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A woman’s heart beats proud and true. The secret to keeping it that way? Living a heart-healthy life. So make sure to have a heart-to-heart with your physician and learn all the ways you can keep your heart healthy, proud, and true.

Heart-healthy tip # 2

Control cholesterol and keep blood pressure in a healthy range with a proper diet.

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Listen to Those Achy Legs Want a leg up on preventing cardiovascular disease? Take a step toward understanding PAD. PAD (peripheral arterial disease) is a disease in which blockages build up mainly in the blood vessels that lead to your kidneys, stomach, arms or lower extremities. PAD occurs most often in the arteries in your legs, causing pain and discomfort when you walk. PAD can lead to infections, gangrene and even amputation. But this condition is also worrisome because people with PAD are at high risk for: • Coronary artery disease • Heart attack • Stroke • Transient ischemic attack (warning stroke) However, there’s a lot you can do to help prevent PAD. Lowering your risk begins with understanding the causes and risk factors of the disease.

What causes PAD? PAD usually begins when your blood vessels become damaged in some way. Your body deposits plaque (a combination of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances) over damaged areas in an effort to heal them. But when plaque settles in your arteries, they can become narrowed or even blocked. This condition, called atherosclerosis, hinders healthy blood flow and can result in the formation of blood clots.

It’s important to work to correct your risk factors, because many people with PAD have no symptoms of the disease. If you’re at high risk, your doctor may recommend a screening test for PAD, even if you don’t have any symptoms.

How does PAD feel? If you have PAD, your legs might feel cramped, fatigued, heavy or painful. For some people, discomfort occurs only when they are walking or climbing stairs. If the pain stops after they stop walking or climbing, this is called intermittent claudication. People with PAD may also have: • Poorly healing wounds on their toes, feet or legs • Pale or bluish skin color • Poor nail growth on their toes

How is PAD treated? Most people with PAD can be treated with lifestyle changes, medicines or both. The goal is to lessen symptoms and stop the disease from getting worse. The best thing you can do to help keep PAD under control is to exercise. Walking is a good option. Your doctor may recommend specific leg exercises that can help too. You may also be advised to stop smoking and improve your diet. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you’ll need to keep them under control. If lifestyle changes and medications aren’t enough, your doctor might suggest other treatments.

Who’s at risk? Some of the factors that lead to PAD are out of your control. For instance, the longer you live, the greater your chances of getting PAD. Having a family history of PAD, cardiovascular disease or stroke puts you at a higher risk for PAD. But some crucial risk factors can be changed. For example, if you smoke, you’re up to four times more likely to get PAD as a nonsmoker. You’re also at increased risk if you have: • High blood pressure. • High cholesterol. • Diabetes. • Weight problems (obesity).

If you think you might have PAD or if you’re at high risk for developing it, speak to your doctor. He or she can diagnose the disease using a simple test performed in the office. For more information on PAD or to make an appointment to be screened, call Vladimir Zahradnik, MD, vascular surgeon with the Jackson Clinic at (334) 293-8922.

Sources: American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health

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Alpha is a 10-week course where people discover the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Offered on Monday nights starting Sept. 10 at Frazer United Methodist Church or Tuesday nights starting Sept. 11 at First United Methodist in Cloverdale; there is no charge for the course and childcare is available. To learn more, reserve your spot at a free informational dinner August 27 at Frazer or August 28 at First UMC. Visit for more information or to register. The Alpha Course explore the meaning of life


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August 2012 Volume 3 Issue 1

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Carl Bard

Humor Advice Health Community

Thought Relationships Taste Inspiration

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

3 Jackson Hospital’s Health News 8 Publisher’s Letter 12 Cover Profile 21 Five Amazing Everyday Superfoods 22 Healthy Hearing, Ready, Set, GO Hear!

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25 Art & Soul: Sandi Aplin

Features 16 Restaurant Week

18 It Ain’t Over

Experience the culinary scene The Business 9 Women Kept of Sweet Home Alabama. A Secret For Three Decades.

Departments 10 This and That Have you heard...?

28 {12} Things

Solutions for bored people.

20 Diet & Exercise

8 Diet and Exercise Mistakes that Age You.

30 Male Call: Greg Budell Skinny Dipp! 31 BOOM! Advertising

27 Sherry Debray Ask Questions



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BOOM! magazine is published monthly by River Region Publications, 8637 Harvest Ridge Dr., Montgomery, AL 36116. The phone number for voice and fax is 334.523.9510. Copyright 2012 by River Region Publications. No part of this publication can be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in BOOM! magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.

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publisher’s letter

Dull Men’s Club The mission of BOOM! is to serve the folks of the River Region age 50 plus with information and ideas to inspire new experiences, better quality of life and new beginnings.


Jim Watson, 334.523.9510

Associate Editor Kelly Watson

Contributing Writers

Jim Watson, Publisher

Sandi Aplin Dr. Bettie Borton Greg Budell Sherry Debray Leigh Anne Nevins Lori Weiss

I like these guys. What a great way to escape the busy, busy, busy mindsets we have all employed. Maybe we just need to shoot the breeze on a regular basis and stop to think if that toilet paper roll should be over or under. I prefer over, how about you?

Cover Photography Lola Fine Art Photography

The August issue of BOOM! will be a great read this month. To begin with we have as our cover profile, Leigh Anne Nevins. She has a big heart and a big smile, which goes well with her dental practice. As you will see in her Q & A on page 12, Leigh Anne is a leader in our community and her profession, with a special gift of connecting to her staff to ensure quality care for all of her patients. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Leigh Anne as much as I have.

One of our features this month is about some Nanas that decided to make a difference in peoples lives and even though they’ve been doing it for many years, they’re really just getting started. They’ll lift your heart as you read more beginning on page 18. We share some of the restaurants participating in the Alabama Restaurant Week beginning August 17th. According to the stats, you empty nesters eat out way more than most so I’m sure you’ll take advantage of special meals planned for that week. Enjoy!


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Speaking of food, we offer five amazing everyday super foods you can consider on page 21 while you also consider 8 diet and exercise mistakes that may cause you to show your age on page 20. Greg Budell shares something about nude swimming that may interest many of you; it brought back memories for me.

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I recently read about a dull men’s club in Pembroke, MA. Just outside of Boston. It started 10 years ago with two men and now it has 30 members who meet weekly. It seems odd that these men would want to be part of a “dull men’s” club. That doesn’t sound very flattering. The founder of the club has a collection of 7,000 restaurant menus and his wife thinks they take up too much room in the cellar. He brings a different one to each meeting to share. They spent 2 ½ meetings on which way to put the toilet paper on the roll, over or under. One fellow said it was pretty much a tie. Most of the men are in their 70’s and they just want to shoot the breeze with each other. They even debated whether you should rake your leaves or just let them lie.

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There’s plenty more to look at in this month’s issue, including a few new advertisers who are very interested in connecting with you, our valuable readers. Please consider spending your hard earned money with them, they will appreciate you. Thanks for being part of the BOOM! community and sharing with your friends. Enjoy the new issue!

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Meet the doctor who’s all ears. Ask audiologist Dr. Bettie Borton how many ears she’s treated and she’ll say “thousands.” It’s the voice of experience. As a board-certified audiologist with more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Borton is recognized as an expert in hearing health care. The only AudigyCertifiedTM provider in Alabama, Dr. Borton has been helping your friends and neighbors get the most out of life for years. Call for a complimentary hearing screening. Then put yourself in the hands of someone who has done it a thousand times before.

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This & tHAT There’s an App for That

Wine should inspire love, according to the sex queen

The iPad has become a great device for sharing photos with friends and family. Join us for a two hour workshop and learn how to edit and modify your photos by using various tools such as filters, color and saturation, cropping, blur, resizing, working with layers, adding text and metadata, and a whole lot more. Montgomery Museum of Fine Art. Instructor: Tim Brown, Time: 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday: August 9. Cost: $15 members/$25 nonmembers. Call 334.240.4333 or visit

You most likely know the pint-sized Dr. Ruth for her late night interviews and frank advice about sex. Now she wants you to know her for something else too: Vin d’Amour, her soon-to-be-released wine. Dr. Ruth is on record saying that just the right amount of wine can ease the nerves between a man and a woman, and help encourage, well… a little action in the bedroom. But she warns getting drunk inhibits good sex. The solution: Her own line of low alcohol (6 percent) wine, released in late July. Under the Vin d’Amour label, there will be a cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and white zinfandel, $6.99 and $9.99 per bottle.

