u The Alabama High School Graduation Exam and the Basic Skills Exit Exam will be given Dec. 6-10 at Demopolis High School according to the following schedule: Reading (AHSGE and Exit Exam) Mon. Dec. 6

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 29, 2004

u West Alabama Mental Health Center will be selling Poinsettias for the Christmas Season. The plants are available in red or white and cost is $8 for a 6-inch plant; $10 for a 6-1/2-inch plant; $15 for an 8-inch plant or $20 for a 10-inch plant. If you would like to purchase a poinsettia for the Christmas season, please provide your name, address, phone number, number of plants, size and color to a member of the West Alabama Mental Health Center staff. WAMHC is a 501-C3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.

u Marengo Academy season basketball tickets are now on sale at the elementary school and high school. The cost is $30 per fan. This will get you admission to all home regular season games, excluding all tournaments. Home games will start at 4 p.m. starting with Junior Varsity Girls, Junior Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys.

November 30

u The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will present a free holiday concert on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Demopolis, under the direction of ASO Resident Conductor Christopher Confessore. The free holiday concert is open to the public and made possible by the Gloria Narramore Moody Foundation. First Baptist Church is located at 109 S. Strawberry Street, Demopolis, Ala., (334) 289-0473.

For more information on the concert contact the ASO at (205) 251-7727.

December 1

u Registration for Certified Nurse Assistant will be Dec. 1, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

A fee of $80 is due at the time of Registration. No Exceptions. This class will begin Jan. 11, 2005 at 6 p.m. and will end at 9 p.m.

For more information, Call (334) 295-4237.

December 2

u Gaineswood’s

Candlelight Evening is Thursday, Dec. 2, from 5:30-8 p.m. during Demopolis’ Christmas on the River Week. Admission is $3 per person, with ages 11 and under admitted free.

December 4

u St. Leo the Great Catholic Church is hosting a hot dog dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Parish Hall on South Walnut. Hot dogs, corn dogs and all the fixings as well as both hot and cold beverages will be available for purchase. Patrons may eat in or carry out. For more information, call St. Leo’s at 289-2767.

December 5

u The 2004 Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride, Sponsored by River City Bike Association of Demopolis will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.

Meet at Parr’s Chevron on Hwy. 80 in Demopolis.

Please bring toys to be distributed to the needy children of Marengo County this holiday season.

If you cannot make this ride, but would like to donate a toy to this cause, Please see any club member.

December 13

u Demopolis Masonic Lodge #49 will hold their Annual Member Family Christmas Party at the Masonic Lodge Hall-Hwy #80 East-at 6:30 p.m. Contact Eddie Willingham for more information.

December 14

u Alabama State Nurses Association District 6 will meet Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

They will meet at the Demopolis Public Library.

C.E.U.s available.

December 16

u Volunteer Community Resident (VCR) will be having a Christmas Talent Show at the Demopolis Civic Center Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. To be a contestant, call Jennifer at 289-5260, Terrie at 289-7151 or Aleicia at 289-1331.

December 25

u C.T.O., Inc. will conduct it’s 13th Annual Christmas Feeding and Give A Child A Wish Project on Sat., Dec. 25.

This is one of our Major Fund Raising Projects, and we solicit your support in this endeavor.

Your donations will enable us to prepare and deliver Christmas Dinners to 500 people and give toys to approximately 250 giftless children on Christmas Day.

Toys will be given out on Sun., Dec. 19, 2004. Please help us by making a charitable donation to our Christmas Feeding and Give AChild A Wish Project.

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.

Ongoing

U The Volunteer Community Resident (VCR) group meets every Thursday at 5:15 p.m. The VCR is a non-profit organization that captures the minds of youth and adults by educating them about Christ. If you like to sing, praise, dance or read poetry, join VCR by attending the meetings at the Hope Hill Center on East Pettus Street across from the Hilltop Circle. Parents who want more information or children who need a ride, call 289-5260 or 289-7151.

November 27

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.

November 29

u The UWA Choir, under the direction of John Brown, and the UWA guitar students, under the direction of John De Chiaro, will present a joint concert on Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Livingston. Admission is free.

December 2

u

Eutaw’s Annual Christmas Parade will be Thursday Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

Tree lighting and singing santa immediately following the parade.

u “My Way”, A tribute to Frank Sinatra, will be playing Dec. 2-8, at Meridian Little Theater, Meridian, Miss. Phone (601) 482-6371.

December 6

u The West Alabama Christmas parade will be Monday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Tuscaloosa. This event is a joint venture endorsed by the City of Tuscaloosa, the City of Northport and Tuscaloosa County. “Magical Spell of Christmas” is the theme for this years’ parade. The West Alabama Christmas Parade will be coordinated by the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority again this year.

December 10

u The Greater Greensboro Chamber of Commerce is getting out the word about our activities for Christmas season. On Friday, Dec. 10, businesses downtown will have Christmas Open House from 5-8 p.m. Santa Claus will be downtown at Outsidein and will be available for pictures with children.

December 11

u The Greensboro Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Piggly Wiggly. The parade will travel to Main Street and turn left onto Tuscaloosa Street and left again onto State Street. The parade will disburse somewhere in the area of NAPA Auto Parts and Jimmy’s Food Mart. Our local National Guard unit has been selected to be our Grand Marshall group. Businesses, churches, schools and clubs are encouraged to participate. Floats, decorated vehicles, antique vehicles, golf carts and horses are welcome. If you have any questions contact Anne Bailey at Sledge Hardware at 624-8455 or Janice Day at J&J Jewelry and Gift Shop at 624-7103.

December 12

u Get your tickes now for the MLT Christmas Tour of Homes. This tour will include the Swain Home, the Broome Home and the Roberts’ Home and possibly a fourth home. Tickets for this event are $20 and may be purchased at the MLT Box Office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call for more information, (601) 482-6371.

January 15

u Meridian Little Theatre’s Youth Division will be presenting a production of “Alice in Wonderland” on Jan. 15-16, 2005 for the general public at Meridian Little Theatre in Meridian, Miss.

Call (601) 482-6371.

Ongoing

u The Demopolis Historic Preservation Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

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 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 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.

U The Interamerican University Studies Institute will offer two programs in Latin America this summer for high school students. Costa Rica Pura Vida! focuses on biology and includes Spanish immersion as well.

Artes en Mexico provides an opportunity to work with professional Mexican arts teachers while improving Spanish skills.

Individual homestays, excursions and small group instruction are features of both.

The programs are open to students between the ages of 15 and 17 who will have completed two years of high school Spanish by June.

Scholarships available for each program.

Applications are due February 11, 2005.

For more information, call IUSI at 800-345-4874 or visit their website at www.iusi.org.