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Striking the Right Balance Experts Weigh in on Importance of Choosing Students’ Extracurriculars Wisely


By Sarah Kuper

he beginning of the school year comes with new challenges for students and parents. Some are trivial, like finding the right locker, while others can make a lifelong difference. 1 Recently, Dr. Heather Austin, UAB expert in clinical child psychology and pediatric psychology, tackled the topic of managing a student’s extracurricular commitments. In an article released by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Austin states the importance of striking the right balance for children. “There is definitely a difference between overscheduled and opportunities for enrichment,” Austin said. “Life is very busy and downtime is essential for

children. I think often we as parents and professionals forget this.” Austin said parents are instrumental in guiding a child or teen through choosing participation in sports, academic or civic clubs, but a parent shouldn’t make executive decisions without considering a child’s

feelings and well-being. She advises focusing on a student’s strengths, interests and opportunities for growth. A child forced into an activity may end up miserable and anxious and not get anything out of it. Austin said that, although it may take time and consideration, choosing the right blend of extracurriculars is worthwhile. Lauren Patterson, guidance counselor at The Altamont School, agrees. “Students involved in a healthy mix of extracurriculars are less likely to engage in risky behaviors,” she said. Patterson, who is new to the private school this year, said her goal is to get to know students individually so she can help them navigate all Altamont has See BALANCE, page 29

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Tools for Thought

y kitchen has been reassemhasn’t added a thing to my tool experbled! (The peasants tise. When the garage door started rejoice.) I can now whip up bouncing back, I remembered that it dinner and put the dishes in the dishwas probably because I had jarred the washer, if I so choose. So far I haven’t. My refrigerator is on probasensors near the floor. One small kick, tion with a new and improved water and everything was working again, but line, but I will shut the water off to the fixing things with your shoe is one entire house when I leave town. Trust, thing. Using tools from the workbench but verify. You know how it goes. is another.  Now that I have weathered the The workbench. All those years, it great flood, other household glitches was exclusively Harold’s turf. When a seem minor. A sprinkler head went problem arose, I immediately turned it rogue, my outdoor lighting refused to over to Harold, who retreated to the light, the dehumidifier was de-ing so garage, emerged with the proper widmuch that it humidified an adjacent get and tool to affix said widget, and Sue Murphy wall. In each case, I simply went to within minutes everything was hunkymy Big Book of Fix-It and called dory again. The workbench was the appropriate repairpernever part of my territory, and I was One small kick, and not privy to Harold’s intricate widson. Problem solved.  filing system. At least I think Of course, when you call in a everything was working get there was a system, although now, repairperson, they start asking questions: How old is the unit? Is it a again, but fixing things as I stand gazing up at the pegboard of bins and boxes, I feel comFriendalator or a Foedalater? How with your shoe is one full many zippity zips does this unit pletely overwhelmed.   have? I try desperately to look intelA wise person once said, “Do thing. Using tools ligent, but the answer is always the something every day that scares from the workbench is you,” so before I take on the zombie same: I don’t know. apocalypse, I’ll do a few rounds Turns out, I don’t know a lot, another.  with Harold’s workbench. Step one: and being as I am now in the homeAfter the workers put in my new stead front lines, it would be really floor, one of the air conditioner handy if I learned. It would be even handier if I figured out how to do a few household fixes grates wouldn’t go back in.  A piece of metal was jutmyself. I’m not talking about putting up drywall (see, ting out into the ductwork opening, so I walked right up to the workbench, pulled a hammer off the pegboard, I’m learning already). I’m talking about things that require a non-electrical tool and a few righty-tighty and hammered it back into place. Problem solved. I celmoves. I consider myself teachable and I have the prop- ebrated with a bag of M&M’s.    er motivation. What I need are clear-cut instructions Of course, that was only a hammer. I have wrenches and some practice. in metrics and inches, vises and screwdrivers (Philips I’m good with instructions. For some self-prescribed head and otherwise) ahead of me, but I’ll figure them out one by one. You’ll be so proud of me; this morning therapy, I’ve been assembling a giant Lego castle, 4,000-plus pieces. There are step-by-step pictorial I even changed out the air conditioning filters.  directions to follow, and I know Mickey and Minnie are It’s a process, a journey, but I’ll get there. All it going to love it, but the process is strictly hands-on and takes is perseverance … and a lot of M&M’s. ❖


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Back 2 School in the Hills Cahaba Heights Athletic Fields This free event is from 6:30-10 p.m. and features freebies, rides and inflatables, music and a family movie. No pets are allowed. A rain date is set for Aug. 18. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

Fenders and Fireflies Old Car Heaven The Easter Seals of Birmingham will host the sixth annual event from 7-11 p.m., featuring music, signature “firefly” cocktails and a live and silent auction. Event proceeds benefit the Easter Seals’ efforts to improve the lifestyle of children and adults with special needs in Central Alabama. For more information, visit the “6th Annual Fenders & Fireflies Event Presented by Merrill Lynch” Facebook page.

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Thurs., Aug. 10 Chip Ghigna Art Show and Reception Forstall Art Center The center will host an art show and reception featuring Chip Ghigna on Thurs. from 5-6 p.m. For more information, call 870-0480.


OHOH Gold Gala, Sat., Aug. 12 B&A Warehouse The Junior Board of Open Hands Overflowing Hearts will host their second annual gala from 7-11 p.m. benefitting pediatric cancer research. The evening will include food and drinks, live music and a selection of chance drawing items. Guests are encouraged to incorporate gold into their attire. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 for a pair. For more information, visit.  ❖ Having fun at last year’s gala were, from left, Meredith Barker, Kayla Perry Funk and Jane Gray Price.e.

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Southern Makers Sloss Furnaces This two-day event will feature activities, workshops, storytelling, demonstrations and a “maker bazaar” explore and center on taking southern traditions in architecture, food, fine art, fashion and design and applying them in a modern sustainable world. For event times and ticket information, visit

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Picasso Pets The Harbert Center Guests are invited to dress in black and white attire at Hand in Paw’s annual fundraiser. Tickets are $200 and include access to a silent auction, hous d’oeuvres, beer, wine, a specialty cocktail, seated three-course surf and turf dinner and an opportunity to participate in a live auction full of trips, collectibles and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the silent auction and dinner and the live auction is at 7:30. For more information, visit MOUNTAIN BROOK

Crestline Tent Sale Crestline Village The merchants of Crestline Village will host the annual sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with deals, trunk shows and more. Stop by the Village to stock up for the new school year. For more information, visit HOMEWOOD

Fourth Annual Block Party Homewood Public Library The Homewood Library Foundation’s

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No More Safety Pins Liberty Church Grace Klein Community presents an item swap Thurs. from 5-9 p.m. (Early Shoppers Only), Fri. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat. from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Items include winter/fall clothing, maternity, kids clothing, baby gear, toys, games shoes and gift items for all ages. The cost to participate is $25 per every 20 items. For more information, visit “No More Safety Pins” Facebook page. 

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Art on the Rocks Birmingham Museum of Art The final installment of the Museum’s summer series will kick off at 7 p.m. and be packed full of performances by artists and actors, bakers and filmmakers, musicians and more. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, visit

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Beer, Bands & Bullies Cahaba Brewing Co. Bama Bully Rescue presents their 7th annual festival from 4-11 p.m. The event will feature some of Birmingham’s best bands, raffles and beer. This years lineup includes music by Atticus Avenue, Five Shot Jack, Matt Herren Band, Sylvia Rose Novak and special sets by DJ Lee J. Friendly leashed

dogs are welcome. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit Bama Bully Rescue. For more information, visit “Beer Bands & Bullies 2017” Facebook page.  

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Chirps and Chips Birmingham Botanical Gardens Alabama Wildlife Center’s junior board, Raptor Force, is hosting its annual fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. The event will feature a casinothemed night that includes games, live entertainment, a silent auction, a drawing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. Tickets are $50. For more information, visit upcoming-events/chirps-and-chips-2. BIRMINGHAM

Just A Call Away 5k & Fun Run Uptown Entertainment District Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and America’s First Federal Credit Union presents the third annual 5k and fun run to benefit the Crisis Center Inc., which provides 24-hour support services for individuals experiencing personal crisis or mental health issues. Runners of all ages and abilities, strollers and pets are welcome. Entry fees are $35 for the 5k and $20 for the fun run. For more information, visit AL/Birmingham/ACallAway5k. BIRMINGHAM

Fairytales and Frogs Day Birmingham Zoo This second annual event is set from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. behind the Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Stage. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite costume. Festivities include face painting, photo opportunities with costumed characters, animal demonstrations, a DJ, arts and crafts and a Coca-Cola sampling booth. For more information, visit biriminghamzoo. com. BIRMINGHAM

Local Authors Expo Birmingham Public Library The annual expo held at the Central Library from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. will showcase Alabama authors. Two featured authors, Chandra Sparks


Twice as Nice Sale Zamora Temple The Birmingham Area Mothers of Multiples will host a consignment sale, featuring new and gently used infant, children and maternity clothing; baby equipment; toys and more. On Friday, the sale will be open from 5-9 p.m. with no strollers or children under 10. A Saturday sale from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. will be open to strollers and all children. This event is free. For more information, visit

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annual fundraiser will take place form 5-8 p.m. The event will include adult beverages and samples from Dave’s Pizza, Demetri’s BBQ, Homewood Gourmet, Little Donkey, Nabeel’s Café, Piggly Wiggly, Shiki, Soho Social and Urban Cookhouse. Festivities include music by Mike Sheehan and Eric Watters, bounce houses, a climbing wall and more. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, visit




Boiling N’ Bragging, Sat., Aug. 19 Otey’s Tavern Rotary District 6860 will host the ninth annual Boiling N’ Bragging from 6:30-9:30 p.m.benefitting the Critical Care Transport program at Children’s of Alabama. The event will feature a tailgate party including a cookout and low country boil featuring $1 drink specials, corn hole, live music and entertainment by WJOX. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Kids 10 and under are free. For more information, visit ❖

Splond (10:30 a.m.) and Nia Mya Reese (1:00 p.m.), will discuss their writing and the publishing process. Admission is free. For more information, visit  HOMEWOOD

World Humanitarian Day Drive 85 Bagby Drive, Ste. 216 VisionOne Inc. will host a sock and sleeping bag drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a goal of collecting 500 pairs of socks and 100 sleeping bags to be distributed to the homeless in the Birmingham area. Needed items are new or gently used sleeping bags and new socks for men, women and children. Donations can be mailed or dropped off to 85 Bagby Dr., Ste. 216, Homewood, 35209. For more information, contact Tonda Thomas at 677-3142 or visit

