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Official Publication of the City of Alabaster201 First Street N.Alabaster, AL 35007

Published Monthly

Editorial BoardThe Public Relations

Committee of theAlabaster City Council

Committee ChairCouncilwomanSophie Martin

CouncilmanRick WaltersCouncilmanBob Hicks

EditorTed Vodde

ContributorsJohn BrackinDavid StoreyM.E. SpencerEric StarlingDanny DoyleDawn South

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City of Alabaster

CRAIG MORGAN TO STAR AT CITYFEST JUNE 4TH The Alabaster Arts

Council is proud toannounce country musicstar Craig Morgan will beheadlining the ninth annualAlabaster CityFest!

For more than 10 years,Morgan has entertainedaudiences with a dozen top40 hits including "RedneckYacht Club," "That's What ILove About Sunday,""Almost Home","International Harvester","Still a Little Chicken Lefton that Bone", and"Bonfire".

We are also proud toannounce Regions Bank asthe title sponsor forAlabaster CityFest. TheAlabaster Arts Councillooks forward to partneringagain with Regions forAlabama's largest familyfestival. It is because ofsponsors like Regions thatAlabaster CityFest is a freeevent.

Close to 60,000 peopleare expected to attend this

year's family event. Thereis something for everyone!The KidsFest area will haveinflatables, the Lowe's

build-it workshop, and artsand crafts. To give kids ahealthy start in life, teach-ing them to make healthy

lifestyle choices is impor-tant! Kids can look forwardto a healthy cooking classand getting some fun exer-cise with a field day com-petition. Great vendors,food and entertainmentwill also be available allday!

Alabaster CityFest is setfor Saturday, June 4th.Gates open at 9 a.m. Formore information gowww.alabastercityfest.com.We'll see you there!

SHELBY COUNTY SENIOR PICNIC MAY 19 The Shelby County

Senior Picnic will be held inAlabaster this year at theAlabaster Senior Center. Theevent will take place onThursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and isexpected to draw a largenumber of seniors fromaround the county.

"It is a large event," saidSenior Activities ManagerAlicia Walters. "So they'll setup a large tent outside witha stage for the dignitariesand the entertainment."

According to Walters, theShelby County Senior Picnic

is an annual event thatchanges locations each year.This year, Alabaster wasselected to host the gather-ing.

"Shelby County puts iton, and they change venueseach year," said Walters."It's open to seniors in theShelby County area, and it'sa free event. They serve ameal. There's usually liveentertainment. There's avariety of vendors and a lotof fun stuff."

The picnic itself will takeplace outside the senior cen-ter, but the building willstill be open so that visitors

can access the restrooms ortake a tour of the new facility.Guests will also be able toenjoy the Buck Creek Trail.

"We should have somegolf carts and things to showoff our beautiful Buck CreekTrail," said Walters. "There's avariety of activities. It's just afun day that Shelby Countydoes to show its appreciationfor its senior adults in thecommunity."

For more information, visitthe City of Alabaster websiteat www.cityofalabaster.com.

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"It went really well," saidKelli Keith, the director ofmarketing and developmentfor Easter Seals. "We hadabout 300 walk participants,and we raised $66,000 withmoney still coming in, whichis typically the way it hap-pens. Money will trickle intypically through mid-sum-mer."

This year's event, whichwas the fifth annual "WalkWith Me" fundraiser, alsoincluded a new 5K run.

"We added a 5K this year,and we had almost 150 run-ners, which for a first 5K isjust unbelievable. We got a

lot of good feedback aboutthe course and the runtimes. I think because thecourse was so flat, peoplewere very excited that theirtimes were faster than nor-mal," said Keith.

According to Keith, the5K course was entirely con-

tained within Veterans Park,which meant that the run-ners didn't have to concernthemselves with avoidingtraffic.

"It started at the entranceto the park, right there inthe parking lot, and you

logistically it was a little bitmore, but it all came togeth-er very well," said Keith.

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Jim McClainCouncil President Ward 5

I want to begin this month by congratulating all of our highschool and college graduating seniors! I am very proud of allyour hard work over the years and I want to wish each of you thehappiest and brightest future. Each year I remind our graduatesthat you will face many new opportunities and challengeswhether you are continuing your education or starting a career. I hope that you will take time to reflect on the values and knowl-edge that you have acquired over the years as these presentthemselves in the years to come. Never forget your roots andthat you have friends and family that love and support you eventhough you may be miles away.

You may be saying to yourself “Here we go again” with thenews of a possible new school system study. You may be askingwhy in the world we would want to even consider this option atthis point in time or didn’t we get the answer from the last study.These are great questions and I would like to address some of thefacts. The previous study was conducted approximately six yearsago by an independent consultant. In short, the study stated thatAlabaster was large enough and sufficient funding was generatedin the area to have a city school system at the same quality of thecurrent Shelby County system. It further stated that we wouldneed to increase funding if we wanted a system that offered moreopportunities for students in academics and extracurricular activ-ities. At the time, we decided to try to work with the existingcounty system through additional funding. We funded tutoring,computers, smart boards, paid for garbage service, suppliedresource officers, provided fire safety training, built restrooms atthe football field, provided classroom money and more. Whilethis did assist our schools, it really was not enough to make largechanges to the education process. It rather kept us from gettingfurther behind as the economy and traditional funding decreased.

The school system issue is something that I am very torn over.Our county system is probably the best in the state. We havegreat teachers, administrators, and staff. The county faces manychallenges with funding and the fact is that they must do theirbest in approximately 39 schools and not just those in Alabaster.That makes it difficult to add new units or classes and forces thecounty policy of no money for sports facilities. They are notbeing mean spirited but rather trying to use their funds in thebest way and spread them as evenly as possible. They would bereluctant to add new teaching units based on city funding due tothe fact that if that funding went away and the teacher hadtenure, Shelby County would have to continue the funding. Thiswould be a definite budget wrecker for the system and makes theaddition of extra teaching units and curriculum difficult.

