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.

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

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

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.

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!

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, 
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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Grads, Jays, Water and Reading in Helena

Photo by Melissa Copeland
Historic Graduation
The picture of the day goes to Melissa Garrison Copeland who captured the flying caps of Helena's first High School graduating class from HHS. The event took place in the Historic Alabama theater and the City of Birmingham closed off 3rd Avenue for the celebration afterwards, This was a special group of youth, They actually had a choice whether to stay at Pelham High or go to new Helena High School. The result was that this special group of 190 seniors had an unbelievable year with their academics and extracurricular activities won State awards and recognition. They were able to start new traditions of excellence. They embody the future spirit of Helena as they move up to the next stage of their life. Way to Go! News Article

2015 Champs
Way to go to the Helena Blue Jays. They won the 2015 Minor League championship

Helena Utility Board
The Helena Utility Board is meeting on on May 28  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.

Summer Reading
Remember to encourage your children to read this Summer. Here are the Helena Library Summer Reading free event dates:

June 10th 10am and 2pm Kick Off Program with Dr. Magical Balloons show.
June 17 at 2 p.m. will feature a visit with the fire department.
June 24 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will feature magician Russell Davis.
July 1 at 2 p.m. will feature a visit with the police department.
July 8 at 2 p.m. will feature a visit from the Shelby County 4-H center.
July 15 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will feature a visit from the McWane Science Center.
July 22 at 2 p.m. will be the end of summer reading party.

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.

and now the gratuitous Husky gif...
Husky washing his hands

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Graduation Day

Helena's First Graduation
Tuesday is a historic day in Helena History. Our first class of Seniors graduate from Helena High School. Ms. Brand asked to share some details about Tuesday Night

Our first class of Seniors graduate from Helena High School.  Please read carefully the details below:

Tuesday, May 19

Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  You CANNOT enter the ceremony without a ticket, no exceptions. Seniors MUST arrive at 5:00 p.m. (enter through the Hill Event Center door)

The Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL  35203


  • Cap and Gown should be wrinkle-free and the tassel is worn on the right side of the mortar board.
  • Mortar boards should be flat on top of the head.
  • Girls should attach the gown collar; boys do not wear the collar.
  • Boys should wear khaki pants with white shirt, tie, and dress shoes; girls should wear a dress with dark colored shoes.  (Note: girls, you will be walking up and down many stairs at The Alabama, please practice walking in your shoes).  
  • Only stoles, cords, and medals presented at Awards Day can be worn during the ceremony.

Helena Soccer
Congratulations to the Inaugural HHS Boys Varsity soccer team for finishing 3rd place in the State of Alabama! They have done an amazing job all season. Way to Go!

Young to HMS
Bakari Young is now the new Helena Middle School Assistant Principal. He comes to Helena from  Chalkville Elementary School.  "Young has over eight years of experience as an educator and received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Jacksonville State University and a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Samford University". - See more at: Full Article
Jordan Narkates
Jordan Narkates completed his year as a Head Chorister of the Birmingham Boys Choir at today's 37th Annual Spring BBC Concert. Jordan was recognized today as one of several choristers of The Birmingham Boys Choir that graduated from a senior chorister and will continue with The Birmingham Boys Choir as a graduate chorister next year. The boys have worked extremely hard this year. Jordan will take part as a "Tour Chorister" and will be on music tour in Europe May 31-June 9th. Way to Go!
Happy EMS Week
Thank you so much to all the emergency medical services practitioners in Helena!

Lose Something?
Did you Lose something at the Buck Creek Festival? Found items are currently located at the Helena Caboose. Swing by and speak with Ron or call him at 4104496

Graham Brooks wrote an article about the new HMS eighth grade ambassadors. "HMS ambassadors are chosen upcoming eighth graders who must maintain a “B” grade point average across all subjects. The ambassadors are chosen by their teachers and are considered official student representatives of the school. Their purpose is to promote and serve at Helena". I huge honor for theses young men and women. - See more at: LINK

Helena Miner Mayor
I saw this photo on the Shelby County Reporter website about Helena miners and the first Helena Mayor: "Miners, 1908. Turn-of-the-century miners worked long hours for low pay. These men are preparing to begin a shift at a mine near Helena. C.I. Hinds, third from the right, was later a fireboss at the Mossboro Mine and foreman at the Eureka Mine No. 4. He became Helena’s first mayor after the city’s incorporation in 1917". - See more at: Source

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Reader's Choice Stories

Red Horse Season
I stopped by the Helena Museum to see the Curator, Ken. He had placed a long, long cane pole on a wall that was 75+ years old. Ken explained that May was traditionally Red Horse season in Helena. They can not be caught by hook so attached to the end of the pole was a snare (see top right of picture).

