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

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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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Strangers Next Door

Strangers Next Door

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Author J.D. Payne is Pastor for Church Multiplication at The Church at Brook Hills and oversees the church’s Institute for Disciple Making, church planting and pastoral training. He began serving at Brook Hills in 2012, after pastoring churches in Kentucky and Indiana and serving as a seminary professor.

When I was a child, the neighborhoods around me were either white or black. I remember only one Asian student, and she spoke with an Alabama accent, so I’m not sure that counts. The only Spanish I heard was in Spanish class, and most of that was unintelligible. The demographic composition began to change, however, after I became an adult. Now I have neighbors who are Hindus. A family from Thailand owns a business a few doors from mine, and a gentleman from Pakistan operates a gas station not far from my elementary school. How should our churches respond to this demographic shift? We should praise God. The world is coming, and we have a message of grace for them.

  1. D. Payne, a minister at The Church of Brook Hills, believes that God has orchestrated the migration of non-Christians to our country for a purpose – the building of His kingdom. In his book, Strangers Next Door/Immigration, Migration and Mission (InterVarsity Press), Payne explores the missional opportunities which immigration affords the American church. He offers clear examples of how churches can reach the mission fields in their own neighborhoods. America now has immigrants from over three hundred unreached people groups, people whom God loves and for whom Christ died. We should not be afraid of their presence. We should welcome them, befriend them, and do what Jesus instructed us to do – make disciples of all nations.

A few minutes after writing the first paragraph of this article, I assisted a young man in my bookstore. He left that day with his very first Bible and some advice on what portions to read first. In the next few days he will read the story of Jesus and encounter the Savior of the world. He is beloved by God. He is sought by Christ. He is an immigrant from Tanzania.

Darrel Holcombe, Owner
Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts
Colonial Promenade, Alabaster

205-663-2370

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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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A New Nest! Wild Birds Unlimited Hoover

A New Nest! Wild Birds Unlimited Hoover

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This month find “all things hummingbird” at Wild Birds Unlimited. August and September are peak months for seeing these birds in our backyards.

For 26 years, the staff of Wild Birds Unlimited in Hoover has been sharing their love for birds with us and educating us on the best ways to enjoy them in our own backyards. Owner Joe Perez purchased the store in 2009 and says the business’s sustainability lies in service and loyalty. “I work with five women who represent the best customer focused staff to serve our very loyal customers – that combination of a great staff providing world class customer service to a group of very loyal customers produces success.” Recently Perez invested in creating a fresh, new store environment for both staff and customers. “It gives us a renewed sense of pride in our environment. We are happy to help our customers have a unique and most enjoyable shopping experience.” The store is stocked with bird feeders, bird houses, and bird seed as well a great garden items like chimes, bird baths and solar lanterns.

Check out the store’s new look this month and find everything you need to enjoy your feathered friends. Be sure to take with you the Wild Birds’ ad in the September 17 Issue of Birmingham Christian Family magazine which will give you an additional 20% off any regularly priced item.

Owner Joe Perez, Manager Tracy Hill and the other staff at Wild Birds Unlimited welcome you to their nest/updated store located in Hoover, 1580 Montgomery Hwy, 35216.

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UAB Football’s Bill Clark

UAB Football’s Bill Clark

Back in the Game

“There’s bringing it back and there’s bringing it back the right way. I think we’re bringing it back the right way,” says Bill Clark of the reinstated football program at UAB. The Blazers game on Sept. 2 at Legion Field marks the first since the program was eliminated in 2014. Photos Courtesy UAB Athletics

When the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) discontinued its football program in 2014, Bill Clark had just completed his first season as head coach with a 6-6 record that made his team eligible for its first bowl appearance since 2004. What seemed like a giant step in the right direction for the program was followed by the University declaring the sport fiscally unsustainable. This was a devastating blow for the coach, his team and the community, but it wasn’t long before Birmingham businesspeople, alumni and former players began to rally: Blazers football will return. “Obviously it was tough, but to watch those people fight for us made me want to stick around and help them make a difference,” Clark remembers. “One of the things that I always wanted was to be a part of making a difference in a community or a school. That’s the stuff I’ve always loved.” Raising more than $44 million to fund both the program and new operations facilities, the team kicks off the 2017 season with a game against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Legion Field on Sept. 2. Clark celebrates the victory by reflecting on how his small-town upbringing and lessons in faith led him to the life he leads today.

A Passion for the Game. Clark jokes it was an air conditioner that first influenced him to fall in love with football. The son of a high school coach, the only way for him to get cool in his Ohatchee, Ala. home was to hang out in the room with the window unit A/C, which also happened to the office where his father watched films to prep for upcoming practices and games. “That was where I liked to hang out, for obvious reasons, and spend time with him. I loved everything about the sport,” he says. “I loved the strategy. I loved the interaction with the players. I loved game nights. I loved pregame speeches. I think everything that went with it, I enjoyed, and I just knew that’s what I always wanted to do.”

