12-2-2016-9-14-26-amIf you’ve been past Big Spring Memorial Park, or the duck pond as locals know it, you’ve probably seen the Christmas trees lined up and ready for decorations. This is all in preparation for the 2nd annual North Pole Stroll that will kick off on Saturday, December 3rd and continue through the holidays. It’s not too late to adopt a tree! Just give the Tourism office a call at 256-232-5411.

KALB always strives to be different, so our “tired” snowman family will once again make an appearance at this year’s North Pole Stroll. Last year, they were “tired” tourists exhausted from visiting all of the great destinations in Limestone County. This year, they will be “tired” of waiting for Santa. It just makes perfect sense that an organization such as ours that advocates recycling would reuse something for our display. We are all about the 3 Rs!

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Most of us probably don’t give much thought to the fact that millions of tires are discarded each year. Tire mountains used to be a common sight, and I have personally seen one in Cleveland, Ohio that caught fire. Tire fires are difficult to put out, often take weeks or months to extinguish, and create large amounts of noxious fumes. Scrap tires can cause huge environmental problems.
Over the years, changes have been made to the way tires are handled. In our state, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has taken measures to assist with proper handling of old tires. Our state generates about 5 million scrap tires annually and an additional 4 million are brought into Alabama from other states.

According to the ADEM website, since the Alabama Scrap Tire Program was instituted, approximately 7,092,000 scrap tires from all sources are beneficially reused annually. About 96.5% are utilized as fuel or substitute raw material and 3.5% are reused through engineered and other uses. Of course, the steel belts are also recycled.

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The Limestone County Commission has secured a grant through ADEM that allows them to accept tires for recycling from Limestone County residents through September 30, 2018. Our recycling center is NOT equipped to accept tires; however, you may take them to any of the four Limestone County District Tool Sheds where collection trailers are located.

12-2-2016-9-14-51-amHere is where you can help. If you have old tires on your property, you have the perfect opportunity to dispose of them free of charge and ensure they are recycled. Only you have the power to gather and recycle tires located on your property.

There is never an excuse for tossing tires in the river, over banks, or on roadsides. Disposal is FREE and the hazards of discarded tires include mosquito and rodent breeding, water pollution, and more. If you see them, consider picking them up if you are able, or at least let your commissioner know where they are located.

It was at one of the county tool sheds that KALB found the size and number of tires needed to put our snowman family together.
Be sure to schedule time during the holiday season to visit the North Pole Stroll and the “tired” snowman family at Big Spring Memorial Park. When Santa visits, be sure to let him know that you recycle!
By: Lynne Hart

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11-18-2016-2-49-02-pmIt is that time of year when we turn our focus to the holidays. For most of us, that means lots of family time, cooking, baking and, of course, eating! The first thing that comes to my mind is the wonderful smell of a roasting turkey. I’m obviously not the only one. Forty-five million others in the United States will be enjoying turkey, too – although our cooking methods may be different.

Some love to grill their turkey and others will deep fry it in peanut oil. I prefer a turkey roasted in the oven. No matter how the turkey is cooked, there will be grease. When our plates are clean and the leftovers stored, there will be a lot of kitchen fats, oils and grease (FOG) to be handled.

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FOG can originate from vegetable or animal sources, such as dairy products, vegetable oil, olive oil, or fats from cooking meats. Fats, oils and grease poured into the wastewater system (sewers) will cool and become a sticky layer on sewer pipes. The sticky mess then attracts and holds other food particles and debris that flows through the drains causing blockages or clogs. These clogs can then cause overflows. Removing these blockages is very costly, both financially and to the health of the environment.

The Athens Wastewater Department spends tens of thousands of dollars removing these clogs, the cost of which is passed on to the consumer. We all know who that is!

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In 2012, the Wastewater Department, in cooperation with Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, developed the FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) Collection and Recycling Program to help reduce the occurrence of clogs. This program provides an easy way to recycle household FOGs. KALB continues to work with the Wastewater Department educating residents about the dangers of improper disposal of fats, oils and grease because there is still so much that is not being captured.

