Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Future, Jacks, Farmers in Helena

Future of Helena
Now is the time for you to share what you want for Helena in the future. We are updating Helena's  long range comprehensive plan and we need your help. There is a public meeting on Dec 3rd 6pm at Helena City Hall but before that we are asking resident to respond to a 10 question survey to share what you think is good about Helena and what needs to be improved. Be sure to take a moment and fill out this survey:

Jack's Opening Date
Graham Brooks wrote a story Jack's will be opening its newest store in Helena on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd at 4864 Shelby County 17. The celebration will include giveaways and performance by the Helena High Band. On Dec 5th they will donate breakfast for City works and will bring the

"After the initial opening on Dec. 2, a grand opening celebration will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 4 p.m".

"The celebration will include giveaways for The Birmingham Zoo’s: Zoolight Safari, free Jack’s for a year and University of Alabama basketball tickets. The Helena High School Band will be in attendance and will perform prior to the ribbon cutting". They are also making donations and bring the The Birmingham Pipers to the Helena Christmas Parade which will be next Saturday at 2pm. You can read more at LINK

Helena Honors Helps
The Helena High School National Honor Society came out big on Friday, November 20th during their Auburn vs. Alabama canned food drive to benefit Oak Mountain Missions. As members of NHS, students are encouraged to participate in various service projects throughout the year. Officers met and selected a canned food drive as a great way to help out people in need during the holiday season. In all, NHS collected 324 cans for donation. Helena High School students were encouraged to bring cans for the drive and were allowed to wear pajama/sweat pants for the day if they donated. Alabama was the big winner with 178 cans collected, while Auburn fans contributed 146 cans. The organization was encouraged by the great turnout and will be excited to see the cans going to help those in need.

Helena Market Days
Laura and Mary wanted to thank everyone for voting for Helena Market Days to be the Best Farmer's Market in Shelby County. They will be starting back this Summer. Here is a great collage Laura made of Chef Randall Baldwin who was a guest chef last year. We will start scheduling new chefs demonstration  in the Spring but if you would like sign up earlier you can email me anytime.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Trash, Trees and Toby

Holiday Trash Schedule
The City of Helena posted the following: "Garbage and recycling schedule for the week of Thanksgiving. All Thursday recycling and garbage customers will be picked up on Friday, November 27th and all Friday recycling and garbage customers will be picked up on Saturday November 28th. Please tell your neighbors so we will make sure we all get our Holiday trash picked up".Here is a link to look it up in the future:

Christmas Trees
"Troop 532's Christmas trees have arrived. They are being sorted and put in water to keep them fresh. The lot opens Black Friday and is located on Hwy 119 across from Thompson Intermediate School".

Lost Dog
PLEASE be on the lookout for our dog, Toby. He's been gone since yesterday. I already posted on my Facebook, Riverwoods page(we live at the front of Riverwoods), and have had many friends share this. We rescued him over 3 years ago and he's part of our family. You can private message me or call me at 585-9946. I've had to go to work yesterday and today, but we have looked for him for hours in between. Thank you very much. Christina Rusk Smith

and finally

Helena Athletic Association shared that the
The HHS Wrestlers kick off their season with a 2 day duals tournament at Hayden High School TOMORROW and Wednesday. Good Luck to all the Huskies as they take the mat to start the season.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Helena Weekend

Helena Weekend
It will be a cool weekend so warm up with some Helena entertainment this Weekend

Coal Yard
Friday November 20th we will have The Old Paints and Saturday November 21st we will have Two of a Kind featuring Peanut and Rush!

Papa Saia's Music
Papa Saia's weekend news
Matt Hill----------Friday from 7-11
Even Steven-----Saturday from 730 to 1130
Kelly from US Band-----November 25 (Thanksgiving eve) from 7-11

Rio Events
 Friday night Pop Rocks takes the stage at 9pm $5 cover, Saturday night after the games we have Karaoke from 7-10pm then the amazing Whiskey Dix will kick off $5 cover!