INTERNET URBAN LEGEND A receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead. The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. MAKES PERFECTLY GOOD SENSE!

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Life Expectancy

By the mid -1800’s it was 35 or something. In 1900, life expectancy was 47 in this country and by the time the twentieth century was over it was 77, Today it’s 78. Dr. Laura Carstensen, Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and author of the book A Long Bright Future, says a big part in the increase of life expectancy has more to do with babies than it does old people. Because it was in the twentieth century, that 25% of babies who were born died before they reached 5 years old. Today most babies who are born in developed countries are having the opportunity to grow old - that’s a spectacular accomplishment. And that’s had a big impact on the life expectancy statistics. But what else accounts for the big increase in life expectancy? Medicine has something to do with it. But much of the gain in life expectancy really came about because once we understood how diseases were transmitted we improved the sanitation. So the world we live in is much healthier. But it’s not just about living longer; it’s about living longer and healthier. And the good news is for the last fifty years, each generation that has arrived at old age has been healthier than the one before it. The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

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Red Cross Offers First Aid and CPR/AED Courses The Red Cross offers courses where people can learn how to perform CPR, how to use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. The courses consist of classroom instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on skills practice using manikins. The Red Cross is offering the following courses: Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED for the Layperson When: August 2 from 9 am – 3:30 pm Where: 5015 Woods Crossing, Montgomery, AL Cost: $110.00 Adult First Aid/CPR/AED for the Layperson When: August 27 and 28 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (must attend both evenings) Where: 5015 Woods Crossing, Montgomery, AL Cost: $90.00

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For Grandparents: “Stars on the Riverfront”

The Alabama Dance Theatre will open its 26th Season with two spectacular free performances of “Stars on the Riverfront.” Bring the entire family and a picnic and join the Alabama Dance Theatre as the sun sets on one of Montgomery’s most beautiful venues, the Riverwalk Amphitheater. These eclectic performances are the culmination of ADT’s two week Summer Dance Seminar and will be held Sunday, August 5th and Monday, August 6th at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. on August 5th and 6th for picnicking. The Riverwalk Amphitheater is located downtown, north of the Union Station train shed. Audiences should enter through the tunnel which is handicap accessible. Chick-Fil-A will be on site Monday only. Performances are free. Call 334-241-2590 or visit for more information.

Take ‘em Fishing

Spaces are still available at the 10th annual Youth Fishing Rodeo hosted by the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) set for August 4, 2012 at Lanark in Millbrook. Don’t miss this fun filled day of fishing from 7-11 am. The rodeo is open to anyone age 15 and under. Admission is free, however, participants must pre-register as space is limited and all youth must be accompanied by an adult. Call AWF TODAY at 334-285-4550 today and register!

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Leigh Anne Nevins, a Dental Calling This month’s BOOM! profile is Leigh Anne Nevins. Many of you know Leigh Anne because she has many patients in the River Region who rely on her for their healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. After spending a short amount of time with Leigh Anne you are infected with her attitude and leadership qualities, which is evident in her involvement with the University of Alabama School of Dentistry Alumni Association as well as other dental organizations. She also shares her time with the AUM Nursing School Annual Blue Jean Fundraiser and supporting the many activities of the Junior League of Montgomery. Her real calling is to serve her countless patients with quality dental care, working alongside her staff of professionals. Leigh Anne recently became a member of our BOOM! community when she turned 50 a few months back. She survived the BIG 50 and was gracious enough to be our BOOM! Cover Profile this month. Leigh Anne shared a bit of her life’s journey with us and we hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her as much as we have. One thing is for sure, Leigh Anne knows dentistry, just look at that smile!

BOOM!: Please give us a brief biography, i.e. where you’re from, education, what brought you to the Montgomery area, did you raise your family here, schools, married, family, etc? Leigh Anne: I am a Montgomery girl, born at the former St. Margaret’s Hospital on Ripley Street and I grew up to be very proud of my Southern heritage! I moved to Orlando during high school where I graduated from Oak Ridge High School. While living in central Florida was a lot of fun for me as a high school student, I greatly missed the Southern charm of Alabama. I quickly returned to our great state and I loved my four years at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where I majored in Microbiology. I was so glad to be back in Montgomery after graduation where I worked for the Department of Public Health in the Division of Disease Control and at the State Health Laboratory as a Microbiologist. I wanted to further my education so I went to Auburn University Montgomery during the evenings where I received a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA). During that time I was so blessed to meet my wonderful

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dental practice unique? Leigh Anne: God really lead me into the dental field and He put several outstanding people in my life to encourage me! For example, Dr. Tim Trulove, who is an orthodontist here in Montgomery, has been a great friend to me since we both started the University of Alabama as freshmen Microbiology students and he has always been a true inspiration to me. Also, Guy’s uncle, Reuben Crawford, was a dentist in Fayetteville, Tennessee and he was a great mentor to me before he passed away. Dentistry is a strong “people profession” and I truly love working closely with my staff to accomplish things that would never be possible Dr. Leigh Anne Nevins welcomes her patients with a smile. without teamwork! Dentistry husband, Guy, he was also pursuing his MPA has been my heart’s work for over 19 years at AUM. In fact, we were a featured couple now. It’s been a privilege to be able to do in one of their magazines a few years ago something that I love so much. It’s also chalbecause we met there and we even shared lenging and rewarding, because I am able to our first kiss in the AUM parking lot! touch my patients’ lives through treating their smiles! I was happily married and a mom when the Lord gave me a restless spirit to pursue His My practice focuses on treating patients like Plan for my life and that was to become we would want our family to be treated. We a dentist. It was a privilege to be a dental enjoy getting to know them and visiting with student at the University of Alabama in them as we take care of their smiles. Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. Those truly were the toughest four years of my life BOOM!: You recently celebrated turning 50. as I commuted between Montgomery and How was the experience? Any advice on dealBirmingham and balanced my responsibilities, ing with this milestone birthday? yet it was very rewarding to know that I was living up to my full potential. Leigh Anne: We celebrated by going to Charleston, South Carolina for several days Guy and I are the proud parents of Holder with some dear friends from Birmingham. who is now grown and married to his lovely Charleston has the most intriguing hiswife, Kendra. They live in Helena, Alabama tory and I suppose turning 50 gives you an at Old Cahaba and they both work in the Birhistorical perspective! Also, Charleston was mingham area. We are the proud grandparcelebrating 150 years since the beginning of ents of our precious grand-daughter, Harper, the Civil War last year when we visited so it who just turned two years old in April. Harper was a great time to share in its festivities. is already taking dance lessons! We are so I think turning 50 is a great milestone to blessed to have a healthy and happy family! count your blessings and reassess where you are in your life. You have a terrific opportunity BOOM!: You have been practicing dentistry to set new goals and reaffirm what is most for many years now, why did you choose denprecious to you. tistry as your profession? What makes your

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BOOM!: Many Boomers are experiencing a renewed sense of purpose, new goals, new careers, especially if they’ve experienced the empty nest syndrome of their kids moving on. How would you describe this sense of renewal in your life? Any advice for the rest of us seeking renewal?

BOOM!: Favorite vacation spot? Any travel dreams planned for the future?

Last year I served as Chair of the Community Advisory Board for the Auburn University/ Auburn Montgomery Schools of Nursing. We are preparing for the 12th annual and final Blue Jean Ball at Coach Pat Dye’s ranch on October 5th. This has been a wonderfully fun fundraiser for the schools of nursing scholarship programs.

