AUGUST EVENTSHere's what's happenin' in Shelby County this month. See you there!
Albert L. Scott Library Youth Programs: The Albert L. Scott Library in Alabaster will hold Tunes and Tales for all ages on Wednesdays in August at 3:30 p.m., and Toddler Tales on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Mt Laurel Book Club: The Mt Laurel Book Club will meet at the North Shelby Library on Aug. 3 from 7-9 p.m. to discuss “The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey. No registration is required; anyone can drop by and join in the discussion. Refreshments are usually served. For more information, call (205) 991-1660.
Movies in the Park: Helena’s final Movies in the Park for the season will be held Aug. 4. The 3D computer-animated musical comedy film “Sing” will be shown Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. or dusk at the Helena Amphitheater. The showing is free and open to the public. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets, and refreshments may be purchased from the concession stand.
PCS Summer Care Program: Pelham City Schools will offer a summer care program through Aug. 4 for incoming kindergarten through sixth grade students. The program will be housed at Pelham Ridge Elementary School on Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration costs $20 and is currently open to students who are enrolled in PCS. The program costs $125 per week, which doesn’t include the cost of field trips.
Alabaster Farmer’s Market: The Alabaster Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through Aug. 5 at the Alabaster Municipal Complex, 1953 Municipal Way, Alabaster. The market will feature Market Sprouts, hands-on educational program for kids; and Music at the Market.
Teen Robotics: Come join the robotics group at the Pelham Public Library led by IT Librarian Matt on Aug. 7 and Aug. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. Space is limited, so call ahead. All ages are welcome. Level 1 – Sphero; Level 2 – Mindstorms EX3; and Level 3 – Arduino. Register as there are a limited number of robots. For more information, call (205) 620-6418.
Shelby County “After 5” Women’s Connection: The group will host a special evening on Aug. 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Boutique Bazaar, located at 633 11th Ave. S.W. in Alabaster. Models will present a roaming fashion show displaying upcoming fall styles as attendees dine. The event also will include special music, door prizes and an inspirational speaker. Tickets are $15, or $10 for first-time guests (cash or checks only). Attendees will be free to shop in the boutique after the event. Reservations are essential by Aug. 6. All reservations must be kept and paid for unless cancelled by Aug. 6. For reservations, contact Myra at 587-5542 or email@example.com, or Kristi at 566-3192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back-to-School Bash Color Run: The first Back-to-School Bash Color Run and fundraiser will be held Aug. 11 to benefit the cheerleading programs through Alabaster City Schools. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. with carnival-type activities such as face-painting, balloon animals and inflatables. The fun run, for ages 10 and under, will take place at 6 p.m. and the 5K will start at 7 p.m. The event will be held at Veterans Park in Alabaster.
Weekend prayer conference at Valleydale Church: Valleydale Church will sponsor a special weekend prayer conference for the congregation Aug. 11-12. Author and speaker Allen M. Baker will meet with Valleydale leaders and members on Saturday, and will speak at both morning services on Sunday. Valleydale Church is located at 2324 Valleydale Road in Hoover. For more information, visit Valleydale.org.
Hoops for Hope basketball tournament: Nonprofit organization Blanket Fort Hope will host a three-on-three basketball tournament fundraiser called Hoops for Hope on Aug. 12 at Pelham High School. The proceeds from the fundraiser will help Blanket Fort Hope raise money to build a safe house for child victims of human trafficking. The tournament can allow up to about 65 teams. Teams of three can sign up for the tournament for $100. Registration can be completed online at BlanketFortHope.org, under the “Events” tab, until Aug. 9. Teams can also register in person on PHS on the day of the event. The tournament is free for the public to attend, but donations would be appreciated.
NSL Book Club: The North Shelby Library Book Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Library Conference Room (upstairs in the Business Office) unless otherwise noted. Fiction and non-fiction books are typically selected at least six months in advance. Books are chosen by group members. For more information, call Michelyn Reid at (205) 439-5510.
Save the O’s 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run: The Save the O’s 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run hosted by Greystone Golf and Country Club in loving memory of Lori Johnson will be held Aug. 19 at 8 a.m. The race day agenda is as follows: 6:30 a.m., registration opens; 7 a.m., DJ and food; 7:30 a.m., 5K registration closes; 8 a.m., 5K starts; 8:45 a.m., 1 Mile Fun Run closes; 9:15 a.m., 1 Mile Fun Run starts; and 9:30 a.m., awards and annual belly flop competition. Participants are urged to bring a swimsuit and hang out at the Greystone Country Club swimming pool for the day. For more information, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Hoover/SavetheOs5K.
Teen Council Back-to-School Bash: On Saturday, Aug. 19, the Alabaster Teen Council will hold its annual Back-to-School Bash for all middle and high school students at Municipal Park off Warrior Drive between Thompson High School and Thompson Middle School, featuring vendors, concessions, live music, karaoke and sports competitions. For more information, visit Facebook.com/AlabasterTeen.
Montevallo Farmers’ Market: The Montevallo Farmers’ Market will be open every Monday through Aug. 21, from 3-6 p.m. in the parking lot behind Montevallo First Baptist Church. For more information, call (205) 665-1519.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: Watch the most exciting celestial event of the year at the North Shelby Library or the Mt Laurel Library on Aug. 21 from 12:30-3 p.m. Sign up to reserve a pair of Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses. Glasses will be handed out to registered participants at the event. Starting at 12:30 p.m., staff will go over instructions for safe viewing, and the eclipse will be at peak visibility around 1:30 p.m. There will also be a live stream of the eclipse in the event of bad weather or poor visibility. Supplies are limited; register while there are still spaces and glasses available. Each family member must be registered individually to receive a pair of glasses. All ages, registration required. To register, call (205) 439-5504 for North Shelby Library, (205) 991-1660 for Mt Laurel Library or visit northshelbylibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar. Contact Savannah Kitchens for more information at email@example.com or (205) 439-5504.
Helena Market Days: Helena Market Days will be held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through Aug. 26 at the Helena Amphitheater, and will feature new and returning vendors and artisans.
The MarketPlace at Lee Branch: The MarketPlace at Lee Branch will be held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through Aug. 26 at the Lee Branch Shopping Center parking lot near the Shopping at Lee Branch and Carmike Cinemas. The market will include vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, artisan products, free cooking demonstrations, live music and more.
Bench press competition: The YMCA Greystone Branch will host a bench press competition Aug. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the first year for the competition, which will allow participants to test elements of strength and endurance. The competition is open to YMCA members only, but there is a 20/20 referral program going on, which allows a current YMCA member the option to refer an individual to join the YMCA, and both individuals would receive a 20-percent discount off their memberships indefinitely. The competition is open to both males and females ages 16 and older, and will consist of one repetition max (1RM). For more information, visit YMCABham.org/register-for-programs or contact Greystone Branch Healthy Living Director Andrea Pindroh at 981-0144.