Bead Biz Update
The season is among us and it time to get busy shopping and making our presents.
So to make life easier The Bead Biz will be open extended hours for your shopping convenience.

Now Open til 9pm

We will have special discounts from 6-9pm on those nights

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day to spend time with our family

New discount program for Designers with wholesale Tax ID's

Spend $700 on one purchase and get 25%off your total

That is on top of all other sales and discounts.

That is a $175.00 worth of merchandise free!!!

No discounts on trunk show and consignment items

The Bead Biz
3745 Helena Road Suite 100
Helena Al 35080

Check out our class schedule below

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Marcos Pizza Grand Opening

Marco's Pizza is having their grand opening today.  The owner is Rick Poston and they are still hiring at the website  Helena is not listed on their website yet but they will have a drive thru and delivery. They will have Pizzas, Subs,Wings, Salads, Bread, Desserts and more. I am a big sandwich person so I loved seeing their sandwich menu. According to to a Helena Reporter article, "The particular Helena location will be open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m".

Monday, November 16, 2015

Two Days Post in Helena

Picture of the Day
John Hodge shared this morning sunrise in Helena. Sorry for the long and rushed post. This week has been very business so there was little editing...

Smoke Detector Install
Bill Mayfield shared that the Helena Fire Explorers in partnership with the American Red Cross will begin installing smoke detectors for free for area residents who qualify.  The first installation day will be November 21st.  If your smoke detectors are not functional or greater than 10 years old, please email us at  The Helena Fire Explorers provide fire and life safety education to residents and organizations in Helena and surrounding areas as a community service.

Author travels to Helena to Adopt
An Author flew from California come to Helena's Two by Two animal rescue to adopt dog. Here is the full story: "Helen Sherry fell in love online, and she flew from San Ipisbo County, Calif., to here to meet – and leave with – the object of her affections.

About midday Sunday, Sherry and her husband, Colin Quennell drove to the parking lot shared by a group of businesses and Papa Saia’s restaurant to be introduced to Chili Mac, a 9-week-old mixed male pup. Sherry and Quennell adopted Chili Mac – who they promptly renamed Tana – from Two By Two Rescue.

The couple traveled a long way for a considerable expense to claim their new family member. They flew here, and rented a car to make the 31-hour drive back to their home in California. Sherry said she renamed the puppy to honor her husband, who is from New Zealand. In his country, Tana is the name of the god of the of forest and light.

They didn’t want young Tana to be traumatized by an airline flight. So, with all the puppies available for adoption, why wouldn’t this couple adopt a pup closer to home? “Something in his eyes just called to my soul,” Sherry said. “I fell in love with him.”

Sherry and Quennell haven’t visited Birmingham before, but they knew about Two By Two Rescue through their son, Collin Sherry-Quennell, who now works for the Hallmark Channel. Last year, he worked for the company that produces “The Doctors,” a syndicated television show that featured a Two By Two Rescue, Lazarus. Another mixed breed, Lazarus gained a claim to fame by surviving two euthanasia injections at a high-kill shelter. When Two By Two president Sonya Z. King learned of his story, she promptly gave him his most-appropriate name and took him in. He now has a loving home with Jane Holston of Helena.

A psychologist and published author, Sherry and her husband met their new puppy Sunday during a Southern-inspired reception that featured Helena Belles in their hoop skirts and a gift box of Alabama-made goods. They had lunch at Papa Sais -- and kindly picked up the tab -- then started their car-journey back to California".Source/

Powder Puff Game
The Helena Belles have a great fundraiser to benefit the Arthritis Foundation with  puff football game. It is today at 6 p.m. at the Helena Sports Complex. The tickets are $5