Leigh Anne: We vacationed in Orange Beach in June with the entire family and what The Junior League of Montgomery named me a joy to see a “Sustainer of the Season” last fall as I have Harper on her Leigh Anne: Guy and always tried to be supportive of their many first trip to the I have really enjoyed outstanding community projects. beach! Also, I our time together as a love to visit our couple and we are so BOOM!: If you weren’t creating beautiful Southern hisexcited about this new smiles, what kind of work would you be dotoric cities such chapter in our lives that ing? as Savannah will include a lot more and Charleston traveling and advenDr. Tommy Moseley and Leigh Anne with staff Leigh Anne: I have always been told that I because they tures. I am so thankful have the gift of teaching so I probably would have so much that I married my best friend and that we are be teaching something in the sciences or beauty, charm, and hospitality! We are planembracing this time together. medical field at the high school or college ning a trip to Prince Edward Island in the near level. I think teachers touch their students’ future as I have always enjoyed the Anne of BOOM!: What are you most passionate lives in ways Green about? that can Gables never be stories. Leigh Anne: The American Dream is what measured We are I am most passionate about! To think that and that also a girl from Montgomery can dream about teaching is planning becoming a dentist and become successful in the most to take doing so is truly a dream come true for me! important our son Too often in our society we hear the negative. profession and his We need to encourage everyone to reach for impactfamily to their God-given potential. I really do believe ing our futhe Grand that each and every one of us is here for a ture for the Canyon very special and specific purpose and that common soon. we should strive to make this world a better good. place than when we entered it! BOOM!: BOOM!: As a busy BOOM!: How do you like to relax and wind What is profesdown from a hard day’s work? it about sional, do living in the you First Beach Trip, Leigh Anne and granddaughter, Harper Leigh Anne: To Montgomrelax in my own ery/ River Region area that you like? have time to be involved in community, backyard and to civic, or other activities? enjoy our pool Leigh Anne: I have often thought that Montis my idea of a gomery is like a “small town city” so I love Leigh Anne: The dental profession has great evening. that everybody pretty much knows of everygiven so much to me so I have always We like to have body. You feel a sense of closeness and strong tried to give back to it by serving mini-staycations community in the River Region. anyway I can. I was honored to serve as throughout the the UAB School of Dentistry’s Alumni year to relax at BOOM!: As you’ve aged, how have your ambiAssociation’s President last year. I was home and enjoy tions changed? the first female to serve as the Alathe beautiful bama Academy of General Dentistry’s River Region. Leigh Anne: I am more focused on my family President and I was the President of Montgomery has and my health and less worried about my our local district dental society several some fantastic career goals. I do not take my good health years ago. Currently, I am the Trearestaurants and for granted any longer so I practice healthy surer for the Alabama Chapter of the venues that actueating and I try to stay more active. Also, I International College of Dentists and ally make you feel that my marriage is one of the greatest a fellow in the American College of Dr. Leigh Anne Nevins presented with feel like you are gifts in my life so I try never to take Guy for Dentists. appreciation plaque as President of on a vacation! granted either! The Lord has always provided Alumni Association by Dr. Thomas

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perfectly for us so I know that He is in control of all aspects of my life even my dental practice. BOOM!: Give us three words that describe you. Leigh Anne: The three words that best describe me are fun-loving, detail-oriented, and grateful. BOOM!: Do you have any hobbies or other activities that grab your attention? Leigh Anne: Southern cooking is my therapy and I love to try new recipes! I also enjoy running in road races and taking early morning walks with my husband. I am an avid reader of stories about great Americans, too, such as the latest biography about Steve Jobs and the shocking assassination story Killing Lincoln. Husband, Guy, Leigh Anne, daughter-in-law, Kendra with granddaughter Harper and son Holder.

BOOM!: What future challenges do you have? Would you like to expand your dental practice? Offer new services? Leigh Anne: The biggest challenge that I face is balancing the care of aging moms (my mother and my mother-in-law) and my business responsibilities along with being available for my other family and friends. I am certain that every Baby Boomer has those similar challenges! The cornerstone of our dental practice is the personal relationships that we have built with our patients and we love to have new patients. We are offering a lot more cosmetic and bleaching services and the results are very good. As our population gets older, I encourage everyone to maintain their dental health and to keep their smile young! BOOM!: What’s the future of dentistry? Will technology play a bigger role? Leigh Anne: In my nineteen years of private practice, I have marveled at the advances in the dental field such as the greater role that cone beam technology and lasers have played in diagnosing and treating dental diseases. As always though the human healing touch is the most important way to treat any disease and make patients feel better about themselves and their smiles!

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BOOM!: Who’s your dentist or is that a trade secret? Leigh Anne: I have the best dentist in the world and that is my dear friend, mentor, and dental partner for over 15 years, Dr. Tommy Moseley! He inspires me each day to do my very best and to have passion for dentistry and compassion for our wonderful patients. Dr. Moseley will never fully understand how grateful I am for the opportunity he gave me fifteen years ago when I bought his dental practice. He is my “rock” and he is such a marvelous inspiration to me and to our dental team! All of us Boomers should aspire to be like him. If you have any questions for Leigh Anne you can reach her at 334.271.0040. We want to thank Leigh Anne for sharing her office with our cover photographers, Maria and Raquel, thanks for the time you spend getting just the right picture! If you have questions, comments or suggestions, about the BOOM! Cover Profiles please send them to

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Empty nesters (Boomers) eat out more and spend more when they eat out. They typically spend 65% more on dining out than couples living with children. Restaurants around the state, including many featured in the popular “l00 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure, invite diners to experience the wonderful culinary scene of Sweet Home Alabama. Participating restaurants will offer special fixed-priced meals for lunch and/or dinner and other specials throughout the week. Participating restaurants from the River Region per the website include:

Bandanas Restaurant

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Dreamland BBQ - Montgomery

Type of Cuisine: Southern 301 E. Jefferson St., Montgomery 334-265-7181 LUNCH SPECIAL: Your choice of one meat, three sides, iced tea and our dessert of the day. $10.00

Type of Cuisine: American, Burgers, Wings, and Seafood 2465 Eastern Boulevard, Montgomery 334-271-1831 201 South Union Street, Montgomery 334-263-8800 LUNCH SPECIAL: $5 MENU-Tailgate Burger, Redneck Salad $10 MENU-Grilled Teriyaki Platter Wangs & Grits, Black & White Chicken Almost Fried Turkey Platter, Petite Sirloin $15 MENU-Gulf Shrimp Platter, Sirloin Steak DIINER SPECIAL: $10 MENU-Hot Bama Brown, Sweet-Fire Chicken, Black & White Chicken Platter $20 MENU-Ribeye


129 Coosa Street, Montgomery 334-262-8859 LUNCH SPECIAL: Sharp Cheddar Pimiento Cheese and Pretzels, California Club: Roasted turkey breast, applewood smoked bacon, baby swiss, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, arugula, roma, lemon caper aioli, house fries. German Chocolate Cake, $15. DINNER SPECIAL: Local Figs and Alabama Goat Cheese Wood fired Gulf Grouper: Gnocchi, ratatouille, tomato herb coulis and Bananas Foster bread pudding, $30.

Chophouse at Vintage Year Type of Cuisine: steakhouse 405 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery 334-264-8463 LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS: Not yet announced

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138 dexter ave, Montgomery 334-202-8444 LUNCH SPECIAL: One hotdog, one Chip, and one fountain drink $5.00 or 3 hotdogs one French fry and one fountain drink, $10. 101 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery 334-273-7427 LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS: Not yet announced

Martha’s Place

Sa Za Serious Italian

Type of Cuisine: italian 130 Commerce St., Montgomery 334-495-7292 LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS: Not yet announced.

Type of Cuisine: soul food 7798 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery 334-399-2074 LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS: Not yet announced.


Type of Cuisine: international 2960 a Zelda Rd., Montgomery 334-272-2500 LUNCH SPECIAL: Table’s Tarte du Jour on Salade Dijon, Chocolate Bread Pudding Souffle, Creme Anglaise, Chocolate Sauce, $15. DINNER SPECIAL: Table Salad, Table Spaghetti and Quatro Fromaggio Red Wine Maet balls, Chocolate Bread Pudding Souffle, Creme Anglaise, Chocolate Sauce, $30.

5015 Hampstead High St., Montgomery 334-260-9110 LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS: Not yet announced.

