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Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call - First Saturday each month from 8:AM-9:30AM - 100 Pryor Street (at RR tracks) Contact Director Sandy Thompson 256.771.7578

Athens Cruise In on the Square - Every first Saturday April through October only! 3-8PM.

The Athens Dulcimers meet at 6:30 p.m. at Athens Recreation Center 1st & 3rd Thursday night of each month. Contact Jerry Todd for more information 256.233.1262.

Pickin' & Grinnin' at Ardmore every Thursday night at 6:30 PM at the Ardmore TN Annex Building, 256-423-7588

Pickin' & Grinnin' at Elkmont every Monday night at 6:30 PM at the Elkmont Depot, 931-427-6296

Every Wednesday at 10:-11:00 AM – Storytime at Elkmont Library (Depot). Different themes each week. Contact 256-732-3703.

Zumba Fitness with Hannah is held every Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Athens State University Sandridge Student Center unless otherwise noted. Classes are $5 per person with every 5th class free. For more information please contact Hannah Each at (256) 749-5485.

PARTNERS IN PINK - All breast cancer survivors living in the Athens area are invited to attend the monthly meeting of Partners in Pink, an Athens Breast Cancer Support Group. Partners in Pink meet in the Education Room of the Athens-Limestone Hospital on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6pm. For additional information please contact: Tammy Woodward or call 256-206-6052


Upcoming Events and Activities


Smithsonian exhibit | The way we worked

The Limestone County Archives, in cooperation with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition

CASA (Care Assurance Systems for the Aging and Homebound) is seeking donations of small space heaters (110 voltage). Requests have already begun coming in according to Sandra Zirbel, Director of the Limestone County CASA. “All donations made to CASA will be used here for our elderly in this county.” Another program coordinated by CASA which helps elderly homeowners and tenants is the “Weatherization Program” which readies homes for winter.  “This is a good project for a church group, a supervised school group, or just a group of friends who enjoy working together,” states Zirbel. She urges concerned citizens of Limestone County to call CASA at 256-777-1038  for more details.  

Creamery Tours Now Available at Belle Chevre - Visitors to Belle Chevre’s new creamery in the heart of Elkmont will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour with no call-ahead notice and learn the ins and outs of how America’s best goat cheese is made. Guided tours are also optional during set hours or by calling ahead. The tours will include the following: SELF-GUIDED: (Monday-Friday 8am-2:30pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm)GUIDED: (Monday through Saturday by calling ahead) - Book your Guided Tour using the form below or by calling the creamery at 1-888-549-1665 (toll free) or 256-732-4801.REGISTER ONLINE AT:

Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 511) On Going Fund Raiser
1st Saturday of every month!! (11am - 2pm)
Turkey, Ham and Prize Shoot
(Chicken Stew for sale - $5.00 all you can eat or $5.00 per quart/$17.50 per gallon) located at 17915 W Elm St, Athens, Alabama
Call (256) 232-0029 for additional information


For more events visit our calendar of events or read our weekly newsletter    


In an on-going effort to raise monies for our Museum Expansion Project, we are selling a Museum “Challenge Coin” for $15.00. A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization




Two Limestone County Attractions Featured in New National Tourism Campaign.
The two culinary destinations located in Limestone County highlighted in the national campaign are Belle Chevre Creamery and Cheese Shop  in Elkmont and 1818 Farms in Mooresville. Read More

New Academic Year Brings Five Faculty Promotions at Athens State  With the convening of Athens State University’s 2014/2015 academic year – the 193rd for the institution - five faculty members will be promoted within their ranks. Read more

August 21 - Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The Capt. Thomas H. Hobbs Camp 768 will meet at 6:00 p.m.   at the Alabama Veterans Museum. Pat Godwin will discuss Gen. N.B. Forrest's Third Battle in Selma. Public invited.

August 21st - Senior Lunch Matinee Show Yesterdays Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL Age 62 and older are invited to enjoy this special show featuring Kevin Adams complete with lunch for $10.00. Event begins at 11:00AM. Groups welcome. Reservation required.

August 22nd - Hickory Barn BBQ Benefit Concert at Milk Way Farms Show Barn Milk Way Farm  Pulaski, TN. Country and Rock collide at the Milky Way Farm Show Barn when Matt Prater and Mike Curtis and Second Creek perform. It will be a fun night of music, food, drinks and desserts. Cost is $15.00 and tickets can be purchased by  calling 256-710-8826 or 931-808-2281.

August 23rd - Sue Sirten Pancake Fundraiser Applebee's  U.S. Highway 72E, Athens. Join the community to come to the aid of Mrs. Sue Sirten, widow of Vietnam Veteran, Bernard Sirten, who lost his battle with cancer on July 13, during this Pancake Fundraiser at Applebee's. Tickets are $5.00 and advanced purchase is required. For tickets, please call between 8:00AM-9:00PM to 256-444-0932.

