8-5-2016 11-24-38 AMAPPRECIATION: (noun) gratitude, thankful recognition

KALB recently hosted an Appreciation Breakfast for our volunteer Commission and Board members, faithful friends, and financial supporters.

Our purpose was to make sure each person present recognizes the value we place on their partnership, and understands exactly what the return is on their time, in-kind, financial, and other support. Success is not always measured in dollars. We measure our success on what is accomplished with the dollars we are given. That success can only happen with community volunteer support.
When KALB measures our success using THAT yardstick, we are rich indeed!

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Leigh Patterson, KALB office manager, and I talk frequently about how much we appreciate and love our volunteers. The KALB Commission consists of volunteer board members who oversee the organization. These men and women are the foundation that keeps KALB on solid ground. Volunteer board members also make things happen through our Athens-Limestone Beautification Board and the Athens-Limestone Recycling Board.

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Even with these wonderful board members, there is so much more KALB accomplishes with community volunteer help. Here are some numbers from our last fiscal year that make us proud:

965 = Number of Volunteers
5,002 = Total Volunteer Hours
$100,000+ = Value of Volunteers in Dollars (using nationally-accepted value determined by Independent Sector)
18,000 lbs. = Trash Removed from Roadsides and River
3,217 lbs. = Recycled Materials Sorted from Trash

So, what do KALB volunteers do? EVERYTHING!

8-5-2016 11-25-22 AMOur fiscal year begins in October and we hit the ground running! It takes close to 100 volunteers to provide Clean and Green Event services to the Old Time Fiddlers Convention. You will find KALB volunteers handing out litter bags at the gates, picking up litter, providing opportunities for guests and vendors, and providing final cleanup the Sunday after the event.

Each year, in a cooperative effort with Limestone County 4H, KALB staff and volunteers visit every 5th and 6th grade classroom in Limestone County and Athens City schools. This allows KALB to reach nearly 1,500 students in 68 classrooms with a message of environmental stewardship. We also provide presentations for all age groups from preschool to adult in a variety of setting.
Sixty volunteers arrived early one April morning ready and willing to help clean up the Elk River. This year’s cleanup was another huge success, thanks to the men, women, and children who cared enough to make a difference where they could.

8-5-2016 11-25-31 AMOur Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO took place on April 30th. We could not have pulled it off without a large number of volunteers, some of whom were willing to stay from set up to tear down. They must truly believe in what the event hopes to accomplish, which is helping our community members of every age understand how their personal actions affect the local environment through exhibits, games, and hands-on activities.

There are so many more projects and activities within the KALB organization that offer volunteer opportunities, including our seedling giveaway, roadside cleanups, Adopt-A-Spot, Clean Campus program, our fundraisers, and more.

KALB volunteers come from all walks of life, come in all shapes and sizes, and range from youth to seniors. There is a place for everyone in the KALB organization. Come and discover how you can get involved. We promise you will be appreciated.

When you work with wonderful people, work does not feel like work at all.
By: Lynne Hart

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8-5-2016 11-16-27 AMAug 5th – 6th — Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days. Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Grounds, Elkton Road, Athens, AL. Come celebrate farm life and the mechanization that feeds America. A 20-mile tractor ride thru the countryside on Friday departing at 10 am. Full concessions including pinto beans and corn bread. Tickets: $5 per person. Children 10 years old and under are admitted free. Parking is free.

Aug 5th & 6th — 23rd Annual Police Reserve Rodeo. John Barnes Park 26425 Hamlett Street, Ardmore, TN. It’s rodeo time in Ardmore! The show gets underway at 8:00PM each night. Advanced tickets are now on sale at Ardmore Police Dept. or from any Ardmore Police Officer or Reserve Officer. Advance prices for age 13 & up $12.00, Kids 6-12 are $8, and 5 and under are free.

Aug 5th — 2nd Annual Friday Night Singing.
Mt. Carmel Church of Christ, 7805 U.S. Highway 72W, Athens, AL. Join the congregation for this annual singing event at 7:00PM. Finger foods will be served afterwards. www.MtCarmelChurchofChrist.org

Aug 6th — Coffee Call.
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. All veterans and their families are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans at 8:00AM. Contact 256-771-7578.