Michael’s Table

Midtown Pizza Kitchen

Type of Cuisine: Italian, American 2940 I Zelda Rd, Montgomery 334-395-0080 DINNER SPECIAL: Any large specialty pizza and cheese bread, $20.


Type of Cuisine: American 503 Cloverdale Rd., Montgomery 334.356.3814 LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS: Not yet announced.

1051 E. Fairview av., Montgomery 334-834-7462 LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS: Not yet announced.

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Wintzell’s Oyster House

Type of Cuisine: Gulf Coast Seafood/ American 105 Commerce Street, Montgomery 334-262-4257 LUNCH SPECIAL: Any two lunch baskets, including beverage, $15!! DINNER SPECIAL: Two “Half and Half” entrees (choice of tw o:fish,shrimp,scallops,oysters) including beverage, $30!!

Wishbone Cafe

7028 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery 334-301-4011 LUNCH & DINNER SPECIAL: Seafood Pizza, $10

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The Business 9 Women Kept A Secret For Three Decades By Lori Weiss Somewhere in West Tennessee, not far from Graceland, nine women -- or “The 9 Nanas,” as they prefer to be called -- gather in the darkness of night. At 4am they begin their daily routine -- a ritual that no one, not even their husbands, knew about for 30 years. They have one mission and one mission only: to create happiness. And it all begins with baked goods. “One of us starts sifting the flour and another washing the eggs,” explained Nana Mary Ellen, the appointed spokesperson for their secret society. “And someone else makes sure the pans are all ready. We switch off, depending on what we feel like doing that day. “But you make sure to say Nana Pearl is in charge, because she’s the oldest!” she added with a wink and a smile. Over the next three hours, The 9 Nanas (who all consider themselves sisters, despite what some of their birth certificates say) will whip up hundreds of pound cakes, as part of a grand scheme to help those in need. And then, before anyone gets as much as a glimpse of them, they’ll disappear back into their daily lives. The only hint that may remain is the heavenly scent of vanilla, lemon and lime, lingering in the air. Even the UPS driver, who picks up hundreds of packages at a time, has no clue what these women, who range in age from 54 to 72, are doing. He’s just happy to get a hug and a bag filled with special treats. What he doesn’t know is that he’s part of their master plan. A plan that began 35 years ago -- when the “sisters” got together for their weekly card game -- something their husbands referred to as “Broads and Bridge.” “Pearl says it was all her idea,” Mary Ellen teased, “but as I remember it, we were sitting around reminiscing about MaMaw and PaPaw and all the different ways they would lend a hand in the community.”

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MaMaw and PaPaw are the grandparents who raised four of the women, Mary Ellen included, when their mother passed away; and they took in Pearl as their own, when her parents needed some help. “MaMaw Ruth would read in the paper that someone had died,” Mary Ellen remembered, “and she’d send off one of her special pound cakes. She didn’t have to know the family. She just wanted to put a little smile on their faces. And we started thinking about what we could do to make a difference like that. What if we had a million dollars? How would we spend it? So the ladies began brainstorming. “One of the sisters suggested that we should all start doing our own laundry and put the money we saved to good use. I admit, I protested at first. There’s just something about laundering that I don’t like. But I was outnumbered! So among the nine of us, we’d put aside about $400 a month and our husbands never noticed a thing. Their shirts looked just fine.” And then the women started listening. They’d eavesdrop -- all with good intentions, of course -- at the local beauty shop or when they were picking up groceries. And when they heard about a widow or a single mom who needed a little help, they’d step in and anonymously pay a utility bill or buy some new clothes for the children. “We wanted to help as much as we could,” Mary Ellen said, “without taking away from our own families, so we became coupon clippers. And we’d use green stamps.

Remember those? We’d use green stamps and we’d make sure to go to Goldsmith’s department store on Wednesdays. Every week they’d have a big sale and you could spend $100 and walk away with $700 worth of merchandise.” The Nanas would find out where the person lived and send a package with a note that simply said, “Somebody loves you” -- and they’d be sure to include one of MaMaw Ruth’s special pound cakes. The more people they helped, the bolder they became. “We gave new meaning to the term driveby,” Mary Ellen said with delight. “We’d drive through low-income neighborhoods and look for homes that had fans in the window. That told us that the people who lived there didn’t have air-conditioning. Or we’d see that there were no lights on at night, which meant there was a good chance their utilities had been turned off. Then we’d return before the sun came up, like cat burglars, and drop off a little care package.” For three decades, the ladies’ good deeds went undetected -- that is, until five years ago, when Mary Ellen’s husband, whom she lovingly calls “Southern Charmer,” started noticing extra mileage on the car and large amounts of cash being withdrawn from their savings account. “He brought out bank statements and they were highlighted!” Mary Ellen said, recalling the horror she felt. “I tried to explain

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that I had bought some things, but he had this look on his face that I’d never seen before -- and I realized what he must have been thinking. I called the sisters and said, ‘You all need to get over here right away.’” So 30 years into their secret mission, the 9 Nanas and their husbands gathered in Mary Ellen’s living room and the sisters came clean. They told the husbands about the laundry and the eavesdropping -- even the drive-bys. And that’s where their story gets even better -- because the husbands offered to help. “They were amazed that we were doing this and even more amazed that they never knew. We can keep a good secret! All but three of them are retired now, so sometimes they come with us on our drive-bys. In our area, all you need is an address to pay someone’s utility bill, so we keep the men busy jotting down numbers.” It wasn’t long before the couples decided it was also time to tell their grown children. And that’s when happiness began to happen in an even bigger way. The children encouraged their mothers to start selling MaMaw Ruth’s pound cakes online, so they could raise money to help even more people. And it wasn’t long before they were receiving more than 100 orders in a day. “The first time we saw those orders roll in, we were jumping up and down,” Mary Ellen said with a laugh. “We were so excited

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that we did a ring-around-the-rosie! Then we called all the children and said, ‘What do we do next?’” That’s when the 9 Nanas moved their covert baking operation out of their homes and into the commercial kitchen of a restaurant owned by one of their sons, where they can sneak in before sunrise and sneak out before the staff comes in. They even hired a “happiness coordinator” (whose code name is “Sunny,” of course). Her identity needs to be a secret, too, so she can help out with the eavesdropping. “We swore her to secrecy -- her parents think she works in marketing. And, really, if you think about it, she is doing public relations and spends a lot of time looking for people to help at the supermarket!” These days, The 9 Nanas are able to take on even bigger projects, given their online success. Recently they donated more than $5,000 of pillows and linens and personal care products to a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. And this August, they’ll celebrate their second consecutive “Happiness Happens Month” by sending tokens of their appreciation to one person in every state who has made a difference in their own community.

And that million dollars they once wished for? They’re almost there. In the last 35 years, the 9 Nanas have contributed nearly $900,000 of happiness to their local community. But that doesn’t mean they’re too busy to continue doing the little things that make life a bit happier. Sometimes they just pull out the phone book and send off pound cakes to complete strangers. And if the Nanas spot someone at the grocery store who appears to need a little help, it’s not unusual for them to start filling a stranger’s cart. “Not everyone is as lucky as we were to have MaMaw and PaPaw to take care of them, to fix all those things that are wrong. “So this is our way of giving back,” Mary Ellen said. “We want people to know that someone out there cares enough to do something. We want to make sure that happiness happens.” To learn more about The 9 Nanas and Happiness Happens or to purchase one of MaMaw Ruth’s special pound cakes, you can visit their website:


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8 Diet and Exercise Mistakes that Age You Eating too much sugar certainly isn’t wise for your waistline, but did you know that overindulging in dessert can add years to your face? And even if you do strenuous cardio workouts each week, you’ll be missing out on potential anti-aging body benefits if your schedule doesn’t include yoga, weight training and rest. Find out if you’re making one of these eight common diet and exercise mistakes, and get smart prevention strategies that can keep you slim and youthful for years to come. 1. You Overdo Dessert The breakdown of sugars, called glycation, damages the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm. To prevent this natural process from careening out of control, Dr. Naila Malik, a dermatologist in Southlake, Texas, sticks to low-glycemic carbs like whole grains. They’re naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen. If you want to sweeten up your tea or oatmeal without making your skin look older, try all-natural stevia. It’s an easily digested herbal sweetener that doesn’t trigger glycation, according to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone. 2. You Spin Away Stress Taking your work angst out on the bike or treadmill might make you feel better for a little while, but incorporating yoga into your fitness routine regularly may help you look younger and prevent breakouts while whittling away stress. Sounds like a winning workout to us! “Yoga moves like child’s pose, downward-facing dog and sun salutations improve circulation, the boost of oxygen is what gives skin that lovely yoga glow,” says Dr. Hema Sundaram, a Washington, D.C. area dermatologist. New research finds regular yoga practice may reduce the inflammation and stress that speed skin aging. If you need another reason to “om” away your stress: High levels of tension

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can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. “Controlling stress keeps your skin calm,” says Dr. Annie Chiu, a dermatologist in Los Angeles. 3. You Always Choose Coffee Over Tea Research suggests that green and black tea contain protective compounds, like EGCG and theaflavins, that help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles. 4. You Pretend to Be Allergic to Dumbbells Following a regular strength-training routine that creates better, more supportive muscle tone will help you firm sagging skin from the neck down. “I am religious about strength-training, and I always tell patients to do it more as they get older,” says Dr. Patricia Farris, a dermatologist in Metairie, La. “It’s like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body,” says Farris. 5. Your Meat and Dairy Aren’t Organic “Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry and meat may contribute to acne,” says Dr. Katie Rodan, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area. She says that her patients who eat those less frequently, or at least choose grain-fed beef and poultry and organic dairy, often notice their skin looks better. 6. You Don’t Give Your Body a Break When your exercise routine is so intense that you’re tired all the time but can’t sleep at night, you’re setting yourself up for overuse injuries, not to mention dark circles and bags under your eyes from those sleepless nights. These symptoms could be a sign of overexhaustion, says Ryan Halvorson, personal trainer, IDEA Health and Fitness Association expert, and author. Other clues that you’re working out too much include extreme muscle soreness that persists for several days, unintended weight loss, increased resting heart rate,

interruptions in your menstrual cycle or decreased appetite. “Plan your rest as well as you plan exercise,” says Polly de Mille, a registered clinical exercise physiologist. “If there is no balance between breakdown and recovery, then the muscle is in a state of chronic inflammation and what may start as a simple case of soreness after a hard workout can turn into an actual overuse injury.” 7. You Drastically Cut Fat, Carbs or Calories When your diet isn’t balanced, your skin, hair and nails will suffer. Cutting calories can deprive your body of certain nutrients that promote healthy cell division, cell regeneration and overall skin tone and texture, explains Dr. David E. Bank, director of the Center for Dermatology, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. “The skin also requires essential fatty acids, which the body can’t produce on its own, to maintain hydration. A diet that’s too low in fat could cause dry skin, hair loss and brittle nails.” Other key youthboosting nutrients include vitamins A, C and E. Being deficient in A can cause acne, dry hair, dry skin and broken fingernails. Get your daily vitamin A fix by eating five baby carrots each day. A lack of vitamin C can affect collagen synthesis (the “glue” that binds our ligaments, bones, blood vessels and skin), impair wound healing, and make you more likely to bruise. Incorporate vitamin C–rich foods in the form of citrus fruits, brussels sprouts, peppers and leafy greens. Low levels of vitamin E can result in easy bruising and cause chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis to flare up. Get more vitamin E in your diet by eating almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, spinach and fortified cereals. 8. You’re Missing Alkaline-Rich Foods Kimberly Snyder, a Los Angeles nutritionist and author of “The Beauty Detox Solution” ($9.77;, says she sees a big improvement in her clients’ skin and hair when they eat more alkaline-forming foods, such as parsley, almonds, kale, pears, lemons and apples. “If your body is too acidic, which can happen when your diet is unbalanced, it leaches the alkaline minerals, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, that allow us to have strong, healthy bones, teeth and hair,” Snyder explains Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Five Amazing, Everyday Superfoods 1. Kiwifruit - Kiwi contains high levels of vitamin C (double the amount found in oranges), has more fiber than an apple and packs more potassium than a banana. The unique blend of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals found in kiwi helps protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory disease. Kiwi’s natural blood-thinning properties work without the side-effects of aspirin and support vascular health by reducing the formation of spontaneous blood clots, lowering LDL cholesterol and reducing blood pressure. Multiple studies have shown that kiwi not only reduces oxidative stress but also prompts damaged cells to repair themselves. How much: Aim to eat one to two kiwis a day while they’re in season for the best taste and optimal benefits. The riper the kiwi, the greater the antioxidant power, let them ripen before eating. 2. Cherries - Cherries have many healing powers. In lab studies, quercetin and ellagic acid, two compounds found in cherries, have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors and kill cancer cells - without damaging healthy cells. Cherries also have antiviral and antibacterial properties and regular consumption may help lower the risk of heart attack, colon cancer and stroke. How much: Aim for a daily serving while they’re in season and keep a bag of frozen cherries in your freezer for the rest of the year. Frozen cherries retain 100 percent of their nutritional value and make a great addition to smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal. 3. Beans – Many people do not realize the immense amount of health benefits that beans offer. They not only lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and insulin production, promote digestive health and protect against cancer, but they are also a high source of fiber, protein and antioxidants. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported that women who consumed beans at least twice a week were 24 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, and multiple studies have tied bean consumption to a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and breast and colon cancers. How much: Aim for a minimum of two servings of beans per week. 4. Watercress – Watercress likely doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of superfoods. You may be surprised to learn that watercress is packed with vitamins A and K along with multiple antioxidant carotenoids and protective phytochemicals. The nutrients found in watercress protect against cancer and macular degeneration, help build the immune system and support bone health.These nutrients have also been shown to help prevent lung and esophageal cancer and can help lower your risk for other cancers. How much: Aim to incorporate watercress into your daily diet if possible. Watercress has more nutritional benefits when eaten raw, so try adding to a sandwich, salad, soup or smoothie for an added nutritional kick! 5. Onions – Onions may not be good for your breath, but they are great for your body. Onions are high in cancer-fighting enzymes; studies show that onion consumption helps to lower the risk of prostate and esophageal cancers. Onions also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as help prevent bone loss. Surprising to some, onions are extremely high in antioxidants. They contain quercetin, a natural antihistamine that reduces airway inflammation and helps relieve symptoms of allergies and hay fever. How much: Aim to eat one a day. This may be hard, but onions can be easily incorporated into most any dish for added flavor. All varieties contain health benefits, but shallots and yellow onions contain the highest levels of antioxidants. The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

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Healthy Hearing

By Dr. Bettie Borton Au.D.

Ready, Set, GO HEAR!

What to Expect from Hearing Devices…. So, you or your family member is considering the purchase of hearing aids…. What’s next? Getting hearing devices will present lots of opportunities, many new experiences, and some challenges. It’s Dr. Bettie Borton Au. D. critically important for you to know what to expect, and find a provider who can meet your needs. From the beginning, seek hearing healthcare from the ONLY professional who has doctoral level training in diagnostic evaluation of hearing disorders, fitting of amplification, and aural rehabilitation – AKA an audiologist! That important first decision will affect everything else with regard to your satisfaction. There are things that need to be “right” about the hearing aids from DAY ONE, and every day after that. Other issues involve time and practice, and commitment on your part. Here’s what you should expect from your hearing instruments:

• The hearing devices should be functional on a daily basis. If you have a repair issue, your audiology clinic should be able to repair it quickly, and explain any charge for service to you very completely. Also, analysis of any repair action (why it was needed, what was done) should be part of the explanation provided. • The hearing devices should be free from feedback (that annoying “whistle” that sometimes plagues those using older technology) under normal use conditions. IF feedback is noted on a frequent basis, adjustments can and should be made to the instrument to correct this. It should be noted that excessive cerumen (ear wax) can cause

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this problem, and if not addressed, can become physically uncomfortable as well. • The hearing aids should be physically comfortable to wear. If discomfort is experienced, especially during the first few days of use, modifications can be made to the physical shape of the instrument or mold to eliminate discomfort. In rare instances, the unit might have to be remade by the manufacturer, so be sure to wear your devices for sufficiently long periods of time to determine if they are comfortable over “the long haul”, and alert your audiologist as soon as possible regarding the discomfort. Remember, this is not like breaking in a pair of shoes. There is no “give” to the hearing aid, and very little give to your ear canal, so don’t suffer in silence! • Loud sounds in your listening environment should not be hard to tolerate with the hearing devices. If some sounds are uncomfortably loud, changes in the output of the aids can be made to ensure that all sounds are reasonably pleasant and comfortable. • The hearing aids should improve your ability to hear softer sounds and conversational speech in quiet environments. • The instruments should be comfortable for you to wear in louder, noisier settings. However, if your audiometric evaluation reveals that you have difficulty understanding speech, noisy environments can prove challenging for those with sensorineural hearing loss.

