Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Burgers and Huskies

Helena Depot Burger
Congrats to the Helena Depot! They were named one of the Best Southern Burger Spots. Susan shared the website that list the Best places and they were listed under Alabama. Way to Go Matt!

High School Media Days
They had High School media days and Helena was represented. Here is small section about Helena from the Media Coverage/:
"Welcome, Helena -- Monday will mark the first official "anything" in terms of a season function for Helena's new football team. The Shelby County school opens its doors this next month and new coach Watt Parker should be on hand to introduce his program for a long series of "firsts" that are up ahead for the Huskies".

HHS Marching Band
The new Helena High Marching band is featured in an article. They have been practicing all Summer for the school opening. “In my 26 years of teaching,” Burnside shared, “I have never seen or felt the kind of camaraderie and teamwork that I am seeing here. Mr. Peoples’ expectations are high. The expectations of the community are high and I think that community spirit is transcending into the school itself to unite the cooperation and support of everyone.” - See more at: Full Article

Monday, July 28, 2014

Helena Reader's Choice Monday

Soccer Meeting
Helena High is holding an interest meeting for the men's and women's soccer teams on July 28 at 7 pm in the Helena Middle School Cafeteria.  All parents, players, and business leaders interested supporting the Helena High Soccer are invited to attend.  Coach Parker will speak about HLHS athletic plan and philosophy prior to break outs for boys with Coach Zach Morgan and girls with Coach Clif Naron.
Hottest City 
The Birmingham Business Journal named Helena one of the hottest home markets in the Birmingham area. Here is the section of the article about it, "Many of the areas where home-building is picking up are the same ones we identified earlier this year as being among the top places for rebounding home prices. Common threads for those markets include a combination of good schools, shopping options and convenient access to high-traffic corridors. Here are the top five hotspots for home-building, based on percent change from a year ago:
1. Helena, 229 percent
2. Homewood, 166 percent
3. Hoover, 144 percent
4. Mountain Brook, 127 percent
5. Alabaster, 117 percent
Pack 523
Michele Murphy shared that it was Pack 532 Fun Day. "It was a hot day, but the boys had so much fun! — at Cahaba Lily Park". Also thanks to the Boy Scouts who help make that make happen.

Horse Show
Suzanne Schnetzler  shared that, "Rocking S Farm hosted our very first ASHAA Summer Fun Show on Saturday. It was attended by Stepping Stone Farm from Chelsea, Heathermoor Riding Academy from Leeds, B and W stables from Hartselle and Winsalot from Guntersville.Brittany Harris from Franklin, TN was our Judge.It was a hot but beautiful day. There were many great horse and rider teams. Lots of smiles!
It was a wonderful day".
Ben Clements shared, "Nicely camouflaged, this young 1-ft copperhead can ruin anyone's nice day. Spotted today around noon near the amphitheater".

HHS Band
Angela Blocker shared that the "HHS Band starts their second week of band camp bright and early Monday morning at 7:00! They are working hard on their field show! They are sounding and looking GREAT!
Also, don't forget to sign up for Farmer Guard Pest Control during the month of August!! A portion goes straight back to the band".

Two by Two
Kathy Hawkins wanted to remind everyone to vote if they haven't, "Please cast your vote for Two by Two Rescue if you haven't done so to help them win the $10,000 PetPlus giveaway....www.petplus.com/giveback".

Family Reunion
Dennis McCay shared, "We celebrated the Dirt Seller Family Reunion at Emerald Lake with 30 family members"
Puzzle Exchange
Jack Gray shared, "We are ready to open the Puzzle Exchange at the Caboose . We have almost 30 grownup puzzles ready to be worked. Bring a puzzle if you have one to exchange and get a puzzle".