Aug 6th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 6th — Cruise In. Downtown Athens, AL. Bring your hot rod, motorcycle, truck or unique vehicle and park on the square to share your love of automobiles with other enthusiast from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Shop the boutiques and store and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

Aug 6th — 2nd Annual Athens-Limestone Homebuilders Assn. Clay Shoot. Limestone County Hunting Preserve, 28755 Coggins Road Ardmore, AL. Come support the AL Homebuilders Assn. and shoot Clays. $550.00 per 4-man team. For more information: Keith Griffin 256-777-3633 or Bobby Nixon 256-777-2538.
Aug 6th — El Opry Present Live. El Opry 24861 Airport Road Athens, AL. All ages are invited to rock the night away with Thrones of Eden, Echoes of Creation, Tomorrowz End, Ash of Eden and Waves. Tickets are $5.00 Doors open 6:00PM, Show at 7:00PM.

Aug 7th — 4th Annual Higher Learning Back To School Fashion Show. Limestone County Courthouse Downtown Athens, AL. Come check out the latest in school fashion and urban street wear at 4:30PM hosted by WEUP and LaShayB and Radar Men. Gwapp Boyz and comedy show with Jarret Collier. Advanced tickets are $7.00; At the door $10.00.

Aug 8th — Limestone County Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting. Limestone County Extension Office, 1109 West Market Street Athens, AL. Join the Master Gardeners from 12:30-1:00PM for social time followed by guest speaker Susan Webb on “How to Speak Hosta.” For more information: Janet Hunt 256-614-3530.

Aug 12th — Fridays After Five Athens. Downtown Athens, AL. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, arts, antiques, music and more as the doors stay open later.

Aug 13th — Ardmore Car Show. John Barnes Park, Ardmore Ridge Road, Ardmore, TN. Join the Ardmore Quarterback Club for one of the Southeast largest and most anticipated car shows of the year from 10:00AM-3:00PM. Funds from the car show go to the help the athletic needs of area schools and teams. Grand Prize Car: 1959 Thunderbird. Cash and prizes. Live music. Spectator Admission: $5.00; Family Admission: $15.00; Children 12 and under admitted free. http://khanitech.com/ardmorecarshow/

Aug 13th — Athens Saturday Markets- Tomato Sandwich Day.
Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans and a special southern treat: Tomato Sandwiches. Activities for the kids. Live music with Copeland Road. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 13th — Safari at the SportsPlex. Athens SportsPlex, U.S. Highway 31 Athens, AL. Calling all disc golfers for this PDGA B tier event. $500.00 added to the Pro division. Best Score Doubles. Participants and their partner must be PDGA rated for the division entered. Non-PDGA members will pay an additional $10.00 entry fee. www.pdga.com/tour/event/28556

Aug 14th — Yoga at the Gulf. Newby Gulf Station, 125 East Street Athens, AL. Don’t run out of gas. Come to the Gulf. This is a public yoga event hosted by Delisa Simpson. Yoga from 6:00PM-7:00PM and all are welcomed. Donations are encouraged.

Aug 15th — Vietnam Veterans Spaghetti Lunch/Dinner. Vietnam Veterans Chapter 511 Post, 17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL. Join the VVA Chapter 511 for an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti meal including salad, garlic bread, dessert, and beverage for $7.00. Chose lunch from 11:00AM-1:00PM, or dinner from 5:00PM-7:00PM, or both!

Aug 19th – Chamber Sporting Clays Tournament.
Limestone County Hunting Preserve, 28755 Coggins Road Ardmore, AL. Come support the Greater Chamber of Commerce and enjoy a morning of Clay shooting, 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon. $550.00 per 4-man team. For more information: call 256-232-2600

Aug 19th — Singing on the Square. Athens State University Athens, AL. Join the Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick GMC for the final concert of the 2016 concert series. Bring your lawn chairs for this free concert starting at 6:30PM with fan favorite Athens State Community Band. For more information: www.visitathensal.com

Aug 20th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 20th — Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for 9/11 Heroes Run. Alabama Veterans Museum, 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. Join the Alabama Veterans Museum from 8:00AM-10:00AM for a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast to support the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run. $5.00 for all you can eat. For more information: 256-771-7578

Aug 20th — 2016 North Alabama Beekeepers’ Symposium. Calhoun Community College, 6250 U.S. Highway 31, Decatur, AL. The North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium sponsored by the Limestone County Beekeepers Association will be held at Calhoun Community College in Tanner AL (near Decatur, AL). www.lcbees.com/

Aug 25th — Senior Lunch Matinee Show. Yesterday’s Event Center, 15631 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL. Join Yesterday’s for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring the award-winning Southern Splendor Chorus with their Barbershop sound. Doors open 10:30AM, event begins 11:00AM and show time 12:00PM with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking available. Cancellation fee may apply. Pre-reservation required, send reservation email to: Info@YesterdaysEvents.com.

