project. Creativity is a must,” Mantooth said. Collaboration means that your personality will absolutely shine through in every design

Every fabric. Every last detail – artfully drawn together to make you, your family and your friends say, ‘Of course.’ “Let’s get to know one another. And let’s get started,” Mantooh said. Mantooth Interiors offers fine furniture, drapery and window treatments, lighting, accessories and full design services. Mantooth Interiors is located at 2813 18th Street S., 879-5474.


Savage’s Bakery & Deli Savage’s Bakery and Deli has been a Birmingham landmark for over 75 years.   In 1978 Van Scott Jr., a Birmingham native, seized an opportunity to own one of the city’s finest bakeries. Van has three daughters, Elizabeth, who lives in Washington DC, and Kitty and Margaret, pictured above with Kitty’s two boys, Wade and Waller. Both Kitty and Margaret live in Birmingham.  Margaret works alongside her father at the family’s business and is able to continue the traditions that Savage’s has with so many family’s in the Birmingham area, and the entire southeast.  “We’ve expanded our offerings over the years,” Margaret said. “We’ve always been known for our meltways, iced smiley face cookies, butterflake rolls, and of course the cakes! We continue to use the original recipes, which take some time, but it

makes all the difference when it comes to taste. We have recently created new items, such as our Tomato Pie, Basil Pesto Chicken Salad and variety of lunch specials, which have been very popular.” Savage’s will soon start baking a variety of pies, including pecan, sweet potato, pumpkin and a selection of new flavors like Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Cranberry Apple Pie, and the Holiday Berry Pie. Savage’s also offers their famous butterflake, Brookhouse and Parkerhouse rolls.  “Iced turkey cookies for Thanksgiving are always a family favorite and starting in December, the Christmas tree, stars, and bell cookies will be available,” Margaret said. “Special orders can be made ahead of time.  “Come see us during the Homewood Holiday Open House on Nov. 3rd. We’ll have lots of goodies to share!” Savages Bakery & Deli is located at 2916 18th Street S., 871-4901.

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Dr. Farah Sultan, founder and medical director of Vitalogy Wellness Center, is Birmingham’s only expert in optimized living. Her breakthrough rejuvenation system provides the path to overcome diminished health and attain vitality, which can be reclaimed by just about any person at any age with support and guidance. Dr. Sultan, pictured right, a renowned speaker, lifestyle mentor and wellness coach, is passionate about all areas of wellness and also Our physician-led facility understands the importance of each client’s desires and believes in their capacity to better themselves

loves to teach and mentor. Vitalogy Wellness is committed to building a relationship between its client and providers, recognizing each individuals’ view of personal wellness with the goal of assisting them to look and feel their best. “Our physician-led facility understands the importance of each client’s desires and believes in their capacity to better themselves. We support living longer and healthier lives by providing education, fitness, cosmetic, and medical services in an upscale and inviting atmosphere,” said Dr. Sultan. “I grew up in India where I was surrounded by Eastern medicine involving ayurvedic, herbal, acupuncture, complimentary and alternative medicines. My goal is to incorporate proactive care in place of crisis management. Relax, restore and rejuvenate in our state-of-the-art wellness center and medical spa.

Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry & Collectibles “We offer lifestyle programs, medical weight management, fitness, hormone pellet therapy for men and women, spa manicures and pedicures, microdermabrasion, massages, chemical peels, Protégé skin tightening, injectables, platelet-rich plasma therapy, treatments for hormonal imbalance and anti-aging.” Vitalogy Wellness Center, 2704 20th Street S., Homewood, 413-8599.

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Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry & Collectibles is a fine jewelry and gift store with unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry designs and giftware. “We have been in business ten years,” said Preston Foy, who owns the business along with David Hezlep. Pictured above are, from left: Preston Foy,

Shannon Neil and David Hezlep. “Having your own business can be challenging at times, but the rewards are worth it,” Foy said. “Providing quality products and servicing our friends is probably the best part of owning your own company. When someone walks into Wallace-Burke, they’re walking into our home. “This year Wallace-Burke has brought in new jewelry designers as well as new and unique giftware.” Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry & Collectibles is located at 1811 29th Avenue S., Homewood, 874-1044.

