Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Feb 25 - Mar 4, 2015 -- What's Happening in Athens-Limestone AL Newsletter



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Athems Limestone
February 25, 2015

What's Happening in Athens-Limestone Alabama

Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone is keeping warm during Ole' Man Winters visit to the Tennessee Valley.  Our community were amazing stewards of hospitality last week when motorist were stranded on Interstate 65.

Central Church of Christ opened their doors to warm and feed them and even entertain them to help make a difficult situation better. 

Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express and the Hampton Inn and Suites extended invitations to stranded motorist to stay on their sofas, chairs and even floor to avoid turning them away. 

Citizens along Interstate 65 were lending a hand too - offering warm places to wait and hot coffee and snacks to stranded folks.   
It's no wonder that people fall in love with our community and often return not only to visit on vacation but to relocate.  We hear it all the time in the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center, "I stopped in your community with -car problems, traffic issues, to take a break from driving, on business and many more reasons- and we just love the people and town.  So we're back!"

It's just another example of why we like to tell everyone...
Athens-Limestone Alabama is what you LOVE about the SOUTH!

Our calendar is brimming with events and new ones are added daily including many of your favorite annual events -- so be sure to check our 2015 Calendar with events posted December  www.VisitAthensAL.com.

Don't forget to check out our Recurring Happenings for those events that happen weekly, bi-weekly or monthly throughout community including children's story times, community organization meetings and monthly meals, pickin' and grinnin', farmer markets, farm tours and more!


UPCOMING EVENTS

2015 Events - If you have an event you would like posted on our website, send information to teresa@VisitAthensAL.com or 


 
Now - Mar 4, 2015

Nov 11th, 2014 - Mar 15th, 2015 -- 101 Inventions That Changed the World  U.S. Space and Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL   Explore the key turning points in humankind's history defined by creation or discovery in an "unforgettable multi-sensory experience...that's like traveling the world and moving swiftly through time."  For hours, admission and more information rocketcenter.com/admission

 
Feb 25th -- Hank Kilbanoff of Georgia Civil Rights Cold Case Project Speaks   POSTPONED  McCandless Hall Auditorium, Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street Athens, AL   Join the Livingston Concert and Lecture Series for a presentation by Hank Kilbanoff at 7:00PM.  Kilbanoff, Professor at Emory University, serves as the director Georgia Civla Rights Cold Case Project.  Free and open to the public. For more information: 256-233-829

Feb 26th -- Calhoun Gospel Workshop Choir Rehearsal Recital Hall, Calhoun Community College 6250 U.S. Highway 31N, Tanner, AL Join Calhoun Chorale and Dr. Reginald Jackson for rehearsals for the 25th Annual Gospel Fest to be held February 27th. Workshop will be from 12:30PM-2:30PM. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Dr. Powe at 256-306-2919 or hvp@calhoun.edu

Feb 26th -- Calhoun Gospel Workshop Choir Rehearsal Main Foyer, Calhoun Community College 102B Wynn Drive NW, Huntsville, AL Join Calhoun Chorale and Dr. Reginald Jackson for rehearsals for the 25th Annual Gospel Fest to be held February 27th. Workshop will be from 5:30PM-7:30Pm. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Dr. Powe at 256-306-2919 or hvp@calhoun.edu

Feb 26th -- Trinity High School Program Athens-Limestone Public Library 603 South Jefferson Street, Athens, AL Join Historian and author Charlotte Fulton who will speak on the history of Trinity High School and its community impact. Free and open to the public, starts at 6:00PM. For more information 256-232-1233

Feb 26th -- Limestone County Legislative Delegation Forum  Sandridge Student Center Ballroom, Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL  The public is invited to meet and ask questions of the Limestone County Legislative Delegation before the start of the 2015 Legislative Session.  The forum is from 5:30PM-7:30PM

Feb 26th -- Chris Hicks at Mac's   Mac's Sportsbar 1733 Jefferson Street SE, Athens, AL  Join Chris Hicks for a night of music with your favorites from classic rock to modern country from 8:00PM-12:00AM.

