Small Town America at its Best: 18th Annual Chelsea Christmas Parade

Small Town America at its Best: 18th Annual Chelsea Christmas Parade

Are We There Yet?

The Annual Chelsea Christmas Parade on Saturday December 16, 2017 offers young and old a great way to celebrate the season and experience Chelsea’s “All About Family” atmosphere.

Nothing will get you more into the Christmas spirit than the 18th Annual Chelsea Christmas Parade on Saturday December 16. “It is a tremendous family event,” explains Chelsea Mayor Tony Picklesimer. “It’s a symbol of small town America that is unfortunately going away in many parts of the country but remains an integral part of our town.” The festivities start at 9 a.m. with local entertainment at the parade grandstand positioned at the Winn Dixie/150 Chelsea Corners Way. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Chelsea Middle School and will include music from the Chelsea High School Band, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a showcase of students from local dance studios, area boy scouts and girl scouts, and of course professional and homemade floats with riders throwing candy to bystanders all along the route. Over 70 groups, businesses and civic organizations will participate in the parade which will conclude at the Winn Dixie where a Christmas Village will offer refreshments and other items for purchase. The parade will be followed by an open house from Noon-3pm at the Chelsea Community Center, 11101 Hwy 47, where children will have the opportunity to have their picture made with Santa and Mrs. Clause as well as the famous characters from Frozen, Anna, Elsa and Olaf. The open house will also offer face painting, bouncy houses and games.

The Annual Christmas Parade is the largest Chelsea community event of the year drawing between 2000 and 3000 people. “It gives us a chance to get our citizens together but it also gives people outside of Chelsea an opportunity to come and see what Chelsea is all about,” says Mayor Picklesimer adding that the family event fits perfectly with the city’s long-time slogan, “Chelsea is all about family.” For more details visit www.cityofchelsea.com/christmas-parade-info †

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“Golf fore Life”

“Golf fore Life”

Photo Fun

Sav-A-Life(SAL) Vestavia recently hosted a beautiful day of golf at Greystone Country Club to raise awareness and funds for the ministry. Auburn and Alabama football greats Ronnie Brown, Bobby Humphrey, John Parker Wilson, and Wesley Britt were on hand to lend their support. “It is a great opportunity for SAL to reach a different set of donors and bring awareness of this ministry. We had a lot of new faces at this year’s event so our hope is that they will be regular donors and volunteers to SAL,” explained SAL Vestavia board chair Chris Blake, www.savalife.org.

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“Bridges of Hope”

“Bridges of Hope”

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Jim Etheredge, Brother Bryan Mission (BBM) Director, congratulating Harry Ollinger, the head of the winning team at the Bridges of Hope Charity Golf Tournament that raised $20,000 for the mission.

Eric Gibbs points to his team coming in second by 1/10 of a point at the Brother Bryan tournament held at the Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley Golf Course.

Ninety-eight golfers enjoyed the BBM Bridges of Hope tournament, www.bbmission.com.

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Great Gifts for those who Love the Outdoors

Great Gifts for those who Love the Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Big John is ready to help you pick out the reel that will make the best Christmas gift for a friend, family member or you!

If you’re struggling with gift ideas this holiday season, the staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to help. Check out these great finds in stock and waiting for you.

Bright, Clear & Crisp. When you look through a set of Zeiss binoculars, you view nature in a whole new way. Mark’s Outdoors carries a full line of Zeiss binoculars ranging in price from $300 to $2000 and Mark’s specialist Bill Oglesby can fit you with the pair best suited for you. Be sure to ask about the Victory SF 10 x 42 which offers brilliant optics and an unparalleled wide-angle field of view. Its light weight, ergonomic design and dynamic fast-focus feature also allow for hours of relaxing birding without fatigue. The Victory SF is considered the new benchmark for birding and wildlife observation in the 125 year development of Zeiss binoculars.

