Thursday, May 28, 2015

Best Suburb, Game of Homes and Helena Weekend

Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Alabama
Helena made another top list for Alabama. Helena was #3 in the State for Best Suburb to raise a family (Source Website Niche.com):

1 Mountain Brook, Jefferson County, Alabama
2 Vestavia Hills, Jefferson County, Alabama
3 Helena, Shelby County, Alabama
4 Madison, Madison County, Alabama
5 Pelham, Shelby County, Alabama

Add this to us getting ranked the most Educated, the Safest, and Best Property Value list... our little town is a pretty cool place to live.  Why don't you come out this Weekend and check everything out. Also this Saturday Helena is Clean up Day in Helena...

Helena Clean Up
This Saturday, Helena will have its Clean Up Day. While you're cleaning out, if you find some books, drops them off at the library on your way. They are happy to accept donations any time!

Do you have something too big to fit in your trash can, or just a bunch of junk? This Saturday is your day to clean up for Summer.

City of Helena-Helena, Alabama
The City of Helena's Annual Clean up and Clean Out Day!
Helena Sports Complex
(Lower Area Parking Lot)
Saturday May 30th, 2015
8am-12:00pm

Helena residents get ready to clean up and clean out! The City of Helena will be hosting a FREE waste disposal day Saturday, May 30th, from 8:00AM-Noon at the Helena Sports Complex to accommodate items that are not picked up by regular waste disposal. Dumpsters will be provided by Republic Services and will be available for you to dispose of the things that will not go in your regular household garbage.
Best Smart: Get a friend to help you with heavy items

Technical Knock Out will also be there to take electronic devices that you need to dispose of. There is a $7.00 charge for computer monitor disposal. They will not take TV’s. All other electronics can be disposed of for free. So, anything that plugs in like a hair dryer, toaster oven or coffee pot can be brought down.

So, take advantage of this opportunity to take care of your summer clean out and haul all that old junk to the Sports Complex on Saturday May 30th from 8am-1200PM Due to environmental regulations, NO corrosives, batteries, tires or paints will be accepted. This is a free event for the City of Helena residents only! No contractors allowed.


Helena Utility Board
The Helena Utility Board is meeting on on May 28 at 5pm to vote on a proposed water rate increase of  $1 increase due to newer environmental regulations. The money will be used for  $8 million of upgrades to the city's treatment plant. You can read more here: Full Article.

Game of Homes
Follow up to the story of the person who took down Fox Haven sign and made it Kings Landing. A few other neighborhoods decided to play along and people changed their signs like:  Bridlewood became Lannisport, Hillsboro became Casterly Rock and Falliston became Castle Black.  CBS news came to Helena to cover the story and speak with Jeff King about why he did it. You can see the full video here: CBS Video: subdivision-entrance-creative-facelift
Helena Music
Here's the music schedule in Helena this Weekend and don't forget to swing by Old Town and check out the Helena Museum and say Hi to Ken.

Thursday
6:30pm Bailey Ingle Performs at the Coal Yard
8pm Kelly from US performs at Papa Saias

Friday
7pm Steve Norris at the Coal Yard
8pm Gringo Fire at Papa Saia's
9pm Karoke at Rios Bar and Grill

Saturday
7pm The B Sharps at The Coal Yard
8pm Greg Shirley- at Papa Saias
9pm Karoke at Rios Bar and Grill

Art Classes
Bead Biz is offering classes over the Summer.  Here is what Lora Shared:

Camp Pat is the name that our own Pat Russell was given by the children for whom she is the nanny.  This summer we will be offering 12 sessions, 2 hours each.  Twelve different projects to appeal to anyone's interest.  (Yes, parents can join in the fun).
Particulars:  cost $25 per 2 hour session,  all supplies included.
If you sign up for three or more sessions, the cost will be $20 per session.
If you see something that you like, but can't be there at the scheduled time, you can schedule your own session.  Three - six $30.   One - two $35.  All supplies still included.
Sign ups:  one or two sessions, sign up on the website
                 Three or more, call the store.
The classes will be held June 2-4 and June 16-18.
        Morning class will be 9-11 am
         Evening class will be 6-8 pm
As with all other classes, there will be a 20% on any purchases (other than trunk shows and consignments).   Shop after the morning session or before the evening session.
See all classes at: http://www.thebeadbiz.com/product-category/classes/

Garage Sale
Lyne Nagy shared, "My son and his Taekwondo team are having a garage sale/bake sale this Friday 8-12 to raise money towards their trip to the U.S. Open in Orlando this July".