The 2015-2016 Helena Belles are Mary Margaret Getts, JoEllen Ward, Allison Watson, Emeline Thornton, Anna Grace McDonald, Meredith Byrd, Anna Lea Atkinson, Taylor Nicole Sharbel, Laine Ingram, Melanie Watson, Riley Bright, Lola Decroes, Maddie Hollon, Reilly Montgomery, Mary Gilmore, Avery Barnett, Elisabeth Hulbert and Barrett Bowling.For more information on the Helena Belles visit - See more at: LINK

Photo by Mark Hall
Helena Cheerleaders Rock
Congratulations to our Helena Youth League Husky cheerleaders for the great showing at the Alabama state youth cheer competition in Vestavia today.
I am so proud of all of the squads, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, for all the hard work as they all give their best to represent Helena!

Here are the squads that participated and how they placed;

4th grade: 1st place
1st grade: 3rd
3rd grade: 4th
5th grade: 5th
6th grade: 3rd

Holiday Open House
Studio V is having an event today, " we are having a shopping event of the season we have gathered local businesses for a one stop shop for everyone on your list! All salon products will be 15% off (excludes gift sets). First 15 guest will receive a gift bag"

Here's a list of vendors that will be joining us:
Initial Outfitters
Gypsies Wind
It Works!
Usborne Books & More

Coal Yard Events
Tuesday is Prime Time Tuesday.  Senior Citizen's get 10% off their meal purchase all day.  $1 off domestic beer and Thomas Trussell plays the blues beginning at 6:30 p.m. Selected Wines are half off by the bottle.
Wednesday children eat free all day and Open Mic begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday is Thirsty Thursday and $1 off all bar drinks all day.  Patrick Travis hits the stage at 6:30 pm
Friday happy hour starts runs from 4-7 pm.  The Old Paints start playing at 7:30.
Saturday try our Bloody Mary bar from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Peanut and Rush headline our music at 7:30 pm.

Holiday Ham
Helena Middle School still has some of the delicious Smithfield Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Half Hams available for purchase as a Fundraiser for the school's Technology Fund! The hams have a January 15, 2016 use or freeze by date, so they will still be fresh at Christmastime or New Year's with normal refrigeration. The hams are $30 each and can be picked up at Helena Middle School or sent home with a student. Please see the attached order form for ordering information. Thank you for supporting Helena Middle School!

Verizon Opening
Graham Brooks shared that a Verizon store is opening in Helena this month:
"The Verizon store will be located at 295 Helena Marketplace in Helena next to the Walmart Neighborhood Market.Nicole Valentine, operations manager at Verizon’s corporate office, said the plan is for the store to open Monday, Nov. 23 in time for the holiday season.The store will be a 1,200 square-foot-space and the hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. The store will be open on Sundays for the duration of the holiday season".
- See more at: Source

Holiday Window Painting
Holle Johnson shared that HAPaint is available for store front window painting for the Holidays.HAPaint on FB and hapainting on Instagram. Facebook Link

Sports Scholarships
Several of Helena youth were honored with scholarships last week. Here are some:

Congratulations are extended to Reagan Curtis NLI to further their academic and athletic careers. Reagan signed a softball scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Helena High School senior Grayson Gladden has signed with Arkansas State University to play collegiate golf for the Arkansas State Lady Red Wolves women’s golf team.

Congratulations to Claire Vaughn on signing her letter of intent to Troy University for Cross country.
Terrey Watson VS Cancer
Tyffanie Ensor shared, "Hey Hewy! I love seeing all your post and reading about what is going on in Helena. My parents live in Laurel Woods in Helena. She was diagnosed yesterday with Stage 4 Small cell lung cancer. We are trying to raise funds for her medical treatments that will begin on Wednesday of next week. If you could share our story I would greatly appreciate it"!  You can help by clicking this link:

City Council Meeting
Several items from City Council Meeting. Marco's Pizza will open on Thursday and Jack's is shooting for opening by the end of the month.

