Area Calendar

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 14, 2004

Staff Reports

October 14

u The Marengo County Historical Society is hosting a showing of the 1968 film, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, filmed here in Demopolis. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. at the Marengo Theatre in the Demopolis Theatre District and is free to the public. For more information call the Demopolis Historical Society at 289-0282.

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October 16

u The Annual Fall All-Breed Consignment Sale and Open Catalog Sale selling registered and grade horses will take place Saturday, Oct. 16 in Uniontown. Tack sale starts at 1 p.m., horse sale starts at 4 p.m. The sale will be held at the Alabama Livestock Auction. For more information, call (334) 628-2371.

u Cub Scouts and all the members of their family will be gathering Oct. 16-17 for the annual Prairie District Cub Family Campout. The event will be held at the lake complex on the University of West Alabama campus in Livingston. Cub families can pre-register with their dens or register the day of the event. The cost is $5 each for the Cub and his parent, and an additional $5 for any family member who wants a patch commemorating the event. Families are asked to bring their own tents, sleeping bags, flash lights or lanterns, clothes, personal care items and food for all meals. Campers will be treated to a campfire event Saturday night, but individual campsite fires are allowed with proper preparation. Helping out with the campout will be the members of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity at UWA.

October 19

u George McGovern and Bob Dole – two men very familiar with presidential debates – will share their political views with The University of Alabama community when they discuss current politics in a debate Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Bryant Conference Center.

u Registration for adult classes at Marengo Technology will be Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. There will be a $53 fee for each class at the time of registration. Classes offered are electronics technology, Microsoft Office 2000, sewing, cabinetmaking and millwork and automotive service technology. If more information is needed, contact the Marengo County Technology Center at 295-4237 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

October 21

u The Girl Scouts organizational meeting will be held in the U.S. Jones lunchroom on Oct. 21, at 3:30 p.m. Girl Scouts is for girls 4-17 years old. Adults may also join by becoming a Girl Scout volunteer. For more information, contact Tina DiBlasi, Tombigbee Girl Scout Office at 759-5421 ext.24

u Southern Danceworks will perform at the Old Main Street School at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Admission is $10 for non-members of the two rivers arts council, which is sponsoring the event.

u The Marengo County Fall Forestry Tour will be Thursday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. at Wayne Lewis’ farm in Magnolia. Plan to meet at Tutt Land Company in Linden, at 9 a.m. and then follow on to Mr. Lewis’ farm. Lunch will be provided after the tour. Please call Adele at (334) 295-1146 with the number attending for an accurate lunch count. The Marengo County Planning Committee sponsors the annual event.

October 28

u Marian McKay and the Jazz Trio, the Magic City Sounds, will perform at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Demopolis Public Square. Admission is free. The concert is co-sponsored by the Two Rivers Arts Council and the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce.

October 30

u Demopolis Lions Club will hold its pancake breakfast at the First Baptist Church, drive thru and take out only, from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Tickets are $4 each, and are available from members or by calling 289-4313.

February 25, 2005

u Two rivers arts council presents a Springer Theater production of Cotton Patch Gospel, at 7 p.m., Feb. 25, 2005, at the Old Main Street School.

Around the Area

u Greensboro merchants want to encourage the Greensboro spirit by having Saturdays as “Greensboro T-shirt Day.” Merchants will look for residents to be wearing their Greensboro T-shirt each Saturday of September. To get a Greensboro T-shirt, look at the merchants advertisement on the back of a Greensboro T-shirt and ask the merchant about a T-shirt

October 16

u Trade days at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park will be held Oct. 16 and 17. This large outdoors market has over 300 dealers, who offer common, unusual and “great find” items to shoppers and swappers. The Farley Field concession stand in the Trade Day area and the Sweet Shop in the main area of the park will be open. Trade Day hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Park admission is $3 adults (12-61), $2 seniors (62+), $1 children (6-11) and free for ages five and younger. Pets are not allowed in the Trade Days area. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park is 12 miles southwest of Bessemer. Off I-20/59 take exit 100 or off I-459 exit 1 and follow the signs to the park.

