IN THE BOOKS: Athens-Limestone Public Library open to public

Patron Janet Hunt peruses a selection of books Tuesday at the Athens-Limestone Public Library. The library reopened to the public the week of May 18.


Athens Limestone County Public Library Blood Drive

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 from 12-5 p.m.

John Davis at the Library

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. 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.


Athens-Limestone Christmas Parade

The 2022 Athens-Limestone County Christmas Parade will be Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at 6 p.m.


Athens High School alumni night Dec. 2

AHS 2002 & 2003 girls championship basketball teams will be honored.

Games start @ 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Girls @ 6:00 p.m.

Varsity Boys @ 7:30 p.m.

All AHS alumni get in free.

Coffee Call

Coffee Call, hosted by the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives and sponsored by Athens Masonic Lodge # 16, will take between 8:00am and 9:00am, Saturday, December 3, at our location at 114 W. Pryor Street.

Sleigh Bell Run

Join the big man himself...we mean Santa...for the most RUNderful race of the year! A holiday run/walk benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tennessee Valley. The run/walk will take place on Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. in front of the AM Booth Lumberyard parking lot. Early bird pricing is $35 for adults and $15 for children. Relay teams of 4, please contact Michelle Linville at to register.

Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library book sale

The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library will hold a Special Used Book Sale on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 9 am until 1 pm at the library, 603 S. Jefferson St. For further information, please call (256) 232-1233.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 511 meeting

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 511 has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 pm. This is a very important meeting and all members are urged to attend. Please plan to attend this important meeting.

Swamp Johns

Owens Vol. Fire Dept will host Swamp Johns December 10 4pm-7pm for $14.00 a plate at Limestone County Rodeo Arena.

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.

Excellence is your Name

Little Ezekiel Missionary Baptist Church presents Excellence is your Name, a Christmas worship experience, on Dec. 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Round Island Creek Mission Center.


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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