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messages and the event is not being charged for (love offerings do not count). Please
keep the announcement to one paragraph 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 number.
|Northport Police Department Gun Safety Program for Children Pre-K to
Northport Police Department is launching their Gun Safety Program for
children Pre-K to 3rd grade this summer. This program focuses on
teaching children what to do if they come into contact with a gun. The
program is a five day program, lasting at most 45 minutes a day,
specifically designed to retain each age groups attention and fully
engage every child. From coloring pages, dancing, and an Eddie Eagle
video, each child becomes very knowledgeable about what to do if they
ever come into contact with a gun. On the last day, each child will be
presented with a Certificate of Merit from Eddie Eagle for completing the
Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. They will also be given a Parents’ Guide
to Gun Safety to take home for their guardians. This program is proudly
donated by the NRA (National Rifle Association of America). If interested
in this Program, please contact: CRO Carrie Baker Community
Relations Officer 205-469-1385 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Pastor Anniversary
You are cordially invited to fellowship with us at Mt. Pleasant Baptist
Church, 40 Mary Chapel Road in Coatopa, as we celebrate our pastor,
Tommy C. Brown and first lady, Eleanor Brown’s anniversary on Sun.
May 4 at 2 p.m. Rev. Calvin Johnson, Pasto or Williw Spring and
Pleasant grove Missionary Baptist Church, Greensboro along with his
choir and congregation will be our special guest. Please join us as we lift
up the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Tommy C. Brown is
pastor and Darla Spencer is secretary.
Geiger Day Celebration will be May 24 at the Geiger Town Hall. The
parade starts aty 2 p.m. For more information call 205-499-0107 or 205-
Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference Aug. 1-2
Are you worried about the safety of an incarcerated family member? Are
you searching for resources to help you navigate the system? What
should you expect when your family member is released? Do you know
what to expect when you go for a visit?
Find answers at the third annual Alabama Families of Prisoners
Conference, hosted by Healthy You, Inc., on August 1 and 2 at McElwain
Baptist Church in Birmingham. This year’s theme is “Handing out Hope”
and this conference can provide needed support for your family though
breakout sessions, exhibits and resources, guest speakers and panel
discussions. A special Kids Conference for ages 6-15 will also take place
during the event, and childcare will be available for children ages 5 and
When a crime is committed, the families of the perpetrator can be left
behind to pick up the pieces. The Alabama Families of Prisoners
Conference is designed to offer help to those neglected families. The
conference idea was conceived by Mary Kay Beard, founder of the world-
wide Angel Tree program, and Laure Clemons, founder of Extended
Family, a support system for families of prisoners. An entire committee of
dedicated professionals come together each year to create a conference
structured to help families of prisoners with steps they need to take to
overcome obstacles and have a better life. The conference offers help
so that families can continue their lives with knowledge and hope for a
brighter future. This year’s conference is supported by Extended Family
(www.extendedfamilysupport.org) and Encourager Ministries, Inc. (www.
Visit www.alabamafpc.org for more information and to register for the
event. Healthy You Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit formed in 2010 in Dothan.
The mission of Healthy You, Inc. is to enhance quality of life for citizens of
Alabama through educational health initiatives and public awareness
campaigns teaching personal responsibility when making lifestyle
choices. For more information, please call 800-656-7197.
Black Belt Treasures is Hog Wild for Art
Black Belt Treasures, 209 Claiborne Street, in Camden will host its
annual Hog Wild for Art Festival on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.
m. to 2 p.m., featuring kids art activities, demonstrations by artists and
craftsmen from across the Black Belt region of Alabama, along with a
cooking demonstration with Scott Wilson. Hog Wild for Art is made
possible by the generous support of the Alabama State Council of the
Arts, the Black Belt Community Foundation, The Daniel Foundation of
Alabama, and contributions from members of the Black Belt Treasures
Black Belt Treasures is a non-profit organization with the mission of
promoting the many talented artists and craftsmen from the Black Belt
region and of representing their products to larger markets via a gallery
shop and an e-commerce website. Beginning in 2005 with seventy-five
artists, there are now over 400 artists and craftsmen representing
nineteen counties in Alabama’s Black Belt region. For information about
Hog Wild for Art or other events, please contact Black Belt Treasures at
334.682.9878, email@example.com or visit our website www.