Cord Blind Asphyxiation
 Laura Shaw-Schenck shared a way where youcomment helps protect future children against hazardous products. Please follow these instructions on how to comment.

Instructions:

1. Submit electronically on-line via portal: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=CPSC-2013-0028-1418
2. Click on the button to “Comment Now”
3. Specificity, with respect to comments, is critical. Wording that specifically states that you are in favor of the quick passage of a “mandatory standard that prevents the use of accessible cords in window coverings” is key.
4. Please include your advanced degree/other credentials in your name (MD, JD, PhD, MBA, RN, MSN, etc.). Consider also submitting your contact information.
5. The comment period has been extended to June 1st 2015.

Please accept the following comments on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Proposed Rule: Corded Window Covering, Docket No. CPSC-2013-0028.

Hundreds of children have died as the direct result of cord blind asphyxiation. Many blinds and corded ‘Safe’ window coverings that caused these children’s deaths were new and compliant with national safety standards (as defined by WCMA/ANSI). Many children have died on compliant window covers because they included accessible cords (the use of which remains permissible under current standards). There are products on the market that do not pose strangulation risks to children. This means that the research and the technology already exists to design products without strangulation risks. Manufactures know how to do this.

WCMA claims that hundreds of jobs will be lost. I believe more jobs will be created as the petition is not asking for a ban on the ENTIRE window covering or even that the cords have to be removed.   Petitioners are asking for the cords to be inaccessible, something manufactures have already achieved on many product designs.

Today, consumers have no incentive to buy cordless window coverings because the cost is higher than corded ones. Property managers typically buy products that are corded because of the low price, leaving the children of those who rent at risk and giving the renter no choice on safety.   A mandatory standard would give consumers incentive to buy cordless products, not give them reason to hold onto hazardous corded products.

To prevent this terrible tragedy from continuing to happen to other children, I strongly support the CPSC developing a mandatory standard that prohibits hazardous, accessible window covering cords.

Thank you for your efforts to address this issue in an effective manner. My hope is that you will issue a mandatory standard as quickly as possible and, thereby prevent more deaths and life-changing injuries to children in the United States (as a result cords on window coverings).
http://parentsforwindowblindsafety.org/apnr/danger/

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nepal, Lilies, Wrestling and Butts in Helena

Picture of the Day
The Helena Picture of Day is from John Hodge of the Cahaba Lilies.


Helena Helps Nepal
Sean Glass, the songwriter in Helena, shared, "Our graduate assistant Kushal is from Nepal. He is one of the smartest most awesome people I know besides you of course. His sister Aanchal has been volunteering with disaster relief, helping build shelters, distribute food and water, etc.

Most of the government and general relief funds are being used in the more devastated city areas. This leaves poor farmers outside the valley with no shelter as the windy rain season begins.  I've helped Kushal set up a paypal and here is a  LINK where you can donate with or without a paypal account.

Any money collected either online or in person is wired directly from Kushal to Aanchal and will be used to build shelters which cost about $210 each. Paypal and Western Union are waiving transfer fees to support relief.  Please forward, post, tweet and facebook the bejeezus out of this. Any help at all is greatly appreciated and thanks for your time!

Earthquake data in Nepal: http://earthquaketrack.com/np-00-kathmandu/recent  Any sort of money would be a big help. My Paypal Account Email is:  kushal.pdn@gmail.com


Wrestling
Penny Miller shared this about a Wrestling Skill Camp. I was a wrestler and High School and found the skills invaluable for life. Also Helena's Wrestling teams are top notch. so check this out if you want to give your child a new skill. kmaple@shelbyed.org
Helena Market Days
So excited that Helena Market Days is returning next week. Enjoy the fresh produce from local farmer and Chef Demonstration. We even got the best of local artist. All you have you do is wake up early on Saturday.

06/06/15
Opening Day of Helena Market Days
Chef Demonstration by Chef Jason Shipp from The Coal Yard will be making Summer succotash with Grilled grouper . Also our will be Musical Guest Zach + Cheyloe. Our  Charity Spotlight is International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES)

06/13/15
Chef Demonstration by Chef Vizzinni  with musical guest Intermission (Barbara Snyder/Joshua Arnold) and Charity Sportlight Pelham Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses


Movies in The Park
Dont forget free movies in the Amphitheater Park every Friday during the Summer starting June 5th. Bring some chairs and a blanket and watch the movies on a huge inflatable screen. You dont need to bring food because the concession stand is cheap and you can feed the whole family. See schedule above...

Best Butt in Helena
Dont forget we need to find out who has the Best Butt in Helena on July the 11th. Email me at nosleepinhelena@gmail.com if you can make a mean boston butt. We will stay up all night to smoke them for the public and you can earn the title of Best Butt in Helena!!!!

