The Livingston Concert Lecture Series at Athens State University is sponsoring a free concert by Henri’s Notions, regarded as the South’s premier Celtic band. The concert will be held on Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center. The event is free and open to the public, no reservations are required.
From soft fingerpicked ballads to hard-driving jigs and reels, Henri's Notions creates a musical mix of traditional Celtic and American music as well as their own compositions that have a rhythm and voice reflective of their Southern heritage, which lends a pleasing familiarity to the music. The Notions draw from a broad palette of melodious sounds: the ardent sounds of fiddle, lilting flute, keen tin whistles, all played over the resonant tones and drive of the rhythm section, consisting of acoustic guitars, percussion, and bass.
Lead voices dance through the intricate embellishments that bring to life the old ballads and songs and all members lend voices frequently creating close, rich, well-balanced harmonies. The group makes a point to provide backgrounds on the songs and instruments used during their performance and this has allowed Henri's Notions to connect with, educate and inspire audiences for over twenty years!
Henri's Notions has toured extensively in the Southern and Eastern United Stated from West Palm Beach, Florida and Dallas, Texas to New York City. The group has worked countless festivals and concerts and has appeared with such folk icons as Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, The Kingston Trio, David Grisman Quintet and top Celtic acts such as The Tannahill Weavers, Patrick Street, Paddy O'Brien, Brian McNeill and others.
Henri’s Notions performs year-round in concerts, festivals, special events, and school programs. As a touring member of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Southern Arts Federation, grants are often available to eligible presenters. For more information call 256-233-8296. This free event is sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series at Athens State University.
Tickets are available for the 22nd annual Poke Sallet Follies, a production where local celebrities and community volunteers act crazy for a cause.
The production raises money for the Athens-Limestone Foundation for Aging, which funds senior needs and supports other community organizations.
This year's theme is "Home Sweet Home." Skits include spoofs on Monty Python, an Athens City Council meeting and sports fans. The production is called Poke Sallet Follies as a play on words for the Southern weed polk salad that grows wild in the spring.
The event will be March 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at the Athens Senior Center at 912 W. Pryor St.
Cost is $35 per ticket, which includes a catered meal.
There are tickets available for all three nights. Tickets area available at the Athens Senior Center from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Mondays from 5-8 p.m. For more information, call 256-233-6412.
You are cordially invited to the 19th Annual
Athens and Limestone County
Learn-to-Read Corporate Spelling Bee
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 Where: Athens High School Cafeteria
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Contestants: 3 person teams
STORM SPOTTERS TRAINING
A Storm Spotters Training Class will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Limestone County Event Center, 114 West Pryor St. Athens, AL 35611. The Huntsville Weather Service will conduct the training.
For more information please contact the Limestone County EMA at (256) 232-2631.
River Run Car Show 2014
Classic and vintage cars, trucks and bikes from the surrounding area.
Sat, August 23, 2014, 8am – 2pm GMT-06:00
Marshall County Park #1
Aluminum Can Bash -
Receive special pricing on aluminum cans from Metal Exchange - located at the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center. Information: Dewayne Purser 256-585-0976.
Earth Day Celebration and Outdoor Expo- April 26th
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens. Event is free to the public. Activities, exhibitors, information, door prizes, food, presentations, live critters, and lots of fun! See article in this newsletter for details or call 256-233-8728.
The I-565 North Side Service Road at Greenbrier Exit going east to Old Hwy 20 (Madison Blvd.) will be closed to through traffic starting Wednesday, December 11, 2013 for the construction of the County Line Interchange project. The North Side Service Road will be closed approximately one year.
● City of Athens Relay for Life Annual Swamp John's Supper
Tuesday, March 11, 4-7 p.m., Athens Senior Center
Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and local cancer patients. Tickets $10. Includes shrimp, fish, chicken or combo plates with sides and tea. Call 256-233-8730 for tickets or see any City of Athens Relay for Life team member.
Athens Rec wants to get kids and adults excited about exercise
The Athens Recreation Department is adding three new fall classes including one that will use fun activities to teach children nutrition and get them active.