Friday, July 25, 2014

Helena Weekend

Helena High
Apparently, I just miss all the rainbows. Amanda sent me these beautiful photo from the Helena High. What a wonderful way to start Helena High.
Beauty Queen
This is incredible. Helena Belle Tiara Pennington won Miss Shelby County Outstanding Teen 2015 right after Helena Belle Amanda Ford won Miss Shelby County 2015. This is a huge honor to have Helena's young women being honored for their talent, personality and beauty. We are so proud of you Tiara!

5 Reason to Love Helena High 
Martin J. Reed an article about why Helena students should be excited about the new Helena High School. Don't want to give away to whole article but it isnt because of the 220,000-square-foot building and the $40.2 million spent on it. Check out the article to read why you and your children should  be excited:  Full Article
Helena Weekend Calendar 

Friday 25th

7pm Cheerleading Showcase Mark your calendars for tomorrow night, Friday, July 25th at 7:00 pm at HMS - come out and see ALL the cheerleaders in Helena perform at a very special Helena Cheerleading Showcase!! All of the Helena youth cheerleaders will be showcasing what they learned at camp this week!! There will be special performances by both the HMS cheerleaders and the first ever HHS cheerleaders as well!! Come out and show your support for Helena Cheerleading!! GO HUSKIES!!!

8pm Superman will be shown outside on the large inflatable screen at Helena Amphitheater. Admission is free and there will be a concession stand so no outside food.

8pm Chase Evans performs at Papa Saias

9pm Outshine Performs at Rios
Saturday 26th
8am-Noon Helena's Farmer Market at the Helena Amphitheater

9am Publix Apron Meal demonstration at the Amphitheater

9am Erin Trapolino Black from Helena's Old Towne Music will perform at the Helena Farmer's Market

9am-10:30am Tennis Clinic at Joe Tucker Park

10:30pm Rocking S Farm is having a Summer Fun Show Saturday July 26th starting at 10:30 ending around 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. We will be showing 3 gaited, 5 gaited, equitation and driving. After lunch will be our Academy Classes. Bring your chair and get a hot dog and drink from our concession stand and watch our beautiful American Saddlebred horses and our talented riders.Call for info205-441-9490 Free admission

Yard Sale
510 Rosebury road in Hillsboro.  Friday and Saturday Girl clothes sizes 8-16,  softball equip, ladies and men's clothes, toys, Barbie dolls, and much more!!
Helena Market Days
This Saturday from 8am til Noon will be another amazing day for Helena's award winning Helena Market Days. There will be local farmer's sharing their produce and wares (including local honey, and fresh baked bread). At 9am we will have  our local Crow's Corner Publix grocery store will be demonstrating some of their Aprons (TM) recipes. Publix Aprons is about enjoying food to its fullest. Their culinary experts focus on making cooking fun and fulfilling, and simple enough to fit into today's busy lifestyles. With delicious, quick recipes and exciting cooking classes, Aprons makes preparing good food as easy as eating it.
Special Musical Guest
Some of you know her as the proprietor and instructor at Helena's Old Towne Music. Others will know her as the lead female vocalist of renowned local rock legends, the M-80s. This Saturday you will get to know Erin Trapolino Black as our next featured acoustic solo artist. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Helena Sports, Traffic and Shooting

Helena Picture of the Day
Andrea Godsey shared this photo of a rainbow over Helena High after the rains yesterday. It almost looks magical. Thanks Andrea!
Two by Two Finalist
Helena's Two by Two animal rescue is a finalist for the Pet Plus $10,000 prize. You can help us send them over the top by voting. You are only able to vote ONE time per email address. The email address you vote with must be linked to a Facebook account. Help Two by Two Animal Rescue win this amazing donation. We could save so many lives with the money! Vote now at http://www.petplus.com/giveback
Photo from the event on Al.com  by Kent Faulk
Helena Shooting Investigation
Martin J Reed wrote about the shooting that happened April in Helena. "Alabama Bureau of Investigation's case remains active in the matter". The article goes on to say: Evan Taylor Burt, 25, of Helena was hospitalized following the shooting that happened at about 8:30 p.m. outside the popular restaurant and bar in the Old Town Helena area". The article goes on to say, "Burt pulled a gun after their arrival. "Police responded appropriately and the suspect was shot". You can read the full article here:LINK. One thing I will add to this is that all shootings involving police have to be investigated.

