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not being charged for (love offerings do not count, but
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with who is presenting the event, what the event is, date, time, where it will be held
and contact information. If the event is a benefit for charity please provide the 501C

Greater Salem A.M.E. Pastor’s Pre-Appreciation Musical
The Greater Salem A.M.E. Zion Church Male Chorus of Panola,
cordially invites you to share with them in their Pastor’s
PreAppreciation Musical to be held on Sun., Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m.  
Special male chorus and praise teams from the surrounding area
will be featured.

Pine Grove M. B. Church Women’s Conference
It is with great joy and anticipation that the Pastor, First Lady and
Members of the Pine Grove M. B. Church announce our second
Women’s Conference entitled, “Lady, You’re a Diamond in the
Rough” on Sat., Oct. 4 at the Pine Grove M. B. Church,
Livingston.  The conference will begin with morning prayer at 9 a.
m. and the conference beginning at 10 a.m.
The conference will feature two workshop sessions addressing a
woman’s worth conducted by Minister Rosie Ivory and Minister
Lorissa Holder.  The preached word will be delivered by
conference speaker Minister Mary Carter of Birmingham.
For additional information, you may contact LaShundra Bias at

Spring Valley Baptist Church No Man Left Behind Ministry is
hosting Health Fair Seminar
The Spring Valley Baptist Church No Man Left Behind Ministry is
hosting a Health Fair Seminar for all men – young and older – on
Oct. 11,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please attend and get your
numbers check plus important information regarding men’s
health.   Spring Valley Church is located at 4901 Hwy 116,
Gainesville, Alabama.  Minister Johnny McDonald is our Pastor.  
See you there!

Black Bluff Baptist Annual Men and Women's Day Program
Everyone is cordially invited to the Black Bluff Baptist Church on
Sun., Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.
We will be celebrating our annual Men and Women Day program.  
Rev. Tyrone Thomas, Sr. and the Morning Star Baptist Church
Family will be our guest.  Come one, come all and be blessed.
Dr. O. L. Sealey, church pastor and Dea. Lowry Gale, Sis. Delsey
Goodwin and Sis. Diane verton, program committee.
Fourth Creek Missionary Baptist Pastor Mitchell and First Lady
Doretha Carter 1st Appreciation Program
Fourth Creek Missionary Baptist Church in York cordially invite
you to come and share with us as we celebrate our Pastor Mitchell
and First Lady Doretha Carter 1st Appreciation Program on Sun.,
Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. Rev. Kentray Sims, Pastor of the Pine Grove
Baptist Churc in Livingston will be the Guest Minister along with
his choir and church family. Sis. Lorene Sledge is chairperson.

3rd Annual Great Outdoor Day
The 3rd annual Great Outdoor Day at The Grove, 1470 Bluffport
21, Livingston  is scheduled for Sept. 27 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will
be a  not for profit fundraiser for the 2015 Honduras Mission Trip
for Christian Valley Baptist Church.  There will be food, pin golf
shot, 3-D archery, skeet shooting, silent autios, fishing Seminar
by Bass Fishing Pro Dalton Bobo, and childrens activities. Bring
your personal guns and shells for the skeet shooting event. Also
bring your lawn chairs and plan to spend the day with us.
CallPastor  Matt Kelly at 205-613-0037 for information.

Townsend Mission Day
Townsend Mission Day will be held Sat., Sept. 20 beginning at 9 a.
m. until late evening.  
Participants are asked to arrive and set-up at 7:30 a.m.  There will
be food, fun and entertainment for the entire family.  Door prizes
will be given away also.  Please come join us for a  day of fun and
For more information, call Tallitha Lawson at 205.377.2806 or
Mary Graham at 205.392.5109.
Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting
The Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold
their monthly board meeting on Wed., Sept. 24 at 8 a.m., in Bibb
Graves, Room 102, onthe University of West Alabama campus.  
The public is invited to attend.  

