Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Business Saturday

Dont forget to check out all the great deals in Helena on Small Business Saturday.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy your friends and family. Have a great day!

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:

Thanksgiving Updates:
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.

City of Helena-Helena, Alabama

All City Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Friday, November 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. All emergency personnel will be available 24/7 to assist our residents. Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.