If Alabaster begins a city school system, we would get controlof all of the existing county property in our city limits, retain allcurrent faculty, administrators, and staff with tenure and stateretirement, and most funding that is currently generated inAlabaster for the schools. This needs to be understood becausesomeone is already telling teachers that their careers are at riskand this is just not a true fact. If we began our own system, Ibelieve that it only needs to be done if we can make it a bettersystem and if the majority of you want the system formed.Improving the system will require more funding and that is adecision that each and every one of you must decide for yourself.I expect that we will have several public meetings just to listen. Iwould like to hear from you no matter which option you believeis the best one for Alabaster. If you will let me know yourthoughts and why you believe as you do, it will help all of us formulate the right course for our city. Thank you!

David FringsMayor

[emailprotected] [emailprotected] say April showers bring May flowers, and that’s

true especially along the Buck Creek Trail. Recently therehave been a number of Wild Lillies in bloom along withother wildflowers along the trail. Also, big turtles havebeen spotted resting on logs in the creek which is a verygood sign. A beaver working on a dam and a foragingbunny rabbit were also spotted on the trail. If you haven’ttaken the trail recently, it’s a great way to enjoy natureright here in the city.

With the great weather, there’s been a lot of activity inthe city. The National Curly Dog show was held and wasa great success. We welcome these visitors to our city andhope you had a wonderful time. I know everyone had agreat time at the Easter Egg hunt, which is always fun.

Speaking of the outdoors, our big annual outdoorparty is CityFest, which is bigger than ever this year fea-turing country music star Craig Morton. It should be agreat show and a great time. Make plans to be atMunicipal Park on Saturday June 4th. You and your fami-ly will have a wonderful time.

Another great outdoor activity is the Senior Picnic,which will be held in Alabaster this year at the AlabasterSenior Center. The event will take place on Thursday, May19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is expected to draw a largenumber of seniors from around the county. There will beall sorts of activities and fun. If you’re a senior or knowsomeone who is, be sure to let them know!

The Walk with Me event at Vets Park was a great suc-cess with the 5K run, then a general walk for everyone. Itwas a great time for a great cause.

We welcome the teams and families of the ACCCSoftball Tournament, which we are proud to host May 6-8.This should be a great time for everyone and another eventwhich helps our city businesses.

While we’re talking about being outdoors, let’s don’tforget that Movies in the Park will begin Friday, June 10, atVeterans Park and conclude on July 22. They’ll be show-ing a variety of family films that you can enjoy by bringinga blanket or lawn chairs and sitting out under the stars.It’s a great family outing.

Speaking of families, May means Mother’s Day. Solet’s take time to honor the Moms in our lives that work sohard to take care of the family.

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Our school system is currently a major topic of conversation among Alabaster residents. Certainoptions are being seriously considered by the City Council to ensure the planning for our schools is

in the best interest of our children, residents, and the future of our city. If you have any questions or comments regard-ing this issue, please feel free to contact me.

I am continuing to work with the Abatement Board to resolve the problem of abandoned structures throughoutAlabaster. As you know, several of them are in Ward 1. I truly appreciate your patience as this difficult issue isaddressed.

Alabaster CityFest is scheduled for Saturday, June 4. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend and volunteersare needed to make this another successful event! If you are interested in volunteering, please go to www.alabasterci-tyfest.com.

The Easter Seals "Walk With Me" event at Veteran's Park raised thousands of dollars that will make a difference inthe lives of people with disabilities. More than half of the funds raised will go to children in Shelby County who arereceiving therapy. Thank you to everyone who walked for such a wonderful cause.Blessings,Sophie

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Sophie MartinWard 1

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It has been a busy Spring. You have probably heard that we are looking at a new study of ourschools in the Alabaster area. Our first step is to see what the numbers say and then determine

where we go from there. I believe Alabaster is the largest city in the state outside of Mobile and Prattville that does nothave a city system. I think it is only prudent that we continue to look at the best interest of our children. That may ormay not lead us to a city system, but it would seem like a good idea to make sure, whether it is county or city run, weare offering the very best for our residents. I encourage you to stay informed and please contact any of your city repre-sentatives with questions or for information.

CityFest is next month and promises to once again be a great showcase for our city and more importantly the localbusiness community which makes this all happen. The Alabaster Arts Council, whom are all volunteers, works veryhard to make this event happen every year. I want to thank Regions Bank, Vic Smith CPA, Ernest McCarty Ford, CBS42, 102.5 The Bull, AL.Com, The Alabaster Reporter, Coca-Cola, Allied Wastes and all of our sponsors that make thishappen. For more information go to www.alabastercityfest.com

I am looking forward to a May with MANY flowers after the showers of April. The Park and Recteam has been making sure that comes true. To see what I mean, head out to one of our parks this

month and enjoy the beauty with your family. Thanks to all the P&R team for all they do for all of us. There has been much hoopla about discussions the council has had recently regarding the Shelby County schools in

Alabaster. Lest this get blown out of proportion, please understand we are investigating ideas by which we will be ableto optimize help to our students. There is absolutely no animosity between us and the school board. If increasing oursupport for the board (we already provide free resource officers, pay for all trash removal and make classroom/equip-ment donations annually) is the best course of action, so be it. If looking at forming a city school system down the roadwhen we are able to afford it is the best course of action, so be it. We want to do whatever is in our power to upgradeour schools and their facilities. The Alabaster Sports and Entertainment Foundation has already moved forward regard-ing athletic facilities, and to them I am truly grateful. The bottom line is simply this: We are told by the voters to spendtax money for the best use. Is there a better use than the future of our children and the quality of life here? Stay tunedfor more exciting developments....

Finally, Happy Easter. He is risen. Grace and peace, Bob

Adam MoseleyWard 3

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Happy May! Thanks to the Alabaster Arts Council and the tireless work of its volunteers, CityFestis one again shaping up to be the best FREE event in the state. If you have never attended you real-

ly owe it to yourself to come this year. Beside great music there will be food, vendors and plenty of FREE rides for thekids. I look forward to seeing you there. Make plans to attend today.

