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WEEKLY/MONTHLY OCCURRING ACTIVITIES:

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
partnersnpink@gmail.com 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: www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tour-registration.php

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

2014

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

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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



 


 

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. 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. 14th - The Livingston Concert Lecture Series at Athens State University will host the Stones River Chamber Players from Middle Tennessee State University for a concert  at 7:00 p.m. in McCandless Hall. The concert will feature works for brass and organ and will be the inaugural performance for the University’s recently renovated Tracker Organ.


“This will be the second time the Stones River Chamber Group has performed on the McCandless stage,” states Athens State President Bob Glenn. “We are proud of the recent renovations to McCandless Hall and to the organ and we felt a concert such as this would be a great way to showcase our efforts.”


The Stones River Chamber Players perform virtuoso music that is visceral, evocative, and exciting. Their concert programs are accessible for both the discerning classical concert aficionado, and for young people new to classical concerts. Concert programs are unique and often offer a different combination of players for each work. The ensemble consists primarily of music faculty from Middle Tennessee State University - virtuoso performers from some of the finest music schools in America.


The group will include Michael Arndt and Jamey Simmons on trumpet, Angela DeBoer on horn, David Loucky on trombone, Ben Miles on tuba, and Angela Tipps on organ. The concert will feature works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and other composers.The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.


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

 

SEPTEMBER

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

OCTOBER

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...

NOVEMBER

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

DECEMBER

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

 


ON GOING - FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

Civil War Historical Site - The Battle of Sulphur Creek (Branch) Trestle
www.mycivilwar.com/battles/640925.htm
www.ambrosebierce.org/owlphoto7.htm
www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-2420

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 www.shirts-n-skirts.com  more.

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


Ardmore Crape Myrtle Festival - www.ardmorechamberofcommerce.com

Ardmore Renaissance Faire - www.ardmore-renfaire.com

Athens Bible School Home Spun - www.athensbibleschool.org/giving/homespun.htm

Athens on the Square Car Show -
www.carsonthesquare.com/

Limestone Sheriff Rodeo - www.limestonesheriffrodeo.com/

Spirit of Athens -
http://www.spiritofathens.com/

Storytelling Festival - www.athensstorytellingfestival.com

TN Valley Old Tme Fiddlers Convention - www.athens.edu/fiddlers

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