Saturday, January 30, 2010

Learn to TANGO for Valentine's Day and benefit Children's Dance Foundation!

Takes Two to Tango Image
With Valentine's Day around the corner, think outside the box of chocolates... Mesmerize your partner with a close embrace of staccato steps that is the mysterious and passionate Tango. 
Join us to enjoy dessert, drinks and a Tango dance lesson taught by guest teaching artist
Fabian Sanchez,*
from ABC's hit show
Dancing with the Stars.
Children's Dance Foundation
1715 27th Court South,Birmingham
Saturday, February 13th

$75 couple / BUY TICKETS

Event is limited to 30 couples.
*Guest artist subject to change.  In the event of an unexpected media engagement, another professional teaching artist will be provided by Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
 This event benefits Children's Dance Foundation and is presented by
Fabian Sanchez with Fred Astaire Dance StudiosNabeel's    Icing on the Cookie
Franklin's Homewood GourmetDreamcakes

Valentine's Bouquets from Lagniappe Designs in Crestline!

Lagniappe Designs in Crestline Village has Valentine's Bouquets that can be DELIVERED! Call for details: 870-5061 (New Containers coming in daily, so container may not be match photograph.) Click HERE to see Lagniappe Designs floral arrangements for weddings and special events.

Should YOU be a member of our chamber?

Listen to our merchants talk about
how our chamber has helped their business!
(The Fred Smith Group, The Cook Store, Mountain Brook Plaza and the Hampton Inn)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Valentines 20% off offer on VERIZON phones! (Chamber Members only!)

Mountain Brook Chamber Members
Valentine’s Day Specials
Offered by Cellular Sales and Verizon Wireless
Mountain Brook Plaza location only 

Cellular Sales & Verizon Wireless would like to extend a Valentine’s Day offer good for the month of February 2010! This special is good for all Mountain Brook Chamber Members  Please bring in a copy of the February Chamber newsletter and receive a 20% discount on all accessories. All fees will be waived (upgrade, set up, and contact transfer fees) with the purchase of your new Verizon Wireless equipment.

Valentines is a great time to surprise your sweet heart with that new Verizon Wireless gift of technology.  Cellular Sales and Verizon Wireless offer the new Droid products along with our fantastic Blackberry line for full connectivity to the internet and email. Verizon Wireless broadband devices are also on sale! What a great way to stay connected to the internet as you live, work, and travel in our nationwide coverage area!

Call Cliff Lumpkin at 205-401-3599 to set up a private appointment and personalized service. With an appointment, Cliff can also redeem your Village Gold gift certificates. What an awesome way to support your Mountain Brook Chamber!   Cliff Lumpkin - Cellular Sales / Verizon Wireless 205-401-3599

Meet our New Chamber Board Members!

Our Annual Meeting reviewed an outstanding year with a video presentation highlighting events, new membership, the success of our marketing campaign, our new advances in technology and communication, and the efforts of numerous volunteers!  The new Mountain Brook Guide was introduced and passed out, and our new Board members were introduced!  It's going to be a GREAT NEW YEAR!   Do you need to be a part of it?  Join us by clicking HERE!  Want to know more about our chamber?  Visit our website or review our past newsletters!

Meet our new 2010 Board Members!
Sam Gaston, Elizabeth Lyman, John Rucker, Howard Torch, Lee Perry, Derick Belden (Not pictured:  Chuck Branch)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sneak Peak of the New Mountain Brook Guide!

The New Guide is 4 1/2" x 9", so the perfect size for your pocket or purse. Filled with lots of visitor information and three detailed fold-out, pull-out maps, it's a great resource for anyone who shops here, dines here, or just wants to see what Mountain Brook is all about!

Half-page advertisers will have guides available in their place of business.  You can also find them at the chamber, and at various tourist destinations throughout Birmingham and the State.  If you would like to volunteer to help us distribute guides, please contact the chamber!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fundraiser for fallen Police Office Phillip Davis at Otey's Tavern Saturday, January 30th

This Saturday, January 30th @ 3pm we are having a cookout to benefit Pelham Police officer Phillip Davis who was shot and killed making a routine traffic stop earlier this year. He has a young family and we are trying to raise money to help pay off his mortgage. Come to Otey's Saturday @ 3pm and donate a minimum of $10 dollars and get a free hamburger or Hotdog. At 9pm the band Sure, Why Not? (Will Haver, Chris Staggs, Aaron McDonald, and Bill Chambliss) will be performing.

Visit us on the web by clicking HERE

Slideshow of Village to Village Run 2010!

Did you miss the Village to Village Run on January 23rd? Over 600 people participated!   It's an annual event, so don't miss it next year!  Thank you to our sponsor, Lemak Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, and to the many people who donated time, prizes, and energy!  Here's a link to the 2010 event.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Casuals Etcetera Trunk Show - January 28th to February 8th

Need some color to cheer you up for the winter?

Look at these GORGEOUS options!  Primroses are a cool weather plant that will live indoors as a house plant if you give them lots of water and keep them away from direct heat, or outdoors as long as there is not another HARD FREEZE like we just experienced.  Find them at Oak Street Garden Shop in Crestline!  Read more about them and get directions HERE

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Briarcliff Shop celebrating 50 YEARS with STOREWIDE SALE! (pic)

English Village-2003 Cahaba Road Birmingham, AL, 35223
Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm




The Briarcliff Shop is having a BIG Sale. Celebrating 50 years, everything is 20-50% off and lamps  will be 30% off,  today through January 23rd.  Come see what awesome buys we have!

Portrait Painting Demonstration in Oils: February 24

One of my all-time favorite artists and teachers will be in Birmingham on Wednesday, February 24th to do a painting demonstration in oil at Portraits Inc. (formerly Portrait Brokers of America).  Dawn Whitelaw is not only a terrific painter, she is a wonderful communicator about the painting process and has taught and inspired a legion of wonderful painters including Michael Shane Neal and Roger Dale Brown.

