Restoration Ride: By God’s Grace

Restoration Ride: By God’s Grace

Faith @ Work

Brought to you by: State Farm, www.ThomasWaters.com

Last year Waters’ team raised $11,000 for MS. Seen here (L to R) are Al Schlosser, Thomas Waters, Eric Riddle, and Shane Roberts. Every dollar raised helps fund critical research, programs and services for people affected by MS, www.bikems.org.

“By God’s grace I am here. I have been the beneficiary of God’s ocean of grace,” explains Thomas Waters as he remembers the bike ride he took through Irondale a year ago this month. “I felt the car’s front end hit me and the next thing I knew I was lying in the middle of the road.” With a low back fracture and a severe soft tissue injury to his shoulder, Waters struggled to get out of the road. With help from fellow cyclists, he did and avoided being hit by on-coming traffic. The driver of the vehicle that hit Waters never stopped and has not been caught. “At first, I had a lot of anger,’ says Waters. “I was angry and grateful at the same time.” As a State Farm Agent, Waters team focuses on living out their mission to “be there for you in life’s toughest moments.” Waters confesses it was hard for him to understand how someone could leave the scene of an accident not knowing the well-being of someone else. “The accident has refined my personal ministry to give out more grace. Be kind to everybody even though sometimes that kindness isn’t easy to offer,” explains Waters adding, “Al Schlosser and Rex Seaborn were examples of God’s grace to me as they called for the ambulance and came to check on me in the emergency room.”

While riding his bike June 26, 2017, Thomas Waters was struck by a hit and run driver in Irondale. Fellow cyclists, Al Schlosser and Rex Seaborn, helped Waters to safety.

For twelve years Waters enjoyed cycling, but after the accident he struggled to ride again. “Every time a car passed I would think, this could be the next hit.” The only thing that kept him riding was a commitment he made with his cycling team to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). “I had so much mental pressure not to ride, but my friends gave me the confidence to ride to help people who really needed it.” Three months after the accident, Thomas and his team rode two, 80-mile rides in one weekend and raised $11,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “I thought, as soon as the ride is over, I will quit,” says Waters. “Anxiety and fear are crippling, but that ride restored my soul and my desire to ride. My friends lifted me up. Two of them, Adam Hodges and Jonathan Schaefer, escorted me into the end of the race the second day. I was struggling and they both sacrificed good positions to help me cross the finish line.”

Waters and his team are preparing for the MS Ride again this fall. Bike MS: Tour De Beach is September 15-16, 2018 in Orange Beach, Ala. The team goal is $15,000 and Waters personal goal is $5000. To learn more about how you can support or participate with Waters’ team visit, www.main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/StateFarmBikeTeam2018

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Dad & the Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors

Dad & the Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors

The Great Outdoors  

Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift? The staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to assist you in finding a gift Dad will love and use. Besides being a one stop shop for hunting and fishing needs, Mark’s also carries a wide variety of lifestyle products for the husband or father in your life. Here are just a few ideas for Father’s Day.

Keep it Cool. Out in the Alabama summer heat, Dad is sure to appreciate a Yeti or Orca gift. Mark’s has in stock Yeti coolers ranging in size from 20-210 quarts and they all come with a five year warranty. Orca coolers are also available in 26-58 quart sizes and each comes with a lifetime warranty. Mark’s also offers both Orca and Yeti beverage options from small to tall to keep Dad’s drink ice cold or piping hot ($20-$30).

Play it Safe. Shirts with sun protection are a great gift for the dad who spends anytime outdoors. Mark’s has sizes ranging from small to 3x in great colors and styles from the top men’s sportswear brands including Columbia, Simms, and AFTCO.

Enjoy Function, Style & Craftsmanship. Mark’s Outdoors knife specialist Chris Thompson oversees the inventory of the Southeast’s largest and best selection of knives ranging from “mild to wild” in design and price. In stock selections include brands like William Henry ($350-$2200 range) and Chris Reeve ($400-$500 range). Besides knives, the William Henry brand also offers a great line of men’s jewelry that has the same distinct style as their knives. Particularly popular is the William Henry bracelet made from leather and forged damascus steel and accented with gem stones ($400).

Besides remembering your Dad with a gift this Father’s Day, most importantly, we hope you will have the opportunity to spend some time with your Dad- if at all possible, in God’s great outdoors.

Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822-2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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Splash into Summer at Alabama Splash Adventure!