Lost Dog
Jay ‏@humplestiltskin on twitter  shared that his dog is now lost. "We live on Augusta Way. All white Jack Russell w/ Blue collar. Name is Charlie".


Summer Camps and VBS

Amanda Quekemeyer Warram FBC Alabaster has vbs starting on Monday June 1. I believe it's from 9-12. You can register there the morning it starts.

Kim Noland DeVenny Crossbridge Community Church Helena has VBS 9-12 starting June 1st-June 5, please come join us. It is Everest (Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power).

Linda Kay Hinds Duke Community Baptist Church on Hwy. 17 will have VBS from May 31 to June 4 each night from 6 to 8:30.

Philicia Broadhead Danner Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church is June 8-12 from 5:30-8pm with dinner served Monday -Thursday. Closing program.friday at 7. Miracles of Jesus is our theme this year. Register at www.helenacpchurch.com ages 3-5th grade


Cindy Hansford Hipp Humc is week of July 13. 9-12. You can register on website.

Cindy Hansford Hipp Church at Cahaba bend is week of June 15. At night. Register on website. Tracy Bridges Williams can give details...


Michael Edward Pratt Church Of The Highlands-Riverchase July 6 thru 8 Registrar at https://www.churchofthehighlands.com/summerblast/


Stacey Taggart Connor
First Baptist Church Helena
6/1-6/5, 6pm-8:30pm "Block party kick off" is 5/30 10a-2p-bouncy houses, food

KID’S CREATE FAIRY & TROLL GARDEN CAMP
SUMMER 2015 $100 PER CLASS AND $25 FOR MATERIALS. Let your kids embark on a great outdoor adventure where they will learn of fairies and trolls and create their own make believe fairy or troll garden to take home. This camp is Monday through Thursday from 9am to 12pm in Homewood Park and 2pm to 5pm in Helena Park. In addition we will play games, sing songs and hear stories all related to using your imagination! Classes start in June! Register today! Ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13.
Dates June 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-25 and June 29th through July 2nd. New locations for the month of July!
Call Rachel at 205-337-5370 or email: Rachel.fairyortrollcamp@gmail.com'

Follow Up

A quick follow to today's post


Jay ‏@humplestiltskin on twitter  shared that his dog is now lost. "We live on Augusta Way. All white Jack Russell w/ Blue collar. Name is Charlie"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday in Helena

Helena Picture of the Day
Andrea Mina Godsey wins the picture of the day for trekking out to Buck Creek and getting a picture of the endangered Cahaba Lilies. Andrea shares, "The Cahaba Lilies are blooming and they are gorgeous".  Helena Tradition passed down from Ken says the Cahaba Lily Bloom from Mother's Day to Father's but they are at their height on Memorial Day.

Bar-B-Q
Ginger Pierce Robison‎ wanted to remind every that the HMS girls' basketball team is hosting a fundraiser at Full Moon BBQ on June 5-7. "Please come eat great food, make a donation, and be assisted by some awesome little athletes".

Kings Landing
The Fox Haven neighborhood received a new sign. Ken posted this on Facebook. Game of Thrones fan anyone?

American Horse
Suzanne Dennis Schnetzler‎ "Happy Memorial Day Helena from Rocking S Farm"!

Helena Clean Up
This Saturday, Helena will have its Clean Up Day. While you're cleaning out, if you find some books, drops them off at the library on your way. They are happy to accept donations any time!

City of Helena-Helena, Alabama
The City of Helena's Annual Clean up and Clean Out Day!
Helena Sports Complex
(Lower Area Parking Lot)
Saturday May 30th, 2015
8am-12:00pm

Helena residents get ready to clean up and clean out! The City of Helena will be hosting a FREE waste disposal day Saturday, May 30th, from 8:00AM-Noon at the Helena Sports Complex to accommodate items that are not picked up by regular waste disposal.
Dumpsters will be provided by Republic Services and will be available for you to dispose of the things that will not go in your regular household garbage.

Technical Knock Out will also be there to take electronic devices that you need to dispose of. There is a $7.00 charge for computer monitor disposal. They will not take TV’s. All other electronics can be disposed of for free. So, anything that plugs in like a hair dryer, toaster oven or coffee pot can be brought down.

