An idea invested in by teenagers to combat childhood obesity has evolved into a movement.
The Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission provided a $400 grant to Jan Matthews with MTM Corporation for a walk that would target childhood obesity. The idea for a walk has transformed into Let’s Move Athens, a mission to promote a healthy lifestyle in four areas: fitness, finance, faith and family.
The Let’s Move Athens event will be Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at Athens High School’s stadium on U.S. 31. The event will include a Walk for Your Cause segment where participants can register to walk the stadium’s 1.5-mile track to raise awareness about their cause, for example Relay for Life or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Money raised from the walk will fund Limestone County Department of Human Resources foster care programs and the MTM Unsung Hero Scholarship Fund. The cost to walk is $10 per person or $8 per person for teams.
In addition, vendors will provide information related to fitness, finance, faith and family with the emphasis being to gear that information for youth.
“Let's Move Athens has become an initiative to bring awareness to obesity and hunger in our community as well as bringing all our resources and services together,” Matthews said. “Our takeaway is we hope those who are struggling with obesity, hunger, fitness, finance, faith and family walk away inspired to do more and to be so very proud of the City of Athens.”
Earlier this year, the Dekko Foundation sent Mayor Ronnie Marks $3,500 to empower youth as part of its 35th anniversary celebration. Mayor Marks gave the funds to the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission. The students from Athens High, Athens Bible, Lindsay Lane Christian Academy and home school programs voted to distribute $3,000 as grants to non-profit groups that had a project designed to improve the city. MTM Corporation received one of the grants.
The Athens-Limestone Hospital Wellness Center has agreed to do a $500 sponsorship to support efforts and will be one of the vendors providing information geared to youth.
“To see that our grant is going to such a great organization and that the event is getting community support shows me that the youth of Athens really want to get involved in the growth of our city,” said Athens High student Sabrina Young, a member of the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission.
Mayor Marks commended the Youth Commissioners on how they decided to invest the Dekko Foundation funds to further support the community.
“Their grants have benefited the arts, Girl Scouts and a Hospice program for grieving children,” he said. “Now their investment in Let’s Move Athens has spurred additional financial support from our hospital and an opportunity to raise funds for DHR’s foster children and the graduating seniors who receive Unsung Hero scholarships. I’ll take that return on an investment any day.”
Those interested in sponsoring the event, being a vendor or registering to walk can call Matthews at 256-874-2941 or email her.
ATHENS, Ala. - The Athenian Players of Athens State University will present Verdigris, a play by Jim Beaver, directed by Dr. Hugh K. Long. This will be the Athenian Players’ first performance in the new Studio Theatre of the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur.
“This is an amazing contemporary play and we are thrilled to be able to perform it to inaugurate our new space,” said Long. “Jim Beaver is a well-known actor and playwright and we are honored that he has selected the Athenian Players to bring his characters to life.”
The play centers around Margaret Fielding who has spent her entire adult life in a wheelchair. But that doesn't stop her from throwing the lives of a half-dozen people into the air and twirling them like saucers in a circus act. "Verdigris" can be defined as corrosion, but it also glows with beauty. Verdigris -- a word you may not know. A story you'll never forget.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. A Sunday matinee will be performed at 1:30 p.m. on November 13. All performances will be in the Studio Theatre of the Phase II Building of the Alabama Center for the Arts.
Verdigris writer Jim Beaver is an American actor, playwright, screenwriter, and film historian. He is most familiar to worldwide audiences as the gruff but tenderhearted Bobby Singer in Supernatural. He also played Whitney Ellsworth on the HBO Western drama series Deadwood, a starring role which brought him acclaim and a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for Ensemble Acting after three decades of supporting work in films and TV.
Admission is $15 for general admission, $10 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. Tickets are available at the door, at the box office or online
Limestone County is fortunate to be surround on three sides by prime fishing waters. The mighty Tennessee River expanse known as Wheeler Lake bounds the county to the south and the Elk River wraps the western and northern boundaries of the county. With warm air temperatures but cooling waters... the conditions are perfect for a little angling.
