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Starting a new chapter Mt Laurel Library prepares to move to permanent location

Villa D’Ambra Decorators’ ShowHouse returns to Shelby County

Springs Eternal Indian Springs School launches $20 million campaign June 2014



Invitational Golf’s future stars to shine at annual event

Taste of farm life

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y wallet is full of cards– debit, credit, insurance, even one from the Alabama Press Association. I still remember the very first card I received, before I even had a wallet. It was a card for the Carnegie Library in Eufaula, my hometown. I loved visiting the library, especially in the summers. I remember sitting on a stool comparing the books I wanted to check out that week. I also loved the annual summer reading program. In fact, I continued to create my own summer reading list long after I aged out of the library’s program. My love of libraries continued when I went to college at the University of Alabama. I worked at Alabama Heritage, a historical magazine, during undergrad and grad school. I spent a lot of time doing research and fact checking in Gorgas Library, the Hoole Special Publications Library and even the Birmingham Public Library. That’s why I was so excited to hear

Mt Laurel will get a new library this summer, which we feature in a story this month. After operating out of a temporary storefront in Mt Laurel, the new location will be just down the block at 111 Olmstead St. on property donated by EBSCO Industries. To raise money for the construction, the Friends of Mt Laurel Library have worked diligently for months, soliciting donations and hosting fundraisers. The new facility means the library will be able to offer expanded hours, services and library collection. “Libraries are about bringing people together,” Katie Guerin, director of library services at North Shelby Library, said in our story. “There’s not a lot of places that are just really for the public good. We want everyone who comes here to have a really good time.” With the support of the community and a new building, I have no doubt the new library will be a huge success in Mt Laurel. l

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VILLA D’AMBRA Local designers make over Greystone home for 2014 Decorators’ ShowHouse


SIZZLING SKEWERS Fire up the grill for these delicious summer meals June 2014 | 5



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ANCIENT ARTIFACTS Charles Griffin collects pottery, weapons and tools used by Quapaw Indians


A NEW KIND OF ART Chelsea artist finds new inspiration after successful career


ARTS COUNCIL CORNER Local artist headlines June exhibit at SCAC

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CAMPAIGN FOR SPRINGS ETERNAL ISS launches largest capital campaign in school’s history


STARTING A NEW CHAPTER Mt Laurel Library gets ready to move to a permanent location


TASTE OF FARM LIFE Stone Hollow Farm School gives close-up look at food, animals and nature with schools

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JUMPING FOR JOY Shelby County business offers high-energy fun for kids


CHEERING THEM ON Magic City Cheer and Tumble teaches more than tumbles and techniques


GREYSTONE INVITATIONAL Golf’s future stars to shine at 2014 championship

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VILLA D’AMBRA Local designers make over Greystone home for 2014 Decorators’ ShowHouse


SIZZLING SKEWERS Fire up the grill for these delicious summer meals

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ummertime has arrived and the businesses along I-65 are ready to welcome every car, van and busload of families for a few days of sun and sand. Kids and parents are eager to pull the suitcases down and start packing for a road trip. Yet before the chatter turns to spying a license Lisa Phillips, owner of SimpleWorks, plate from Wyoming, keep these tips in mind when traveling with children so you’re prepared for the 205.981.7733 fun road ahead. • Let children pack their own travel bags. While the age of your child will determine whether he can pack his own clothes, most children can pack their “travel bag.” Make sure the bag is appropriate for the space (backseat, airplane, etc). Help them consider the length of travel (one movie or five movies), time of day (it’s hard to read a book at night without proper lighting), and who’s playing with them. • Seating arrangements. Talk about this ahead of time to avoid backseat fights with siblings. Consider changing seats at each stop to break up the monotony of the trip. Allow time and places for children to work off their energy. Every parent has heard, “He’s touching me,” “She’s looking at me,” and “I’m hungry.” • Messes happen. Baby wipes can be used for everything from wiping hands after pumping gas to changing a diaper, from cleaning faces from a melted chocolate bar to getting fingerprints off the windows. Have a stash of gallon-size ziploc bags to use for trash and unexpected upset stomachs. Might need air freshener, too … just sayin’. • Consider taking along a friend or babysitter. Parents are not the only source of entertainment. Bringing along a friend or someone to give the parents a break may mean more fun for all. Many resorts offer supervised programs where children can meet new friends and enjoy activities that are age appropriate. • Food and sleep. No one (parents included) does well when overly tired or hungry. Try to keep to a schedule as much as possible. Pack snacks and favorite foods that will remind everyone of home. Eat as healthy as possible. One last thing before you lock the front door and jump into the car, take a quick inventory. Is everyone present (“Home Alone” anyone?), all toys and suitcases packed, nothing left on the car roof or garage floor? Again, experience speaks. Are we there yet? It’s that simple. l

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Miss OMHS mentors local students Myrah Elizabeth Taylor, a senior and the reigning Miss Oak Mountain High School, recently hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education program at Putnam Middle School in Birmingham. The program featured local professionals to speak to the students were impacted by STEM, including Milton Davis, BL Harbert International; Cathy Floyd, IBM; LaTrena Sanders, St. Vincent’s; Regina Vann Williams, Vann-Williams Construction. “Exposure, education, experience and excellence leads to success,” Taylor said. “Exposing these middle school students to engineers, a nurse and a building contractor, respectively should give them insight as to where STEM can lead. “ The Birmingham Chapter of Jack and Jill and the Tri County (AL) chapter of The Links, Inc. also donated items for gift bags for each of the 120 sixth graders. Taylor is pictured with Putnam Middle School principal Brenda Dial.

Hanging baskets return to Old Town Helena The Helena Beautification and Tree Board welcomed spring to Old Town Helena in mid-April. During its monthly work day, members and volunteers arranged and hung the popular flower baskets that line Old Town and throughout the city of Helena each year. The group met at Amptheather Park and hung baskets from 8 a.m.-noon on April 12. The Helena Beautification and Tree Board’s theme is “Let’s Grow Helena.” For more information, visit

Chelsea High School students raise $1,500

Chelsea High School students recently raised $1,500 through a Change to Change Lives campaign to benefit Jimmie Hale Mission, a Christian-based, nonprofit organization that helps homeless and hurting men, women and children. Felicia Peoples, a National Honor Society student who helped organize the project, and Mary Beth Rodgers, a Chelsea High sponsor, present a check to Terry Preston, Jimmie Hale Mission’s community relations coordinator. June 2014 | 9


Schifer named Father of the Year 2014 Shelby County resident Larry Schifer was recently named one of Alabama’s 2014 Fathers of the Year by the American Diabetes Association. Schifer, a Greystone resident and district business manager of Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, was one of five fathers chosen for the award by the local Father’s Day Council. They will be honored at the fourth annual “Father of the Year” awards dinner on June 12 at The Club to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The men are all raising money for Schifer diabetes to continue research to find a cure. Schifer leads sales for Type 2 diabetic products in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and North Florida. With products treating diabetes, Larry is passionate about providing medication that can be life changing for many diabetic patients.      Originally from Bucyrus, Ohio, Larry earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Xavier University. He and his wife, Julie, moved to Birmingham in 2006, and they have two children, Alex and Grace. Larry is very involved in The Church of the Highlands. He serves as an usher and has been active in men’s small groups for several years.  He loves coaching and has served as a coach with Over the Mountain youth baseball, YMCA youth basketball and Hoover youth football.   To make a donation to the American Diabetes Association or for more information on the Father of the Year Awards or to purchase tickets, call 205-870-5172 x 3079 or visit birminghamfoty.

Green makes Time’s Most Influential list Best-selling young-adult author John Green, a 1995 graduate of Indian Springs School, has been named to Time magazine’s latest installment of 100 Most Influential People. Green, an Indianapolis native who wrote the young-adult bestseller “The Fault in Our Stars,” is listed among other artists and entertainers like late night talk show host Seth Myers, “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen and actor Matthew McConaughey. Green also manages a YouTube channel, vlogbrothers, and organizes an annual Green conference for video bloggers, VidCon. Actress Shailene Woodley, who stars in the film adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars” out June 6, wrote that Green is “more than just an author, an artist and an innovator.” 10 |


Inverness Kiwanis helps at Owens House Once again this year, the Kiwanis Club of Inverness volunteered to work at the Owens House, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center. Their work included cleaning windows, cleaning exterior signs, cleaning the chairs and bench on the front porch, painting one of the offices, painting one of the exterior tables for the deck, cleaning three of the play/counseling rooms, hanging banners and blue ribbons, putting out the blue pinwheels, putting together mail out packets and maintenance on the exterior grounds. Volunteers included Eric Swindle, Evan McCauley, Ricky Reaves, Sabrina Young, Loretta Neaves, Janet Collum, Theresa Davis, Louis Steed, Pam McLeod, Randy Williams and Guy Roemen.

Indoor cycling studio opens in Inverness Rocket Cycle Fitness Studio, an indoor cycling studio that also features pilates, yoga, and Total Body Resistance Exercise suspension training and combo classes, is set to open this spring in Hoover. The studio, located at 5299 Valleydale Road, Suite 121, will use Spinner NXT cycles that track mileage and monitor the client’s heart rate, said owner Rachel Hunt. The studio also will feature a live disc jockey a few Saturdays each month. “Cycling is a high intensity, low impact workout and an excellent opportunity for off season training for triathletes,” said Hunt, who also owns Extreme Fit Training, LLC, a boot camp with locations in Homewood, Inverness and Greystone. For more information, visit June 2014 | 11


Youth LSC 2014 class visits UM Members of the 2014 Youth Leadership Shelby County class met with University of Montevallo President Dr. John Stewart and UM mascot Freddie the Falcon during Youth Leadership Education Day. This year’s 2014 Youth LSC class has 37 students. Youth LSC is a six-month program offered to 11th grade students attending school in Shelby County.

OMES students hold book drive

Oak Mountain Elementary GRC (Gifted Resource Class) students held a book drive to contribute to the Learning Dreams Library in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. Cornelius Ngosa and Prima Shimoomba, both residents of Jeffrey’s Bay, recently visited with students and shared about their culture, their heart for children, and their love of education. Their dream is to build a library, which will give the children access to books, music and tutoring instruction. The GRC students collected 1,752 books. The students invited Ngosa and Shimoomba back after the book drive. They were able to celebrate, see pictures of the children they will be helping, and learn more about putting their compassion into action.

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Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” and a small group of students at Hilltop Montessori have taken that to heart. Caroline Prince, Sienna Stine and Gabby Wang decided to raise funds for their favorite charity, “Feed the Children.” In order to assist them with reaching their fundraising goal, they made a request to school’s director, Michele Wilensky. They asked if she would be willing to kiss one of the school’s pets, “Mario,” a bearded dragon, if they reached their goal. Wilensky graciously agreed and became even further committed to the cause with an additional agreement to also kiss a hermit crab. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, the students at Hilltop Montessori are encouraged to be inspired to make positive contributions to society and this project was a good lesson for all who were involved.  Pictured, from left, Caroline Prince, Sienna Stine and Michele Wilensky.

Sprouts coming to North Shelby Sprouts, an Arizona-based specialty grocer of natural and organic foods with more than 170 stores in the Southwest, will open a location at Brook Highland Plaza off U.S. 280 this spring, according to a CoStar Group report. The grocer has leased more than 23,000 square feet for its new location, according to DDR’s Lauren Ball represented the landlord in the deal. The Brook Highland location, at 5257-5267 U.S. 280, will be Sprouts’ first Alabama store and was scheduled to open in May. A second store is planned for The Grove shopping center at Interstate 459 and John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover. The store strives to help customers “live a healthy lifestyle at an affordable price.” June 2014 | 13


Ancient artifacts Charles Griffin collects pottery, weapons and tools used by Quapaw Indians Story and photos by LAURA BROOKHART

C CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: Examples from Charles Griffin’s Indian pottery collection. The still legible inscription on this polished shell dipper reads Colbert Co. Ala. Worley Collection from Spring Park. Charles Griffin.