The Red Horse is a breed of fish that has its mouth on the bottom and would eat food from rivers like crawfish. May is their bedding season. The Red Horse female, the mare, would lay on a bed to lay eggs and two males would lay beside her to fertilize those eggs. You can see a fishing camp in the photo from 1907 called the Helena Piney Woods Fishing Camp. Also those families in Riverwoods may be interested to know that the two streets named Piney Woods are named after the Helena fishing camp.
During the turn of the century Helenites could only eat foods that were in season, so in April you ate Collard greens, strawberries, and turnips, or in October there would be sweet potatoes, pecans, and mushrooms. June starts the first of many major harvest in the area (that why Helena Farmers Market starts the first Saturday in June). But May will always be known for the blooming of the Cahaba Lilies and the fishing of  Red Horse in the little town of Helena.  Thanks to Charles Griffin, who is a major contributor to the Helena Museum. He donated the fishing poles and the great stories about it

Helena Baseball Places 2nd
The Helena Huskies baseball team finished the season 2nd in the State of Alabama! A great way to end the season of a team that saw them survived challenge after challenge and make it to the State Championship. Way to Go!

Good Deed
"Jason Redd shared a shout for a good deed:
I'd like to add a tip of the hat to Helena Husky Brandon Pugh. Friday afternoon he pulled over and helped a family friend of ours and her elementary school aged daughter when their van broke down on Morgan Rd climbing the hill towards Shades Crest Rd. He even gave our friend a ride back to Helena while we took the daughter on to her party. It's great to see such character in our teenagers; his parents should be very proud".

Helena High New Principal 
April Brand was approved as new Helena High Principal at the Shelby County Board of Education. Before coming to Helena she served as assistant principal at Oak Mountain High School

Current Principal Jay Peoples will finished out the year before starting his new position as  the role of High School Coordinator at the Shelby County Schools Central Office. - See more at:
Full Article

Crawfish Charity Winner
David Keough shared, "Congrats to Tommy, Rick and Susanne for winning the raffles for the Alabama Helmet, Auburn Basketball and Skull Girl Soaps basket. Special thanks to Peggy for winning the 50/50 raffle and donating it all back to Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area".

Softball Allstar Sponsors
Teresa Mauterer shared, "Our Helena 10U Allstar Softball team is looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of uniforms and tournaments! A $100 contribution will get your logo on the back of our team t-shirt and on our team banner!! If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring this great group of girls please let me know". You can let me know or message her on facebook

175 Anniversary 
Philicia  Danner shared this photo of the "The Master's Men" southern gospel group performing at Helena's Cumberland Presbyterian Church in celebration of their 175th anniversary.

Dyslexia/Certified Academic Language Therapist
Pam Hendon Moran shared this information about training for teachers:
Great News for ALABAMA teachers and students with Dyslexia. The Alabama State Dept of Education is funding a wonderful opportunity for teachers to receive MSLE training and become a Dyslexia/Certified Academic Language Therapist. (CALT)
Only the first 50 that apply and meet the requirements will be accepted to the program. DEADLINE is JUNE 1st. MSLE trained teachers often say this is the best training they have ever received, it is life changing, fabulous, amazing, etc. Check out the video below to learn more.

Judy Stone is the contact at the State Dept. I have a copy of the application if anyone is interested. Also, If you want to talk to a MSLE teacher, let me know and I will introduce you. Parents talk to your principals and dept of ed about sending teachers to this training. Encourage teachers to apply!
Please share with others.YouTube Link

Songwriters Showcase
Coming up this Thursday, a new series for the Summer. Songwriters Showcase at the Coal Yard starting on May 21st 6:30pm-8:30pm with Abby Parks and George Scherer and of course Steve Norris (Journeyman) as the host.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Helena Weekend Events

John Hodges photos of the Helena endangered Cahaba Lilies 2015
Helena Weekend Events
What a great weekend in Helena. We have TWO crawfish boils happening at the same time. I mean seriously, what is going on with theses people in Helena? They have festivals all Summer, while their youth win honors and championships around the State? Last year we were ranked in the top ten of the smartest cities in Alabama, Safest Cities and one of the Best Places to Live.

I have a theory, I think that when the endangered Cahaba lilies blooms each spring, their fragrance waifs from the Hills of the Shady Crest to the Valley of the Foxes in Helena. It makes everyone a little more, loving, smarter and better looking!** So come to Helena and breathe in the Summer (and crawfish) this Weekend!

7:30pm Hunnicutt Willis on the Coal Yard Stage in Old Town Helena
8pm Gringo Fire performs at Papa Saias
9pm Michael Warren will perform at Rio's

--Helena Baseball Team plays for State Championship in Montgomery--

2pm-6pm Matt Hill pefroms at Papa Saia's
7pm Spring Football at HHS Stadium
8pm Mulligan Last Resort peforms live at Papa Saia's
9pm Excalibur performs at Rio's

Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church 175th anniversary celebration
Sunday School starts at 9AM with worship to follow at 10AM. Immediately following morning worship we will have a pot luck lunch in the fellowship hall.  5:30 the southern gospel group "The Master's Men" will perform with refreshments after.