Reel Them In. Mark’s Outdoor’ Big John has the perfect gift for any fisherman. In stock is the new bait casting reel from Daiwa, the Tatula 100 HS, which comes with a 7.3:1 gear ratio and 7 ball bearings. Characterized for being very smooth and light, this fresh water reel’s cast ability is superior to many higher priced models ($99). John can also show you a complete line of reels in stock and priced for any budget ($50-$500).

For great gift ideas and anything you need for your next adventure, remember to visit Mark’s Outdoors in Vestavia. We are ready to help you make the most of God’s great outdoors!

– Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822- 2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

 

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Name the New Attraction at Alabama Splash Adventure for a Chance to Receive Season Passes

Name the New Attraction at Alabama Splash Adventure for a Chance to Receive Season Passes

Are We There Yet?

Birmingham’s Alabama Splash Adventure was recently named one of the top five friendliest parks in the world by readers of Amusement Today, a national amusement industry news leader.

After recently being named one of the five friendliest parks in the world, Alabama Splash Adventure is adding a new kids slide complex and interactive play structure which will debut in May 2018 and feature 5 colorful slides. Some slides will offer gentle, yet exciting hills, while others will offer twists and turns. The slides all will empty into shallow water ensuring a safe experience for riders. The interactive play structure will offer various water features that will spray in all directions and provide a fun place for kids to cool off. The play area will feature “zero-depth” water to maximize the safety of guests. “Our guests have been requesting a new water attraction and we are listening to our guests,” says Dan Koch, President of Alabama Splash Adventure. “This new attraction will be perfect for the children and families that visit Alabama Splash Adventure, and will help us increase our waterpark capacity as we continue to expand.” In addition, the Park will add additional seating and new cabanas around the attraction so guests can stay cool.

The Park is turning to the public to decide on a name for the new attraction. A naming contest will be held and the winning entry will receive four complimentary season passes for the 2018 season. Names can be submitted at www.AlabamaSplash.com.

Here is a rendering of what the new interactive play area at Alabama Splash Adventure will look like. Submit a name for the new attraction for an opportunity to win four complimentary season passes, www.alabamasplash.com.

The new attraction marks the latest addition from the Koch family, who purchased the Park in 2014. The owners have introduced 10 new attractions as well as free Wi-Fi, free sunscreen, free parking, free tubes, and free unlimited soft drinks. The new attraction is only a part of the $10 million in capital improvements the Koch family has brought to Alabama Splash Adventure. The park is located where I 20/59 and I 459 meet at exit 110, just minutes from downtown Birmingham.  For more information on tickets, season passes and group outings call 205-481-4750 or visit www.alabamasplash.com †

 

 

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Lending a Helping Hand: Habitat for Humanity & Wells Fargo

Lending a Helping Hand: Habitat for Humanity & Wells Fargo

Mission Makers

As a part of a national effort to improve the homes of Veterans across the country, Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham and Wells Fargo volunteers recently teamed up to improve the homes of two local Army veterans. “We all share a common interest and passion to serve those who served our country,” said Richard Busby, Wells Fargo V.P. and Senior Community Dev. Officer in Mid South Region. “This is a tangible way to show our gratitude and bring community together.” Established in 1987, Habitat Birmingham is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry serving Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker Counties. The organization is dedicated to making quality, affordable housing solutions available to low-income families. Learn more at www.habitatbirmingham.org

Volunteers focus on exterior repairs and painting at the homes of veterans living in Bessemer and East Lake.

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Native American Experience: Authentic, Educational & Fun!

Native American Experience: Authentic, Educational & Fun!

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For the 8th year in a row, Aldridge Gardens in Hoover will host Whispers of the Past, Sunday October 8. Poarch Creeks from Atmore, Ala. will demonstrate authentic Pow Wow dancing.

