A Limestone County-wide preschool registration event is scheduled for Thursday, March 3rd, from 8 am to 2 pm, at the Revival Building on the Square, located at 303 Washington St., in Athens. Community Action Partnership of North Alabama (CAPNA) has partnered with Athens City Schools, Limestone County Schools and Alabama First Class Pre-K to provide a one-day event for parents to register their three and four-year-old children for preschool for the 2022-23 school year. No appointment is necessary.
Ardmore Spring Cleaning
The 6th Annual Ardmore Spring Cleaning needs volunteers and will take place on March 5. For more information, call United Pest and Turf Control at 256-423-7378.
A Coffee Call, sponsored by the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, will take place between 8 am and 9 am, Saturday, March 5th, at their location at 114 W. Pryor Street.
Northside Church of Christ will be preaching the gospel beginning on March 6 and going through March 9. Services on Sunday will be 10 am, 11 am and 4 pm Monday-Wednesday services will be 6 pm For more information, such as about guest speakers, please call 256-431-1586.
Empty bowls event
Save the date! Empty Bowls ’22 will have the same good soup and cool handmade pottery bowls at Revival. Take out only this year. Tickets available soon. Money will go to organizational that work with hunger issues in our community. The event takes place on March 11 from 11 am to 1 pm
Athens Arts League Show
The Athens Arts League is hosting a show on March 12 at High Cotton Arts from 7-11 pm featuring Nolan’s Flight, Forest Haven and Joe Whitworth. It is a free show.
Elk River Cleanup
On Saturday, March 12, from 8 am to noon, there will be an Elk River Cleanup. Go to the West Limestone Boat Launch off Hatchery Road. Email Keeping Athens Limestone Beautiful at KALBCares@gmail.com or call 256-232-8000.
St. Patrick’s Day Party
The Post and the Disabled Veterans Associations (DAV) are combining together for a fundraiser for both posts. The group “STAIGHT BROKE” will be performing on March 12. There is a cover charge of $5 at the entrance and Food will be available to purchase which will go to the DAV association. The event is scheduled to start at 6 pm until midnight.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
On Saturday, March 19, from 8 am to noon, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Athens Middle School parking lot (100 US Hwy 31) for Limestone County residents only. Items accepted include but are not limited to household cleaners and chemicals, auto fluids, pool chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, weed killers, spray paint, liquid paint, fluorescent tubes and more. No medical waste, explosives, biological waste, or radioactive materials. Volunteers will help unload vehicles. If you have something you are unsure about, contact KALB at 256-233-8000.
Southern Gospel Singing
Nebo Community Church in Athens is hosting a Southern Gospel Singing featuring Phillips and Banks and The Pylant Family. The event begins at 6 pm on March 19. For more information, contact Kay Wilson at 256-527-3372.
Jubilee Spelling Bee
On April 30, at 10 am, the 25th annual Jubilee Spelling Bee is taking place at the Athens Middle School Cafeteria. Free admission to spectators. Trophies will be presented to first place and runner-up.
Vidalia Onion Orders
Orders may now be placed for fresh Vidalia Onions — a fundraiser for Athens Ladies Civitan. 10lbs bags are $10 each and will be delivered the 1st or 2nd week of May. Onions arrive from the farm within 72 hours of harvesting. Orders may be placed by calling Carolyn Stair 256-658-1985, Lynn Lawrence 256-614-9463, Marilyn Ford 256-771-7672 or any Athens Ladies Civitan Club member. You may also order by mail to ALCC, PO Box 1814, Athens 35612. Include name, address, contact info and number of bags ordered. Orders and payment must be received by Friday, April 15, 2022. Make checks payable to ALCC.
Free income tax service
RSVP is providing free Income Tax Service by appointment only for the low income and elderly beginning January 31 through April 18. Call RSVP 256-232-7207 for Athens and Decatur appointments. Athens Public Library from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm as follows: February on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; March and April on Monday and Thursday. Decatur Public Library beginning January 31 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 5 pm Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm Ardmore Public Library starting February 2 from 9 am to 4 pm Call 931-427-4883 from Ardmore Appointments. Masks are required.
Digital Literacy Classes
Beginning on January 24, Athens-Limestone County Public Library will host a series of Digital Literacy Classes in conjunction with Calhoun Community College & Drake State Community & Technical College. Classes will boost your digital confidence & provide you with skills and training needed in today’s job market. Classes are Monday-Wednesday, 9 am to noon or 1 pm to 4 pm Call 256-306-2830 to learn more.
Houston Memorial Library Daily Book Sale
Houston Memorial Library and Museum, 101 North Houston Street in Athens, hosts a book sale daily. The book sale, museum and library are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and first Saturday of the month from 10 am – 4 pm Tuesdays they are open from 10 am – 7 pm
Bingo is back up and running for the public at Decatur Elks Lodge each Monday. Doors open at 5 pm with games beginning at 6:30 pm No outside food or drink will be allowed. Elks Lodge is located at 2625 Centron Drive SW in Decatur. More information: https://www.loc8nearme.com/alabama/decatur/elks-lodge/6449656/.
After-school feeding program
Women Empowering Women of Alabama, in partnership with FreshWind Christian Fellowship, is offering free meals for students after school. Meals are available 3–5 pm Mondays through Fridays starting Aug. 16. More information: Janice Williams, 256-233-5995.
Food give away
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church’s food pantry will be open 11 am–1 pm on the third Saturday of each month at 1911 Hine St., Athens. Patrons must provide proof of at least one of the following: eligibility to receive supplemental food assistance (SNAP/food stamps); Eligibility for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; eligibility to receive Supplemental Security Income; income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level; or special circumstances (fire, flood, illness, injury, etc.). Eligibility forms provided at distribution site. Must have valid ID card or driver’s license. Only one distribution per household while supplies last. Monetary and food donations accepted. More information: 256-424-5403.
Used book sale
Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library host a used book sale from 10 am – 2 pm each Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month from 9 am – 1 pm at the library, 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. More information (256) 232-1233.
Virtual exercise class
Limestone County Council on Aging presents virtual exercise class 2-3 pm Mondays and Fridays via Zoom. The classes are called SAIL, which stands for Stay Active and Independent for Life. More info: 256-233-6412.
The Alabama Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking residents with knowledge of public corruption in Limestone County to email details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the tip line at 844-404-TIPS.
CEMETERY CLEAN UP
The City of Athens reminds residents and families of the following regarding its cemeteries: No flowers or decorations allowed on the ground between April 1 and Oct. 31, unless following a funeral; flower placement acceptable year-round on monuments, at their base or at foot markers; fresh flowers will be removed one week after a funeral; silk flowers will be removed 21 days after a funeral; approval by cemetery superintendent required before planting flowers, shrubs, trees or sod; city personnel will remove all trees or shrubs deemed detrimental to adjacent lots or grave openings; and worn, tattered or damaged US flags will be removed and disposed of properly.
LifeSouth is conducting blood drives on March 3, 12-6 pm at CVS in Athens, March 6, 11 am to 5 pm at Hometown Grocery on Jefferson St., March 7, 12-6 pm at Walmart in Athens, March 14, 11 am to 5:30 pm at Dollar Tree in Athens.
Red Cross is conducting a blood drive on March 17 at Athens-Limestone Visitors Center.
For more information or to find and participate in blood drives, visit https://donors.lifesouth.org/donor/schedules/zip or https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive.
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