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L’Chaim Alys Stephens Center The Birmingham Holocaust Museum’s annual fundraiser will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Jemison Concert Hall, featuring the Steel City Men’s Chorus. The event will include special musical entertainment arranged by Keith Cromwell, Executive Director of Red Mountain Theatre Company including the cast of RMTC’s “Fiddler on the Roof”, Abijah Cunningham, Amy Johnson and Kristen Sharp. A dessert reception will follow the program. Individual tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for students. For more information, visit



Sidewalk Film Festival Downtown Birmingham The 19th annual film festival will include screenings of movies from filmmakers across the country and around the world. Film screenings will be held in 11 venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District, including the Alabama Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. Ticket options range from $30-$285. For more information and a full schedule, visit

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Vino & Van Gogh Bridgestreet Zuriel Technology Group presents a wine and art event hosted by United Ability’s Junior Board featuring silent and live auctions, wine tastings, food music and art. The event is from 6-9 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. All proceeds provide programs and services to people with disabilities. For more information, visit united


Tailgate Challenge The Bell Center Event-goers at the Bell Center’s Tailgate Challenge will enjoy tastes of tailgating food at various team tents, music, kid-friendly events and team rivalry. Celebrity judges will award the teams on most team spirit, best tasting food, and best all around. The event is from 11 a.m -2 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults; kids enter for free. For more information, visit the BIRMINGHAM

Fairy Tale Ball Birmingham Marriott Grandview Childcare Resources will host its 11th annual family-friendly gala from 5:30-8:30 p.m., featuring dance music, a silent auction, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a “candy bar”, costumed stilt walkers, magicians, jugglers, fairy tale characters and more. Family tickets are $200 and admit up to 2 adults and 2 children. Individual adult tickets are $90, children 12 and under are $20 and children 2 and under are free. For more information, visit “11th Annual Fairy Tale Ball” Facebook page. BIRMINGHAM

Passport to Uganda Sozo Trading Co. Experience first hand the streets of Uganda as the store and warehouse are transformed allowing you to truly experience the story of Sozo. The seventh annual Sozo Childrens Fundraising Dinner will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. and include dinner, interactive experiences, a video presentation, silent auction and a block party. This family friendly event is $30 per ticket. Dress is casual. For more information, visit dinner/.


KI Sisterhood Estate Sale Knesseth Israel Congregation The congregation will host an estate sale on Fri., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun., from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Mon., from 11a.m.-4 p.m. Items available include antiques, artwork, jewelry, books, toys, housewares and more. Proceeds will support programs and services offered at Knesseth Israel Congregation. For more information, visit ❖


Tackling Parenthood

Mountaintop Church Hosts Just a Phase Parenting Conference In an effort to better equip parents for the many phases a child goes through in their early life, Mountaintop Community Church has planned the Just a Phase Parenting Conference for Aug. 25-26. The conference will include one keynote speaker session each day, followed by breakout sessions that are specific to certain phases Dr. Chap Clark of childhood.

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Father and son duo Kirk and Casey Martin.

Dr. Chap Clark will give a speech on “understanding your teen in today’s changing culture.� The lecture will focus on ways parents can develop authentic and effective strategies to help children navigate their teenage years and look toward their future. Clark is the president of ParenTeen Seminars and is the author or co-author of 24 books. For 15 years, he served as an area and regional director of training for Young Life. He is currently a professor of youth, family and culture at

Executive Women International to Celebrate Members in Luncheon

The Birmingham Chapter of Executive Women International is holding its annual Executive Event luncheon Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at The Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. This year’s guest of honor is Collette Divitto, founder of Collettey’s Cookies. Largely through the efforts of its members and member firms, the chapter awards $20,000 a year in scholarships, half of that amount to high schoolers and the other half to adult students. It also partners with Junior Achievement, a

Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. Father and son duo Kirk and Casey Martin will present a program on “10 ways to stop defiance, disrespect and yelling.� The lecture will discuss parental methods and strategies to help get kids to listen, stop defiance, meltdowns and tantrums while improving focus, attention and organization. According to Mountaintop officials, the Martin duo are in demand as speakers for their expertise on strong-willed children. Through their seminars, they have reached more than 600,000 parents and teachers in 19 countries. The conference will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 25 and from 9 a.m. until noon on Aug. 26. Registration is $20 per person and includes onsite childcare, though space is limited. For more information and registration, visit mountaintopchurch. com/parentingconference. ­—Emily Williams

member firm, to introduce financial education programs to Birmingham city school students in grades K-8. Its members also get a chance to network during the chapter’s monthly meetings. The EWI Birmingham Executive Event annually names a Firm of the Year and a Joe DeMoll Representative of the Year to recognize outstanding contributions to the success of the chapter during the previous year. Reservations are required to attend the luncheon, which will feature a performance by Joshua David, an 18-year-old pianist and composer. For information about buying tickets to the luncheon, visit Enrollment.Events. �

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“Ask John” at Aldridge Gardens

Former Southern Living Editor to Speak at Alabama Hydrangea Society Meeting By Sarah Kuper Local gardeners will have the chance to “Ask John” at the Aug. 23 meeting of the Alabama Hydrangea Society. Accomplished horticulturist and former Editor in Chief of Southern Living magazine John Floyd will speak about what he believes the Hydrangea Society and similar groups need to do to make gardening accessible, especially on a local level. Floyd is the green thumb behind Birmingham Gardening Today, the John Floyd goal of which is to provide straightforward information and advice about gardening in the Birmingham area. The website can be found at “Good gardening information is local. Our metro area has unique gardening needs, as do many,”

Floyd said. Accomplished or aspiring gardeners can look to the site to find guides on subjects such as what to plant when. If someone visiting the site can’t find the solution for their gardening problem, Floyd invites them to “Ask John.” In this section of the website, people can submit questions and look for advice. Floyd said he includes this tool on the site because he wants gardening to be doable, not just for those pursuing it as a hobby, but for everyday homeowners just trying to have a nice yard. In giving his talk to the Alabama Hydrangea Society, he plans to encourage audience members to share their knowledge about Birmingham gardening with a wider audience, he said. Floyd has been gardening for 30 years and has degrees in horticulture, plant taxonomy and plant physiology from Auburn and Clemson universities. The talk will be held at the Aldridge Gardens House at 1 p.m. Aug. 23. The event is free and open to the public. ❖


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Cause for Celebration

Autism Society Honors Advocates During Fundraising Gala The Autism Society of Alabama is hosting the Autism Shines Gala on Aug. 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook. The gala is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an event that includes a cocktail party and silent auction, a dinner and a live auction. Proceeds will benefit programs offered by the society. Society supporters this year lobbied for legislation that requires some insurance plans to cover autism treatment. “Over 7+ years, we have worked to get insurance coverage in Alabama, and until now those efforts were unsuccessful,” society Program Director Bama Hager said in a statement. “We’re enthusiastic that families can join us in celebrating the passage of HB284 especially for the 20th anniversary of our gala.” The new law goes into effect in October and requires private employers with 51 or more employees to cover autism treatment, including applied behavioral analysis therapy. State employee insurance plans and government plans will be included in the requirement beginning in

the 2019 fiscal year. Building on the push for autism insurance, the society will recognize two community leaders during the gala with its new “Mike Tumlin Award.” Tumlin was an autism dad and advocate who united many families in Alabama affected by autism. “Tumlin passed away in 2016 and left behind a legacy for parents, dads especially, to be the voice for their child who might not have a way to do so independently, and we believe recognizing those individuals allows them see their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed,” said Todd Tomerlin, a program coordinator with the society. JOX Roundtable personalities Lance Taylor, Jim Dunaway and Ryan Brown will emcee the gala and call the auction, which includes a Napa Valley Wine Tour, a catered dinner for eight, a Disney package, a puppy from the Shelby Humane Society and a week’s stay at Tops’l in Destin. Four special guests who represent the diversity of autism will showcase their talents: Olivia Timpson, an artist; Alvin Finch, a pianist; Mary Catherine Collins, a singer; and Robbie Clark, an author. ❖

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Cancer Society Honors Robert E. Reed Foundation During Gala

The Birmingham chapter of the American Cancer Society will host its annual Hope Gala on Aug. 19. The evening will include dinner, live music and an auction with dozens of items and packages, including

a Birmingham nonprofit as the honoree. Focusing on gastrointestinal oncology research, the Robert E. Reed Foundation strives to create a world-class center for patient education and research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The foundation accomplishes its

The goal of the event is to celebrate and support the work of the American Cancer Society. The organization’s mission is to save lives by helping people get well and stay well, find cures and fight cancer. tickets to the musical “Hamilton” in Atlanta along with a suite at the Ritz Carlton. The goal of the event is to celebrate and support the work of the American Cancer Society. The organization’s mission is to save lives by helping people get well and stay well, find cures and fight cancer. This year, the society has chosen

goals by hosting the Living with Cancer Symposium, an event featuring top researchers in cancer survivability; keeping up an educational website; and funding cancer research through Dr. Marty Heslin’s dedicated lab and other UAB research labs. The foundation’s namesake died of pancreatic cancer in 2002, but before he did, he worked with

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By Sarah Kuper

Ann-Dee Bailey and Nicole Reed, the 2017 Hope Gala chairs, have been busy making plans for a beautiful evening and organizing the gala women’s committee that will gather auction items, help with decorations, and make the night unforgettable. The event on Aug. 19 will include dinner, live music and an auction with dozens of items and packages, including tickets to the musical “Hamilton” in Atlanta along with a suite at the Ritz Carlton.

Heslin to start a foundation to “Finish the Fight” against GI cancers. Since then, the foundation has given more than $1.5 million to UAB for research. One of the event’s co-chairs AnnDee Bailey, said she is elated to

have the Robert E. Reed Foundation as the honoree and she expects the gala to be a fun and educational night. “It will be crisp and elegant and fun. I am so happy and honored to be involved – it is a cause close to my heart,” she said.

Bailey said that, while individual tickets are still on sale, corporate tables are nearly sold out. She encourages people to buy tickets soon. For more information on the Hope Gala, visit acsbirm.ejoinme. org. ❖

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Feels Like the First Time

By June Mathews

Local Students Take the Stage with Legendary Band

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Some kids can only dream of taking the stage with a world-famous rock band. But that dream became a reality for some John Carroll Catholic High School choir members when they sang with legendary rock band Foreigner during the group’s recent appearance at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Choir director Maria Wilson said the experience was the thrill of a lifetime not only for her students, but for their teacher, too. “My husband introduced me to ‘80s rock bands such as Foreigner and Journey when we met,” said Wilson. “He is a big fan, and that is actually how I got to know their music.” A British-American band founded in the late 1970s, Foreigner produced one platinum album after another throughout the 1980s and became one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. Several decades later, the group is still going strong. Over the years, it has racked up sales to the tune of 75 million albums and now attracts multi-generational audiences wherever it goes. The band’s July 30 appearance at Oak Mountain drew an enthusiastic crowd ranging from youngsters hearing Foreigner classics for the first time to aging Baby Boomers looking to recapture youthful memories. The concert also included Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. The John Carroll students were

Members of John Carroll Catholic High School’s award-winning choir performed with the legendary British-American rock group Foreigner this summer at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.

invited to sing along on the chorus of Foreigner’s 1984 smash hit “I Want to Know What Love Is,” an opportunity being offered to several high school choirs during the band’s 40th Anniversary Tour. The students’ road to stardom

began during the spring when Wilson was contacted by a John Carroll alum who works at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre to ask if the choir would be interested in singing backup for Foreigner. Wilson didn’t hesitate. “I said ‘yes’ right away because I

knew this would be an amazing opportunity for some of our students,” she said. “We were allowed only 25 students onstage, so I did an email lottery to determine who would go. The first 25 students to email me their genuine interest were accepted.”


