Childcare class

Limestone County Kids and Kin will host a free child-rearing class from 10 a.m. until noon today at The Haven, 810 N. Malone St., Athens. The class is designed for those raising a relative's child and will focus on "Positive Parenting." More information: Tammie Hill, 256-724-2554


Dance and health festival

The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association will host a free "Seasoned Folks Dance and Health Festival" from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Big Springs Memorial Park, Athens. Senior citizens can enjoy line dancing, learn about health care programs or disorders, explore health care options and listen to guest speakers. Carriage rides, funnel cakes, vendors, giveaways and more will also be available. Participants are asked to bring their own chairs, as seating will not be provided. More information:

Free performance

Athena Performing Arts Series will host a free performance featuring "A Night of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musical Hits," including songs from "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Phantom of the Opera," "Evita," "Cats," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and others. The event starts 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Swan Creek Park, Athens. Food trucks will be on site. Attendees asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.


Job fair

Athens-Limestone County Family Resource Center will host a free job fair from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, at 406 S. Jefferson St., next to Dub's Burgers in Athens. Immediate openings for various positions. More information:


Food giveaway

Beans and rice will be given away from 9–11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, by volunteers at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 207 E. Washington St., Athens. No names taken; no ID required. More information: 256-232-2567;


Job fair

Athens-Limestone County Family Resource Center will host a free job fair from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, at 406 S. Jefferson St., next to Dub's Burgers in Athens. Immediate openings for various positions. More information:

Day of Caring

Limestone County Churches Involved will host a Day of Caring from 9 a.m.–noon Saturday, May 22, at the facility on Jefferson Street in Athens. LCCI will offer food and general assistance to Limestone County residents, including help with rent or utilities for those who qualify. More information: the Rev. Thom Porter, 256-262-0671


Limestone County Masters Gardeners Association will present the gardens of LCMGA members during GardenTour, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Tickets $15 per person in advance, $20 day of tour. Tickets available at Hyatt & Sims on the Square in Athens or by contacting 256-614-3530 or Proceeds benefit LCMGA. More information: 256-614-3530;

Heritage Festival

The Athens John Wade Keyes Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a "Heritage Festival" benefiting the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives from 3–5 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at the new museum, 114 W. Pryor St., Athens. Visitors can learn more about state lineage societies, the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama and best ancestry research practices. Live entertainment, silent auction, museum tours and drawing also on site. Cost $10 per adult; children free. Tickets available at the door, from any chapter member, at or through the Alabama Veterans Museum's Facebook page. More information: Brenda Winter, 256-771-3536

Childcare class

Limestone County Kids and Kin will host a free child-rearing class from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday, May 26, at The Haven, 810 N. Malone St., Athens. The class is designed for those raising a relative's child and will focus on "What Summer Slide Actually Means and Ways to Fight It." More information: Tammie Hill, 256-724-2554

Guided nature walk

Damien Simbeck will guide a free nature walk starting 8 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at Marbut Bend Walking Trail in West Limestone. Participants can learn about the area and the wildlife who live there. Binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, sun screen and insect repellent are appreciated. The trail is handicapped-accessible.

Addiction Eviction Rally

The 3rd annual Addiction Eviction Rally is set for 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Swan Creek Park, 98 U.S. 31, Athens. Free meals, school supplies, hygiene bags and food boxes available. School supply and diaper donations accepted. Three scholarships will be awarded. More information: Lori Masonia, 256-374-3202

Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful will host its annual Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5, in Big Spring Memorial Park. Vendors will be located throughout the park with activities for kids, earth-friendly products, information and more. Steve Trash will perform at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. More information: KALB 256-233-8000;


Library reopening

The Houston Memorial Library and Museum has reopened with limited hours. Patrons can visit 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additional dates and times to be announced later. Masks and social distancing requested.

Storybook Stroll

The second annual Storybook Stroll, hosted by the Athens-Limestone County Public Library Foundation, is open now through June 10 in downtown Athens. A new story will be posted every two weeks, and those who visit can scan the QR code at the end of the stroll to earn a free ice cream cone from Kreme Delite.

