Top it off FundraiserToday (Tuesday) The Husky Paw Dancers is having a fund raiser at Top It Off in Helena from 4-9[m. Come out and have some yogurt and watch the dancers and enjoy a little socializing. Top it Off Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies is located at 4746 Hwy 52 W Helena, AL 35080
Helena Police Training
The Helena Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies from around the area will be involved in school security training at the Helena Rec. Center today. While they are training, the facility will be closed to the public. The Rec. Center will open immediately upon completion of the training at approximately 4:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the training we are receiving will be well worth it to be able to protect our schools even better than before. (It's great that all of the law enforcement from around the area are training in Helena, in case we do have a disaster like a Tornado then we will be better able to coordinate rescue operations)
Here is a picture from the State recognition ceremony yesterday of the three Helena 7th graders that were recognized by the Duke TiP at the University of Alabama for their high ACT scores. The Guest speaker was the Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Alabama, Dr. David A. Francko: Katie Graham, Josh Daugherty, and Reed Davis. Thanks to Jennifer for the picture.
Congrats to the10u Shelby Sidewinders! they won first place in the USSSA Baseball 10 and under AA
Alabama Super NIT. Thanks to Shannon for sharing. Way to Go!
Best of Best
The Bama Bullets won the Best of the Best tournament in Trussville. Way to Go!
The Helena R6 Phillies finished with a perfect season of 12-0. Way to Go!
UAB Brian Doc shared a big congratulations to former Pelham High School softball coach and Helenite Marla Townsend for leading her UAB Blazers to victories over UCLA and Louisville to reach the NCAA Softball Super-Regional. The Blazers will face Florida this Saturday on ESPN on Monday away from home
Mandy Golightly Silent Auction has changed location and date. It is now June 29th at Good People Brewery.
Helena Market Days
The Helena Farmer Market is starting soon and Mary Perko shared the updated Chef Demonstration schedule. She has recruited the Best Chef in Alabama to come to Helena to share cooking secrets and give away samples every Saturday at 9am during the Farmer Market at the Helena Amphitheater. Here is what she has so far:
June 01 Sue Lemieux from Fox Valley
June 08 Randall Baldwin from Dyron’s Low Country Cuisine
June 15 Chris Hastings from Hot Hot Fish Club (And Iron Chef Winner)
June 15 Pony Rides
June 22 George Reis from Ocean Restaurant
June 29 Chef Robert Kamm and Chef Bobby Beard from Ross Bridge Resort
June 29 Free Tomato Sandwich Day
July 06 Chef Nonna Tindal and Chef Leon Timmons
July 13 Chef Bernard Tamburello from Bernies on Main
July 20 Chef Austin Davis from Bright Star Restaurant
July 27 Chef Chris Vizzini Samford University and wine tasting from Vizzini Wineries
August 3 BBQ Cook off and FreePeaches and Ice Cream Day
August 10 Chef Robert Kamm and Chef Bobby Beard from Ross Bridge Resort
August 17 To Be Determined
August 24 Chef Clif and Maureen Holt from Little Savannah Restaurant
League of Municipalities
In Montgomery, all the cities of Alabama gather for a conference. It was a great gather where ideas where exchanged and information shared. For example, two Mayors and council told me that properly created ballpark complexes are better than convention centers because tournaments can pay for the Parks and Rec Dept and they bring in big money to local businesses that are near them.
I also remember reading from a survey that over 25% of Helenites work in fields that are related to Medicine. It would be nice to encourage some medical offices in Helena near the Shelby Baptist Hospital side so we could have more people working in Helena.
I really like some presentations like from Fairhope and Vestavia Hills. They had some great studies about how adding sidewalks/trails to business districts enhanced the businesses and the home property values. We created cities differently before WWII and they discuss how the pre-wii designs were superior.
For example, providing a better and attractive access for walkway to the Marketplace shopping center in Helena from Wyndham or to Publix from Fieldstone. Great ideas that took just a little money to achieve big results. Here is Vestavia presentation from the event about what they were doing to transform the ugly 31 corridor to some nicer (ignore lame lingo like "creating a sense of place", the concepts are really good but they are trying too hard at points). We don't have a Hwy 31 but I like the idea of applying theses concepts to enhance our community.