SCSA Meeting
The Sumter County Sewer Authority Inc. (SCSA) Board of
Directors will conduct our monthly meeting on Thurs., Sept. 18
beginning at 5:30 pm in the Emelle Town Hall located at 123
Dailey Avenue, Emelle. SCSA is a duly certified public corporation
serving the sewer needs of the people of Emelle, Geiger,
Gainesville, and the connecting highways. All citizens within the
service area are invited to attend these monthly meetings.
The Cashore Marionettes: Life in Motion
The Cashore Marionettes kick off the Sumter County Fine Arts
Council season Sept. 29 at 7:30 in Bibb Graves Auditorium with
unmatche,d artistry, grac and refinement of movement. The
internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of
puppetry.  For more information visit
3rd Annual Bluegrass in the Country
The 3rd Annual Bluegrass in the Country will be Oct. 10-11 to
benefit Baseball Country, a 501 C 3 organization. Admission is
free and free dry camping. There will be bluegrass music in the
indoor turf pavilion. Bring a lawn chair. There will also be
hayrides, children’s activities, food and crafts. Donations are
appreciated. Baseball Country is a not for profit Christian camp
facility providing baseball camp, summer camp scholarships, team
camps, church retreats and mission group accommodations and
coordination for the black belt outreach ministry in Eutaw,
Livingston and Greensboro. Baseball Country is located on 50
acres in West Alabama, 92 County Road in Ralph. It was founded
in 1995 by Kenny Burns, a retired Baseball Coach from
Tuscaloosa County High School. Contact Angeline or Kenny
Burbs at 205-333-8393.
Cynthia MacCrae Recital
The UWA Department of Fine Arts will present Dr. Cynthia
MacCrae, pianist, in recital Thurs., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. in Bibb
Graves Auditorium. Her program will include works by Domenico
Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Franz
Liszt, Frederic Chopin, and Sergei Prokofiev.

University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra Concert
The Natchez Festival of Music presents the University of Southern
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performing a concert entitled
From The New World, to include Antonin Dvorak’s New World
Symphony and Cello Concerto, Thur., Sept. 25,, at the Margaret
Martin Performing Arts Center in Natchez, Miss. The concert will
begin at 8 p.m.

Theatre Tuscaloosa Announces Auditions For “Little Women”
Theatre Tuscaloosa will hold open auditions for its upcoming
production of “Little Women” on Mon., Oct. 13, at 6pm and Tues.,
Oct. 14, at 6pm in the Wilson Carr Rehearsal Hall off the Lobby of
the Bean-Brown Theatre at Shelton State Community College
(9500 Old Greensboro Rd).
All ages (8 and up) and races are encouraged to audition.
Auditions will include cold readings from the script.
Actors may present a headshot and acting resume if available.
Those auditioning should bring their calendars so that they can
list any conflicts they may have with the rehearsal schedule.
Copies of the script are available to read in the Theatre
Tuscaloosa ticket office. Scripts may not leave the premises,
Rehearsals for “Little Women” will begin shortly after the
auditions. Rehearsals are generally held Monday through Friday
evenings, and Sunday afternoons. Some Saturday and Sunday
evening rehearsals may occur, too. Each show is unique,
however, and a precise rehearsal schedule will be finalized after
More details, including a list of characters, are available at www. or by phone at 205.391.2277.

Mississippi State H.O.G. Rally
H.O.G. “Harley Owners Group is the largest factory sponsored
motorcycle organization in the world boasting nearly a million
members around the globe. Their main objective is to ride and
have fun with fellow Harley Enthusiasts on activities that are non-
political and family-oriented.” Natchez, Miss. More than 500 Harley
Davidson (“H.O.G.”) riders from 22 states will be coming to
Natchez in September for the annual Mississippi State H.O.G.
Rally, which will be held from Sept. 18 - 20 at the Natchez
Convention Center. The parade will feature flags from each
chapter up front. With several HOG chapters expected this should
make for a once and a life time show.

Free Prescription Drugs Available Through SenioRX Program
Are you struggling with finding the money needed to pay for your
prescription medications? Do you need help in obtaining FREE
prescriptions? Then your local Area Agency on Aging is ready to
assist you through the Alabama SenioRx Prescription Assistance
program. Since its inception in July 2002 as an Alabama
Legislative initiative, the program has saved thousands of
Alabamians millions of dollars in medication expenses by
providing free prescription drugs from pharmaceutical
manufacturers.  SenioRx is a program for seniors who are age 55
and older and for persons with disabilities, who are diagnosed
with chronic medical conditions requiring daily medication. The
program aims to help people manage their chronic illnesses
earlier and prevent more serious health problems later in life.
Often providing medication assistance allows individuals to utilize
their limited income for food and other important expenses.  
Persons who qualify for SenioRx receive a 3-month supply of
prescriptions from various pharmaceutical companies at no cost
and can be renewed as long as the person is eligible. To qualify
for free prescription drugs, you must be at least 55 years of age
with chronic medical conditions, have no prescription drug
insurance coverage and must meet certain income guidelines.
Social Security disabled individuals of any age in the 24-month
Medicare waiting period are also eligible for medication
assistance.   To receive assistance, contact your local Area
Agency on Aging (AAA) and Aging Disability Resource Center
(ADRC) at 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463). Free prescription
drugs may be just a phone call away.   For more information,
contact Melanie Allen at (205) 333-2990 or Melanie.allen@westal.