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harles Griffin’s childhood dream of having an Indian artifact museum has indeed been realized over his 65 years of collecting. Along with arrowheads, projectile points and tools made of flint and deer jawbone, Griffin has ornaments such as gorgets from the Mississippian period, which would have been worn around the neck or on the arm. He has strung together buffalo foot bones and fish vertebrae, which have the appearance of a necklace for display. The heart of a conch shell made beautiful beads. Some shells or ornaments bear tally marks, making them even more significant, as they represented an achievement. As his collecting became more wide-ranging, he began to journey to northeast Arkansas where

in 1500 AD, the Quapaw Indians once lived. The Quapaw culture is known for its beautiful painted vessels, utilizing the colors red, white and black. This pottery was often made in effigy form, often animals — the more exotic effigies depicting dogs, deer, otters, frogs, shells, even people in striking detail and accuracy. “These effigies were burial or trade objects; you won’t see much of this stuff in a museum,” Griffin noted. “The Quapaw were premier pottery makers,” Griffin said, “and a friendly nation that got in return nothing but disease and fever.” Some 7,000 strong when they made contact with European settlers, 100 years later, only 700 were left. Quapaw pottery is considered some of the most artistic as they benefited from centuries of Mississippian pottery advances and further developed the styles of their late Mississippian neighbors.

One such head pot is known today as the “Screaming Quapaw.” It has painted swirl designs and ear spools. “They used this head to drink from, inhaling from the vessel as they drank. For ceremonial purposes, they consumed a black, bitter drink made from herbs,” Griffin said. Most head pot vessels were found broken or damaged and require reconstruction and repair, as does the one Griffin holds in the above photo. Out of respect for the age and original color, however, he does not believe in repainting artifacts. The first Spanish explorers to reach Arkansas had an impact on the Quapaw because the mid-16th century Quapaw began making pottery vessels resembling European teapots. “Artifacts are no better than the raw materials they had to work with,” Griffin points out. “There were better materials in Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas. Some people say they were more gifted, but no, it was the quality of the materials. Acid has a lot to do with how well artifacts are preserved.” Griffin, who lives on the Helena/Maylene border, holds up a polished shell used as a dipper. It is still near solid and was likely traded up from the coast. Griffin notes that many of his collector friends have passed on and adds nostalgically, “I used to take Kathryn Windham and her son and grandson with me, as she loved to hunt arrowheads. Kathryn did black and white photography and she wanted to go see the Cahaba lilies, and we went to Buck Creek near Helena, which is the oldest documented stand.” l

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Chelsea artist finds new inspiration after successful career Story by LINDA LONG Photographs by JON GOERING and CONTRIBUTED


ohn Solomon Sandridge was 4 years old when he drew his first picture. “I saw this yellow No. 2 pencil, went over, picked up it and looked around for some paper. When I couldn’t find any paper, I grabbed the family Bible, opened it up and drew a stick person. After that I couldn’t stop drawing stick people,” the artist laughed. The first paycheck he received for his work was in the amount of $15 for three cartoons he had drawn for his local Gadsden newspaper, the town where the young artist grew up.

PAGE 16: “Rhapsody of Miles and Miles” by local artist John Solomon Sandridge is a tribute to Miles Davis. “He’s a great musician hero of mine,” he said. “I’m very much inspired by his imagination.” ABOVE: Sandridge assists CHS student Rebecca Harrison as she works on the Chelsea General Store mural April 9. LEFT: “Black Madonna” was inspired by images from Europe and South America.

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ABOVE: Sandridge’s work was recently featured at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. RIGHT: “Out of Slavery” features influential black Americans. “As horrific as slavery was … this is what it produced,” Sandridge said. “This is what came out of slavery, these individuals who are making a difference in the world.” BELOW: “Green-nette” is a sculpture of a ballerina. The green represents growth, change, prosperity, possibility.

Today, this nationally acclaimed painter, sculptor and writer has come a long way from drawing stick people and double-figure paychecks. He is the first the first African American to secure a contract with Coca-Cola and has produced many images on various objects from paintings to playing cards and serving trays. As a sculptor his work is nationally known for his “Black Cowboy” series, and as a self described “naturopath spiritual intuitive,” he travels nationally and abroad: teaching, training and coaching others to heal through natural means. Ironically, the talented Chelsea resident’s goal was not to become famous but to become successful. “I had no interest in that,” Sandridge said. “I just wanted to sell art to support my family. I wanted to become successful as a businessman, so I started researching companies such as Sears, J.C. Penney and Coca-Cola. I noticed that Coca-Cola had not used black Americans in their advertising in the early 1900s. I thought, what if I created a painting of a black American from that time period, dressed in the time period as if he were using the Coke product, so I created a water color and sent it into Coke.” What came next was shocking and as Sandridge describes, “somewhat scary.” “I got a response from Coke and it read something to the effect, ‘If you put this painting in print, you will be infringing on the rights of the Coca-Cola Company,’” he recalled. “I said, ‘Oh my God, I can’t risk being sued by Coca-Cola.’ I called them to talk to them about the letter 18 |

and the painting. So, to my surprise, the young lady who answered the phone said to talk to me ‘Coke is wanting you to put it in print, but you have to have a licensing agreement from us,’” Sandridge said. Sandridge remembers those words verbatim. After he recovered from the shock, he created another painting with himself as a model. He sent a photo of it to his contact at Coke, who asked for the original to send to the company’s international headquarters in Atlanta. “The rest, as they say, is history,” Sandridge said. “My career took off, and finally, I was able to make a living with art.” Sandridge’s Coca-Cola paintings show folksy Americana, through the African American experience. Almost Norman Rockwell in feel, they depict a slower America, a more laid back America, an America before cell phones and the Internet. One entitled “Words of Wisdom” shows a grandmother, sitting in a rocking chair in the yard, a pan of partly shelled peas in her lap. A child of about 12 sits on the ground below her, as he drinks a Coke, obviously enthralled by what he hears. Another depicts a young boy, shirtless, jeans torn at the knees. He holds an almost empty Coke bottle to his June 2014 | 19

mouth, draining out the last dregs. Two empties sit on the ground beside him. The painting is aptly named “The last drip.” In 2000, when Sandridge seemed to be at the height of his artistic career, he did the unexpected. He stopped painting. “I had a good measure of success as an artist,” he explained. “I had done a lot of things, a lot of traveling, but I felt the need to stop painting altogether. I stopped sculpting. Little did I know that hiatus … was allowing something new and different to grow inside me. Before, I painted to create objects to sell for money to support my family, but in 2010, I came back to art.” Sandridge calls his new art Numinousneoism. “It is art that I feel I create from true inspiration from the creator, from God. Before, the art I created was commercial,” he said. “Today, this art truly comes from inspiration. I don’t try to figure out what I am going to paint or sculpt or write. It just comes to me and through me and whatever it is, I paint it, I write it, I sculpt it. In just four years, Sandridge has created around 600 paintings and sculptures and his “new art,” as he describes it, is being featured in exhibits, including a spring 2014 show at the

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The subject can be anything from slavery to angels and dragons. “It is whatever I feel inspired to do,” Sandridge said. “It comes from a place that every child knows.” l

“Starry-Night Dream and Child” features elements of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

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Local artist headlines June exhibit at SCAC Story by CLARKE STACKHOUSE Photograph CONTRIBUTED


he Shelby County Arts Council welcomes local artist Scott Owens as he exhibits his work at the SCAC gallery in Columbiana in conjunction with Liberty Day celebrations. Bruce Andrews, executive director of the SCAC, said Liberty Day is a huge event for Columbiana and the gallery opening will coincide with opening night festivities, allowing for a wide range of entertainment. It is the tradition of the SCAC to host a local, Shelby County artist exhibit during Liberty Day. Owens said the exhibition will feature a mixture of sculpture and painting and incorporate works from different parts of his life. Owens, who has worked as a graphic designer and sign maker the majority of his adult life, said he’s excited to showcase

his material, which is usually hidden away from the world. He said it was an opportunity to “just be an artist.” Owens describes his art as abstract and expressionistic. He said he uses using a lot of geometric shapes and high contrast colors. Owens said most of the pieces will be a larger scale, and he is working on a few new pieces for the exhibit. “If I’m trying to make statement,” Owens said, “I’m saying, ‘By the way I am an artist.’” He plans to demonstrate his painting process during the opening. Andrews said visitors to the opening will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Owens and hear live music by the Chuck King Jazz Trio. The music will help the gallery opening tie into Music on Main Street, a Liberty Day kickoff tradition. “It’s a perfect night out,” Andrews said. “Have a glass of wine, have some good food,

Local artist Scott Owens’ work will be on display at the Shelby County Arts Council in June.

enjoy live music and great art.” The exhibit opening will be Friday, Jun 27 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the SCAC and past and upcoming gallery exhibits, visit l

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Campaign for Springs Eternal ISS launches largest capital campaign in school’s history Story by MINDY BLACK Photographs CONTRIBUTED

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ore than 300 Indian Springs School students, faculty, alumni, and friends gathered on the ISS campus April 11 to celebrate the public launch of the $20 million Campaign for Springs Eternal, the largest capital campaign in the school’s history. At a ceremony that kicked off Alumni Weekend 2014 festivities, ISS Director Gareth Vaughan, board chair Libby Pantazis and campaign co-chair and alumnus Rusty Rushton ’74 announced that the school will begin construction this summer on new classrooms and will continue planning for a new dining hall and new arts center to support and enhance the excellence of all programs and student life at the nationally recognized boarding and day school for grades 8-12. Vaughan revealed that because of the generosity

of more than 100 alumni, parents of alumni, and current parents during the campaign’s silent phase (September 2013 to early April 2014), commitments of about $15 million — 75 percent of the fundraising goal — have been secured over the next five years. “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to usher in this next chapter in Indian Springs School history,” Vaughan said. “The passion and dedication that we are witnessing from the ISS community will give our students the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly global world and provide our worldclass faculty a state-of-the-art stage on which to shine.” Lead gifts have come from Gillian and Mike Goodrich ’63, Cecilia Matthews and the Estate of Alan Matthews ’68, Mary and Rob Henrikson ’65 and parents of alumni Judy and Hal Abroms, Pantazis said. The Campaign for Springs Eternal was created in response to Indian Springs School’s new Campus

Master Plan, which identifies the need to replace or modernize aging buildings dating from 1952, when the school opened its doors. Prepared by internationally recognized architects ArchitectureWorks, LLP, of Birmingham and Lake|Flato Architects of San Antonio with input from a wide range of ISS constituents — board members, alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends — the proposed plan impacts a large portion of the school campus and comprises three phases. The proposed plan includes a) modernizing the campus and classrooms to accommodate emerging technologies for greater flexibility and global connectivity; b) replacing the current dining hall with a new dining hall that includes an outdoor dining area, new appliances and flexibility to accommodate groups of various sizes; and c) creating a new arts center that features art studios, an art gallery and an outdoor art yard at the heart of the campus. Construction on the classrooms phase is scheduled to begin in summer 2014. The timing and details for the arts center and dining hall phases will be finalized by the Indian Springs School Board of Governors later this year as fundraising continues. Vaughan asked the entire Indian Springs community— alumni, parents, grandparents and friends—to join together in making a commitment to the campaign, which will continue through 2018. To learn more and view the short Campaign for Springs Eternal video, visit Indian Springs School is a national leader in coed boarding and day education for grades 8-12. Founded in 1952, the school seeks to develop in students a love of learning, a sense of integrity and moral courage and an ethic of participatory citizenship. For more information, please visit www. June 2014 | 23

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Local children celebrate the groundbreaking of Mt Laurel Library. The Friends of the Mt Laurel Library hosted books sales and other fundraiser to raise money for the library’s construction. The new library is slated to open in June.