Sports Update
Ken People sent a sports update, "Last week the HHS Huskies participated in another 7on7 tournament at Birmingham Southern.  The Huskies finished second out of twelve teams losing to McAdory High School in the finals.  On August 22nd, the Huskies will host jamboree games with John Carroll and Ramsay at Husky Stadium.  Reserved seating is now on sale thru the Helena Athletic Association (HAA) website.  Get your tickets now and come be part of the inaugural season!  Go Huskies"!

By Austin Roberts of Helena High (Austin.. email me)
High School Traffic
When Helena High opens in a couple of weeks, it will be a major change to the traffic patterns for Helena. The traffic for the high school used to follow the commuter traffic down Helena road toward Pelham. Now that traffic will be heading South to Hillsboro parkway. Martin wrote a great online article that combines interviews with the police and links to facebook maps for traffic. There was something new that I had not seen below. Here is the part:
"Commuting: Police are asking that people take different routes to the high school depending on where they live. "We're trying to evenly distribute the traffic onto all the access roads as evenly as possible," Flynn said". Here are the zones the police have put together:
Pest Control Tip
Alan shared an article he wrote about Pest Control but I also wanted to share his cool ad with pictures him with the football coach (right). "Summertime backyard barbecue pest control tips from Alan Farmer, owner of Helena's FarmerGuard Pest Control:  Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning a barbeque before sunset, plan on having plenty of insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin available for you and your guests. Adorn your deck or patio with citronella candles that can help minimize the presence of mosquitoes in the area, and wear long sleeves or pants to avoid bites.

Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to fragrances from shampoo, perfume and candles — not to mention food and drink. Avoid using scented items beforehand and provide clear plastic cups for your guests as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
Prior to the party, check screen doors and repair any holes. And with guests coming in and out of your house, make sure the doors close behind them.

Keep all food and beverages in sealed coolers and containers.
Keep garbage containers sealed and away from guests.
Clean trash, spills and crumbs immediately from tables and other surfaces.
Bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.
Rinse all beverage bottles and cans, and dispose of them in tightly closed garbage containers.
Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor space for eating and entertaining.
Remove or drain sources of standing water in your yard that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths, wading pools or garden ponds.
Keep your family and friends healthy and safe this summer by following these tips. For more information, or to schedule service, visit: www.farmerguard.com".

Helena Art Show
The gallery and studio of Gretchen B Photography is pleased to host  “Unscripted” fine art photography showcase on Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 1 to 4 pm.
“Unscripted” spotlights local photographic artists whose visual storytelling delights the viewer. The August 3 event will include landscape and architectural images from the United States and Europe.
Please join us to explore the beautiful works of Ron Clemmons, Carl DelFavero, and Brenda Miller.

 Gretchen Birdwell’s artwork and portraits will also be on display. All are accomplished photographers with a variety of photography techniques that will delight the viewer.

Along with Ron Clemmons' travel photography, his portfolio includes architectural and urban subjects, nature (especially flowers), and anything that catches his eye "as an engaging subject or potentially interesting composition."

Carl DelFavero began his career as a photojournalist in Sweden in 1968. It was in the enchanted forests of Sweden that Carl developed his love for nature photography. His exhibit will feature a collection of wildlife photographs.
Inspired by the aesthetically pleasing form of the bicycle as well as another of her favorite pastimes, cycling, Brenda's current series neatly combines her primary subject interests within photography.

