Sunday, November 29, 2015

Monday in Helena

Picture of the Day
John K Hodge ‏@jkhodge captures the changing of the seasons at the Helena Waterfalls or as the long residents call it "The Davidson Dam"

Uber in Helena
The transportation service Uber is trying to start up in Birmingham and their mapping vehicles have been seen in Helena. "The company develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars". Jim Wathen shared a video from Old Cahaba but I was unable to get it converted.

"The ridesharing service earlier this year began using "rebranded versions of the Bing mapping cars that Microsoft had on the road before deciding it no longer wanted to collect its own map data," The Verge reported. BuzzFeed News reported in October that Uber was "deploying contractors to drive Uber "mapping cars" around and capture 3D images of local streets (think Google Street View) using the image-capturing technology Microsoft once owned." You can read more here: LINK

Helena Toys for Tots
 it's time to get ready for Christmas! A big part of our Christmas is trying to be sure that no child wakes up Christmas morning without any toys, and to do this we need your help!!
Everyone knows already our "Fill the Wagons" toy drive will be held Saturday, December 12th at the Helena Wal Mart Neighborhood Market, but after we receive all the toys, we need children to give them to.
If you have a family you think would like a little help this year to ensure their children have a memorable Christmas, please contact us at and we will send you an application form. You can also call Lt. Brad Flynn at 206-663-6499 and he will make sure you receive an application.

Dont forget about the Fill the Wagons toy drive on Dec 12th and please help us locate families in need! Thank you everyone and Merry Christmas from all of us at HPD!!

Christmas Caboose
The Christmas tree is setup at the Helena Caboose. Make a homemade ornament and feel free to add it to the tree!

Helena Future
Dont forget to submit your ideas to the Helena City Council about the future goals of Helena at this Survey:

Verizon Opens
This Week, Just in time for Christmas, Russell Cellular Verizon opened this week in Helena, next door to the Walmart Marketplace.Running amazing deals now through Monday!

Christmas Parade Saturday
Please join us Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 1:00PM for the 45th Annual Christmas Parade.  The theme this year is " We'll Have a Blue Christmas".  Please print and fill out the announcers sheet and return to city hall via e-mail or fax it in to 663-9276.  Please remember we will not be picking up announcer sheets at the parade staging area. 

Helena One Minute Podcast

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 1pm. 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".