Last month we enjoyed the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by Westwood Baptist Church. Again, such a greatfamily event would not be possible without the help of countless volunteers and Park & Rec department. Thanks alsogo out to our Public Safety and Public Works employees for their quick and decisive work following the tornado thatswept through our city last month. We are truly blessed to live in a city that invests in its resident's safety and is familyfriendly.

May 8th is Mother's Day - take your Momma out to eat at one of our local restaurants, I am sure she deserves it.Keep in Touch!

I hope that everyone has had a tremendous start to Spring! I know that the staff at our Parks andRec Department have been extremely busy with spring sports in full swing. If you have time, please come out andenjoy our Parks and maybe catch a baseball/softball game or a soccer match. Our Staff does a great job of providingour kids an excellent opportunity to play. In recent newsletters numerous council members have discussed the topic ofconducting a feasibility for an Alabaster City School System. I have had the opportunity to meet with many Board ofEducation Leaders, our area Principals, a person that conducts feasibility studies as well as spend a lot of time research-ing City School Systems. There is a lot to consider when an opportunity like this is brought before you. I encourage allCity residents to to put thought into what it would take for Alabaster to offer a "Second to None" educational experi-ence for our children. Lastly Alabaster CityFest is right around the corner. Please make sure that you have this tremendous event on your schedule.

I know I talk about Zoning issues a lot but that's just how I roll (sadly enough). Last year we totallyrevamped the Subdivision Regulations, in part to correct the process for building roads in subdivi-sion. In March, the Planning and Zoning Board approved some changes to the Zoning regulations

and recommended them to the Council. If you remember, we changed the entire Zoning document in 1999. We havemade several "tweaks" to it over the years. The proposed change is more of another "tweak" than a full blown revision.We look at issues where we receive a lot of requests for a variance. If a lot of people want a variance from the samething, there must be a problem with the ordinance itself, so we look at revising it to hopefully make it work better aswritten. Potentially the biggest change is in the sign ordinance. The primary effect would be on businesses. If you lookat a lot of local news, you'll notice signs always cause issues for a city. A lot of lawsuits are filed over signs. ForAlabaster, we have to choose something that will not put new businesses at a disadvantage from what's been in placefor 50 years. As with any change, we try to make it better than it was and better for the city in the long run.

Rick WaltersWard 4

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LT. PAT CONN Lt. Pat Conn has been

with the Alabaster FireDepartment now for tenyears. One of the best thingsabout it, he said, is simplybeing able to help people inthe community.

“I enjoy helping otherpeople,” said Conn. “I likethe fact that we have anopportunity to directlyimpact people’s lives in atangible way that you cansee. If we go out and some-one has a broken arm orbroken leg and we’re able tohelp them, you get a goodfeeling from being able tohelp.”

Conn is a company offi-cer at Fire Station No. 3,which means he oversees ateam that responds to vari-ous types of emergenciesaround the city.

“I have three guys thatwork directly under mysupervision,” said Conn.“We respond to medicalemergencies, fires, wrecks,that sort of thing.”

According to Conn, thecrew includes an apparatusoperator, which is the onewho drives the truck, plustwo firefighters and himself.

In his particular shift, threeof the four are also para-medics.

“We all have EMS train-ing,” said Conn, “but threeof us on this particular shiftat this station are also para-medics.”

These days, most of theemergency calls pertain tosome form of medical emer-gency.

“Probably 80 percent ofwhat we do are EMS calls,”said Conn. “Over the years,the Fire Department’sbecome kind of a catchall.Initially it started out asfires only, but probablysince the ‘70s it’s become alot more. We do things likeHazmat response, technicalrescues, rope rescues, con-fined spaces, all those typesof things. And it evolves.There’s more and more thatwe do as the years go on.”

Before joining theAlabaster department Connworked for five years inBirmingham. Prior to thathe volunteered for the firedepartment in Montevallo,which is also where he wentto college.

ing special care for her. “Since my daughter was

born, I’ve actually stayedhome with her on my daysoff,” said Conn. “That real-ly has been a benefit of thisjob, the fact that I’ve hadthe ability to stay homewith her and not have todepend on someone else towatch her.”

Conn lives inMontevallo and attendschurch at WestwoodBaptist Church inAlabaster.

“I had started volun-teering with the depart-ment there, and I was like,I wonder if I can make acareer out of this,” saidConn. “I put myselfthrough paramedic school,while I worked another job.I did that for about a yearand a half, and then I wasfortunate enough for thecity of Birmingham to hireme.”

When he’s not at the firestation, Conn enjoys spend-ing time with his family,which includes his wife,Amy, and three kids,Ruston, Brett, and Cara.His youngest, Cara, 3, hasDown’s syndrome, so thatsometimes requires provid-

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"Wings are our specialty,"said Spencer. "You couldcome in five days in the weekand eat something differentevery time just by changingthe sauce."

For those who aren't in themood for wings, Buffalo WildWings also offers a full menu,featuring salads, wraps, burg-ers and ribs.

"We've also got a full kids'menu. We're not just a wingplace. We really have somegood food on top of it," saidSpencer.

One of the other greatfeatures of the restaurant isits commitment to givingcustomers a fun, casual din-ing experience. There areseven large-screen projectionTVs and nearly 50 flat-screenTVs. On Friday nights, theyfeature karaoke (starting at10 p.m.), and of course,there's a fully-stocked barwith a variety of domesticand imported beers.

"We offer daily specialson beer. There's a differentspecial every day," saidSpencer.

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"We do a Tuesday specialon wings. They're 40 centseach. Buffalo Wild Wingsdoes it nationally, and it'sone of the most popularthings we do. It's take-out,eat-in, as many as you want.It's a real good deal. We alsodo a Boneless WingThursday," said Spencer.