Splash into Summer at Alabama Splash Adventure!

Are We There Yet?

Dan Koch and his mom Pat, the “The General,” welcome you to a great day of family fun at Alabama Splash Adventure.

Alabama Splash Adventure has opened for the summer season with the largest expansion in park history. Enjoy six new amusement attractions, the Pirates High Dive Show, and many more enhancements to provide more fun all summer long. Depending on your mood, enjoy a relaxing lazy river ride or amplify the excitement with monster slides and waves. On the amusement end, check out the Rampage Wooden Roller Coaster that reaches speeds of 56 mph for a family thrilling ride.

Owners, Dan Koch and his mom Pat, also called “The General,” have over 60 years of experience in the amusement and waterpark industry. Over the past five years, the Koch family has added numerous amusement attractions to the park, restored the world-famous Rampage wooden roller coaster, and introduced many valuable extras such as free parking, free unlimited Pepsi drinks, free sunscreen, free inner tubes and free Wi-Fi. Both Dan and Pat Koch are at the park daily from open to close greeting customers, cleaning, and you may even see them in the restaurants making funnel cakes. Pat Koch 86 years old says “We have an incredible staff and you really feel like family when entering, everything must be spit spot clean and all you have to do is relax and have fun.”

The Rampage Roller Coaster at Alabama Splash Adventure is ranked as one of the top 25 wooden coasters in the world. A season pass to the park has been lowered, check it out at www.alabamasplash.com.

Alabama Splash Adventure has received a series of positive rankings including being chosen in 2017 as one of the top five friendliest parks in the world by readers of Amusement Today, a national amusement industry news leader. The park was also named as one of the best theme park values in the USA by MSN News. “We will build upon these honors. We are definitely moving in the right direction,” says owner Dan Koch. “Thank you, guests, team members and the great state of Alabama.”

The park’s new attractions include the Scrambler/a spinning frenzy family ride, the Yo-Yo/experience the feeling of flight in open air seats, the Tilt-A-Whirl/encounter a series of spins and twists, Rocking Tug/enjoy rocking and spinning motions in this wild ship, Royal Express/gentle train ride off the rails throughout the park, and Splash Island/kids slides and play area. New enhancements to the park include a renovated Island Cafe Restaurant, additional lockers, more seating and dining tables, more shade structures and additional premium cabanas.

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Laurie’s Blog

Laurie’s Blog

Packed & Ready to Go!

Can you believe they let me take this picture? There may be pay back for publishing it!

It recently occurred to me I’ve been packing school lunches for 14 years! And as silly as it may sound- I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. My older son “graduated” to school lunch in high school, but my younger two always preferred a sack lunch. As their senior year ended last week, I realized I was making their last high school lunch! All you moms out there with high school graduates understand my sentimental struggle with “lasts”! I thought back on a few of the “creative” lunches I made.  Low on sandwich bread? Sneak in a heel of a bread or how about peanut butter on a hamburger bun! I never heard a complaint.

My favorite part of lunch making was to scribble a note on an index card and stick it inside – I just wish I had done it more! Not long ago I found one of those “lunch notes” in my son’s messy room (I won’t say which one) and it filled my heart to know he had hung onto it. So, in true mommy form, I couldn’t help myself but stick one final note inside that final lunch!

Whether they tell us or not, I firmly believe the little things we do for our children matter. You are “packing their lunch” for life. Keep on packing! And keep on praying for God to work through you and your children. Nothing is impossible with Him! (Luke 1:37)

We have His promise that if “we start our children off on the way they should go, even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6) and He loves them even more than we do!

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

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Protect Your Eyes While Enjoying the Outdoors

Protect Your Eyes While Enjoying the Outdoors

Great Outdoors

presented by: Mark’s Outdoors

Vaughan Jones at Mark’s Outdoors will help you select the best pair of glasses for you and offers onsite service for minor repairs to Costa eyewear which comes with a lifetime warranty.

Summer means more time to enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful sunshine. Before you step out the door, be sure you protect your skin with sunscreen and your eyes with UV blocking shades. Too much sun, particularly UV light, can damage your eyes causing cataracts as well as destroy the retina, the lining at the back of your eyes that helps you see clearly (www.webmd.com).