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Mt Laurel Library prepares to move into permanent location Story by LAUREN HEARTSILL DOWDLE Photographs CONTRIBUTED


lassic novels, summer reading programs and a vast array of books to flip through are just a few of the reasons people visit local libraries. And soon, Mt Laurel residents will have these resources at their fingertips with a permanent library. “It’s a neighborhood library,” said Katie Guerin, director of library services at North Shelby Library. “It’s really for the whole community and county.” After operating out of a temporary storefront in Mt Laurel, the new location will be just down the block at 111 Olmstead St. on property donated by EBSCO Industries. To raise money for the construction, the Friends of Mt Laurel Library held book sales, solicited donations and sold inscribed bricks, among other fundraising activities. The library, which will have expanded hours, services and library collection, is set to open in June, just in time to host its summer reading program, says Ann Price, a volunteer and chairman of Friends of Mt Laurel Library. There will also be events including a wildlife program, bee-keeping seminar, painting parties and weekly summer movies after it opens. “We wanted to have a full-functioning branch, and with our own building, we’ll be able to offer a more extensive library and services,” Price said. The 1,664-square-foot building will be staffed and maintained by the North Shelby Library. Visitors can also come to the library for tech support. But it’s more than the books and knowledgeable staff that makes this spot an important part of the community. “Libraries are about bringing people together,” Guerin said. “There’s not a lot of places that are just really for the public good. We want everyone who comes here to have a really good time.” For more information, visit or email l

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PAGE 26: Stone Hollow Farmstead in Harpersville now offers farm schools for children and adults. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Cole Kelly holds a chicken during a March visit to Stone Hollow Farmstead. Hallie Kelly sniffs a flower. Luke Kelly meets a few goats.


ust beyond the glare of city lights lies a reminder of simpler times. Stone Hollow Farmstead, founded in 1999 by Deborah Stone, spans 80 acres in Harpersville and includes an array of fresh plants and playful animals. But instead of keeping this retreat a secret, Stone wanted to share the farm experience with children and adults alike. So, she created a farm school to give people a complete look at a more natural way of living. “I have a sweet memory of my childhood and experiences on the farm,” said Stone, who grew up on a farm. “I’m hoping to recreate that for people. If they embrace farm life in a way that helps them create memories, then mission accomplished.” The school kicked off the first Saturday in March and will run the first three Saturdays each month through the summer. Broken down by age groups, the classes allow people to get a pure taste of life on the farm. There are four different farm school groups – ages 3 to 5, 6 to 9, 10 to 13 and adults – and prices range from $30 to $200. The youngest group’s school lasts an hour, and the older children get a three-hour experience. For adults, the tour lasts from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Attendees should wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty, sunscreen and bug spray. If it rains, the group meets 28 |

in the barn or under a tent. The children start their day at Stone Hollow, which is certified humane, playing with the baby goats — one of the farm’s main attractions. “They get their love tank filled and then they calm down and start to hear what we’re saying,” Stone said. Parents are asked to stay with the youngest group, but that’s not required for the older children. Not only will visitors see chickens, goats, ducks and horses, but they will also plant seeds, hear about sustainable farming, tour the creamery, do scavenger hunts for beneficial insects and visit the gardens. Adults can learn about soap making, natural skin care, cheese making, preserving and cooking. “We want to help people gain knowledge about where their food comes from,” Stone said. “Sharing that type of information empowers people.” The children also look at beehives in a glass frame to see how these insects build their cells and contribute to the farm as a whole. “We let them experience it, so they aren’t just hearing what they’re getting taught,” Stone said. June 2014 | 29

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At the end of the tour, groups enjoy a sensory table of foods like herbs, yogurt, eggs, cheese, milk and other items made on the farm. “They start to relate to how they got the product that’s in their kitchen cabinet and what’s actually in that,” Stone said. “When they go to the grocery store, they’ll ask themselves where the eggs came from. It’ll make them pause when shopping.” Many families have already taken advantage of this refreshing experience. Mandy Kelly, along with her husband and in-laws, brought her three children to the farm for the first time in early March. Her children — ages 3, 5 and 7 — joined the farm school’s 3- to 5-year old group. While there, they watched a goat give birth, and the children also fed the other baby goats. “My kids love being outside and around animals,” Kelly said. “It was the perfect opportunity to be exposed to that.” But it was about more than just cute, furry creatures for Kelly and her family. “They learned about what farm to table meant,” she said. Now, her children are starting to connect the dots with where their food comes from. “I want them to understand that things don’t just come from the grocery store in a box,” she said. “God gave us animals and plants we can eat from, so they got to see how things work and hopefully eat better.” For those who want to extend the farm experience beyond the spring schools, they can buy family memberships and spend weekends biking, throwing a picnic and just enjoying the grounds. “People are looking to simplify their life,” Stone says. “This is a way to just decompress.” Families can also take home a taste of the farm with its new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food program, which started first week in May. However, this isn’t the normal produce package. Instead of including a large amount of basil – and leaving people to figure out what to do with it all – they will include pesto, fresh tomatoes, glutton-free pasta, butter, turkey eggs and a recipe. “We’re able to give people some recipes that are reasonable, so the next time they get basil, they’ll know what they can do with it,” Stone said. The produce will not only come from Stone Hollow but also from other local farmers. So no matter if people are enjoying a fresh snack, learning about dairy processing or simply petting a baby goat, they can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life at Stone Hollow Farmstead. “It’s refreshing — it’s a breath of fresh air,” Stone said. To register for the farm school, which is located at 2006 Dead Hollow Road North in Harpersville, visit stonehollowfarmstead. com/farmstead-events. For more information, call 800-285-8950 ext. 706. l



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Jumping for joy Shelby County business offers high-energy fun for kids Story by LINDA LONG Photographs by JON GOERING


CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: iJump 280 owner Isaac David. A child climbs throught the inflatables. iJump 280 also offers go carts and rock walls.

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ids call him “Mr. iJump,” and Isaac David, owner and developer of iJump 280, loves it. David, Shelby County real estate developer and entrepreneur, has built a kids’ playground paradise — 20,000 square feet of rock climbing, go carting, gigantic inflatable jumping fun. It’s billed as the largest indoor playground in the Birmingham area and boasts multiple ball pit zones, an indoor jungle gym and arcades chocked full of every game imaginable. It is undisputedly a fun-filled phenomenon where even the smallest kid can play in what David calls “a safe room” equipped with building blocks and a small challenge course. But, for David the most fun of all is seeing the children’s reactions.

“I walk in and hear dozens of kids screaming, having fun,” he said. “They run up to me all sweaty and smiling and look at me and say ‘I love this place.’ That’s the biggest part of it for me. “Yeah, a lot of them even call me Mr. iJump,” he added with a laugh. David said the idea for such a play place came to him a little over five years ago while attending an amusement park convention in Las Vegas. “Raising three girls of my own, I realized the need for something special in this area for families, schools, and daycares where parents and caregivers can bring their children to a safe, clean environment to have fun and keep physically active, no matter what the weather is outside,” he said. “This is such a place, where the whole family can spend quality time together.”

David said his youngest daughter, who was 13 at the time, even came up with the name iJump. The facility has become a favorite spot for group activities such as baby showers, field trips, corporate meetings, and birthday parties — especially birthday parties, which average, according to David around 40 to 50 a week during the busiest times of the year. Birthday party packages may be purchased at three different levels ranging from two to three hundred dollars, depending upon the birthday child’s age and the number of guests attending. David says in addition to parties, iJump is open “any time school is on a break, summers, holidays. Any time kids aren’t in school, then we’re open for them to come play.” And, lest parents think they’ve been forgotten in all this, iJump even offers a special parents’ corner featuring a 120-inch HDTV and free WiFi. IJump 280 is located just off highway 280 at 157 Resource Center Parkway. l June 2014 | 35


Cheering them on Story by LAUREN HEARTSILL DOWDLE Photographs by JON GOERING

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Magic City Cheer and Tumble teaches more than tumbles and techniques


hey are the smiling faces on the sidelines, the ones leading the crowd during halftime and the high-spirited entertainers who motivate with their voices, chants and routines. But who is cheering them on? For girls in the Birmingham area who want to gain and improve their cheerleading skills, they can visit Kendall Frazier’s Magic City Cheer and Tumble to train. Frazier understands the ins and outs of tryouts and cheerleading. After studying and practicing ballet for 10 years, she knew she wanted to do something more upbeat. So when she made the cheerleading squad as a seventh grader at Berry Middle School, she traded in her pink slippers for a set of pom poms. “There’s so much more that goes into it than just cheering,” she says. “That’s my favorite part. I think cheerleading, along with other sports, teaches so many life lessons.” She continued cheering at Spain Park High School and made the varsity squad her sophomore year. But she didn’t just want to focus on improving her skills. As a junior, she started working with a seventh grader at Berry to help her get ready for her cheer tryouts. A year after that girl made the team, Frazier started working with five other girls interested in cheerleading. And the year after that, she doubled that number. Even after moving to Auburn for college, she continued to come back home on the weekends to help girls prepare for tryouts. By the time she graduated, Frazier

Magic City Cheer and Tumble owner Kendall Frazier spots a girl learning to do a back handspring.

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Scenes from Magic City Cheer and Tumble’s classes, which are offered to girls as young as 3 years old through teenagers.

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Frazier spots a girl doing a back handspring while two other students wait their turn.

had 20 girls she was working with. So, she started renting a space at Crossbridge Church of Christ to hold their lessons. “It really allowed me to grow and see if it could be full time,” she says. She started in a small classroom and then she expanded into the church’s gym. Once she reached about 40 clients, she knew it was time to find a larger, more permanent location. She moved into her current location at 5318 Meadowlark Lane, behind Skates 280 and Walmart off of Highway 280, in April of last year. Now, after only word-ofmouth referrals, she has about 240 girls, and the occasional boy, who come to her gym. “We explain it in a way so that they can fix and — Kendall Frazier improve their skills,” says Frazier, 24. In addition to Frazier, there are two other coaches who work at Magic City Cheer and Tumble. “I’m really proud of the program we’ve built,” she says. “Every day, I strive to be positive

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and upbeat — and also to get results.” The classes — which have a 4-to-1 student to coach ratio and are tailored to each student’s skill level – focus on proper motions, tumbling and jump techniques. The groups range from a 3- and 4-year old class to top-level high school students. “They learn life lessons they can use all throughout their teen years and into adulthood,” Frazier says. Whether a girl is just becoming interested in cheering, wants to practice for upcoming tryouts or just needs to improve her skills, the gym staff looks to find the right spot for each student. “Once they’re at our gym, I hope they find their niche,” she says. “I hope they feel good about themselves. We’re just trying to build their self-confidence. “Every child learns differently,” she explains. “We have to find what’s best for them.” Last year, Frazier added competitive teams, called the Magic City Allstars, to her gym, and 24 girls ranging from fourth to ninth grade participated. They were named the Grand Champion in Level 2 competition, meaning they won first place in their division. This year’s tryouts were held in April, and all ages were welcomed. “I hope it teaches them discipline,” she says. “If you work hard at something, you can achieve it. I see that every day.” Frazier has even seen her coaching experience come full circle, as girls she trained as seventh graders at Berry have moved on to varsity at Spain Park. To register children for classes or for more information on Magic City Cheer & Tumble, visit magiccitycheerandtumble. com. l