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On April 23, the restau-rant celebrated its five-year anniversary inAlabaster, and accordingto Manager Tim Spencer,it's been a very successfulrun.

"We opened April of'06," said Spencer. "It'sbeen going great. We'veseen increases every year.We're really, really happywith the business."

Part of that successstems from the value thatBuffalo Wild Wings offersits customers. The restau-rant offers reasonableprices on hot wings, sand-wiches, drinks and evenkids' meals.

"We cater to a crowdthat can come in and getmore value for theirmoney, where they candrink a beer and eat somewings and not be out a tonof money," said Spencer.

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ACCC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT MAY 6-8 The Alabama

Community CollegeConference (ACCC) softballtournament is returning toAlabaster again this year forits annual state tournament.The tournament is sched-uled to begin Friday, May 6and run through Sunday,May 8. It will be held atVeterans Park and featuresome of the state's top colle-giate softball talent.

Last year's winner,Wallace State-Hanceville,finished second in thenation at the National JuniorCollege Athletic AssociationSoftball NationalChampionship, and theWallace State coaching staffwas named the NationalFastpitch CoachesAssociation (NFCA)Coaching Staff of the Year.The squad finished the year

62-9 and placed three play-ers on the LouisvilleSlugger/NFCA All-American Team.

Alabaster has proven tobe a great fit for the colle-giate tournament as it offersan excellent combination offacilities and location.

"I think we're in a goodlocation as far as all theteams traveling to the area.We're pretty much centrallylocated, and also the area ingeneral has a lot to offer,"said Parks and RecreationDirector Ricky Nance.

In past years, the ACCCtournament has started onSaturday, but this year thegames will begin on Friday,with a kickoff banquet to beheld on Thursday, May 5 atMeadow View Elementary.The changes should helpfacilitate travel plans for the

fans and teamsthat will be travel-ing to Alabasterfor the event.

"We've gotgames on Friday,Saturday andSunday now, soit's basically aweekend tourna-ment," said Nance.

According toNance, this is thelast year of thecurrent hostingagreement, so it'sunknown whetherAlabaster will hostthe tournament again in thefuture.

"It comes up for bidagain in June," said Nance.

The ACCC is comprisedof 22 different colleges fromaround the state, includingJefferson State, Central

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Gear Up for TheSummerChallenge: Thismonth as schoolends, children ofall ages can gearup for TheSummer Challenge that kicks off at the library in earlyJune. This is when kids read our library books to earnprizes! For kids from birth to 10 years old the kickoff willbe on Wednesday, June 1st. That day will feature twoshows by magician Russell Davis, one at 10:30am andanother at 3:30pm. Parents may sign up their children forThe Challenge before or after either show and receive alarge goody bag for each child. The Young Adults (YAs),tweens and teens 11 to 18 years old, will have a separatekickoff on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00pm featuring foodand time to create a masterpiece with an artist from theBirmingham Museum of Art. The Summer Challenge,which has cultural/international and travel themes, willinclude lots of great programs, prizes, and surprises.Look for details in the June edition of the Alabaster CityNewsletter and on the library's website. The 2011 SummerReading Program is supported in whole or in part by theInstitute of Museum and Library Services under the provi-sions of the Library Services and Technology Act asadministered by the Alabama Public Library Service.

Alabaster Book Blasters Book Club: Kids for Keats! 4:00 p.m. Children six to 10 years old can join in for areading of Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra JackKeats. Musical story teller Mr. Mac will be on hand to singsongs about the moon, the stars, and imagination. Therewill also be a craft and a snack. Sign up required. The ses-sion may meet outside the mobile unit depending on theweather.

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The Albert L. Scott Friends of the Library will host theirannual Spring Book & Bake Sale in the library's mobileunit from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1.

Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is a preview nightfor members only. We encourage our friends and neigh-bors to shop Friday for the best selection. Persons who donot have a current Friends membership but who wish toshop at the preview may purchase their membership atthe door. The sale continues with hours for the generalpublic on Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. andSunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Book Sale prices are:Hardbacks, $1.00, Paperbacksand Children's books, $.50,VHS tapes, $.50 and DVDs,$1.00. On Sunday, all guests atthe sale may take as manybooks and movies as a brownpaper bag will hold for only$5.00.The Friends will alsohold a raffle featuring valu-able prizes from severalAlabaster merchantsincluding AmStar Cinemas,Anytime Fitness, BrooklerePharmacy, and Moe'sSouthwest Grill. Raffle tick-ets will sell for $1.00 or sixfor $5.00.

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"The city has just reallyembraced this, and itcouldn't be better," saidBuck Buchanan, the chairfor the event. "I've had agreat time and everybodyhas loved the city ofAlabaster. Everybody saidthat this was the best spe-cialty they may have beento in 20 years."

Curly-coat owners liter-ally traveled from all overthe country to participatein the five-day event,which included two days atVeterans Park and one dayat Limestone Park.

"We've got people herefrom Alaska. We've gotsome folks here fromSweden. We've got folkshere from south Florida,New York, Minnesota. Thewhole of North America hascome to Alabaster," saidBuchanan.

The curly-coated retriev-er is an uncommon breedthat's distinguished by thesmall, tight curls in its coat.Buchanan, who is also a vet-erinarian at the AirportVeterinary Hospital inCalera, said that he's ownedcurly-coats since the early'90s.

"He loves this breed,"said his wife Connie, whoalso oversaw the hospitalityfor the event.

The turnout for the spe-cialty included approxi-mately 80 curly-coated

retrievers, alongwith a number ofother breeds thatparticipated in theagility competitionon Tuesday.

"A lot of thesefolks are using thisas their vacation.It's real positive,"said BuckBuchanan. "All theparticipants here,they loveAlabaster, and theylove the logistics ofhow everything isset up, from thehotel to the showsite to the field site,back to the hotel.Everything they need isjust right there."