Frequently, hearing loss creates communication chaos. Hearing devices should solve most of the major issues (ie, those related to insufficient loudness), but due to the distortional component inherent to all sensorineural loss, hearing “like you did 20 years ago” is an unrealistic expectation. You’ll

hear better, but perhaps not perfectly. There’ll be times when your understanding is less than perfect. Everyone’s hearing loss is different and, for some, the damage is so great that certain situations (particularly noisy ones) will always pose a challenge.

A good audiologist will provide help for your communication needs where the hearing aid falls short. They can provide in office, home based or online rehab programs, as well as many coping or compensatory strategies that will help you negotiate the world more effectively. With the help of this professional and the technologies that can provide, your hearing devices should: • Allow you to better understand speech in noisy environments. • Attend more specifically to certain sounds in your environment. • Improve your performance with a variety of electronic devices such as the television, cell phones, land line phones, IPods, computers... • Be selected appropriately, based on your lifestyle needs. Remember, the more demanding your listening environments are, the more high end technologies will improve performance in these challenging situations. So make that important first step. Seek hearing healthcare from an ABA Board Certified audiologist, set realistic expectations and GO HEAR! Adapted from Patient Expectations Guide, Schum, 2009

To learn more, visit or call for an evaluation at (334) 396-1635. Dr. Bettie B. Borton is a licensed audiologist in Alabama, was the first board certified audiologist in Montgomery, and recently served as National Chair of the American Board of Audiology. She and her husband, Dr. Tom Borton, are the only audiologists with ABA certification in the Montgomery area.

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ALPHA COURSE INVITATION DINNERS Frazer UMC is hosting a free Invitation Dinner to the Alpha Course on August 27, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. in the Frazer Fellowship Hall, 6000 Atlanta Highway in Montgomery. After dinner, the talk for the evening will be “Is There More to Life Than This?” At the Invitation Dinner, attendees will have the opportunity to decide if the Alpha Course may be right for them. Alpha is a practical introduction to the Christian faith that provides an open, non-threatening forum for any questions about Christianity, Jesus, or God. Childcare will be provided for children 6 months to 5th grade for the Invitation Dinner. For more information or to reserve a seat at dinner, call Frazer UMC at (334) 272-8622 or visit www.frazerumc. org/alpha by August 22. Montgomery’s First United Methodist Church is also hosting a dinner on August 28th at 6:00 p.m. To make reservations at First UMC call (334) 834-8990. Both dinner and nursery reservations are required.

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Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) International Genesis Study Day Women’s Class Preschool Program- Infant-Kindergarten Begins Wednesday, September 12 9:10-11:00am Ridgecrest Baptist 5260 Vaughn Rd Montgomery, AL 36116 For more information call Tricia Seay at 546-1386 or 263-7616

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Women’s Evening Class School Program 1st-12th Begins Monday, September 10 6:45-8:35 pm Frazer Methodist 301 Building 6000 Atlanta Hwy Montgomery, AL 36117 For More Information call Fara Zaleski at 277-9177 Men’s Evening Class School Program 1st-12th Begins Monday, September 10 6:55-8:45 Aldersgate Methodist 6610 Vaughn Rd. Montgomery, AL 36116 For more information call Doug Weaver at 271-0224 No charge for class or materials Over 1070 Interdenominational Classes in 38 Countries. BSF is a Training Center teaching participants how to study the Bible.

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Fe at u re d A r t i st T his Month, Jane Gillis Segrest tions, museum shows, one-woman Segrest grew up in Hartford, Alabama. shows and can be found in corporate She attended the University of Monand private collections. Recent publitevallo and earned her B.S. Degree in cations of her paintings include Best of Home Economics in1963. Her heart America Watermedia Artist, The Artist had always pulled her toward art, howTouch Vol. ever, in those 4 and 5, days students Best of were encourAmerica aged to choose Acrylic Arta field for a ist, Best of career after the Best, college. She Wiregrass taught Home living Economics Magazine, in the public Panama system for City Living several years Magazine, in Panama City, Art and Florida. MarSegrest says, “As a non-objective Afternoon Delight 60x48 Acrylic Artist of ried and with painter, I have to rely on the principles the South and Southern Lady. Segrest two small boys, she left teaching and and elements of design to build a says in the article published in Southbegan pursuing her love of painting. foundation for my paintings. An artist ern Lady Magazine, “I’ve never seen a Art classes while attending Montevallo needs to have in mind where they are color I didn’t like. My theory on color were instrumental in building the foungoing with the composition. I sketch in is to use them all. When I choose a dation with an excellent understandbasic shapes to have a beginning directopic, I like to paint in different ways ing of the basic principles of painting. tion. Then in the strokes of the brush, and explore all of the possibilities of Once she was back behind the easel, I let the painting tell me where to go my subject. I have painted beach floats she continued her art lessons . Worknext. How something is painted often for several years and I enjoy painting mainly in acrylic and watercolor, is the art. It’s about the process, not ing them. I think this is because I like she is a natural and easily achieves her the product. Realism and abstraction to paint what’s in my environment, goal of creating beautiful paintings both require a good understanding of ordinary things that we see every day. with just that hint of the elements When the colors go on the canvas and mystery through her and principles they start mixing and mingling, creatuse of daring colors of design. ing forms and shapes, it is so exciting. I and spirited form. This is why I don’t want to stop.” am drawn to Segrest is a signapaint non-repture member of the resentational, Visit Gallery One Fine Art International Society abstract 423 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL of Acrylic Paintpaintings. In Gallery Director Sandi Aplin ers, the Watercolor my opinion, 334.269.1114 Society of Alabama, even a the Montgomery Art istic painting Note Series Red 18x24 Acrylic Guild and several needs some others. Her work has been included in mystery to hold the interest of the regional as well as national competiviewer.” Jane Gillis Segrest joined Gallery One in the Spring of 2005. Although she lives in Bonifay, Florida, she is an active and very supportive member of our gallery. Having and attending shows here in the gallery and with our philanthropic outreach projects, Jane Segrest has become a very special friend to Gallery One. She is truly the definition of a team player.

