Toys for Tots program
The United Way of Athens-Limestone County is registering families for the 2020 Toys for Tots program. Registration is 9 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m. today at the Athens Senior Center, 912 W. Pryor St. The program is for children aged birth-12 years. Proof of income, birth certificates for each eligible child, Social Security cards for each eligible child, proof of residency in Limestone County and parent or guardian’s photo ID required. Due to coronavirus guidelines, only one representative per family is allowed to come register, and masks are required. If someone doesn't have a mask, one will be provided. More information: 256-233-2323
The Athens-Limestone Public Library is offering a free showing of True Grit at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Enjoy this classic Western starring John Wayne from the comfort of your car. The movie is being presented as part of NEA Big Read: Limestone County. The library building will be closed, so restrooms and other amenities won't be available. The movie is rated G.
Veterans Day parade
The Athens-Limestone Veterans Day Parade will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Registration is open for those who wish to participate. Floats can be patriotic or military themed but not political or intentionally controversial. More information: Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, 256-771-7578
Chicken stew sale
Ardmore Veterans Group will hold a chicken stew sale Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ardmore, Tennessee, City Annex Building located behind Burger King. Chicken Stew will be sold for $25 for a gallon and $15 for a half-gallon. Please bring containers if possible. You can preorder by contacting Ken Crosson at 256-874-4821 or Jan Chancey at 910-391-5908.
Limestone County Kids & Kin is holding a free child-rearing class for those raising a relative's child titled “Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Crib.” The class will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 10 at The Haven, 810 N. Malone St., Athens. More information: Tammy Hill, 256-724-2254 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Calhoun Veterans Day Program
Calhoun Community College will host its annual Veterans Day Program 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. The event will be held in the Kelley Gymnasium on the college's Decatur campus, 6250 U.S. 31 North, Tanner. Dr. Joe Fitzgerald, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for North Alabama, will be the event speaker. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Social distancing measures will be followed during the program and masks are required for attendance.
The Athens-Limestone Public Library is offering a free showing of the Coen brothers' 2010 remake of True Grit at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Enjoy this modern masterpiece starring Jeff Bridges from the comfort of your car. The movie is being presented as part of NEA Big Read: Limestone County. The library building will be closed, so restrooms and other amenities won't be available. The movie is rated PG-13.
The Limestone NAACP will have its elections from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at 809 U.S. 72 West, Suite D, Athens. Limestone NAACP members are encouraged to come out and cast their vote for unit officers and executive committee members. You can vote from your car or you can come inside to vote with proper PPE. More information: Wilbert Woodruff, 256-227-8489
Women Empowering Women of Alabama is holding its annual turkeys and food boxes giveaway from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Freshwind Christian Fellowship Church, 17200 Lucas Ferry Road, Athens. Registration before event required. Register at Freshwind Christian Fellowship Church 2:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays between Oct. 5 and Nov. 5. Proof of residence and valid ID required to register.
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church will host a food distribution event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1911 Hine St., Athens. To participate one must: be eligible to receive food stamps/Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP); be eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF/AFDC); be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI); meet income minimums (available at distribution site); be facing special circumstances (fire, flood, illness, injury, etc.); and complete eligibility form at distribution site. Bring valid driver's license or ID card. One food distribution per household. More information: 256-444-2628
Hope Gibson and volunteers will host their annual free Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, dressing, dessert and more Thursday, Nov. 26, at the Ole Gin House BBQ in Elkmont. The dinner will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until all the food is gone. Eat-in or drive-thru carryout is available. Drinks will be provided for those who eat in. More information: 256-497-3706
Athens sanitation holiday schedule
The City of Athens has organized its sanitation schedule for the four holidays occurring between November and January. Sanitation will run as scheduled on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. There will be no pickup on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. On Friday, Nov. 27, Thursday's garbage will be collected with Friday's garbage being collected on Saturday, Nov 28. There will be no pickup on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, with Friday's garbage being collected Saturday, Dec. 26. Sanitation will run as scheduled on New Year's Day. Please have bins to the curb by 6 a.m.
North Pole Stroll
The sixth annual Athens North Pole Stroll is coming again this year to the Big Springs Memorial Park. Sponsorships are available now and are still only $100. Organizers require the use of SOLAR string lights only, unbreakable ornaments and use twist ties or bread ties to secure ornaments to the tree. Contact the Athens Limestone Tourism Office at 256-232-5411 or go to the tourism website for the forms to fill out and email back at visitathensal.com/2020-anps
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 2–5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. More information: Janice Williams, 256-233-5995
Used book sale
Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library host a used book sale from 10:15 a.m.–2:15 p.m. each Tuesday and first Saturday of each month 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 1–2 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
Recruiting school tutors
RSVP is recruiting elementary tutors for Athens City Schools and math tutors for all grades. Anyone interested in tutoring at least one hour per week is encouraged to call the RSVP office. More information: 256-232-7207
The Alabama Attorney General's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking residents with knowledge of public corruption in Limestone County to email details to email@example.com or call the tip line at 844-404-TIPS
Due to health concerns, the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives Coffee Call scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, has been canceled.
Ardmore Veterans Day Parade
The Ardmore Veterans Day program, scheduled for November 11, has been canceled due to COVID-19.
Festival of Trees
Due to COVID-19, the Donnell House will not be hosting the Festival of Trees this year. However, the Donnell House is still available to rent for private events. More information: 239-249-2211
• American Legion. The American Legion Post 49 will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. today, at the Post Home, 124 Cloverleaf Drive, Athens. Members and guests are requested to observe and cooperate with the COVID-19 safety protocols currently in practice by the area's residents. More information: Rod Huffman, 256-233-3023
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