Friday, March 24, 2017

Helena Resident Saves Lives

Life Saved
Helena resident Jamie Griffin,(of Griffin Farms) was on a weekend getaway with his wife Amy when he helped save three children from drowning in the ocean at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. You can read the full inspiring story in Graham Brooks article here:
Come Back
The Helena Girl's JV Soccer team came back down 1-2 at half to defeat Indian Springs 3-2 Barajas, Martin, Hulsey all with 1 goal. Way to Go!

Golf Honors
The Helena boys golf team finished in first place at the Good Hope Golf Invitational on March 20. Josh Braddock earned low medalist and all-tournament honors while Brock Baker also received all-tournament honors. Full story here: LINK

Mary Miracle

Miracle League
Marlei Martinez from NBC featured Mary Chambliss efforts to bring the miracle league ball field to Helena. At our last City Council meeting, we were so impressed by her and her groups vision that we carved out a piece of land next to the boundless playground in Joe Tucker* for them to raise money and build their field.

Visit to learn how you can donate or send doantions to the Miracle League of Helena P.O. Box 17 Helena  AL 35080

You can watch the full video at Channel 13 called A mother in Helena wants to build a "league of their own."

I tried to capture their transcript below, sorry for the all caps:

As WVTM 13's Marlei Martinez found out, it's a different kind of baseball field where miracles happen.

A mother wants to build a league of their own and wvtm13 found out it is a different kind of baseball field where miracles happen. "This is where it will be? “This is the location"

"Some woman is on a mission to get a baseball field here in Helena for special needs children and adults, like her son. he is 18 and will graduate this year. her son, Preston, wants to eat all time, because his brain does not detect when he is full. He weighs 350 pounds at ten. I got him involved and he was running the bases and playing every game and got down to 180 .He went from a size 52 man's pants down to 36. She wants to bring the game to the park. It is an easy walk. The miracle field will look different from other fields.  Our bases are flat to the surface, they will not stick up.  Rather than the red clay you see at baseball fields, it will be made of recycled rubber safer for the athletes. The goal?  Raise $700,000 to build the field, parking lot, concessions and bathrooms, ADA compliant. This is for children who struggle every day to get a glass of water they have a chance to come out and do something that I normal. The first fundraiser is on Saturday, and the beauty pageant".

*The plan will also allow the HHS and HMS tennis teams to keep their section for the expansion of the Tennis Courts which will allow tournament play

Thursday, March 23, 2017

More April Events

I should have know. As soon as I post a calendar I find two more cool events coming up in Helena. I will update the calendar from earlier

 CCB Egg Hunt
The Church of Cahaba Bend in Helena on Hwy 52 west will be having an Easter Egg Hunt on April 5th 6:30-8:00pm including games, fun and crafts.

Video Game Fundraiser
On April 7th 2pm-8pm HHS Video Game Fundraiser at HHS Gym. Wrist bands are $25 and it will support your Helena Huskies.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Upcoming Helena Events

Thank you for everyone's help with collecting theses events. Here is what we have so far:


March 29th           5:00pm-7:30pm Grand Opening of Tween Queens in Old Town Helena

April is Helena History Month

April 1st                8am-12pm Helena Basket Planting day at Caboose

April 1st                Helena Miracle League presents Womanless Beauty Pageant

April 5th               6:30-8:00pm Cahaba Bend Easter Egg Hunt Hwy 52West

April 7th               2pm-8pm HHS Video Game Fundraiser at HHS Gym

April 7th               6pm-9pm First Friday Celebration in Old Town Helena

April 7th               Helena Elementary Spring Fling Carnival at School
April 8th               Helena Elementary Spring Fling Carnival at School
April 9th                Helena Elementary Spring Fling Carnival at School

April 15th              9am Helena Easter Egg Hunt At Amphitheater
                              9:00 am Ages 0-2
                              10:00am Ages 3-5
                              11:00am Ages 6-8
Note: there are different times floating around but this is from the official flyer            

April 15th              Run for Their Lives Race

April 16th              Easter
April 18th              Tax Day

April 22nd             Helena Founder’s Day

April 23rd             2pm Student Concert at Griffin Farms

April 29th              9am Cahaba Bend Spring Boutique

May 6th                9am-3pm Cumberland Presbyterian Craft Bazaar

May 12-13th        Buck Creek Festival

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cooler Classes and Winterguard

Cooler Classes
Frederick McCray shared that you can sign up for their next custom building class at Frederick's Creation in Old Towne Helena. You can stop by the store in Old Towne Helena or by pay by phone.
3993 Helena Road
Helena,Al 35080
205- 538- 8738

Winter Guard
Philicia  Danner that the Helena Winterguard Varsity and Junior varsity both placed 1st in their division at competition in Tennessee. Way to Go!