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At Home Furnishings At Home Furnishings is a unique, privately-owned store in historic downtown Homewood that has been in business for 25 years. “Our wares are hand-picked by the owner, Babbie Styslinger and staff to ensure that everyone’s tastes are satisfied,” said Paige Rouss, buyer. Pictured above, from left are Scott Burke and Elsbeth Kirk. “The flea market style makes the shop charming and inviting. Our incredible inventory from around the world changes daily. Many people come in on their lunch breaks just to see what’s new,” Paige said. “With over 400 vendors, we are dedicated to

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bringing quality products and competitive prices to our customers. “Among other attributes, we are proud to be Vietri’s Best for the past 13 years, which acknowledges the company’s highest-selling retailers,” said Paige. “At Home is also recognized as the most successful Rowe Furniture dealer in Alabama. “Our greatest pleasure, though, is to help people make their spaces feel comfortable and inviting, no matter what their style may be. “We make every effort to ensure that our prices and quality of product are far and away the best our customers can find,” said Paige. “We want our customers’ experiences at the store to be something that they look back on with extreme satisfaction.” At Home Furnishings is located at 2921 18th Street S., Homewood, 879-3510.

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Three Sheets Located in the heart of historic Homewood since 1995, Three Sheets offers a sophisticated mix of both the luxurious and the casual, including linens to suit any age, simply elegant accessories and beautifully hand-crafted furniture. Every mother-to-be will love the store’s sweet, unusual selection of stuffed animals, blankets, and clothing said Caitlin Ogren, store manager. “Three Sheets is Birmingham’s choice for the latest luxury bed linens, bath accessories and home furnishings,” Caitlin said. “We carry bed linens by leading brands such as SDH, Peacock Alley, Legacy, Pom Pom, Bella Notte and Pine Cone Hill. Stop in today for a fabulous shopping experience.” Everyone at Three Sheets loves the holiday season, Caitlin said, and looks forward to helping shoppers check items off their wish lists. This


includes employees Sara Helms and Mash Powell, pictured above wearing PJ Harlow Pajamas. The holiday season kicks off at Three Sheets with the Homewood Chamber of Commerce’s annual Open House. “The Holiday Open House event on Nov. 3 is the perfect way to start the season,” Caitlin said. “The store is filled with Christmas items and we are stocked up on our favorite gifts, including PJ Harlow pajamas and Legna sheets.” Three Sheets has several traditions in place for the annual Holiday Open House event, Caitlin said. “We always have holiday-themed cookies and cheese wafters from Icing on the Cookie. It’s a great night for people to get out and mingle with friends while getting some early Christmas shopping done.” Three Sheets is located at 2904 18th Street S., Homewood, 871-2337.

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Sherry Hartley and Beth Staula, owners of Alabama Goods, are big proponents of Alabama and the buying local scene. “Because we’re an Alabama company, a higher percentage of the money you spend with us is returned to the community. Plus, you are supporting talented Alabama artists and craftsmen,” Staula said. “Our customers are thrilled with the interesting items they find at Alabama Goods,” Hartley, pictured above, added. “We provide our shoppers with the finest selection of Alabama made products available anywhere.” Alabama Goods offers pottery, bath and body products, candles, jewelry, t-shirts, gourmet food, and more – all made in Alabama. A new and popular item, the “Alabama Wild” series of Earthborn Pottery is sold exclusively at Alabama Goods. Each piece is adorned with the symbol of a plant that grows in Alabama’s wilderness. Alabama Goods is also known for their exceptional gift baskets, which the owners say are always a winner for businesses to give their customers and employees. “Since a gift is a reflection of the gift giver, we want to make sure the gift recipient is impressed,” Hartley said. Visit the store or shop online at alabamagoods. com. Alabama Goods is located at 2933 18th Street, S., 803-3900.

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The Dress Shop on Linden

The Dress Shop on Linden specializes in casual to cocktail clothing and accessories. “We have a large variety of dresses from game day to church to wedding guests to cocktail,” Owner Tricia Albritton, pictured above, said. “I started the business because I love the ease of wearing dresses. I saw a need for a local shop that could give people many choices in dresses. I love the area of downtown Homewood and the feeling of community. I have been in business almost a year and have really enjoyed getting to work with so many wonderful people. I only purchase a small quantity of each dress so that my customers don’t see themselves everywhere. I have recently started carrying tops, bottoms, sweaters, jackets and leggings. “I have always been very interested in fabrics and lines of dresses. Unlike many people in this industry. I have an engineering degree as opposed to fashion merchandising. I think it gives me a unique view. I tend to look at the lines of clothing and how they fit best on different shapes. I really enjoy working with people and helping them to feel beautiful.” The Dress Shop on Linden is located at 2833 Linden Avenue, Homewood, 739-2152.