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Golf glory Future stars to shine in 2014 Greystone Invitational Story by DALE GORHAM Photographs by DALE GORHAM and ASHLEY FUENTES


n only its 14th season, the Greystone Invitational has quickly become one of the world’s premier amateur golf championships. The Greystone Invitational began in 2000 with a mission to become a top-tier golf tournament with a strong mix of non-exempt and exempt players of various ages that would draw contestants from across the world and to contest the event on a wellprepared championship golf course. The tournament field annually reads like a Who’s Who of collegiate, local, national and international amateur golfers as they make the Greystone Invitational a key event on their summer competition schedule. Past GI Champions include present PGA TOUR members Michael Thompson (2007) and Lee Williams (2001 & 2003) and Emerald Coast tour winner Glenn Northcutt (2010). Past Champion in 2004, Jonathan Dismuke is now golf coach at the University of Houston and the 2002 GI Champion Zane Goldthorp has numerous top ten finishes in amateur events including a fourth place 42 |

finish in the 2012 Georgia Mid-Am. The remaining GI Champions, Bobby Spiller (2005), Mark Harrell (2006), Woodie Eubanks (2008), Justin Yoder (2009), Bo Andrews (2011) and Michael Johnson (2012) are all still very competitive in numerous top-level amateur events as well as competing professionally. Many other GI contestants have moved on to domestic and international pro tours around the globe. One recent GI participant, Will Wilcox, is now playing on the PGA TOUR and competed for the lead in this year’s Sony Open and won on the tour in 2013 . Two other past contestants - James Bowen from Auburn and Carl Santos-Ocampo from Notre Dame - have multiple wins on the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tours. Michael Thompson is the thus far the most decorated GI champion finishing as runner-up in the 2007 U.S. Amateur the same summer he won the Greystone Invitational on Greystone’s Legacy Course. Michael attended Tulane University for two seasons before Hurricane Katrina would force The Green Wave to disband their golf team. After transferring to the University of Alabama Thompson’s stellar play

2013 Greystone Invitational Champion Tyler Hitchner with his family.

earned him the 2008 SEC Player of the Year. As a finalist in the 2007 U.S. Amateur Thompson earned invitations to the 2008 Masters Tournament and the 2008 U.S. Open. While he missed the cut in the Masters he went on to finish as low amateur in the Open at Torrey Pines finishing in 28th place. Thompson would once again finish as a runner-up in a USGA event but this time it was in the 2012 U.S. Open losing by only one shot to eventual winner Webb Simpson at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Feeding off a successful 2012 season, Thompson had his best season on the PGA TOUR including a win at the 2013 Honda Classic. With his win, he reached a career-high 45th in the Official World Golf Ranking and finished the season at 39th in FedEx Cup points. Thompson has already earned over $4.5 million in his pro career. Last year’s 2013 champion, Tyler Hitchner, is the youngest GI Champion ever, having won during his junior year of high school at the age of 17. “I am totally amazed that I won and I’m so excited to win the Greystone Invitational as my first major amateur event.” Hitchner stated after the trophy presentation. Tyler added how truly excited he and his family were with the win. “We feel like we’ve won the Masters,” he said. When you look at the list of past winners and participants in the short 13-year history of the Greystone Invitational, the confidence and experience gained as a competitor or as an eventual Champion just might lead to an eventual Masters win. Make your plans now to see golf’s future stars shine during the 14th Annual Greystone Invitational held June 19-22 at the Greystone Golf & Country Club Founders Course. You might just catch a glimpse of the next Tiger, Bubba, Phil, Gary, Jack or Arnie. For more information, visit the Invitational website at l Dale Gorham has been a Greystone member since 1992.

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Villa D’Ambra Local designers make over Greystone home for 2014 Decorators’ ShowHouse Story by KATIE MCDOWELL Photographs by JON GOERING


he Decorators ShowHouse returned to Shelby County in 2014. This year, Villa D’Ambra, a stunning 12,000-square-foot Mediterrenean home, was chosen as the showhouse for the annual fundraiser, which benefits the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Located in Greystone, Villa D’Ambra was built in 1994 by its current owners, Michelle and Michael D’Ambra. The home has six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms and four fireplaces. After building the home, the D’Ambras relocated to France for four years when Michael was transferred by Time Warner Cable.

ABOVE: Stock and Trade Design Co. decorated the master suite with linen upholstery, luxurious textiles and neutral hues. LEFT: The designers used textured fabrics to add interest to the sitting area in the master suite’s sitting area.

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“When they came back, they completely redid the exterior,” Decorators’ ShowHouse publicity chair Nan Teninbaum said. “It’s patterned after the grand mansions of Europe.” The home has a limestone exterior and iron gates with two stone lions guarding the front door. The D’Ambras also added a loggia, a roofed gallery overlooking the 14-and-a-half acre lake behind the house. The foyer features Italian tile floor, Venetian plaster walls and a 28-foot ceiling. A stunning crystal chandelier is the focal point of the room. The piece was imported from Prague and took seven days to install since the instructions were written in Czech. After the home was selected as the 2014 Decorators’ ShowHouse, interior designers and decorators from the Birmingham bid on 16 rooms in the three-story home. The decorators reimagined the rooms, often around a theme, such as “Mini Man Cave” for an upstairs boys’ bedroom and “Suite Sanctuary” for the master bedroom. Robin McCorquodale, owner of Castle Creations, redecorated the living room as “Pitti Palace Whimsy” after Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. Donald Jay Howton of Jay Howton and Associates reimagined the dining room as “A Collection From a Dream” featuring bold colors and patterns. The decorators began working in early spring in order to have the home ready for visitors in late April

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Highlights of the breakfast room, decorated by Christine’s + Bagatelle, include a mid-century Kilim rug, McKenzie-Childs butterfly-patterned plates and a faux bois iron table made by local artisan Ben Smith of Welded Wood Specialty Products. The guest suite, decorated by Lynne Coker Interiors, “showcases a mix of traditional elegance and modern luxe,” according to the Decorators’ ShowHouse program. Umphrey Interiors used bright colors and silver accents in the sitting room.

“We like to show how you can mix patterns, traditional and geometrics together.” — Nancy Norris

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and early May. This is the first year Rosegate Design, a Shelby Countybased interior design company, participated in the Decorators’ ShowHouse. “I’m really glad we were able to have it in our area,” owner Nancy Norris said of the Decorators’ ShowHouse. Rosegate Design bid on and won its first choice: An upstairs bedroom with many windows overlooking the lake. “We thought that particular room was best suited for us,” Norris said. “We could show what we do with window treatments, bedding and fabrics.” Norris said their inspiration was the outdoors, and the room was designed around a fabric with a traditional bird print and decorated in shades of aqua, lime, teal and chocolate. “We like to show how you can mix patterns, traditional and geometrics together,” Norris said. Summer Classics, a Pelham-based manufacturer of outdoor and patio furniture with 11 retail locations throughout the Southeast, redesigned the loggia. Allen Westbrook, Summer Classics’ design and outdoor specialist, said he wanted the space to be durable, comfortable and beautiful. “You want it too look great, but you want it to have functionality,” he said. He kept the loggia’s original stone floors, granite table and wall colors, and chose Summer Classic’s Royan wicker collection for seating.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Rosegate Design used a mix of patterns and textures in a guest bedroom on the second floor. Rosegate Design used vibrant shades of aqua, teal, lime and chocolate in the guest bedroom and seating area. G&G Interior Design created a “Mini Man Cave” in another guest bedroom, featuring a stenciled birch forest on one wall.

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“I like the texture of it,” he said of the collection. “I thought it was a great complement with the stone.” He mixed in teak pieces, blue accents and layered a cowhide rug over a large, neutral rug to anchor the area. “I wanted the cow (rug) to warm it up and give it a bohemian vibe,” he said. Now in its 38th year, the Decorators’ Show House is the Volunteer Symphony Council’s largest fundraiser for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, which is the state’s only full-time professional orchestra. For more information, visit Summer Classics featured its Royan wicker collection, as well as outdoor art and accents, in the loggia.

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Sizzling skewers Fire up the grill for these delicious summer meals Recipes by BIRMINGHAM BAKE AND COOK Photographs by JON GOERING

Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Prawn Skewer 1/4 Cup Apple cider vinegar 1/4 Cup Prepared chili sauce or ketchup 1/4 Cup Hot Sauce 3/4 Cup Water 1 Tablespoon Granulated sugar 1/4 Cup Brown sugar 1 Teaspoon Salt 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper Pinch Cayenne pepper, ground 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika, ground 52 |

1/2 Teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce 1 Orange, zest and juice 10 Slices bacon (not thick cut), cut into 3 even pieces 1 Pound prawns, 26 – 30 count, peeled, deveined with tail intact

Directions: 1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. We recommend double prong skewers - the shrimp won’t twirl around! 2. Combine vinegar, chili sauce, hot sauce, water, granulated and brown sugar, salt, pepper,

cayenne, paprika, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, orange zest and juice. Bring to boil and then reduce to a simmer. 3. Wrap a piece of bacon around each prawn and thread onto the skewers. Do not press them together too tightly. 4. Brush evenly with barbecue sauce. Grill on hot char-broiler until prawns are cooked through and bacon is crisp. 5. Brush with sauce again upon removal from heat. Serve with more sauce on the side! Yield: 26 – 30 shrimp on whatever size skewers you want!

Ratatouille Brochettes with a Parmesan Basil Pesto Glaze 1 Eggplant, 1-inch dice 1 Red bell pepper, 1-inch dice 1 Green bell pepper, 1-inch dice 1 Pint Cherry tomatoes

1 Zucchini, 1-inch dice 1 Red or yellow onion, 1-inch chunks 1/3 Cup Vegetable oil As needed Salt and freshly cracked black pepper 1 Cup Parmesan Basil Pesto, recipe follows

Directions: 1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. We recommend a flat skewer for vegetables, making them easy to maneuver. 2. Preheat grill to a medium heat. 3. Alternately thread all of your vegetables onto the skewers. Do not compact them too tightly together. Brush the vegetables lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper. 4. Grill skewers until the vegetables are tender, turning and basting vegetables as needed with oil, 10 to 15 minutes. 5. Baste with Parmesan Basil Pesto and continue to grill for an additional 5 minutes or so, turning as needed so that the glaze cooks and caramelized evenly. Yield: 6 skewers, 8 - inches each June 2014 | 53

Lemony Herb Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs 3/4 Cup Greek yogurt 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise 1/4 Cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, fresh, chopped 1/4 Cup Chives, fresh, minced 1/4 Cup Dill, fresh, chopped 1/4 Cup Mint, fresh, chopped 1 Lemon, zested and juiced 1/4 Cup Milk or buttermilk ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne pepper As needed Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 Pounds Chicken breast, 1-1/2 inch dice 1/2 Cup Vegetable oil

Directions: 1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. We recommend a flat skewer for this kebab, making them easy to maneuver. 2. Stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, parsley, chives, dill, mint, lemon zest, juice and milk. 3. Season with cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and stir to combine. 4. Dividing the chicken evenly, thread the skewers, taking care not to compact the chicken pieces to tightly. Cover and refrigerate for 3 – 24 hours, turning occasionally 54 |

5. Preheat grill to a medium high heat. 6. Brush chicken lightly with oil and grill approximately 4 -5 inches from a high heat source, turning as needed, until all sides are browned and the meat is cooked through 4 – 5 minutes per side. Yield: 6 each, 8-inch skewers

Parmesan Basil Pesto 2 Garlic cloves, peeled 3 Ounces Walnuts or pine nuts, toasted 2 Cup Basil, fresh, leaves picked, packed Pinch of Salt ½ Cup+ Extra virgin olive oil ½ Cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions: 1. Process together the garlic, pine nuts, walnuts, basil and salt together in a food processor or blender. 2. Slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream until the pesto is processed to a smooth paste. 3. Stir in the parmesan cheese. 4. Refrigerate until ready for use. To store, spread a very thin layer of olive on top to keep it from discoloring. Yield: Approximately 1 cup l

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Business Connections Chamber Celebrates Small Business Month QUICK FACTS Small Business Nominees’ Reception is June 23 at Ballantrae Golf Club. 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon is June 25 from 11:00AM - 1:00PM at the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena.