Spring Football
Helena High School will be hosting the 2015 Spring Football Game this Saturday Night starting at 7:00PM at Helena High School Football Stadium. The Spring Game will be against Jackson-Olin and will be treated as a full game experience. This is a great opportunity for you to see the 2015 football team in action. The Spring Game is also a fundraiser for the Athletic Program and a great way to see a football game while supporting the Athletic Program. The Spring Game will cost the same as any other regular season Friday Night Game ($7.00). There will also be a $5.00 charge for parking.

Also, starting at 6:30PM on Saturday, all State Qualifiers (Team and Ind.) will be recognized at Husky Stadium just prior to the Spring Game.  Come out and support all the success of Husky Athletics in year one. We hope everyone will come out and support the 2015 football team in our first ever Spring Football Game.
Papa Saia's Crawfish Boil
The Boil Begins at 11am and goes into the night. 4300 Helena Road Helena, AL 35080 205-621-6161, Their entertainment schedule for the weekend is :
Gringo Fire -----Friday
Matt Hill-----Saturday 2-6
Mulligans Last Resort--Saturday 8-12
Crawfish boil All Saturday

Rio's Crawfish Boil
Rio's at 2693 County Road 95, Helena, Alabama 35080 will host their 3rd annual Crawfish & Shrimp Boil this Saturday. They are supporting their charity: Easter Seals. Theur goal is to raise as much as possible for this wonderful organization. They will have silent auction items and raffle items.

 You can purchase your raffle ticket at Rio's for a couple of the items before Saturday. Some of the prizes include:
Nick Saban Alabama Helmet
85-86 Auburn Basketball signed by the Elite 8

The event is Kid friendly until 7pm.  Michael Warren will kick off on Friday Night...then Excalibur will close down Saturday Night. $5 cover both nights. They will have karaoke during the day, a space bounce (donated by Cook's Pest Control) and a Dunking Booth. Bring your tailgate chairs and enjoy the day. Kitchen will be open all day and we will also have hotdogs and chips outside

Mattress Fundraiser
This Saturday at the Helena High School on Hillsboro Pkwy, Helena, Alabama 35080. The Helena High School Football program will be sponsoring a Mattress Sale Fundraiser. Help them "spring"into actions with  Name brand ( Simmons and Restonic) mattress sets will be sold at 30-60% BELOW retail prices. These are all top quality mattresses with full factory warranties. All sizes and price ranges. Delivery is available for a fee. Floor models will be displayed at Helena High School on Saturday, May 16, 10am-5pm. This is a one day sale only!

Yard Sales
1. Chadwick Neighborhood Yard Sale Saturday May 16, 2015 from 7:00-12:00
2. 117 St. Charles Drive Saturday May 16, 2015
3. 2926 Dublin Drive Saturday May 16, 2015
4. 1403 Secretariat Drive Saturday May 16, 2015
From the City of Helena Facebook page

Fairy Troll Camp
The post earlier this week about a Fairy and Troll garden camp has a facebook page:

Butts and Mutts
Two by Two rescue is selling bbq butts and ribs for memorial day. See the graphic above for the details

**-....or maybe I have been stuck in my house for too long and I need to get out.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Best picture, Golf, Jobs and Clean up

Winning Picture
Congratulations to John Hodges for winning the most likes on the Facebook contest for the Best picture of the 2015 BCF called "Under the Lights at the Buck Creek Festival". Aside from the fame and adoration of his fellow Helenites he won a gnome. John, let me know when I can run that by your house. Speaking of the BCF did you see that $11,000 was raised by the Helena High Band from the Duck race (around $8000 after expenses). What a great event!

Police Week in Helena
It is National Police Week, and Mayor Hall has designated this week as Police Week in Helena.
Stacie Singleton Hollon photo of Helena Golf Team
Helena Golf
A big way to go to the Helena Golf team. They finished 4th in the State of Alabama. We are so proud of them!
Helena Belles
The next class of Helena Belles have be selected. A big way to go and thank you for becoming ambassadors of Helena!

Wash It Off Job
The new innovative car wash that will be opening soon in Helena. We are looking for enthusiastic, honest, hard working individuals.  If you enjoy being outside, team building and having fun...then this may be the job for you. Hours of operation are Mon-Sat 7am-8pm & Sun 9am-6pm. Please apply at the Chevron located in Helena

Firefighter Jobs
The Helena Fire Dept. is accepting applications for the position of Firefighter / Paramedic. For more info visit

Tap Dancing
Local Hillary  Wilson is offer tap dancing classes:
The Next Tap Workshop will be May 30th:
12:30-1:00 pm Beginning Level
1:00-1:45 pm Intermediate Level
2-3 pm Adults
No experience necessary for beginner or adults. All classes are at Grebel Center for Dance. Learn time steps, explore rhythm and have fun!!! Fee: $10 per class. Email or Call (205) 987-7234 to register.

Free Dump Day
Do you have a bunch of trash that wont fit in your trash can. Do you not have time to take it to the County Dump. Well start cleaning out that garage because the City of Helena's Annual Clean up day is coming this Month:

Helena Sports Complex
(Lower Area Parking Lot)
Saturday May 30th, 2015

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.

Dont forget to donate your books to the Helena library instead of tossing them