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On Tuesday, August 21st, the Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University, Capital Society will hold a special director’s reception hosted by David Braly and Joel Peek at the David Braly Studio in Montgomery. Invited guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a special presentation by Dr. Marilyn Laufer, director of the museum. Dr. Laufer will address the upcoming Art Interrupted exhibition at JCSM, Auburn University, which features the museum’s core collection purchased in 1948 that was originally part of the U.S. State Department’s Advancing American Art exhibition. She will discuss works of art under consideration for purchase through funds raised by the JCSM at Auburn University, Capital Society. Mission Statement for JCSM Capital Society: The mission of the JCSM at Auburn University, Capital Society is to provide support to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, for enhancing its permanent collection through the acquisition of artwork by Alabama artists. The group includes Montgomeryarea JCSM at Auburn University, Capital Society was born from the vision of Auburn University alumnus, Mrs. Jean Fleming Goodwyn, Class of 1953. Since its inception, the group has focused on raising much needed funding for acquisitions at JCSM, Auburn University and on educating Montgomery-area alumni and friends as to the importance of the museum within the larger educational mission of Auburn University.

ence of art on culture as an inspiration, reflection, critique and teacher. Joining the JCSM at Auburn University with a goal of acquiring additional media, we invite all those with an interest in Auburn University, art or both to partner with us in the same spirit of those who worked together to fund the collection initially. We are working to acquire pieces of art that are important to Auburn University, to Alabama-and like the permanent collection-to the world. Those alumni and friends in the Montgomery region, who participate in this venture, are also participating in the celebration of this incredible exhibition, not only at its premier in JCSM at Auburn University, but throughout the nation.” “One of the important things I learned while at Auburn University in the late 70’s was the interrelationship between the arts and society or perhaps I should say civilization. It is hard for me to think of a society, a culture, much less a civilization without thinking of the artistic achievements that are nurtured and inspired.” Says David Braly, “ How wonderful Auburn University now has the JCSM. A fine work of architecture with impressive works of art; high to low, folk to

fancy, practical to whimsical. And now we have the opportunity to continue the legacy of those visionaries, those who had the faith and commitment for the long term. They bought a collection of paintings with no home. By joining together with other Montgomery area alumni and friends, we can purchase a significant work of art and place it in its new home, JCSM at Auburn University. “I am sharing my own love of art with generations to come.” says Jean Goodwyn, “And, I encourage all Auburn University alumni and friends to participate in building on the tradition that created this wonderful collection.” For further information on the Director’s Reception, contact Brett Evans, Director of Development, at 334-844-7945, or

Sandi Aplin, Director of Gallery One Fine Art A free lance writer living in Montgomery, Alabama

I asked Joel Peek and David Braly to share their thoughts and expectations for this event. Joel Peek shared, “I am very excited to be associated with a highly motivated group of fellow alumni and friends from all years and all disciplines. We love Auburn University and recognize the importance and influ-

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A Christian Perspective

By Sherry DeBray

Ask Questions I love reading about Heaven, anytime a new book is released I hurry to download the title or purchase a hard copy. I don’t fully understand all there is to know about Heaven, but who does? That is, unless you’ve been there, you can’t. You can however know enough to believe. How? By asking questions.

In Don Piper’s book “Getting to Heaven,” Don tells of a story he read of a young man who was so intelligent that he passed every test the university gave him and was given credit for undergraduate classes. After clipping those classes, he decided to sign up for Logic Theory.

On the first day, of class the professor walked in the classroom and began to speak. After about five minutes the new student, not understanding a word, picked up his books and started to leave. The professor noticed the young man leaving and asked, “Where are you going?” “I don’t understand a word you are saying even when you use words I recognize.” “Sit down.” the professor said. You have just learned the first principle of logic. The professor had spoken common words in random order.

What was the lesson? Language must make sense to be understood. Don Piper shares with his readers the point of the story he remembers most, “When you don’t understand something you have the right to ask questions.”

In the Bible, we read of Thomas, known as “Doubting Thomas,” but as Don Piper put it, we might instead look at Thomas as “Questioning Thomas“. When Jesus appeared after the resurrection, to some of the apostles, Thomas wasn’t with them. When they shared, in their excitement, the news that Jesus was alive. Thomas doesn’t yet believe. He tells his brothers, “I won’t believe He lives until I put my fingers in the holes in his hands and feet.” ( This statement is why Thomas got his nickname.) It didn’t make sense to Thomas, much like the young student who sat in the Logic class. However, this was no trick. The words they spoke were common words Thomas recognized; alive, Jesus spoke to us, he was The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

here with us. All words he knew but made no sense to him. After all, he had seen Jesus die a cruel death. Earlier, Jesus had told the disciples that he was going away where no one could find him. A place they couldn’t come to. Only one asked, “I don’t understand.” (John 14: 4-7) Sometimes we don’t understand language that does make sense. Don Piper talks about a therapist that once told him, “People don’t hear what they are not yet ready to accept.”

As I read the therapist statement it reminded me of a time when my child was very ill. I knew she was sick, but I still denied it, even after hearing the words of the doctor’s diagnoses. I refused to let his words sink in. The words didn’t make sense to me, however my denial didn’t make it any less true. I learned… truth brings life. It wasn’t until I believed that I was able to help my child. Jesus told the people He was the truth, the way and the light. Yet they were not ready to accept truth. Not being ready to accept truth only leads to a delay in healing and forgiveness. Never was Thomas or any one else denied understanding because they doubted or asked questions. Asking questions brings understanding. We are told to ask and then you will receive. But there is one thing missing that opens up the locked box to understanding. It’s the key of believing. You must believe to understand. If You Can…

Mark 9:22- 24 tells of a man that came to Jesus and asked, “If you can, please heal my daughter.” Jesus comes back with, “If I can? Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father then tells Jesus, “I believe you can, but please help me overcome my unbelief.” Jesus healed his daughter. Was it because the man fully understood who Jesus claimed to be, or was it because he chose to believe regardless of his lack of understanding? What if the father had said, “Well, they say

you can… but, I don’t really think you can.” What might have taken place next? God doesn’t need you to believe to perform a miracle. He’s God. It is for your benefit that He asks you to believe He can. Even the demons know who God is but they have chosen not to believe in Him. Believing produces freedom, peace and life. When you believe in someone, you give over control by trusting them. When I had surgery on my leg, I didn’t understand every aspect of the operation to be performed on me. I don’t have to be the doctor - I just have to believe and trust in my doctor. The doctor will encourage me to learn about my surgery, but he doesn’t expect me to know what he learned in eight plus years of preparation to become a doctor. Make sense? God wants us to learn and grow to understand Him by learning of His ways but He hasn’t asked us to be Him. Aren’t you glad!

So the answer is… yes, you can believe without understanding it all. That’s called faith. Faith is believing without seeing. When you let yourself believe, amazing things happen… like understanding words that once seemed illogical. (John 3:16) If you find you’re a bit like the father who said “If you can” start today by asking God to help you with your doubt and then believe He can. Understanding will come next and oh how wonderful it is. Passages taken from Don Piper’s book “Getting to Heaven.” I recommend this book. Sherry DeBray Author/Columnist and owner of It’Za Gift in the Pepper Tree Shopping Center You can write Sherry at sherry.debray@

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August 2012

{12 Things} for active boomers and beyond


Dearly Departed at the Red Door Theatre Thursday-Sunday, August 2-5

“Not since STEEL MAGNOLIAS has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put ‘Mean and Surly’ on the tombstone.” (Dramatists Play Service) This production will be presented in the historic Red Door Theatre. Evening performances on August 2, 3, and 4, are preceded by a seated dinner (reservations required). The Sunday, August 5, performance is a 2:30 p.m. matinee. Contact (334) 7388687 or for info. Visit to learn more about the event and the theatre.


26th Annual World’s Longest Yard Sale August 2-5 Travel the scenic byways of America for more than 650-miles of yard sales and unique treasure finds. Follow the Lookout Mountain Parkway from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga, TN for the southern portion of the sale. Connect with U.S. Highway 127 in Chattanooga for the remainder of the route to Hudson, MI. DeKalb Tourism, 888-805-4740


Stuff the Bus for Montgomery Public Schools Shoppes at EastChase Saturday, August 4, 10-5 pm The Shoppes at EastChase will join with EMERGE Montgomery, Touch of Class Lim-

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ousine, Clear Channel and Costco to host its second annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive. School supplies will be collected in a school bus next to Dillard’s. The Montgomery County School Board will distribute the supplies to needy schools and children in Montgomery County. Visit the website at or follow on Facebook at


Reggae Style Summer Blowout La Jolla Restaurant & Bar Shoppes at EastChase Thursday, August, 9. 5:30 pm Join La Jolla for its 10th anniversary summer blowout party. Enjoy a free Jamaican cookout, Red Stripe and rum specials for all and entertainment by the Bullet Proof Marshmallows. Visit www.lajollamontgomery. com for more information.


ASF Presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” August 10 - September 2, various times Can you spell FUNTASTIC? This Tony Award winning musical comedy follows six hilarious and quirky prepubescent bookworms and their adult counterparts as they journey through the torments of teen life while spelling strabismus, capybara, and phylactery. The audience even gets into the act in a show that really puts the “comedy” into “musical comedy.”

