The News Courier
Anyone in need may pick up two pounds of beans and three pounds of rice from 9-11 a.m. today at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 207 E. Washington Street. No questions asked. No names taken.
4 Paws and a Book
4 Paws and a Book, a program dedicated to improve reading skills of children ages 5 and older is 9-10:30 a.m. today at the Houston Memorial Library. Children may bring their own book or read a favorite of Miss Sophie Grey, a Yorkshire terrier and a registered R.E.A.D. dog. To schedule a time to read, call the library at 256-233-8770.
Corporate Spelling Bee
The 19th annual Corporate Spelling Bee is at 10 a.m. today in the Athens High School cafeteria. Free admission to spectators. Refreshments served. More information: Learn to Read Council 256-230-3050.
Republican meet and greet
A Limestone Country Republican Party meet and greet for local Republican candidates is 6-8:30 p.m. today at the Athens State University ballroom. Each candidate will speak for two minutes. Desserts, coffee and tea will be served.
Celtic band concert
A concert by Henri’s Notions, regarded by some as the South’s premier Celtic band, is set for 7 p.m. Monday in the Athens State University Sandridge Student Center ballroom. The event is free to the public. No reservations required.
The American Legion Post 49 monthly chicken stew will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $5 to eat in or for per quart carryouts. Containers provided. No sides with carryouts. More information or to reserve carryouts: 256-230-6233.
An American Red Cross blood drive is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday in the Calhoun Community College Robert Casteen Student Center lobby, 6250 U.S. 31 North in Tanner. More information or schedule appointments: www.redcrossblood.org or Teresa Bush 256-990-0830.
Spaghetti dinner fundraiser
Vietnam Veterans of America, chapter 511, will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the VVA building, 17915 W. Elm St. The $7 meal includes spaghetti, garlic toast, salad, dessert and drink. Proceeds benefit the VVA scholarship funds.
AHS parent/student meeting
A parent/student meeting for grades 9-11 at Athens High School is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria. Registration procedures, course offerings and graduation requirements will be discussed.
An American Red Cross blood drive is 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at the Tanner High School gymnasium lobby, 12060 Sommers Road in Tanner. More information or schedule appointments: www.redcrossblood.org or Teresa Bush 256-990-0830.
Library page applications
Summer library page applications for teens will be available at Athens-Limestone Public Library March 17-April 19. Applicants must be age 13 by June 1 and have completed seventh grade. Applications also available at alcpl.org. Due April 19. More information: Kelli 256-232-1233.
Vidalia onions sale
The annual Athens Ladies Civitan Vidalia onions sale is underway. Order deadline is April 11. Orders available in May. Ten pounds for $10. Call 256-771-7672 or 232-6086 to order or mail orders to ALC, P.O. Box 1814, Athens, AL 35612. Include check, number of bags wanted, name, address and phone.
Rescue Squad needs items
Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad is taking drop-off donations of saleable items for an upcoming garage sale fundraiser. Items accepted seven days a week. Take items to 1401 Freeman Ave. in Athens.
Disaster kit items needed
RSVP/HandsOn Athens is preparing disaster kits for senior citizens and needs donated items to include: Small flashlights with extra batteries, whistles, manual can opener, first-aid kits, moist towelettes, hand sanitizers, garbage bags, zip lock plastic bags, playing cards, toilet tissue and pocket-size tissue. Deliver to RSVP, 409 W. Washington St. by the end of March.
New Orleans trip
The Center for Lifelong Learning is partnering with Athens-Limestone Hospital to organize a five-day, four-night trip to New Orleans May 5-9. Reservations must be made this week. More information: Diane Sauers 256-233-8260.
Tickets are available for the Athelstine Lodge No. 71 annual banquet to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Round Island Creek Missionary Baptist Assoc. facility on Lucas Ferry Road. Featured speaker is Dr. Alfred Brinkley of Athens and author of “Courageous Expectations.” Tickets can be purchased from lodge members at $25 for adults and $15 for age 14 and under.
Donnell House fundraiser
A bridge tournament to raise funds for the restoration of the Donnell House will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Donnell House. Cost to play is $25. Brunch served. Reservations by March 18. Make checks payable to Donnell House and mail to: Myrna Burgreen, 100 Maryville Drive, Athens, AL 35611. More information: 256-232-5600 or 232-7109.
• NAACP. Limestone NAACP general membership meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Athens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce, 101 Beaty St. Contact: Wilbert Woodruff 256-227-8489.
• VFW. Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary will meet for dinner and fellowship at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, with the monthly meeting to follow. Nominations for new officers will be taken. The VFW post is on North Jefferson Street. Contact: Fred 256-233-0213.
• Partners in Pink. Athens breast cancer support group Partners in Pink will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the Athens-Limestone Hospital Education Room. All breast cancer patients and survivors are invited. Preparations will be made for the April Health Fair on the Square.
• ALSO. Athens-Limestone Seniors Organization will meet following a Dutch-treat lunch at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at Mac’s Steakhouse on South Jefferson Street. Dennis Morrison, director of Joy’s House, will speak.
• SCV. The Capt. Thomas H. Hobbs Camp 768 Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Alabama Veterans Museum. Michael Cole will speak on “The Last Battles in Tennessee.” The public is invited.
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