23 at Ballantrae Golf Club, Pelham (by invitation only). • 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon, sponsored by

Regions Bank, to recognize recipients on June 25. The Small Business of the Year, in four categories, will be recognized and the recipients in each category will be announced. • 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Regions Bank, will also feature comments from Nick Pihakis from Jim ‘N Nick’s BAR-B-Q, sharing a local success story. The luncheon will be held from 11:00AM1:00PM on June 25 at the


Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena, 500 Amphitheatre Road in Pelham. The cost for members is $20 per person and $30 per person for “Future” members. Reservations are requested by noon on Monday, June 23. Call the Chamber at 6634542 or register online at

“Red Carpet Service” Workshop Offers Valuable Customer Service Tips The Chamber in collaboration with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Shelby County Office will be hosting a “Red Carpet Service” Workshop on June 5 (10:00AM-12:30PM) at the Hampton Inn & Suites 280 — Eagle Point, 6220 Farley Court, Birmingham. This program, while designed for those businesses in the hospitality

industry (hotels, attractions, restaurants, etc.), will help Shelby County businesses of all sizes in the following areas: • Helping to make your business’ first impression the BEST it can be, • Understanding customers’ expectations, • Making sure you’re meeting your customers’ needs and improving their

experience and • Making a customer a REPEAT customer!

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The Chamber’s Small Business Work Group will host events during the month of June, sponsored by Regions Bank, as we Celebrate Small Business Month. With more than 70% of our Chamber members classified as small businesses we want to recognize the positive economic impact small business has on Shelby County. Activities: • Small Business Nominees’ Reception on June

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Men of America, Live Healthy!


To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life — William Londen Living a healthy life for an American male might seem like common sense. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12.1% of American men 18 years and older viewed their health as fair or poor. 33.9% of men over the age of 20 are obese. 31.7% of men over the age of 20 have hypertension. 22.2% of men over the age of 18 currently smoke cigarettes. The three leading causes of death among adult men in the United States are heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and seeking medical attention may help reduce your risk from conditions that lead to heart disease, stroke, and cancer. What are some things we can do to improve our health as men?

• Get good sleep. The average man needs between 7-9 hours of sleep, yet many of us get by with less than six hours of sleep a night. Yet, inadequate sleep is associated with other diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression. It can also lead to decreased focus at work and accidents. • Eat a healthy diet. Limit foods high in saturated fats and sugar. Increase your intake in fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and lean protein such as chicken and fish. Avoid eating foods high in calories. Choose healthy snacks. And, drink plenty of water, at least six to eight glasses a day. • Get moving and exercise. The CDC recommends adults need at least 2 1/2 hours hours of aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week. Regular exercise not only helps maintain stronger muscles and helps maintain bone density, but helps with focus and a sense of well-being. • Maintain a healthy weight. Lose excess weight and keeping the weight off can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. A healthy weight can also improve joint pain from

arthritis and stamina. • Stop smoking cigarettes. Cigarette smoke has been associated with heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and many other smoking-related conditions. Smoking cessation has both immediate and long-term benefits. • Manage your stress. Uncontrolled stress can lead to poor sleep, decreased focus and work efficiency, and increase your risk of elevated blood pressure, gastric ulcers, anxiety, depression, and many other medical conditions. • Limit alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol intake can increase your risk of various cancers including liver cancer, liver disease, gastric ulcers, obesity, and mental health disorders including depression. Excess alcohol consumption could lead to inability to perform well at work and cause strained relationships at home and work. • See your primary care physician. All men, regardless of their condition, should be seen regularly by their primary care physician to have blood pressure, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood sugar and cholesterol

measured. Men beginning the age of 40 should have digital-rectal exams to ensure good prostate health and those 50 years old and older should also have an annual measure of their Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). Men with no family history of colon cancer, abdominal pain, or gastrointestinal bleeding, should have a screening colonoscopy at the age of 50. Various vaccinations based on age, medical history, and medical condition, are ways to prevent certain diseases, including vaccines for pneumonia, shingles, seasonal flu, as well as Tdap that vaccinates you for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Ask your doctor what other important preventative screens are appropriate for you. So, if you havenít taken your health seriously, consider making a commitment to making some lifestyle changes to improve your health. Regardless of your age or medical condition, itís never too late to make a change. Letís begin today! Article submitted by: Lawrence I. Lee, MS, MD Rehab Select at Shelby Ridge

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The Chamber’s Education Work Group and volunteers held “Keeping It Real” at Oak Mountain High School in April. Students were given a “real life” scenario and asked to make choices based on variables such as marital status, job type, annual income, and expenses. Thank you to Legacy Community Federal Credit Union and The UPS Store Caldwell Mill Road for co-sponsoring this program.

Congratulations to HeritageBank of the South in Pelham on its recent Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Branch Manager Phyllis Bolena was joined in support by Mayor Gary Waters, city officials, team members, family, friends,Greater Shelby and South Shelby Chamber Ambassadors.

The Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham hosted the Oak Mountain State Fair and held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to kick off the opening of the week-long of family-friendly activites. Even Elmo joined in support on the eve of the grand opening!

Thank you to Legacy Community Federal Credit Union and The UPS Store Caldwell Mill Road for co-sponsoring the “Keeping It Real” Program and to the numerous volunteers that joined in support. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Congratulations to HeritageBank of the South in Chelsea on its recent Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Branch Manager Kathy Brasher was joined in support by Mayor Earl Niven, city officials, team members, family, friends, Greater Shelby and South Shelby Chamber Ambassadors.


The Chamber’s Small Business Work Group invited Dr. Molly Wasko, Associate Professor, Collat School of Business at UAB to present “What’s Your Social Media Strategy” Seminar sponsored by Charter Business. Shown (l-r): Jeff Brown, Brownstone Marketing & Chair Small Business Work Group, Dr. Molly Wasko, Cory Schultz, Charter Business.

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Looking for New Business Contacts? Business After Hours Is the Place To Be Shelby County’s next premier business networking event — sponsored by Shelby County Newspapers — is scheduled for June 19 at Dixie Fish Company and if you’re looking for some new business contacts, Business After Hours is the place to be! Come with plenty of business cards, and ready

to make some serious business contacts from 5:30PM-7:00PM — plus, you might even win a cash prize! The cost is $10 per person for Chamber members ($20 for “Future” members) and includes hors d’oeuvres

If you are interested in discussing advertising opportunities contact Rhett at 669-3131 or email rhett.



as low as

Brandon Boggan, DMD, MS 205.664.4140 PELHAM + CALERA

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No down payment options available.

and two beverage coupons. Advanced reservations are requested, so please make reservations via the Chamber’s website (www. or by calling 663-4542.

Presenting Sponsor:

Greater Shelby Chamber Quarterly Industry Tour to be Held at Mspark The Greater Shelby Chamber’s Existing Business and Industry Work Group will host its second Quarterly Industry Tour sponsored by Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon on Tuesday, June 24 at Mspark. Mspark is a direct marketing company with the proven ability to engage 23 million households every month. For more than 25 years, their programs have delivered measurable results and positive return on investment for businesses by connecting them with the consumers most likely to buy their products and services. Join us to learn more about Mspark’s history and vision from COO, Ted Walton. Then tour the stateof-the-art, 131,000 square

foot, Alabaster production facility to see how they assemble 120 million direct mail promotions each month for delivery to mailboxes nationwide — right here in Shelby County! Participants will arrive on-site at Mspark Production Facility, 1840 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 100, Alabaster. There is no cost to attend. RSVP is requested by Wednesday, June 19. Please contact Brooke Story at 663-4542 ext. 105, email or register online at www. Space is limited to the first 25 guests. Sponsor:

Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce

Welcome New Members (As of April 22, 2014)

Alabama Law Services, LLC

Justin Smitherman

4685 Highway 17, Suite D, Helena


AdvaPay Systems, LLC

Darlene Tysinger

1678 Montgomery Hwy, Ste 104, Hoover

Alabama 4-H Center

Kristy Abrams

892 4-H Road, Columbiana Education Enrichment/Event Meeting Space

Alabama Bone & Joint Clinic

Chad Mathis

P.O. Box 1826, Pelham

Medical Specialized

Armstrong Relocation Company

William Carroll

212 Total Solutions Way, Alabaster

Moving, Storage & Logistic Services

Barn Brat & Peddler’s Creek

Shawn Lipscomb

21011 Highway 25, Columbiana

Retail Specialty Equine & More

Kee Properties, LLC

Elaine Ethridge

500 Norris Lane, Alabaster

Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

Meredith Smith

2000 Southbridge Pkwy, Ste 501, Birmingham

Michael Golden CPA, P.C.

Michael Golden

960 Mountain Oaks Drive, Birmingham Accounting

Q&Aid Research, LLC

Zhican Qu

120 Oxmoor Boulevard, Birmingham Health & Wellness

Whitetail Properties Real Estate

John Farley

P.O. Box 829, Alabaster

Payroll Services

Real Estate Commercial Accounting

Real Estate Land Sales

“Export 101” Workshop To Explore Overseas Opportunities for Small and Medium Sized Businesses On June 20 from 9:00AM11:00AM, Shelby County businesses will have the opportunity to meet with the Alabama Export Alliance and learn how to find and meet foreign demand for your products. This hands-on workshop — co-hosted by the Chamber,

Shelby County Economic & Industrial Development Authority, the Birmingham Business Alliance and the Alabama Export Alliance — while geared toward small and medium sized businesses will benefit all companies, business leaders and Shelby County elected

officials whether they are new to exporting or looking to expand into new markets. Attendees will learn: • What international markets should I target? • How do I get started? • Who are my reliable contacts there?

• What new resources are available? There is no charge to attend this informative workshop, but reservations are requested. Please RSVP via the Chamber’s website (www. or by calling 663-4542.

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Chamber’s Entrepreneur & Small Business Mentorship Program Launches June 10


The Chamber’s new Entrepreneur & Small Business Mentorship effort, sponsored by Charter Business, begins June 10. This new program is designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in a variety of ways. First, from 8:00AM11:00AM Michael Smith with the The Great, The Good and The Gone will be available for a one-on-one confidential meeting with any entrepreneur or small business owner to discuss

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opportunities, challenges or any other issue they may be facing. Appointments are required so please call Brooke Story, the Chamber’s Director of Business Development & Support for availability on June 10 — or any future second Tuesday of the month during that timeframe.

Then from 11:30AM2:00PM that same day the Chamber will hold a “Go & Grow” Workshop on “How To Strategically Drive Marketing & Sales” for today’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. The investment for this workshop is $10 per person for Chamber members ($20 for “Future” members) and includes lunch.

To ensure we have a proper headcount, please make reservations for this workshop via the Chamber’s website ( or by calling 663-4542. Sponsor:

Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce

(as of 2/17/14)

Officers Bill Keller Regions Bank (Chair) Lisa McMahon Warren, Averett, LLC (Chair-Elect) Paul Rogers Aliant Bank (Vice Chair, Business Development) John D. Browning Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC (Vice Chair, Communications) April Weaver Shelby Baptist Medical Center (Vice Chair, Community & Workforce Development) Keith Barfield Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith (Vice Chair, Finance & Administration)

Joe Sullivan (2014) Sullivan Communications, Inc. Tim Bowen (2015) Alabama Power Company David Platt (2015) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama James E. Purvis (2015) A.C. Legg, Inc. Charlie Stevens (2015) Thompson Tractor, Inc. Tim Benefield (2016) Buffalo Rock Company Linda Cencula (2016) Alabama Telco Credit Union Steve Chapman (2016) Alabama Gas Corporation Kathy Copeland (2016) White Rock Quarries — Vincent Hills Bruce Fryer (2016) Lhoist North America

Keith Brown Jefferson State Community College (Vice Chair, Membership & Marketing)

Gregg Maercker (2016) First Commercial Bank

David L. Nolen Renasant Bank (Immediate Past Chair)

Chris Grace (*) Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc.