So, take advantage of this opportunity to take care of your summer clean out and haul all that old junk to the Sports Complex on Saturday May 30th from 8am-1200PM Due to environmental regulations, NO corrosives, batteries, tires or paints will be accepted. This is a free event for the City of Helena residents only! No contractors allowed.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day in Helena



Memorial Day
In memory to those who gave their lives in service. We will be eternally grateful for their sacrifice. If you don;t have a fly, go to the store and grab one and raise it. I don't have a flag pole, so I put one on my door. It would be great to see the whole city with the red, white, and, blue today. Also dont forget I have the Helena Alabama Podcast on itunes.

Chamber of Commerce
Jon Anderson reported that, A Helena student was one of the recipants of the $21,000 college scholarships given by the  Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Danielle Haynes, a 2015 Helena High graduate headed to the University of South Alabama to study to become a physician's assistant.

"Most of the money $15,000 was raised through the chamber's Forks & Corks Gala held in October. Donating sponsors included Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall ($5,000), Benton Nissan of Hoover ($5,000), Schaeffer Eye Center ($1,500), American Family Care ($1,250), RedShift Creative ($1,000), Wrapsody ($750) and the chamber ($500). Another $6,000 came from the chamber's Lila Parks Scholarship Program, started in 1997". Full Article

E.Coli Report
Cahaba Riverkeeper reported from their Facebook page: "Kudos: Helena Sewer Dept Super Keith Sims & crew cleared duckweed & removed algae at Buck Creek dam. AND our Helena WWTP sample (l) was E. coli free. Some free-living bacteria below outflow pipe (r)". Also the group has reported finding E.Coli in other lakes and over system.

Road to Recovery
Graham Brooks wrote an article about Buck Creek Stained Glass Owner David Schlueter recovery from a accident. "The crash left Schlueter with severe injuries that included a crushed ankle, severed Achilles tendon, a broken tibia and a broken left wrist all on his left side".

David is still recovery. "Those wishing to help can visit Youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/help-david-get-back-on-his-feet-/338955 or send money to 4114 Helena Road, Helena AL 35080 to assist Schlueter as he makes his long road back to recovery". I count David as one of my friends and ordered one of his custom stained glass creation for my house. Please pray for him.   Full Article


Gala in the Gardens
The Helena Belles are having their Gala in the Garden on Sept 12th at 7pm. You can buy tickets from you friendly Helena Belle or use the form below to send your order to:

Helena Belles
430 River Oaks Lane
Helena, AL 35080



I heard this quote in a movie and looked it up on the web. It means a lot to me ti strive to be  humble and working to improve yourself instead of criticizing others
On Mark
On Mark Physical is coming to Helena. They are between Snap Fitness and Rios Bar and Grill

Friday, May 22, 2015

Helena Weekend

John K Hodge Stars over Helena tonight
Helena Weekend
Yeah, it is the Weekend! If you were out last night in the cool night then you notice the sky was amazing. The Helena Picture of the Day goes to John Hodge who captured the stars over Helena with this long exposure.

My leg is almost healed and I promised a co-worker I would take him to see the Cahaba Lilies at 9am this Saturday from the Caboose... in case anyone else want to go. I will be the fat, short Drew Carry looking guy with a limp.

Upcoming Events:
This Friday at 6pm is the Primrose Spring Fling (see flyer above). Also we will have the Movies in the Park and Helena Farmer's Market starting in June.

Helena Music
Here is the music that is available in Helena this Weekend.

Friday
7pm Intermission performs at Coal Yard in Old Town
8pm Even Stevens performs at Papa Saias
9pm DJ Dr Bay at Rios Bar and Grill

Saturday
7pm Thomas Trussell performs at Coal Yard in Old Town
8pm Chase Evans performs at Papa Saias
9pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill

Sunday
2-6pm Katie Searcy performs at Papa Saias

Bead Biz Classes 
Bead Biz has several classes this Weekend if you want to enjoy creating something new. There is a fee for the classes and the supplies. Call 205-621-2426 for more details

Friday 22nd 2pm-5pm Super Duo Bangle
Saturday 23rd 2-6pm Cuttlebone Casting Metalsmithing
Sunday May 24th 2-5pm Northern Lights Bracelets

Helena Football Camp
Watt Parker shared the 2015 Football Skills Camp. It will be at the new Helena Husky Football Stadium. See form above for more details or print it out.

June BBQ
The Helena Middle School girls basketball team will be hosting at Full Moon BBQ on June 5,6, & 7. Please come enjoy great food and support our Huskies!

Grand Opening
They have been open for awhile but they had their official Grand Opening. Congratulations to It's About Time Urgent Care, 225 Helena Market Place, Helena.

Promotion
Congratulations to Grant Vines, age 8, who has just been promoted to his Brown Belt at Karen Mitchell Impact Martial Arts! Way to Go!