The event was the firstof its kind for the Parksand Recreation

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SKATE PARK EVENT MAY 7The 5th Annual Pat Wachter Bowl Contest will be held at

Veterans Skate Park on Saturday, May 7th. Last year there wereclose to 100 skateboarders competing for prizes. There will alsobe food and music. Admission is free for the day. The event willbegin at 12:00 noon. For more info visit www.cityofalabaster.comor call 620-4715.

COMMUNITY WIDE YARD SALEThe annual community wide yard sale will be held Saturday,

May 14, at Buck Creek Park. The event will take place from 8 am- 12 noon. Registration begins on April 25 and runs thru May 11;however, we can only take around 50 vendors due to space, soregister early. You may register weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm atthe Depot office. Registration fee is $10.00 per space. The boothspace will be 20' x 20'. Please bring your own tables and chairsfor your booth. For more information call 664-6840, or visitwww.cityofalabaster.com.

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ADULT SOFTBALLThe regular season for Adult Softball will begin May 2 at

Buck Creek Park. The 2011 season has 51 teams in the three dif-ferent leagues (Church, Co-Ed, Men's Open). Games will beplayed on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights atBuck Creek Park.

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Conference Fast Pitch Softball Tournament will be held May 6-8at Veterans Park Complex. The event will be here for the 6thyear in a row. The winner of the 2011 Tournament in Alabasterwill head out to St. George, Utah to compete for the NationalTitle in mid May. We are expecting large crowds again this yearso please put this event on your calendar. Games begin May 6 at10 am. Tickets are $10.00 per day, or you may purchase a tourna-ment pass for $15.00. For more information please call 664-6840.Youth teams wearing their jersey will be admitted free.

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ALABASTER HOSTS SPECIAL OLYMPICS Larry Simmons Stadium

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"It went great," saidShelby County Adaptive PEteacher Valinda Pate. "It wasprobably our best year ever."

The event drew about 200participants from over 30Shelby County Schools.

"It is so inspirational tosee the faces on these kidswhen they participate in thisevent," said State Sen. CamWard of Alabaster. "Thisonce a year program shinesthe light on so many beauti-ful people in our communi-ty."

Alabaster Parks andRecreation staff lent their

support to the event, pro-viding assistance with theaudio system and donatinginflatablesfor thekids.

"Weassisted onthe setupand thingslike that,"said AliciaWalters,theTherapeutic RecreationManager with the Parksand Recreation Department."We helped with tents andtrashcans, just some of theinitial setup, and then withthe cleanup and the tear-down at the end."

Special Olympics is anonprofit organization serv-ing athletes with intellectualdisabilities through sportstraining and competition.By participating in

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LOCAL MARINE SERVING IN AFGANISTAN These days many mili-

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Ryan, a former studentat Thompson High School,is the son of Andrew andDebra Kabcenel ofAlabaster. His wife Adrianand one-year-old sonDillon also live inAlabaster.

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After serving statesidefor a year, Ryan wasdeployed to Afghanistanthis past January.

"He's doing good," Debrasaid. "But his job is prettyintense. It is combat."

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Thanks to Lance Cpl.Kabcenel for his serviceand to all of Alabaster'smilitary families who aresacrificing for our country'sfreedoms. Lance Cpl. Ryan Kabcenel

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Among those attendingthis year's event weremedia personalities JasonSimpson from ABC 33/40and Dollar Bill from 102.5'The Bull.' Local officialsincluded State Sen. CamWard of Alabaster and Cityof Alabaster CouncilpersonSophie Martin.

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GOING GREENOutdoor activities are

on the increase with thisbeautiful spring weather.Our activities include base-ball and soccer games, cookouts, yard work, and wash-ing the family car. As weenjoy these activities, it iseasy to take a few simplesteps to save costs andreduce negative impacts onthe environment. Pleaseconsider trying some of thefollowing: •Wash your caron a pervious surface toprevent soap and otherchemicals from directlyentering our streams andcreeks. If the wash- waterfrom your car can flow toyour lawn, you save costby using the same waterfor the car wash and yourlawn. •Always use a hosenozzle with an automaticshut-off so that you onlyallow water to flow whenyou need it. Do not allowwater to flow on theground while you scrub thecar. Only turn it on torinse.

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CREEK VIEW ELEMENTARY PERFORMS “SEUSSICAL” Students at Creek View

Elementary performedSeussical, Jr. for their familyand friends Tuesday, April5. The Little Warrior Playersis an auditioned group of112 second and thirdgraders who practiced afterschool each week torehearse.

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have never been herebefore," said Nance. "Thiswas just a good event thatwas different than anythingwe've ever had, even dif-ferent from Bark in thePark."

The specialty wasorganized each day by dif-ferent events. For example,on Tuesday, a variety ofbreeds participated in theagility trials, which fea-tured a series of hurdlesand bridges for the dogs totraverse. The final day fea-tured the breed competi-tion, which was judged byveteran show judgeHouston Clark.

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Following the show, theclub had a closing banquetat Timberline Golf Course,which featured an auction,raffle and plenty ofSouthern cuisine.

"The week has gonegreat," said Buck. "I couldn't be happier."

(CON’T FROM PAGE 16)Lady Warrior Basketball Camp 2011

WHO: Cara Crosslin, Head Coach, Thompson High School, Staff,Current players and former players that have or are currentlyplaying in college. ELIGIBLE: Entering 1st grade - entering 8thgrade girls (players grouped by age and ability) WHEN: June 6-8 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Drop off as early as 8:00am and pick up by2:00pm) WHERE: Thompson High School (2 Full Sized AirConditioned Gyms) COST: $125 per player ($25 deposit requiredto register and the remaining balance will be due the first day ofcamp). **Camp Special** Register by May 26th and pay only$100. All participants will receive a Lady Warrior Basketball andT-shirt. Go towww.shelbyed.k12.al.us/schools/ths/sports/thsathletics.htm to find the registration and consent form. Mail registration formand check (w/phone number) made payable to Thompson HighSchool to: Cara Crosslin/ Thompson High School, 100 WarriorDrive, Alabaster, AL 35007

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JOSH CARDEN PROJECT HOLDS GROUNDBREAKING The team behind the

Josh Carden Project recentlyheld a ground-breaking on anice, quiet lot in Alabasterto kick off the constructionof a brand new home forJosh Carden and his family.