Resolution 11162015 passed that would Rename County Road 17/County Road 52 to Helena Parkway

Resolution 11162015a passed  Endorsing & Supporting the Efforts of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The local committee for the event will be the Helena Historical Committee

The Council agreed to help with the cost of the Creekwater Subdivision Street Light Installation

Two Eagle Scout were Recognized by the Mayor and Council:

Photo by Laura Joseph
Bradford Owens project was at Camp Tranquility in Oak Mtn State Park. It was the partial restoration of the Unit Lodge at the Ridgeline Camp. His project included new floor joists, sub-flooring, interior and exterior wood siding, and structural repairs of the building. It entailed over 300 man hours with volunteers from Troop 2 and classmates from Helena High School.

Liam Datka Eagle project dealt with the preservation of Buck Creek.
The first stage dealt with working with the Alabama Department of environmental management and  Shelby county's chief engineer Mr. Kenneth cole to acquire an install over 400 curb markers to inform residents not to dump harmful materials down our storm culverts.'

Stage two involved working with the Cahaba River society in a hands-on clean up a buck Creek by canoe. We organize and arrange for over 30 volunteers to help the Cahaba River society in their annual cleaned up.

The last stage of his project involved a cleanup a buck creek by land. His entire Boy Scout troop walked and policed Buck Creek Trail in Alabaster and picked up hundreds of pounds of trash.

Photo by Laura Joseph

The Mayor and Council recognized the Helena Huskies Cross Country team for their excellence in ranking top in the State.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Helena Weekend

Picture of the Day Husky Pack from Brody Rhodes twitter post
Helena Weekend
A cool autumn weekend with some Food, and Fun in Helena!

10am-1pm Man's Makeover and Mimosas at Polish Nail Spa

7pm Helena High Huskies vs. Beauregard at Opelika, AL as they continue their drive for the State Championship

 9:00pm - 12:00am Sassy Brown Band Rios Bar and Grill 2693 Highway 58, Helena, Alabama 35080

9am-11am Surviving the Holidays at HUMC (See more below)
10am-1pm Man's Makeover and Mimosas at Polish Nail Spa

Karaoke After Rousey fight at Rio's Bar and Grill

Yard Sale
This weekend in the Creekwater subdivision off of Hwy 93 from 7am-4pm.

Mani's, Makeovers and Mamosas
Polished Nail Spa and Younique Cosmetics team up to bring you 2 days of pampering, beauty and fun!! Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th from 10-4. Enjoys spa mani's and spa pedi's and makeup consultations while sipping complementary mimosas! Call me to reserve your appointment. Christie 936-2576 or Kim 908-0514

Surviving the Holidays
Hope for those facing the Holidays after the loss of a loved one will be at Helena United Methodist this Saturday Nov 14th at 9am-11am. 2035 Highway 58
Helena, Alabama 35080 (205) 663-0111

Christmas Shoe-boxes
Patricia  Greenlea shared that  First Baptist is a pickup point for Christmas shoeboxes. You can help those in need. Deadline is the 23rd. You can drop off there or for $25 you can build one online. See more here:…/operation-christmas-child/

Coming Up

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day!
Show your thanks to Veterans in your lives and those you meet. If you are a Veteran, Thank you for your service and check below for all the businesses who are giving you special offers today:

Many businesses offer discounted or free services for veterans on Veterans Day and surrounding days. Here's a list of some of the Veterans Day discount, deals and free offers. Check with your local establishment to make sure they are participating and make sure to bring your military ID or proof of service.