HMS Choir

HMS will perform their 9th Annual Festival Concert tonight at 7pm at Helena United Methodist. Please see above for details in the poster

Helena Coffee Talk with Coach Chris and Leigh Laatsch

 Helena Coffee Talk with Coach Chris & Leigh Laatsch, 3/21,  6:30 PM, at HIS. Please join us!

Welcome Yada

Yada 8 Salon
Welcome to Yada 8 Salon and  Kathy Walden Padgett who has opened at 4094 Helena Road Ste A 624-2211.

Kathy has 25 years experience in the industry; worked for years as a skincare specialist and makeup artist only.  Now she is settling down in Helena where I use to spend lots of her days.

Kathy shared, "I always loved Helena.  I cut, color and style hair along with helping women take care of their skin and helping them find their the best makeup looks for them.  I am also a BeautiControl Independent Consultant.  I specialize in special occasion, photography shoots and film as well".

You can also follow her on her facebook page at

Monday, March 20, 2017

Coffee Shop

Hollywood Helena
Remember the movie they filmed in Helena and Fairhope during the last big snow?Mayor Hall shared on his account it is out on Amazon. So if you played a part, or love seeing Helena in the background, you can check it out here:  Amazon Movie Link

 I saw several in the credits like Laura Brookhart Michael Johnson Shelly Allbritton Bailey, and Rosalie And Jeff Oetting and others. I think they mispelled Lora Lunsford name but she is there as well. The crew got snowed in and resident delivered food and blankets on foot to them.

Wildlife Management Area

Shooting Range Re-Opening
In an article by Stephen Dawkins the public shooting next to Helena  in the Wildlife Management Area will reopen May 2017. It was closed during the spill and used as a staging area. When it reopens it will have more to offer including walkways, shelters and 25, 50 and 100-yard range. The range was pretty bare bones before and the road to it wasnt the best so I hope they improve that as well.

You will still need to own a hunting/fishing license to enter the Wildlife area or buy a Wildlife Area pass:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gnome Found

Congrats to the Meinbergs the won the 2017 Gnome Hunt! They found the gnome bucket in a flower pot at the caboose.

Here are the solutions to the riddle in the barcodes:

Clue 1: Seek ye the rainbow wizard of Zelda's Zone
Solution: Rainbow gumball machine called Wizard at Zone One Video game store

Clue 2: Best place to find Romance if you are French 440
Solution: Dewey Decimal system of 440 is French Romance. Next clue hidden at library at that number

Clue 3: Park and “Do Your Best”
Solution: Cahaba Lily Park Sign has the words "Do you Best"

Clue 4: Not Old Discord but ...
Solution: Harmony Graveyard historical marker sign

Clue 5: Put your nose to the grind stone
Solution: Sign by the Grind stone in front of Helena Museum

Clue 6: Four Courts but no King
Solution: Hidden at the four tennis courts in Joe Tucker Park

Last Clue: You are at the end of theses train of clues
Solution: End of Train is Caboose. Gnome hidden inside flower pot by caboose entrance

Helena Gnome Hunt

The Helena Gnome Hunt Starts here on Saturday Morning:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Presidential Awards

 Photo of the Day
The photo goes to Jenny Mcroy who shared a old Helena photograph taken by Pete Owens photo of Jack Kellan and Melvin Cotman at the Helena "Central Park". You can see that the rail car was beautiful and it is parked behind Old Town. You can see the back of Helena Mercantile to the right and Lazy Boy bbq (old jail) to the left. Thank you so much to Jenny for sharing this with us!!!

Presidential Awards
Helena Intermediate Mathematics teacher Natalie Landrum and Helena Intermediate Principal Kathy Paiml (both to right) were at the Presidential Awards luncheon in Montgomery for a special meeting in a recent news article by Graham Brooks. I wont spoil it but it is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive in the United States. See the full Article here:

Spring Craft Bazaar 
Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host its craft bazaar Saturday, May 6 from 9-3. Outdoor vendor  spaces will be available for $30.00, $35.00 if you need electricity. Space is limited so reserve early. There will be a kids area with inflatables, a petting zoo, games and more. For more information send me a PM or email