Reservations for the demonstration and the lunch to follow are required.  Space is limited so don't wait to get your name on the list.  My personal recommendation is to bring along some "opera glasses" or small binoculars so you can observe the painting and her brushwork as if you are on top of the painting yourself!  It was Dawn who taught me this trick and I've been grateful ever since!
~ Gayle Hurley, Gayle Hurley Fine Art

Here are the details:

The event is  Wednesday, February 24th
Demonstration in oil is from 9:30 to 11:30
Lunch is 11:30 - 1:00
Demo will be a Conversation Piece* which includes a child or children
Cost $25.00
To reserve a spot call Portraits Inc. 205-879-1222  (ask for Margie)
Portraits, Inc / Birmingham
2801 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

*A conversation piece is a smaller painting that includes people in a setting  like a beach scene.   Visit Dawn's website for some samples of her beautiful work.
Note: You are among the first to hear about this so act soon if you're interested.  Also, anyone is welcome to attend so spread the word.
Location  is next door to Loretta Goodwin Gallery.  Click here for directions.

Want to Join the Mountain Brook Art Association? Here's how...

The only requirement for membership is that you live within 25 miles of Mountain Brook City Hall located at 56 Church St., Mountain Brook, AL  35213. Annual dues are *$30 (payable to "MBAA") and are due in January.

Dues and directory information may be mailed to the Assistant Treasurer, David Nichols at 4001 Greystone Dr., Birmingham, AL  35242.

Any address, phone or email changes may be sent to or mailed to the address above.

Your listing on our website:  Please send a photo or jpeg image of a painting and one of your face for the website to (or to Gayle Hurley, 4120 Shiloh Dr., Birmingham, AL  35213).  You may also send her info to put on a separate artist page including:
   - your contact info
   - a brief artist statement and/or resume
   - other affiliations, galleries, etc.

Image files should be in the size range of 640 x 480 pixels or smaller.

Current members must renew your membership by Mar. 1 in order to be included in the directory and the website. The new directory is distributed at the March meeting.  Members not renewing by Mar. 1 will be moved to an Inactive List and will be dropped the following year from the roll.  Dues paid by current members after the March meeting will be assessed a $5 late fee.

* = New members who join after the July meeting may pay prorated dues of $15 for the rest of the year.

Send in this information for the directory with your dues.
Zip Code
Home Phone
Cell or Business Phone
Email Address 

Next Event is April 10th!  Details HERE!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Detailed map of Village to Village Run POSTED HERE

Village to Village Run is NEXT SATURDAY, January 23rd.  Click HERE for more race information, to register, or to download a large version of the map below.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A MEAL TO HEAL at Mafiaoza's - Monday, January 25th - to benefit ovarian cancer research

RSVP by January 15th by clicking HERE
More details by clicking HERE to visit the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation website

Friday, January 8, 2010

YOU'RE INVITED to see the new accounting offices of Chamber Members, Lovoy Summerville, BEFORE tax season!

205 970-9080


Need more details about the Election to renew Education Tax?

Please VOTE January 26th to renew that tax that supports our schools! Details are provided on the Mountain Brook City Hall blog HERE.

Help us maintain the excellence of our schools by voting YES on January 26th!  Click on image below to view larger...

Show Your Support for your NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM with items from Brombergs! (Pics!)

Lots of After-Christmas Sales!

Lots of after-Christmas sales will be posted HERE Check back frequently as we will be updating it DAILY!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Mtn Brook Schools NEED YOUR VOTE! Save the date, Jan 26th!

SEEKING APPLICANTS from Mtn Brook for Census! Part-Time $15/hour


Who owns Indie Candy in Crestline? And why allergen-free candy?

- From the Birmingham News, "South News" section 1/6/2010 by William Thornton

Did you miss webcast of Mtn Brook teacher, Melinda Storey, at The White House?

Mountain Brook teacher being honored at White House

By William Thornton -- The Birmingham News

January 06, 2010, 12:25PM
Melinda Storey.jpg 
Melinda Storey of Mountain Brook (Birmingham News file)   

A Mountain Brook Elementary teacher is being honored at the White House this afternoon with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.
Melinda Storey, a teacher for 18 years in the Mountain Brook system, is one of two teachers in Alabama to receive the award, which was announced last July. Storey teaches gifted students third through sixth grades, specializing in science.
More than 100, science, math and engineering teachers around the country won the award, which is given each year to teachers or organizations who mentor students in science and engineering courses.
The teachers will receive the award, which comes with $10,000 from the National Science Foundation for use in the classroom.
Teachers are nominated for the award by colleagues, administrators or students. The winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators. The other teacher in Alabama to receive the award was Haley James of Toney.
The event will be webcast live at at 12:30 CST.

"Just a Chat" with reference asst at Emmet O'Neal Library!

 - Birmingham News  "South News Section" 12/23/09 by William Thornton

Monday, January 4, 2010

What is the Mountain Brook Wellness Challenge?


Mark your calendars - Sunday, Jan 24, 2-3PM - Bham News, Bill Thornton, signing new book!

Bill Thornton, a journalist who often covers events in Mountain Brook for The Birmingham News, is having a book signing at Emmet O'Neal Library on January 24th, 2-3PM.  His new book, "Brilliant Disguises", has been in the works for 3 years and was conceived from a memorable Kurt Vonnegut quote, "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."  Read more about it HERE and mark your calendars!

Twitter Tutorial for New Users

What could the economic impact of The 3/50 Project be on our community?

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Marketing Presentation

Video of Crestline Halloween Parade courtesy of Stephen Wolfe!