When picking out a pair of sunglasses, consider the following:

  1. UV Protection.Be sure the glasses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection
  2. Lens Material. The pros of plastic include being lighter weight, more cost effective and impact resistant. The lenses will not crack or shatter like glass. The pros of glass include being more scratch resistant than plastic and giving you the best visual clarity and quality.
  3. Lens Color/Finish.Mark’s Outdoors eyewear expert Vaughn Jones points out that gray color based lenses are perfect for bright sunlight conditions like off shore fishing and are particularly popular among individuals with light sensitivity. Copper based color lenses are better suited for varying light conditions. “The copper based lens is the most versatile lens,” says Vaughn, “and the one I recommend for everyday wear.” The lens finish is also something to consider. A mirrored finish will block out more light.

Vaughn says the best way to find a pair of sunglasses that will meet your needs is to try on multiple options. Mark’s Outdoors has more than 1000 pairs in stock and offers the largest selection of Costa eyewear in the Southeast, making it easy for you to pick out a pair that will fit your face as well as the activities you enjoy. The Costa brand also offers you 100% Polarization and UV Protection. So before you head to the beach or out to fish, stop by and let Vaughn and the team at Mark’s Outdoors help you and your family pick out sunglasses that will offer you a great view and great protection all year long.

  • Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822-2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

If you want shades equal in quality and style, check out the new acetate frame collection from Costa at Mark’s Outdoors.

The Cost 580 lense is particularly popular for eliminating most glare and giving an extremely crisp, clear view. It’s now available in a new gray base, silver mirror style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Palooza in the Park: THE Place for Family FUN

Palooza in the Park: THE Place for Family FUN

Are We There Yet?

The ever-popular bungee trampoline will be at Pelham Palooza again this year- at the event’s new location, Pelham City Park, 555 Ballpark Road, 35124, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Looking for a great way for your family to spend a Saturday? Look no further than the City of Pelham! The City invites you to join them for Palooza in the Park Saturday May 19 at the Pelham City Park for a day of free activities for the whole family in celebration of the City of Pelham!

 

Entertainment at Pelham Palooza includes a spectacular performance by See Iron City Acro at 2:30 p.m. and live music throughout the day. Learn more at www.pelhampalooza.live

The fun begins at 10 a.m. with free outside events like a bungee trampoline, moon bounces, a craft with Home Depot and face painting. You can also browse the wares of nearly a hundred vendors who will line the City Park trail surrounding the ball fields and football field. Many offer items you can’t find on-line or in stores including handmade and vintage jewelry, mixed media art, monogrammed clothing and accessories, candles, great jellies and jams and even special treats for your pet. Also enjoy live music from Blaze Entertainment and a wide variety of food offerings including funnel cakes. Learn more at www.pelhampalooza.live †

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Super Summer Camp Opportunities 2018

Super Summer Camp Opportunities 2018

BASKETBALL

Coach Paul Brown Camps. Learn from an outstanding teacher of fundamentals, June 25-29 Green Valley Baptist, July 16-20 Riverchase UMC, July 23-27 Trinity UMC/Homewood and July 30-August 3 Green Valley Baptist/Hoover. Boys and girls ages 6-13. Full day 9am-4pm ($195), half day 9am-Noon ($125). Register at coachpaulbrown.com.

SPORTS

Hoover Sports Complex. Each five-day camp is designed to help children ages 5-13 build the foundation for physical skills and sport fundamentals. Campers are taught sport specific skills and given the opportunity to compete in a variety of sports such as basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball and more, while also enjoying some favorite recreational games like capture the flag, dodgeball and kickball. Camps begin June 4, Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm, with early drop off and late pick up available. Lunch options are also available. To learn more and to register visit hoovermetcomplex.com/camps.

WRESTLING

Warrior Wrestling Club, Alabaster. Four weekly sessions for boys and girls, June 4-7 (6-12thgrade), June 11-14 (6-12th), June 18-21 (6-12th), June 25-28 (K-12th), 9am-8pm, $175 per week (includes breakfast, and lunch), 2469 Highway 31, 35040, behind Southeastern Pond Management. Under the direction of Coach Shawn Weltzin, Coach of the Thompson High School 6X Alabama State Wrestling Champions along with Warrior Wrestling Club Head Coach Shad Rissler and All State Champ Counselors. Includes technique, drills and live wrestling. To register email shadrissler@gmail.com, visit www.warriowrestlingclub.com or call 845-978-4924.