Two by Two Rescue 2016 Photo/Calendar Contest
Win a photo shoot that will last beyond
a lifetime for your beloved pet.

We all love to show off our pets and now here's your chance to have them featured in Two by Two Rescue's first ever Calendar!

Enter your favorite picture of your rescue pet and encourage your family and friends to vote for your picture! $1.00 per vote.

No pet of your own? You can still vote!

Proceeds benefit Two by Two Rescue

Click here or the image above to be directed
to the website to enter or vote!

http://www.gogophotocontest.com/twobytworescue

The top 12 pictures with the most votes will win a monthly spot in the calendar along with a professional photo shoot with renowned photographer Sondra Hill. You'll cherish the beautiful photo of your rescue pet for a lifetime!

1st Place
3 free calendars
Choice of month featured
2nd Place
2 free calendars
Second choice of month featured
3rd Place
1 free calendar
Third choice of month featured

Helena Songwriters
Here is a short video from the Songwriter showcase in Helena last night

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time Capsule, Songwriters and Spanish Wines


Picture of the Day
The Helena Picture of the Day goes to Laura Parks who shared the Senior Helena Belles celebrating Red Nose Day:  Erin Atkinson, Tiffany Hogue, Anna Marie Smith, Sydney Parks, Kennedie Bass, Jordan Ingram, Abbey Dudley, Allison Watson, Kaitlyn Rogers and Abbey Manasco.

2015 Helena Time Capsule by Katy Burnside
Time Capsule
Thanks to Katy Burnside who shared this incredible event that we will get to enjoy in 25 years.
"On May 20 at 10:15 a.m., the Helena High School SGA, administration and study body watched as a time capsule representing the first year in the life of the school was buried in the courtyard of the school.
According to Mrs. Cissy Johnson, SGA sponsor, after talking with the officers, the idea came up and was thought to be a great way to commemorate and remember the inaugural year of HHS. 
They chose the courtyard because they felt the courtyard would be a nice place and also a place where they could make certain the time capsule remains secure and protected.  Ms. April Brand contacted the necessary personnel to determine where irrigation lines were located and then some of the custodial staff dug the hole.
The SGA worked together with faculty and students to find things that represented this school year.  Some of the things included in the time capsule were rosters of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes; sports t-shirts for baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer.  There was also a baseball hat, a tennis ball, photo of the softball area tournament team, a signed football from the first win of the season, and a list of all the sports teams that represented the school in area playoffs. 
Many of the departments also contributed various items such as band, choir, homecoming, science t-shirts.  The band contributed several DVDS from the programs this year along with a winterguard medal when the team won state champions and regional champions. The foreign language department donated some letterhead with their logo on it while the art department contributed a paint brush.
Also included to document this year were a yearbook, literary magazine, senior DVD, a graduation tassel, program from graduation, senior class photo, 2015 faculty photo, Miss HHS photo and program, shaker, and a student agenda. 
Helena Mayor Mark Hall donated a variety of city items to include in the capsule.  The organizers also added a copy of one of the first Helena City News magazines from this year along with a Sports Illustrated magazine, a social media screenshot, the special education prom banner and a lunch menu.To finish out the time capsule, a copy of the original alma mater for Helena High School was included. 
The time capsule was purchased by this year’s SGA officers (Kendal Featherstone, Casey Pierce, Reed Henderson and Todd Millsap).  It is a 14x14 metal, custom welded container.  Each item is sealed in a special bag or sleeve to help protect the item.  The container is then sealed for added moisture protection.  An engraved plaque will be placed at the site. 
The plan is to open the time capsule 25 years from now to see how things might have changed with the school and student body".
Songwriters Showcase
There will be an Old Town Songwriters Showcase at the Coal Yard this Thursday at 6:30pm. Abby Parks, George Scherer and Steve Norris will be performing but they want to welcome you to also share your original tunes. The event is free.

Also the Coal Yard will also be having a Spanish wine tasting at 5pm. They will have five Spanish varietals and our savory food pairings for $20. Enjoy space is limited so you can join by calling 205.260.8913, or by email, rosalieoetting@hotmail.com. 
Best Butt in Helena
It is back again this year. Email me if you are interested in competing in the Helena Boston Butt Cook off this Summer. It will be Saturday July 11th this year.

Two more Graduation Photos and a Vid
Thank you so much to Katy Burnside for sharing theses two photos of the Senior Students and the wonderful faculty that made everything happen. Also a video of the Cap throw by Tina Folsom



Tossing of the caps!
Posted by Tina White Folsom on Tuesday, May 19, 2015