Santa Claus will be checking with his favorite youngsters in Limestone County twice in the month of December. This FREE, Quality of Life, event will formally open on Saturday December 3rd, 2016 at Big Spring Memorial Park from 5-7pm with Santa available for photos. This family event is supported by Lowe’s of Athens, Athens Parks and Rec, Athens Mayor’s Office, Athens-Limestone County Tourism, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and Spirit of Athens. Santa will make another appearance on Dec. 17th and read “The Night Before Christmas” for the children.
The North Pole Stroll trees will be decorated with strings of solar lights and will portray a theme. The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter are accepting donations to place your pet’s picture on one of their two trees, in ‘Memory’ or in “Honor”. The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Office has decorated their tree in the theme, “A Look Back at 2016” in pictures of events from this past year. Your theme could be your interests or business.
This project would not be possible without the efforts of our Athens Parks and Recreation installation of the live trees. Athens-Limestone Tourism Association President, Teresa Todd, said the goal is to double the number of trees from last year and have enough trees to decorate both sides of the Duck Pond. Tree sponsorships are available until December 10th or until all the trees are sponsored. To purchase your tree, call the Tourism Office at 256-232-5411.
Tree sponsorships are available for $100. Businesses can decorate their own tree or we will contact a non-profit to decorate for them. Tree sponsors will receive signage at their tree and their logo will be placed on the North Pole Stroll Facebook and their website.
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful will have their snowman family to return was an additional photo station. KALB Executive Coordinator Lynne Hart and their volunteers created the snowman family from recycled tires. Their theme for this year will be, “Tired of Waiting for Santa.”
Decoration and sale of trees will continue till the 10th of December. Visit our Facebook page to see our clever sponsors.
Donnell House annual event, "The Festival of Trees", is here.
Make plans to visit and enjoy the exquisite holiday decorations in each room of our beloved, historical home. How fortunate we are to have such creative, talented volunteers to decorate the Donnell House each year!
" Festival of Trees" dates :
November 18-27 4:00-6:00
Saturday-Sunday 2:00-6:00. $5.00 per person
2016 marks the 12th year of the Chappell Karate Basket Brigade, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission has been to personally deliver food baskets throughout the year as well as just in time for Christmas to needy families in a 5-county (Morgan, Madison, Limestone, Lawrence, and Cullman) area. The goal (390 baskets) is two-fold. This is an absolutely amazing community event because we wish to help local families, and just as important, we want to provide a firsthand experience to all of the volunteers, but especially to the children.
A typical dinner throughout the year includes various meats, vegetables, desserts, soft drinks, and a Bible. A typical dinner at Christmas will include a 10-12 lb. turkey, boxed stuffing, several vegetables, rolls, roasting pan, a desert, soft drinks, and most importantly, a Bible. Each box costs $45.
The Brigade is accepting donations from individuals as well as businesses any time throughout the year, but particularly now until mid-December because on Saturday, December 17th beginning at 11am, volunteers will meet at the OWO Recreation Center in Hartselle to package the food into "baskets" and then personally deliver them to families in need, just in time for Christmas.
The Brigade is totally funded by individuals, local businesses, and some big businesses. The Brigade is currently accepting monetary donations by either mail or online. Donations may be mailed to CKBB, P.O. Box 268, Falkville, AL 35622 or anyone may go online, click on the Donate button, and follow the simple steps. The Brigade is also accepting non-perishable item donations. The main non-perishable currently needed are boxed stuffings, cranberry sauces, and KJV Bibles. If you have any questions or need more info, please feel free to visit our website, www.chappellkaratebasketbrigade.com.
Donna Chappell, 256-751-3325, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Bussey, 256-612-4438, email@example.com
Pamela Dodgen, 256-303-6394, firstname.lastname@example.org
2015: A total of 389 dinners were delivered all over north Alabama.
2014: Food boxes began to be delivered year-round (not just at Christmas-time). 352 dinners were delivered to families all over north Alabama.
2013: 317 dinners were delivered to families all over north Alabama.
2012: Chappell Karate Basket Brigade became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
2005: The first year for the Brigade. Our goal was to deliver 15 dinners, however, enough money was raised to deliver 78 dinners.
Historic Mooresville Holiday Home Tour and Progressive Dinner
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2 to 7 PM
The 50 residents of Historic Mooresville, incorporated in 1818, invite you to celebrate the season with a tour of the 1839 Brick Church, 1820 Stagecoach Tavern, 1840 Post Office and four private homes, all decorated in the tradition of Christmas past. Check-in begins at 2:00 PM at the Stagecoach Tavern where you will receive a map and begin your walk through the beautifully decorated village. Homes plus the unique shops will be open 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Salad in the Brick Church. Two seatings for dinner catered by Endless Catering - 3:30 to 4:30 and 5:00 to 6:00 in the festive town square, and coffee and dessert at the Peebles' Barn - 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Tickets are limited. Reservations and payment required in advance and available via PayPal on the website - www.mooresvilleal.com, click on "Holiday Dinner" in the menu bar at top of page, or by mailing a check to PO Box 17, Mooresville, AL 35649 with your seating time. $70 per person. 256-355-2683.