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December 1st - 17th - Polar Express at Whistle Hollow Farms Whistle Hollow Farms 701 Lofton Hall Road, Ardmore, TN Choose from either 9:00AM or 12:00PM, Monday-Friday for an adventure on the farm. For more information or to make a reservation: 931-638-3501.

December 10th - 24th - Santa's Mailbox and Sleigh Visits Ardmore Ardmore Town Hall, Ardmore, AL Grab the letters to Santa Claus and your little one's and head to Santa's Mailbox to drop them off. Elves will check the box daily. Be sure to bring your camera and take photos at Santa's sleigh too.

December 12th -Santa Painting Class Nestle Toll House Cafe 1260 U.S. Highway 72E,  Athens, AL Join Sasha of Artistic Discovery for this Christmas painting project from 6:45PM-8:45PM. Students will be shown step-by-step how to paint a Santa on canvas. For ages 7 and up. 8"x10" Canvas $25.00; 11"x14" Canvas $35.00; 16"x20" Canvas $45.

December 12th - 14th -Bethlehem Walk Mable Hill Baptist Church 3778 Ready Section Road, Ardmore, AL. Join Mable Hill Baptist Church as they reenact the birth of Jesus in this annual walk through production. For more information click here

December 12th -The Unlikely Survivors Live State Line Lounge 18286 Minor Hill Highway, Minor Hill, TN. MAP Show starts at 8:00PM. For more information, 931-565-9713

December 13th -Junior Class Fundraiser Christmas Extravaganza Library and 9th Grade Hall, East Limestone High School, Athens, AL Come shop the vendors, silent auction and cake walk and let the kids enjoy pictures with Santa, face painting, ring toss and lots more from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

December 13th -Ardmore High School Christmas Concert 30285 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, AL The public is invited to come and enjoy their Christmas favorites performed by the Ardmore H.S. Band at 6:00PM

December 13th -Santa's Coming to Nestle Nestle Toll House Cafe 1260 U.S. Highway 72E, Suite 1, Athens, AL Grab the little one and makes some memories and a tasty treat too from 10:30AM-1:30PM. Cost is $5.00 per child and includes Decemberorating a cookie slice, small soda, coloring contest and a free picture with Santa. For more information, 256-232-0900

December 13th -Santa's Coming to Ardmore Ardmore Town Hall (Bryan House) 26494 First Street, Ardmore, AL Bring the children for a visit with Santa and get a free picture too from Noon until 3:00PM

December 13th -Historic Mooresville Holiday Home Tour and Progressive Dinner Mooresville, AL Mooresville puts on its holiday finest and invites you to enjoy the season with them. Bright, fresh greenery and red bows Decemberorate the street signs, Della Robbia wreaths colorfully Decemberk the public buildings and homes are Decemberorated in the traditions of Christmas Past. Reserve your space on this exclusive tour that will visit locations and homes from 2:00PM-7:00PM. Cost is $65.00 per person. For more information or make reservations:

December 13th -Sippin' Cider Downtown Athens, AL From 5:00PM to 8:00PM, participating merchants will offer sample tastings of their favorite cider recipe. Guests will vote by ballot for their favorite, and the cider receiving the most votes wins bragging rights for the year. The ballots will also serve as an entry to one of many door prizes to be given away.

December 13th -39th Annual Parade of Lights Joe Wheeler State Park 4403 McLean Drive, Rogersville, AL Grab your space along the shore as the Decemberorated boats cruise Wheeler Lake. Holiday Buffet will be served at Daniella's in the Park starting at 4:00PM. Boat Parade starts at 6:00PM. To participate in the parade, call Denita at 256-247-6971 or email To book your meal or room call 256-247-5461

December 13th -Cosmic Carols U.S. Space and Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL Enjoy live music performances while Decemberorating out-of-this-world cookies and creative festive holiday crafts 9:00AM-1:00PM. Grab a hot cocoa and sit down with Mrs. Clause for a reading of "The Polar Express" or learn about the science behind snowflakes. Event free with museum admission. Add "The Polar Express" movie at the Digital Theatre for $5.00; showings at 11:00AM, 1:00PM, and 3:00PM. For more information, please call 256-721-7155

December 14th -10th Annual Hunter Bauer Memorial Blood Drive Beasley Center 200 West Bryan Street, Athens, AL Give the gift of life at 12:00PM in this annual memorial blood drive.

December 14th - Athens State Community Band Christmas Concert. The Athens State University Community Band is gearing up for their annual Christmas Concert. The concert will be held in the Carter Gymnasium on Pryor Street on the northern border of campus.

The concert is at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public courtesy of the Livingston Concert Lecture Series with no reservations required. Click here to read more

December 15th -Clements High School Christmas Concert Clements Baptist Church 8690 U.S. Highway 72, Athens, AL The public is invited to enjoy the music of Christmas with the Clements High School band at 7:00PM

December 16th through February 25th - Alabama Center for the Arts to Host Showing of Work by Michael Liu. Artist Michael Liu will present Paper and Portraits, a showing of works on charcoal and paper cuttings at the Alabama Center for the Arts beginning on December 16 and lasting through February 25, 2015.