Light refreshments will be served by Nonna’s Catering.  All limited edition artwork will be available for purchase.For more information, please call Gretchen Birdwell at 205.999.3531

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Baseball, West and Police Report

Baseball Club
The 12U Helena Baseball Club travel team is looking to add to the 2014-2015 season roster (rising Helena 6th graders).   Contact Matt Gwin at gwinmg@att.net if interested in discussing available roster position.

Wild West Library
The library is proud to announce a fun FREE program:
Wild West Show! Cowboy Bruce Brannen shows off his skills! Rope tricks and Western Style!
2:00 PM, Wednesday, July 23 at Helena City Hall
Do not miss this great program with Cowboy Bruce Brannen. This show should be Entertaining and FUN!

HUMC back to School Service
Blessing of the Backpacks in all 3 worship services Sunday, August 3 at Helena United Methodist Church. Students of all ages bring your backpacks for a special time of blessing! Back to School Prayer Service at Helena Amphitheater hosted by Helena UMC is Tuesday, August 5 at 6:30pm for all area schools

Helena Police Report

July 10
-Property damage from the 8000 block of CR-13, Helena (highway/street). Damages in the amount of $5,000 were done to a 2008 Nissan Frontier 4×2 pickup.
-Domestic incident and custody dispute from the 600 block of Park Lake Circle, Helena (residence/home).

July 11
-Leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence from Highway 17 at Dollar General, Helena (highway/street). Damages in the amount of $1,000 were done to a passenger side rear of vehicle.
-Warrant arrest from Jefferson County Jail, Birmingham (jail/prison).
-Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia from Highway 261 at Ruffin Road (highway/street).
-Warrant arrest from Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham (govt/public building).
-Warrant arrest from the 200 block of Helena Market Place, Helena (residence/home).

July 12
-Burglary III and theft of property II from the 3200 block of River Crest Drive South, Helena (residence/home). Stolen and recovered were a GE electric stove valued at $400 and a GE microwave valued at $200.
-Lost property from Highway 17, Helena (other/unknown).
-Child custody dispute from Helena Police Dept., Helena (parking lot/garage).
-Warrant arrest from Highway 52 East, Helena (jail/prison).

July 13
-Unlawful possession of marijuana II from 1st Avenue East at Rolling Mill Street, Helena (highway/street). Recovered was a marijuana cigarette or “joint” valued at $1.
-Demented person from 1st Avenue West, Maylene (residence/home).
-Theft of property III from the 1700 block of Native Dancer Drive, Helena (residence/home). Stolen was a concrete bird bath valued at $200.
-Domestic violence III, harassment, from the 200 block of Rocky Ridge Drive, Helena (residence/home).

July 14
-Damaged property from Highway 52 West, Helena (highway/street). Damages in the amount of $2,000 were done to a Volkswagen Passat.
-Violation of City Nuisance Ordinance (junk cars) from Chateau Drive, Helena (residence/home).
-Warrant arrest from Highway 52 East, Helena (govt/public building).
-Domestic violence III from the 1900 block of CR-95, Helena (residence/home).
-Domestic incident from 1st Avenue West, Helena (residence/home).

July 15
-Warrant arrest, probation violation, from the 800 block of CR-52 East, Helena (govt/public building).
-Possession of prescription medication from CR-17 at Fox Valley, Helena (highway/street). Recovered were two tramadol hydrochloride valued at $4 and two alprazolam valued at $4.
-Failure to appear from the Bibb County Line (highway/street).

July 16
-Criminal trespass I from Cunningham Drive, Helena (residence/home).
-Failure to appear from CR-52 East, Helena (govt/public building).
-Domestic violence III from the 1700 block of Native Dance Drive, Helena (residence/home).

- See more at: LINK

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Council, Jazz, and Baby Names

Vote Helena
Don't forget you can still vote you favorite Helena events, locations and Businesses in the Best of the Best of Shelby County until July 31st. Don't forget to vote Helena Market Days for Farmer's Market. Here is the link shelbyliving.com/bestofthebest/voting

Victor Stone book Series
Molly Davidson wrote an article about Helena writer James A. Jack. new book series featuring a character named Victor Stone. James has released his 2nd book called Flight Between Worlds which is set in Cold war era. "he travels across the world from America to Russia and even to alternate universes, eluding the KGB, getting tangled in the Bermuda Triangle and finding hidden government documents".