The group of volunteers,who came together in thewake of a tragic accidentthat killed Carden's grand-father, hope to have thehome completed and readyto move into by the end ofthe school year.

"It's going to be about2,500 square feet," said JeffBrooks, one of the volun-teers behind the project."This house has been specif-ically designed for Josh'sfamily. It's really great. It'severything he deserves andeverything I think he needsin a home."

Carden, a senior atThompson High School, hascerebral palsy and is con-fined to a wheelchair. Thenew house has beendesigned to accommodatethe specific needs associatedwith that, such as a raisedbathtub and larger hallways.

"This houseis custom-designed for thefamily," saidBrooks. "In fact,we've madesure there's afive-foot turn-ing radius inevery cornerthat there couldbe. So it worksout really well."

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High School fundraiserraised about $12,000 forJosh's family, so he feels it'simportant to see the projectcompleted before the schoolyear ends.

"The Thompson HighSchool kids were able to

raise about $12,000 for thisfamily within about fourdays," said Brooks. "Theystarted this by doing that,so they should be able tosee it finished. Josh is asenior, and a lot of hisfriends are also seniors thathelped do this. To see thisfinished before they gradu-ate is pretty important. It'san amazing story."

For those in the commu-nity who would like toassist in some way, theproject team maintains aFacebook page athttp://facebook.com/josh-project. The group is alsoplanning a house-warmingfor when the house is actu-ally finished.

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(L-R): Josh Carden and General ContractorJack Donovan; back row: Lori Turner, JeffBrooks and Rick Blaising.

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Dr. Unnoppet specializes in thetreatment of all inflammatory andnon-inflammatory arthritis. Thisencompasses autoimmune diseasessuch as rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus,Gout, osteoporsis, psoriatic arthri-tis, osteoarthritis, and muscu-loskeletal disorders like tendonitisand secondary fibromyalgia. DrUnnoppet was born and raised inBirmingham and earned his doctorof osteopathic medicine from NovaSoutheastern University. He isInternal Medicine certified andrecently completed his fellowshipin rheumatology from Sun Coasthospital in Florida. He is excited tooffer care for you and your lovedones. For an appointment please call:(205) 620-8676

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South City Theatrepresents “Laughter On The 23rdFloor” by Neil Simon[Mature AudiencesOnly]directed by Dianne DanielsJune 3-12

Another gem from perenni-al favorite Neil Simon,Laughter on the 23rd Floor wasinspired by Simon's early careerexperience as a junior jokesmithfor Sid Caesar's Your Show ofShows, where Simon workedwith an all-star writing team,which included Sid Caesar,Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, MelBrooks, Selma Diamond andWoody Allen. The play focuseson Max Prince, the star of aweekly comedy-variety showcirca 1953, and his staff, includ-ing Simon's alter-ego LucasBrickman, who maintains a

running commentary on thewriting, fighting, and wackyantics which take place in thewriters' room. At the plot'score is Max's ongoing battleswith televisions executiveswho fear his humor is toosophisticated for 1950’s mid-dle America. (Includes maturelanguage)

Tickets are $15. Student,senior and groups of 10 ormore are $12.

South City Theatre is locat-ed at 109 Cloverdale Drive offHwy 31 just past the SnowDown Shopping Center andacross from the Saginaw PostOffice. Call 621-2128. www.southcitytheatre.com

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Aug. 12-21 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead(Alan Gardner, Director)

September 9-18 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Cliff Keen, Director)

October 7-16 Dial M For Murder(George Scott, Director)

December 9-18 A Christmas Story(Melodie Haas, Director)

February 3-12 The Importance Of Being Earnest(Dianne Daniels, Director)

March 9-18 The Boys Next Door(Clay Boyce, Director)

April 6-15 The Cemetery Club (SueEllen Gerrells, Director)

June 1-10 Steel Magnolias(Libby Medicus, Director)

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at the bazaar or you can mail a donation to South City Theatre at 109Cloverdale Drive, Alabaster, AL 35007. South City Theatre brings great theatreto Alabaster. But it doesn’t stop there. Many people eat dinner and shop inAlabaster before the shows. Cast members eat dinner in Alabaster and buy

their costumes, props, lumber and paints for sets, and other needed items fromthe shops in Alabaster. Cast parties are held in Alabaster restaurants. It’s a

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Senior Health and WellnessExpo- Tuesday, May 3 from9am -12pm at the SeniorCenter. FREE screening willbe provided by BaptistHealth System and ShelbyBaptist Medical Center:blood pressure checks,derma scan, Body fat analy-sis, PAD net, Ask the Docand much more. There willbe a variety of health andwellness providers on-handto showcase available servic-es and info.Writing Local, Personal orFamily History- May 10 at10am. - Robert Davis willshare with us the reasons forneeding to record or recoverthe past, means of obtaininginformation and methods ofsaving or presenting theinformation. He will alsodiscuss the differencesbetween family history andgenealogy, as well as thespecifics and importance ofdifferent kinds of documen-tation, including exploringwhen and why a legend isnot accurate. Also presentedwill be computer programsthat allow anyone to write alife story by answering ques-tions. This is a free programbut you need to call andmake a reservation.Program is sponsored byAlabama HumanitiesFoundation, Shelby CountyArts Council and AlabasterSenior Center.Let's Get Fit- join us onMondays at 9:15am for anintroduction of the new out-side fitness equipment. Wearclose toed shoes and com-fortable clothes and bring awater bottle. Come a littleearly to sign up.Plant Project - WednesdayMay 18 at 10am: Join us andlearn how you can beinvolved in this joint pro-gram between senior adultsand a group of children withdisabilities at a local middleschool. The HorticulturalTherapy Program's seminalProject is PLANT PROJ-ECT™, a multi-component

