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July 22, 2014

What's Happening in Athens-Limestone Alabama

Hello Everyone,
If you didn't get to welcome this last round of tournament travelers to our community, you'll get another chance July 25-27 when another round of players, coaches, talent scouts, family and friends come to town and take on the role of "temporary tax payers" that help offset our annual taxes.
There are still a lot of kids camps and workshops going on to keep your little ones busy.  You can fill your weekend with some Tina Turner-esque entertainment at Joe Wheeler State Park during the Rollin' on the River HandyFest Event.  Another chance to see the mud fly with Alabama Championship Tractor and Truck Pull at Tanner High School or maybe you'd like to the players of the Habitat for Humanity Co-Ed Softball Tournament at the Athens SportsPlex.  They'll be running the Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails again for the 1st Annual Diva Dash 5K and Fun Run.  Or you might want to swing by Pet Depot in the Publix Shopping Center of U.S. 72 and help Cathy, Director of Peace, Love and Animals, out with a small donations and get her out of a cage and back to helping the animals.
We've picked a few highlights -- don't stop reading though, more fun things to do are in the Upcoming Events section.  Of course, you can always visit our website for even more Upcoming Events page at our website that keeps growing daily!
Don't forget to check out our Recurring Happenings for those events that happen weekly or monthly throughout community including children's story times, community organization meetings, pickin' and grinnin', farmer markets and more!

  • Jul 24th -- Ardmore's Post Office 100 Years   Ardmore Public Library Historical Room, 25836 Main Street, Ardmore, TN  Everyone is invited to hear speaker R.C. Powers, Postmaster 1963-1998 share his memories of the Ardmore Post Office and community at 5:30PM.   

  • Jul 24th -- Senior Matinee  Yesterdays Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Rd, Athens, AL 35611   present a complete lunch including drink and dessert, ($10) and live show provided by Mike Pelham with his tribute to country music legend Waylon Jennings, (show is free with paid lunch). For this series, a senior is designated as age 62 and older.  Reservations requiredinfo@yesterdaysevents.com
  • Jul 25th -- Summer Art Stroll  Limestone County Courthouse Lawn, Downtown Athens, AL   Stroll among the rows of art and meet the artist of the Athens Art League from 4:00PM-8:00PM.  Local musicians will be playing.  

  • Jul 25th - 26th -- AL Championship Tractor and Truck Pull - Tanner   Tanner High School  12060 Sommers Road, Tanner, AL  Join the Tanner Quarterback Club for this annual fundraiser that revs things up and slings a little dirt.  Proceeds go to assist in upgrading the facility and providing financial assistance to the high school and youth sports organizations.  Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for 6-12 years and Free for under 6  

  • Jul 26th -- Annual Singing  Cartwright Church of Christ  23180 AL-99, Elkmont, AL  Join the congregation for an evening of singing with leaders Jim Deason, Joe Brooks, Ryan Alexander, and Steve Klein.
  •  Jul 29th -- Money Smart for Small Business: Tax Planning and Reporting  Center for Lifelong Learning  121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL  The Women's Business Center for North Alabama and Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce sponsors this Money Smart course on Record Keeping starting at 4:00PM.  $10.00  in advanced, $15.00 at the door.  For more information or to register: 256-535-2038 or www.wbcna.org/calendar
  • Jul 29th -- Homeschool Adventure Day at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center   U.S. Space and Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL   The Homeschool Exclusive Ultimate Field Trip is designed with age appropriate STEM curriculum.  The adventure includes a guides tour, a Mars Meal, an IMAX or digital movie, simulator experienc eand hands-on thematic lab.  Cost is $25.00 per person and advanced reservation and payment is required.Deadline is July 25.   For reservations contact: 1-800-637-7223, Direct Line: 256-721-7140, Email: museumgroups@spacecamp.com  

  • Jul 31st -- Ardmore Sonic Cruz-In Sonic Main Street, Ardmore, AL  Area car buffs are invited to attend the Sonic Cruz-In from 6:00PM-8:00PM  Those attending the Cruz-In will have the opportunity to view and dispaly vintage vehicles and support the Boys and Girls Club of Ardmore. No judging, no trophies.