To no one’s surprise, Wilson handily filled the quota and wound up with singers to spare. “I had quite a wait list,” she said. In preparation for the concert, the students practiced several times during the week leading up to the big event. Other than that, Wilson ran though the set-up of the stage with the students and told them where they would stand before going on, but that was about it. There was no rehearsal with the band, a detail that, in the end, made no difference to anyone involved. “The kids said the band members were so welcoming when they got onstage,” Wilson said. “They made the kids feel comfortable and really jammed out with them.” And what was Wilson thinking as her students sang? “I was thinking that these kids may never have an experience like this again and how beautiful it was that Foreigner includes young people in their concerts for such a classic hit that everyone loves,” she said. “It’s a timeless song and a timeless experience. I was so proud of those kids, and I was so emotional. It all felt incredibly surreal, and I will always get chills when I hear that song.” For their performance, the students earned a $500 contribution from Foreigner to benefit the John Carroll choir program. “They worked so hard this past year and accomplished so much,” said Wilson, who is beginning her third year as choir director. “This experience is an incredible reward that is well-deserved.” ❖


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Hoover’s King Named Shelby County Distinguished Young Woman

On July 15, Kathryn King, a rising senior at Spain Park High School, was named the Shelby County Distinguished Young Woman for the Class of 2018. She will represent Shelby County in the Distinguished Young Women of Alabama program in Montgomery in January. This year’s Distinguished Kathryn King Young Woman program included 11 rising seniors from seven local schools. The contest is part of a national program that promotes scholarship, leadership and talent. In addition to King, judges gave recognition to first runner-up Addison Fuller, Pelham High School; second runner-up Lexi Witherspoon, Spain Park High School; Spirit Award-winner Grace Elliot, Briarwood Christian School. This year the Shelby County program gave out $10,000 in scholarships. Participants were judged in five categories: scholastic achievement, interview, talent, fitness and selfexpression.

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PEOPLE Other local rising seniors participating in the program included: Alyssa Gruman, Oak Mountain High School; Caroline Rice, Spain Park High School; and Hunter Rush, Oak Mountain High School.

OTM Students Receive 2017 U.S. Service Academy Appointments

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer recently announced that 14 students from his district have received offers to attend United States service academies. Palmer, a Hoover Republican, nominated the students. Nominations from a congressman, senator, the vice president or the president are required before students can apply to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is the only service academy that does not require a congressional nomination. “Receiving an appointment to a service academy is a competitive process, with each academy having an acceptance rate of less than 15 percent,” Palmer said. Over the Mountain students headed to service academies after a nomination from Palmer are: Davis Holley of Spain Park High School, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Ryan Kirk of Mountain Brook High School, U.S. Air Force Academy; Daylen McGhee of Shades Valley High School, U.S. Military Academy; George Moore of Briarwood Christian School, U.S. Military Academy; Duncan Morris of

Mountain Brook High School, U.S. Naval Academy; Stav Pappas of Mountain Brook High School, U.S. Military Academy; Blake Randle of Oak Mountain High School, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Gunnar Schultz of Oak Mountain High School, U.S. Air Force Academy; and Sarah Whitley from Oak Mountain High School, U.S. Air Force Academy. Following their collegiate studies and military training, each student will serve at least five years in the military. Students must be at least 17 years old and a U.S. citizen to receive a nomination. In addition, they must showcase strong academics, leadership skills and a good moral character. For those who are interested in being nominated, visit gov and select “Services: U.S. Service Academy Nominations.” ❖

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Vestavia Hills Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire

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By Emily Williams

Vestavia Hills City Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheila Phillips was the recipient of the Superintendents to Watch award from the National School Public Relations Association in 2016.

Vestavia Hills City Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheila Phillips will be retiring from her position effective Sept. 1. Phillips announced her plans to retire during a Vestavia Board of Education meeting July 31. She informed the board of her plans to leave the position she has held since 2014 in a letter submitted July 20. “Thank you for the opportunity given to me to serve this school system and community for the past six years and most notably as superintendent. It has been a privilege that I have not taken for granted for one minute,” Phillips wrote. Board President Nancy Corona said that, though the board tried to change Phillip’s mind, the members are supportive and respectful of her decision. “The administrative staff, our teachers, our students – who are so incredible – are what I will miss,” Phillips said. “To truly get back to being the hands and feet and to serve children directly is

Mountain Brook Police Chief Elected President of AACOP

By Emily Williams

Mountain Brook Police Chief Ted Cook has been elected president of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police. Cook was elected to hold the position at the organization’s summer conference in Orange Beach on Aug. 3. AACOP is made up of police chiefs and law enforcement professionals from 350 city, state and federal agencies in the state. According to Cook, he has been active in AACOP throughout his career as a chief. He added that, since his election to the executive board as a sergeant at arms in 2014, he has held every leadership position except chaplain. Cook served as an AACOP district representative from 2009 to 2014. Cook is native of Birmingham, having graduated from Homewood High School in 1979. He then graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and obtained his juris doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. He has been a member of the Alabama State Bar since 1995. He began his career with the Birmingham Police Department, entering the training academy in 1985. Over more than 20 years, he served as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant. Cook joined MBPD as chief in March 2011 after serving as chief of police for Leeds. In addition to AACOP, Cook is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Police Chiefs Association of Jefferson County, of which he was president in 2009; and the U. S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. In Mountain Brook, Cook has volunteered with the city’s anti-drug coalition, All In Mountain Brook, since 2014. ❖

where my passion is.” Under Phillip’s leadership as superintendent, the school system created a new strategic plan and implemented many initiatives. She was the recipient of the Superintendents to Watch award from

‘The administrative staff, our teachers, our students – who are so incredible – are what I will miss.’ the National School Public Relations Association in 2016. Along with expanded learning opportunities for students, the district developed new evaluation and hiring processes. A hallmark of Phillips’ tenure was the launch of a facilities plan that included the purchase of the former W.A. Berry High School campus, planned to be the new location for Pizitz Middle School by the fall of 2019. Phillips said she has been proud of the work

Homewood’s Busby Recognized by American Bar Association

Burr & Forman partner Jennifer “Ginger” M. Busby, former president of the Homewood City Council, is the recipient of The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s James K. Carroll Leadership Award. The award recognizes an attorney or judge who demonstrates strong leadership qualities within the Tips section of the association. “Ginger has shown a lifetime of outstanding leadership, dedicated service and endless support not just to Tips, but to the ABA and the bar,” said Tips Chairman Sam Poteet Jr. “She is a valuable mentor to many of our section leaders today and we, as a section, are grateful for the path she has paved.” Ginger Busby Busby has been with Burr & Forman for 20 years, practicing with the firm’s litigation and labor and employment law sections. In addition, she served on the firm’s executive committee and has chaired several practice groups as the head of the litigation section and chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice group. A graduate of the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law, Busby is a member of the American Bar Association, in which she has served in various leadership roles, including chair of the Section Officers Conference, Tips section chair, Tips diversity officer and Tips House of Delegates representative. Busby will be honored Aug. 12 during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City.

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ASO Chief Leaves for Job in New York

In addition to AACOP, Cook is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Police Chiefs Association of Jefferson County, of which he was president in 2009; and the U. S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee.

Curtis Long has left his post as president and CEO of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, a position he had held since 2008. Cheryle Caplinger is serving as interim executive director. She has been vice president of marketing and development for the past few months and previously had more than 15 years of leadership experience. Long’s last day was July 28. He left Alabama to become CEO of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. “We wish Curt well and thank him for his years of service in Alabama,” F. Dixon Brooke Jr., chairman of the Alabama Symphonic Association board of directors, said in a written statement. “We are confident in Cheryle’s abilities to lead the ASO in partnership with

that has gone on in the district and in the community, and she quoted board past President Nathaniel Robin. “As I reflect back on what (Robin) said when he was no longer president of the board,” Phillips said, “he said how proud he was of the work that had been accomplished over the years; and it was easy to lay his head on the pillow at night.” Phillips conceded that there has been controversy over decisions made while she was superintendent, and she said she plans to discuss the effect of those controversies on her decision to retire at a later date. “I know that as a team, we made things better for the students of this community and have cherished the privilege of serving alongside one another,” Phillips said. Corona said the board will name an interim superintendent quickly and plans to begin the hiring process soon after that, with the goal of having a new superintendent in place by the end of the calendar year. ❖

Music Director Carlos Izcaray to implement his artistic vision.” Caplinger previous jobs included stints with the American Lung Association, Virginia Commonwealth University, Apple Tree Theatre and Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, according to the symphony’s website.

Hoover Fire Department Operations Chief Retires After 42 Years

The Hoover Fire Department announced Aug. 1 that Operations Chief Rick L. Patterson will be retiring from his position. Patterson has spent 38 years of his 42-year firefighting career with the Hoover department. His career began in 1975 with what is now known as the Forestdale Fire District. There, he rose to the rank of fire chief. Under his leadership, the Forestdale district improved fire hydrant distribution, training, equipment and manpower, and it constructed a second fire station. In 1985, he joined the Hoover department at Station 5 in Bluff Park and quickly rose in rank, serving as lieutenant at Station 6 off U.S. 150 and Station 4 on Municipal Drive, captain at Station 3 in Riverchase, and battalion chief. According to department officials, as chief of the Training, Safety and Health Bureau, Patterson helped Chief Rick L. expand the department’s safety Patterson initiatives. Because firefighting is a dangerous job, he helped implement a physical training program that improved the cardiovascular fitness and strength of the city’s firefighters. In addition, he was instrumental in the department’s adoption of a mandatory health physical for all personnel, which, according to the department, has helped personnel identify illnesses such as cardiac issues and cancer. Patterson said he is particularly proud to have been part of the team that helped the Hoover department achieve a Class 1 ISO rating. According to department officials, Patterson has a family legacy in firefighting. His late grandfather was a fire captain and his uncle a lieutenant with the Gadsden Fire Department. Carrying on the family tradition is Patterson’s son, Hunter, who works as a firefighter for the Birmingham Fire Department. ❖


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Four generations of Grodner men gather on the front porch of the home the family has owned since 1958. The house was built by Paul Grodner, far right, and served as the childhood home for his son, Ken, center. After sending his own kids off to college, Ken and his wife moved into the house. Now Ken’s son, Alex, far left, has taken ownership of the home and is raising his own son, Bryant.