August 23rd - Ardmore Crape Myrtle Festival John Barnes Park 30510 Ardmore Ridge Road, Ardmore, TN Join the Ardmore AL/TN Chamber of Commerce for a day of music, fun and vendors. For more information, Wendi Brake 256-278-5524

August 23rd - 2014 General Joe's Car Show Joe Wheeler State Park, Rogersville. Come enjoy the classic, custom, street rod and muscle cars as the roll in at Joe Wheeler State Park. Register your ride today with the registration form.

August 23rd - Summer Lunch Cruise Pickwick Belle Dock Ingalls Harborn, Decatur, AL Departing from the dock at 12:00PM, return 2:00PM. Come and enjoy a summer day on the Tennessee River aboard an authentic paddle wheel river boat with live entertainment featuring Danny Churchwell. Menu: To be announced Cost: Adults 12-55 years - $29.99 + tax & gratuity per person; Children 3-11 - $21.99 + tax & gratuity per child. Reservations Required. Pickwick Belle reserves the right to cancel a cruise if minimum number of passengers is not met - please call for reservations. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-936-2355

August 23rd - Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre Bell Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room. Join Belle Chevre for a Cajun-inspired meal. Menu includes: Fried Gulf Oysters, Chicken Conecuh Sausage Gumbo on White Rice, Banana Bread Napoleon with Whipped Chevre and Bruleed Banana. Reserve your seats for either 5:15PM or 7:15PM meals by calling 256-732-3577

August 29th - ALCA Hosts “Holding The Fort” Book Signing  Athens and Limestone County have a magnificent story to share about how generations of African-Americans were educated during the Civil War era through the American Civil Right Movement at the Trinity School.

Hosted by the Athens Limestone County Association, author Charlotte Fulton will be autographing copies of Holding The Fort at the Trinity High School Grand Reunion Picnic...  Read more

August. 30th - 4th annual Elkmont High School Band Car Show
will be Saturday, August 30th at Elkmont High School. Times for the show will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm.To pre-register your vehicle before show will be $15.00 per vehicle and to register your vehicle the day of the show will be $20.00 per vehicle. It will be $5.00 at the gate to enter the show for spectators.
Entertainment this year will be the bands, Section 8 and Highwyre. We will have food vendors, including homemade ice cream and lots of merchandise vendors.

$100.00 will be given away every hour to car owners only and lots of nice door prizes, also. Over-all winner of this year’s show will receive a custom built trophy and 10% of the entry fees.
We are giving away a 2007 Chevy engine, a set of new leather seats out of a Mach 1 Mustang, Snap-On prizes and much more. For more information on the car show contact Mike Ikard at 256-431-0542

Also this year we will be pre-selling tickets for a chance on a 1940 Farmall tractor named “Smokin’ Sally. The tractor is being donated by Brian Willis of assist auction for all the money to be donated back to the school with 25% going to the band and 75% going to Elkmont School to buy supplies for classrooms. The tickets are $2.00 per chance and the drawing will be august 30th at the Elkmont car show. Tickets can be purchased from Mike Ikard, Keila’s Hair Salon and Assist Auction. They will be also sold the day of the car show.

August 1st - 31st - Soccer Shot for ages 2-8 Registrations Athens Recreational Center. For more information, visit


September Events

Smithsonian exhibit | The way we workedThe Limestone County Archives, in cooperation with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition.  Get more details

Sept. 1st - Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration
The annual Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration will be held 10 am-4 pm at the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery (4945 Coon Dog Cemetery Rd, Cherokee, AL. Event is free. Music by Kerry Gilbert and the KGB Band and The Southern Strangers, plus arts and crafts, buck dancing and liar’s contests. L.O. Bishop BBQ and souvenirs for sale to benefit the Friends... Read more

Sept. 4 -9th A 328 feet long piece of American history will be docked at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur, Alabama and will be available for public tours. The USS LST 325 is a World War II vessel that was part of the D-Day Invasion at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. This ship is one of the last of her kind and is the only working LST in the United States. Read More

Sept. 6th - General Joe Wheeler Annual Birthday Celebration – The public is invited to this event to be held Saturday, September 6 from 9am – 2pm at Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Plantation in Hillsboro, AL. Visitors will be able to sample cake made from a family recipe said to be the General’s favorite, explore the grounds, see re-enactors firing a working Civil War cannon and view various folk artists demonstrating their skills. The celebration will begin with a welcoming ceremony at 10am with local Boy Scouts presenting the flags. The Lost Cause String Band will be performing on the front porch of the Wheeler House from noon – 1pm. The LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Bloodmobile will be on-site for a blood drive. Access to the grounds is free. Guided tour of the house is $8 for adults, $5 seniors/college students/military and $3 children 6 – 18, free for children under 6. Tours will be offered from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. beginning every half hour. Pond Spring is located in Lawrence County in Hillsboro, three miles east of Courtland, on Alabama Highway 20 (US Alt. 72). For more information contact Kara Long at 256-637-8513.