u The Shelton State Terrific Tuesday Concert Series continues in October free performances, each on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in the Alabama Power Recital Hall, Martin Campus on Old Greensboro Road. On Oct. 12 Montevallo Trio; Oct. 19 Piano Ensemble – Director: Syble M. Coats; Oct. 26 Piano students of Amanda Penick

u Spinners is accepting applications for its 23rd Annual Spinners Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 23-24. Original craft exhibitors, food vendors and youth area concessionaires are invited to participate by purchasing a booth. For more information contact Marge Wicker, P.O. Box 680003, Prattville, Ala., 36068 or (334) 365-8551.

u On Oct. 25, University of West Alabama senior Daneen Sampson will present the results of her summer research internship at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Va. Sampson, an environmental sciences major will discuss the influence of fire intensity on undergrowth in the southeastern pine forest. The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. in ALFA Environment Hall on the UWA campus in Livingston. Admission is free.

u The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum will honor U.S. veterans Saturday, Nov. 6, with half-price fare. The museum is open Monday through Saturday. Museum admission is free, train rides are $7 per child, ages two to 12, $8 per senior, ages 60 and over, and $10 per adult. Combination tickets, which allow visitors to ride both trains the same day, are also available. For more information, call (205) 668-3435 or (800) 943-4490 or visit the Web site at

u The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum will offer train rides on the Calera and Shelby or the Shelby and Southern on Saturday Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 20. Trains leave at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The museum is open Monday through Saturday. Museum admission is free, train rides are $7 per child, ages two to 12, $8 per senior, ages 60 and over, and $10 per adult. Combination tickets, which allow visitors to ride both trains the same day, are also available. For more information, call (205) 668-3435 or (800) 943-4490 or visit the Web site at

u The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum will offer train rides on the Shelby and Southern on Friday Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays in November from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. The museum is open Monday through Saturday. Museum admission is free, train rides are $7 per child, ages two to 12, $8 per senior, ages 60 and over, and $10 per adult. Combination tickets, which allow visitors to ride both trains the same day, are also available. For more information, call (205) 668-3435 or (800) 943-4490 or visit the Web site at

U Pine Apple hosts its Ninth Annual Hunter Appreciation Day, Saturday, Nov. 27, for residents, hunters, families and friends. The one-day event will feature arts and crafts, including gifts for Christmas, concessions, leather goods, woodcrafts, fresh plants, jewelry and toys. There will be a big buck contest, with a $500 top prize, $250 prize for ladies and a $150 prize for juveniles, as well as an antique car parade.

u Angel Wing Gallery is looking for young artists to participate in a special fundraiser for Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Tuscaloosa publisher Catherine Randall will host an auction of children’s paintings to benefit the hospital and children ages 2 to 16 are being sought to donate a piece of art. For more information, contact Karen Davison and Angel Wing Gallery, 104 N. Walnut Ave., across from the Rosenbush Building or call 289-2930.

u The Friends of the Demopolis Public Library are interested in starting a book club for this area. Anyone with ideas for formats and reading selections is encouraged to contact the Demopolis Public Library at 289-1595. We will have an organizational meeting in October.

u The Pilot Club of Demopolis meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church. If a holiday falls on that date, the meetings are held on the third Monday.

u The Lower Gainesville Road Volunteer Fire Department is selling reflective mailbox and house markers that are highly visible, fade resistant and pre-drilled holes. Please call (205) 372-2146. Order from Lower Gainesville Road VFD, 2170 County Road 129, Boligee, Ala., 35443. Make checks payable to: Lower Gainesville Road VFD.

u Life After Loss meets the first Monday of each month in the Activity Center of the First Baptist Church of Demopolis at 7 p.m. If you have experienced loss of a loved one, a job, health or any loss these meetings are designed to help you. The meetings are free and confidential. For more information, call (334) 289-1709 or 289-0780.

u The Demopolis Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of July at The Red Barn on Highway 80.

u The Weather Alert Sirens will be tested the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City of Demopolis and at 9 a.m. outside the city, if weather permits. u To volunteer your time to help others, contact SouthernCare Hospice at 275-CARE or toll free (888) 641-6126.

u Comfort Care Hospice will be offering a volunteer orientation program. Those interested in helping others should call 289-2106 or (888) 737-9931.

u Hospice South of Demopolis is seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of others. Call (800) 528-9253 for more information.

u Ethel Lodge No. 588 will meet every first and third Friday of the month. The meetings will be held at the lodge in Jefferson and will begin at 7 a.m.