Denny's is offering a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Nov. 11 from 5 a.m.- noon . The offer is for active, inactive and retired military personnel with a valid military ID.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will offer all veterans and active duty military personnel a free cup of frozen yogurt (up to 11 ounces) on Nov. 11. Customers will need to provide proof of military service or come dressed in uniform. Orange Leaf has a location in Tuscaloosa.
Golden Corral will provide a free meal and beverage to veterans, retired, active duty, National Guard or Reserves from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 11.
Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage to all those showing valid military ID on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering its "Military Mates" program for all active or retired military members and their families with 15 percent off all checks from Nov. 12-Dec. 31. Outback is also offering Veterans Day Rain Check for deployed service men and women. By registering at between Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015, deployed military personnel will receive a voucher for a Free Bloomin' Onion via email, which they can redeem by presenting their printed Rain Check, along with valid military ID, at participating U.S. Outback Steakhouses in 2016.
Little Caesar's Pizza will offer a free pizza or a $5 Hot N Ready Lunch Combo to all veterans and active military members on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cracker Barrel is offering veterans a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca Cola Cake on Nov. 11. Additionally, 10 percent of all proceeds from the sale of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake, as well as select retail items will benefit the USO Transition 360 Alliance that assists military personnel and their families' transition into civilian life following their service.

Shoney's will offer a free All-American Burger to veterans and active-duty service members on Nov. 11.
Texas Roadhouse invites veterans and active duty military members to enjoy a free lunch on Nov. 11. Active, retired and former U.S. military can choose from one of 10 entries and beverage. Guests must show proof of service such as military or VA card, or discharge papers.
Applebee's will be offering a free meal Nov. 11 for all veterans and active-duty service members. Choose from 7 entrees, drink not included.
McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a free lunch or dinner on Nov. 8. Veterans will choose a complimentary lunch or dinner from a special menu. Reservations are recommended.
Bar Louie will offer a free meal Nov. 10 and 11, up to a $12 value. Proof of service or military ID required.
Buffalo's Café will give veterans a free meal Nov. 11.
Longhorn Steakhouse will offer complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage to veterans and active-duty service personnel on Nov. 11.
Hooters will offer all active-duty and retired military personnel a free meal on Nov. 11. Also, guests are invited to purchase of a 2016 Hooters calendar for a member of the U.S. military stationed overseas.
Olive Garden will offer a free entrée on Nov. 11 for all veterans and active duty military. All those dining with the veteran will receive 10 percent off their meal.
Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert for veterans and active duty from Nov. 9-12.
Red Robin will offer a free Red Tavern's Double and Bottomless Steak Fries Nov. 11 for all guests with military ID.
Carraba's will offer a free appetizer of your choice for active duty service members and veterans from Nov. 9-Nov. 15.
TGI Fridays will offer a free lunch for military members and veterans Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chili's will offer all military veterans a free meal Nov. 11. Beverage and gratuity not included.
O'Charley's will offer free "$9.99er" meals to veterans and military personnel with a military ID on Nov. 9. Veterans can also enjoy Free Pie Wednesday with the purchase of an entree on Nov. 11.
The World of Beer will offer veterans and active duty military personnel a free beer Nov. 11. Military ID, VA card or proof of service required. World of Beer has a location in Birmingham.

All Chicken Salad Chick locations in Alabama will offer a free meal to veterans on Nov. 11. The offer includes one free Original Chick (sandwich, side, pickle and cookie.) Veterans must present proof of service in the form of an ID card (VA card, US Military & Retired ID card or DD214 card). No purchase necessary.

Krystal will offer a free chicken or sausage biscuit to all active duty personnel or veterans from 6 a.m.-11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Krystal is also offering 50 cent Pups and Corn pups from 11 a.m. to close for all customers. Krystal will donate a portion of those sales to the Armed Services YMCA.

IHOP will offer a free stack of Red, White and Blue Pancakes from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Nov. 11. The offer is good for all active duty military personnel and veterans.