By Emily Williams


hough the landscape of Mountain Brook’s Crestline neighborhood has changed during the past 60 years, there are some things that never change. One of those things is a Grodner living in the family home. The house was built by Paul Grodner and served as the childhood home for his son, Ken. After sending his own kids off to college, Ken and his wife moved into the house. Now Ken’s son, Alex, has taken ownership of the home and is raising his own son, Bryant. As the new owner, Alex plans to keep many of the home’s traditions alive, creating memories with family and friends, whether through a Shabbat dinner or an Alabama football watchparty. “When my dad turned 90 and Bryant turned 1 last year,” Ken said, “we held a ‘bookends’ party at the house for the oldest and youngest family member. We had cousins come in from New York and Florida, and they all asked us to hold the party at ‘the house on the hill’ that they remembered fondly from visits during their own childhood.

In the Beginning

Paul built the home in 1958, drawn to the area by his wife, Charlotte’s, brothers, Myer and David Staff. Myer Staff was developing the subdivision Donna Lynn Estates in Crestline, and all three siblings built homes in the subdivision. The three homes sit within two blocks of one another and are still owned by the original families. “Friendly is the best word I would use to describe the neighborhood,” Paul said. “There were never any rifts with any of the neighbors and we all seem to look out for one another.” The Grodner home was quite contemporary

All in the Family Crestline House Welcomes a Fourth-Generation Owner

for its time, according to Paul. He built a ranchstyle, mid-century modern home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main floor and an oversized carport. A partially finished basement included a third bathroom. A survivor, the home sits on the high ground of a small hill and has withstood a kitchen fire and a fallen tree that landed on the den. The only casualties over the years have been two cars that managed to roll down the hill. With the 1950s and ‘60s being a very social time, Paul recalls many supper clubs, card games and cocktail parties spent with other adults in the neighborhood; meanwhile, the home’s basement became a gathering place for the kids as they entered their teenage years. “To this day, I do not know what went on down in the basement, but I always knew my kids were safe,” Paul said. Ken said he hopes his grandson’s friends enjoy the basement, just not exactly like he and his friends did.

The Second Generation

Though Ken and his wife, Vikki, were drawn away from Alabama by their careers, they frequently brought their daughter, Stirling, and Alex back to Birmingham for visits. Ken was able to pass on some of his favorite childhood tricks and activities during those visits, such as sliding down the steep hill in cardboard boxes. “My brother and I also figured out early on that there was a perfect spot to hoist ourselves on the roof and look at the night sky,” Ken said.

Ken and Vikki moved back to Birmingham in 2007 and took up residence in the family home as empty nesters. “The house had been maintained, but not updated, since it was built in 1958,” Ken said. “It was truly a time capsule.” The couple gave the home a facelift, incorporating some modern touches to make it more livable. A complete kitchen renovation was the largest update. The space was gutted to add new Jenn-Air appliances, more windows and storage, and to create a more open space. In the basement, multiple smaller rooms were reconfigured into one large media room. “One of our favorite features we retained and enhanced both inside and outside of the house are the flagstone floor and steps in the entry hall and the flagstone patio in the back,” Ken said. “When we returned after living outside of the area for almost 20 years, many of the original owners (in the neighborhood) were still in their houses, meaning that the number of young children had diminished somewhat,” Ken said. In the 10 years since, he has noticed an influx of younger families, just in time for his son to take over the house.

The Third Generation

Ken had moved out of the house and rented it for a few years, then decided to sell it last fall, just in time for Alex, his wife, Colette, and son, Bryant to make the move back to Mountain Brook from North Carolina. “As we started moving in, we had to trans-

form some of the house from the home of empty nesters to one with young children,” Alex said. Sitting rooms that had featured chaises and chess boards are now multi-purpose playrooms, but many aspects will remain the same and the tradition of treating the home as a gathering space for family and friends will live on. Alex plans to host many Friday evening Shabbat dinners and revived one of his favorite traditions last year, hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the extended family. “Bryant, now 2, sleeps in his Uncle Brian’s room – Ken’s brother. Uncle Brian is Bryant’s namesake, who lost a brilliant battle with cancer several years ago,” Alex said. Though Crestline has grown significantly, Ken said he can still see a connection between his life growing up in the neighborhood and the experiences his grandson might have. He recalls riding bikes to Mountain Brook Village to buy football cards at Smith’s Variety and playing after-school pickup games of football, basketball and kickball, now replaced by organized after-school sports programs. Britlings Cafeteria was the place to be on Sunday nights; Browdy’s corned beef sandwiches were the closest thing to a New York deli; and you had to go buy a coke at Ariel’s for a quarter after a ballroom dancing class at Steeple Arts Dance Academy. When Bryant reaches grade school, he may not be able to buy a coke for a quarter, but he might just be found dressed in a coat and tie at Steeple Arts for ballroom dancing. “I am waiting for the green light from Bryant’s mother to allow me to put him on a box and slide down the hill,” Ken said. “Since he is already two, time is a-wasting.” Perhaps Ken will get his chance at the next family gathering. ❖


and not as self-aware. They are more free and willing to play and enter an imaginary world,” she said. Last year was the first year the school offered the major, and students produced “Sleeping Beauty.” This year’s play, “How I Became a Pirate,” is a musical adapted from the Melinda Long book of the same

Samford is one of only a handful of universities that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre for youth.

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LIFE name. Byland said the play has everything that is special to children’s theater: adventure, goofy songs, imaginary worlds and, of course, misfit pirates. She said the book is targeted toward second- or third-graders, but the musical is appropriate for all elementary schoolers. “There is nothing scary. It’s a story about a little boy thinking he wants to go on an adventure but really the adventure is in his back-

yard,” she said. Students involved with the show return to Samford’s campus later this month and will dive right into rehearsals and set design. The play runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Harrison Theatre on Samford’s campus. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. To learn more about Theatre for Youth and other performances at Samford, visit series. ❖

Passing on the Theater Bug

Samford Students Setting the Stage for Future of Children’s Theater

By Sarah Kuper

This fall, Samford University students in the theatre for youth program will produce and perform the children’s book-turned-play “How I Became a Pirate.” Samford is one of only a handful of universities that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre for youth. Undergraduates in the program learn the ins and outs of performing, producing and teaching children’s theater. Classes cover acting, teaching, writing for children and philos-

ophies on how to direct young actors. Laura Byland, theatre for youth program director, said the program is distinct in several ways. “Students learn to meet children where they are developmentally,” she said. “Teaching and working with a preschooler is very different than working with a fourth-grader.” Byland added that participating in theater, whether performing or watching, is much different for children than adults. “Children are very responsive

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Two-Point Lead

Student Scholarship and Support Paula Gossett introduced scholarship recipient Zack Garner, a junior from Fairhope. The entrepreneurship major shared the touching story of his father’s ongoing battle with a rare disease and its impact on their family and his journey to Samford. After visiting Samford in high school, Zack believed it was where he

Above,from left, Chef Ben Vaughn, People’s Choice Winner and runner up; Joseph Mitchell, Director Hospitality/Culinary Management, Jefferson State Community College; Sean Butler, executive chef of Revolve Kitchen and Brew; and Kent Howard, Vestavia Hills Rotary Club Iron City Chef chair. Right, Aris and Stella Agras and the sold out crowd enjoyed sampling food and wine. Left, John Krontiras, Nabeel's Cafe and Kathryn Alexander, Jefferson State Community College.

needed to be but knew it was not financially affordable. He said he prayed, “God, if you want me to be here, you will have to make it happen.” Zack thanked the Legacy League for providing the scholarship that helped make it possible for him to attend Samford. Executive Director Jeanna


Samford Legacy League Celebrates Scholarship with Annie Moses Band

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Mountain Brook Community Church was the site of Legacy League’s ninth annual Scholarship Celebration on April 27. Legacy League members celebrated with a dinner and a concert performed by the Annie Moses Band at the league’s culminating event of the year. The league this year raised more than $215,000 for need-based scholarships and established Samford University’s 175th Anniversary Legacy League Scholarship. This new scholarship is now part of the Legacy League’s $2.9 million endowment, which provides financial assistance for Samford students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. The evening began with a reception during which guests were served hors d’oeuvres as they mingled with members of the Annie Moses Band. Everyone then gathered for dinner at tables decorated with handcrafted wooden angels nestled in green foliage and pearl trees set atop satin in shades of aqua, coral and yellow. Legacy League President Kathryn Woodruff welcomed guests and gave the invocation. The evening’s fare, provided by presenting sponsor Samford Dining, included a signature salad, beef tenderloin bourguignon, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and xangos, a tortilla pastry filled with cheesecake and drizzled with chocolate sauce. After dinner, Vice President for

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he Vestavia Hills Rotary Club celebrated another sold out year for its 2017 Iron City Chef competition, with guests and local chefs firing up the competition at Jefferson State Community College’s Culinary and Hospitality Institute. Sean Butler, executive chef of Revolve Kitchen and Brew, was named 2017 Iron City Chef, beating runner-up Ben Vaughn of Root to Tail by two points. Club officials expect that the funds raised will reach the $18,000 to $20,000 mark. Proceeds will benefit the Vestavia Hills High School math and debate teams, the Interact Club, efforts to bring clean water to communities in Zambia and a Jeff State culinary scholarship. Serving as master of ceremonies for the competition was WVTM chief meteorologist Jerry Tracey. Western Supermarkets sponsored a wine tasting event with their distributors. Other participants in the cooking competition were Brittany Garrigus of David Martin, Vestavia Hills Rotary Satterfield’s and Alan Nelson of Club president, with wife Nicole. Nabeel’s Cafe and Market. Each chef prepared an entrée and a dessert for all guests, who then voted for their favorite chef. Top vote getters, Butler and Vaughn then met in the finals, where they had 30 minutes to prepare a meal using a mystery ingredient. Celebrity judges then picked the final winner. This year’s finish was the closest in the history of the competition. ❖

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2017 Iron City Chef Competition Heats Up at Jeff State

Westmoreland thanked event sponsors for their support of the event and the Legacy League’s mission. She also recognized outgoing officers: President Kathryn Woodruff, Vice President for Communication/Recording Secretary Vickie Griffith and Vice President for Programs Harriet Williams. An incredible performance by the Annie Moses Band awaited Legacy

League members and guests after dinner. Having graced the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, this talented family has inspired and entertained audiences all over the world with its captivating blend of jazz, folk and classical genres. The Scholarship Celebration Committee, chaired by Jan Cobb and Melinda Mitchell, included Lisbeth Cease, Julie Davis, Janie Dollar, Caroline Dove, Kathy Finch, Sheree Hall, Tricia Naro, Amy Owen, Lynn Parrish, Sharon Smith, Allison Strickland, Jeanna Westmoreland, Harriet Williams and Kathryn Woodruff. In addition, more than 25 event volunteers helped make the celebration one to remember. ❖

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From left: Janis Zeanah, Olivia Wells, Margie Curry, Bobby Jean Tucker, Margaret Rogers, Shelley Schneider and Ginger Brown.