NATURE

Aldridge Gardens, Hoover. Weekly camps offered in June, Monday through Friday 9am-Noon for children entering 5K-3rdGrade. Themes include Engineering and Construction, Cool Art, Stop Action Animation and the popular American Girl Doll camps. All the fun takes place at Aldridge Gardens, 3530 Lorna Road, 35216. $115 per camper for Aldridge Garden members, $135 for non-members. Visit aldridgegardens.com for more information and to register. E-mail Debbie McDonald, Education Director at dmcdonald@aldridgegardens.comor call 205-682-8019, ext. 104.

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Family Fun at Montevallo Arts Fest

Family Fun at Montevallo Arts Fest

Are We There Yet?

 The Montevallo Arts Council will celebrate spring with the annual Montevallo Arts Fest in Orr Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This family-friendly arts festival will have something for everyone to enjoy. Artists will fill Orr Park, located on the tree-lined banks of Shoal Creek, to display and sell their work, which ranges from fine arts to artisan works and fine crafts. In addition to works for sale, there will be artists on hand to demonstrate their craft throughout the day. Children will have the opportunity to make a piece of art at the children’s art section. Festival food will be available from several food truck favorites. And live music will spice things up on the outdoor stage.

Arts Fest is part of the Forte Festival of Creativity, a cross-college and community convening of creative minds. The University of Montevallo will be presenting film screenings, gallery talks, poetry and book readings, the unloading of the anagama kiln, and the musical Urinetown.

Participating artist Rachel Daniel says, “Montevallo Arts Fest rolls around each year about the time that the weather has turned oh-so-perfect. As an artist, I love coming back to this show because it has the same outdoorsy vibe of upscale art festivals like Moss Rock and Magic City Art Connection, but in an atmosphere that is uniquely Montevallo. Orr Park is the perfect place to showcase our local talent and participating in this festival feels like an extended afternoon in the park, but with art!”

Categories are Fine Arts, Fine Crafts, Artisan and Student works, including: Clay, Drawing, Glass, Jewelry, Metalworking, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Textile/Fabric,

Woodworking,2D Mixed Media,3D Mixed Media, Printmaking and Digital. Ribbons and monetary awards are given for First Place in Fine Arts and Best in Show. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/montevalloartscouncil. †

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Back yard Makeover with DSLD

Back yard Makeover with DSLD

Back Yard Makeover: DSLD Land Management Creates Usable, Beautiful Space

“All the children had before was dirt and mud- now they have a lawn to run on and boulders they can climb and sit on,” says Oris Nielson.

Oris and John Nielson have lived in their Vestavia Hills home for 26 years. From day one, Oris says their backyard was a disaster. When the drought last year took out the large trees that gave the space its one redeeming quality, the Nielsons knew it was time for a makeover. “I looked at the backyard before, and would think ‘I don’t want to stay out here.’” The Nielsons also had the added incentive of wanting to create a place their six young grandchildren would want to visit and enjoy with them. “We had dog run fence before along with wasted space that was dirt and mud. Now we have an area to entertain in, an area for the grandchildren to play in, and an area for our two dogs to enjoy.”

The Nielsons always believed the slope of their yard would severely limit what they could do with the space. Their first few conversations with landscape companies suggested they were right. Then they met with David Sharp, owner of DSLD Land Management.  “David’s ideas were wonderful. He had true vision for the backyard that we had not ever thought of,” says Oris.

Lamps on the new stone retaining wall illuminate the wall and the patio area. Lights are also strategically placed between the trees to create the perfect spot for evening entertainment.

Project Elements. DSLD constructed a natural stone retaining wall and flagstone cap. A drain was also installed behind the wall to relieve hydraulic pressure so the space will be one that can be enjoyed for years to come. So that family and friends can move with ease in the backyard space, natural flagstone stepping stones begin at the nearly 600 square foot stone patio to the backyard entrance gate. Behind the retaining wall, DSLD established a large botanical berm with easy to care for native botanicals, woody ornamentals and perennials which can be viewed and enjoyed from the patio and from inside the home. “I asked David for a little wow factor for me to see as I looked out and went out the back of the house,” remembers Oris. “He has gone well beyond that. A truly wonderful job!” †

For more great ideas on how DLSD can help you improve your outdoor space, follow them on social media!

Facebook: DSLD Land Management

Twitter: @DsldLandMgmt

Instagram: dsld_land_mgmt

205-437-1012, www.dsldland.com

 

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The Nielsons of Vestavia say they watched in disbelief as DSLD Land Management recently transformed their backyard into a usable, beautiful space.

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