Grounded in Faith. Clark’s family eventually moved to Piedmont, Ala., where his father took another coaching job. His mother was a home economics teacher who played piano at the local church. “It was a simple childhood growing up, just athletics and church and school,” he remembers. “Most things revolved around the community… We were brought up that the church is just a part of everything you do. I was lucky in that—blessed I guess is the word—that’s just kind of who we were.” Life changed when Clark’s mother was killed in a car crash when he was 19 years old. Already studying physical education and history at Jacksonville State and starting his own coaching career, he moved back home with his father as they dealt with their loss. It’s an experience he draws on to this day when mentoring young men. “I tell guys all the time there’s always the why of why things happen. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t think that. One of the best people I had ever known—just as good a person as you’ll ever meet—was killed. That is when your faith is so important. That’s when you need it.” Clark says he never had any doubt that his mother’s resting place was in heaven. “That’s the faith that helps us go on.”

Dream Come True. Clark’s first head coaching job was at Prattville High School, where his players were awarded 106 wins and only 11 losses during his tenure. They won back-to-back Alabama High School Athletic Association State Championships for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2008 Clark began coaching at the college level as defensive coordinator at the University of South Alabama until 2012. He then spent one season as head coach at Jacksonville State University before he was hired at UAB.

Coach Bill Clark and wife Jennifer with their children at daughter Katie’s October 2016 marriage to son-in-law Justin Spinks. Son Jacob Clark is a Redshirt Freshman for Blazers football this year. Photo: CWF Photography

Seeing the Big Picture. Prepping for the return of Blazers football has not been a singular focus for Clark’s team. Joined by Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) staff, he leads the charge in giving back to the community that supports the program. Last year coaches and players teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham to become Big Brothers and mentors of males in middle and high school in the greater Birmingham community. Participating students were bussed from their schools once per month to spend time with their Big Brothers on the UAB campus. Clark also purchased and donated 100 season tickets to the upcoming season to the mentoring program. In June, Clark and more than 40 members of the UAB Football team helped construct a five-bedroom house as a part of Habitat for Humanity’s 30th Anniversary build in Pleasant Grove. “College age, sometimes it’s easy to just think about yourself, but when you get around Big Brothers Big Sisters or you are doing something for Habitat for Humanity, you realize this world is bigger than you and we are called to serve other people,” says Tavon Arrington, UAB Campus Director for FCA, which returned to campus with the help of Coach Clark and former UAB FCA Board Chairman Charlie Nowlin.

Observing his athletes both on and off the field, Clark says youth today are intelligent and tech savvy but still need the face-to-face effort that a team sport like football offers. “I don’t think kids have changed as much as our expectations have changed. These kids today are so smart. They’ve got access to so much information,” he says. “[However,] human interaction is so important, and that’s the great thing about athletics. It still requires the same things it required 10 years ago, 20 years ago. It takes each other, it takes a physical effort, and I think an emotional effort, which is what I love about football. It takes more than yourself. It is truly a team effort.”

Keeping Faith First. A member of Church of the Highlands with wife Jennifer, Clark says lately his faith has been centered on whether the fruits of his faith can be seen in his character and actions. “What do people see in us that tells them something is different? That can be hard for coaches. I know for players and myself, when you are in an ultracompetitive world where everything revolves around winning and losing, I have to remind myself of that.” As a couple, wife Jennifer explains that prayer helps keep them grounded in what matters most. “Praying together is important to us, and Christ is at the center of everything we do and every decision we make,” she says.

“I tell our players all the time, for sure I’m not perfect,” says Clark. “There was only one perfect One, but hopefully that’s something that people can see in our daily walk and how we carry ourselves. Hopefully they see that as something they want to be part of.”

  • Camille Platt

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Make the Most of Your Home’s Outdoor Spaces: What to do with Your Shady Areas

Make the Most of Your Home’s Outdoor Spaces: What to do with Your Shady Areas

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presented by: DSLD Land Management

Just because your home has shady spots doesn’t mean that you can’t cultivate beautiful landscapes in those areas. It takes some time and planning, but when done right, shade gardens can reward you with beautiful colors and distinct foliage. Follow these five tips to build a gorgeous shade garden that is sure to enhance the rest of your yard.

1.Analyze your shade. Not all shade was created equal. The hard shade cast by a building is completely different from the soft shade of a tree. Shade also shifts over the course of the day, over a season, and through the life of a tree. It is important to recognize what kind of shade your yard gets as you start planning your garden, as some types of shade are suitable for growing plants, while others can be problematic. In general, most shade-tolerant plants prefer four or fewer hours of full sun, preferably in the morning or evening hours; soft, dappled shade all day; or high, shifting shade, like the shade cast by a pine tree.