Sept. 17th - A Celebration of the Constitution

The celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1955. The DAR petitioned Congress to set aside the week of September17-23 annually to be dedicated to the observance of the Constitution. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution promote and support patriotism, historic preservation, and quality education for children. Athens State University and the John Wade Keyes Chapter DAR will host the Celebration of the Constitution at McCandless Hall at Athens State University at noon on September 17th. Dr. Ron Fritze, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Athens State University states, 'We are excited to offer this exceptional program for our community and to commemorate the Constitution. We will also recognize the students who participate in a history quiz that will allow them the chance to learn about this most important American document and also allows them to potentially win book scholarships.'

The celebration will offer a patriotic program, including music, special guest speaker Captain Alan Maiorano, USN (retired) and the presentation of several student scholarships. An all-American lunch will be offered at 11:30, preceding the program, outside McCandless Hall on the Athens State University Campus on September 17th. The event is free and open to the public.

Sept 20th - 11th Annual Duck and Run 5K and Fun Run

KALB will host their 11th annual Duck and Run 5K and Fun Run. All levels of participation are welcome at this well-organized, certified race. Run it, walk it, or jog it. Just come and have fun while supporting a great organization.

The Duck and Run is a mildly challenging 5K that will take runners and walkers through the historic neighborhoods of downtown Athens and around the Courthouse Square. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run will begin at 9:00 a.m., both beginning and ending at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens.

There are no gimmicks. Just a great race sponsored by Fleet Feet with a very experienced race director, Eric Patterson, organizing the event.

Pre-registration for the 5K is $20 and must be postmarked by 9/13/14. Late/race day registration is $25. Fun Run registration is $10.

Packet pickup and late registration will be held on Thursday, September 18th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports in Huntsville and on Friday, September 19th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the KALB office, 125 East St., Athens  Race day registration will begin at 6:45 a.m.

All registered runners will receive a race t-shirt and goody bag. Pre-registration will guarantee size.

$1/Minute Massages
HealthSource of Athens staff will be present to provide $1/minute massages for participants and spectators. All proceeds from the massages will be given to Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. Anyone wishing to support KALB while getting a great massage are welcome!

Proceeds from this event will benefit the work of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, whose mission is to empower citizens of Athens and Limestone County to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environment. This mission is reached through programs such as Adopt-A-Spot, Elk River cleanups, providing Clean and Green opportunities at outdoor community events, taking environmental education into city and county schools, the annual Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO, and much more.

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Sept 6th - Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call 8AM 100 Pryor Street Athens call Director Thompson at 256-771-7578


Oct 4th - Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call 8AM 100 Pryor Street Athens call Director Thompson at 256-771-7578

Oct 15-24 - Athens-Limestone Hospital is offering a trip to Italy! Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Florence, Venice and more...


Nov 1st - Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call 8AM 100 Pryor Street Athens call Director Thompson at 256-771-7578


Dec 6th  -  Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call 8AM 100 Pryor Street Athens call Director Thompson at 256-771-7578



Civil War Historical Site - The Battle of Sulphur Creek (Branch) Trestle

KALB - Got Electronics?  We'll take them YEAR AROUND! - It seems many still are unaware that our recycling center will take electronics any time during business hours.  It is no longer necessary to wait for a special collection day to properly dispose of your old electronics. More good news!  The center no longer charges a fee for CRT monitors.  The $8 per television disposal fee remains in place.  All other electronics are taken free of charge.  Hours of operation:  Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (lunch 11:30-12:30) Click HERE to learn more about what is accepted at the recycling center

Ways to access information on the City of Athens and Athens Utilities in emergency situations more...

Peace, Love & Animals Athens New NO-KILL Shelter in Tanner
Adopt one of these deserving pets at Peace, Love & Animals is a non-profit 501(c)3, No-kill animal rescue. email 256-233-4343 more
To learn more about us click here


The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library hold used book sales on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale is held at the library, 405 E. South St. For further information, please call (256) 232-1233.

The Alabama Veterans Museum needs volunteers! If you have a few hours per week and would like to help out, please call the museum at 256.771.7578. Pick the days and hours you would like to volunteer.

The Shirts-n-Skirts square dance club would like to invites anyone who would like to stop by. The 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month we meet at The Dance Factory on Freeman Ave then on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays we meet at the Athens Recreation Center on Hwy 31. all Kay 256-423-4141  more.

Information from Birdie Thornton Center's project director - Statewide waiting list for Adult Services through the Alabama department of Mental Health MR waiver.

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