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and Receive 10
Free Trees for Planting in Alabama
Everyone from Alabama who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in
September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation's
Trees for America program.
Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant
trees that will benefit the environment and improve the quality-of-
life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation is the
nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.
Everyone joining this month will receive an eastern redbud, white
pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin oak, red maple,
river birch, silver maple, northern red oak and Colorado blue
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting
between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are
guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Easy-
to-follow planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of
New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive The
Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and
To receive the 10 free trees, send a $10 membership contribution
to Ten Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska
City, NE 68410, by Sept. 30, or join online at arborday.

ATRC Meeting  
The Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission will hold its Forty-
Fourth Annual Meeting on Oct. 8 at the Selma Convention Center
in Selma. A reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. and a delicious
seafood dinner, catered by “Georgia Roussos” of Mobile, will be
served at 6:15 p.m. If you would like to make arrangements to
attend the 44th Annual Meeting, please contact Evelyn J. Agee by
Oct. 3 at the ATRC office by calling 1-334-682-4234.  There is a
fee for dinner.

Central Region Forestry Field Day
Forest Landowners are invited to attend the Central Region
Forestry Field Day on Thurs., Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  This
event is sponsored by the Alabama Natural Resources Council
and Alabama State Tree Farm Committee. The field day will be
held at the 2013 Helene Mosley Memorial Treasure Forest of
Charles Holmes in Perry County, AL.  We will begin at 8 a.m. with
registration and the tour will begin at 9 a.m. The program for this
event will include presentations on: Agri Tourism, Wild Pig
Management, Longleaf vs Loblolly Pine Management, and Stream
Crossing. There is no cost to attend this program; however, you
are asked to call Melanie at the Perry County Extension Office at
334-683-6888 or by email at  HYPERLINK "mailto:mcn0001@aces.
edu" to register.  To properly plan for the
meal, please call and register before the deadline of 4:30 pm on
October 6, 2014. Directions to Dr. Holmes property are as follows:
28011 Alabama Hwy 14, in Marion, AL 36756 at Mile Marker 80,
12 miles east of Greensboro on AL Hwy 14, or 7 miles west of
Marion on AL Hwy 14.   Signs will be posted to guide you to Mr.
Holmes property. Mark your calendar now for Thurs., Oct. 9 and
plan to attend this educational forestry field day.  This program
has been approved for 4 PLM Hours and 2.0 CFE Points.

UA Presents See The Stars In Moundville and Russia and the
Modern World
Dr. Andrew M. Drozd, associate professor of Russian at UA,
deliver the first lecture of a three part series titled “Russia and the
Making of the Modern World” at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in 205
Gorgas Library. Drozd will lecture on the attitude towards medical
doctors as it appears in classic Russian literature. His
presentation will cover several better known works, such as “War
and Peace,” “Anna Karenina” and “The Brothers Karamazov.” He
will also introduce works by writers who are lesser known in the
West. The event is free and open to the public. Contact: Dr.
Andrew M. Drozd, UA department of modern languages and
classics, 205/348-5720, UA’s  Astronomy Group
within the department of physics and astronomy will hold a
nebulae and star-cluster viewing for the public from 8 to 10 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 26, at Moundville Archaeological Park. The deep-sky
observing sessions use the 16- and 17-inch telescopes. The
telescope is set up on a pad in the field across the road from the
museum (see locator map), so parking is available at the museum
and near the conference center overlooking the Black Warrior
River. For these events, sky watchers also use the new 20-inch
“Big Little Telescope” recently donated to the department. For
more information, call the department office at 205/348-5050.
People with large groups need to contact the office for
accommodation. Contact: Richard LeComte, UA Media Relations,, 205/348-3782

2014 West Alabama Juried Show
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will be sponsoring its 30th Annual
Juried Show for West Alabama artists Nov. 10 through Dec. 15 at
the Bama Theatre Galleries. A closing reception honoring the
winners will be held on Dec. 15 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the
theatre. The public is invited to attend.
One purchase award of $750, one cash award of $300 and three
Awards of Excellence of $100 each will be presented. The
purchase award entry will be added to the permanent collection.
Visual artists 18 and older residing in Bibb, Fayette, Greene,
Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Perry, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and
Walker counties will be eligible. A $35 entry fee entitles
participants to submit up to three works for judging. Only original
two- and three-dimensional works will be accepted. Entries must
have been executed within the past two years and not shown in
any previous West Alabama Juried Show, Double Exposure or
other exhibits at a Bama Theatre gallery. All two-dimensional
pieces accepted for the show must be ready for hanging and
matted, framed and under glass if appropriate. No work should be
submitted that has been executed in a class or workshop.
Maximum size is 5 1/2 feet x 5 1/2 feet, and maximum weight is 50
pounds for all entries.
Works must be brought to The Arts Council office on the 2nd floor
of the PARA Building adjacent to the Bama Theatre, downtown
Tuscaloosa, from Oct. 27 – 31 during the hours of 9 a.m. – noon
and 1 - 4 p.m. The entry deadline is Fri., Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Works
accepted for the exhibit must remain through Dec. 15.
Application forms and a complete schedule are available at The
Arts Council office or on the website at
The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in
Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts
Council, Bama Theatre or Cultural Arts Center, patrons should
like the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre –
Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-
5195 or visit for further information.
USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic
Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is
seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to
organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance
to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out
housing, community facilities and community and economic
development projects.
"Many rural nonprofits often need capital and technical assistance
to carry out their missions," Vilsack said. "These grants will
provide both of these components through local and regional
organizations that are experts at delivering such services."
USDA is making nearly $6 million available to qualified
organizations under the Rural Community Development Initiative
Recipients must be non-profit organizations, low-income rural
communities, or federally recognized tribes. Intermediary
organizations are required to provide matching funds at least
equal to the RCDI grant. The grants do not go directly to business
recipients but rather through qualified intermediaries.
The deadline for submitting RCDI applications is Nov. 12.
Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development
state office where the applicant's headquarters are located. More
information about the program and how to apply is available on
page 47427 of the Aug. 13  Federal Register.