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Roman Brantley Arts & Antiques

Roman Brantley Arts & Antiques is a collection of old, new and vintage fine art and furniture. “The pieces that I acquire are timeless and traditional, yet very individual,” said owner Linda Brantley, pictured above. “This is a second career for me, after 24 years working as a physician’s assistant in cardiac surgery. Over the last two years, I have created some wonderful relationships and look forward to creating more. “Antiques have always been a passion for me, but I find great fulfillment in helping clients transform their house into a home. I have clients with lavish houses that find that extra special one of a kind addition to their home and younger customers buying their first pieces of furniture to grow with them. I love my second career. “The Open House on Nov. 3 will mark our second anniversary,” Brantley said. “We will have finger food, refreshments and a special drawing, as well as smaller items of inventory arriving for the holidays for gift giving.” Roman Brantley Arts & Antiques is located at 2700 BM Montgomery Street, 460-1224.

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Blueprints For Success

Briarwood Christian School crawned Miss Homecoming 2016 Katie Green (pictured above, right) at the Oct. 6 game against Woodlawn. The homecoming court includes Jessica Angus, Maddie Bentley, Hallie Beasley, Chloe Lovvorn, Mae Sanders, Marylane Graham, Anna Beth Hild, Kara Schaffers, Sarah Morgan Johnson, Emily Edwards, Mary Elise Nolen, McKenzie Russell and Jenna Rose White.

By Lee Davis People can find the inspiration to start a successful business in the most unusual ways. For Alex Ferguson, a senior at Vestavia Hills High School, the inspiration came from his then-10-year-old brother, Graham. Graham, a fan of American Ninja Warrior, a popular reality television show, wanted a ninja-style obstacle course in the family backyard for his birthday. But soon Alex and their father, Scott Ferguson, realized that no plans to build such a course existed. “We looked everywhere for a do-it-yourself guide on how to build a course in the backyard,” Alex recalled. “The closest thing we could find was a few YouTube videos of people training on their personal courses, but these videos had no instruction on how to build our own. So we decided to come up with the plans for ourselves.” So they turned to the boys’ grandfather, Inge Waddle, an engineer by trade. Waddle drew up the blueprints for the course, while Alex put together an instruction manual. Graham eventually got his ninja warrior course. And his brother got his business. In the months that followed, Alex created the on-line startup, where more than 7,000 customers have downloaded his blueprints for building ninja warrior obstacle courses in their own backyards. “My dad is an entrepreneur and I’ve always had an interest in business. I had a dog-walking service and I had lemonade stands as a kid,” Alex said. “An online business is a great way to start. There’s less overhead than a traditional brick-and-mortar business.” The elder Ferguson said that orders to purchase the blueprints have come from all 50 states and many foreign countries, including Canada,

Norway, Australia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The download, which includes 10 obstacles in a compact 16-by-9-foot space, sells on the website for $79. The 10 obstacles, according to the website, include cliff hanger, peg board, rumbling dice, globe grasp, devil steps, pipe grasp, Tarzan ropes, cargo net, salmon ladder and pipe slider. Plans for a smaller, portable course are available for $39 and for a larger course, called the Ultimate Builder’s Bundle, for $109.