Statewide 'SADD Day' set for May 1
Students from around Alabama will gather at the Auburn University
Montgomery campus May 1 for “SADD Day,” a day full of fun, learning
and peer empowerment.
The SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) organization
involves young people who deliver education and prevention messages
to their peers through school- and community-wide activities and
campaigns responsive to the needs of their particular communities.
The organization’s mission is to provide students with the best prevention
tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking or other drug
use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.
In addition to presentations by several speakers, there will be
performances by Alabama SADD chapter members. No registration fee
will be charged for the event for students and their advisors, but
individuals and chapters must pre-register to attend the event.
For more information, please contact Folashadé Ayanwale, Alabama
SADD coordinator, Alabama Department of Public Health, (334) 206-
AIDB Summer Enrichment Programs
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is offering campers experiences
of a lifetime with fun and enriching tuition-free summer camps designed
especially for deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, visually-impaired, sensory-
impaired, and multi-disabled students. Our summer enrichment camps
that are tuition-free and open to all Alabama students with visual,
hearing, and sensory impairments.
Alabama School for the Blind kicks off their Summer Enrichment Camp “A
Camper’s Life” June 15-21 for students ages six to 16. Students can
look forward to horseback riding, arts & crafts, field trips, fellowship and
fun, while also learning about academics and Braille, nature lore,
independent living, and much more! The application deadline is May 16.
To learn more about ASB’s Summer Enrichment Camp, call (256) 761-
3260, or visit http://www.aidb.org/.
Alabama School for the Deaf will hold its “ASD P.R.I.D.E.” Summer
Enrichment Camp June 15-21 for students ages six to 16. Students can
look forward to leisure time filled with swimming, arts & crafts, horseback
riding, movie nights and bowling, along with vision and hearing
assessments, language arts, problem solving techniques and of course
American Sign Language! The application deadline is May 31. For more
information about “ASD P.R.I.D.E.,” call (256) 761-3215, (256) 761-3214,
(256) 493-9167, or visit http://www.aidb.org/.
The Helen Keller School of Alabama will hold its Summer Assessment
Camp, June 15-20. The camp is open to any child who is sensory
impaired multi-disabled and may be interested in enrollment into the
Helen Keller School of Alabama. Campers can expect education, vision,
audiological, psychological, motor, and social maturity assessments, in
addition to sensory integration, simple food preparation, community
outings arts and crafts, and music. Space is limited. The application
deadline is May 6. Call (256) 761-3250, or visit http://www.aidb.org/ for
Alabama Welcome Center Tourism Celebration
The Sumter Welcome Center Staff, Interstate 59 North and 20 East,
invites you to attend our Alabama Welcome Center Tourism Celebration
Thursday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Make “Sweet Home Alabama”
your destination for a family vacation by “Taking a Road Trip” in
Alabama. Alabama is famous for our Rich History and Culture, fun at the
Beach, golf courses, Science Centers, Space and Rocket Center, Civil
Rights Trails, Civil War Trails, Botanical Gardens, Zoos and, fishing in
Alabama. Special recognition for “The Year of Alabama Parks” come,
experience our great outdoors when you visit one of our fantastic State
Parks. Alabama Parks trails has something for everyone, bird watching,
nature programs, golfing, boating, fishing, camping and, swimming, as
well as; our Historical State Parks. A special Tourist Appreciation
Open House and a Special Tourism Program with our special guests
Senator Bobby Singleton, a representative from Alabama Parks and, the
surrounding communities from 10 a.m. - noon, May 1. Come Join the
festivities and let’s celebrate.