SENIOR ACTIVITIES program unlike any other inthe United States. Basedupon the premise that age isnot a disease and childrenwith special needs are notliving with a medical condi-tion, PLANT PROJECT™reaches out to segments ofthe population often over-looked by mainstream socie-ty through an intergenera-tional approach.A Book Swap- MondayMay 23 at 10:30am. Can't getyour hands on enough mys-teries or romance novels tosatisfy your love of reading?Come join us for a bookswap. Bring two or threebooks and swap with others.Light refreshments and agreat way to meet newfriends. Call to let us knowyou are coming!Acrylic Painting - an ongo-ing class every Tuesdayfrom 10am-12pm. Beginnerand experienced painters arewelcome. Class will focus onfundamentals of composi-tion, color basics and mix-ing, perspective and a vari-ety of methods of applyingacrylic paint. Cost is$20/person and supplies arenot included. New afternoon WatercolorPainting Classes:Wednesdays from 1-3pm.Cost is $20/month and youwill need to purchase yoursupplies. Sign up at theSenior Center.Simple Print Making Class:Monoprinting is a techniquein which a single print ismade from a single design.It differs from the reliefblock printing in which mul-tiple prints can be produced.A design will be paintedonto a flat surface usingacrylics, watercolors, watersoluble inks or crayons.There are many variationson how to make a mono-print. When the design ispainted onto the flat surface,such as Plexiglas, it is trans-ferred to art paper. Theresult is soft and a differentapproach to making art. Thisis a fun and easy printprocess.

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You will need to bringacrylic and watercolorpaints, water soluble inksor crayons if you havethem. Cost is $12.00 andbring $3.00 for additionalsupplies. A special thankyou to thePelham/Alabaster RotaryClub for their support anddonation to the SeniorCenter. Their contributionhelped to complete ourceiling mount projectorproject.

You won't want to miss allthe activities at the seniorcenter:Men's Social Group- 1stMonday of each month 9amWii Bowling - Wednesdays9:30am and Tuesdays 12pmZumba Gold (exercise)-Wednesdays 1pmTempo exercise - Fridays10amBeginner/Inter Line dancing- Thursdays 9:30amBeginner Line Dancing -Thursday 10:30am Bridge- Thursday 12-3pmRook- Wednesdays 9:00amMexican Train Dominoes-Wednesdays 10amAcrylic Painting - Tuesdays10am - 12pm

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Minutes of the Alabaster City Council MeetingAlabaster, Alabama March 3, 2011A regular meeting of the Alabaster City Council was held in theMunicipal Annex on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 7:00 P.M., and therewere present at said meeting Councilpersons: Present: Sophie Martin,Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and JimMcClain. Absent: Bob Hicks.MEETING OPENING Council Member Moseley made a motion toapprove the minutes of the February 17, 2011 meeting as read. CouncilMember Brakefield seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin,Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals, Scott Brakefield and JimMcClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. Council Member Ryals made amotion to approve the agenda for tonight's meeting with the addition ofone item regarding changing the second meeting date in March of theCity Council meeting. Council Member Martin seconded the motion.Voting - Ayes: All Ayes. Nays: None. Motion carried.MAYORS COMMENTS Mayor Frings proclaimed the month of March2011 as "Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month" in Alabasterand urged all citizens to give full support of efforts towards enabling allchildren and adults with cognitive, intellectual and developmental dis-abilities to live full and productive lives of inclusion in our communities. Mayor Frings proclaimed March 20-26, 2011 as "National Safe PlaceWeek" in the city and urged all citizens to support the Safe Place pro-gram, recognize the efforts of adult and youth volunteers, and continueto guarantee the safety and protection of all children. 1. RESOLUTION REGARDING CONCESSION RFP'S FOR PARKS ANDRECREATION. Council Member Brakefield made a motion to continuethis item until the next scheduled meeting of the council to allow theMayor more time to negotiate on the contract. Said meeting will be heldon Thursday, March 24. Council Member Moseley seconded. Voting -Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield,Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried.2. APPLICATION FOR A 020 RESTAURANT RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSEFOR PANYC ENT INC, 251 BUCK CREEK PLAZA. Council MemberMartin introduced an application for a 020 Restaurant Retail LiquorLicense from PANYC ENT Inc, 251 Buck Creek Plaza. City Attorney JeffBrumlow stated the Police Department is requesting a 30 day extension,to complete their report to the Council on this item, and his recommenda-tion is to allow said request. Council Member Martin made a motion tocontinue this item until April 7, 2011 meeting. Council Member Waltersseconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters,Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion car-ried. 3. DATE CHANGE ON SECOND MEETING DATE IN MARCHFOR THE CITY COUNCIL. Council Member Walters made a motion tochange the second meeting date in March for the City Council fromThursday, March 17 to Thursday, March 24, due to a lack of quorum forthe meeting because this is the week of spring break. Council MemberMartin seconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, RickWalters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None.Motion carried. 4. COUNCIL WORK SESSION. Council PresidentMcClain announced that a council work session will not be scheduled tobe held before the next regularly scheduled council meeting at this time. COUNCIL COMMENTS Council President McClain appointed the follow-ing members to the Council School Committee, Scott Brakefield asChairman, Sophie Martin and Adam Moseley. President McClain statedthis committee will hear any and all items of business related to theschools before presentation to the Council as a whole. After brief coun-cil and audience comments, Council Member Moseley made a motion toadjourn with Council Member Walters seconding. All were in favor andsaid meeting was adjourned at 7:20 P.M.Minutes of the Alabaster City Council MeetingAlabaster, Alabama March 24, 2011 A regular meeting of theAlabaster City Council was held in the Municipal Annex on Thursday,March 24, 2011, at 7:00 P.M., and there were present at said meetingCouncilpersons: Present: Sophie Martin, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield,Tommy Ryals and Adam Moseley. Absent: Bob Hicks and Jim McClain.MEETING OPENING Council Member Martin made a motion toapprove the minutes of the March 3, 2011 meeting as read. CouncilMember Brakefield seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin,Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals, Scott Brakefield and Adam Moseley. Nays:None. Motion carried. Council Member Walters made a motion toapprove the agenda for tonight's meeting as presented. CouncilMember Ryals seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: All Ayes. Nays:None. Motion carried. MAYORS COMMENTS Mayor Frings proclaimedApril 2, 2011 as "Easter Seal Walk With Me Day" in the city and urgedall citizens to participate in this important event and offer best wishesfor its success and continued success in the agency's mission of creatingsolutions and changing lives. Mayor Frings proclaimed the month ofApril 2011 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in Alabaster and encour-aged all citizens to show that they care by committing themselves tofighting child abuse and neglect.