Feb 27th -- Learn to Paint with The Plucky Peacock The Plucky Peacock 27631 U.S. Highway 72, Athens, AL SOLD OUT Learn the 5 basic techniques - painting, distressing, glazing, waxing and top coating from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Participants will complete a take-home chalkboard project. All supplies, reference sheet to take home and a snack will be provided. Cost is $95.00) For more information: 256-617-9771

Feb 27th -- 25th Annual Gospel Fest Grand Foyer, Calhoun Community College Huntsville Campus, 102B Wynn Drive NW, Huntsville, AL Join the Black Student Alliance Club for this free showcase of local talent including The Calhoun Chorale at 6:00PM. Sound check at 5:15PM For more information, contact Mattie Burks 256-306-2614

Feb 27th -- Rogers and Hammerstein Dinner Show Reservation Deadline Sandridge Student Center Ball Room, Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL Join the Center for Lifelong Learning, Decatur Civic Chorus and the Athens Community Chorus for an evening of Rogers and Hammerstein's music. Cost is $25.00, reservation and advanced ticket purchase required. For more information: 256-233-8262

Feb 27th -- 4th Annual Singing at Market Street Church of Christ   Market Street Church of Christ 514 West Market Street, Athens, AL   Join the congregations from 7:00PM-8:30PM for a night of uplifting songs with song leaders Jim Deason of Cullman, Alabama; Johnny Felker of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and Steve Klein of Athens, AL.

Feb 27th - Mar 1st -- Focus on Nature Photography Workshop Joe Wheeler State Park 4403 McLean Drive, Rogersville, AL Enjoy a photographers weekend at Joe Wheeler state park with field trips and seminars. Packages start at $249.00 and include room for Friday and Saturday nights, Breakfast Saturday and Sunday (during regular hours), Reception Friday and Saturday nights and Dinner Saturday Night. To make your reservation: 256-247-5461

Feb 28th -- Learn to Paint with The Plucky Peacock The Plucky Peacock 27631 U.S. Highway 72, Athens, AL SOLD OUT Learn the 5 basic techniques - painting, distressing, glazing, waxing and top coating from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Participants will complete a take-home chalkboard project. All supplies, reference sheet to take home and a snack will be provided. Cost is $95.00) For more information: 256-617-9771

Feb 28th -- The Red Caboose Anniversary Show The Red Caboose 25483 Railroad Street Elkmont, AL Join The Red Caboose in celebrating 7 years of business. Opening act will be local talent Miss Gillian Glanton. Featured artist are Phillip and Amber White - the artist that kicked off concerts at The Red Caboose 7 years ago. Tickets are $20.00 at the door with snack and beverage included. Door opens at 6:00PM. Show starts at 6:45PM. Open seating, no reservations required. For more information: 256-306-6201 or gcompton@ardmore.net

Feb 28th -- Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge and Silent Auction Athens High School 100 U.S. Highway 31N, Athens, AL Sample and choose the Chili Challenge People's Choice winner, enjoy live music and bid on a variety of silent auction items from 10:00AM-2:00PM. (Competitors Registration FULL) Tickets are $10.00 at the door and include sampling the competitors' chili and vote to choose the People's Choice Award. Children 10 and under are free. For more information: 256-232-5017

Feb 28th -- Spinning Nation - Go Red for Women Fundraiser Balance Personal Training's Fit Lab 800 U.S. Highway 72W, Suite L, Athens, AL From 8:00AM-12:00PM, riders from all over will collect donations ($100.00 Fundraising Committment) for their ride to bring awareness to heart disease while enjoying spinning. 100% of donations benefits the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Movement. Rides will be scheduled for 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM and 11:00AM. Please register at www.spinningnation.org to reserve your bike.

Mar 2nd -- Athens Garden Club Meet and Greet  Family Life Center First Baptist Church 11590 U.S. Highway 31S, Tanner, AL  Jon the Athens Garden Club at 6:30PM for a special presentation by renowned author and former Chief Operating Officer of the Huntsville Botanical Gardenj Mr. Harvey Cotten on "Butterflies in the Garden".  Refreshments will be catered by the students of the Limestone Area Vo-Tech School.  For more information, AGC President Deborah Thomas 256-233-0117    or Ms. Rosemary Latham 256-232-5110.



Want to see what events are coming to Athens-Limestone in the year ahead like the Ardmore Shamrock Shuffle signup, Learn to Read Corporate Spelling Bee, Elk River Canoe and Kayak Cleanup or when the first Cruise In is? 
Find out here...
  
  


COMMUNITY NOTICES:

Threads of Honor Quilt Block available for purchase at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives on Pryor Street in Athens.  Commemorate the service of your ancestors, loved ones or friends with a block on the Threads of Honor Quilt to be hung in perpetuity at the museum.  Cost is $25.00 - $500.00, dependent on the amount of information and where it is positioned on the quilt.  For more information or to purchase a name, contact the museum at 256-771-7578 sandy6732@aol.com or Marlene Isom at 256-497-3786 or 256-232-0808.