Amanda Mundy (*) Cardiovascular Associates

Katie McDowell (2014) Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. David Schlueter (2014) Buck Creek Stained Glass

Sam Tucker (*) Charter Business (*) Serving a one-year term in 2014.

Michael Smith (2014) The Great, The Good, and The Gone

Ambassador of the Month Congratulations to Kendall Williams for earning Ambassador of the Month. Kendall is the Development Director for the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support for the Shelby County Schools District and strengthens interactive partnerships between parents, communities, businesses and educators to ensure that each student is offered maximum potential for achievement. Kendall serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Shelby County, Leadership Shelby County Alumni Board, 2014 Chair of the Greater Shelby Chamber’s Ambassador Work Group and serves

on the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development Work Group. For more information about the Foundation and ways you can support Shelby County Schools, contact Kendall at k3williams@shelbyed.k12.

2014 CONTINUAL SPONSORS 280 Living A.C. Legg, Inc. America’s First Federal Credit Union AT&T of Alabama Business Telephones, Inc. FastSigns First Commercial Bank Graham & Associates, CPA’s HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation

Jefferson State Community College Legacy Community Federal Credit Union MetLife Financial Group of the South Shelby Baptist Medical Center Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. The UPS Store - Hoover The GREAT The GOOD and The GONE

Join the Chamber for “CoffeeNet” at Kai’s Koffee Be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 11 and join us at Kai’s Koffee from 8:30AM until 9:30AM for CoffeeNet! The morning meeting is designed for members to enjoy networking, coffee,

and light refreshments — all before heading to the office. CoffeeNet events are a great way to make new business contacts so bring plenty of business cards. There is no cost to attend

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Find more details of what you can expect about any event listed by visiting the Greater Shelby County Chamberís website at: Register for events online at or the Chamber office 663-4542. CANCELLATION POLICY REMINDER: If a reservation is made for a paying event and you are unable to attend, you will be charged for the event unless a cancellation request is made at least TWO business days prior to the event.

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Ambassadors Work Group 11:30AM - 1:00PM Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Small Business Work Group 4:00PM - 5:00PM Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham “Red Carpet Service” Workshop 10:00AM - 12:30PM Hampton Inn & Suites 280 — Eagle Point, 6220 Farley Court, Birmingham RSVP requested by June 3 as lunch will be served. Investment: Members $10, “Future” members $20. Entrepreneur & Small Business Mentorship Program 8:00AM - 11:00AM Michael Smith, The Good, The Great & Gone Sponsor: Charter Business Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham By appointment. Contact Brooke Story at 663-4542 ext. 105. Existing Business & Industry Work Group 8:30AM - 9:30AM Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc., 3535 Grandview Parkway, Suite 500, Birmingham Go & Grow Workshop “How To Strategically Drive Marketing & Sales” 11:30AM - 2:00PM Presented by Michael Smith, The GREAT, the GOOD, and The GONE Sponsor: Charter Business Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham RSVP requested by Friday, June 6. Investment, Members $10, “Future” members $20. CoffeeNet 8:30AM - 9:30PM Kai’s Koffee, 1973 Chandalar Dr., Suite B, Pelham No cost. RSVP requested by Monday, June 9. Health Services Work Group 8:30AM - 9:30AM Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham

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Education Work Group 8:30AM - 9:30AM Shelby County Instructional Services Center, 601 First Street South, Alabaster Board of Directors’ Meeting 8:15AM - 9:30AM Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Business After Hours 5:30PM - 7:00PM Dixie Fish Company, 101 Resource Ctr Pkway, Birmingham Investment: Members $10, “Future” members $20. Includes: Hot, heavy hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary beverages. RSVP requested by Tuesday, June 17. “Shelby County Export 101” Workshop 9:00AM - 11:00AM Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham No cost. RSVP requested by Thursday, June 19. Small Business of the Year Nominees’ Reception 5:30PM - 7:00PM Hosted by: Small Business Work Group Sponsor: Regions Bank Ballantrae Golf Club (By Invitation Only.) Quarterly Industry Tour 12:00PM - 2:00PM Hosted by: Existing Business & Industry Work Group Sponsor: Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc. Mspark Production Facility 1840 Corporate Woods Dr, Ste 100, Alabaster No cost. RSVP requested by Monday, June 23. Membership Program - Small Business Awards Doors open at 11:00AM. Program 11:30AM - 1:00PM. Hosted by: Small Business Work Group Sponsor: Regions Bank Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Rd., Pelham RSVP requested by noon, Monday, June 23. Investment: Members $20,”Future” members $30. Governmental Affairs Work Group 8:30AM - 9:30AM Sain Associates, Two Perimeter Park South, Ste 500 East, Birmingham







Music on Main

The Hurlers performed at Music on Main Friday, May 2 in Columbiana. 1. Renee’ Blackerby and Russell Rascoe 2. Melinda Belvin and Deborah Acton 3. Front: Emma Pitts, Faye Reach, Bill Smith, Ella Pitts; Back: Joyce Smith, Linda and Robert Moore 4. Sherry Majors and Bill Gravel 5. Dave, Andrew and Rose Coverdale

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Fun Friday at the Stone






Fun Friday at the Stone was held April 11 at Greystone Golf and Country Club. 1. Ashley Holder and Elizabeth Fuller 2. Rochelle Cook Ledbetter and Wayne Ledbetter 3. Bob and Jackie McAtee 4. Chris Kahn and LeAnne Hutchins Rhodes 5. Brittany and Steve Vanderburg 6. Janice Folmar, Steve Smith, D’Anne Daniels Bounds and Robert Fuentes 7. Kevin Dye, Leslie Dye and Jeremy Newgard 8. Martha Wadsworth Eastis and Joseph F. Eastis 9. Kathy Early Frey and Ranea Breen 10. Lisa Clifton, George Tribble, Annette Shillestad Trible and Chris Kendall

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11. Jeff Kaufman and Lisa Cacioppe Rains 12. Janice Folmar and George Tribble 13. Annette Shillestad Trible, Kim Golden Thoma, Lisa Clifton and Amy Neimkin 14. Danita Joyner and a friend 15. Steve, Ann and Brittany Vanderburg


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Gretchen B Photography gallery and studio hosted Unscripted April 4 in Helena. “Unscripted� spotlights local photographic artists whose visual storytelling delights the viewer. The April 6 event included landscape and architectural images from the United States and Europe, including works by Buddy Birdwell, Butch Oglesby, Gretchen Birdwell and Ken and D.J. Boyd. 1. Reggie and Susan Holsombeck 2. Mack White and Ken Boyd 3. Jim Watham and Rachel Martin 4. Joe and Jana May 5. Ken and Doris Boyd with Butch and Joy Oglesby 6. Buddy and Gretchen Birdwell 7. Rachel Martin and Houston Foreman 8. Ron and Nancy Clemmons 9. James Meredith and Butch Oglesby 66 |






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Oak Mountain Middle School Expo Excitement





Oak Mountain Middle School held its Expo Excitement Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13. The event featured carnival rides and a giant yard sale. 1. Lizzy Agee and Nick Carney 2. Ana and Mia Kenney 3. Josh Pierce and David Smith 4. Molly Elia, Ava Grace England and Katherine Harper 5. Alec Archer 6. Hannah and Haley Smith with Danielle Childress 7. Carly Sharp, Lindsay Crawford, Kaylee Bass, Whitney Alligood and Emily Rush 8. Michael Jordan and Nathaniel Agliata 9. Lam Dang and Kylie Nguyen with Camryn, Donovan and Ryu Huynh

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10. Michael and Andy Perez 11. Stormie and Sierra Puharic 12. Sarah Boggs, Kaylyn Wilson and Ashley Tatum 13. Hunter Leslie and Sheryl Woote 14. Ryan Hollingsworth and Gabe Haynes


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Oak Mountain State Park Easter Egg Hunt





Oak Mountain State Park held an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 1. Christal Harris with Janette and Brynn Daughtry 2. Marianna Phillips and John Henry Brooks 3. Randal, Shamblin, Randal Jr., Lucas and Mary Kate Griffice 4. Madison Moultrie 5. Mark, David, Vickie and Leanne Jewell 6. Erin, Clarence and Benjamin Cooper 7. Melissa, Candis and Lexi Sykes 8. Paulo, Blanca, Fernanda and Evana Silver 9. Lee, Aundria, Rylee and Bryleigh Johnson

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10. Chris and Lilie Kemp 11. Christine, Tyler and Michelle Huizinga 12. Sheyenne and Jordan Pannell with Elizabeth Malinoski 13. Michelle Wang 14. Clayton, Robin and Abigail Price


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The Shelby Iron Park held a pancake breakfast on April 5 from 7-10 a.m. They host a breakfast on the ďŹ rst Saturday of every month. 1. Mitchell Douglas with Steve and Sandy McCord 2. Karen and Check Jensen with Judi Elliott 3.Darin Jones and Joyce Willis 4. Tom Trimble

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MCC Business After Hours

The Montevallo Chamber of Commerce held a Business After Hours on March 20 at Perry Hall. Jerrie Paterson provided the wine tasting and Eclipse Coffee provided hors d’oeuvres. 1. Mary Lawson and John Butler 2. Virginia Fall and Courtney Bennett 3. Suzanne Hurst and Melanie Poole 4. Judy Santa Cruz and Herschel Hale 5. Susan Fulmer and Tiffany Bunt

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Indian Springs School thanked more than 100 alumni, parents and friends for their stewardship of the Indian Springs School and celebrated the launch of the Campaign for Springs Eternal, the largest capital campaign in the schools’ history, at the 2014 Directors’ Dinner on April 10 at BridgeStreet Gallery and Loft. 1. Larry Greer ’63, Eugenia Greer, Tom Adams ’63 and Alston Ray ‘66 2. Dorrie Fuchs and ISS Director Gareth Vaughn with ISS Board Chair Libby Pantazis 3. John McGowan and Dick Pigford ‘65 4. Ginger Rueve ’86 and Steve Rueve ’84 with John and Gerrin McGowan 5. Robert Aland ’80 and Kelly Aland 6. Lt. Col. E.T. Brown ’74 and Campaign for Springs Eternal Co-Chair Rusty Rushton 7. John Poynor ’58 and Bill Viar ‘62 8. Rene and John Simmons ‘65 74 |







9. Cecilia Matthews, ISS Director Gareth Vaughn and ISS alumnus Mike Goodrich ‘63 10. Jeff Brook, David Germany and ISS Trustee Janet Perry Brook 11. Cindy and Michael Routman ‘72 12. ISS Director Gareth Vaughan with Joe Farley ’81 and Ginny Farley


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Italian Food Festival




St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church hosted the annual Italian Food Festival from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. 1. Samantha Henry, Ali Cutillo and Lindset Elliott 2. Ben Bennett and Frank Priola 3. Kathryn and Patrick Garaca 4. Brennen Cooke and Skyhler Schaffer with Christina, Lauren and Anna Marie Renta 5. Katia Valina and Les Bannister 6. Christy Ingram and Jan Burnett 7. Luke Arrington and Sophie James 8. Lyley Bray and Cote Hill

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Coosa Valley Academy Champions in Academics & Athletics • AISA Blue Ribbon School • Advanced Honors Academic Program • Dual Enrollment to Troy University • College Scholarship Counseling • Class of 2013 earned more than $600,000 in scholarships • 14 Athletic State Championships • AISA Award Winning Art Program • Athletics: Varsity & JV-Baseball, Football, Softball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Pep Squad, Volleyball, Tennis, Fishing • Drug Free Environment-testing required


Applications accepted year round Now Enrolling for the Fall 2014 Semester

Harpersville • 205.672.7326


9. Jill Fourcade and Candice Mercadel 10. Lisa Clifton with Nicole and Emma Stansell 11. Kimberly Spitzer and Stephine Dixon 12. Erin and Gia Nelson with Tara and Skylar DeFrank