u Murry’s Chapel No. 554 will meet every third Saturday of the month. The meetings will be held at the lodge in Jefferson, and will begin at noon.

u Comfort Care Hospice is offering grief and caregiver support groups at no charge. For more information, call 289-2106.

u West Alabama Sav-A-Life offers pregnancy testing at no charge, abortion information, post-abortion counseling and adoption information Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Come by 724 N. Walnut Street in Demopolis or call 289-CARE. Volunteers are always needed.

u Braxton Senior Day Care needs men and women to join its Day Care Auxiliary. Call 289-2421.

u Victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault support group information is available by calling 289-8988.

u Magazines and books collected by the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital auxiliary may be dropped off at the hospital, or call 289-3459 for pickup.

u Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the AA Building, 118 East Washington Street. Coming soon, AlAnon family group.

u A Small Business Administration representative offers counseling at the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce. Call 289-0270.

u The West Alabama Business and Professional Women’s Club Inc. meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the meeting room of the Demopolis Public Library.

u The Marengo Memorial VFW Post No. 5377 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the post headquarters on Highway 43.

u The Classy Citizens senior group, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, meets Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon in the East Room of the Demopolis Civic Center. The Classy Senior Citizens have fun and games every Monday at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m., the group meets for light exercises.

u The Demopolis Masonic Lodge #49 meets every second and fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Demopolis Lodge on Highway 80.

u The Demopolis Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Demopolis Country Club.

u The Demopolis Rotary Club meets at noon every Wednesday in the Whitfield Hospital classroom on Highway 80.

u To comply with state and federal requirements, the Marengo County School System is asking your help in its effort to locate, identify and evaluate individuals from zero to 21 years old who have or are suspected of having a disability. If you know of someone who can benefit from special education services, or for more information call A.L. Johnson High School at (334) 627-3364, John Essex High School at (334) 289-3504, Marengo High School at (334) 992-2395, Sweet Water High School at (334) 994-4263 or Ornzie Reese at (334) 295-2229.

u Investigation and prevention of mailbox vandalism are the responsibility of local law enforcement agencies. However, if the vandalism results in the destruction or theft of mail, the Postal Inspection Service should be notified by writing to U.S. Postal Inspector, P.O. Box 2767, Birmingham, Ala., 35202-2767.

Church Calendar

October 30

u A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special religious poetry contest sponsored by the New Jersey Rainbow Poets, free to anyone who has ever written a poem. There are fifty prizes in all totaling almost $5,000. The deadline for entering is October 30. To enter, send one poem only of 21 lines or less: Free Poetry Contest, 103 N. Wood Ave., PMB 70, Linden, NJ 07036, or enter online at

October 31

u First Presbyterian Church of Demopolis is seeking information on previous members. On Oct. 31 we will celebrate 165 years of service and ministry in Demopolis. Special events will be announced closer to the date. We are currently seeking names and addresses of previous members, regular visitors and friends who might be interested in knowing about this special day. Please contact the church office with information at (334) 289-3895 or email to

November 17

u A West Alabama conference will be held at Small Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Nov. 17-21. The Rev. James Christian, pastor; the Rev. James McCoy, bishop and the Rev. O.L. Thomas, presiding elder.


u Many people have family members who once attended and are buried at the Old Spring Hill Methodist Church. The cost of upkeep is very high. Many of our older, loyal benefactors have died. This has resulted in a lack of funds, which have been donated. Please enable us to have the funds needed to ensure that the proper maintenance of the property continues. Remember many of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and other relatives once attended the church and are buried here. Please send donations to Old Spring Hill Methodist Church and Cemetery, c/o Ruth Allen, 885 County Road One, Gallion, Ala., 36742. Services at the church are on the first and third Sunday of every month at 5 p.m.

u Overcomers Outreach meets each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Church at the corner of Seventh and Tucker streets in Linden. Overcomers Outreach gives people in traditional 12-step support groups a way back to the church of their choice and provides a vehicle for people in the church to find additional help in traditional 12-step groups.

u The James B. Rogers Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study meets each Friday at 7 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church’s Parish house for food and fellowship. All men in the community are invited to attend. For more information, call 289-3363.

u Bible Class is held at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Demopolis every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

u Prayer Meeting and Bible Study Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Star Baptist Church.