Both waterways boast rocky outcroppings, shallow grass, and sudden depression -- all perfect for fishing Bass. The Elk River boast additional feeder waters as well as log jams, stumps, residential piers, bridge abutments, and other underwater obstacles great for angling Smallmouth Bass.
The Bass population is diverse in Limestone County's waters -- Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass and Spotted Bass. Anglers can also enjoy the challenge of Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Bream, Crappie and Sauger as well. The rich waters of Wheeler Lake and the Elk River draw anglers from all over to practice in the "off-season" of the professional circuits.
Anglers in the Limestone County waterways are often surprised by the schooling of Bass around grassy shallows that can often occur without notice during the Fall and Winter months. Record sized Bass have been caught in Fall and throughout most of Winter due to these unusual conditions and schooling behavior. Crankbaits, spinner baits, rattling lipless lures and simulated bait lures are proven to be effective in the Fall as the schooling baitfish are prominent in the shallows and confluences on Wheeler Lake.
Boat ramps are found along the Limestone County side of Tennessee River/Wheeler Like and portions of the Elk River. Lucy's Branch Marina offers transient slips, fuel, food, repairs and more at mile marker 287 on the Tennessee River/Wheeler Lake. Limestone County's Lucy's Branch Park also has a one-lane boat ramp into the same bay as Lucy's Branch Marina. Limestone County's Arrowhead boat ramp, south of Mooresville Alabama on the western side of Limestone Bay, is down a dirt road winding through farmland that can be difficult to reach during or after high water events. The Elk River boat ramps share with the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail. Below is a map featuring the ramps and their locations for the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail.
The talented marvels known as Three on a String will be at the 10th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival October 20th – 22nd in Athens, Alabama. This vaudevillian-like act has been on their anniversary tour performing to sold out audiences – making this appearance very special opportunity for fans and non-fans alike.
The men behind Three on a String’s eclectic and colorful performances are an amazing ensemble of experience and talent. Jerry Ryan, formerly a teacher, coach and principal left behind his academic career for his dream of performing as guitarist, vocalist, harmonica player and funny man extraordinaire. Bobby Horton started with boyhood trumpet lessons and now has over 20 instruments to his repertoire which has led him to balancing his demand as a professional Civil War musician sought after by Ken Burns and maintaining his position as a Three on a String staple. Brad Ryan might be known locally for the Rick and Bubba theme and even more so abroad for touring Scotland with Michael Adler Ministries but old and new fans have come to love his wit and humor in his comedy bits.
Three on a String will be joined by storytellers Donald Davis, Andy Offut Irwin, Dolores Hydock and Michael Reno Harrell during the 10th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival from October 18th to October 22nd in downtown Athens, Alabama.
The storytelling kicks off Tuesday, October 18th under the big tent with the 5th Annual Dan Williams’ Local Teller night. The amateurs take the stage starting at 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $5.00 per person.
For schedule, ticket and teller information click here
Dolores Hydock, a Pennsylvania native, calls Birmingham Alabama home when she’s not touring the world or filming. Dolores was bitten by the storytelling bug at an early age – only 5 years of age to be precise. A tiny framed girl took the stage at a Reading storytelling competition and she walked away a giant with the blue ribbon and her desires set on the performing arts.
Dolores Hydock has gone on to perform in one-woman plays, teach acting, and produce ten award winning CD’s featuring her original stories. She’s been the featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee as well as the Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Dolores’s tremendous success is mirrored by her tremendous imagination.
Dolores isn’t a stranger under the storytelling tent in Athens, she last appeared at the Athens Storytelling Festival in 2012. Attendees of the 10th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival will enjoy her return as they are woven into the tapestry of her tales and caught up in her contagious excitement as she burst with energy and motion on the stage.
The 10th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival will occur from October 18th to October 22nd in downtown Athens, Alabama. For schedule, ticket and teller information, visit their website here