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SHELBY Living A1 Quality Roofing Repairs • Shingles • Metal  • Flat • Reroof • Mobile Homes WE FIX LEAKS! Free Estimates! 256-626-0055 Serving Shelby & Chilton Counties ACCEPTANCE LOANS $300 - $20,000 Home, Auto, Consumer, Refinance, Vacations. 205-663-5821 Drivers: Don’t get hypnotized by the highway, come to a place where there’s a higher standard! Up to $2K sign on, Avg $65K/yr +bonuses! CDL-A, 1 yr exp. A&R Transport 888-202-0004 $2,500 SIGN - ON LOCAL CDL-A DRIVERS Florida Rock & Tank Lines, Inc. Is hiring DRIVERS to haul locally for our Birmingham and Montgomery terminals! Great Benefits Include: * Home Daily *Health/Dental/Vision * 401K w/co match *Safety Bonuses * Paid Training Applicants Must Have: * Class A CDL * Ability to obtain Hazmat & Tanker endorsements * 2 Yrs T/T exp. Or 1 Yr T/T w/ CDL School Cert. * 25 Yrs or Older Apply Online at www.floridarockand or call 1-866-FLA ROCK AL PICK N’ TRADE 3985 Hwy 25 NEW VENDOR PROMOTION! First 3 months 1/2 off!!! 205-672-2022 (formerly Dixieland) Field Service Technician with Alabaster Water Board. Exp. Pref. HS Diploma or GED req’d. Apply at or in person at Alabama Career Center, 109 Plaza Cir, Alabaster. Always There, In-Home Care Seeks CAREGIVERS In Shelby County - Pelham, Alabaster & Montevallo areas.

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Flexible schedules, Benefits & training available. Call for more information. (205)824-0224 DRIVERS NEEDED: Home 1-2 times weekly. Class A CDL required, 1 yr exp needed. Pay starts at .36 per mi, after 90 days increases to .38, Sleeper berth pay, 7paid holidays, BCBSins, Vacation pay twice per yr after 6 mos. Avg miles per wk ranges from 2,500 to 3,500. Call Larry Smith at 256-249-1377 20% Off Carpet Cleaning & Pressure Washing Bailey’s Cleaning Service “”Quality Cleaning. OldFashioned Service.””   205-834-0919 BAMA Concrete Finishing Driveways, Patios, Floors, Driveway Repair, Sidewalks, Concrete Walls, and Stamping. Call Jeremy. Free Est. 205-901-4112 Beelman Truck Co. Hiring! EXPERIENCED TERMINAL MANAGER For Calera, AL Terminal. Sales & Operations Exp.Req Excellent Pay/Benefits Call: 618-646-5384 Toyota, Lexus, Scion. Complete Service. Now servicing most Japanese models. Towing. Detailing.  205-668-0105 DELIVERY DRIVERS Local Grocery Distributor seeking qualified drivers. Delivery/unloading to multiple locations. Valid DL and clean driving record req’d. Mon-Fri work week, competitive wages, bonuses, benefits, opp. for advancement. Call: 205-397-1782 CDL Skills And Test Training, LLC Day & Evening Classes Hoover Pelham Area 205-253-5960 Commercial / Industrial HVAC Is Looking To Fill the Following

Classifieds To place an ad in Shelby Living, call 205.669.3131

Positions in the Montgomery Area: Senior Level HVACTechnician Qualified candidates must have a min of 10 yrs exp. in service & repair. Air Cooled Chiller experience a strong plus. ECS offers an outstanding salary & benefits pkg to include, company paid profit sharing,401K,medical,&dental insurance Email Resume: chrisfrench@engineeredcooling. com SERVICE Tech w/ HVAC exp. Energetic, outgoing, hardworking, career oriented person to be part of team. Min 3 yrs exp. w/ EPA cert. Negotiable Salary between $15 to $30 hrly. Call 205-755-2209 or apply at 816 7th Street. N., Clanton Part-time Nurse, 2-3 Days per Week. Chilton County Treatment Center 205-755-4300 LPN Charge Nurse 7PM-7AM. (3) 12 hr shifts/wk. Must be in good standing with the AL Board of Nursing. Contact Lisa Roberson at (205)669-1712. Apply in person: 22969 Hwy 25 Columbiana, AL. Or email resume to shannon.bell@ Columbiana Villas 22055 Hwy 25 Apt A-2 Columbiana, AL 35051. Units now available. Rental office (205) 669-6505 TDD/TTY 800548-2546 Curtis White Companies We are a full-service building company that can help you with all phases of new home construction or remodeling. No Down Payment On Your Lot. Call for a FREE Brochure. (205) 699-2283 Room Additions/Add ons, Remodeling & Repair, Kitchen/ Baths, Basements & Decks. Concrete Work. For Quality work and a Free Estimate Call David 205-369-8204

Davis Express Hiring Company Drivers now! Class A & 1yr exp req’d. Paid Wkly; SE Reg runs, No touch frt, 39-42 cpm. Home every 7 days! www. or 800-874-4270, opt.2 TARGET AUCTION. Advanced Real Estate Marketing. 800-4763939 FREE ESTIMATES, REASONABLE PRICES Yard Work • Grass Cutting • Landscaping • Tree Removal DOUG PRUETT 205-369-7613 Brand New Mattresses and Box Springs! Kings, Queens, and Fulls starting at $225. 205-200-4523 Lead Fitter/Welder. Must be certified. Needs own hand tools and be able to read blueprints. Download application at No Phone Calls!! Commercial/Industrial HVAC Centrifugal Service Tech in the Montgomery, AL Area: Qualifications: 5 yrs exp in svc/rpr of Centrifugal and Screw Chiller sys. ECS offers outstanding salary & benifits pkg, 401K, medical & dental ins. Email Resume: chrisfrench@engineeredcooling. com Safe Havens Project Manager - Coordinate screening, intake, orientation and scheduling clients for supervised visitation and safe exchange program. Fax resume: (205)510-2626 or email EOE. www. for more information. Community development manager designs, manages and implements Girl Scout programs in Chilton and Shelby counties. Establishes community partners, volunteers/girls & support. Resumes by 3/14: HR@ ONLINE AUCTIONS 205-326-0833 Granger, Thagard & Assoc. Jack F. Granger #873

Stylists Wanted Busy Salons in Chelsea, Pell City, and Calera 205-966-7254 ALABASTER AREA Longmeadow Mobile Home Park Quiet, Peaceful, Large Rental Lots For Your Home 205-663-0572 DRIVERS Hanna Truck Lines is hiring OTR Drivers for our Northport & Fairfield AL Terminals. Minimum weekly pay & benefits. Willing to Train. Prefer Flatbed Exp. Veterans Welcome Contact Dwayne 800-634-7315 E.O.E. Home Healthcare from the Heart. Do you have a loved one who would benefit from Private Care? Services for every budget! (205)914-1331. 24 hrs a day/7 days a wk. J & J Lawns. Specializing in River property, Subdivision Rental & Foreclosed Properties. Licensed & Insured. Lawncare, Hauling & Cleanup. Call Joe: 205-305-8801 J & W Professional Painting Interior and Exterior 205-788-2907 Carpet Installer has several rolls of carpet. Will sell and install cheap.Free estimates. 205-215-8984 Bucket Truck / Tree Climber. 3 yrs exp. CDL required. Top pay guaranteed. 205-836-2038 or 205-229-7144. Local Construction Co. 2-5 yrs exp in construction. Must have a well rounded skill set, reliable transportation for hauling materials and own tools. Drug test req. Shelby Co. Call 205-337-6139 KINGWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL NEEDS SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS & BUS DRIVERS! Email rgray Owner Operators Wanting Dedicated Year Round Anniston, AL

Lee’s Lawn Service. Residential and commercial. 18 years experience. (205)229-7009 Washers & Dryers starting at $140! Refrigerators & Stoves starting at $150! Lewie’s Appliance 3515 Pelham Pkwy 205-490-7500 FT Drivers Needed. Must be willing to work days, nights or weekends. Wages begin at $10/hr. www.MacsDelivers. com 866-217-1928 or email MACS Courier Service Tree Trimming, Topping, Cutting, Stump Grinding, Gutter Cleaning. Mack Lollar 205-253-0283 Montgomery Stockyard Drop Station at Gray & Son’s in Clanton. Call Lane at 205389-4530. For other hauling arrangements, contact Wes in Harpersville 205-965-8657 Morrison Healthcare Food Svc Currently Taking application for all postitions, all shifts available, contact Tabitha Tennant: tabithatennant@ or put in application at 1000 1st St. N, Alabaster, 35007 MORRISON PLUMBING Master Plumber & Repair Specialists Clear sewer lines.  Install water & gas lines, water heaters.  Service ALL of Shelby County since 1972! 205-678-8084 Join a Great Team! Experienced Paint Store Salesman for Shelby County. Great pay and benefits, insurance, dental, profit sharing. Call 800-446-7124. Montevallo Golf Club •Public Par 71 18-hole •Memberships available •Twilight and Senior Rate •Full length Driving Range Bring in ad for 50% off Green fees M-F (any) or Sa-Su after 12.  665-8057

Finance! TWIN Sets From $99 FULL Sets From $129 QUEEN Sets From $149 KING Sets From $295 (205)912-7177 Manufacturing/Assembly positions available in Calera area. Full time hours, all shifts available. Call today 205-267-3910 Part-time weekend industrial cleaning positions available in the Vance area. Day & evening shifts. $9 per hr.Call 205-2673910or apply online atwww. OXFORD HEALTHCARE LPN’s, RN’s & CNA’s Full Time/ Part Time Please apply @ 205-608-1612 PAINT ANY SIZE ROOM! Only $50! Walls only, one coat. Drywall repairs.  Water damage, Electrical. 205-702-2733 Exterior Painting and Drywall. Make your house look new again. Over 20 years experience, quality and craftsmanship. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Call 205.966.6230 OTR Class A Driver in Montgomery, AL.•3 years experience •$.40-.50 per mile •Paid weekly •BCBS Insurance •Home Weekends •EZ & prepass •Safety bonusCall: (334) 288-8106 Right at Home Homecare services available in your area. Please call 205-4601062 Immediate Job Openings for Caregiver/CNAs in Shelby County. Apply at Experienced Diesel Mechanic in Pelham/Birmingham area. Must have valid AL DL and own tools. Able to work any time during the day or night. Immediate opening. Call 205-685-8859.

Only Serious Inq, For immediate employment, apply: School Transportation Solutions: 1301 F L Shuttlesworth Dr. 205-324-4024 CNC MACHINIST Exp. CNC programmer operator. 40+ hrs, 2nd shift, 4 day work week, good benefits, competitive salary.  Send resume: lindas@sepcousa. com or fax to: 205-403-7599 Restoration Techs and Cleaning People Needed. Must pass background check and drug test, have reliable transportation and good driving record. Part time positions available. Will train. Serious Inquiries. Call 205-424-4211 Shear Grace Salon Christian Salon with upscale flare, located in Alabaster, looking for a stylist. Commissioned or booth rental. Please call  (205)664-9888 Immediate Openings For Full Time Positions ** Comprehensive ** ** Benefits Package ** Machine Operators Must have 2 plus years of experience as a manufacturing Machine Operator. Machine setup experience is a major plus! Pay DOE. Industrial Maintenance Minimum of 2 yrs. exp. Must be able to weld. Apply in person: Smith Companies 100 Pardue Road Pelham, AL 35124 205-620-4455 Order Selectors Food Dist. Center in Pelham Al. Day Shift: Mon-Fri.40+ hours/week. 10:00AM until finished (varies). $10.50-$14.00/ hour. Benefits: medical, vision, dental, vacation & 401k. Requirements: • Reading & math skills • Lift 60 lbs. repetitively. • Work in +90 Temperature • Work in -10 Temperature • Walking majority of day. Apply 10:30 AM 5:00 PM. Southeastern Food Pelham, Alabama 35124 201 Parker Drive 205-685-4551

Now Hiring! Full time positions! Setup/Assembly/ C.S.R. We train all positions. $2400/mo per co. policy. Dress Professional. Start this week! Call Matt@ 205-206-7902

Salser Plumbing, LLC. New construction, Septic Pumping, Service & Remodel. Brandon Salser, Master Plumber & Gas Fitter. 205-965-0444. *Licensed, Fully Insured, and Bonded*

Roofs, Gutters, Chimney. Repair & Remodel, Baths & Kitchen our Specialty! Free Estimates! Southern Home Remodeling 205-624-3144

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School Bus Drivers For CDL and non CDL drivers. Clean Drug & Criminal background.