In our haste to get things done, we often think that “just a little bit” of grease down the drain won’t hurt. With a hot water chaser, it will be ok. That is false thinking. Eventually that small amount of oil or grease will cool and attach itself to the pipe. All those little fatty party animals will get together and invite everything else you let slip down the drain to join them. That could become a costly plumbing repair bill for Joe Homeowner. If you don’t create enough fats, oils or grease to collect for recycling, let the fats cool, then wipe the pan and discard the fats into your trash.

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How To Participate
FOG Collection and Recycling containers are available free of charge to Athens and Limestone County residents. Just pick one up from the white FOG cages located at the following locations:
• Athens-Limestone Recycling Center – 15896 Lucas Ferry Rd.
• KALB Office – 125 East Street
• Utility Building – 1806 Wilkinson St.
• Various apartment complexes in Athens (check with apartment management)

Once the container is full, return it to the bottom shelf of any of the collection cages. The contents will be processed and used in a variety of products.

Since the program started in 2012, nearly 4,000 gallons of fats, oils and grease have been recycled. If you produce fats, oils or grease in your kitchen, then this program is designed for you. Please take the time to keep these harmful materials out of the wastewater system and allow them to be useful again.

Pick up your FOG container now so you have it ready for your holiday cooking, then continue to keep grease out of the sewer lines by using the program throughout the year.
Call KALB or the Athens Wastewater Department if you have questions about this program.
By: Lynne Hart

11-18-2016-2-44-28-pmI really can’t believe that it is November already; as usual this has been a very busy month for the Alabama Veterans Museum! As this is the month for thankfulness, I wanted to take this time to say “Thank You” to each and every one of you for your support this year. Without the support of the Limestone County Commission, the City of Athens, the Limestone County Delegation, and of course the community, we could not do what we do to honor our veterans.

I would like to thank my wonderful volunteers; the museum really could not function without them. I hesitate to list them because I am afraid I will leave someone out, but here goes; our faithful volunteers are: Ed Adams, Jerry Barksdale, Johnny Beck, Tyre Benefield, Price Boyd, Anne Crutcher, Mike Criscillis, Yvonne Dempsey, Ralph Green, Anthony Lindner, Sal Ragona, Bill Scheuler, Ewell Smith, Julia Smith, and Jim Watson. We have a sign in our breakroom that I read daily which says “Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” No statement could be truer! If you would like to join this awesome team, come on down to the museum because we are always looking for new volunteers.

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I would also like to thank Steve Hornberger, who takes care of the office, Teddy Dutton and Ron Thrift, who take care of the building and our visitors. These guys always go the extra mile for me, whether it be getting here at “0 dark thirty” the first Saturday of every month for Coffee Call or setting up for an Elvis show, they work tirelessly. Thank you to our sponsors for Coffee Call; we literally could not do it without them each month.

And last, but certainly not least I want to say a big “Thank you” to my Board of Directors. I would like to give a special shout out to our board president, Jerry Crabtree. I always know I can count on Jerry for support! No matter what crazy event we come up with, he is always there to do the introduction and to work to ensure it is a success! I could not do what I do without the support of each and every one of you!

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Now, a little bit about who we are and why we do what we do every day. The vision of the Alabama Veterans Museum is to keep our military history alive for the education and enjoyment of the public. What makes our museum different and unique is that everything we have has been donated and each piece has a story behind it. We have artifacts from the Revolutionary War until present day. Most of our tour guides are veterans so you get the stories from the people who were actually living it.

The role of our museum is not only to entertain, but to educate. Last year we had over 10,000 visitors, over half of them children. We want to convey the incredible sacrifices and intensity of a world at war. Everyone should learn that our freedom is not free… it was bought by men and women, many of whom paid the supreme sacrifice. Throughout history and even today, ordinary individuals have given their life for this country; we owe these individuals a debt that can never be repaid.
“Thank you for your service.”
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

11-4-2016-10-51-48-amAthens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning will be hosting The Story Behind the Song: A Songwriters Showcase. The event will be held on Friday, November 11, 2017, at 6:30 pm in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus.

We are so excited to bring these talented musicians to McCandless Hall in an unplugged format. Each songwriter will play his songs and talk about the inspiration behind his writing.Tickets are $20 for the reserved seating show and are available now for purchase at the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 South Marion Street on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. For more information about the concert, call 256-233-8260 or visit www.athens.edu/cll.