‘I try to tie in the business to school as much as possible. I told my math teacher that I’d applied a lot of what I learned in his class to the business. He liked hearing that ... There’s no problem balancing the business with school.’ As additional incentive for customers, the website posts free blueprints of a ninja warrior favorite, the iconic salmon ladder. The website doesn’t sell the material for the courses, so Alex negotiated a deal to direct customers to Home Depot for supplies, including offering a gift card for the big box giant with certain purchases. “We’re appealing to families who are looking for a way to build a course at a reasonable price with readily available materials,” he said. “This isn’t for a huge warehouse and a huge budget. It’s something that anyone who wants to train at home can use.” Scott Ferguson said that, while some of the website’s customers include those who want to be on the

television show, at least half are families with children who see the ninja warrior concept as a great way to get all ages to exercise together. Normally you don’t think of 17-year-olds and 11-year-olds doing much hanging out,” Ferguson said. “But Alex comes with his friends and Graham has his buddies at the house and they are all exercising and enjoying the obstacle course together.” The Fergusons have built a similar bond with their customers. Many go to the website and post pictures of themselves building the courses and training with their children in their own backyards. The website is filled with comments from happy customers expressing gratitude for producing blueprints and instructions that are easy to understand. “I get goose bumps when I see the pictures,” Ferguson said. “It’s so great to see parents working together to build something that they can enjoy with their kids.” Alex spends much of his time after school working on the business, and he said it doesn’t interfere with studying and homework. “I try to tie in the business to school as much as possible. I told my math teacher that I’d applied a lot of what I learned in his class to the business. He liked hearing that,” Alex said, laughing. Another positive aspect of having an online business is that he can perform certain tasks – such as sending out emails – during school hours. The business has also drawn national attention. It was spotlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article about the surge in popularity of private ninja warrior courses. With things going so well, Alex said he could see building a career around what began as his brother’s simple birthday request. “That would definitely be a dream,” Alex said. “It would be so great to do this full time. It could grow into so many things. I’d love to give it a try.” ❖

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Hoover High School crowned 2016 Homecoming Queen Caroline Willoughby (pictured above with Homecoming King Kholbe Coleman) at the Buc’s game against Huffman Oct. 7. Members of the homecoming court include Alyson Wilcox, Mya Washington, Sara Kate Thomas, Allie Couch, Jalesia Spencer, Amiyah King, Brooke Weidler, April Tran, Ilya Kristensen, Leah Varnell, Erin McAfee, Alexis Reeves, Izzy Tse and Mary Wertz.

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Alex Ferguson created the on-line startup, where more than 7,000 customers have downloaded his blueprints for building ninja warrior obstacle courses in their own backyards.


Oak Mountain High School named Kate Harris (pictured above, left) the 2016 Homecoming Queen at the school’s Oct. 14 game against Mountain Brook High School. Members of the homecoming court are Elena Gagliano, Emma Grace Ingram, Hannah Kelley, Riley Lehman, Kathryn Norton, Phoebe Cooper, Holli Riddle, Julia Stone, Jenna Wilson, Kathleen Kelley, Emery Little, Emma Pimentel, Kathryn Taylor Sisk, Abby Jones, Grace Riddle and Kara Wingard.

MBHS Relay for Life Team Plans Halloween-Themed 5K Run According to the team behind Mountain Brook High School’s 2016 Relay for Life event, this year is all about reaching out. An annual event hosted by many local high schools, Relay for Life traditionally includes a fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society held throughout the school year and culminating in a large event in the spring. But Mountain Brook’s event had “died down” in the past few years, said Ellie Gorman, one of this year’s co-directors. So this year, the planning committee for the relay is making it its mission to not just extend the event’s reach within the school, but within the community. “Cancer affects all of us, so we want everyone to be involved,” Gorman said. One of the ways the team is spreading the word is by hosting the first-ever Relay Freaky 5K, a family- and costume-friendly run that will take place Oct. 29 at 8 a.m. in Crestline Village. “We thought that a 5K was perfect because this is such an active community,” said Katie Pharo, one of the junior directors this year. Even though it is the first time the team has planned any kind of run,

Pharo said it has been fairly easy thanks to city officials and support from the community. “We’ve had sponsors donate things like water and cups, and a few local printers have made posters for us to spread around the community,” Pharo said. Merchants have also donated various items that will be included in race bags as well as special gift bags that will be handed out to participants who are cancer survivors. The students hope that the race will spark more participation in the ongoing fundraising aspect of the Relay for Life campaign. Sign-up already is open online for teams that wish to participate in the spring event, and the student organizers have been spreading the word on campus and passing donation buckets at football games. “Cancer is something that touches everybody’s lives,” Gorman said. “Being able to help raise money for such a worthy cause that effects so many people is worth all of the work.” In addition to calling upon the help of local businesses, the team has been reaching out to local cancer survivors who could be recognized at the race. “Working behind the scenes, we’ve gotten to know some of the

