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Light on the Mountain Gala – MSUMC
CELEBRATE AND BE THANKFUL! The 2015 Light on the Mountain Gala will be on Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30pm. Come and enjoy a bountiful holiday feast while honoring the 2015 Light on the Mountain Award recipients and enjoying a lively auction and other fun entertainment. Make reservations in the Narthex or by calling the church office. Invite your friends and neighbors!

THE LITTLE GREEN STORE – special events page
Join us Thursday, November 19th from 5pm to 9pm for this Winter’s Gallery Tour featuring local artist, Rebekah Bynum. Rebekah received her BFA from the University of Montevallo in 1999 and has been a working artist for the past fifteen years. Her works include still-life, landscapes, architectural renderings and murals; though her primary focus is on portraiture.

Rebekah’s current landscape series, that will be on display at The Little Green Store and Gallery, attempts to walk the line between realism and abstraction. By breaking down her surroundings, whether an ocean, field, or forest, she seeks to capture the serene mood and inherent beauty that surrounds us all if we only slow down long enough to notice.

Enjoy live entertainment by Blake Nix and Lucy Thomas. Along with some great hors d’oeuvres and good company!

Wednesday Night Dinner December 2, 2015 at 5:30pm
Homer Hickam speaking and signing his book Carrying Albert Home
Monte Sano United Methodist Church. Suggested donation $7.50 adult, $3 youth, children under 12 free.

MSUMC member Homer Hickam’s just published 18th book Carrying Albert Home, set in 1935, is the funny, poignant story of his Mom’s pet alligator and the journey his parents took to get him from West Virginia back to Florida where he came from. Baby Albert was a wedding gift from a former suitor (actor Buddy Ebsen!) and Elsie’s darling pet, but her husband insisted she let him go when he reached over four feet and chased him down the stairs once too often.  She insisted Albert must go back to Florida. A crazy adventure, this family legend teaches us what love, in its many forms, really means.

Best known for his #1 NY Times memoir Rocket Boys, made into the award winning film October Sky, Homer and his wife Linda (Terry) live is SE Huntsville, on the side of Weatherly Mountain.

This book will be available for sale (cash or check please) and Homer will personalize them for all your special gifting. For more information, contact Linda at LTerry@hiwaay.net

Simply Christmas 4th Annual Artisan Gift Bazaar – MSUMC
The Monte Sano United Methodist Church will host Simply Christmas 2015 on Saturday, December 5 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This exciting arts and crafts show is conveniently located at the beautiful Monte Sano United Methodist Church at 601 Monte Sano Boulevard in Huntsville, Alabama. Simply Christmas 2015 will be even bigger and better for all!

Start your day with a pancake breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and shop while listening to live holiday music throughout the day. Pick up holiday treats or last-minute meals at the popular Bake and Casserole Sale, and watch your children create special Christmas ornaments to add to your holiday decor. A unique international crèche display will also be open. You’ll find many gift ideas from more than 35 local artists featuring everything from handmade clothing items to photography and painting, fused glass, jewelry, alpaca wool designs, and Huntsville original Jala-Jala jalapeno jellies, sauces, and rubs.Four local authors and their newest releases will be available for purchase and gift signing, including Homer Hickam and his newest book, “Carrying Albert Home.”

Make Simply Christmas a family tradition and join us Saturday, December 5!

BURRITT ON THE MOUNTAIN – current events page
We are decking the halls, the walls and the stalls! Burritt on the Mountain invites everyone to Kris Kringle’s Candlelight Christmas December 4th and 5th 5-9 p.m. The kids will love to see Kris Kringle in the Burritt Mansion from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. He has to get the reindeer to bed early as he has a busy month coming up!The star-lit mountain will be mirrored by more than 600 candles, adding to the nostalgic feel of the holidays. Music will be heard throughout the mansion and the park; cider, cookies and tasty figgie pudding will keep us warm. Children will enjoy stringing cranberries and popcorn, making paper punch ornaments, creating handmade cards and icing cookies. Our evening wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Kris Kringle. Sitting next to the fire in the Baron Bluff, he will be on hand for a chat. Many who have come to Candlelight Christmas have felt there was no better way to start the holiday season in a festive non-commercial setting. Admission is General Admission for non-Burritt members and $2 for members.

Important message from Huntsville Utilities: Huntsville Utilities’ employees DO NOT wear shorts on the job. Our employees will also have a badge and clothing that identifies them as an HU employee. Unless we are lighting gas pilot lights, Huntsville Utilities’ employees do not enter the homes of customers. We do not perform any type of repair work inside the residence of a customer and will not ask for passage through a home to gain access to an easement or alley. Our services for, electric, natural gas, and water stop at the meter. In the event we have visited a home and the home was not occupied, we will leave a door tag on the primary entrance of the residence. Also, a clearly marked Huntsville Utilities vehicle will be in the vicinity. If at any time you feel suspect about someone misrepresenting Huntsville Utilities, please do not hesitate to call us directly at 256-535-1200.

