Donnell House

The Donnell House.


Donnell House

The Historic Donnell House presents the annual Festival of Trees Candlelight Preview Party on Thursday, November 17, from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy delicious appetizers and beautiful decorations from some of the area’s most talented individuals, organizations, and businesses. Tickets for the Preview Party are $30 at the door.

Regular tour dates are two Saturdays, Nov. 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and two Sundays, November 20 and 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets on tour days are $10 for adults; free for children 12 and under. All tickets available at the door.


NARFE Chapter 1480 meeting

NARFE Chapter 1480 will meet Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9:00 a.m. at the Veterans Museum on Pryor Street.

Wes Isom will be the guest speaker. Please join us.

Limestone Child Advocacy Center Holiday Open House & Silent Auction

LCAC invites you to join them for their annual Holiday Open House and Silent Auction on Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 104 E Washington St in downtown Athens. Online bidding opened Nov. 14. Visit for a list of auction items.

Limestone NAACP election

The Limestone NAACP will hold an officer and executive committee election Nov. 21, 2022 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Members with email address or smart phone numbers on record at the National Office will be sent a ballot by election buddy email or text. Our November meeting will be 11-21-22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00p.m. via ZOOM. Officers and committee chairs should send in written reports.

John Davis at the Library

On Tuesday Nov 29, 2022 we will be hosting local author John Davis at the library. He will be discussing his latest books and copies will be available for purchase.

17th Annual Coat and Toy Drive for Children

Cash Express invites you to join with us in the celebration of giving. We are pairing up with our local food bank, and family resource center to become a blessing to families in our community.

We will be accepting toys, coats, shoes, clothing, and non-perishable food items in numerous drop off locations.

All donations should be received by Dec. 15.

Monetary donation are also accepted. Christmas stockings can be purchased for $1.

Bells of Christmas Tour of Homes

Returning after a 2-year hiatus due to Covid, the Home Tour will take place Dec 11th from 1:00-5:00 pm. Six beautifully decorated homes in a variety of styles will be on full display. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Pimentos, SheaLeigh’s, and Square Clock/Epiphany Boutique in Athens or from any Civitan member. For more information, call Carolyn Stair at (256)-233-0258 or Dianne Newby at (256)-777-2155. Proceeds from this fundraiser support programs for Limestone County children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, college scholarships for local youth and other worthy community causes.


North Pole Stroll Sponsors

Athens-Limestone County Tourism is accepting sponsors for the 6-foot Christmas trees to be featured in the Annual North Pole Stroll in Athens Big Springs Memorial Park. This year we are able to offer Electric LED lighting for our sponsors. We will no longer accept solar lights, only electric LED lights. Sponsorships are still only $100 and available until Nov. 22. To reserve your Christmas tree call Athens-Limestone Tourism at (256)-232-5411 or email for forms and information.

Book club at Athens Alehouse & Cellar

Join the Athens-Limestone Public Library for a new book club on the third Tuesday of the month. The club meets at 6 p.m. at Athens Alehouse & Cellar.

Free bread giveaway

The Frazier CME Church Ministry will be giving away free bread every Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

BrainBlast Trivia

Casa Blanca hosts BrainBlast Trivia each Tuesday night at 6. p.m. Casa Blanca is located at 1802 U.S. Hwy 72 in Athens. Athens Alehouse & Cellar will host Blazin Beatz Bingo by Pop Culture Trivia Challenge each Thursday night starting at 6:30 p.m. Athens Alehouse & Cellar is located at 111 W. Washington Street in Athens.

Digital Literacy Classes

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 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. 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 through Friday and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Bingo is running for the public at Decatur Elks Lodge each Monday. Doors open at 5 p.m. with games beginning at 6:30 p.m. No outside food or drink will be allowed. Elks Lodge is located at 2625 Centron Drive SW in Decatur. More information:

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 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. More information: Janice Williams, (256) 233-5995.

Food giveaway

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church’s food pantry will be open 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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. 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 a.m. — 2 p.m. each Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. 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 p.m. Mondays and Fridays via Zoom. The classes are called S.A.I.L., which stands for Stay Active and Independent for Life. More information: (256) 233-6412.

Cemetery cleanup

City cemeteries

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 U.S. flags will be removed and disposed of properly.

Blood donations


You can schedule a time with the Athens Donor Center online anytime.

For more information, or to find and participate in blood drives, visit

Red Cross

American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make an appointment for blood or platelet donation.

Limestone Ledger is a community calendar in which nonprofit organizations can notify the public of events. Publication of donation requests or services offered should not be considered an endorsement by this newspaper. Deadline for new additions is 3 p.m. the day before publication. Email your event to, fax to 256-233-7753 or bring to The News Courier, 410 W. Green St., Athens.


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