Belvedere Study Club

Group Introduces “Important Women of the South” Agenda During Mid-Summer Luncheon Members of Belvedere Study Club met recently at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for their annual midsummer luncheon. President Margaret Rogers made the arrangements and decorated the luncheon table with containers of mixed summer flowers. The club, now in its 69th year, was organized in 1948 by a group of young matrons who had been Panhellenic friends at Birmingham-Southern College. Now, along with new members, the second generation is carrying on Belvedere’s longtime tradition of study and fellowship. Immediate past President Ginger Brown is the daughter of late charter member and second President Virginia Huckstep. Kay Davidson is the daughter of the late past President Florinne Campbell, and

honorary member Judy Harvey is the daughter of the late past President Charlene Malonee. Recently elected officers are Margaret Rogers, president; Shelley Schneider, vice president; Janis Zeanah, recording secretary; Olivia Wells, corresponding secretary; Bobby Jean Tucker, treasurer; and Ginger Brown, parliamentarian. Margie Curry is serving as the yearbook chairman. As vice president, Shelley Schneider has lined up an interesting roster of 2017-18 programs on the theme “Important Women of the South.” The first meeting on Oct. 4 will be at The Club with Sue Watkins presenting the program on Patti Ruffner Jacobs’ role in Birmingham’s Suffrage Movement. Subsequent “lunch and learn” topics

on the first Wednesday through May include Condoleezza Rice, Eudora Welty and Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts of America. In December, guest speaker Linda Neighbors will present a Christmas story. The other programs will be presented by club members. Attending the mid-summer luncheon were Rogers, Schneider, Wells, Tucker, Brown, Curry, Watkins, Davidson, Susie Elliott, Judy Jackson and Zeanah. ❖

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From left, Emmy, Anne Floyd and Billy Hartsfield.

Above, Robert Ezell, Robert Eckert, Edward Morris, Hadley Smith and Mack Barnes. Below left, Tommy Angelillo with daughter Louise. Below right, Lee and Caroline McCarter.


Otey’s Fest Serves up Burgers With a Side of Fun Crestline Village was transformed into a concert venue July 29 for the seventh annual Otey’s Fest, hosted by Otey’s Tavern. As many as 1,000 attendees filtered in and out of the event throughout the evening, enjoying music and award-winning cheeseburgers grilled by the restaurant’s kitchen manager, Rodney Davis. A concert featured music by Cowboy Mouth, The Cheesebrokers, The Hurlers and Little Memphis. Proceeds from the event benefit Better Basics, a local organization that provides literacy programming to Birmingham children; and Phoenix Club of Birmingham, a supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama. ❖


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Hope in the Ham

Festive Fete Benefits ACS and Hope Lodge

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The American Cancer Society and the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge cohosted the Hope in the Ham fundraiser July 27 at Scene at Pepper Place. Guests enjoyed music by Jimmy and Laine while sipping drinks and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres.

Food for the evening was provided by Ovenbird, Shindigs and Deborah Stone of The Pantry and Stone Hollow Farmstead. Sweet treats were served up by Cookie Fix and Steel City Pops. An open bar was manned by Tito’s, R&R Wine and Liquor and Birmingham Bud.

The evening’s festivities were organized by a women’s committee that included Rebecca Fulmer, Mary Margaret Gullage, Elizabeth Jernigan, Sidney Johnson, Andrea Statham, Laura Vogtle, Capriccia Carney, Lucy Parker, Ivey Brown, Sandee Taylor, Melissa Kenan, Allison Ingram, Mary Dee Patrick, Francie Deaton, Ginger Abele, Betsy Henley and Leigh Bromberg, as well as the 2017 Hope Gala chairs Nicole Reed and Ann-Dee Bailey. ❖

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Changing Lives

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South Highland Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service to Seniors

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South Highland Presbyterian Church celebrated the 20th birthday of the South Highland Center on July 19 in the church’s Davis Hall. Guests gathered in the early evening for dinner, prepared by Chef Joe Whitley and Karol Frederick. A silent auction was organized by Janet Perry, and Stephanie Thompson organized ticket sales, donations and the birthday bash decorations. The evening’s festivities were kicked off by founding board member Jane Wilson, who recounted the story of the center’s inception. In addition, award-winning storyteller Dolores Hydock performed her “Changepoints” tale, a collection of stories that recounts changes throughout life as a person grows, pinpointing the moments when a person grows up, moves on and changes course. Proceeds from the birthday celebration will benefit the South Highland Center’s mission to provide day-time activities and support programs for seniors with memory disorders and their caregivers. ❖


Elizabeth Shea Summerlin and Charles Roden Terry III were married May 20 at First Baptist Church in Montgomery. The 6 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Dr. John Ed Mathison. A reception followed at the RSA Plaza Terrace. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Larry Summerlin of Montgomery. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waverly Summerlin, Mrs. William Darrell Sasser and the late Mr. William Darrell Sasser, all of Montgomery. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roden Terry Jr. of Mountain Brook. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roden Terry Sr. of Mountain Brook and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Davidson Poole Sr. of Pine Flat. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a Morilee ivory A-line silhouette wedding gown with classic embroidered lace on soft tulle and a scalloped hemline. The cathedrallength heirloom veil of embroidered silk illusion was held in place by a satin-covered bandeau decorated


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“Rosemary – A Vinegar to Remember” is the topic of an Aug. 12 Walk and Talk at Sloss Furnaces. Landscape architect Antonia Viteri and horticulturist Sallie Lee will lead the session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Grandmother’s Garden. They’ll talk about rosemary’s benefits and demonstrate how to make herbal vinegars. Admission is free. Sloss Furnaces is at 20 32nd St. North in Birmingham.


If you want to grow your own fresh veggies this fall, it’s time to start getting organized. To help you do that, Homewood Public Library will host “How to Build a Better Garden: Fall Garden Planning” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 26. Master Gardener Leonora Robinson will share tips on what to plant. For more information, visit


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Dogs and their people will be welcome at Paws on the Patio, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at FoodBar in Cahaba Heights. Ten percent of all food and drink sales at the event will be donated to Birmingham’s Hand in Paw organization, which provides animal-assisted therapy. Paws on the Patio also will have free select appetizers and a signature drink. For more information, visit the Hand in Paw Facebook page. FoodBar is at 3156 Village Heights.


Take part in – or just watch – Alabama’s largest moon pie-eating contest Sept. 4 at Tannehill Ironworks Historic State Park. The Labor Day event includes categories for adults and kids. Also at the park, the United Mine Workers will hold its annual Birmingham District Labor Day celebration with barbecue and more. For more information, visit tannehill. org. The park is at 12632 Confederate Parkway in McCalla.


The annual Saint George Middle Eastern Food Festival is more than a month away, but preparation already has started for the popular event. The festival will be held Sept. 14, 15 and 16 at Saint George Melkite Catholic Church, 425 16th Ave. South in Birmingham. Saint George parishioners for 36 years have prepared and served homemade Middle Eastern food such as falafel, kibbe, and meat and spinach pies to thousands of visitors from the Birmingham area. The event also includes church tours, entertainment and shopping for handmade crafts, Byzantine icons, olive wood artifacts from the Holy Land, and the church cookbook, “Our Favorite Recipes.” Take-out, delivery and drive-through options are available. For more information, visit or follow the festival on Facebook. ❖ Oil in the Family: Cissy LeMoine Goes Back to Her Roots to Make Infused Olive Oils PAGE 20

Jorge Castro, who owns Cantina Tortilla Grill at Birmingham’s Pepper Place, said BRW brings in new customers every year. During the 10-day event, participating restaurants will offer special two- or three-course, prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus for $10, $15, $20, $30 or $40 per person.

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By Donna Cornelius Russell Hooks has learned it’s wise to pace himself during Birmingham Restaurant Week. He and his wife, Amber, are the founders of Happenin’s in the ’Ham, which uses multiple media platforms to spread news about Birmingham events and activities. They’re also two of the official BRW bloggers. That means from Aug. 11-20, when the annual culinary affair is in full swing, they’ll be eating out. A lot. Hooks, who grew up in Homewood and now lives in the Vestavia Hills-Hoover area, said he and his wife first teamed up with Restaurant Week when they were contacted by REV Birmingham, the economic development organization that organizes the event. “This is our third time to be involved,” Hooks said. “We have a spreadsheet with all the restaurants. We choose our restaurants, go and eat, and then write a review. The reviews are posted by the next day. “The first year, we went to 20 restaurants in two days – I think I gained 12 to 15 pounds.” Now gearing up for its eighth year, BRW celebrates the city’s passion for food, its culi-

nary culture and its love of all things local. During the 10-day event, participating restaurants will offer special two- or three-course, prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus for $10, $15, $20, $30 or $40 per person. Several menus will include beer or wine flight components, other drink specials and brunch offerings. Visit bhamrestaurantweek. com/top-bites for each restaurant’s menu. This year’s BRW is the largest yet, with 73 eateries already on board and more likely to sign on. “We’re pleased to offer this opportunity to residents of Birmingham and to the restaurants that shape the unique food culture of our community,” said James Little, REV district manager and BRW’s creator and director. “Our hope is that this 10-day event will draw attention to the

top-notch, locally owned dining opportunities right here in Birmingham as it has in previous years. It really is a great opportunity for local restaurants to gain attention from the community and to get new guests in the seats of their establishments.” Jorge Castro, who owns Cantina Tortilla Grill at Birmingham’s Pepper Place, said BRW brings in new customers every year. “My sales are usually about 30 percent higher during Restaurant Week,” he said. “We have new customers come in; people are more willing to take a chance. For me, from a business standpoint, it’s an awesome week.” Castro came to Birmingham from Mexico in 2000 and has owned Cantina for 15 years. “One of the coolest things about this city is our food,” he said. “We work hand in hand with our farmers and food producers. We use local tomatoes for salsa and pico de gallo, local cilantro, local honey.” Castro’s positive experiences with BRW are shared by other participants. During last year’s event, more than 18,000 meals were sold, and there was a 20 percent average increase in resSee BRW, page 21

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Cissy LeMoine decided to start her own business, Deep Roots Infused Olive Oils, when she couldn’t find flavored olive oils in Birmingham grocery stores. Deep Roots is now in Publix supermarkets statewide, in Birmingham at Piggly Wiggly and Western Markets, in Hoover at Organic Market and in Homewood at Market Table.