Aug 27th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music — Hew Tyler will be playing an acoustic show at the Pavillion from 9am-Noon. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 27th — Elkmont Band Booster 6th Annual Car Show.
Elkmont High School, 25630 Evans Avenue, Elkmont, AL. Elkmont Band Booster’s annual car show is a fundraiser for the Elkmont High School Band from 10:00AM-2:00PM. $20.00 registration fee for cars – includes entry for 2 people. Admission is $5.00; Ages 10 and under free. Concessions, vendors, prizes and more.

Aug 27th — Light up the Night Charity 5K. Athens Bible School, 507 Hoffman Street Athens, AL. Come join the Athens Bible School at 7:00PM for the 3rd annual Light Up the Night Charity 5K and Fun Run, presented by Bankston Motor Homes. Runners will weave through the historic district of Athens, AL following luminarias to mark the course and wearing anything that glows. Information and registration, visit www.athensbibleschool.org/giving/lightupthenight5k.cfm
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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7-16-2016 10-20-30 AMOur fall catalog is almost ready for the printers and will be in mail boxes soon. We have a full schedule of professional and career courses, lots of leisure options, and there are travel options available, too.

August will kick off with the Accounting CPE Forum on Friday, August 5, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. This course includes two sessions beginning with Interpreting Financial Statements: A Review of the New SSARS 21, followed by the Tax Update. The Review of SSARS 21 features such topics as implementing SSARS 21 during the busy season, engagement letter best practices, and FASB ASU updates. The Tax Update will include an overview of individual and small business tax considerations. This course is approved for six hours of CPE credits, including 3.5 in Accounting and Auditing. The fee for this course is $150.

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In August, we will also be taking registrations for the online course, Chris Biffle Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Children. In this course, participants examine an effective, multi-level yearlong classroom management system based on cutting edge learning research. Teachers will learn how to engage students in lessons that involve seeing, hearing, doing, speaking, and feeling. Participants will study the key design elements of a Whole Brain Teaching Model Classroom. This approach fosters critical thinking skills, and nurtures individual student improvement, both academically and socially. The class is scheduled September 12 – December 12. The fee is $150. More information is on our website – www.athens.edu/cll. Be sure to sign up by September 9.

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NEW! This fall CLL is offering the Bible Studies Certificate Course, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation. Using the book, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation, this series of eight classes will focus on two key areas: methods and ethics of interpretation. The discussion will center on methods commonly used by biblical scholars in the study of the Bible, and will focus on historical and literary aspects of biblical interpretation. Everyone is welcome to come to the discussions each month. This class is a non-demoninational academic study. Those students who attend all eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Each session is $5. Classes are held once a month, on the first Tuesday, beginning August 2, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The textbook is available at the Athens State Book Store.

7-16-2016 10-20-49 AMThe facilitator for this course is Dr. Tony L. Moyers, author of the textbook and a professor of religion at Athens State University. He received his Ph.D. in biblical studies from Baylor University. Professor Moyers did additional graduate work at Vanderbilt University, and is the author of The Moral Life: Obligation and Affirmation.

Back to school is just around the corner, and we are ready for you to learn. For more information about these classes or the rest of the catalog, you can watch the web site – www.athens.edu – or call us at 256-233-8260.

You can also get up-to-date information from our social media site. Like us on Facebook at Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University. You can also tweet or follow us at CLL at Athens State on Twitter or Instagram.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

See you in the schoolyard.

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Julian Rojas Taylor describes himself as a first generation American, and was born and raised in New Jersey. His father was tragically killed while visiting his homeland of Peru when Julian was very small. Julian’s mom remarried, his stepfather adopted him, and Julian, who most often goes by James, took his stepdad’s last name. Both his mother and stepfather served in the US Army, and James laughs as he describes their shock when he decided to become a Marine. That friendly rivalry and banter continue to this day. James’ family had ties to Alabama, and moved here 26 years ago to work at Redstone Arsenal. He graduated from a private Christian school in the area.