Republic/Allied Waste App
The City of Helena website shared that there is now an app for trash service. I haven't played around with it yet but here are the details: "Starting July 17, all of the great features of My Resource, our customers' online account management tool, are now available in a mobile app, helping customers who are "on the go" effortlessly manage their Republic Services accounts.

With a touch of a button, users can:
- Pay their bill
- View their service schedule
- Schedule a pickup
- Find new products
- Report a missed pickup
- Repair a container
- Access their account 24/7
- Receive weather-related service alerts
- Sign up for holiday schedule reminders

The My Resource mobile app is a free download and will be available from the Apple(r) and Android(tm) App Stores. Republic customers already enrolled in My Resource simply need to install the app on their mobile device and log in. Customers who have not yet registered can do so directly from the app; all they need is their account and invoice numbers. The app is available to any customer who is directly billed by Republic Services.

... "The My Resource app allows customers to view past invoices, receive schedule service alerts, receive alerts for weather delays and view their pickup schedule.

Jazz in the Park
The Jazz in the Park event at the Helena Amphitheater was a success.  Laura Brookhart wrote an article describing the event which included jazz artist Roland Gresham and Oli Silk. It was Oli's "'first visit to Alabama and he was very impressed with the support he found in Helena". In fact promoters of the event were so impressed by the turnout and the beautiful location that we should see them again. Here is a video of the event below from 3340

ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Helena City Council
Helena's City Council met Monday night in a work meeting and formal Council session. You can get a copy of the official minutes from the City Clerk but here are some short observations from me.

Amendments to Noise Ordinance
Some residents have requested the Helena City Council create a stricter noise ordinance. This issue is coming mainly from residents who live on the other side of Buck Creek from Papa Saia's outdoor deck. The currently amendment would add decibels levels. The City Council members discussed the amendment. Devin spoke for the residents. He felt the decibel level should be lower at night on the amendment. Tammy, Earl, and Jason spoke for Papa Saia's and said they were okay with decibels levels but were concern that Council members were wanting to add an additional hard cut-off time. Martin J Reed from the Birmingham News joined us and wrote an article detailing what he heard: Full Article. I like to keep an open mind until I heard the final argument and see the final draft. We will vote on this next Council meeting. I welcome anyone, who would like to sit down and discuss it.
Amend Yard sale Ordinance
We had request to make it easier for neighborhood wide yard sales. So I drafted a amendment to our current ordinance and the Council passed it last night. Basically starting now, a  Helena homeowners association may apply for a neighborhood yard sale permit by paying a fee of twenty five dollars ($25.00) no later than the close of business at the City Hall the day prior to the beginning of the sale. Only one person representing the HOA may obtain the permit, and the representative will provide a list of addresses of homeowners who will be participating when applying.  A maximum of two neighborhood sales per calendar year shall be permitted to the HOA, with no single sale to last more than three  consecutive days. The HOA will be held to the same responsibility as a person in all other yard sale requirements. Also Martin was there and wrote this article about it Full Article

Helena 150th Celebration
The Helena Historic Preservation Committee would like to have a celebration the naming of Helena. Helena received its name when Peter Boyle named the depot "Helena" to show his love to local beauty Helen Lee. There is no exact date when the depot was completed but we have the range and it is coming up. Also a display case was needed to showcase Helen Lee's wedding dress during the event. The Helena Historic Preservation has been selling hot chocolate and water bottles to raise money but asked if the Council could help as well. The Council said they could and the Mayor said he also thought they could also find sponsors. They wanted the HHPC to come up with a set date and activities will be involved so they could plan for next year budget.