Class A CDL Drivers Only! Pelham Distributor hiring Class A CDL drivers. Return

home each day. Must pass DOT physical, drug screen and road test. Have good customer service skills. Compensation/ Benefits: • $55-70,000 annually. • Premium pay for holidays. • Paid Vacation. • Medical/dental insurance. • Company funded life insurance. • Short-term/ long-term disability. • Company matching 401(k). Please apply in person at: Southeastern Food Merchandisers, 201 Parker Drive, Pelham, AL 35124 1-800-749-9806 Ext 4549 PLUMBERS NEEDED Call 6822828, fax resume to 682-2827 or email to Electricians Needed Birmingham & Tuscaloosa Call 682-2828, fax resume to 682-2827 or email to IMMEDIATE POSITIONS!!!!! Need 5 motivated workers to replace 5 lazy ones! Loaders, asst mgr, customer service positions, sales rep. Need valid DL. No experience neccesary. Long hours but very competitive pay. Call Drew (205)490-1003 or (404)723-1322 CLOCK REPAIR SVS. * Setup * Repair * Maintenance I can fix your Mother’s clock. Alabaster/ Pelham Call Stephen (205)663-2822 Stokes Automotive. 2nd Chance Financing. Good, bad or ugly. We clobber big city prices & interest rates! 205.755.7581 Steel Building. Allocated Bargains. 40x60 on up. We do deals. Source# 18X 251-241-4250 HELP WANTED - 2 JOBS AVAILABLE •Industrial Tire Technician •Experience a plus ••Forklift technician  ••Experience Necessary CALL 205-672-7474 Technicians Needed! Friendly, fun, presentable. Avg starting wage $28-32K.  Will Train.  Outdoor Work.  Drug, alchohol, and tobacco free workplace. 205-678-9798 The View Apartments Alabaster 1, 2, & 3 BRs Good Credit Required 205-663-6650 Gated Community accepting applications for security

officer. Concealed weapon permit and valid AL drivers license required. For info call 205-991-9010 between 9am and 1pm. Stable Hand Position P/T, No. Shelby Cty. To apply, call 205-991-9720 or 205-531-1355 Trailer, Tire & Diesel Mechanics and Welder Needed Must have experience. If you meet qualifications please call or email resume 205-250-0553 RECEPTIONIST FT/PT. GREAT 1st Job! Great work environment. Benefits available. GUN & KNIFE EXPO Events in Central and North Alabama. Check Valley Productions for shows near you! 256-335-8474 MANUFACTURED HOMES MOBILE HOMES with land. Ready to move in.  Owner financing with approved credit. 3 bdrm., 2 bath. No renters. 1-205-289-8899 Become a Dental Asst. in ONLY 8 WEEKS! Please visit our website or call (205) 561-8118 and get your career started! TANK DRIVERS NEEDED NOW! Min. age 23 and a good MVR required. Most Nights at home We will train for tank if you have 2 yrs. verifiable Tractor/ Trailer Exp. Delivery & Return type carrier. SE States. Dump Trailer Drivers Must have verifiable dump trailer exp. Excellent benefits including Blue Cross & furnished uniforms with a boot allowance. Contact Carl or Valerie 800-749-5552 or 205-322-5552 or apply online at Painters Needed!  Must have min 3 yrs experience with new residential painting, dependable transportation, clean appearance, and good work ethic.  Must be Drug & Alcohol free. References Req’d.  Call 621-2627.

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2014 Kathleen P. Bruhn Memorial Leadership Open

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Adult Summer Reading: Everyone 18 and older is invited to participate in the ninth annual Pelham Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program, June 2-July 31. When adults check out five or more books or audio books at one time per visit (included are adult fiction, nonfiction books, magazines and books on CD; excluded are juvenile and young adult material, games, music or movies.) an entry form may be entered in the drawing. There is no limit to the number of entries one may enter. Exciting prizes will be awarded to the lucky winners in early August. Call 620-6418 for more information. Helena School of Art: Helena School of Art summer camp has several week-long classes in Old Town Helena. Camp price is $150 per week with a 25 percent discount for multiple children. Each week is different with no lesson is repeated, so a child may register for multiple weeks and not expect the same thing. Kids will do multiple lessons using varying mediums. Registration limited and class sizes are cut off at 10 students. First 80 |

come, first serve registration. Call 914-4409 to reserve your spot. Payment due first day of camp. For class dates, times and age requirements, visit Sundown Cinema: Sundown Cinema is held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in Helena Ampitheatre Park from June-August. For more information, contact 620-2877 or email Lclayton@

contact Captain Penhale at 663-6499.

James a day.

Rail Safety Day: Alabama Operation LifeSaver, Alabama Department of Transportation and the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum co-sponsor Rail Safety Day at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum. Come see exhibits and safety activities, as well as train rides from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To be eligible for the free ride, you must attend Safety talk by Operation Lifesaver beforehand, so come early. Great for the whole family! Visit for more information.

Helena Market Days: Helena Market Days are held on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon in Helena Ampitheatre Park from June-September. For more information, contact 620-2877 or email Lclayton@ June 6 Zac Brown Band concert: Zac Brown Band will perform June 5 on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Oak Helena Police Explorers Mountain Amphitheater. Visit Golf Tournament: Helena for tickets Police Explorers Golf and for more information. tournament will be held at Bent Brook golf club, June 5. June 7 Sign-in and practice are at Free Fishing Day: On June 7 a.m. with a shotgun start 7, Alabamians will have the at 8 a.m. Cost per player is opportunity to fish for free $100. The cost includes range in most state waters. Free balls, gift bag, lunch and Fishing Day is part of National door prizes, with first place Fishing and Boating Week, receiving $400. For a company which runs June 2-10. Free or individual sponsorship, the Fishing Day allows residents cost is $100. If interested in and non-residents to fish playing or being a sponsor, without a fishing license for

Alabama Bass Trail Tournament: Lay Lake serves as one of 11 venues for the Alabama Bass Trail. Fishermen from across the United States will compete for a qualifying spot in the Bassmaster Classic. Paradise Point serves as the launching site. Visit Alabamabasstrail. org for more information. CityFest 5K: The Alabaster Arts Council holds the second annual CityFest 5K on June 7 at 8 a.m. The CityFest 5K will begin and end at the High School Football Stadium located on Thompson Road. This will be the kickoff event for a great day of family entertainment. Day-of registration will begin at 7 a.m. All packages include a T-shirt and are guaranteed for people who pre-register. Awards go to overall and age group winners. To register go online at For more information, contact Jamia Alexander-Williams at or Gina McDonald at Gina@ Alabaster CityFest: CityFest returns for the 12th year on June 7 at the

Alabaster Municipal Park and Thompson Middle School. The free, all-day event features live outdoors concerts, kids’ activities and inflatables and vendors offering arts and crafts, merchandise, food and fun. Concert entertainment includes country musician Rodney Atkins and alternative rock band Fuel. Visit

performance in just one week. All children will have a role in the production. The camp will help reinforce educational components such as memorization and interpersonal relationship skills - all while having fun! Tickets are $90 per student. Visit for more information.

Stride For Stripes 5K: The Stride For Stripes 5K at Homewood Central Park is June 7. Alabama EDSers has a support group that meets every month in the greater Birmingham area, including Shelby County. Proceeds from the race will go toward research of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). You can run/walk the 5K, hula hoop with Hoop For Fitness or just have fun in the sun. Register online at Visit for more information. Sponsors, contact Alicia Brightwell at 440-2638 or Alicia. Brightwell@alabamaedsers. org.

Human Trafficking Forum: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosts a human trafficking forum at the North Shelby Public Library on June 10 at 6 p.m.

Calera & Shelby Train Ride: Enjoy a one hour train ride through the forests of Shelby County. The golden age of railroads and the rich heritage of the people who built and operated them come together at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, the official railroad museum for the state of Alabama. Tickets available for 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., June 7, 21 and 28. Visit for more information.

June 9

Missoula Children’s Theater: This is a fun and exciting camp for students who love the stage. Missoula Children’s Theatre will work with 50-60 campers to produce a full scale musical

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June 13-15 and 19-21

South City Theatre: South City Theatre presents The Dixie Swim Club on June 1314 and June 19-21 at 8 p.m. A matinee performance will be held on June 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission or $12 for seniors and students. Group bookings for 10 or more are $10 per ticket. Season tickets are $60. Visit for more information.

June 14

Father’s Day Limited: Treat Dad to a train ride through the forests of Shelby County. See railroad artifacts, memorabilia, and books in restored depots, and visit the Railroad Signal Yard. Dad rides for half-price coach fare when accompanied by one or more of his children! Train rides June 14 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit for more information.

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OUT & ABOUT Shoal Creek. Sponsorships start at $200 with individual playing spots at $500. Visit for more information or e-mail

through a series of art and music activities that will aide in the development and improvement of motor skills, hand-eye coordination, critical thinking and socialization. Cost is $100 per child. Visit June 18-19 AARP Smart Driver Class: for more information. An AARP Smart Driver Class will be held at Heardmont June 21 Park Senior Center on June Brad Paisley concert: Brad 18 and June 19 from 9 a.m.- Paisley will perform on noon. Cost is $15 for AARP June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Oak members and $20 for non- Mountain Amphitheater. Visit members. For information or for tickets to register, contact Gail Hahn and for more information. at 678-8592.

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June 18-20

Spark Your Art Abilities Art Camp for Youth with Special Needs presented by Shelby County Arts Council is June 18-June 20. In this art camp designed specifically for children with special needs, Edna Sealy and her helpers will guide your child

Liberty Day Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception: The Shelby County Arts Council welcomes local artist Scott Owens to exhibit at the SCAC gallery at the beginning of Liberty Day celebrations. Liberty Day is a huge event for Columbiana and the gallery opening will coincide

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with different opening night festivities, allowing for a wide range of entertainment. Owens will have a mixture of sculpture and painting and incorporate works from different parts of his life. Visitors to the opening will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Owens and hear live music by the Chuck King Jazz Trio which will tie into Music on Main Street. Have a glass of wine, eat good food and enjoy live music and great art.


June 28

Bark and Wine: The Shelby Humane Society’s Board of Directors invite you to the Fifth Annual Bark and Wine dressy casual fundraiser to be held June 28 at the Pelham Civic Complex. Drinks and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, program and live auction by Ken Jackson at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $100; reserved table for eight can be purchased for $1,000. Tickets or info: June 27-28 Liberty Day: The 28th All proceeds benefit Shelby Annual Liberty Day, named in Humane Society. honor of the Statue of Liberty, is to be held on Main Street Shelby Living is happy to feature in Columbiana from June community events in its monthly 27-28 and features a parade, calendar. The event must take music, local dance groups, place in Shelby County or be fireworks, food and arts and sponsored by a Shelby Countycrafts vendors. For more based group. Email details to information, call Helen Dean Katie.mcdowell@shelbyliving. at Columbiana City Hall at com. l

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