Whew. It sure is steamy out there, and hot, and sultry, and hot, and humid…you get the idea. But we do live in Alabama and it’s not really Fall just yet so we’ve got no right to complain. Still, I’ve heard rumors from a certain weatherman that next week is looking mighty cool in comparison and I can’t wait!
Whatever the weather, there’s always something fun going on in the Valley. We’ve highlighted a few but be sure to check our Calendar for all the fun you could be having and for those of you looking for bargains? We’ve got our Yard Sale Map and seasonal consignment sales are in full swing as well. Speaking of consignment sales we just added a great giveaway for TWO $25 shopping passes to next week’s Kids’ Kloset sale so be sure to check out that as well as all the other current giveaways we have going.
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Friday from 11:00AM – 1:00PM: Head to 308 Fountain Circle for this new nationwide event encouraging the planting of native species to support local ecosystems. Operation Green Team will be giving away to the crowd the Oakleaf Hydrangea, the official state wildflower. There will also be hot dogs, popcorn and water given away as long as they last.
Friday from 6:00 – 9:00PM: Ian Thomas and the Band of Drifters will perform their American roots music at this week’s family-friendly concert at Lowe Mill. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and even the family dog (on a leash). Picnic suppers are encouraged or you could pop into Happy Tummy and grab a bite while you enjoy the music.
Saturday from 10:00AM – 11:00AM: The folks at Operation Green Team are busy bees this weekend – after you pick up your free hydrangea Friday, you can head to Hays Nature Preserve on Saturday for this new club that encourages families to enjoy nature together. Today’s activities are about “Getting to Know the Trees” and will be structured for children 3 to 5 years. To register or find out more, contact Operation Green Team at 53-CLEAN.
Saturday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM: Local musicians from the Alabama Blues Project advanced band and Microwave Dave & The Nukes will gather around the Limestone County Courthouse in Athens alongside juried local artists. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, and other art forms will all be represented. The KidsZone will delight children of all ages with hands-on collage, tie-dye, beading, clay, and swirl art sessions. All free and open to the public of course!
Saturday from 9AM-5PM and Sunday from 1PM-5PM: The Friends of the Bailey Cove Library is hosting their annual giant book sale where you can find fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and audiobooks at amazing prices – most items are 25 cents; best-sellers are $1. To quote the library manager, Patsy Wilson: “I just took a peek into the meeting room where our Friends of the Library volunteers are organizing all the books for this weekend’s sale, and I have NEVER seen this many gorgeous 25 cent children’s books in one of our sales before!” It would behoove booklovers to be there.
As always, click on the orange titles to visit the associated website for more information on a particular event. If you see an event we’ve missed, share your info in the comment section.
Teresa Batchelor is a local artist who specializes in acrylic paintings, ink, color and graphite pencil art. She also creates personalized art in the form of ink zentangles and snowmen. Visit her website to see her portfolio filled with a wide variety of art from landscapes to whimsical to Christian. You can reach her by phone at 256-653-9421 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.