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contract packaging company. To market her oils, she enlisted the help of Bamawise, a Birmingham company that specializes in helping small food vendors make the leap to the retail market. Michael Shuleva, a former Vestavia Hills resident who now lives in Chattanooga, designed the bottles’ artistic labels. LeMoine is a graduate of Vestavia Hills High School and the University of Alabama, where she majored in economics and Spanish. “I knew I wanted a degree in business, and I enjoyed Spanish in high school,” she said. She and her husband, lawyer Bobby LeMoine, met when he was a student at Cumberland School of Law. The couple has three daughters: 6-year-old Livy, 2-year-old Darby and 1-year-old Francie. Her parents are Phyl and Bubba Smith of Vestavia Hills. Deep Roots Infused Olive Oils come in four flavors: butter, garlic, lemon and rosemary. “My family members were my taste testers,” LeMoine said. “We tried to get the right balance of flavoring for each of the olive oils. We set up a line, made different ratios – and ate a lot of bread.” Producing olive oils isn’t a stretch for LeMoine when you consider her family’s roots. “My great-grandfather was only 15 when he came over from Italy with his brother,” she said. “They were from the Lake Como area in the mountains on the Italian side of the Swiss Alps. Almost everybody in the family has visited the village where he was from.” On her Deep Roots website, LeMoine lightheartedly refers to herself as an “Itali-Bamian.” “Italians and Southerners are similar in that the family is a cornerstone of both cultures,” she said. “When I was growing up, we always had family dinner together every night. My grand-

mother was a fabulous cook, and my mom’s also a great cook. I didn’t cook as a child, but I saw them cooking. I didn’t start cooking myself until I was out of college.” Her oldest daughter already is beginning to show an interest in her mom’s business. “She loves to be in the kitchen with me,” LeMoine said. “She makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something. She’ll ask, ‘Did you use your oil to make this?’ I see a change in her eating habits. She’s trying things like asparagus, Brussels sprouts and arugula.” LeMoine loves cooking with her oils, which she said give her “quick, easy ways to make healthy food.” The oils can even be used to make sweet treats. Her butter infused olive oil is 100 percent dairy free and thus can be used by those who are lactose intolerant. “My middle daughter has a milk allergy, so that’s something I thought about,” she said. Deep Roots Infused Olive Oils now are in Publix supermarkets statewide, in Birmingham at Piggly Wiggly and Western Markets, in Hoover at Organic Market and in Homewood at Market Table. “SoHo Social, a Homewood restaurant, is using it, too,” LeMoine said. She credits Bamawise for placing her oils in all these places and said Jeff Gentry, the company’s owner, has helped her with valuable information. “When you’re making things for grocery stores, you have to think about things in a different way,” she said. “For example, shelf space is a hot commodity, so we didn’t want to have too many flavors.” That doesn’t mean she’s not considering additions to her line. “There are so many wonderful flavors,” she said. “My husband has me

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This is a common phrase we’ve all heard. HOME for some is where drama is played out everyday. Sometimes it’s with children trying to determine their beliefs as it relates to all the influences around them. Sometimes it’s with adults who reach a point of despair over finances, desires and disappointments. One would think that HOME is the appropriate place for this drama, a safe haven. It’s only when drugs or alcohol become the self-medicating method of one or more of the family members that it becomes a danger. Drugs and alcohol numb the senses. They affect each person differently. For some it becomes a ‘deep sleep’ – for some a stimulant for aggression allowing the person to vent, to say and do things that otherwise would never have been said or done.

3 cups raw almonds 3 tablespoons Deep Roots Infused Rosemary Olive Oil 2 cloves garlic, sliced ½ teaspoon sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes INSTRUCTIONS:

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Suzanne Cisneros, general manager for the company’s Birmingham store said Perry’s has put together a BRW menu that combines its most popular dishes with some newer selections.

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taurant sales compared to a normal week. Jason Powell, who owns Petals from the Past in Jemison, said his company supplies about 11 restaurants with fresh produce. “We see orders that are significantly higher coming in before Restaurant Week,” Powell said. “And people say, ‘We saw your name on a menu.’ They’ve driven to Jemison, Alabama, to visit us because they tasted a fruit that grew on our farm.”

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Powell said he also has been working for five years with the Urban Food Project, a REV Birmingham initiative. Money spent during BRW funds each restaurant’s ability to purchase fresh, local ingredients, which, in turn, supports Alabama farmers so they can continue to supply Birmingham with high-quality ingredients. UFP helps make sure these ingredients then make their way back to local grocery stores, corner stores and homes, giving residents access to fresh, local food, especially those who live in food deserts in the Birmingham area. Those involved with the Urban Food Project “are people who are even more passionate about what they’re doing than I am about what I’m doing,” Powell said. Taylor Clark, UFP executive director, said that, while Birmingham has an “awesome” food scene, some residents don’t have access to fresh food. “It’s very exciting for us to expand the reach of the Urban Food Project further into this year’s Birmingham Restaurant Week,” Clark said. “Many of the participating restaurants are already supporters of the Urban Food Project initiative, and we are very much looking forward to adding more.” Perry’s Steakhouse at 4 Perimeter

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Park South made its first BRW appearance last August and participated in Winter Restaurant Week earlier this year, said Suzanne Cisneros, general manager for the company’s Birmingham store. “We look forward to participating in Restaurant Week again,” Cisneros said. “The event has a history of not only an economic impact to restaurants by drawing attention to the topnotch drinking and dining opportunities, but also celebrates the diverse food scene here in Birmingham.” She said Perry’s has put together a BRW menu that combines its most popular dishes with some newer selections. “We hope to serve guests who have never had the opportunity to visit Perry’s, so we created a menu

with that in mind,” Cisneros said. “We’ve included our signature items so they can experience the best of what Perry’s has to offer. And for Perry’s fans who visit regularly, we wanted to provide their favorites as well as a few newer menu offerings.” Perry’s three-course $40 dinner includes the choice of a wedge, Caesar or kale salad; the choice of a 6-ounce filet mignon, pork chop or grilled salmon; and a dessert trio of vanilla bean crème brûlée, chocolate crunch and praline cheesecake. Cisneros said Perry’s, which opened its first restaurant in 1979 in Houston as a small meat market and deli, now has 13 locations. It opened in Birmingham in April 2016. “Although Perry’s Steakhouse is still relatively new to the Birmingham


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food scene, we are so appreciative of our warm welcome and grateful to contribute to and be a part of Birmingham’s acclaimed and growing culinary culture,” she said. BRW 2017 also includes special events, starting with an Aug. 9 preview party at Pickwick Plaza. Wine-o-logy, a wine flight tasting event with food and entertainment, is set for Aug. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wine Loft, 2200 First Ave. North. There’s even a fall event – Harvest Brunch, a family-friendly brunch tasting with live music and samples from local restaurants, Oct. 7 at 5529 1st Ave. South. You can follow Birmingham Restaurant Week on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Social media users can interact with BRW by tagging @bhamrestweek and using #BRW2017, the official event hashtag. The BRW Free Food Friday contest on Facebook has begun, allowing some fans to receive gift certificates to a BRWparticipating restaurant each Friday. Hungry for more news? BRW also will have frequent email blasts, the

BRW blog at bhamrestaurantweek. com and the BRW Mobile Site Dining Guide, which allows users to access information about restaurant participants and their menus. More information about each event also will be on the site, along with a link to make reservations and a tip calculator. In addition to Russell and Amber Hooks of Happenin’s in the ’Ham, official BRW bloggers are Birmingham Magazine Editor-inChief Julia Sayers and Assistant Editor Tara Massaloueh; Emily Brown, author of “Birmingham Food: A Magic City Menu,” and Joy King, host of “Dining Out with Comedienne Joy.” Hooks said he and his wife aren’t food critics. “We try to highlight the experience,” he said. He said writing about Birmingham Restaurant Week presents another challenge in addition to the potential for adding extra calories. “We’ve had to ask friends to help us come up with another word for ‘yummy,’” Hooks said. ❖

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Grehalva’s Hoover home shortly after the new year. From January through March of this year, Grehalva’s kitchen was being transformed from cramped quarters to an open space with plenty of room for family The kitchen, stuck in the 1980s, was renovated with help from AllSouth Appliances designer Lynn McWhorter. “It’s really her kitchen, we just tweaked it a little

bit,” Grehalva said. The original kitchen was dominated by dark wooden cabinets and enclosed by walls that segmented the space from surrounding rooms. The Grehalvas bought the house in 1997 and hadn’t done any major work beyond a bit of painting and maintenance. So, the renovation marked their biggest endeavor. “The biggest issue I had was working counter space,” Grehalva said. “Another we really needed was a bigger oven. We still had the original oven and, back in the ‘80s, ovens were much smaller.” With children and close family living in

Birmingham, Grehalva said it was important to create a space where the family could gather for dinner and parties. The dining space and kitchen became increasingly cramped as her kid’s own families began to grow, so much so that there wasn’t enough space for everyone to sit in the same room for a meal. “The laundry room was on the front of the house bordering the kitchen and dining room, which seemed cramped,” said McWhorter. “And the kitchen, well, it was like a cave with a low soffit-boxed ceiling at seven feet high around the entire room.” McWhorter’s plan was to open up the space and

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Christopher Architecture and Interiors recently was awarded a 2017 merit award by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the complete renovation of a Mountain Brook home. The AIA is a prestigious organization for commercial, residential and institutional architects with more than 90,000 members and 260 chapters across the country. According to designers and the AIA awards web page, the owners of the Mountain Brook house were in love with the area but couldn’t find the right home. When a foreclosure property came on the market, the family considered the prospect of razing the house and starting fresh. Unfortunately, this would not be possible. While the before and after photos fbcalparadeofhomesad.pdf of the home are dramatic, architects and designers were forced by zoning












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HOME BEFORE: Architects and designers were forced by zoning restrictions to maintain the existing footprint of the house. After adding a second floor, the house is 5,200 square feet. The new kitchen, below.

restrictions to maintain the existing footprint of the house. This meant using the original foundation and placement of exterior walls. From there, designers were tasked with giving the house more depth and light and a complete change of style. By turning some of the exterior walls into sky-high windows and using natural materials, designers created what they call a timeless aesthetic. Materials such as copper accents, stone veneer and cedar roofing will stand the test of time and even improve with age.

