Community of Hope Health Clinic Fundraiser Raises $16,000

On May 9, the Community of Hope Health Clinic raised $16,000 at its fundraiser. The funds will be used to purchase new medical equipment and provide funds for administration and any maintenance needed at the facility. These purchases and repairs will enable the clinic to provide proper care for its patients. The clinic is free for uninsured persons residing in Shelby County who meet certain poverty guidelines and are between the ages of 19 and 64. For more information on how to donate to this cause, email

23rd Gone Fishin’ Not Just Wishin’

On May 10-12 more than 1,000 special needs children from throughout Shelby and Jefferson counties turned out to participate in the 23rd annual Gone Fishin’ Not Just Wishin’ event. The exceptional anglers fishing event began 23 years ago as a small affair and has grown over the years. The event at Oak Mountain gives these extraordinary children an opportunity to socialize with others, as well as participate in an outdoor activity. Besides learning skills for successful interaction, the children gain knowledge in how to be thankful. They are required to write a thank you note to the volunteers that were involved in assisting the children with their fishing.

Blackwatch Sports Performance Hosts Block Party

On May 13, Blackwatch Sports Performance hosted its first ever block party. It included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, inflatable house, food vendors and more. Blackwatch is a local group that provides health wellness, sports clinics and camps, performance training, team sports, injury prevention and other programs. Their services are available for all ages and skill levels. For more information on Blackwatch and the programs/services offered, visit their website

Thousands Gather for 16th Annual Buck Creek Festival

May 12 and 13 marked the 16th year of the Buck Creek Festival celebrated in Helena, Alabama. Thousands gathered for two days to enjoy a variety of food, arts and crafts and activities along with various musical groups providing live entertainment both days. The legendary duck race took place on Saturday afternoon. Money raised at this annual event is donated to various charities and community projects every year. To see images from this event or learn more about this annual event, visit