     

UPCOMING EVENTS
2014 & 2015 Events - If you have an event you would like posted on our website, send information to teresa@VisitAthensAL.com or

  
JULY

Now - Nov 2nd -- GPS Adventures U.S. Space & Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL  Get read for an a-MAZE-ing exhibit that will introduce you and your kids to all things Global Positioning Systems (GPS). This interactive exhibit will be set with a 2,500 square foot maze and even feature a little geocaching fun (think treasure hunt).  For more information visit: 
  
Now - Aug 11th -- Alabama Center for the Arts Alumni and Faculty Exhibit Alabama Center for the Arts 133 2nd Avenue, Decatur, AL   The Alabama Center for the Arts (ACA) issues a call to alumni artist and faculty of Athens State University and Calhoun Community College for the 2nd Annual juried faculty and alumni show.  The theme is "Balance".  Deadline is August 11, 2014.   For Prospectus and more information, please call Jennifer Bunnell at 256-260-4299 or contact by email Jennifer.Bunnell@athens.edu  or visit www.athens.edu/ACA/alumni-and-faculty-art-exhibition.php

Now - Aug 31st -- Alice's Garden Wonders Hunstville Botanical Garden 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue Huntsville, AL   Step inside the looking glass and experience the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Play the Queen of Hearts Chess, get lost in the Door Maze, play a round of Queen's Croquet, Cool yourself at the Teapot and Teacup, wander the Queen's Castle, visit Tweedledee and Tweedledumb's home and learn the mysteries of the Jaberwocky and the Mock Turtle.  For ticket information, contact the Huntsville Botanical Garden at 256-830-4447 or visit www.hsvbg.org.

Now - Aug 3 -- Two Lines Photo Exhibition  U.S. Space and Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL  Enjoy this powerful collection of 100 unique photos that serves as a pictorial narrative of two nations divided by war - Germany and Korea.   Two Lines is included as part of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center general admission.   For more information www.rocketcenter.com  

Jul 1st - 31st -- Youth Softball Fall Registration for ages 7-12   Athens Recreational Center 270 U.S. Highway 31N, Athens, AL  Fee is $35.00  For more information, visit  www.athensalabama.us/youthsoftball


RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 1 -- 3rd Annual Sam Gibbons Walking Horse Show  Limestone Sheriff's Arena Alabama Highway 99, Athens, AL   Join the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives for their annual fundraiser benefiting the expansion of the museum.  Class sheet can be picked up at the Veterans Museum 100 Pryor Street in Athens or at Copier Doctor 808  South Clinton Street in Athens.  Admission is free and show begins at 5:00PM, gates and concessions open at 4:00PM.  For more information contact the Veterans Museum at 256-771-7578.

Jul 24th -- Senior Matinee  Yesterdays Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Rd, Athens, AL 35611   present a complete lunch including drink and dessert, ($10) and live show provided by Mike Pelham with his tribute to country music legend Waylon Jennings, (show is free with paid lunch). For this series, a senior is designated as age 62 and older.  Reservations required.

Jul 24th -- Ardmore's Post Office 100 Years   Ardmore Public Library Historical Room, 25836 Main Street, Ardmore, TN  Everyone is invited to hear speaker R.C. Powers, Postmaster 1963-1998 share his memories of the Ardmore Post Office and community at 5:30PM. Free to the public.

Jul 24th -- Beginning Sewing Using A Pattern  Center for Lifelong Learning 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL  Bring your sewing machine and learn to use a pattern with instructor Marilyn Jones from 10:00AM-4:00PM.  You will learn about your machine and steps to adjusting and cutting a pattern then sewing it.  No prior experience necessary.  Project: Pajama bottoms from a pre-printed pattern.  Supplies not provided - list will be provided.  Fee is $55.00.  For more information or to register,
 visit athens.edu/cll/personal-interest.php?category=PI  or call 256- 233-8260    

Jul 24th - 25th -- Share a Coke Tour  U.S. Space and Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL  You may have seen the Coca-Cola bottles adorned with popular names but if you wish your name was on one - here's your chance!   During the Share a Coke Tour you can personalize two Coke mini cans - one to keep and one to share - with the help a special Coke machine.  This event is open to the public at no charge on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., and is available for members and other museum guests during all other hours listed on Thursday and Friday.  For more information:

Jul 25th -- Summer Art Stroll  Limestone County Courthouse Lawn, Downtown Athens, AL   Stroll among the rows of art and meet the artist of the Athens Art League from 4:00PM-8:00PM.  Local musicians will be playing.

Jul 25th --  Rollin' on the River HandyFest Event  Joe Wheeler State Park 4403 McLean Drive, Rogersville, AL  Free entertainment on the Joe Wheeler Lodge patio, kickoff 6:00PM.  Headliner Dorothy Cole as Tina Turner.  Make your room reservation or for more information 256-247-5461 or www.alapark.com/joewheeler

Jul 25th -- Dance, Dance, Dance  Alabama Center for the Arts 133 2nd Avenue NE, Decatur, AL   Join instructor Dewain Cooper for the basics of dance from 7:00PM-9:00PM.  Fee is $15.00 and includes light refreshments.  Pre-registration required.  To register please visit the  athens.edu/cll/personal-interest.php?category=PI or call 256-233-8260

Jul 25th - 26th -- AL Championship Tractor and Truck Pull - Tanner   Tanner High School  12060 Sommers Road, Tanner, AL  Join the Tanner Quarterback Club for this annual fundraiser that revs things up and slings a little dirt starts at 7:00PM, gates opens at 3:00PM.  Proceeds go to assist in upgrading the facility and providing financial assistance to the high school and youth sports organizations.  Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 ages 6-12, and Free for under 6.