After adding a second floor, the house is 5,200 square feet. Several other Over the Mountain homes and architects won awards in this year’s design competition. Nequette Architecture & Designs, in conjunction with Jeffrey Dungan Architects, also won a merit award for

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The renovation began just days after the New Year’s holiday as general contractor Reliable Remodeling began knocking down the wall that separated the kitchen from the front of the house and dining room. The laundry room was moved to a room

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front of the home and a large bay window overlooking the backyard. “White is ‘in’ and it is timeless,” said McWhorter. “Her Wellborn, Millbrook cabinets have a transitional feel which update a traditional home without dating the remodel.” For the countertops, Grehalva and McWhorter selected a granite in a light neutral with small touches of darker brown, which complement the hardwood throughout the main floor of the home. A large rectangular island rests in the center of the room, providing extra counter space as well as countertop seating. To help brighten the room further, McWhorter incorporated silver pendant lighting fixtures from Baker Lamps over the island. All of the major appliances have been placed along the back wall of the kitchen, including a new KitchenAid glass-top cooktop and a separate wall built into the cabinetry at eye level. Because they were working with dated appliances for so long, Grehalva said considering new features available has been a learning experience, namely for the stovetop. One of the first times she used it, Grehalva admitted she hadn’t read through the manual and accidentally put the stovetop on lockdown. “It was kind of traumatizing at first,” she said. “We accidentally set something on the edge of the stove where the controls are and it completely shut off and all of these alarms started going off.” The stovetop has a touch screen control panel instead of dials and


includes safety features, such as automatic shut off features and a control lock that helps reduce accidents. The low-maintenance chefs opted for a single KitchenAid oven that is much bigger than their old oven. For added convenience during family dinners and gatherings, a Sharp microwave drawer was installed in the kitchen’s island to help accommodate multiple cooks in the kitchen.

Easy Transition

If she had known how smoothly the process would be, Grehalva said she would have done this years ago. She had been intimidated by all the decisions that would have to be made. “I was really surprised by how easy it was,” she said. The Grehalvas found that living without a kitchen for nearly three months was not much of an inconvenience. When asked what she’d cook first in the finished kitchen, Grehalva did not have an answer. She found that she didn’t miss the act of cooking. A bonus room on the second floor of the home served as a makeshift kitchen space for simple breakfasts and lunches during the renovation. “We would eat out about five days a week and the rest of the days we would fend for ourselves or have dinner with family,” she said. “But eating dinner out really made it very simple.” Once the project was completed,

Grehalva found that she didn’t miss her time away from cooking; what she missed was gathering with family. And she wasted no time bringing her kids and relatives together for a meal. The builders finished the kitchen on a Friday and that next Saturday

The builders finished the kitchen on a Friday and that next Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Grehalva hosted a birthday party for her grandson. Though the home was filled, for the first time the kitchen didn’t feel cramped in the slightest.

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Dr. Alina Voicu and Daniel Szasz are married and have been involved in the Alabama instrumental music scene for more than two decades. In developing the music academy, the couple hoped to provide more than just private music lessons.

Music for Students – and the Community

OTM Couple Makes Music Happen for Young Learners Through St. Francis Music Academy By Sarah Kuper St. Francis Music Academy began in 2015 as an extension of the Episcopal Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Indian Springs. Now, as registration begins for fall courses, the academy’s leadership and music power couple, Dr. Alina Voicu and Daniel Szasz, are offering not only education on many types of music, but, for the first time, partial scholarships to qualifying students. “The school offers a great variety of classes and courses as well as many other inspiring cultural events,” Szasz said, “our hope is that more people will discover the wonderful opportunities that are being offered.” Voicu and Szasz are married and have been involved in the Alabama instrumental music scene for more than two decades. Szasz is a celebrated violinist and has been concertmaster at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 1997. He will be honored this year at the organization’s Maestro’s Ball. Voicu is an internationally recognized pianist, and she serves as director of music at the academy. She is a past president of the Birmingham Music Teachers Association and formerly served as director of instrumental music at Indian Springs School. In developing the music academy, the couple hoped to provide more than just private music lessons. The school offers courses in chamber music, choral instruction, AP level music history and music theory, plus

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‘The vision of the academy is not only fostering appreciation and love for music in every single student, but also engaging the community creatively and meaningfully.’ DANIEL SZASZ

family and musical wellness classes. The academy’s Music Corner series engages with the community by hosting free performances and educa-

tional music events. “The vision of the academy is not only fostering appreciation and love for music in every single student, but also engaging the community creatively and meaningfully,” Szasz said. Having traveled the world performing, learning and teaching, the couple have brought their experience, passion and drive to a new generation of music students. In a time when arts education may compete with other social and academic pursuits, Szasz said supporting organizations such as the ASO cannot be emphasized enough. “It is through arts that we have the opportunity for self-expression, it is through arts that creativity can be nurtured and it is through arts that we can build emotional bridges to others who are different than us,” he said. For the first time this year, the academy will offer partial scholarships to qualified students. Voicu and Szasz said it is important for talented students to have access to excellent music instruction even if they may not be able to afford lessons. And, Szasz said, offering scholarships is bigger than just helping one student. “Access to excellent education, including music education, is important for the well-being of our society.” For more information and to register for classes, visit and click on the Music Academy link. ❖


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John Carroll Students Attend Alabama Governor’s School

Alabama School of Fine Arts student Emma Camp, right, meets with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey at Alabama Girls State in June.

ASFA’s Camp Elected Governor During Girl’s State

Homewood resident Emma Camp, a rising creative writing senior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, recently was named governor of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Alabama Girls State. Alabama Girls State, held June 4-9 at the University of Alabama, is a week-long leadership program that educates young women on government and American pride. Throughout the week, participants can take part in elections that begin on the city level and rise to the county level and state legislature. As governor, Camp participated in a mock inauguration, led a legislative session and was honored at an inauguration dinner. In addition, she had the opportunity to meet current Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey.

Reed McLean and Nathan Ruppert, rising seniors at John Carroll Catholic High School, were selected to attend the 2017 Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University this summer. McLean and Ruppert were among 89 rising high school seniors from 24 counties and 56 high schools in Alabama who were chosen for the two-week honors program. Both students were nominated by their school based on academic ability, leadership qualities, creativity and community service. The selection was based on teacher and guidance counselor recommendations and written essays. Based on their preferences and requests, McLean participated in a film studies course and a filmography project, and Ruppert took a sports medicine course and participated in the Martian Frontier program. Classes were taught by Samford University faculty and other Nathan Ruppert and Reed McLean. professionals from the community.

MBHS Dance Team Ranks at National Championship

The Mountain Brook High School Dorians dance team scored high marks at the Universal Dance Association camp, held in June in Atlanta. The Dorians took second place in a competitive home routine evaluation and were awarded a Superior trophy for outstanding individual performances showcased throughout the week. Thus, the team has qualified for the National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida. For the first time, the team was awarded the 110% Full Out Award from the UDA Staff. In addition, the girls earned the Spirit Stick each day, as well as the coveted Super Spirit Stick, recognizing a positive competitive spirit. Eight seniors auditioned for and were awarded UDA All-American. In addition, eight of the team members participated in the team routine evaluation. The Dorians are coached by Lindsey Hull and sponsored by Heather Fitch. Team members are: Lil Balogh, co-Captain Adele Bloodworth, Ella Grace Bowers, Anna Catherine Brown, Helen Carson, Caroline Chamoun, Lucie Christian, Reagan Clark, Sibley Cotton, Ella Dorman, Emily Grant, Mary Inzer Hagan, Emilyn Hamn, Elizabeth Hanaway, Kate Hinson, Bella Hoffman, Bebe Holloway, co-Captain Lindsay Kahn, Captain Olivia Keating, co-Captain Elizabeth Kinsaul, Caroline Knight, Mary Grace Lorino, Stewart Anne Murdock, Greer Kelly, Louisa Patrick, Ferris Schwefler, Lowery Thompson and Claire Tucker.

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to offer. “I’d like to get to know them quickly so they feel they can open up to me. I want to make sure they know how much they can handle,” she said. Patterson wants students to be involved in extracurriculars as much as is good for their mind and body. “Students and parents alike tend to overcommit. Nowadays college is harder and harder to get into, so students want to do everything to get it,” she said. But sometimes less is more. “Overcommitting leads to anxiety and depression. Students feel like they can’t live up to expectations,” Patterson said. Austin echoes that point, saying parents should turn an observant eye on children’s participation in extracurricular activities. “Take time to check with children and ask how they are doing,” Austin said. “Lots of children, especially teens, can identify when they are stressed but

know the end is in sight. On the other hand, parents should be able to identify whether a child is not enjoying something and is struggling to finish. It is up to the parent to then help encourage the child to the end, identify changes that will help the child feel more supported and reduce mental or physical exhaustion.” Austin adds that overcommitted students are at risk of developing a Type A personality, which is a risk factor for developing long-term cardiovascular disorders and mental health issues. She said parents should watch students for signs of overinvolvement such as increased moodiness, irritability, worrying, nervous habits, clinginess, fatigue and lack of enjoyment in activities. On the other hand, Austin and Patterson said it is important not to go to the other extreme, either. They do not encourage parents to forego extracurricular activities altogether for fear their child won’t adapt well. “Some children are hesitant to participate or anxious no matter what the activity may be, and frequently I will encourage parents to give the child a

deadline and encourage exploration into activities of interest.” Austin said. “Sometimes this will motivate and encourage children to be an active part of the decision process.” Before becoming the new guidance counselor at Altamont, Patterson worked with a lower income population and saw the effects of little to no participation in extracurricular activities “If used correctly, extracurriculars can be used as a protective factor against behaviors that could have negative consequences for the rest of a student’s life,” she said. In the end, both Austin and Patterson believe balance and boundaries are key for keeping students successful. Additionally, Patterson believes teachers and other student support staff are instrumental in keeping students from going to extremes with extracurricular activities. “If a student finds they can’t do it all, we are here to say it is OK. We will help them find what they love the most and what is truest to who they are,” she said. ❖


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Hit the Ground Running

Ronald Steele Took Reins as John Carrol Athletics Director During Time of Turmoil By Blake Ells Ronald Steele hadn’t had time to finish unpacking his office before there was work to do. Within his first two months as the new athletics director at John Carroll Catholic High School, Steele hired a new girls basketball coach, Destiny Frazier, and a new baseball coach, Jared Bonvillain. He oversaw great turnover among the assistants on his football staff, and he took over head coaching duties for a boys basketball team that lost nine seniors and didn’t win an area game in 2016-17. It’s not quite the same athletic dominance that he left behind at John Carroll more than a decade ago. “John Carroll is surrounded by very good schools,” Steele said. “Kids have opportunities to go to really good public schools. And we’ve had a lot of turnover here; five baseball coaches in five years, five girls basketball coaches in five years.” He was one of those girls basketball coaches. He led the Cavaliers in 201516 before accepting the boys basketball job at Cornerstone Christian for the

2016-17 season. His brother, Andrew, also was one of those boys basketball head coaches. Steele served as a volunteer assistant under his brother during the 2014-15 season, before his brother left for a graduate assistant role at the University of South Alabama. Now, at just 31-years-old, Ronald Steele takes the reins of a proud athletics program that boasts state championships: 10 in boys soccer over the years, five in girls soccer, three in boys basketball, three in volleyball, two in boys indoor track and one in boys and girls tennis, girls indoor track, girls crosscountry, track and field and football. He won two of those basketball championships as a player. During his junior season, he led the Cavaliers to a 36-0 mark and earned the state’s “Mr. Basketball” honors for his performance in both his junior and senior seasons. “Ty Parker was the first coach that I had here, and he was a strong influence on my desire to be a coach when I was older,” Steele said. “I admired the way that he combined Christian love and coaching. My dad was a coach, and I played for coach Marty Smith. Those three men had a great impact on me.”