Awana Club at Monte Sano Baptist Church Our regular Awana club will begin the next Wednesday (September 16th) from 6:00-7:30. All kids ages 3+ welcome. Kids have fun playing age-appropriate games, memorizing Bible verses in small groups and learning more about the Bible in our large group. We meet in the Activity Building/gym and would love for you to come join us!

Tai Chi – Mondays beginning on Mon. Sept 14th The location is United Methodist Church on Monte Sano in the administrative building behind the church. The cost is $10.00 a class. Contact Lynn Anderson at 256-424-2221 or lynn.yurt.anderson@comcast.net.

  • 9:30-10:30am- Beginning  Tai Chi, an ancient  slow moving meditation that helps with balance and  coordination. It’s meditative qualities can help one feel less stressed and more centered in their life. Its gentle movements are suitable for older adults. Wear comfortable clothes.
  • 11:00am to 12noon, “Meditation and Energy Movement.” This class will explore  techniques and meditations  such as breath work, self -massage, experiencing  your own auric field and  understanding how to facilitate healing for yourself and others. Bring a yoga mat.

Monte Sano Blvd Development UPDATE For those who missed the meeting tonight, or those who’d like another look, attached is the revised concept that the developer, John Blue, presented to attendees at the Monte Sano United Methodist Churchtonight. There were roughly 80 people in attendance, and after a brief presentation, Q&A ran for well over an hour. Some of these included:

What zoning are you asking for? PUD, or Planned Unit Development, which will allow for a mix of housing and use types on the lot. What is your timeline? The developer still needs to conduct some site engineering studies, so they don’t anticipate going before Planning Commission (the official body that would approve or reject the plan) until this Fall, at the earliest. Pending approval, construction would likely not start until the middle of next year. How will residents find out about the Planning Commission meeting? The City mandates that all property owners within 500′ be notified two weeks prior by certified mail. In addition the Civic Association will inform residents as well, in terms of time/date of the hearing. There was some concern from residents that the meeting be communicated as widely as possible. MSCA has used Facebook, the MSCA newsletter, and e-mail to try to get the word out but, recognizing that not everyone is on-line, would appreciate any additional suggestions or avenues. How big are the lots? There are eight smaller lot sites (in the orange on the plan) that are roughly 60′x60′. The rest of the sites are 70′ frontage by 150′ depth; a few are slightly smaller, some are slightly larger. In general, the larger ones are about 12,000 square feet each. How much would the lots cost? There was some SWAG on this, because there is still a good bit of civil engineering work that needs to occur, but preliminary estimates are $60-80K for the small lots, and $150K for the large. Keep in mind, these are estimates for the LOTS only, and they do not include the cost of the house that might be built on any given site. How will you keep it from looking cookie-cutter? Similar to the approach in Lendon and on the Ledges (and as has been done in other communities like Providence), a pattern book is used to dictate materials and details, but the house plans themselves can vary based on the individual lot owner’s needs. What about the piece fronting Monte Sano Boulevard (on the left of the attached image)? There was a good bit of debate about this. The majority in attendance were not in favor of a commercial (general store-type) use on the site, though there were a few who strongly disagreed. The worries ranged from impact on immediate neighbors to viability in a smaller community. No consensus was reached, and we don’t want to speak for the developer, but it appeared as though they might have resigned themselves to NOT including a commercial parcel. MSCA will attempt to confirm the developer’s intent after they’ve had time to digest the community input. There had been discussion about conducting a community-wide survey, but there was again concern that not everyone would be reached. Why do you want to do this? The developer felt like there would be a market for smaller-lot homes on the mountain. In some cases for young families who might not be ready for a larger home. In other cases, for older residents who wanted to stay on the Mountain, but wanted to downsize out of a larger home. There was a lot of disagreement on this point (and several others), but in the end the discussion was respectful and reflected well (I thought) on the community. We didn’t capture all the questions here – it went on for well over an hour – but feel free to ask in the comments, if you’d like additional information.


Huntsville Utilities Tree Trimming Huntsville Utilities will be sending a letter to every mountain resident affected by the pending tree trimming.  These letters will have a time, date & location for the resident to meet and talk with a HSV Utilities Representative about the trimming on their property.  The timetable for the letters has not been set.  But all meetings will be conducted before the trimming starts sometime this winter. UPDATE: I received a call from Huntsville Utilities with an update to the tree trimming on the mountain. They are currently trimming on Monte Sano Blvd & Nolen as of this morning and will continue on into the state park. This trimming is for a different substation than the majority of the mountain. These affected residents were notified by letter and the public meeting was held last April.

Inside Huntsville Episode 18 with Brenda Martin

WHAT IS THAT RED BOX IN THE LITTLE GREEN STORE PARKING LOT?? It is a Little Free Library! And it is for YOU! This little red “box” is packed with books to be shared by our community. The idea is Take one, Leave one. The books are always a gift, never for sale. It is for your enjoyment and reading! So GO AHEAD, TAKE ONE, LEAVE ONE… and tell your friends and neighbors. HAPPY READING!  This Little Free Library is maintained by Betsy Estopinal. Call 256-653-5364 with any concerns.   Earlier postings on this page for Lost & Found, For Sale, Business or Real Estate ads are located on the appropriate page.