LEGO SCULPTURES ENGROSS ENTIRE FAMILIES

Hurry before May 20 and check out the 14 amazing sculptures made from nearly half a million Lego bricks at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. SW, Huntsville, AL 35805. The exhibit is called “Nature Connects – Art with Lego Bricks,” and was created by New York artist Sean Kenney.

This exhibit is set in 14 various scenes and engages  people of all ages by creating Lego sculptures modeled from classic toys, insects, animals and popular hobbies.

SPAIN PARK CAPTURES STATE HOOPS CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to the Spain Park Lady Jaguars, who captured their first-ever state basketball title with a 56-26 win over McGill-Toolen in the Class 7A state championship game.

The Jags were led by Clare Holt, who had 20 points and was named the tournament MVP, and Sarah Ashlee Barker, who scored 12 points and recorded nine rebounds. Sarah Ashlee was named to the all-tournament team.

Spain Park finished the season with a 31-6 record.

FIRST BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCIENCE FAIR HELD

Alabama Public Television recently hosted its first Black History Month Science Fair in partnership with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre and Birmingham-based, scientific nonprofit Southern Research.

Winners in the individual category were Elizabeth Mitchelle, “Solar Panel Powered Planter,” Escambia County Middle School, first place; Henry Watson, “Loonie G Johnson,” Rucker Boulevard Elementary, second place; and Shontia Martin, “100 Ways to do Peanuts,” Escambia County Middle School, third place.

Winners of the group category were Amber King, Latiyana Holder, Malachi Moye and Ashlyn Kiser with “Soil Painting” from Southside Preparatory Magnet Academy, first place; Jyrio Brown and Tenya Brown with “Making Light with Potatoes” from Escambia County Middle School, second place; and Willie Walker and Layla Moberg with “Stringing the Hearts of Many” from Escambia County Middle School, third place.

Participants were served lunch and attended a performance of BCT’s “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.”

NEW INTERNET PURCHASE LOCATIONS SET UP IN HOOVER

Hoover city officials and Hoover Police Department officers established new internet purchase exchange locations at three spots throughout the city. These areas are for those who are buying, selling or trading items on the internet and need a place to meet with someone they might not know. The stations also eliminate the need for two strangers to exchange items at a residence. The locations are public, well-lit and have video surveillance, providing more peace of mind for in-person transactions.

Locations of the stations are City Hall, 100 Municipal Lane, upper parking lot; Fire Station 7, 100 Inverness Parkway; and Fire Station 10, 3537 Market St. (Ross Bridge area).

Hoover police officers share the following safety tips:

1. Always use common sense with online/internet transactions. Keep in mind you are still meeting with someone you don’t know. Technology should not be a substitute for caution and sound judgment.

2. Avoid going alone. There is safety in numbers, so do not go by yourself.

3. Try to meet during daytime hours.

4. If you ever feel unsafe, call 911 immediately.

ALABAMA SCHOOL SAFETY COUNCIL CREATED

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced the formation of a school safety council, entitled Securing Alabama Facilities of Education (SAFE), to make recommendations on securing schools, following the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Legislators, as well as officials from education, public safety, mental health and information technology, joined the governor for the March announcement.

She outlined a four-pronged approach: securing schools; engagement and intervention with students who are identified as posing risks of violence; updating and standardizing emergency operation plans; and formation of the council.

Now, council members reportedly will ensure that schools have updated security response plans, as well as strategies for sharing information about potential threats. Schools will be required to train students and school employees on how to respond in active shooter situations.

Ivey said she supports legislation allowing schools to use money from a state technology fund on security measures.

Hoover Resident Appears on “Jeopardy!”

After a decade of trying, Zach Dark, a Hoover-based 31-year-old investment analyst, got to be on a “Jeopardy!” episode that aired March 12 on WIAT­–Channel 42 in Birmingham.

Zach says he auditioned twice for the show, once in Memphis and once in Nashville, for the college “Jeopardy!” competition while he was at Samford University between 2004 and 2008. He auditioned again in Atlanta for the adult show in 2015 but didn’t get called to be on the show.

He went back to Nashville for another audition last summer and got a phone call in November during which he was invited to Culver City, California, for a taping in December.