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LifeSouth Community Blood Centers faces emergency need for all blood types, and encourages the community to donate blood. Summer is historically a slow time for blood donations due to travel and school breaks, and this summer continues to be a challenge not only to LifeSouth, but to blood centers across the country. When tragedy strikes, like the catastrophic floods in Louisiana, neighboring blood centers are asked to help supply hospitals in areas affected. This is difficult when blood supplies are low. LifeSouth encourages donors to come in to one of their donor centers or find a blood drive location on their website, First time donors are always welcome and encouraged to give blood donation a try. All donors are important to help meet the needs of the local blood supply.

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The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to offer a free haircut coupon to those who come out to donate blood or platelets during September. “The Red Cross and Sport Clips have partnered for several years to help ensure blood is available for patients in need leading into fall,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We are excited to partner once again for this year’s Saving Lives Never Looked So Good campaign and offer a coupon for a free haircut to volunteer blood and platelet donors in appreciation for their lifesaving gift.” Those who come out to give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 6, 2016, at participating Sport Clips locations, and donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

  • Date August 30 - September 1
Sonrise Baptist Church in Hartselle, Alabama will be having Revival Services August 30th through September 1st featuring various speakers and the Sonrise Baptist Choir. The church is located at 1410 Thompson Road in Hartselle.
  • Date September 1
A.P. Brewer Class of 1976 40th Reunion...inviting classes of 73 through 79 to attend. Event will be held at Quail Creek Golf Resort in Hartselle, AL on October 1st, 2016. Cut off Date is September 1, 2016.  Contact Chris Farber 256-651-6455 for further information.
  • Date September 5
Annual United Terry Club Picnic, September 5, 2016 at the United Terry Club on County Road 151, Courtland. 8am to 6pm. Family, Food, Fun. All musicians and politicians welcome.
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If you have not visited Decatur Public Library lately, you may have missed some of the big changes taking place.   In the past year, DPL has put in place a lot of improvements and will enact even more in coming months.   To reflect the updates and enhancements to its services and environments, Decatur Public Library wanted a logo to reflect its progress.

“We love our classic logo,” said Sherry Sakovich, Director at DPL.  “But it is just that…classic.   We want to reintroduce ourselves to our community in a way that reflects the growth and activity of our Library.”

“Decatur Public Library evolves with the needs of the community, but it’s amazing how many people aren’t aware of that,” said Rhonda Bolan, of Community Outreach.  “We speak with people all the time who do not know that we have eBooks, let alone downloadable and streaming music.”

The Library needed a new logo to reflect this growth and vibrancy.  After working with Red Sage Communications, Inc., Decatur Public Library is excited to unveil the results.

Please join us on Friday, August 19th at 11am in the main area at Decatur Public Library to see the brand new Library logo.   The Library is located on the corner of Lee Street and 6th Avenue.   All are welcome to this free event.  Come and meet your “new” library!

  • Date September 10
Iron Sharpening Iron Men's Event will be held at First Baptist Addison, Alabama on Saturday, September 10th at 10:30AM....all men are invited!
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Registration is now open for Fantasy Academy fall classes for ages 3-18. FPCT is offering a variety of 12 week classes and musical showcases for student performers of all skill levels, as well as classes for students interested in learning technical theatre skills. Weekday classes will be held at their campus on Long Avenue. Saturday Musical Theatre Showcases for ages 5-7 and ages 8-15 are held at the new state-of-the-art theater at the Academy for Academics and Arts. Act fast-- early bird registration ends Friday August 5th!  

Fall brings a wide variety of subjects to delve into. There is something for everyone!

Preschool Students have the opportunity to use their imaginations to explore the components of a story using songs, dance, and creative drama techniques in four separate themed classes Pirates and Mermaids (Mondays 3:30-4:30pm), Bitty Broadway - Aladdin or Alice in Wonderland (Thursdays 9:30-10:30am), Dory and Nemo (Saturdays 9:30-10:30am)

Tuesdays will be Star Wars themed with Star Wars on Stage, Jedi Training Academy, and May the Bard Be with You. Padawans will form their own characters, go on quests, and learn the ways of Force while forming basic acting skills in these action packed programs.