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Songwriter Phillip White is a Rogersville native, a graduate of Austin High School in Decatur, and the winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year for his hit “I’m Movin’ On” (Rascal Flatts). He has written songs for artists such as Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, George Strait, and Kenny Rogers. During the past twenty years he’s been published by some of music row’s most respected publishers including Murrah Music, Disney, Universal, and Sea Gayle Music. He recently signed with Fluid Music Revolution and Spirit Music Publishing.

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Monty Holmes grew up in Lubbock, Texas. His grandfather exposed him to a great record collection and such artists as Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. From Ray Price to the Rolling Stones, Holmes’ songs reflect his varied musical influences. Throughout the years, Holmes has worked with Whitey Shafer, Hank Cockran, Glenn Martin, Don Sampson, Donnie Kees, Tony Mullins, Leslie Satcher, Scotty Emerick, Brice Long, Buddy Cannon, and Phillip White. He has written songs for George Strait, including chart toppers “I know She Still Loves Me,” “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” and the 2009 Grammy Award winning Country Album of the Year, “Troubador” and “House of Cash.” Holmes is currently an ASCAP writer but is a multiple BMI “million-air,” an honor for writers with over 1 million broadcast performances.

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Clint Daniels is a Florida native, inspired by bluegrass music. After graduating from high school, he moved to Nashville to pursuit a career in country music. He had two singles on the charts – “A Fool’s Progress” and “When I Grow Up.” Since leaving Epic Records, Daniels has co-written songs with other country artists, including the Number One hit “Brokenheartsville” by Joe Nichols and “Roll with Me” by Montgomery Gentry, as well as Brooks and Dunn’s “God Must Be Busy.”

This is going to be a wonderful concert. I know you will enjoy yourself. The show is sponsored by Guitar Center, Huntsville. Stop by the Center to pick up your tickets today.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

11-4-2016-10-23-59-amI am told that fall has arrived, but the temperatures make it difficult to tell! Although we are experiencing cooler nights, our daytime temperatures have frequently felt more like summer.

The biggest problem we are experiencing in North Alabama is lack of rain. Limestone County is under extreme drought conditions, which is the second-highest intensity level. It will take over 10 to 14 inches of rain to take our area out of drought conditions. Climatologists are saying that this is the worst drought we’ve experienced in nearly 10 years.

Vegetation is drying up due to lack of water as you can tell by the crunching sound you hear when you walk across the grass. This creates a very dangerous situation. The simplest spark can cause the dried vegetation to catch fire. According to the Alabama Forestry Commission website, from October 1st through October 28th there were 1,028 wildfires in the state destroying 11,232 acres.

Currently there is little rain in sight.

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“No Burn Order” in effect
Governor Robert Bentley has signed a Drought Emergency Declaration, or a No Burn Order, into effect which includes Limestone County. So what does that mean?
Due to extreme risk of wildfires, it is illegal to do any of the following while a No Burn Order is in effect:
• Set fire to plants, trees, or grass.
• Build a campfire or bon fire
• Burn trash or debris
• Any other type of open burning
Failure to comply could cost the offender up to a $500 fine or 6 months in jail.

Cigarette Litter
As I drove to work earlier this week, I saw a cigarette butt in the middle of a road which was still smoking. All it would have taken was a bit of wind to blow that smoldering filter to the grass and start a fire. These drought conditions have led to a high number of grass fires in our area. I know that there are many causes for this such as farming equipment hitting a rock, vehicles dragging chains, etc. That does not negate the dangers of cigarette butts causing fires, especially in this serious drought situation.
KALB has pocket ashtrays which allow smokers to safely store cigarette butts until they can be properly discarded. PLEASE, if you are a smoker, be a responsible one. Do not toss your butts into the environment where they can cause fires and leach dangerous chemicals into the environment. KALB is not interested in lecturing anyone about the act of smoking; however, we do feel a responsibility to remind those who do smoke to choose not to pollute the environment or take a chance on starting a wildfire.

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Once No Burn Order Lifted
Once the drought conditions have improved and the No Burn Order has been lifted, there are still things we need to remember about open burning. The following information is taken from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management regulations under section 335-3-3-.01.