survivors,” Pharo said. “That’s one of the most rewarding things.” The team has set an attendance goal of 200 for the race. “We want everyone to come,” said co-director Charlotte Kinney. “Kids, adults, everyone. My grandmother is even coming.” Kinney’s immediate family has signed up for the run as a team and has coordinated costumes. “I don’t want anybody to steal our idea,” Kinney warned. “We’re going to be the characters from ‘Despicable Me.’” She noted that her favorite character pairing is probably her grandmother, who will be dressed as a minion. The team is hoping that the race will inspire some of the attendees to get a jump start on fundraising for the spring event, but just in case, they hope to plan a holiday event in December as a little reminder. “We’re having to be actively involved in the community throughout this process,” Kinney said. “So, that responsibility gives us the opportunity to learn so many leadership skills.” Pharo added that it helps to have each other to lean on for support along with three other team members and two teachers who sponsor the club. For those who want to join in on the race, registration is $35 and closes on Oct. 25. “Everyone who signs up will get a T-shirt and a race bag – and free water!” Gorman said. For more information, visit RelayFreaky5K2016. ❖

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ARC Realty Partner Wins Birmingham Residential Sales Associate Award

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Mechelle Wilder, a partner and associate broker with ARC Realty, has been named 2016 Residential Sales Associate of the Year by the Birmingham Association of Realtors. Wilder has achieved more than $90 million in closed real estate sales during the past 16 years, is a member of the Birmingham Association of Realtors MLS board, the Council of Residential Specialists and the Club of Excellence. She is a graduate of the Real Estate Institute and an accredited buyer representative, and she is nationally certified as a short sales and foreclosure resource. “Mechelle is a successful, hardMechelle Wilder working trailblazer who is always willing to serve this association and her community,” said Cliff Long, association executive of the Birmingham Association of Realtors and CEO of the Greater Alabama Multiple Listing Service. “She not only embodies that tenacious Realtor spirit, but exemplifies the highest ideals of our profession.” Award recipients are chosen based on their records of service, sales, ethics, professionalism and knowledge. “I am greatly honored to have been selected as the Birmingham Association of Realtors 2016 Residential Sales Associate of the Year,” Wilder said. “The other nominees were very outstanding. I feel blessed to have been chosen.”

High Point Gym Coming to U.S. 280

When serious rock climbers are pursuing their passion, they normally need to find the proper venue and hope the weather cooperates. Soon, they’ll only have to go to Inverness and the weather won’t be a factor. That’s because a High Point Climbing Gym franchise at 4766 U.S. 280 will hold its official grand opening in December. The gigantic indoor facility will offer bouldering, rope climbing, speed climbing, kids’ rooms and all types of climbing-related activities suited for skill levels ranging from experienced climbers to first-timers. An outdoor climbing set-up is also featured. Training for climbers is available, and climbing gear is provided on site. There are two High Point facilities in the Chattanooga area. The Birmingham location is the first expansion outside the area. “We felt that Birmingham was underserved for climbing facilities,” said Ben Lowe, the communication coordinator for High Point. “There’s really not anything quite like this anywhere nearby. We’ve gotten tremendous positive feedback from the public so far.” High Point is far more than a climbing facility. The gym also offers a full cardiovascular exercise room and a weight-lifting area. There are even yoga classes available. “People can come to High Point and get a full workout,” Lowe said. “We have much of the same fitness equipment that any traditional gym might have. We really see the climbing aspect as part of an over-

all fitness program. Too often, people can get bored and burn out if they do the same fitness routine repeatedly. By adding climbing into a workout, it’s much more difficult to get into a rut.” Lowe said that indoor climbing has become a popular new recreation option. “Climbing is obviously very different from playing sports such as football, baseball or basketball,” he said. “It’s a great