MONTGOMERY DOWNTOWN Second Saturdays Riverfront Festivals Riverfront Amphitheater Saturday, August 11, 5-8 pm

Join us for our next Second Saturday Riverfront Festival on June 9th as Montgomery’s Riverfront comes alive from 5 p.m. until.

Free concert and interactive activities for all ages include more inflatables, arts and crafts, a magician and balloon artist, courtesy of Dynamite Magic and Balloons! More food concessions will be offered courtesy of Cantina, Dreamland BBQ, Peppertree Steaks and Wine, Cheezies Pizza, Nancy’s Italian Ice, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Catfish One, Mama’s Sack Lunch and The Great American Cookie Company. Don’t forget to visit the new addition to Riverfront Park! The SandBAR at the Silos is located high atop Riverfront Park, overlooking the Alabama River.

MONTGOMERY DOWNTOWN Buckmasters 19th Annual Expo Convention Center, Renaissance Friday-Sunday, Aug 17-19

Area’s biggest hunting show with more than 300 exhibitors, Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor Championship, Young Bucks activities, Deer Scoring, Hunter Education course, BTR scoring class, and Dock Dogs event. Concert event on Saturday night. Admission: One can of food to be donated to the Salvation Army. Free Admission. expo.aspx

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Pack up your Blue Suede Shoes and leave Heartbreak Hotel behind, The King is coming back to Montgomery! The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will shake, rattle, and roll once again with the return of Scot Bruce. His show “A Tribute to Elvis: The Early Years” features many hit songs made famous by the legendary entertainer including Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede Shoes and Love Me Tender. Alabama Shakespeare Festival box office, on line at or by phone at 1.800.841.4273

Come out to one of the most successful dragon boat festivals in the Southeast. This wonderful community event is free, and everyone is invited to see fellow Montgomery residents compete on the Alabama River. Proceeds will benefit two local charities: Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama. To see a full schedule of events, activities and entertainment, visit

Elvis: The Early Years ASF Monday, August 20, 7:30 pm


Sidewalk Film Festival Downtown Birmingham

Dragon Boat Race & Festival Montgomery Riverfront Saturday, August 25, 8:30 am until

MONTGOMERY Friday-Sunday, August 24-26

The 14th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 24-26. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.

AUM Yardsale AUM Campus Saturday, August 25, 7-Noon The AUM Green Alliance will host a campuswide yard sale on campus in Taylor Center rooms 221-223 and 230. Student clubs and organizations will be selling pre-loved items to raise funds for their projects. Admission for shoppers is free and open to the public.


Warhol and Cars: American Icons Through September 16 Birmingham Museum of Art Contemporary Galleries // Free

Warhol and Cars: American Icons is the first exhibition to examine Andy Warhol’s enduring fascination with automotive vehicles as products of American consumer society. The exhibition features more than forty drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptural models, and related archival material spanning the Pop Art icon’s entire career. As one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol has helped to define America. His signature images, whether American products such as Campbell’s soup cans or Coca-Cola bottles, or celebrities like Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, are instantly recognizable worldwide. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd, (formerly 2000 8th Ave. N.) Birmingham, Alabama 35203. Call 205.254.2565,


Sports memorabilia, crafts & art supplies, home decorating items, kid’s toys, lawn & garden tools, auto parts, vintage jewelry, dishes, tools, collectibles, phones, and 100′s of items priced under $5! Saturday, August 11st from 7a.m.-noon. New Home Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 1605 New Home Road, Titus.

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By Greg Budell


SKINNY DIPP It was back-to-school terror.

probably all nervous about the same thingand the bell rang with no Mr. Curtin. Minutes passed, and after a while, all I wanted was to get it over with.

I have told this story on the air in Chicago, South Florida and Alabama. Listeners always react the same, ”You’re kidding”, “No way”, “You’re making that up”!

From the rear of the locker room, a shrill whistle blew, making our ears ring as sound ricocheted off the metal lockers.

Nope. It’s true- and it made me nervous for 2 years before I even spent my first day in a Chicago Public High School. And I will never forgive Dave Schulz either.

Dave was the oldest kid in my baby-boomer neighborhood. As the elder statesman, Dave was the guy who prepared us for the rites of passage moving forward.

Sometime in the summer after 6th grade, Dave- who was going to be a freshman at my eventual alma mater, Bogan HS, announced part of the weekly PE regimen was swimming.

We all knew that. Bogan was the newest school in the city and in those days, a high school pool was a big deal. It was his next sentence that struck fear in my heart“And guys swim in the nude”.

I thought it was a joke and a bad one at that. Naked? Why?

Dave suggested it was a health code situation. Wow. The breaking news spread quickly.

High school presented enough danger to a freshman. There was the perpetual fear of getting “bennied”- when an upperclassmen would grab you in the hall and spread lip stick over your face- or hang a “kick me” sign on your back. We’d heard about this long before Dave’s NUDE SWIMMING announcement. I wondered if I could convince my parents that high school was not all that necessary.

It was a different world then. Even in our early teens, we didn’t know what today’s 1st graders know about life. Personally, I find that sad. The golden age of true childhood has been shrunk to pre-school and I grew up at a time when pre-school was a stay-at-home Mom who prepared us for kindergarten. So, beguiled by ignorance and naiveté, I began worrying about that first week of PE at Bogan a full two years before I set foot in the joint. I was opening my 7th grade Christmas presents,

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“Clothes off, and in the pool area- NOW”, he snapped. and somewhere in the room an elephant was trumpeting- “MERRY CHRISTMAS. AND IN 18 MONTHS YOU’RE GOING TO BE SWIMMING WITH A BUNCH OF NAKED GUYS’. No escape.

Dave Schulz, now the neighborhood high school big shot, faced a crowd of anxious 7th and 8th graders at the end of his first week at Bogan.

“Ah, no big deal. After a few minutes, you don’t even notice everyone is naked”. Not good enough!

He was so dismissive of his first swim class, we figured he was lying. Or he copped out and found a way to cut the class. He had to be hiding something about a situation where nothing was hidden.

Time oozed on until my first week at Bogan was a nerve wracking reality. By the time of Day One, I was certain I’d be in swimming class and get “bennied” and my clothes stolen. I would be compelled to walk the halls of Bogan naked with lipstick all over my face. I saw Dave in the halls the first day. He knew I was nervous about PE and asked “who’s your teacher?” “Mr. Curtin”, I replied.

“Oh jeez, sorry to hear that”- and then he resumed his journey to his next class.

Mr. Curtin was an ex-Marine, a no-nonsense guy who tolerated nothing. Speak out of turn and you’d be doing 20 pushups, for starters. Finally, the Day of Dread arrived. There were about 50 guys in each PE class and we assembled in the locker room. We sat there,

Dave was right. There were so many naked guys the anxiety quickly passed- and my attention was diverted to something more urgent- a chlorine smell that was searing my lungs! I’m amazed any of my classmates and I are still alive. No germ, no fungus could survive in that chlorine terrarium. Long after the class- and the anxiety was over, I could still taste chlorine. Today’s EPA would have shut the school down. The only trauma the entire 4 years was an afternoon when some idiot ticked off Mr. Curtin, and he punished all of us- making us “duckwalk” on our knees around the entire perimeter of the pool. It was horrendously painful, knees on tile- and in today’s light, seems like something that would make national news if a PE instructor did it today.

I understand the Chicago Public School system has ended the nude swimming policy- in fact, many years ago. Today’s Bogan students have to walk through metal detectors and worry about surviving something far more sinister than anything we had to deal with.

Dave Schulz attended the same college I applied to- and once again, seeking his advanced wisdom, I asked what he considered the easiest foreign language program- since I would be compelled to do 2 years of it. “Try German”, he said. “I hear that’s pretty easy”. So I did.

Can anyone translate “If I see you I’ll kick your butt” into German? At least we got to take the class with our clothes on.

Greg Budell lives in Montgomery with his dog Hershey. He’s a 25 year veteran of radio who hosts the Greg & Susan morning show 6-9 am and Happy Hour 3-6 pm on Newstalk 107.9, Greg can be reached at The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

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