Mayor Report
Mayor Mark Hall reported that the new police vehicles are now on the road. The Quail Ridge road repair was 30 days from completion but was going over budget due to utilities. He reported the Youth field should be open in August. I also asked the Mayor about gate on the dam. He said that must of the mechanism was under the silt. He said he would check and see if the State had someone who could go and check out the state of the dam.

2014 Top Baby Names
I thought this was interesting to see how tradition vs popular media is influencing the names of the next generation. Here are the most popular names of 2014. Not sure who has a bigger influence Hollywood stars or the characters they play.

1. Imogen 26. Lucy 51. Ruby ** 76. Piper
2. Charlotte 27. Aurora 52. Mila 77. Avery
3. Isla 28. Rose 53. Josephine 78. Jane
4. Cora 29. Scarlett ** 54. Harlow 79. Sadie
5. Penelope 30. Elizabeth 55. Aria 80. Lydia
6. Violet 31. Ava 56. Audrey 81. Esme
7. Amelia 32. Elodie 57. Isabella 82. Everly
8. Eleanor 33. Lila ** 58. Wren 83. Gemma
9. Harper 34. Nora 59. Quinn 84. Willow
10. Claire 35. Grace 60. Cordelia ** 85. Maya
11. Alice 36. Emma 61. Chloe 86. Frances
12. Adelaide 37. Willa 62. Mae 87. Louisa
13. Hazel 38. Clementine 63. Emily 88. Elsa *
14. Katniss 39. Matilda 64. Luna 89. Ada
15. Olivia 40. Eloise 65. Rowan 90. Lola
16. Evangeline 41. Caroline 66. Mia 91. Phoebe
17. Ivy 42. Clara 67. Stella 92. Kinsley
18. Khaleesi * 43. Finn 68. Emmeline 93. Zara
19. Maeve 44. Aurelia 69. Ellie ** 94. Madeline
20. Evelyn 45. Arabella 70. Juliet 95. Hannah
21. Maisie 46. Eliza 71. Merida 96. James
22. Adeline ** 47. Poppy 72. Anna 97. Delilah
23. Genevieve 48. Ella 73. Lily 98. Mabel
24. Seraphina 49. Sophia 74. Olive 99. Emmett
25. Beatrice 50. Iris 75. Margaret 100. Hadley
1. Asher 26. Beckett ** 51. Zachary 76. Ryker
2. Declan 27. Wyatt ** 52. Christian 77. Roman
3. Atticus 28. Hudson 53. Kieran 78. Nathaniel
4. Finn 29. Evelyn 54. Luca 79. Jackson
5. Oliver 30. Kai 55. Luke 80. Greyson
6. Henry 31. Ethan 56. Elliot 81. George
7. Silas 32. William 57. Charlie 82. Knox **
8. Jasper 33. Benjamin 58. Elijah 83. Rory
9. Milo 34. Soren ** 59. Hugo 84. Ronan
10. Jude 35. Eli 60. Thomas 85. Xavier
11. Ezra 36. Caleb 61. Ryder 86. Daniel
12. Emmett 37. Flynn 62. Isaac 87. John
13. Harper 38. Noah 63. Theo 88. Finley
14. Leo 39. Quinn 64. Jacob 89. Emerson
15. Owen 40. Julian 65. Rhys 90. Aiden
16. Levi 41. Bodhi ** 66. Lucas 91. Harrison
17. James 42. Archer ** 67. Callum 92. Simon
18. Rowan 43. Oscar 68. Arthur 93. Nolan
19. Felix 44. Everett 69. Gabriel 94. Charles
20. Miles 45. Alexander 70. Samuel 95. Axel *
21. Sebastian 46. Django 71. Zane 96. Tristan
22. Liam 47. August 72. Nico 97. Arlo
23. Sawyer 48. Andrew 73. Micah 98. Beau
24. Jack 49. Josiah 74. Avery 99. Jonah
25. Theodore 50. Dashielle 75. Dylan 100. Max