The department requested its Facebook followers to suggest classes they would like to take this fall, which resulted in the addition of Zumba, yoga and Savvy Kids Fitness, said Chad Vining, the recreation services supervisor.
Flo Doughty has joined Athens Recreation as a program instructor and is certified in Zumba, yoga fit, senior yoga, youth fitness and more. She is an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and has training from the American Council on Exercise in Pilates, youth fitness and kickboxing.
The Savvy Kids Fitness is for children ages 6-12. Each class will consist of a lesson in nutrition and an exercise session. Vining said nutrition lessons will cover a wide range of topics such as how to read food labels, the different types of fat and the benefits of Vitamin C. It will also include a section on fast food menus to help children make better choices when they eat out.
Each class will include a healthy snack, such as homemade whole grain bread, muscadines, star fruit, pomegranates, kale chips and veggie and fruit smoothies. Doughty will used creative ways to incorporate exercise into the class, such as making obstacle courses from chairs or playing black light volleyball with balloons.
“Savvy Kids Fitness is so fun, the kids forget it is exercise,” Doughty said. “When exercise is fun, kids don't dread it. They're excited to get in there and get at it.”
Savvy Kids Fitness will be offered at the Recreation Center starting in November on Mondays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per class.
Adults can enjoy fun physical activity that doesn’t feel like exercise by joining the Zumba or yoga classes. The Zumba and Yoga classes are $5 per class or $30 a month for unlimited classes.
Zumba classes will be high energy level classes that can be adapted for all levels, Vining said. Classes will be at the Recreation Center starting in November on Mondays at 5:15 p.m., Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. Yoga classes will be offered on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
"You've got to keep your body active, even if that means just turning on some music and dancing for an hour,” Doughty said. “That's how you'll prepare your bodies and your minds for greatness."
In addition to the three new classes, Athens Recreation will offer Wado Ryu karate. Sensei Bill Ireland instructs the karate class on Monday (advanced), Tuesday (beginners) and Thursday (all skill levels) at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 a month and $15 a month for additional family members.
Registration for fall basketball also is ongoing through Nov. 7. Practice will begin at the end of November with games during the months of January and February. The fee is $45.
For more information about classes, call Athens Recreation at 256-233-8740. The Athens Recreation Center is located on Alabama 251 next to Athens High School’s football stadium.
The third annual Carnegie Carnival returns to Decatur March 1, 2014. The event gets underway at 8 a.m. with the Mardi Gras 5K sponsored by the Junior League of Morgan County, and throughout the day, a variety of activities geared for adults and children are planned. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Carnegie Visual Arts Center will host a photography exhibit “Captions of Carnegie Carnival.” The first parade of the day, sponsored by Animal Friends Humane Society, is the Carnival Canines on Parade. Starting at 11 a.m., four-legged friends will trot through downtown Decatur beginning on 2nd Avenue at Gordon Drive and ending at Founder’s Park.
The Red Beans and Rice Cook-off is set for 11 a.m. at Casa Grande Park on 2nd Avenue with the award presentation at 4 p.m. The tasty event is open to professional and amateur Cookin’ Crewes. There will be first, second, and third place winners and the team with the most “tips” in the Tip Jar will be presented the People’s Choice award.
From noon to 4 p.m. the Kiwanis of Decatur Creation Station art area will be set up at Founders Park with free hands-on art activities for children, and on 2nd Avenue, adjacent to the Alabama Center for the Arts, a children’s play area sponsored by Morgan County CAC will provide family-friendly entertainment.
At 2 p.m., the Prince and Princess Parade for children takes to the streets of downtown Decatur beginning at Founders Park and ending in front of the Princess Theatre. The parade, for tots through teens, is sponsored by the Princess Theatre.
The grand finale is the Carnegie Carnival Parade at 6 p.m. Crewes will proceed in a traditional Mardi Gras-style, complete with themed floats, costumes, “throws”, and music with the route beginning on 2nd Avenue at Gordon Drive, continuing onto Lee Street/Bank Street, and ending at Founder’s Park near the Old State Bank. The parade will be led by 2014 Carnegie Carnival King Jimmy Dawes and Queen Juanita Healy. The evening will conclude with the crowning of the 2015 Carnegie Carnival King and Queen at the Carnegie Carnival Crewe Party at Ingalls Harbor.