Union Chapel C. M. E. Pre-Mother’s Day Extravaganza
Union Chapel C. M. E. Church in Ward presents the Pre-Mother’s Day
Extravaganza on Sat., May 3 at 11 a.m. - until. The fun includes a Mother’
s Day Essay Contest for Children ages 6-18 (different age categories)
with awards to first place in each category, Fabulous Fashion Show,
guest speakers Evangelist Dorothy Wilson, Pastor Willie Marie Gilmore,
and other, musical guests, praise dance, free make overs and lunch will
be served. Call Mary Turnage at 205-392-9067 for more information.
Rev. Dr. Jacguelyn Caldwell-Phillips is pastor.
Ladies Luncheon Event May 3
On Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on May 3 a area ladies luncheon,
“Leading the Way,” is scheduled to begin at Livingston First Baptist
Church. The first part of the event will celebrate 125 years of women’s
leadership and missions in the area Baptist churches through displays
and testimonies. This year the national Southern Baptist primary
missions organization, Women’s Missionary Union, has an anniversary
celebration. After a catered lunch, Meredith Edmonds, Livingston native,
who has served as a Journeyman with the International Mission Board will
speak about her work in London and display slides of her experiences.
Meredith is a professional accountant and has become a seasoned
traveller. This will be an enjoyable experience for all women of the area.
The lunch will be the $8 (payable at the door.) Dor prizes will be given.
The youth of the host church will assist with the luncheon. The event is
sponsored by the Bigbee Baptist Association.
SPB Prevention Cost-Share Program Announced for Alabama’s Forest
For a limited time, financial assistance is being offered to help non-
industrial private forest landowners protect pine stands from their number
one cause of mortality, bark beetle infestation. Approximately $160,000 is
allocated for this Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Prevention cost-share
program, which is administered by the Alabama Forestry Commission in
partnership with the USDA Forest Service. The program’s main objective
is to prevent SPB outbreaks in Alabama forests by helping landowners
reduce the susceptibility of their pines to the deadly pests.
Cost-share applications are available at local county offices of the
Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC). Interested forest landowners must
return completed applications to the local AFC county office by the
deadline of Friday, May 30, 2014.
Existing loblolly, shortleaf, or Virginia pine stands that are 10 to 100
acres in size are eligible for an incentive payment under this cost-share
program. Forest management activities funded under the program
include pre-commercial thinning and prescribed burning of pine stands.
The incentive cost is $80 per acre for pre-commercial thinning of
overstocked and high SPB hazard pine stands and $10 per acre for
understory burning of high SPB hazard pine stands. If a borax treatment
is used while conducting a pre-commercial thinning on a pine stand, the
incentive cost is $90 per acre. Landowners that apply for the cost-share
program must receive pre-approval from the AFC before initiating the
Southern pine beetles are the primary killer of pines in Alabama, with
unmanaged and overcrowded stands of southern pines susceptible to
attack. Epidemic populations of this bark beetle occur periodically in the
state, destroying hundreds of acres of pines. If not controlled, these
expanding populations can devastate entire stands causing millions of
dollars in damage. For additional inquiries, contact AFC Forest Health
Coordinator Dana Stone by telephone at (334) 240-9363 or email at
The mission of the Alabama Forestry Commission is to protect and
sustain Alabama’s forest resources using professionally applied
stewardship principals and education, ensuring that the state’s forests
contribute to abundant timber and wildlife, clean air and water, and a
healthy economy. To learn more about the AFC or locate the nearest
county office, visit www.forestry.alabama.gov
Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mount Herman Annual Institute
of Christian Education
The Mount Herman District Annual Institute of Christian Education will be
held at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church-Livingston, – Rev.