BTW I checked the most common names from my generation and they were Jessica, Jennifer, Amanda, Ashley, and Stephanie for women and  Michael, Chris, Matthew, David and Joshua for men.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday in Helena

Miss Shelby County
Congratulation to Helena's Amanda Ford! She won Miss Shelby County this past weekend. She will go on to represent Shelby County in the Miss Alabama pageant next year. Amanda is also an alumni of our Helena Belles.  Way to Go!
Animal Rescue Finalist
Kathy Hawkins has shared that Helena's Two by Two Animal Rescue made the national finalist for PetPlus $10k giveaway. Thank you for everyone who has been supporting them and remember you can help them win the final round starting July 24th.

Oh Dam
If you passed by the Waterfalls this weekend,  you may have noticed a something odd. It look like one of the gates in the dam is partially open. The City is checking on it. I am not sure if someone did it on purpose or accidentally. The Davidson Dam served as a source of power in Helena's History. It powered the grist mill to provide meals for the pioneer community. You can see still the old grinding stones in front of the Helena Museum. I think we should get someone to survey it to get a greater understand of it. If you know more about dam info then let me know. I enjoy this dam waterfall so much.

Helena Historic Preservation
Congratulations to the new officers of the Helena Historic Preservation Committee. They meet every 3rd Sunday at the Helena Museum. You are welcome to join us. facebook.com/HelenaHistory

President: Shannon O'Guin
Kara Barr: Vice President
Treasurer: Linda Wurstner
Secretary: Jason Redd
Fundraiser/Events :Charity Miller
Media Coordinator: Jay Riley
Helena on Radio
I agreed to do a short weekly spot on APH Radio promoting Helena events. They are currently online but will be hitting the airwaves on channel 99.9 FM. They will also be broadcasting football games from Alabaster, Pelham and Helena. Check them out and get ready for them to hit the airwaves.

Helena High Registration
Today Monday, July 21st from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m if the last day to register for Helena High.  Otherwise, you will have to register on the 1st day of school.

Decoding Dyslexia
Pam Moran shared that "Decoding Dyslexia Alabama and The Dyslexia Support Center invites Helena parents to hear Special Education Attorney Shane T. Sears speak about How to avoid IEP traps and pitfalls. Thursday July 24 at 6:30 - Alabaster First Baptist Church".

Furever Home
Mary Puccio wanted to share a story, "Hello to our Folks in Helena, . Let me tell you something that happen the other day while I was in the new True value store here in Helena. The owner told me that when he open his store last week a dog followed him in and he had no collar on. He kept the dog there and gave him food. The good part of this story is there is a beautiful and warmhearted young lady that works there and she said she was going to bring him or her home with her and keep him or her. So I want to give A big ole shout out to Tessa Ford for caring enough to give this sweet homeless dog a loving home. Thank you to the store owner for caring enough to let the dog stay all day till Tessa Ford got off from work....Stop buy and tell her thanks for caring. Bring her a bag of dog food , help her out. Thank you Remember to support your Local true value and all business in Helena.
Thank You Firemen
The staff from Maplewood Assisted Living stopped by the Helena Fire Department last week and brought this cake to thank them for everything. Thank is a really cool thank you gift!

Helena Youth Sports

Youth Soccer Registration is underway. Registration will end on Aug. 10th
Ages: 5-14 Cost: $120 for U7 and; $160 for U9 and above
Register online: www.helenaparkandrec.org

Free Youth Tennis Clinic - Ages 7-10 yrs. old
Sat, July 26th - 9am -10:30am
Joe Tucker Park Tennis Courts
Racquets and Balls will be provided; just show up to participate.

For more information contact Jason Powers, Helena Director of Parks and Recreation
www.cityofhelena.org www.helenaparkandrec.org 205-620-2877