After his stint with the Marines and an honorable discharge as a Sergeant, James found himself following an unusual path, and used the discipline he developed in the Corps to immerse himself in the educational and developmental rigors of the complicated world of the performance arts. He studied in New York as well as Los Angeles, and has performed in more than 50 films, in music videos, on stage, and has written plays, as well as a substantive 350 page autobiography. His work ethic is daunting, and he has a unique business here in Athens called Hole in the Wall Educational Studio, located in a loft above Grand Central on Jefferson Street. “Actually,” he said, “it is more accurate to call it an educational studio, rather than an acting studio, because much more is taught there than acting.” Hole in the Wall is a division of James’ umbrella organization, called TBC Enterprises, which has a division that supplies local theatres with set production, a film production company, a writing service, and more.

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His vision for Hole in the Wall is to take kids and young adults who have had no previous acting experience from what is called, “page to stage.” Rather than produce plays, which for most young actors function as the equivalent of recitals, he wants to operate as a conduit to supply other production companies with young, well-trained actors who can both soar with creativity as well as function in the required realms of discipline that are necessary to succeed in the art of performance.

James says, “I am a Marine, and that makes me a no-malarkey kind of person, but that doesn’t mean I am rigid and rule-oriented. What I am teaching is an art form, and art does not follow rules, but rather guidelines.” I can say from having talked with James at length that he does indeed possess a great sense of humor, and as a person myself who has always enjoyed from a distance the craft of film making in particular, I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him and hearing his story.

He wants to bring the quality of training and production found most notably in New York and Los Angeles to Athens, but without the pollution. By “pollution,” he means far more than the portrayal and/or practice of poor morals, he means the lack of personal foundation in general that results in the overthrow of one’s soul.

7-16-2016 9-18-20 AMI asked him to pretend that I was a single mom with a son who is starting to go down a wrong path and was considering having my son come to Hole in the Wall as a means of interacting with a healthy role model. For my $20 per session, which is more than reasonable, what could I expect? “To learn that acting is about psychological and emotional control,” he said. I replied with a chuckle, “You mean discipline, Marine?” He responded with, “Exactly! Most people think that acting is just about letting your emotions out and doing a convincing job with your lines, but it’s not. It is so much more than that.”

I then asked him to imagine the end of a perfect day at Hole in the Wall, and he described it as, “A timid, red-haired young woman just had a breakthrough, the ‘scene work took root,’ it was like jazz–there was ‘improv’ as well as structure.”

This summer James had a presentation at the Athens-Limestone Public Library as part of their Summer Reading program. Its purpose was to introduce acting, Hole in the Wall as well as TBC Enterprises, to the community. He used the topic of sports for his platform. His next session at the Library will be on September 6th at noon, and his topic will be “The Art of Acting, the Human Spirit, and You.” TBC Enterprises, LLC is currently in talks with the Athens City School System about a possible future partnership to help grow the Arts in Athens, and the students of the school system are likely to get to know James better as the new school year progresses. For more information on classes which are now forming, as well as other ways James can serve you, go to www.tbcenterprises.com, or contact James at 256-874-2795.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

7-1-2016 2-09-26 PMThere is so much talk about regarding mosquitoes these days, especially with the threat of the Zika virus. Currently, all cases of Zika in the U.S. have been acquired during travel outside of the country; however, concern over disease-carrying (vector) mosquitoes has increased.

According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, there are about 60 different species of mosquitoes in Alabama. Some carry disease (vectors), some are nuisance species (bloodsuckers, but not vectors), and some are beneficial species. The beneficial mosquitoes actually feed on the “bad” mosquito larvae helping reduce their numbers.
To most of us, a mosquito is a mosquito, period. So how can we control mosquitoes around out home? The Extension Office offers these tips:
• Get rid of anything on your property that will hold water, such as tires, tin cans, bottles, tubs, etc.
• Clean roof gutters and drain flat roofs.
• Stock ornamental pools with mosquito-larvae-eating fish.
• Change the water in birdbaths, fountains, and troughs at least twice a week.
• Use plants that attract other insects such as dragonflies and certain aquatic beetles that feed on mosquito larvae.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and empty them when not regularly used.
• Drain standing water and turn over unused wading pools and other containers that collect rainwater.
• Cover rain barrels with window screen to keep mosquitoes out.