Theme classes don’t stop with the Force. On Wednesdays, young performers can experience being a hero with Superhero Showdown, being a wizard with Harry Potter, and being an ill-fated figure with Death by Shakespeare.

FPCT offers two Musical Theatre Showcases this fall:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Ages 8 – 15)

In this performance intensive program, aspiring actors will gain stage experience by working on a musical. Actors will showcase their talents in a fully developed production on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at 11:00am. Students are expected to attend all Saturday rehearsals and the performance at AAA. Class size is limited.

Snow White Adventures (Ages 5 – 7)

In this Monday afternoon program, young performers will work on the basic elements of putting on a play in this musical adaptation. Actors will perform a Snow White Adventures on Monday, Nov.14, 2016 at 4:15pm. Rehearsal and performance will occur at Location: Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy. Class size is limited.

FPCT would like to extend gratitude to Academy sponsors Hightower Twickenham Advisors, and Shickles Media as well as Fig Leaf Costumes and Huntsville City Schools' Academy for Academics and Arts as Academy Community Sponsors.

Class costs range from $145 to $275.

Fantasy Playhouse is dedicated to arts access for all who seek it, so tuition assistance and payment plans are available for every class.

There are three ways to register:

In-Person: Office Hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm
Mail: Please mail in form with payment.
Fax: Complete form and fax to 256-539-6835

Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater Academy Details:
Phone: 256-539-6829
Location: 3312 Long Ave., Huntsville, AL

For more information, contact Candice Cooper, Education Director, at
  • Date September 11
Faith Baptist Church, Moulton, Alabama will host Gospel recording artist Joseph Habedank on Sunday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. Joseph Habedank was voted new artist of the year in 2014 by the Singing News.  This will be a free concert with a love offering received for Mr. Habedank.  You can contact Faith Baptist Church, Moulton at (256) 974-9351.
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All blood types urgently needed....Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 gift card claim code.
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.
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Congratulations to thirty-eight Hartselle High School Juniors and Seniors who have been named National AP Scholars due to their success in AP classes at the school and on national exams. Four students received AP Scholar with Distinction recognition. These students have an
average score of 3.5 on all AP exams taken and have scored a 3 or higher (equates to six hours of credit at most colleges and universities) in at least 5 courses. Students achieving this honor are Julia Matthews, Elizabeth McCutcheon, Lori Milligan, and Zachery Roberson. Seven students received AP Scholar with Honor recognition. These students have an average score of 3.25 on all exams taken and have scored a 3 or higher on 4 or more exams. Students achieving this honor are Seth Ballew, Hope Cain, Emily Crow, Abigail Davis, Melissa Ebeling, Thomas McConnell, and Cody Tapscott. Twenty-seven received the AP Scholar designation. These students scored a 3 or better on 3 or more AP exams. Students achieving this honor are Weston Baker, Holly Blankenship, Colin Boggs, Reagan Bowling, Ally Burgess, John Dersham, Hannah Dotson, Sara Faulk, Matthew Green, Zane Green, Makayla Hayes, Austin Higginbotham, Jayce Johnson, Hayden Jones, Kayla Key, Samantha Lightle, Rachel McKelvy, Logan Miller, Sarah Nix, Riley Olague, Thomas Pugh, Madison Slaten, Brady Smith, Anna Stinson, Gabrielle Stout, Sara Winton, and Mary Jane Wooley. Students at Hartselle passed 185 AP exams for the 2015-16 school year. That represents potentially 1,110 college credit hours. This total does not include those students
receiving dual enrollment credit hours.
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars has ‘two’ wonderful scholarship programs available:

Patriot’s Pen – available to students in grades 6th-8th and

Voice of Democracy – available to students in grades 9th-12th.

I’ve attached information & the requirements on both.

If you’re in the Decatur area & are interested please submit your entry to:

VFW Post 4190

2309 Veterans Drive SE

Decatur, AL 35601

Or call the Post if you have any questions: 256-351-8929

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The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer awareness campaign, sponsored by Suburban Propane. For more information, please click here.



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