Jul 26th -- Habitat for Humanity of Athens-Limestone County Co-Ed Softball Tournament  Athens SportsPlex U.S. Highway 31, Athens, AL  Come cheer the teams as they pitch, swing and maybe even knock-it outta' the park during this fundraiser event. Information 256-230-6001

Jul 26th -- Competitive Resume Writing and Job Seeking, Ages 16 and Up  Center for Lifelong Learning 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL  Dr. Antony Ricks teaches students how to craft a compelling and persuasive resume no matter what field of work you are pursuing.  Students will leave with a well designed and written resume tailored to a specific job.  Career planning information included.  Fee is $40.00.  For information or to register, visit athens.edu/cll/personal-interest.php?category=PI   or call 256-233-8260.

Jul 26th -- 1st Annual Diva Dash 5K and Fun Run  Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails, Elkmont, AL   Join Onyx All-Star Cheerleaders and Gymnastics Mini 2 Divas at 7:00AM for their first annual 5K and Fun Run.  Please email your questions and request registration form to:  divadashonyx@gmail.com  

Jul 26th -- Cathy Caged for Cash and Begging for Bail Fundraiser  Pet Depot 22069 U.S. Highway 72, Athens, AL   The Peace Love and Animal's Director has been caged up and won't be let out until enough money has been raised to pay vet bills.  Peace, Love and Animals (PLA), a no-kill shelter located in Tanner, AL, has been faced with enormous and unexpected vet bills for the rescues they have taken in.  From amputations to mastectomies for dogs with cancer - the volunteers and Cathy have been determined to give these forever home seeking animals a chance.  You can come out from 11:00AM-3:00PM and put money toward her bail or you can go to 
www.peaceloveandanimals.org and make a donation there or see what animals are seeking homes.

Jul 26th -- Yard Sale Fundraiser for Transport and Sponsorship of Animals in Need  Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter 1701 U.S. Highway 72, Athens, AL  Join the Friends of Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter Volunteer Team from 8:00AM-1:00PM and shop donated items that will help in the transportation and sponsorships for animals that come into the Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter.  Donations are being accepted - NO CLOTHES, SHOES OR OLD ELECTRONIC - Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM (closed from 12:00PM-1:00PM).  Furniture can only be dropped off on July 25 and by arrangement.  For more information: 256-771-7889

Jul 26th -- Paint the Streets 5K and Carlene Hall Memorial Mile  Research Park, Huntsville, AL  Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), along with the family and friends of the late Carlene Hall invite you to join them for the 5th Annual Paint the Streets 5K and Carlene Hall Memorial Mile benefiting spinal cord injury services of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc. in serving North Alabama.   The certified course is flat and fast.  Registration ends July 23rd.  For details about the event, route or to register, visit  www.imathlete.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?fEID=19134

Jul 26th -- Summer Lunch Cruise  Pickwick Belle Dock Ingalls Harbor, 802B Wilson Street NW, 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

Jul 26th -- Annual Singing  Cartwright Church of Christ  23180 AL-99, Elkmont, AL  Join the congregation for an evening of singing with leaders Jim Deason, Joe Brooks, Ryan Alexander, and Steve Klein.

Jul 28th -- Art Explorers: Green is the Way to Be! for ages 8-12  Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL  Join instructor Mary Katelyn Hall for recycled art.  Students will be given a list of household items to bring to camp when the register for creating mosaics, bird-feeders and more. Class is scheduled Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-12:00PM.  Free is $69.00.  Pre-registration is required.  To register please visit athens.edu/cll/youth-children.php?category=YC or by calling 256-233- 8620.

Jul 28th -- Basic Sewing and Knitting  Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL  Join instructor Marilyn Jones and learn about our sewing machine and sewing basics as we sew a throw pillow cover and a pillowcase.  Students will knit a scarf, learning to how to cast on and off and knit and purl stitches.  Supply list provided with registration.  This class is scheduled Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-12:00PM. Fee is $69.00.  Pre-registration is required.  To register please visit athens.edu/cll/youth-children.php?category=YC or by calling 256-233- 8620.