‘In Chattanooga, we have regular climbers who are in their mid-70s. This is a place to participate for every age group as well as skill level.’ way for folks to hang out with their friends socially and at the same time get a serious workout.” And while most might associate climbing with a younger demographic, Lowe said that climbing is popular with all age groups. “In Chattanooga, we have regular climbers who are in their mid-70s,” he said. “This is a place to participate for every age group as well as skill level.” Climbers at High Point are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that gives them maximum mobility, such as sweat pants or shorts. Climbing shoes are required at all climbing facilities. If guests do not own climbing shoes, they may be rented at the front desk. Lowe said that High Point makes every

effort to ensure a climber’s safety. One way is the use of an auto belaying system to manage the rope of a climber. The belayer can catch a climber’s fall, provide tension on the rope when needed and lower a climber back to the ground. High Point’s Chattanooga gym has gained national attention. The April 2015 issue of Climbing Magazine described High Point as “the country’s coolest gym.” While High Point will be new to Birmingham, Lowe said the concept of climbing gyms is nothing new. “Climbing gyms have been around for about as long as outdoor rock climbing has existed,” he said. “There’s always been a demand for a way to rock climb without having to travel far and plan for outdoor conditions. Some people enjoy both indoor and outdoor climbing and others solely climb indoors.” Visitors to High Point can purchase memberships or day passes for a reasonable price. “We’re very excited to be coming to Birmingham,” Lowe said. ❖   

Western Opens Lane Parke Store

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Western Market owner Ken Hubbard welcomed a crowd gathered in the Lane Parke retail development Oct. 13 as the ribbon was cut for his new store there. Heavenly Donut Co. served up some of the doughnuts that shoppers will see in the store every morning as treats during the event. “Where we are now is such a contrast to where we were,” Hubbard said. “I look forward to the next phase of Lane Parke.” Hubbard recognized Rele and John Evans, Ken Hubbard developers of the Lane Parke complex, thanking them for their work with Hoar Construction in developing the new building. Despite a few bumps in the road, Hubbard said, the experience working with Hoar Construction offered Western the opportunity to make the new location better for shoppers as well as workers. He said department heads had the opportunity to provide advice on the plans for their work spaces. Before the crowd entered the new 28,000-square-foot store, Hubbard introduced retired senior pastor of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church Dr. Gary Fenton, who gave a blessing over the store before Mayor Terry Oden cut the ribbon. The event marked Oden’s final ribbon-cutting ceremony as mayor of Mountain Brook.

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of craft beer and wines. The event corresponds with the one-year anniversary of the Grand Bohemian Hotel, which will be serving up specials in its Habitat Feed and Social dining room until Oct. 30. Merchants that will have their doors open during the celebration include Kinnucan’s Specialty Outfitters, B. Prince, A’Mano, M&S Handmade Furniture, Platinum Pilates, Lane Parke Apartments and Western Market. Merchants that will open following the grand opening are The Local Taco, Revelator Coffee and CharBar No. 7. ❖

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Moss Points

Senior Jaguar Hopes to End Volleyball Career on High Note Spain Park’s Karlee Moss admits there was a time when she didn’t take volleyball all that seriously. “When I was in sixth grade, playing softball was about the only thing I ever thought about,” she recalled. “Then a friend and I signed up for volleyball as a total joke. But I made the team, and before long I realized that volleyball was the game I wanted to play.” Moss may have started playing volleyball as a joke, but the Lady Jaguars’ opponents haven’t been amused. She entered her senior season as one of the area’s finest players. As a middle blocker, Moss completed the regular season with 267 kills, 246 digs and 23 aces in leading Spain Park to a 16-12 record entering the Class 7A Area Six tournament this week. “Before the season, I knew we would have a good, talented team,” Moss said. “We play a very tough schedule, so I was pleased with our record, and I think we’ll step it up even more for the post-season.” Moss said almost all volleyball players turned the intensity level up in the playoffs. “It’s a mindset,” she explained. “Reaching the post-season is what you’re working for during practice in the summer and throughout the regular season. Everybody gets excited

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As a middle blocker, Karlee Moss, right, completed the regular season with 267 kills, 246 digs and 23 aces in leading the Spain Park team, above, to a 16-12 record entering the Class 7A Area Six tournament this week.