Tyrone Thomas-Pastor on Mon., April 28 - Thurs., May 1 beginning
nightly at 5:30 p.m. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. Courses as
followers: Course #1007-Introduction to the Old Testament: Rev. Tyrone
Thomas, Course #1072-Introduction to the New Testament: Rev. Richard
Wilson, Jr., Course #2011-Baptist Doctrine: Rev. Edward Culbert,
Course #6021-Spiritual Formation: Rev. Charles H. Delaine, Course
#9005-Writing Techniques II: Mrs. Eleanor R. Randolph.
The classes will end on Wednesday night. On Thursday night, May 1 the
Youths will be competing in their first Oratorical Contest. Each church is
asked to give $35.00 for the schools operation.
Deacon Eddie Green, President
Mount Herman Sunday School & Congress of Christian Education
Reverend Charles H. Delaine, Dean
2014 Oratorical contest requirements: Category I: Grades 1-3 Recite-
The Lord’s Prayer, Category II: Grades 4-6 Recite-Psalm 23, Category
III: Grades 7-9 Recite-I Corinthians 13:1-13, Category IV: Grades 10-12
Essay on Living with Solid Rock Guidance Psalm 31:3
Public Libraries to Have
Fine Forgiveness Weeks
The Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library in Livingston adn Hightower
Memorial Library in York will be offering patrons a chance to bring back
overdue library m aterials and not have to pay fines.
Patrons who have returned overdue materials but still owe a fine may
also have their fines forgiven if they come to the Library and request the
fine to be forgiven. This Fine Forgiveness period will run from April 10-
This is a one-time only chance to return those long overdue books and
not have to pay a fine. Those wishing to have their fines forgiven should
bring in their library card and a photo id. Now is the time to clear your
record at the public library and enjoy using the resources available to
you at the library.
Galilee Baptist Church Annual Easter Program & Church Anniversary
Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little & the Galilee Baptist Church Family of Panola
will Celebrate Our Annual Easter Program & Church Anniversary on
Sun., April 20 beginning with 10 a.m. Morning Service.
Pastor Tyrone Thomas of the Morning Star Baptist Church of Livingston
will deliver the message.
Aliceville Middle School Barbeque Contest
Aliceville Middle School is sponsoring a Barbeque Contest on Sat., May
3, at the school in Aliceville, (Pickens County)! Contestants from far and
wide are invited to enter the contest. The entry fee is the amount of
meat to serve 10 plates.
All meat must be cooked at the school. The types of meat to be judged
are Boston Butt, Ribs, and Chicken. Judging will begin at 12:30pm. First
prize is a trophy, an apron, and $100.00. Second prize is a trophy and
grill tools. AMS will provide water and a space to setup and cook your
entry. Contact Mr. Rhonald Randolph at the school (205-373-6900) or at
home (205-367-7625) for information.
All political candidates are invited to attend this event. Come out and
support your community school! See you May 3.
Aliceville Middle School, 1000 Columbus Road, Aliceville, Alabama
35442, Ph. 205-373-6900
Sumter Fire Arts Council Presents Mississippi Symphony
On Thursday evening, April 24 the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra,
under the direction of Maestro Crafton Beck, will perform a concert of
orchestral favorites and light classics at the University of West Alabama
in Bibb Graves Auditorium.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the venue.
Sumter County Fine Arts Council members and UWA students are
admitted free. UWA students must provide a valid student I.D.
Farmers Market Nutrition Programs
The Goals of the Farmers market Nutrition Programs (FMNPs): To
provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fresh fruits,
vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and roadside stands to low-
income seniors and nutrionally at risk women and children.
To increase domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by
expanding or aiding in the expansion of farmers markets, roadside
stands, and community supported agriculture programs.
To develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers
markers, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture
programs. You can sign up to receive your vouchers by going to www.
fma.alabama.gov/seniornutrition or call and come by the Sumter County
Extension Office, 106 Hospital Drive, Livingston, Alabama 35470, 205-
652-9501, Willie Lampley.
SUPER Teacher Program applications due May 16
Deadline is nearing for applications to the SUPER Teacher Institutes.