December 17th -Snowflake Cookie Cake Nestle Toll House Cafe 1260 U.S. Highway 72E, Suite I, Athens, AL Join Artistic Discovery from 6:00PM-7:30PM for this edible art project. Students will be instructed in Decemberorating a cookie cake with a snowflake with frosting. 9 inch Cookie Cake $37.00; 12 inch Cookie Cake $44.00 Register Here

December 18th -Senior Lunch Matinée​ Yesterdays Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL Come enjoy a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $10.00 and take in show with nationally renowned singer/impressionist, Kevin Adams for free with paid meal. Groups welcome (please contact Yesterdays for special instructions). Event begins at 11:00AM, show starts is Noon and last 60-75 minutes. All seating is reserved seating, reservation required. Please RSVP to:

December 19th - Santa Painting Party Nestle Toll House Cafe 1260 U.S. Highway 72E, Athens, AL Join Nestle Toll House Cafe and Artistic Discovery's Sascha from 6:45PM-8:45PM for an evening of step-by-step painting project that you take home at the end of the painting party. Ages 7 years and up are welcome. Cost is 8"x10" Canvas is $25.00; 11"x14" Canvas is $35.00; 16"x20" is $45.00 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

December 19th -The Unlikely Survivors Live State Line Lounge 18286 Minor Hill Highway, Minor Hill, TN MAP Show starts at 8:00PM. For more information, 931-565-9713

December 20th -Breakfast/Lunch with Santa Whistle Hollow Farm 701 Lofton Hall Road, Ardmore, TN Enjoy a meal with Santa! A full breakfast/lunch bar will be served. Bring your camera for photos with Santa and around the farm. Lots of surprises during the event. Three times to choose from: 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 3:00PM. Session seating maximum is 75 persons. Reservations required. Cost is $15.00 per person. For more information or to make reservations: 931-638-3501 or

December 22nd -Parent and Me Olaf Cookie Cake Nestle Toll House Cafe 1260 U.S. Highway 72E, Suite I, Athens, AL Join Artistic Discovery for fun and make some memories. Students will be instructed in creating Olaf in icing on a cookie cake. 9 inch Cookie Cake $50.00 Register Here

December 27th -Cody Chapman, Derrick Newton Band, Brian Shrader Live Ronnie's Place 4360 Salem Road, Minor Hill TN MAP Show starts at 8:00PM For more information: 931-565-3900

December 31st -Bad Brew Live Ronnie's Place 4360 Salem Road, Minor Hill TN MAP Show starts at 8:30PM For more information: 931-565-3900

December 31st -Yesterday's Rockin' New Year's Eve Variety Show Yesterday's Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL Don your party-wear and come enjoy a night of your favorite music with Brad Caswell and Lacey Snider. Following an intermission, The Flashbacks will take the stage and a dance floor will be opened to dance the night away. Show admission $25.00 and includes food and drinks. The evening begins with comfort foods: pizza, hot dogs, Chicken Tenders, BBQ Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Drinks and Dessert. There will be party hats and favors, a balloon drop and non-alcoholic champagne to toast at Midnight. Doors open at 7:00PM; dinner from 7:00PM-8:00PM, Variety Show from 8:00PM-10:45PM, intermission at 10:45PM-11:00PM and the Rockin' Dance Pary from 11:00PM-12:30AM. RSVP required, please specify if you plan to eat. RSVP to

December 31st -New Year's Eve Party Joe Wheeler State Park 4403 McLean Drive, Rogersville, AL Make your plans to ring in the new year with Joe Wheeler State Park. Packages begin at $160.00 and includes room for two, prime rib buffet for two, New Year's Eve party featuring DJ/CC Music Entertainment & Breakfast Buff for two on New Year's Day. Cash bar will be available. For reservations or more information, please call 256-247-5461



Your dream of catching one of North Alabama’s wall-hangers is more of a reality than you think. By hiring a skilled, knowledgeable fishing guide who knows the how, when, and where of catching fish, you could end up with a hog on your wall and a fishing tale to tell your buddies! Pick your favorite North Alabama lake, gather your fishing gear, and give a guide a call to schedule your outing today. Imagine the fish tales you’ll tell!

List of North Alabama Fishing Guides:
1. Angling Adventures – Lake Guntersville and Weiss Lake – Click Here
2. Brent Crow – Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson, Pickwick, and Smith Lakes – Click Here
3. Brian Barton Outdoors – Pickwick and Wilson Lakes – Click Here
4. Dream Ranch – Lake Guntersville – Click Here
5. Fins-n-Grins Freshwater Adventures – Chris Jackson – Lake Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson, Pickwick, Smith, Weiss, and Neely Henry Lakes – Click Here
6. Jimmy Mason Guide Service – Lake Guntersville, Pickwick, Wilson, and Wheeler Lakes – Click Here
7. Lee Pitt’s Guide Service – Lake Guntersville, Weiss and Neely Henry Lakes – Click Here
8. Leon Brewington Guide Service – Wheeler, Guntersville, Pickwick, Smith, and Wilson Lakes – Click Here
9. Mid-South Bass Guide/Captain Jake Davis – Lake Guntersville – Click Here
10. Pat Trammell Guide Service – Weiss and Neely Henry Lakes – Click Here


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

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


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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





Calhoun's Public Relations Department Receives Awards
for Exceptional Marketing Initiatives

The Department of Public Affairs, Community Relations and Special Events at Calhoun Community College was recently recognized for its outstanding efforts by the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

During NCMPR’s District 2 conference held October 26-29 in Nashville, TN, Calhoun received seven awards in the annual Medallion Awards competition.~ According to Calhoun Public Affairs Director Janet Kincherlow-Martin, a past state representative for NCMPR, Calhoun picked up seven awards in the following categories: Annual Report - Bronze Medallion; Class Schedule – Gold Medallion; Radio Advertisement/PSA, Single – Silver Medallion; Video Advertisement/PSA, Single – Gold Medallion (2); Visual Arts, Original Photography (unaltered) – Gold Medallion; and Website – Silver Medallion. According to officials with NCMPR, the competition attracted more than 450 entries.

The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and PR professionals at community and technical colleges. As one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR today has more than 1,500 members from nearly 600 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. District 2 is comprised of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda.



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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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Athens Bible School Home Spun -

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