hoo ver , ing its time as Berry High School, by far the most wins any coach has ever collected against the Bucs. The national media thinks so much of the Hoover-Vestavia matchup that it has honored it as a game in the prestigious Great American Rivalry Series. Anderson and Vestavia’s strong tradition against Hoover was enough to make Buc partisans uneasy about last Friday night’s clash, despite the Rebels’ comparatively modest 4-3 record. Their worries were to be unfounded. Hoover took control quickly, overcame an early turnover and rolled to an impressive 38-7 victory at the Hoover Met. “I’m proud of our kids,” Hoover coach Josh Niblett said. “Our mindset in practice was right all week. These kids understand what it means to compete. We played to win – not just to keep from losing.” It took the Bucs only six plays to take the lead. Quarterback Garrett Farquhar passed 21 yards to Shedrick Jackson for the touchdown to give the hosts a 7-0 lead. A few minutes later, C.J. Sturdivant scored on a one-yard run to raise the margin to 14-0. Hoover scored two more times before halftime to move its margin

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when we move toward the area tournaments and beyond.” Both Moss and Spain Park seem to be peaking at the right time. She had 55 kills with 57 digs and 24 blocks as the Lady Jaguars took first place in the Silver Bracket of the prestigious Margaret Blalock Tournament earlier this month.   “I think that showing will give us a lot of confidence for the rest of the way,” Moss said. If Spain Park makes a strong run toward the Class 7A Elite Eight, it’s likely that Moss will be a big part of it. “Karlee is one of our strongest

players,” Lady Jag coach Kellye Bowen said. “She competes hard every time she steps on the floor. She’s a great young lady with a great work ethic.” Moss said she relies on her wits more than physical strength. “I don’t have great power, but I do play smart,” she explained. “I have a sense of where everyone is on the court. It’s all about putting the ball where the people aren’t.” Her cerebral approach extends to the classroom. An excellent student, Moss’ favorite subject is math. “I guess that’s a good thing because there are so many statistics in

volleyball,” she said, laughing. Other key Spain Park players are seniors Olivia Smith, Emily Colpack, Naomi Pitts, Caroline Francis, Christina Renta, Ellie Norton and Ali Close; juniors Marlee Johnson and Caroline Horton; and sophomores Sha’Kevia Hogan and Maddie Dease. “We really work together well as one unit,” Moss said. “I’m going to miss them a lot when I graduate.” Moss’ time as a Lady Jaguar may

be drawing to a close, but she hopes her volleyball career isn’t finished. She expects to play for the University of Montevallo next season. “I’d love to keep playing,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine anything more fun and challenging than being able to play volleyball in college.” Regardless of what’s ahead for Spain Park in 2016, Karlee Moss’ volleyball career was definitely no joke. ❖

to 28-0. Shedrick Jackson tossed a halfback option pass to Kam Ford for the third touchdown. Farquhar’s scoring pass to Joseph Timpa provided the

fourth score. The Buc offense compiled a whopping 302 yards in the first half, holding the Rebels to just 71. Hoover

never punted in the game. “We had a good pace going all night, with a lot of up-tempo play,” Farquhar said. “We had too many

penalties and I’m not happy about it, but that’s OK.” Jackson said that the home crowd energized Hoover. “It’s always great to come out here and play for them,” he said. “They can get us pumped up.” Vestavia earned a consolation touchdown late in the contest when quarterback Coleman Petway connected with Joseph Travis for a 12-yard score to avoid the shutout. The Bucs have only averaged giving up six points a game since yielding 25 points in their loss to Allen High School of Texas on Aug. 26. “Give credit to our defense,” Jackson said. “It’s probably the best I’ve played with since I’ve been at Hoover.” With a 7-1 record and only Thompson remaining on its Class 7A Region Three schedule, Hoover looks ready to make another serious run for a state championship. If the Bucs can repeat their effort against Vestavia, it will take a special team having its best night to keep them out of the Class 7A final. “All we can think about now is Thompson,” Niblett said. “That’s all. It’s always about the next game. You can’t afford to overlook anyone on our schedule. We preach that every day.” Niblett is right. Every game is important. But as any Hoover fan knows, beating Vestavia is always a special occasion. ❖

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Pat Sullivan was saluted Oct. 7 at the halftime of John Carroll’s 40-7 win over Springville, as the Cavaliers’ home field was named in his honor. From now on, the Cavs will play at Pat Sullivan Field.