Garden vouchers

Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Garden Voucher Program. Applicants must reside in Madison or Limestone County, meet income eligibility requirements and call their local office to apply. More information:

Vaccine rides

Limestone NAACP is offering free rides for Limestone County residents to Athens-Limestone Hospital's walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 12:30–3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 256-227-8489 or 256-216-5668 for more information.

Bama Zack golf tournament

Registration is open now until June 30 (or spots are filled) for the Bama Zack Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. Cost is $600 per four-person scramble team. Max of 25 teams. Tournament to be held 1 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at Canebrake Club, Athens, with registration for event at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. All proceeds benefit Bama Zack Memorial Scholarship for Limestone County student-athletes. Tournament sponsorships available until May 30. More information: Allison, 256-777-2381; Garth, 256-777-6530

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% of the federal poverty level; or special circumstances (fire, flood, illness, injury, etc.). 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

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. Clothes and food boxes also available. 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 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

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

Corruption hotline

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 or call the tip line at 844-404-TIPS



The 39th annual Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo will take place May 14 and 15 at the Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo Arena on Alabama 99. Gates open 6 p.m. each night; rodeo starts 8 p.m. Advance tickets $15 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under. Gate prices $17 per adult and $12 per child. More information: Sheriff Mike Blakely, 256-232-0111

Pageant luncheon

The Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo Queen Pageant Committee will host the Rodeo Queen Pageant Luncheon noon Saturday, May 15, at the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, 114 W. Pryor St., Athens. Tickets on sale now for $25 each. Must purchase in advance. Limited number of tickets available. More information: Jennifer McBay, 256-232-0111


Gospel concert

Berea Baptist Church will host a free Southern gospel concert featuring New Ground starting 6 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the church, 16779 Lucas Ferry Road, Athens. Love offerings accepted.

Sermon series

Alabama Fork CPCA will host a two-part virtual sermon series titled "Educational Ministry in the Small Church" 9 a.m. Sunday, May 16, and Sunday, May 23. More information: 256-431-7926;

Sermon series

Alabama Fork CPCA will host a two-part virtual sermon series titled "Thirsting for More" 9 a.m. Sunday, May 16, and Sunday, May 23. More information: 256-431-7926;


Gatlin Cemetery

Gatlin Cemetery on Stateline Road in Ardmore will host decoration day May 15 and 16. Social distancing will be observed. Those who cannot attend and would like to make a donation can do so at FNB Bank, 26327 Main St., Ardmore, Tennessee. Donations can also be mailed to Gatlin Cemetery, c/o Stanley L. Mitchell, Treasurer, 28766 Alabama 251, Ardmore, AL 35739.

Sylone Cemetery

Decoration at Sylone Cemetery will be Sunday, May 16. Donations for upkeep are appreciated and can be mailed to Sylone Cemetery, c/o Mike Brock, 21518 Sandlin Road, Elkmont, AL 35620. More information: 256-206-0196

Reunion Cemetery

Reunion Cemetery will host decoration day with a chicken and goat stew fundraiser Saturday, June 5. Attendees are asked to bring their own container. Donations made payable to the Reunion Cemetery Fund should be sent to Nicole Collins, 25172 Alabama 127, Elkmont, AL 35620.

New Garden Cemetery

New Garden Cemetery will host a cleanup day Saturday, June 5, with the annual decoration day held Sunday, June 6. Donations are needed for upkeep and can be made both days at the cemetery. Those who cannot attend in person can mail donations to Harold Atkinson, 20321 Sandlin Road, Elkmont, AL 35620; or to Harold Robinson, 14016 Robinson Lane, Elkmont, AL 35620

Bethel Cemetery

Annual monetary contributions for cemetery upkeep are due. If you have family members buried in Bethel Cemetery, send donations to Tommy Sprague, 25917 Pepper Road, Athens. Total funding for the cemetery comes from contributions. Cleanup of family burial sites is also encouraged as mowing season will begin soon. More information: Tommy Sprague, 256-874-8461

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.

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. The News Courier encourages residents to research organizations before donating or accepting services. All items will run as space allows until the day of the event and should be submitted at least one week prior to the event for best results. Ongoing items run for up to one month but can be resubmitted regularly. Email submissions to, fax to 256-233-7753 or bring to The News Courier, 410 W. Green St., Athens.

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