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Chemical-Free Answer

Pesticides can be harmful to mosquitoes’ predators as well as the mosquitoes. There is one chemical-free method of defense against pesky mosquitoes: bats. I know some of you immediately thought about rabies and tangled hair!

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The truth is, bats are gentle creatures. If you leave them alone and let them fill their bellies with the bugs that bug you, they won’t be interested in you at all. If a bat ever does look like it’s aiming for your head, you probably have a bug flying near you that it wants for dinner. Scientists have tried to get bats to get into human hair without any success.

Bats groom daily and are very clean. Less than half of 1% of all bats actually have rabies. You are more likely to contract rabies from an unvaccinated dog or cat. However, that certainly doesn’t mean you should handle them. As with any wild animal, you must use caution and common sense.

Bats are incredible creatures and one of the most beneficial animals around! One small brown bat can feast on up to 1,200 insects in one summer night – 8,400 in one week and 36,000 in one month! Can you imagine what a family of bats could do to help reduce mosquitoes on your property?

Farmers love bats! They will feast on the insects that can cause damage to crops which helps reduce the cost of insecticides.

The next time you see a bat flying across the evening sky, remember those 1,200 mosquitoes that will be history by morning. Try to see them in a more positive light. Bats truly are misunderstood creatures.

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By: Lynne Hart

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7-1-2016 2-04-03 PMThe fun the kids have been waiting for since last year arrives with the Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival at 309 East Forrest Street in Athens is back! Now through July 30th, the kids can come out on Thursday through Saturday and enjoy the carnival from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. The Kiddie Carnival will be closed on July 4th so that workers may enjoy the festivities with their families.
On July 1st our Summer Concert Series continues with Glenn Hall and DJs and Friends at the Vietnam Veterans Bldg 17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL. Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick – GMC bring you this great oldies concert at no charge. It begins at 6:00PM. Be sure to bring your lawn chair as there are a limited number of chairs. For more information, visit www.visitathensal.com/3/singin-on-the-square.htm

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Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL has their monthly Coffee Call July 2nd. All veterans and their families are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans at 8:00AM. Contact 256-771-7578 for more information.
Later, head to the Downtown Square to see the Cars and Trucks at the monthly Cruise In, Downtown Athens, AL. Bring your hot rod, motorcycle, truck or unique vehicle and park on the square to share your love of automobiles with other enthusiast from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Shop the boutiques and stores, and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

The July 4th Athens Firework Show will be held at Athens High School Stadium 100 U.S. Highway 31N Athens, AL. The sky above the Athens High School Stadium (no seating in stadium) will be filled with a colorful display of fireworks after the sun has gone down. Location and directions: From Interstate 65: Take Exit 354 south and travel three traffic lights. Location on left. Parking is available at adjacent businesses along U.S. Highway 31. Spectators can bring blankets and chairs to sit outside the stadium and around the Athens Recreation Center and Swan Creek Park areas. Weather conditions permitting, the show will start at dark, which should be between 8:45 to 9 p.m. Central Church of Christ next to the Athens High School stadium on U.S. 31 will host the 4th of July Community Cook-Out, which is free and open to the public. Starting at 6 p.m., the church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks as long a supplies last. The band “Dean” will perform at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be cornhole tournament, face painting, games and activities for the children.

Spirit of Athens begins their Fridays After Five on July 8th in Downtown Athens. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, arts, antiques, music and more as the doors stay open later. Come out and join us on the second Friday of each month (July – October) for Fridays After Five in downtown Athens.
On Jul 9th Athens Saturday Market comes alive at the Limestone County Farmers Market Pavilion 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

The next Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre will be held on July 9th at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning “Chief Cheese” Tasia Malakasis and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5 Course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two Seating options: 5:30PM and 7:30PM. Cost is $75/person. To view their menu or make a reservation go to www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tours-events/saturday-suppers-2/

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To complement the Kiddie Carnival, the Donnell House will be staying open Jul 14th, 15th & 16th for Family Fun Days at the Donnell House. Donnell House 601 North Clinton Street Athens, AL. The historic Donnell House will be open for families to enjoy each evening from 4:00PM-6:00PM for free.
We will be glad to tell you more about beautiful Limestone County. Visit our website at www.VisitAthensAL.com email – info@VisitAthensAL.com call 256-232-5411.
“We have what you love about the South!”