Other freebies and discounts

The Birmingham Zoo will offer free admission Nov. 9-11 for all active and retired military, veterans and their dependents. Proof of military service required.
Fort Rucker will offer Camping Under the Stars Nov. 13. There will be camping out, s'mores and hot chocolate, games, story readings and movies The event will start at 5 p.m. and is free to military ID holders. The event will be held near the West Beach Gazebo at Lake Tholocco. Families are welcome to camp overnight or just stay for the evening.
The Montgomery Zoo will host Veterans Appreciation Week Nov. 8-14. All veterans, active duty personnel and their dependent family members will receive a 50 percent discount on regular admission to the zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum.
Free admission to all visitors at more than 100 National Parks on Nov. 10-12.
Great Clips Salon will host its third annual "Thank a Veteran Free Haircut Card" event Nov. 11. Customers who visit Great Clips on Nov. 11 will receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The free haircut cards are redeemable by all current and past members of the military including active, inactive, retired, disabled and reserve members from any branch.  The free haircut cards are redeemable until Dec. 31. In addition, veterans can come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov.11 and receive a free haircut that day or receive a free haircut card to be used before the end of the year.
The Army Corps of Engineer Recreation Areas
Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (see a map of Alabama locations here) is waiving all day use fees at more than 2,400 recreation areas nationwide. This waiver is available to all veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families Nov. 11.
Rack Room Shoes is offering military personnel and their dependents 10 percent off their entire purchase on Nov. 11.
Red Roof Inn is offering veterans a 15 percent discount Nov. 1-30. To book, guests can call 1.800.RED.ROOF (1.800.733.7663) or they can visit and use the VP+ number 618669. A valid military ID is required at check-in.

Sleep Number stores and are offering active duty military personnel and veterans a discount on purchases through Nov. 15. Discounts range from 20-30 percent or $500 - $700, depending on purchase. Sleep Number will also donate a portion of its proceeds from that time period to Blue Star Families.

This list will be updated as more Veterans Day freebies and discounts come in. For more, you can go to

Belk stores are offering a 20 percent discount on sale and regular priced clothing items, 15 percent off home merchandise and 10 percent on electrics through Nov. 11.  All active duty and former military members are eligible to receive this discount with a valid active duty ID or proof of service.

Lowe's - Lowe's offers a 10 percent military discount year round. To qualify, you have to be currently serving in, or retired from, a branch of the armed forces, or be the immediate family member of someone who is and have a valid military ID card or be a veteran who receives a VA benefit and have a valid Veteran Identification Card.

Aeropostale – 30 percent off everything through Oct. 11 with code EMPLOYEE30

Brooks Brothers – 25 percent off all in-store purchases through Nov. 11.

Publix – Publix grocery store will offer 10 percent off grocery purchases on Nov. 11 for all veterans, military personnel and their families.

Under Armor – Under Armor offers a 15 percent discount for active duty military, veterans, retirees, military spouses and immediate family. The offer is also for first responders.

Bed, Bath and Beyond – Is offering 20 percent off in-store purchases through Nov. 11. The offer is good for active duty, Department of Defense workers, Reserves, Guard, retirees, veterans and military spouses.

Croc's – 25 percent sitewide with code SALUTE.

JC Penney – 30-50 percent off home collections

Jos. A. Bank – Up to 70 percent off, free shipping with no minimum order

Sears – Sears Veterans Day sale runs through Nov. 14. There are deals on appliances, clothes, tools and more. There's also a 20 percent off coupon for clothing purchases.

Home Depot – Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount year round for active duty and retired military personnel. On Veterans Day, they will offer a 10 percent discount to all veterans.

Dell - Dell offers a variety of discounts for military members and veterans. On Nov. 11, military members will also receive an additional 15 percent discount on PCs and electronics.

Dollar General – Dollar General will offer military service members, veterans and their family members an 11 percent discount on Nov. 11. The offer is good in stores and online.

K-Mart – Multiple discounts, online only

Kohl's - $10 off when you spend $25 or more in store or online with promo code VETERANS10. Through Nov. 11.

Macy's - 20 percent off with promo code VETDAY or $10 off purchase of $25 or more with promo code VETDAY25. Free shipping on orders $75 or more.

Old Navy – Storewide sale up to 60 percent off.