Karen Malone and the Alabama Master Gardeners will host an "Easy Landscaping with Wildflowers" class 11 a.m.–noon today at Athens-Limestone Public Library. The free class will include tips and tricks for landscaping with flowers. Snacks and drinks provided.
The Family Resource Center will host a job fair from 1-3:30 p.m. today at the center at 406 S. Jefferson St., Athens, beside Dub's Burgers.
DV vigil training
Crisis Services of North Alabama will hold weekly meetings for those who wish to participate in the Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil on Oct. 9. The meetings are at 6 p.m. starting Wednesday, Sept. 11, and each Wednesday until Oct. 9. at the Family Resource Center, 406 S. Jefferson St., Athens. More information: Stacy Owens, 256-230-1240.
Path to homeownership
Regions Bank and Community Action Partnership of Huntsville, Madison and Limestone counties will host a workshop for anyone interested in homeownership. The free event, which is open to the public, will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Regions Bank board room, 201 W. Green St., Athens. Will cover pros and cons of homeownership; steps in the home-buying process; budgeting, technology and fraud prevention; credit and credit reports; and maintaining your investment. Lunch provided. Space limited. Call to register at 256-851-9800, extension 650. More information: YaShika Ray, 256-704-1650.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program will hold Caregivers Night Out 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Clements Baptist Church, 8690 U.S. 72 West, Athens. RSVP by noon Thursday, Sept. 12. More information: 256-232-7207.
NAACP golf tournament
Limestone NAACP will host an educational golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Southern Gayles Golf Course, 22230 Mooresville Road, Athens. Tee-off is 8 a.m. Cost is $60 per person. More information: Al Rainey, 256-684-7311
Limestone NAACP's free motivational book club, "Students Taking Excellence Personally = Success," will meet 9:30 a.m.–noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at Round Island Creek Mission Center, 13829 Lucas Ferry Road, Athens. Children ages 3–13 who may not enjoy reading or who want to showcase their enjoyment are encouraged to attend. Transportation and lunch provided at no cost. More information: 256-216-5668
Owens Volunteer Fire Department will host a barbecue chicken dinner from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Station 1, 15359 Elk River Mills Road, Athens, to raise funds for needed fire and rescue equipment. Plates are $10 each and include half a chicken, potato salad, beans, bread and tea.
Alabama in WWI
Marty Olliff, Troy University associate professor of history, will present "The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama in World War I," a lecture about the Alabama home front's response to mobilization during World War I and how the response changed the state and its people, from 1–2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Athens-Limestone County Public Library. Free program with snacks and drinks provided.
Decoration day for Legg Cemetery will be Sunday, Sept. 15. Anyone with a loved one buried there is asked to attend a 3 p.m. informational meeting regarding funding and maintenance of the cemetery. To donate toward upkeep or for more information, call Carl Davis, 256-232-3982, or Sam McMeans, 256-777-0685.
The American Legion will have its monthly chicken stew luncheon from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Cost is $7 for all-you-can-eat eat-ins or $7 per quart for carryout orders. Eat-ins include stew, drinks and desserts. Desserts for carryouts are $1 each, with a maximum of two per quart purchased and four total. Containers provided. Free delivery available for businesses and homebound persons within the Athens city limits. Call 256-230-6233 from 8 a.m.–noon Monday, Sept. 16, or 8–11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 17, to reserve carryout orders or for more information.
Learning social media
Hope Davis of Hope Davis Media will present a class 5:30–6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Athens-Limestone County Public Library on how to use social media to promote your business or nonprofit.
Prime Time Family Time
The Athens-Limestone County Public Library will host "Prime Time Family Time" from 5:30–7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the library, 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. PTFT is a free family reading program for underserved families with children who are 6–10 years old. There will be other activities for children under 6. Because this is a family program, children cannot be left unattended. More information: 256-233-1233
Limestone County Kids & Kin will hold a free childrearing class, "Sharing the Caring: Partnering with Relatives to Care for Children," 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 18, at The Haven, 810 N. Malone St., Athens. More information: Tammie Hill, 256-724-2554.
Road to recovery
Donations are being accepted for the Limestone Recovery Fest, courtesy of Recovery Organizations of Support Specialists. Monetary donations, as well as food and volunteer time, are needed. Limestone Recovery Fest will be 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Wellness Park, 940 W. Washington St., Athens. The event will feature guest speakers, testimonies, food, fun and live entertainment throughout the day. Monetary donations not used for the setup or maintenance of the event will be raffled off to event attendees. More information: Carole Waddell, 205-573-7730
Shredding, recycling, drug take-back
The Better Business Bureau, Athens Police Department and Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful will host a Shred Day, Electronics Recycling and Drug Take Back event from 9 a.m.–noon Saturday, Sept. 28, in the Athens Stadium parking lot. Up to three boxes of paper documents will be accepted at drive-thru station, though residents can park and watch shredding. APD will accept old medications without needles or liquids. Anything that runs on batteries or electricity will be accepted onsite by Athens-Limestone Recycling Center. All services free except for recycling TV sets, which are $10 each. More information: 256-355-5170
The Robert Beaty Historical District invites all Athenians to decorate their homes for the third annual October Athens Scarecrow Ball, Oct. 1–31. Organizers emphasize this is not a competition or chance for judging and prizes but instead an opportunity to "add a special fall excitement" and "promote our unique town." Decorators can visit https://bit.ly/MBSFimagesearch for ideas. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking tutors for students in kindergarten through third grade, with focus on reading, in Athens and Limestone County schools. More information: 256-232-7207
Retired Senior Volunteer Program can provide SNAP assistance for elderly in Limestone County. SNAP is the United States Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The program provides food benefits, access to a healthy diet, and education on food preparation and nutrition to low-income households. More information: 256-232-7207.
Used book sale
Friends of Athens-Limestone Public Library will hold a used book sale from 10:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. every Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month at the library at 603 S. Jefferson St., Athens. More information: 256-232-1233.
Burial detail donations
The Limestone County Burial Detail is seeking donations to buy uniforms, gloves, shoes, patches, brass and general supplies. There is no charge for a full military service at veteran funerals, but donations are appreciated. Donations may by made at any Regions Bank or sent to: Limestone County Burial Detail, 18188 Mooresville Road, Athens, 35613. More information: Burial Detail Commander Roger Keyes, 256-374-2072
• Quilt guild. North Alabama Modern Quilt Guild will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, 100 W. Pryor St., Athens. All quilters welcome.
• ALERA. The Athens-Limestone Education Retirees Association will hold a business meeting 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Athens Recreation Center. Jill Jackson, Alabama Education Retirees Association executive director, will speak. A covered-dish lunch will follow. The executive committee will provide meat, drinks, paper products and ice; everyone else is asked to bring a cover dish.
• NAACP. Limestone NAACP will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Hobbs Plaza, 809 U.S. 72, Suite D, Athens. More information: Wilbert Woodruff, 26-227-8489
• LCREC. The Limestone County Republican Executive Committee will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Valley Event Center, U.S. 72, Athens. Social hour at 6 p.m. Visitors welcome. More information: email@example.com
• VFW. The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 18615 Jefferson St., Athens. More information: 256-233-1067
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