Europe as a Spring Board

Following his career as a four-year starter at Alabama, Steele married his wife, Artesha, and the couple journeyed to Europe, where he spent time playing professional basketball in Italy, Turkey

and Israel. He had some success from 2009 to 2014, but as he approached 30, he knew that he and his wife wanted to return home to begin their family. That’s when his coaching career began its rapid ascent: a year as a volunteer assistant to his brother for the John Carroll boys basketball team, a year as the head coach of the John Carroll girls basketball team and a stint as the boys basketball head coach at Cornerstone Christian. After leading the Eagles to a 9-1 region mark in his first and only season at Cornerstone, he got a call from John Carroll. “I was happy at Cornerstone Christian, and I felt like I was doing what I was called to do,” Steele said. “John Carroll had a new administration and a new president. Father Bob Sullivan wanted to bring alumni back. They approached me about leading the athletic program. I had already done a lot of that at Cornerstone, so it wasn’t as overwhelming as it could have been.” And the bonds of home are difficult to deny. “As an alumnus, you have a much larger investment,” he said. “You want to see every program do as well as it can. Our priority here is to reinforce Christian values through sports. The things that you learn through sports – self-discipline, hard work, attention to detail – those are the same things that guide you through life.”

His familiarity with the structure of the private school will prove beneficial. Steele’s focus is beyond the walls that contain his program on Lakeshore Parkway. He strives to begin at Toy Bowl, the Catholic youth sports association of the Diocese of Birmingham, with first through sixth grades. He’ll work with middle school, freshmen and junior varsity teams. His vision is to redevelop the culture to give aspiring students and athletes a reason to attend John Carroll. “Most of our kids aren’t going to play sports in college,” he said. “We hope they do, but we measure our successes by maximizing their potential as people.” Steele was very nearly a wide receiver at the University of Alabama, as he was at John Carroll. It wouldn’t have interrupted his basketball career; he was an aspiring two-sport star. He said UA coach Mark Gottfried never discouraged him from playing both, but rather, he made the decision because he worried that maintaining his grades would be much too difficult. Now, he’ll have time to spend on both sports. “My focus is to make each program the best it can be,” he said. “I’m the basketball coach, but my dedication is to John Carroll Catholic High School. I plan on working with all of our coaches and giving them the resources they need and I also plan on giving all of our kids the tools that they need to be successful.” The Cavaliers begin their football season at St. Clair County on Aug. 25 and their volleyball season hosting Pelham on Sept. 5. ❖

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Junior Amiyah King will be the reserve setter because Grace Harris, who started in the state tournament as Downs’ replacement, elected to play club volleyball this fall. Another key player will be libero Savannah Gibbs, a talented transfer from Panama City, Florida, who plans to sign with Jacksonville State. She will be backed up by Anna Marie Auchmuty, who played some last season. “They’re both seniors, so it’s good to have some veterans at defensive specialist,” Camper said. Camper also is looking for good things from talented 5-foot-9-inch eighth-grader Rya McKinnon, a middle hitter. Her dad, Ronald McKinnon, played in the NFL and is an assistant football coach at Miles College. “I’ve never had an eighthReturning starter grader start for me,” Camper Paige Shaw had said. “She’s got a chance to an outstanding be something special.” junior season, Also getting time in the recording 495 middle will be Martin and kills, 313 digs and 67 aces. Caroline Raybon. The Bucs will open the season Aug. 31 with a trimatch at Mountain Brook against the three-time defending Class 7A champion Spartans and perennial 7A contender McGill-Toolen. “We’re so young, but we’re talented,” Camper said. “If you’re young and talented, you can get back to the Final Four, but you can also get knocked out in the area tournament. “The sky is the limit for our team, but we’ve got a lot of questions to answer. We may not look like the team we hope we are until October.” ❖

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‘My focus is to make each program the best it can be. I’m the basketball coach, but my dedication is to John Carroll Catholic High School. I plan on working with all of our coaches and giving them the resources they need and I also plan on giving all of our kids the tools that they need to be successful.” RONALD STEELE

Calling All Berry Bucs

Hoover High School Athletics is planning a recognition ceremony in honor of the 1977 W.A. Berry High School 4A State Championship Team. The association is planning to recognize members of the 1977 team at the Hoover vs. Meridian football game on Sept. 1 at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. The ceremony will pay homage to the Berry Bucs’ 21-0 win over Walker High School that resulted in the 1977 state championship title. Members of the football team and the cheerleading squad who are interested in being recognized need to fill out a form that can be downloaded from the association’s website, ❖

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thing” player, also will start. Sam Nichols, Erin Beasley and Michia Robinson, all defensive specialists, will provide senior leadership. White expects her team to play with high energy whenever it takes the court. “I’m a stickler for communication,” she said. “We will be one of the loudest teams on the court and play with intensity.” Homewood opens the season Aug. 31 at home against Helena. White believes the Patriots can make a deep run in the postseason. “I’m a firm believer in high expectations,” she said. “I think we have an opportunity to go far. We will play hard and see where we are at the end of the season.” ❖



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ASSISTANT NO MORE White Still Coming to Grips With Being Homewood’s Volleyball Coach

Krimson White was an assistant coach with the Patriots for the past two years. She was a junior on Homewood’s team that reached the Elite Eight state tournament in 2009.

‘This Is A New Team’

A month after being hired as Homewood’s head volleyball coach, Krimson White was still in disbelief. “It’s kind of a surreal experience, being the head coach at my alma mater and being a part of one of the top schools in the state and one of the top academic schools in the nation,” White said. “When I sit down and process it, I’m like ‘Wow!’ It’s not many coaches who get this kind of opportunity, especially at 24 years old.” White was an assistant coach with the Patriots for the past two years. She was a junior on Homewood’s team that reached the Elite Eight state tournament in 2009. Coaching wasn’t on her radar after graduating in 2011. She went to the University of Alabama, starting out in pre-med because she had designs on becoming a pediatrician. But she wasn’t ready for the demands of such a career, so she switched her major to speech therapy and earned a degree in communicative disorders with a minor in Spanish. White figured she would have to go to graduate school to work in her field, but she realized she missed volleyball. So, two years ago, she joined the staff of her former high school coach, Carol Chesnutt, as an assistant. White also enrolled at UAB to pursue her teacher certification. “I didn’t think of myself as a teacher,” White said, “but I went to UAB to get a master’s in science education.” She finished her master’s earlier this year and was hired as an eighth-grade physical sci-

Planning for the Season

Meanwhile, White is busy preparing for the Patriots’ volleyball season. She believes Homewood will field a competitive team, even though she could have as many as four freshmen on the roster and three sophomores. Freshmen Abby Wilson, a setter, and Emma Johnson, a libero, are ticketed for the starting lineup. Sophomore outside hitter Gretchen Kellen and junior middle Alejandra Loo, who White described as an “explosive, do-everySee HOMEWOOD, page 30

Young, Inexperienced Hoover Volleyball Team Renews Title Quest By Rubin E. Grant The Hoover volleyball team is not in the habit of making excuses, but the Bucs are still wondering whether they would have been 2016 Class 7A champions if they had gone into the state tournament completely healthy. The Bucs lost starting setter Jamie Gregg to a knee injury before the season began and, just before the start of the Elite Eight state tournament, her season-long replacement, Spencer Downs, went down with an ankle injury. Subsequently, Hoover lost 3-1 to rival Mountain Brook in the finals, 25-11, 23-25, 25-12, 25-19, finishing the season with a 39-15 record. “We don’t talk much about injuries in public,” Hoover coach Chris Camper said, “but our girls feel like they were dealt an unlucky hand. Because of that they are still having a tough time letting go of what hap-

pened. It still stings.” Hoover will try to erase that disappointment this fall, but it will have to do so without outside hitters Kyra Hunter and Nora Webster, libero Olivia Portera and Downs, who all graduated. Hunter signed with the University of New Orleans, while Webster and Portera turned down NCAA Division I volleyball scholarships. Webster, an excellent student, accepted an academic scholarship to a school in Colorado, and Portera decided to attend Auburn and concentrate on being a student. Their departures leave Hoover with only a few players who have varsity experience. “This is a new team,” Camper said. “We have one girl coming back, Paige Shaw, who started last year. We’ve got some talent, but we’re going to be young and inexperienced.”

Shaw, a 5-foot-11-inch outside hitter, has committed to Memphis. She had an outstanding junior season, recording 495 kills, 313 digs and 67 aces. “She is one of the best hitters in Alabama,” Camper said. The Bucs’ other outside hitters are juniors who played little last season, Brayden Williams and MacKenzie Martin. One big boost will come from the return of Gregg, a senior who started at setter as a freshman and sophomore. A two-sport star, Gregg already has committed to Mississippi State to play softball. Camper said it could take her some time to return to playing volleyball at a high level after being sidelined last season. “Physically, she’s fine, but she’s going to have to shake off the rust from being off for a year,” he said.

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‘The sky is the limit for our team, but we’ve got a lot of questions to answer. We may not look like the team we hope we are until October.’ CHRIS CAMPER HOOVER COACH

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ence teacher at Homewood Middle School. In June, Chesnutt decided to retire and Homewood didn’t have to look far for a replacement. White was waiting in the wings, but she didn’t expect to succeed Chesnutt. “I was very surprised when they asked me to take over as the head coach,” White said. “I was still thinking like an assistant coach, wondering who I needed to help on the team so they would be ready for the next coach. And then it turned out to be me.” As she gets ready to embark on her first season at the helm, White stays in contact with Chesnutt. “I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for her,” White said. “We talk just about every day and not always about volleyball She’s like a second mother to me. She’s even coming to my wedding in Costa Rica in January.” So, not only will White be a first-year head coach and a first-year teacher this fall, she will be planning her upcoming wedding to fiancé Hunter Revis, who also is a Homewood grad. “Yeah, when some of my friends find out about that, they’re like ‘Oh!’ I know that’s a lot, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” White said.