Jul 29th -- Money Smart for Small Business: Tax Planning and Reporting  Center for Lifelong Learning  121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL  The Women's Business Center for North Alabama and Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce sponsors this Money Smart course on Record Keeping starting at 4:00PM.  $10.00  in advanced, $15.00 at the door.  For more information or to register: 256-535-2038 or www.wbcna.org/calendar

Jul 29th -- Painting Pizazz: Beach Scene  Alabama Center for the Arts Room 208, 133 2nd Avenue NE, Decatur, AL   Enjoy a fun and creative night out with instructor Robyn Locke from 6:00PM-8:00PM.    This class requires no previous painting experience. Course Code: CEI 714 CRN#5516.  Pre-registration is required.  Fee is $35.00 includes supplies.  Contact 
dbass@calhoun.edu or 256-260-2462 for registration and additional information

Jul 29th -- Homeschool Adventure Day at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center   U.S. Space and Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL   The Homeschool Exclusive Ultimate Field Trip is designed with age appropriate STEM curriculum.  The adventure includes a guides tour, a Mars Meal, an IMAX or digital movie, simulator experience and hands-on thematic lab.  Cost is $25.00 per person and advanced reservation and payment is required.Deadline is July 25.   For reservations contact: 1-800-637-7223, Direct Line: 256-721-7140, Email: museumgroups@spacecamp.com

Jul 31st -- Ardmore Sonic Cruz-In Sonic Main Street, Ardmore, AL  Area car buffs are invited to attend the Sonic Cruz-In from 6:00PM-8:00PM  Those attending the Cruz-In will have the opportunity to view and display vintage vehicles and support the Boys and Girls Club of Ardmore. No judging, no trophies.  


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COMMUNITY NOTICES:


Athens Municipal Pool and splash pad are located in the Athens SportPlex at 1403 U.S. Highway 31 North, Athens, AL (intersection of Elm Street and U.S. Highway 31 near Interstate 65 Exit 354). Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 12:00PM - 5:00PM until August 1st.  Through the remainder of August the pool will be open on Saturdays only. 12:00PM-5:00PM.  Admission to the pool: children 12 and under are $3.00 and adults are $4.00  The direct phone number to the pool facility is 256-233-8001. For additional information or to book the municipal pool for parties, contact the Athens Recreation Center at 256-233-8740.
AMVETS Flagpole Fundraiser  American Veterans Post 21 is soliciting donations to place an aluminum flagpole and a 4-by-6 foot American flag at the Limestone County tornado monument at Bethel Cemetery on U.S. Highway 72.  Donations can be sent to: AMVETS Post 21, 22769 Black Road, Athens, AL 35613.  For more information: Larry Stark 256-444-1411.

Aug 1st -- Men's Night Out  First Baptist Church 201 Hobbs Street, Athens, AL  This Men of Courage Ministry event will feature guest speakers Hank Parker, Champion Professional Bass Fisherman and Host of Hank Parker Outdoors and Fred Luter  Pastor of Franklin Avenue of New Orleans, LA starting at 6:30PM.  Door prizes chances and 5:30PM meal included in the $10.00 person admission.  Reservation available by calling Limestone County Baptist Association 256-232-0017 or visiting www.alsbom.org/upcoming-events/mens-night-out/

Jul 19th - Sam Gibbons Memorial Walking Horse Show  
POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 1






Carolyn Cortner Smith circa 1980
Mooresville Home Example of Alabama's First Female Architect
Written by Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist
Carolyn Cortner Smith may not be a name that is familiar to many as Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry or I.M. Pei  but she is celebrated as Alabama's first female architect.

Carolyn Cortner Smith, born in 1894 in Normandy, Tennessee,  was raised in the Courtland area of Lawrence County.  She went on to attending Ward-Belmont College womens' college  (now known as Belmont College) in Nashville, Tennessee and married in 1912 to Wilburn Smith.

She had no formal studies in architecture while at Ward-Belmont College and after many attempts to apply and be accepted to universities around the county.  She didn't let the setbacks and denials based solely on the fact she was a woman detour her from her pursuit.  She began intensely study design textbooks including her go-to "Timesaver Standards" from Yale. 

Her efforts paid off in 1913 by becoming Alabama's first licensed female architect and designing and builder of newly-designed home that same year.  Her zeal led her to purchase three lumber mills and run them herself as Carolyn Lumber Mills.

It was in the 1920's that she was contracted by the Mars family to construct their farm in Pulaski, Tennessee known as Milky Way Farms.   Carolyn is probably known for her 1930's stone constructions of Delano Park in Decatur, Alabama.

It was between these two iconic building projects that  the Zeitler-Hill-McLain House was begun in 1927 in Mooresville, Alabama on the site of the town square.  The home was constructed for her sister, Josephine Cortner Zeitler Hill.    This iconic Greek Revival style  features prominent columns and a powerful symmetry but also possesses hints of the Federal Period with circular fanlights over the entries..  Several of the components and doors harken to previous structures from the 19th century.  The homes was complete circa 1945 and still stands in historic Mooresville.


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