Open burning authorized by this paragraph shall comply with the following conditions:

• The burning must take place on the property on which the combustible fuel originates;
• The location of the burning must be at least 500 feet from the nearest occupied dwelling, other than a dwelling located on the property on which the burning is conducted;
• The burning must be controlled so as to avoid creating a traffic hazard on any public road, street, or highway as a result of the air contaminants emitted;
• Only vegetation and untreated wood may be burned. It is unauthorized to open burn heavy oils, asphalt products, plastics, vinyl materials, insulation, paper, cardboard, natural or synthetic rubber, salvage or scrap materials, chemicals, garbage, treated or painted wood, or any trash;
• Initial burning may be commenced only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. No combustible material is to be added to the fire between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following day;
• Burning shall be conducted only when there is good ventilation and when the prevailing wind direction is away from any built-up area in the vicinity. No burning shall be conducted in areas under a current air stagnation advisory issued by the National Weather Service or during a “Drought Emergency” declared by the Governor;
• The fire shall be attended at all times.

Let’s work together to keep our community safe.
By: Lynne Hart

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10-21-2016-2-28-32-pmIt is October and time to prepare for fall festivities. Decorations, candy, costumes, and party supplies may be on your shopping list.

Before we all rush out to purchase these holiday supplies, let’s take a few minutes to think about doing some things a bit differently this year. There are so many things we have done for years not realizing the impact they have on our environment and sometimes even our health.

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Here are some tips to help you celebrate more environmentally-friendly fall festivities:

• Be sure your trick-or-treaters carry reusable shopping bags or even pillowcases instead of plastic bags or containers that are discarded after they are used. Reusable bags are stronger and will hold lots more treats!

• Make your own costume from natural materials you have around the house, or swap costumes with other families. You can also find great deals on used costumes at resale shops. Leave the new, throw-away costumes on the rack.

• Know what is in your Halloween face paint. Some of these paints can contain metals and other toxic materials. Look for organic, non-toxic face paints or search the web to find recipes for making your own.

• Make fall or Halloween decorations for your yard from recycled materials. There are so many easy and fun ideas on the web. Make it a family project. Buying decorations from the store is easy, but making them with your children makes memories.

• Give treats that are healthier than standard candy, or avoid candy completely. That sounds ghoulish, but “better” can still be fun. Consider giving colorful pencils, boxes of crayons, or the Halloween coupons available at local restaurants.

• Walk the trick-or-treat trail with your children rather than follow them in your car. It is healthier for you and for the environment. If you are visiting another neighborhood, park your car and walk.

• Bake pies or roast pumpkin seeds using pumpkins after the holidays have passed.

• Keep Halloween clean by teaching your children to keep candy wrappers in their bags for proper disposal once they return home. Take an extra bag along and pick up litter along the way. You might want to reward your children with an extra treat if they find and pick up litter.

• Use reusable plates and utensils for your holiday parties to reduce waste.

Continue to think green throughout the year by taking reusable bags to the grocery store, walking whenever you can, avoiding “throw-away” items, recycling as much as possible, and keeping litter in its place.

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Together, we can make our piece of the world a better place.
By: Lynne Hart

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Elvis Is Coming To Town

10-21-2016-2-14-01-pmOK, Ladies (and Gentlemen!) Get ready…Elvis is coming to town! Join us on Nov 12 at 6:00pm for Michael Dean and Memphis! This show, benefitting the Alabama Veterans Museum in honor of Veterans Day, will be held at the Limestone County Senior Center at 912 W. Pryor Street in Athens.

Michael Dean started out at a young age singing back-up harmony for his family’s gospel group. At a party in 1989, someone mentioned he sounded like Elvis; so he had a few cheap suits made, won a few contests, and as they say, the rest is history. Michael considers himself a tribute artist instead of an impersonator; he feels Elvis is truly one of a kind, and pays tribute to “The King” with every show. Unlike other tribute artists, Michael Dean does not lip sync the words to prerecorded sound tracks. Michael Dean and Memphis put on a live performance every time. One must pay attention to all aspects of the show, including the detailed elaborate costumes, the movements, and of course his voice to truly appreciate the show. Michael has played in Branson as well as performed with Percy Sledge, The Platters, The Stamps Quartet and many other great entertainers.