Applications must be made by May 16.
SUPER Teacher Program provides graduate-level, content-rich,
professional development of the highest quality to outstanding 4th-12th
grade public and private school teachers, school librarians and
administrators who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of a
particular subject or theme within the humanities.
The 2014 institutes focus on topics such as WWI, Parisian culture, slave
narratives, Battle of Mobile Bay, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird,
digital humanities and social movements in Latin America.
SUPER participants are afforded a rare and invaluable opportunity to join
their peers and distinguished university professors in an intensive
exploration of curriculum-relevant topics through directed readings,
lectures, extensive analytical and critical discussions, film viewings,
writing exercises, field trips and cultural experiences.
Special Education Records To Be Destroyed
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has scheduled the
destruction of certain special education records for May 1, 2014.
Records to be destroyed pertain to special education complaints filed
between March 1, 2008, and March 31, 2009, special education
mediation records maintained between March 1, 2008, and March 31,
2009, and special education due process hearing requests filed between
January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2007.
If you are the parent of a child (or a student aged 19 or older, or a former
student aged 19 or older) involved in a special education complaint, a
special education mediation, or a due process hearing, with records
maintained at the ALSDE during this timeframe, you may request the
complaint records, mediation records, or due process hearing records,
pertaining to your child (or yourself), by mailing or faxing a signed, written
authorization to release the records to:
Ms. Camilla Gibson or Mr. Clark Waggoner, Alabama State Department
of Education, Special Education Services, P.O. Box 302101,
Montgomery, AL 36130-2101; Fax: (334) 242-9192.
The letter should include the student’s name, current mailing address,
and telephone number. Unless we receive a signed, written request for
the complaint records, mediation records, or due process hearing
records, these records will be destroyed on May 1, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact Ms. Gibson or Mr. Waggoner at
UAB 5th Statewide High School Programming Contest
On May 17 UAB Computer & Information Science Department will host its
fifth state-wide programming contest for high school students. Dr. Alan
Sprague, Professor of CIS invites teachers to encourage their talented
students in all high schools throughout the state to participate in this
competition. In the contest, students will be asked to demonstrate their
programming skills and problem solving abilities by attempting to solve
several programming problems within a three-hour period.
Awards and recognition will be given in both individual and team
categories. All participants will receive a participation certificate. For
more information contact Dr. Alan Sprague, Professor, CIS at
Send Us Your Black Belt Region Turkey Photos and Recipes
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is adding something new
to its annual Big Gobbler Turkey Photo Contest. Something tasty.
This year’s contest also gives you the chance to send in your favorite
recipe for turning your prized wild turkey kill into a delicious meal. And not
only will you get to show off your big bird and your recipe on ALBBAA’s
Facebook page, you also will get the opportunity to win a $100 gift
certificate from Bass Pro Shops.
Turkey season began March 15 and ends April 30. The Big Gobbler
Photo and the Wild Turkey Recipe contests run now through May 14.
The photo contest is open to anyone who bagged his or her bird in any
of the 23 counties that comprise Alabama’s Black Belt. The recipe
contest is open to anyone who lives or hunts in a Black Belt county.
Alabama Black Belt counties are Barber, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw,
Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes,
Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell,
Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.
To enter the photo contest, email your pictures to Amanda Ingram at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also text
them to her at 334-300-6616. There will be children and adult categories.
Be sure to include your name, age, hometown and the county in which
you harvested the turkey.
Wild Turkey Recipe contest entrants should also email or text their
recipes to Ingram. Photos of your turkey dish are helpful but optional. Be
sure to list any trimmings and side dishes. The recipes could be included
in a later cookbook featuring favorite Black Belt dishes.
Entries in both contests will be posted on the Alabama Black Belt
Adventures Association’s Facebook page, and the number of likes will
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is committed to
promoting and enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in
the Black Belt in a manner that provides economic and ecological
benefits to the region and its citizens.
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