all brought back a lot of wonderful memories.” If his big night at John Carroll triggered fond memories for Sullivan, the mere utterance of his name brings back great memories to a generation of college football fans in Alabama. Sullivan was arguably one of the most exciting players in Southeastern Conference history, setting an NCAA record for touchdown responsibility that stood for years. But more than setting any records or even for winning the Heisman Trophy, Sullivan was most admired for the classy way he represented Auburn and the state during his playing days and

beyond. “It was all about my teammates and all the others that helped me throughout my life and football career,” Sullivan said. “I always wanted to make sure that other people got credit for anything that I was able to achieve. I owe everything to them.” For all his success at Auburn and his time in the NFL, Sullivan said the years he spent as a Cavalier were among the greatest of all. “When I grew up there wasn’t a lot of television exposure for college football,” he said. “So our football heroes were the guys we saw play on Friday

night. Then when we had the opportunity to play high school ball, we had kids looking up to us, and that was a great experience.” Although John Carroll had only about 23 players on its roster in those days, the team enjoyed widespread support from the student body and community. “Even the student body members who didn’t actually play football were very involved and were considered part of the team,” Sullivan recalled. “And our stadium on Montclair Road was packed for every game.” Sullivan’s fondest memory of high

school football was simple – just playing the game. “Back then, there wasn’t so much pressure,” he said. “We really enjoyed just getting to play. We had the desire to compete, and John Carroll was where we learned how to do it.” As one of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks, Sullivan was heavily recruited by colleges across the nation. Recruiting was much lower key than it is today. There were no rating services or recruiting “experts,” and the NCAA had far fewer rules governing the process. “It was a simpler time,” Sullivan said. “During my recruiting, I had something like standing dates. On one night, an Alabama coach took me to dinner. On another night, an Auburn coach would take me to dinner. On another night a coach from Georgia or Tennessee or Notre Dame would take me to eat. My parents wouldn’t let me go out on Thursday night, and on Friday night we played the (John Carroll) game. On Saturday, I was making an on-campus visit. And that filled the week.” When Sullivan was treated to dinner by the coaches, he usually ordered the

same thing: steak. “My parents were working and saving so they could afford to send their

‘My parents were working and saving so they could afford to send their kids to John Carroll. The only time I got steak at home was on my birthday. So when the coaches took me out, I knew what I wanted.’ kids to John Carroll,” he said. “The only time I got steak at home was on my birthday. So when the coaches took me out, I knew what I wanted.” While young Pat Sullivan got his steaks, everyone else got so much more: a leader, a winner on the field and off, a role model and a community icon. Sullivan may have played at John Carroll and Auburn, but he belongs to us all. ❖

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Vestavia stunned its heavily favored rival 20-13 in the regular season, before Hoover avenged the loss in the playoffs. Overall, Anderson claims 19 career victories over Hoover, includ-

Current events in our nation and around the world make some people wonder if there are any heroes remaining. Maybe they don’t know where to look. The alumni rolls of John Carroll Catholic might be a good place to start. One of its heroes is Pat Sullivan, class of 1968. Sullivan was saluted Oct. 7 at the halftime of John Carroll’s 40-7 win over Springville, as the Cavaliers’ home field was named in his honor. From now on, the Cavs will play at Pat Sullivan Field. As any young football fan in Alabama knows, Sullivan starred at John Carroll before undertaking a legendary career as a quarterback at Auburn University, which climaxed with him being awarded the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s top college football player in 1971. He later went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. After retirement from the NFL, Sullivan worked as an assistant coach at Auburn and at UAB and served as head coach at TCU and Samford University. Although John Carroll moved off its original Southside campus nearly 30 years ago, Sullivan felt like he was home again when he returned to his high school alma mater. “That was a special night,” he recalled last week. “Getting to see so many of my former teammates, coaches and classmates meant more than anything. I hadn’t seen some of them in 40 years.  Some of my former teammates at Auburn came, too. It

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Hoover Dominates Rival Rebels

Above, the Buc offense led by quarterback Garrett Farquhar compiled a whopping 302 yards in the first half. Left, Hoover held the Rebels to just 71 first half yards in their 38-7 Region 3 win. Right, Hoover coach Josh Niblett said his team We played to win – not just to keep from losing.

Buddy Anderson has earned 324 victories in nearly 40 years as the head coach of the Vestavia Hills Rebels. Few of those wins were sweeter than the ones over the Hoover Bucs. For all of Hoover’s success in the past two decades, Anderson’s Rebels have always been a tough nut for the Bucs to crack. For example, in 2015,

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