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What started out as Michael’s wife Gayle and one other singer providing backup for his “Tribute to Elvis” show in 1998, has now turned into a full back-up group. In addition to Gayle Dean Root, the group includes Michele Bradford, Van Stisher and Doug “J.D.” Moss, all on vocals. Dennis Thrasher is the Sound Technician and Ricky Bartlett does the lighting. A night with Memphis can include Gayle Dean performing hits from stars such as Patsy Cline, Connie Francis or Brenda Lee, while Michele’s taste leans towards Reba McEntire and Martina McBride. Van brings classic country with hits from Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker. The bass singer in the group, J.D., brings tunes from Jim Reeves and Brooks Benton, while Michael performs hits from The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffet, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley. With such a wide variety of talent, they can provide a concert style show or a more laid back atmosphere for dances and special events.

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Elvis Aaron Presley, who was born on January 8, 1935, went from a small-town boy in Tupelo, MS to a music legend whose impact has carried on long after his death. Elvis was also a veteran. He was drafted on January 8, 1957 and went to Ft. Hood for Basic Training; there he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division’s “Hell on Wheels” unit. Later, Elvis was assigned to the 3rd Armored “Spearhead” Division and stationed in Germany. Elvis was promoted to E-5 in 1960 and after finishing his assignment in Germany in March of that year, he was honorably discharged from active duty on March 5, 1960. Elvis was afraid that his time in the military would have a negative effect on his music career, but as we all know, he need not have worried because he is still the “King of Rock & Roll!”

Contact the Veterans Museum at 256-771-7578 for tickets which are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door! Tickets are limited, get yours today!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veteran’s Museum

10-7-2016-12-06-22-pmAthens is such a wonderful city to call home. It is also a wonderful place to visit. I know this because I was a visitor first before becoming a resident. I also have family that come to visit, and always take a bit of Athens back home with them.

What makes Athens and Limestone County such an inviting place? It’s the people who live here, of course! Athens opens its arms wide to welcome visitors from near and far, and the warmth is tangible.

It takes good people, volunteers, and many hours of time to produce the quality of life that is available here. It is a quality that attracts visitors to come and see what it is that we love about the South.

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Every time you turn around, there is something going on in Athens and Limestone County! It surprises me to hear anyone say “there’s nothing to do in Athens.” WHAT? There is barely a weekend that goes by that isn’t offering something to do, see, or hear.

There is so much going on that it’s often hard to keep track of it all! KALB hopes that we have created a solution.

Last Spring, we had our first Paws For The Environment Pet Photo Contest. Twelve winners were selected by the top number of paid votes received by each dog. Those dogs earned a place in KALB’s first Paws For The Environment 2017 Calendar.

So what makes this calendar so special?

Our calendar is unique. It was designed to be a useful tool. Here are some of what our calendar includes:

• Pictures of some of the cutest dogs in the Athens-Limestone area! Included with each picture is a story of how these dogs met and won the hearts of their humans.
• Many local annual events are already included and highlighted on the calendar, so you won’t miss them.
• Two pages of valuable coupons to local restaurants and businesses are included.
• You will find useful information about your local, non-profit recycling center.
• Of course, we’ve included information about KALB and some service we provide that you may not have known about.
• On the inside back cover, you will find a list of important telephone number for city, county, and other services and organizations that you will have at your fingertips.

Proceeds from calendar sales support projects and programs of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. Fundraisers are a necessity to raise nearly $40,000 of our $70,000 budget for the fiscal year. Our budget is small, and we run a tight ship. That $70,000 includes salaries, utilities, office supplies, insurances, projects, programs, and more. We are proud of our fiscal responsibility with your support and donations.

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Where to Purchase Calendars

Calendars are $15 each and will be available at the Fiddlers Convention at the KALB tent. They are also available at the KALB office at 125 East St. across from the duck pond. You may also see them at other locations around Athens.

Anyone who lives, works, or plays in Athens will appreciate all that this unique calendar offers. Please consider them for Christmas gifts for your family, friends, co-workers, or employees.
For more information, call or email the KALB office. We are here to serve.
By: Lynne Hart

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10-7-2016-12-01-11-pmThe 50th Anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention will be hosted by the Athens State University on October 7th and 8th. Athens, Alabama is famous for its music, and at the Fiddlers’ Convention, it is easy to see why. For the past 50 years, on the school’s campus, music, and buck dancing along with wonderful food and crafts have brought in previous years over 15,000 attendees.