By: Teresa Todd
Athens-Limestone County Tourism President
100 Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611

6-18-2016 11-17-44 AMFor the past two weeks, the Center for Lifelong Learning has been hosting summer camps for children.

Last week there was an archery camp for 8 to 12 year olds. The Archery Camp focused on form and shooting. More than that, the kids learned range safety, eye dominance, and how to set up a shooting range. All of the equipment was provided so kids could come and try archery for the first time. Camp was limited to 20 students, and it maxed out.

This week we have kids in Decatur and in Athens. In Decatur, Ancient Art camp is at the Alabama Center for the Arts. This camp is for 5-7 year olds. They explored cave drawings, investigated hieroglyphs, and even uncover lost civilizations. It was a time for creativity.

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The Athens camp, “From Cows to Cotton,” was an exploration of farming. The kids went on field trips every day. Monday, the kids went to the Farmers Co-op. They picked out plants for their garden. We want to thank the folks at the Farmers Coop, John Curtis and Amy Wright, for their help. After the Co-op, the kids went to the extension office to find information about how to plant their new plants. Susan Smith and Camilla Greene were very helpful. They shared pamphlets and talked to the kids about the services they offer.

On Tuesday, the kids enrolled in “From Cows to Cotton” went to visit Mr. Darryl Adams’ cows. Mrs. Wynell Britton helped us find the farm and told the kids about all the things cows provide for us, like, leather, glue, meat, milk and so much more. Mr. Adams let the kids pet on some of the tamer cows and told the kids about moving the cows between the pastures. It was an exciting morning. But that was not the end of it; after visiting the cows, the kids went to Isom’s Orchard. There they were treated with a chance to pick their own peaches!

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There are more camps coming at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Next week will feature Stop Motion Animation, ages 8-13 and Smart Photography, ages 10 and up.

July 28-30, we will host the CSI Camp. This camp is for 11-12th grade and college students. The camp is an exploration of forensics – blood, bones, and handwriting. Camp is scheduled from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Even though the month is over, that does not end the camp opportunities. The month of July we will host five more camps – July 11-15, from 9:00am – 12:00pm; Chess, ages 8-12, Art Explorers, ages 8-12, and Ancient Art, ages 12 and up. July 18-22, from 1:00-4:00pm we will host the Great Brick Adventure for ages 5-13.

Check out the website – www.athens.edu/CLL – or give us a call at 256-233-8262.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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Betty Buckley is a happy woman born in the South, raised in the North, and finally made it back home. She is one of the most positive, joyful people I have ever met. If I were given just one word to describe her, it would be either “unsinkable,” or “irrepressible.” Born in Hammond, VA in 1948, Betty grew up in a solid Midwestern home, and her father was the first to come down to Athens for work. Her mom soon followed, as did the rest of the family, and Athens is most definitely home. She did spend close to 30 years in Florida with her husband and raising her kids, but eventually everybody ended up here. “They came in waves,” she says of her tribe.

Betty married at the age of 15, and said with a twinkle in her eye, “I didn’t have to, either. It was just that back in 1963, that was pretty common, and really, all I ever wanted to be was a wife and mom. And, I stayed married to the same man!” I have a feeling that she was great in those most important roles, and when her kids were school age, she worked in the Yumatilla, FL school system as a teacher’s assistant, and got so good at it, that when a woman with whom she had worked was ill, the school specifically contacted her to take the class for a full month. The teacher said that she wouldn’t trust anyone else with her kids.

She lived in England for 5 years, has had a fascinating life, and then the time came when her full time occupation was caring for her mother until she passed. I asked her if she was with her mom at that moment, and her face shone as she said, “Oh, yes, we all were, and I know where she is.” Such are the many gifts when a family that loves each other is present for a “home going.” She told me that one of the blessings of having to become such an excellent caregiver for her mom was that it prepared her to face her own health challenges, which has been a pretty substantial undertaking. She has had rare, complex and extensive problems with her aorta, and really shouldn’t still be here, according to the statistics. “But, I have a job to do,” she said again with that infectious smile, and while she is currently still in a wheelchair, she is determined to walk again.

