Daphne Ellison with the Limestone County Emergency Management Agency will speak on severe weather awareness during the 10 a.m. until noon meeting today of Positive Look. It will be held at the Athens Recreation Center next to the high school on U.S. 31 North. Positive Look is a support group for the blind and visually impaired and their families and friends.
Earth Day fundraiser
Today and Saturday are pick-up days at Dan Tera for pre-sold geraniums and “Light the Way” candles in honor of Earth Day. Proceeds go to Gulf Coast Restoration and to help provide clean water around the world. Geraniums are from Bennett’s Nursery and cost $13 each or $23 for two. Contact: 256-233-3663.
Singing on the Square
The free Singing on the Square returns to downtown Athens tonight at 6 when Lacey Snider will perform followed by The Servants gospel group at 7. Lawn chairs welcome. In case of rain, call 256-232-5411 to find the new indoor location.
A pancake breakfast fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 7236 will be held from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s on U.S. 72 in Athens. Tickets sold at the door for $5.
Garden club fundraiser
The Athens Garden Club annual Spring Plant & Bake Sale Fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday under the breezeway at Sundry Printing at the corner of East Washington and Clinton streets.
Master Gardeners plant sale
The Limestone County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Plant Sale from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Farmers Market on Green Street.
4 Paws and a Book
A “pawsitive” reading experience dedicated to improving reading skills of children ages 5 and older, called 4 Paws and a Book will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Houston Memorial Library in Athens. Children can bring their own book or read a favorite of Miss Sophie Grey, a Yorkshire terrier, who will be present for the program. To schedule a time to read, call the library at 256-233-8770.
Do Da Parade
The Athens-Limestone Beautification Board’s Dogwood Festival Do Da Parade has been moved to Athens State University due to the threat of rain. Register in the lobby of the gym at 9:15 a.m. No entry fee. Bicycles, tricycles, and kid’s battery-operated vehicles decorated in a spring or Earth Day theme are welcome. Contact: 256-233-8728.
Earth Day celebration
An Earth Day party in the park is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in Athens State University gymnasium. Free crafts and kids activities, live entertainment, birds of prey program and other critters, free hot dogs and Pepsi, free door prizes, and lots of exhibits and information. Visit KeepAthensLimestoneBeautiful.com, email KALB@pclnet.net, or call 256-233-8728 for more information.
The Elkmont Volunteer Fire Department Bean Day will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Elkmont Fire Hall. Cost is $3 for beans, cornbread, slaw, dessert and drink.
Library page applications
Summer library page applications are due Saturday at Athens-Limestone Public Library. To be a teen summer volunteer at the library, you must be at least 13 years old by June 1. Applications are available at the library and on the library’s website, alcpl.org. Contact: Kelli 256-232-1233.
A beauty walk will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the East Limestone High School gymnasium. Cost is $45. Boys and girls through age 5 can be from any area. Kindergarten through 12th grade must be from Creekside Elementary or East Limestone Middle/High School. For more information, email Jennifer.email@example.com or call the East Limestone band room at 256-233-6660.
TRIAD Trail Ride
The 17th annual Limestone County TRIAD Trail Ride will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Elkmont Rural Village Stables. Gates open at 11 a.m. Cost: Adults, $15; children 12 and under, $5; non-riders, $5. Gate prices include barbecue chicken meal after the ride. Contact: 256-232-0111 or visit www.limestonesheriff.com.
Jedwabne Massacre discussion
Dr. Charles “Rick” Roberts will speak from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Center for Lifelong Learning conference room on the downtown Square. No charge. The topic is events that led to the Jedwabne Massacre of 1,600 Jewish residents by local citizens in Poland during World War II and its meaning in historical and ethical terms.
AARP driver’s class
The Limestone Council on Aging will host an Association of American Retired Persons safe driver’s class from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, April 24 and 26. Preregistration and attendance at both sessions are required to complete the course. To register: 256-233-6412.
Used book sale
The Friends of Athens-Limestone Public Library will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday at the library.
Child abuse prevention
The public is invited to a Parents As Teachers hosted child abuse prevention awareness event between 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Family Resource Center, 406 S. Jefferson St. Contact: Kimberly Taylor 256-230-0880.
Seniors art class
The Council on Aging is hosting an art class at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Athens Senior Center on Pryor Street. Cost is $30 and includes all supplies. Anyone interested should contact Emily Sandlin at 256-233-6412.
Tickets are on sale for the Storybook Ball where adults and children can dine with their favorite book characters from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Limestone County Event Center. Includes kid-friendly foods, entertainment, music by the Tangerine Tambourine Band, and photo opportunities with the characters. Tickets are $20 per adult, $15 per child (under 3 free), and available at the Athens-Limestone Public Library, at www.alcpl.org and at 256-232-1233. Sponsored by the Athens-Limestone Library Foundation.
Applications for scholarships to be awarded by the Limestone NAACP to deserving seniors attending Limestone County and Athens City Schools can be picked up at any high school’s counselor’s office. Submit applications by April. 27. Contact: Wil Woodruff 256-233-8489 or 227-8489.
Outdoor booth applications are being accepted for the 32nd annual Athens Bible School Homespun Craft and Vendor Show. Contact: 256-232-3525.
Lifelong Learning classes
A series of classes will be held at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the Square through April 30. Preregistration required. Contact: 256-233-8260, ext. 5 for full details. April 24, birthday open house, free, 10 a.m., Writing for Fun and Profit, $45, 6:30 p.m.; April 26, Beginner Acrylic Painting, $69, 9 a.m., Cookie Specials, $35, 6 p.m., Magnetic Memo Board Night, $55, 6 p.m.; April 27, Film Favorite Series, $8, 6:30 p.m.; April 28, Working with Fondant, $35, 11 a.m.; April 30, Lunch & Learn Book Discussion, free, 11:30 a.m.
Senior sports teams
Anyone age 50 or older wanting to participate in softball, volleyball, basketball, golf or bowling should contact Jennifer Reece, assistant director at Limestone County Council on Aging at 256-233-6412.
• Greek meet. A Greek meet for college-bound girls and a parent/guardian to learn about recruitment and how to obtain recommendations from sorority alumnae will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the First Presbyterian Rodgers Center in Athens. Contact: Emily 256-233-0474 or Lori 256-874-2946.
• Alzheimer’s support. Athens Alzheimer's Support will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Athens Senior Center on Pryor Street. Anyone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is welcome. For more information, contact Sharon Swann Griffis with the Alzheimer's Support Group at 256-874-0888 or call the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900.
• Soil and water. The Limestone County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Office, 1795 U.S. 72 East, Suite 102. Public invited.
• Historical Society. The Limestone County Historical society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the First Presbyterian Church Rodgers Center on the Square. The topic of speaker Frances Robb with the Alabama Humanity Foundation will be “A True Story: Old Birmingham and its First Photographer.” Dessert and drinks served. Public invited.
• Patriots. The Athens-Limestone Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Domino Hall meeting room, 100 Beaty St. Contact: 256-777-2526.
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