The musical entertainment is held on the steps of Founders’ Hall, previously home to the women’s institution of higher learning and designated sacred by President Lincoln during the Civil War. The main stage is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative where over $18,000 in prize money will be awarded throughout the semi-centennial competition.

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The Convention will hold competitions on Friday and Saturday, with more than 200 people performing.

There are more than 20 different categories of performances, including fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dobro, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing.

Special performances on Friday, October 7th both at 4:00PM and at 6:00PM will be presented by Riders In The Sky. Their performances will be held on the Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative Main Stage. Riders In The Sky is an American Western music group, which began performing in 1977. They have won two Grammy Awards, and have written and performed music for major motion pictures. In their 39 years, Riders In The Sky have performed in over 6,200 live performances, almost 300 national television appearances, over 200 public radio shows, 700 Grand Ole Opry appearances, and three television series. They call Nashville, TN home.

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Performing on Saturday, October 8th will be Norman Blake, Nancy Blake, and James Bryan at 5:00PM. Norman is an American instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he has played in a number of folk and country groups. He is considered one of the leading figures in the bluegrass revival of the 1970s and is still active today, playing concert dates and making albums with Nancy Blake, and many other musicians.

You can’t have great entertainment without having great food and hand-made crafts. The Convention will have old-fashioned arts and crafts at approximately 150 booths. Food items will range from quick snacks to full meals, all delicious, and many from our local restaurants.

Gates open at 8:00AM. Cost is $15 for Friday, $15 for Saturday and $20 for both days. Children under 12 are admitted free with a parent. Advance tickets are available from the Athens State Business Office, located in Founders’ Hall at 300 North Beaty Street.

By:Teresa Todd President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association
Athens-Limestone County Tourism, President
Athens, AL
256-232-5411

9-16-2016-10-31-12-amSeptember is always a busy month at the Center for Lifelong Learning. We have just published our fall catalog with the course offerings for the rest of the year. If you did not get a catalog, you can stop by the Center, located at 121 South Marion Street, in Athens.

This fall we offer Blacksmith Classes taught by Travis Fleming and Al Stephens. Classes are offered on Saturdays – September 17, October 8, and November 5. Sign Language will start on September 20, and the Lunch and Learn Series: Caring for Older Adults will start on September 28. And this is just the beginning of the offerings.

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For those who can’t make it to class but want to continue their education, we offer over 300 professional development and leisure courses online, everything from accounting to languages is available. You can check out our website at www.athens.edu/cll – then, click on Online Learning. One of the newest courses to add to the online learning library is Microsoft Excel – Pivot Tables. Most organizations rely heavily on Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables to analyze and report financial information. Your company is probably no exception. With this course, you can impress your coworkers by learning how to create functional and eye-catching interactive dashboards using a combination of Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts, and Slicers.

9-16-2016-10-31-58-amThis fall we have also partnered with the Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics to offer a Bible Studies Certificate Course. Using the book, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation, this course will focus the methods and ethics of interpretation. Dr. Tony Moyers, author of the book, will lead the discussion. Classes are scheduled the first Tuesday of the month and will continue from October 4, 2016 through April 4, 2017. Class is held at the Center for Lifelong Learning from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, each session. The fee is $5 per session. The textbook is available at the Athens State Bookstore.

This course is a non-denominational academic study that will guide students in the understanding of methods commonly used by biblical scholars in the study of the Bible. The methods will focus on historical, literary, and reader-oriented aspects of biblical interpretation. Everyone is welcome to come to the discussions each month. Those students who attend six sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

For those of you who don’t know him, Dr. Tony L. Moyers is a professor of religion and philosophy at Athens State University. He is the department chair of the humanities and social sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Biblical studies from Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. Dr. Moyers did additional graduate work at Vanderbilt University and is also the author of The Moral Life: Obligation and Affirmation.

We hope to see you at one of our classes or on one of our trips. We are going to New Orleans in March 2017 and would love for you to travel with us. Information is available on the website or stop by to get a brochure.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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