She raves about the care that she has gotten at Athens Rehab, and she has been here since March 31st. She was in a different facility, and on the last possible day of her care contract, a place opened up at Athens Rehab. “This is where I wanted to be. Everyone has been ‘super-duper.’ When I saw Washington Street from my window, I knew I was going to be ok.” The day we met, she had just gotten the news that an apartment had opened up which is exactly where she wanted to live, and her son and the rest of the family will be helping. I asked her if there was anyone she especially wanted to acknowledge at the Center, and she said, like the good mom she is, “Oh, yes. I already told them when I found out we were going to be doing this article. I didn’t want anyone to be left out, so what I am going to say here, is, ‘You know who you are.’”

We moved on to favorites.
Favorite Color? “Blue-green, or peacock. I like blue, I like green, so ‘peacock’ works best.”
Favorite food? “Spaghetti, my recipe I learned when I was a kid. It’s simple, and so good.”
Favorite movie? “Gone With The Wind.”
Favorite book? Not surprisingly, “Gone With The Wind.”
Favorite actor and actress? “Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.”
Favorite scripture? John 3:16. “I grew up in Camp Meetings and Vacation Bible School, and loved them.”
Favorite song? “Onward Christian Soldiers, and the Old Rugged Cross.” We took a couple of moments to sing, “And the Cross made the difference for me” before we moved on.
Favorite President? “JFK.”
Biggest change in her lifetime? “For good or bad, I would have to say the Internet.”
Advice to young people? “Appreciate everything you have, and everyone you know.”

Words of wisdom from a joyful warrior. And Miss Betty, we wish you the very best in your new place.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

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This Spring, all of Athens celebrated as the new City Hall building was completed, moved into, and ready for business. One of the challenges that accompanied the project was the extended closing of North Marion Street, which made access to Drucilla’s Restaurant much more challenging. Now that traffic is flowing freely again, Drucilla’s is celebrating by announcing a special “Grand Reopening” event to be held on June 10th and 11th. It is a reservations-only Victorian Supper by Candlelight, and Chef Angela McClure will be preparing a lovely 4 course meal for the occasion.

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We’ll talk a bit more about all that Drucilla’s has to offer, as well as Chef Angela’s fascinating background, but for now, a bit of history for those of you who are not familiar with Drucilla’s. It is beautifully situated in a wonderful house located at 300 North Marion, in the historical section of Athens. It is named after Olna Drucilla Bullington, who taught both at Piney Chapel and Ardmore, and she was the grandmother of the owner, Carol Holland. Drucilla was a great cook, and taught Carol both to love cooking and do it well. Carol is a native of Athens, got her engineering degree from UAH, and for 35 years she worked for the Department of Defense as an Industrial Systems Engineer. She retired, and when the house on Marion became available in 2014, she knew this was the place where she would be able to realize her lifelong dream of being a restaurateur. She was already familiar with the house, (known as the Manse,) as her brother went to school with the boys who used to live there, and she knew it would be the perfect place to launch Drucilla’s.

6-6-2016 10-37-23 AMThe house was built in 1901 as the Manse (or parsonage) of the Presbyterian Church, and since then has sheltered both families and businesses. It has been beautifully maintained, and has leaded windows that cast rainbows on the walls when the sun shines through. It boasts the high ceilings of the day, has two fireplaces, and is furnished cheerfully with brightly colored tablecloths as well as an eclectic assortment of antique tables and chairs, which Carol loves to arrange so that each place offers a different chair in which to sit. The daily menu could be described as being “Southern Eclectic,” and the “you choose” theme is reflected there as well. All the Southern standards from chicken salad, banana pudding, home-made pies and yeast rolls, to quiche and Poulet Normandie, (a French chicken dish) are available, and Carol has been able to hold to her hope of keeping lunch for two under $20.

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Drucilla’s has another special feature which I have thoroughly enjoyed, and that is their high teas. They are custom designed; you get to pick your tea cup, tea pot, and flavors of tea for your event.” They include all the elements of a “proper English tea,” including scones, tarts, dill sandwiches, and more. They start at $9.95 and go up to $19.95, and the kitchen needs a 24-hour notice so they can custom design and display your wishes. Drucilla’s is a perfect place for bridal or baby showers, family reunion dinners, small weddings, and catering is a big part of their array of services. If you work in the downtown Athens area, they will also deliver lunch to you.