Bring the family to Aldridge Gardens in Hoover on October 8 to experience a day discovering the culture and contributions of Native Alabamians. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Whispers From the Past – A Native American Experience, offers demonstrations, activities, and presentations authentic to American Indians of the Southeast. Demonstrations include authentic Pow Wow Dancing with Medicine Tail Dancers and Singers provided by the Poarch Creeks of Atmore, Ala., flintknapping/observing how real stone arrowheads were made, American Indians creating baskets from long-leaf pine needles and dolls from corn husks, and Porch Creek Indians playing Stick Ball (Modern Day Lacrosse). Hands on activities include fishing with cane poles and worms in the Aldridge Gardens Lake, beading on looms, creating a clay coil pot to take home, leaf pounding, corn grinding, artifact hunting and gourd crafting. Visitors will be able to purchase unique items including projectile points and arrowheads, Choctaw foods and crafts, jewelry and beadwork, and woven baskets. The event is endorsed by the Administration at the State Department of Education and local school districts. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for students and free for children three and under. Off-site parking and shuttle are available at nearby Bed Bath & Beyond on Lorna Road. For more event details visit www.aldridgegardens.com or call 682-8019. †

 

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Garden Party: Taste of Hoover

Garden Party: Taste of Hoover

City Scene

Enjoy Taste of Hoover October 12 at Aldridge Gardens, 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover. Many new restaurants are taking part in the event this year including Metro Diner and The Boot at the Grove.

The 6th Annual Taste of Hoover is an opportunity to try delicious dishes from about 30 of Hoover’s best restaurants and caterers in the beautifully lighted setting of Aldridge Gardens. The bonus is your support will help the not for profit Gardens to be maintained and continue to offer services and events throughout the year. The event October 12 from 5-8pm comes complete with white tablecloth settings and live entertainment by Jackson Ulmer. Tickets are $40 for Aldridge Garden members and $45 for non-members. Purchase tickets at www.aldridgegardens.com. Tickets will only be available at the gate if the event is not sold out. †

 

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Deer Season Check List

Deer Season Check List

The Great Outdoors

Presented by: Mark’s Outdoors

A wide selection of deer scent attractants are available this season and at Mark’s, ranging in price from $5 to $30.

October 14 is opening day for bow hunting, which means it’s time for the final stages of getting your fields finished and stands placed. It’s also time to get your gun sighted in, and Mark’s Outdoors offers a free sight in with the purchase of two boxes of Hornady rifle ammunition. Before heading out, make a hunting checklist to ensure your first trip to the woods is safe and successful.

  • License. First and foremost, make sure you have a current Alabama hunting license. If you are a license exempt hunter, meaning you are over the age of 65 or under the age of 16, you will still need a Hunter Exempt License Privilege (HELP) number. Your license or HELP number can be obtained in-store at Mark’s, or online at www.outdooralabama.com. Anytime you are hunting, have your hunting license readily available.
  • Essentials. On Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, Mark’s Outdoors will be hosting an in-store Deer Show with specials on the essentials for deer season. There will be sales on rifles, ammunition, bow hunting gear, scents, calls, and more! Be sure to stop by the clothing section for the layers you’ll need for any fluctuating weather conditions.
  • Extras. If you hunt out of a stand, shooting house, or blind, you may find yourself with some slow stretches in the wee hours of the morning or afternoon. These quiet moments spent in the great outdoors provide an excellent opportunity for reflection. It is uninterrupted time you can use to improve your personal relationship with God by reading the Bible, doing a devotional, and soaking in the beauty before you.

As always, if there is anything you need to get ready for the season, call or stop by to see the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Mark’s Outdoors. Happy hunting!

Check out the new scent technology from Ozonics available at Mark’s Outdoors, Vestavia.

The Extinguisher ($26.99) is the Mark’s Outdoors Staff #1 Pick in Deer Calls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find all the essentials you need for deer season at Mark’s Outdoors including new scent technology, deer calls and deer scent attractants. Special sales are offered October 6-7 at Mark’s in-store Deer Show.

– Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822- 2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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