2.Avoid grass. Though some may be labelled “shade-tolerant,” most varieties of lawn grass struggle in the shade. Without enough light, grass will yellow and fade, leaving you with an ugly patch in what might be an otherwise beautiful garden. Instead of grass, consider opting for groundcover or foliage plants.

3.Incorporate foliage and groundcover plants. Foliage and groundcover plants are often more shade tolerant than other plants. Choosing foliage plants like hostas and ferns are a great way to fill out a shady spot with a plant that can thrive in deep shade and moist soil. Groundcover plants like sweet woodruff or brass buttons are a great alternative to grass. They can cover larger areas of your yard like grass can, but do better in shade than grass.

4.Add a pop of color. Just because your garden is in the shade doesn’t mean it has to be low on color. There are plenty of bright colored plants, like hydrangeas and heucheras that do well in shady spots. And a bonus is that hydrangeas need a little shade to show off their best colors, especially in hot Southern regions like Alabama. A great rule of thumb to maximize color in your shade garden is to use light-colored flowers, as dark flowers don’t show up as well in the shade.

5.Consider creating an outdoor living space. Shady spots in your yard can offer you a relaxing oasis. Once you’ve filled out your shade garden with foliage plants, groundcover, and colorful shade-tolerant plants, think about adding a bench and maybe even a birdbath to create an inviting outdoor space to enjoy God’s great outdoors.

David Sharp, Owner DSLD Land Management 

Bringing quality and value to Birmingham homes since 1983.

205-437-1012, www.dsldland.com

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Super September at Glennwood Baptist

Super September at Glennwood Baptist

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Evangelist Randy Hogue will be preaching as a part of Glennwood Baptist’s Super September. The church is located at 1929 Glennwood Road, Morris, 35116, www.myglennwood.org.

Pastor Tim Thompson and the members of Glennwood Baptist in Morris are inviting the community to join them for Super September services and events which will include special music and guest speakers, including evangelist Randy Hogue on Sunday September 17. With his ministry base in Cullman, Hogue has taken the Gospel to 46 states and 22 foreign countries. The late Dr. Jerry Fallwell shared, “Without a doubt the greatest revival to ever break out at Liberty University was under the preaching of Evangelist Randy Hogue.”

“I am so excited about being with Glenwood Baptist Church on September 17! Please bring everyone you know who needs the Lord,” said Hogue who will be sharing his personal testimony. “If you know anyone who struggles with any kind of addiction, drugs or alcohol, please do all you can to have them there for that service. My prayer warriors and I are praying for the greatest outpouring of God’s spirit we’ve seen in a long time!”

The Super September series will take place every Sunday evening in September at Glennwood and admission is free. “Our mission is to help each other glorify God as we work together to reach our community, our county, our country and the world with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,” explains Glennwood’s Pastor Tim Thompson. For more details on Super September music and guest speakers, visit www.myglennwood.org. †

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Deer Season Prep = Deer Season Success

Deer Season Prep = Deer Season Success

The Great Outdoors

presented by: Mark’s Outdoors

Deer hunting can be an awesome time spent between father and son. Seen here is Mark Whitlock, Jr. with his Dad Mark Whitlock, founder of Mark’s Outdoors. Circa. 1999.

With deer season opening on November 18, now is the time to make sure you are prepared to hunt. Making yourself a checklist will help insure that you have everything you need to make your opening day a successful one.

  • Go ahead and pull out all your camo and see if you have all the pieces that you need. Early season is usually still pretty warm. Make sure that you have plenty of layering options so you are ready for anything Mother Nature throws at you.
  • Thoroughly check all of your safety gear including harnesses and hunters orange pieces.
  • If you hunt from a shooting house, go ahead and make sure that nothing has turned it into a summer home during the off season. Insects are usually the main offenders so pack a can of wasp spray just in case. If you plan on using a climbing or ladder stand, inspect them to make sure that everything is still tight and in good working order.
  • Last but not least, check your equipment. Inspect bows and rifles for anything that looks out of the ordinary or could become a safety issue later in the season. Here at Mark’s Outdoor Sports, one of our experienced gun smiths or bow techs can look them over for you.

As always, Mark’s is your one stop shop for all things hunting. Swing by and let us help you make sure that you are ready to bag that trophy buck. October 5 and 6 we will be hosting our preseason Deer Show with lots of sales items and a free lunch from Whisker’s Catfish on Friday, October 6. Look forward to seeing you!

Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822-2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

Don’t Miss Dove Day!

Be sure to join us for our annual Dove Day, Thursday September 7 at Mark’s. We will have lots of great savings and fun as a way to thank all of our loyal customers. It is because of you that we get to do what we love every day and carry on Mark Whitlock’s legacy of helping people prepare for quality time in God’s great outdoors. We couldn’t do it without you!

–Mark Whitlock, Jr., Mark’s Outdoors

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