Athens-Limestone Outdoor EXPO seeking outdoor recreation retailers, organizations, Limestone County outdoor activity/festivals/races to participate in upcoming event for more details please visit

The Learn to Read Corporate Spelling Bee now signing up teams, for more information 256-230-3050

Elk River Canoe and Kayak Trail Cleanup sign up including Group Cleanup Contest signups ongoing, www.keepathenslimestonebeautiful.com/river-cleanup.html 

Earth Day T-Shirts on sale now at the KALB Offices 125 East Street in Athens, for more information 256.233.8728

UCP of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley's 17th Annual UCP "An Irish Evening Tickets on sale now, ucphuntsville.org/news-events/an-irish-evening/

ABC's of Domestic Violence Conference registration open, CEU's, CE's and CLE's available. Registration before Feb. 27th $25.00 includes lunch. After Feb 27th is $30.00.   For more information: 256-233-8185 or   www.myathens.net/web/abcs-domestic-violence



Details about the events featured here and others upcoming events ticket and registration deadlines can be found at 



Annual Hospice of Limestone County Fundraiser Peppered With Food, Fun and More
Silent Auction at the Chili Challenge

Written by
Cayce Lee, ALCTA



It's time to kick those winter blues aside and spice up your Saturday with a variety of chilies presented by area organizations, businesses and individuals during the 27th Annual Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge and Silent Auction being held in the old gymnasium of Athens High School on U.S. Highway 31 in Athens, Alabama. 

 Families can enjoy the fun from 10:00AM-2:00PM with 10 and under receiving free admission and over 10 years enjoying admission for $10.00 each.  Admission includes sampling rights to all of the 32 challengers' chili and one vote for their favorite challenger to be the People's Choice until 1:45PM then the votes will be counted and the 2015 People's Choice will be awarded.  

There will be an array of items available for bid at the Silent Auction including Canebrake Golf Club memberships, Jewelry from Osborne's, gift certificates, artwork and more.  Bidding on items is open until 1:30PM then the lucky winners will be able to take home their items.

The monies from this annual fundraiser enable Hospice of Limestone County to continue their mission of serving the greater Limestone County community's terminally ill and their families with quality care and compassion in their homes, crisis response and bereavement services for all ages and Camp Hope.  

For more information about Hospice of Limestone County, its services, volunteer opportunities, Chili Challenge or to make a donation, please visit: www.athenslimestonehospice.org


Quick Links



Athens-Limestone Visitors Center
100 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611
256-232-5411
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30 pm

Find lodging, dining, attraction and event information at our website www.VisitAthensAL.com

The information contained within this email is as accurate to the best of our knowledge.
If you notice any errors or need to add or edit information, please contact the
 author of the document,
Cayce Lee, Social Media Specialist, ALCTA. 
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Assn. | (256) 232-5411 | info@visitathensal.com | http://www.visitathensal.com
100 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611 
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Feb 19-25 , 2015 -- What's Happening in Athens-Limestone AL Newsletter



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Athems Limestone
February 18, 2015

What's Happening in Athens-Limestone Alabama

Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone is keeping warm during Ole' Man Winters visit to the Tennessee Valley.  We've highlighted the upcoming events and encourage you to join the fun. 

Our calendar is brimming with events and new ones are added daily including many of your favorite annual events -- so be sure to check our 2015 Calendar with events posted December  www.VisitAthensAL.com.

Don't forget to check out our Recurring Happenings for those events that happen weekly, bi-weekly or monthly throughout community including children's story times, community organization meetings and monthly meals, pickin' and grinnin', farmer markets, farm tours and more!


UPCOMING EVENTS

2015 Events - If you have an event you would like posted on our website, send information to teresa@VisitAthensAL.com or 

 
Now - Feb 18, 2015

Nov 11th, 2014 - Mar 15th, 2015 -- 101 Inventions That Changed the World  U.S. Space and Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL   Explore the key turning points in humankind's history defined by creation or discovery in an "unforgettable multi-sensory experience...that's like traveling the world and moving swiftly through time."  For hours, admission and more information rocketcenter.com/admission

Dec 16th, 2014 - February 25, 2015 -- Paper and Portraits - Artist Michael Liu  Alabama Center for the Arts 133 2nd Avenue, Decatur, AL  Explore the Chinese and Japanese art of Paper Cutting by Michael Liu.  His signature blend of East and West themed works will be available for viewing Monday - Thursday 8:00AM-4:30PM and Friday 8:00AM-12:00PM.  For more information alabamacenterforthearts.org

Feb 21st -- Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball  Joe Wheeler State Park  4403 McLean Drive, Rogersville, AL  Grab your Mardi Gras beads and book this Mardi Gras escape to Joe Wheeler State Park.  Package includes room for Saturday night, party and party favors for two on Saturday night, breakfast for two Sunday morning and all taxes and gratuities for $99.00.  To make your reservation: 256-247-5461

Feb 23rd - 26th -- Computers for Seniors  Center for Lifelong Learning 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL   This class is designed especially for older adults with no experience.  The class meets four (4) times and enrollment is limited to 4 individuals.  Cost is $45.00  For more information: 256-233-8262