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Now, for Montgomery native Chef Angela McClure and the collaborative effort that will pull off the Victorian Candlelight Suppers with aplomb. Angela could be described as a true “Southern renaissance woman,” holds a law degree, has worked at 5 star restaurants in North Alabama, is nearly finished with her culinary arts certification from Drake State, and will be spending next summer in France learning haute cuisine from a French Master Chef. Oh, and did I mention that she owns and breeds champion racehorses, breeds and shows rottweilers, and is a licensed dog groomer? She grooms Carol’s Shih Tzus, and that’s how they met. She especially loves to create fabulous meat dishes, and for the special supper, one of the entrees will be a layered filet mignon with fresh accompaniments which has been aptly named “Steak Drucilla.” As a matter of course, Carol loves to feature local produce as much as possible, everything will be homemade, and all of it is going to come together for a memorable meal to celebrate their Grand Reopening.

There simply is no restaurant in Athens that can offer the combination of a superbly crafted meal set in a beautiful historic home, and Drucilla’s would love to invite you to make your reservations today for an evening you’ll never forget. Serving will start at 5:30 pm, and the kitchen will close at 8:30 pm both nights.
300 North Marion Street
Athens, AL, 35611
Hours: M-F 10:30-2
Facebook: Drucilla’s
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

6-7-2016 8-53-01 AMKeep Athens-Limestone Beautiful promotes a healthy environment. Part of creating a healthy environment is to promote healthy living. Our Duck & Run 5K and Fun Run not only raises funds for KALB projects and programs, it also promotes healthy activity.

I’d like to introduce you to our Duck & Run 5K and Fun Run Race Coordinator. Eric Patterson has been running for 9 years, and is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the sport of running. More 5Ks than we can count have seen Eric pass the finish line. He finished the 2011 Boston Marathon, several 50K races, a 50-mile run, including finishing a 26.2 mile marathon in less than 3 hours.

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Eric and his wife, Leigh (our office manager), have been coordinating our Duck & Run event for 7 years. They took over from Tanjie Schrimsher, who created the event and started it on the road to success in 2004.

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The 2016 Duck & Run will be held on Saturday, September 17th. Runners will gather and start the race at Big Spring Memorial Park (the duck pond) in Athens. The race takes runners through historic neighborhoods and around the Courthouse Square, then back to Big Spring Memorial Park.
This race is a fundraiser for Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. We are a free-standing 501(c)3 nonprofit and must raise almost half of our annual budget through fundraisers, memberships, donations, and sponsorships.

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That’s OK! If running a 5K is on your bucket list, there is a program just for you. Eric leads a 5K Training Program through the City of Athens Parks and Recreation Department to help beginners work up to participation in a 5K (3.1 mile) race. Eric is a native of Limestone County, a member of the Fleet Feet Racing Team, and a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach.
“Many people try to train on their own,” Eric Patterson said. “Some are successful. However, training with a group increases accountability and increases the chance that you will stick to it and meet your goals.” No previous running experience is necessary, but please check with your physician prior to starting any exercise program.

A Success Story

Our own Leigh Patterson was diagnosed with diabetes about 6 months ago. Leigh began making lifestyle changes, including participating in her husband’s running program. “I changed my diet, but that alone was not enough,” said Leigh. “I started training with Eric’s 5K group, and in 10 weeks I literally came from the couch to finishing a 5K. I could not have done this without the constant encouragement of the group. I would have quit on my own.” Not only did she complete the 5K, but she has lost weight and her blood sugars are back under control.

Registration – 5K Training Program

Registration is currently open through June 30th. Kickoff meeting is July 7th and training will begin July 11th. Register for this training program through the City of Athens Parks and Recreation Department at 256-233-8740. For more information about the program, contact Eric Patterson at ericdpatterson@yahoo.com.

Registration for Duck & Run 5K and Fun Run
Registration is now open. Early registration is $20. Late and race day registration is $25. KALB members can receive a $5 discount when showing their current membership card. Visit www.KALBCares.com and click on the EVENTS tab for information and registration for this race.
By: Lynne Hart

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