Tuscaloosa Hosts First Statewide Veterans Reunion
The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission (TTSC) is proud
to announce the first annual Alabama All Veterans and Family
Reunion. This event is being put on in an effort to provide a
memorable weekend showcasing the appreciation and gratitude
for Alabama Veterans and to provide educational and work force
development resources for both veterans and their families. The
Reunion will consist of a series of events that will take place the
weekend of Sept. 26-28 across Tuscaloosa.
The All Veterans and Family Reunion is being held as a
collaborative event between TTSC and the following partners:
Blue Star Salute, University of Alabama Office of Veterans and
Military Affairs, VA Tuscaloosa, Alabama Department of Veterans
Affairs, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, City of
Tuscaloosa, Red Cross – Jefferson-Shelby Chapter and West
Alabama, Parks and Recreation Authority (PARA), Veterans
Memorial Park Committee, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and
Alabama National Cemetery.
The events begin at 5 p.m. Fri., Sept. 26 with the Alabama
Veteran’s Welcome Reception at the Tuscaloosa River Market
and Motorcycle Honor Ride. On Saturday, TTSC will host the
American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall, Veterans Marketplace,
Military Aircraft and Vehicle Display, and Military Ball. In addition,
daycare will be provided on Saturday evening but space is limited.
To conclude the celebration, on Sunday, a Memorial Service and
Breakfast will be held Sun., Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the
Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park, followed by an opportunity
to “Visit a Vet” at the Tuscaloosa VA.
This commemorative weekend will be offered free to all attendees
with the exception of the Military Ball. It is asked that all attendees
register for the event to ensure that the proper accommodations
can be made for the weekend. If organizations are interested in
having a booth for display at our marketplace during the event,
please contact the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission
office at (205)391-9200. For more information and to register, go
to and click on the veterans tab.  
For more information, contact Brandt Garrison, Manager for
Communications and Public Relations for the TTSC, at (205)391-
9200 or
Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission’s (TTSC) mission is
to increase economic impact to the City of Tuscaloosa by
positioning Tuscaloosa as a destination for our targeted markets
including sporting events, meetings, reunions and leisure
tourism.  This generates lodging, dining, shopping and
entertainment revenue for the City. To learn more, go to www.
VA’s PTSD Compensation Rules
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs assist Veterans seeking
compensation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   The
VA has made it easier for a Veteran to claim service connection
for PTSD by reducing the evidence needed if the stressor claimed
by a Veteran is related to fear of hostile military or terrorist
activity.  The VA does not require corroboration of a stressor
related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity if a VA
psychiatrist or psychologist confirms that the stressful experience
recalled by a Veteran adequately supports a diagnosis of PTSD
and the Veteran's symptoms are related to the claimed stressor.  
The VA is increasing its mental health capacity to serve combat
Veterans, adding thousands of new professionals to assist
veterans.  The Department also has established a suicide
prevention helpline (1-800-273-TALK) and Web site available for
online chat
Tuscaloosa VA to Hold Open House and Town Hall Meeting
Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center announced plans today  to hold
an Open House from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., followed by a Veteran
Town Hall Meeting from 6-7 p.m., on Sept. 23 at the Bldg. 137
Sports Atrium at the medical center.
The Open House will include staff from departments throughout
the medical center to be on hand to inform veterans about the
enrollment process as well as what services are offered, including
primary care, mental health, geriatrics and extended nursing care,
pharmacy, physical rehabilitation, laboratory, radiology, and more.
Mental Health staff will also be ready to address issues of
substance abuse and homelessness.
Stevenson added that he hopes the Open House and Town Hall
events will be one of many opportunities for everyone to learn
firsthand what the Tuscaloosa VA really is and what it offers
veterans. The public is encouraged to attend.
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