Feb 24th -- 26th Annual African American Read In  Sandridge Center Ballroom, Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL   Join the American Association of University Women for reading of works by female African-American authors.  The events will be at 12:00PM and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and listen to the diverse genres read.  For more information: 256-233-8296

Feb 24th -- Oil Paintings Basics - Registration Deadline  Alabama Center for the Arts Room 208, 133 2nd Avenue, Decatur, AL   Join instructor Ann Moeller Steverson for core concepts and techniques key of working with oil paints and materials.  Fee: $150.00, supplies not included.  Class: Mondays, March 2-April 13, 10:00AM-12:30PM (except March 23). For supply list: 256-260-2462 or 256-306-2928.  To register for this course or for more information, contact: dbass@calhoun.edu or 256-260-2462.  Pre-registration required.

Feb 25th -- Hank Kilbanoff of Georgia Civil Rights Cold Case Project Speaks  McCandless Hall Auditorium, Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street Athens, AL   Join the Livingston Concert and Lecture Series for a presentation by Hank Kilbanoff at 7:00PM.  Kilbanoff, Professor at Emory University, serves as the director Georgia Civla Rights Cold Case Project.  Free and open to the public. For more information: 256-233-8296

Want to see what events are coming to Athens-Limestone in the year ahead like the Ardmore Shamrock Shuffle signup, Learn to Read Corporate Spelling Bee, Elk River Canoe and Kayak Cleanup or when the first Cruise In is? 
Find out here...
  
  


COMMUNITY NOTICES:

Threads of Honor Quilt Block available for purchase at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives on Pryor Street in Athens.  Commemorate the service of your ancestors, loved ones or friends with a block on the Threads of Honor Quilt to be hung in perpetuity at the museum.  Cost is $25.00 - $500.00, dependent on the amount of information and where it is positioned on the quilt.  For more information or to purchase a name, contact the museum at 256-771-7578 sandy6732@aol.com or Marlene Isom at 256-497-3786 or 256-232-0808.

Athens-Limestone Outdoor EXPO seeking outdoor recreation retailers, organizations, Limestone County outdoor activity/festivals/races to participate in upcoming event for more details please visit

The Learn to Read Corporate Spelling Bee now signing up teams, for more information 256-230-3050

Elk River Canoe and Kayak Trail Cleanup sign up including Group Cleanup Contest signups ongoing, www.keepathenslimestonebeautiful.com/river-cleanup.html 

Earth Day T-Shirts on sale now at the KALB Offices 125 East Street in Athens, for more information 256.233.8728

UCP of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley's 17th Annual UCP "An Irish Evening Tickets on sale now, ucphuntsville.org/news-events/an-irish-evening/

ABC's of Domestic Violence Conference registration open, CEU's, CE's and CLE's available. Registration before Feb. 27th $25.00 includes lunch. After Feb 27th is $30.00.   For more information: 256-233-8185 or   www.myathens.net/web/abcs-domestic-violence



Details about the events featured here and others upcoming events ticket and registration deadlines can be found at 



 
Heritage Trail Year-Round Salute To African-American History and Community Contributions
 
Available at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center

Written by
Cayce Lee, ALCTA



The Athens-Limestone County African-American Heritage Trail is becoming a highly sought compendium of history, heritage and points of interest.  Request regularly arrive for the brochure from Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan and many other places.  With the State of Alabama's commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement even more people are expected to seek it out.

The multi-page color brochure is packed with information and photos highlighting African-American history of Limestone County offering a chance to explore by driving and walking.

Several communities throughout Limestone County like Beulahland, Little Elk, Lucy's Branch and Brownsferry Street-Trinity area of Athens are featured.  Maps help brochure holders navigate to points of interest as they explore the rich collections of information.

There are featured individuals like Tuskegee Airman Leroy Murray, award-winning author C. Eric Lincoln, world-renowned artist James Watkins among many others.  

Highlighted points of interest include Trinity School founded by Mary Wells at the end of the Civil War, Athens State University Sports Museum with items from Major League Baseball's Chuck Meriwether and Gary Redus, Athens' "Easy Street" and "Free Canady" and many more places.

Copies are available at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center 100 North Beaty Street in Athens from 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday-Friday.


Quick Links



Athens-Limestone Visitors Center
100 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611
256-232-5411
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30 pm

Find lodging, dining, attraction and event information at our website www.VisitAthensAL.com


The information contained within this email is as accurate to the best of our knowledge.
If you notice any errors or need to add or edit information, please contact the
 author of the document,
Cayce Lee, Social Media Specialist, ALCTA. 
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Assn. | (256) 232-5411 | info@visitathensal.com | http://www.visitathensal.com
100 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611 
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