During Carnegie Carnival, downtown merchants will be open and shoppers can browse for locally made and one-of-a-kind items and participate in the Carnival Crawl. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., shoppers can visit merchants and collect stickers for a chance to win a prize.
Parade registration forms and activity information are available at www.carnegiecarnival.org. Proceeds benefit the Carnegie Visual Arts Center and other non-profits organizations in the Decatur area. For additional information, call the Carnegie Visual Arts Center at 256.341.0562.
Local Issues and Pie: Two Reasons to Love Athens
ATHENS, Ala. - In 1938 Thornton Wilder wrote about the fictional village of Grover’s Corners in his play “Our Town.” In three acts he describes the ups and downs of small-town life through a narrator.
Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning will pay homage to Mr. Wilder by offering a series of seven monthly narrative discussions featuring city leaders to discuss the ups and down of our town of Athens and Limestone County.
As an added slice of Americana, the Center for Lifelong Learning will be featuring a pie tasting in conjunction with each of the sessions. Each month a different pie recipe will be featured and served to those attending. The events will occur on the third Tuesday of each month for the seven month series.
April 15 will offer a discussion with Athens City Planner Mac Martin’s entitled “Planning for the City’s Future.”
“New Ways to Protect and Serve” will be discussed on May 20 by Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson.
On June 17 Athens City Fire Chief Tony Kirk will lead a discussion on “Fire Prevention and Safety.”
The last Our Town session will be held on July 15 and will feature Athens Communications Specialist Holly Hollman with a media discussion entitled “A Social City.”
There is a $5 admission price to each session that includes a slice of pie. Registration is encouraged by calling the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260. Any available seats for each session will be offered to non-registered attendees on a first come first served basis.
Recycling Program for City Changes!
Citizens who recycle in the city will see a change in service on Monday, Aug. 5, when the single stream recycling program starts.
Those who live west of U.S. 31 will have recycling picked up starting that Monday. Those living west of U.S. 31 will receive recycling pick up on the first of third Mondays of each month. Those living east of U.S. 31 will receive recycling pick up on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This is subject to change if the city sees a need to enhance the routes.
Residents should have their blue containers on the curb by 6 a.m. on their collection day.
Single stream recycling allows the city to collect recyclable materials without having to sort them. The city is contracting with Decatur for this service.
If you have not received a 96-gallon blue recycling container, please call the Sanitation Department at 256-233-8747.
The Athens-Limestone Recycling Center will accept the 18-gallon green containers that residents had been using, or citizens can keep the green containers and use them to collect glass and certain plastics to take to the center.
Sanitation Director Earl Glaze said the city is making the change because its recycling trucks are beyond repair and costly to replace. With single stream recycling offered by Decatur, the city can use its automated garbage trucks to run the recycling routes on Mondays. If the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center goes to single stream recycling, the city can begin taking its recycling to the Athens center.
In addition to the cost of buying new recycling trucks, not having single stream recycling is dangerous for sanitation workers. Workers were having to stand on the roadside to sort through recycling materials and place the sorted material in the recycling truck, subjecting them to oncoming traffic.
List of permitted items in the new blue carts
● No. 1 and No. 2 narrow neck plastic bottles.
● Cans including aluminum, steel and tin.
● Empty aerosol cans.
● Flattened corrugated cardboard cut to fit inside the can.
● Boxes for items such as cereal, shoes, cake mix, crackers, soft drinks, etc.
● Paper including newspapers, notebook paper and office paper.
● Junk mail.
● Magazines, catalogs and phone books.
● Food and any organic waste.
● Garbage and yard waste.
● Plastic bags.
● Pizza boxes.
● Aluminum foil or pie plates.
● Hazardous chemicals.
● Packing peanuts.
● Plastics Nos. 3-7.
Residents can still take oil, batteries and plastics Nos. 3-7 to the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center at 15896 Lucas Ferry Road, which is south of U.S. 72.