1. RESOLUTION REGARDING CONCESSIONS CONTRACT WITHALABASTER SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT FOUNDATION FOR PARKSAND RECREATION. Council Member Brakefield, in accordance withResolution No. 021711-B, made a motion to allow Mayor Frings to enterinto a non-exclusive concession agreement/contract with AlabasterSports Entertainment Foundation for our Parks and RecreationDepartment. Council Member Ryals seconded. Voting - Ayes: SophieMartin, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Adam Moseley.Nays: None. Motion carried. 2. APPLICATION FOR A 150 SPECIALRETAIL LICENSE FOR SOUTHERN WINGS 4 LLC (BUFFALO WILDWINGS), 840 COLONIAL PROMENADE PARKWAY. Council MemberMartin introduced an application for a 150 Special Retail License fromSouthern Wings 4 LLC (Buffalo Wild Wings), 840 Colonial PromenadeParkway. This is a one-day event to celebrate their fifth year in opera-tion within Alabaster. Council Member Martin made a motion to approvesaid application for Buffalo Wild Wings with Council Member Waltersseconding. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield,Tommy Ryals and Adam Moseley. Nays: None. Motion carried. 3. COUNCIL WORK SESSION. Council President Pro-Tem Moseleyannounced that a council work session will be held on Thursday, March31, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. in the conference room at the Senior ActivityCenter, 1097 7th Street SW. After brief council and audience com-ments, Council Member Walters made a motion to adjourn with CouncilMember Martin seconding. All were in favor and said meeting wasadjourned at 7:15 P.M.

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community-wide house-warming," said Brooks."We're going to register thefamily just like you would abridal party, with linens,furniture, everything wecan. In fact, if we do our jobthe right way as a commu-nity, then the family shouldjust have to take their pic-tures and their clothes, andeverything in the houseshould be move-in ready."

(CON’T FROM PAGE 28) The designs for thehome were done by BeckyNoland of Noland Design.The general contractor onthe project is JackDonovan. Donovan alsoemphasized the need forfurther assistance from thecommunity.

"The more help we canget, the faster this housecan go for Josh," saidDonovan.

The Shelby County Board of Education's Community EducationDepartment is continually adding to their Adult Education programs. Thegoal is to give the people of Shelby County opportunities for increased per-sonal and professional development. Upcoming classes includeSpanish for the Medical Community, Welding, OrganicGardening, Digital Photography, Interview Skills,Landscaping, and Grant Writing. There are also severalfun courses such as Zumba, Ballroom Dancing, CakeDecorating, Event Planning and Creative Writing.

To view these classes or other new classes visit their website atwww.shelbyed.k12.al.us/communityed.htm If you are interested in teach-ing a class or you would like more information, please contact JanetGulledge @ 682-5941 or Kay Dummier @ 682-5843. If you'd like to teacha class and earn extra money, email us your idea at [emailprotected].

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Calendar of EventsMay 5 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex

May 9 Water Board 7 pm AnnexBeautification Board 6 pm Senior Ctr.

May 11 Municipal Court 9am Annex*

Finance Committee 5:30 pm City Svcs. Bldg.

May 17 Driving School 7 pm Annex

May 19City Council Meeting 7 pm AnnexPublic Works Committee 5 pm AnnexEconomic Development Committee 5:30 pm

May 23 Board of Adjustments 6 pm Annex

May 24 Housing & Abatement Board 5:15 pm AnnexLibrary Board Meeting 6 pm at Albert L. Scott LibraryPlanning & Zoning 7 pm Annex

May 25 Municipal Court 9 am Annex*Sewer Committee 6 pm City Hall

May 27 Trial Date 9am Annex

Municipal Annex located behind City Hall at127 1st Street SW just across the RR track.The City Services Building is located acrossfrom Thompson Intermediate School on 119.

David M. Frings, [emailprotected]

663-7059Sophie Martin, Ward 1

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Bob Hicks, Ward [emailprotected]

663-1801Adam Moseley, Ward 3

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Rick Walters, Ward [emailprotected]

281-7394Jim McClain, Ward 5

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June 2 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex

June 4 CITYFEST 9AM - 11PM MUNICIPAL PARK

June 8 Municipal Court 9 am AnnexFinance Committee 5:30 pm City Svcs. Bldg.

June 13 Beautification Board 6 pm Former Senior Ctr.(Gardner House)

Water Board 7 pm Annex

June 16 City Council Meeting 7 pm AnnexPublic Works Committee 5 pm AnnexEconomic Development Committee 5:30 pm

June 21 Driving School 7 pm Annex

June 22 Municipal Court 9 am Annex*Sewer Committee 6 pm City Hall

June 24 Municipal Court Trial Date 9 am Annex

June 27 Board of Adjustments 6 pm Annex

June 28 Planning & Zoning 7 pm AnnexHousing & Abatement Board 5:15 pm Annex

Questions about a meeting? Call 664-6800

A full 2011 Calendar is available for

reference at www.cityofalabaster.com

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