Community Calendar for April 15

April 16

Hartselle City Schools’ early release for April 16 has been cancelled. It will be a normal school day.


Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Celia M. Fernandez, M.D., Rheumatologist is hosting the program, Understanding and Managing Arthritis, Thurs., April 16, at 11:30 a.m. The program with lunch is $5 for WomenFirst & SeniorChoice members and $8 for others. Reserve your spot online at or call (256) 737-2600.


April 17

Hartselle City Schools will be in session April 17. This day is a make-up weather day.


Calhoun Community College’s 25th annual Gospel Fest will be Fri., April 17 in the Grand Foyer of Calhoun’s campus at 6 p.m. The concert is free and refreshments will be served. It will feature the fourth annual Calhoun Gospel Workshop Choir and the Calhoun Chorale.


April 18

The Hartselle Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will host a handgun safety class Sat., April 18 at 8 a.m. in the Sherrill Street facility. Information and a link to online registration can be found at


April 18-25

The Hartselle Beautification Association will host the Take Pride Hartselle 2015 Campaign April 18-25 as part of the Great American Clean-Up event this year. A kickoff event will be April 18 from 9-11 a.m. at Sparkman Park with Sen. Arthur Orr. Participants will be able to register for prizes, including a $500 cash prize. The first 100 to register will receive a special prize. Participants do not have to live within the Hartselle city limits. The prize drawing will be April 27 on 105.7 WQAH Hartselle Radio. For more information, call Carolyn Wallace at 256-773-0300.


April 19

The April meeting of the Decatur Music Club will be April 19 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, located at 3310 Danville Road SW in Decatur. The program will be of the winners of the scholarship auditions and a bell choir directed by Linda Guyton. The public is invited. For further information, call Barbara Pettey, 256-355-7382.


A spring clothing give-away will be Sun., April 19, from 12 to 5 p.m. and Mon., April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at Talucah Volunteer Fire Department. All types of clothing will be free. Pleasant Acres SDA Church Community Services Department will sponsor the give-away.


April 20

The Hartselle Board of Education will have its regular meeting April 20 at 6 p.m. at Hartselle Intermediate School.


Hartselle Board of Zoning and Adjustment meeting has been rescheduled for April 20 at 5 p.m.


The Bosom Buddies Support Group offers support to individuals affected by breast cancer. Their next meeting will be Mon., April 20 from 6-8 p.m. in Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Ave Maria Room in Professional Office Building 2. For more information, call 256-737-2600.


April 21

Hartselle Parks and Recreation will have a Pinterest party to paint door hangers, April 21 at 6 p.m. The theme will be a chalkboard rooster hanger and a frog. Participants must register by April 17 and pay a fee a $15 per project at Sparkman Civic Center. Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult taking the class.


Cullman Regional Medical Center will host a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers Tues., April 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Westminster Assisted Living, 1020 Olive St. SW, Cullman. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jane Burchfield at 256-737-2033 or


Priceville Elementary School is hosting a Kids Walk for Diabetes Tues., April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the football field track. They will hopefully raise $1,200 and awareness to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.


April 23

The Priceville Public Safety Department will have a gun safety program April 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bill Dinsmore Community Center located on Alabama 67. Topics covered in the class include law/eminent danger by Sheriff Ana Franklin, 911 response by Cpl. Herman Davis and choice of weapons and ammunition review by Councilman Jerry Welch. Class participants will also receive assistance in concealed weapons permit applications, visually inspect weapons for unsafe conditions, collect old ammunition for disposal and issue free gun safety locks. The course is open to all Morgan County residents. Youth must be accompanied by parents. Contact Jerry Welch at 256-355-7604 for more information.


The Adult Diabetes Support Group will meet April 23 from 6-8 p.m. in Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Ave Maria Room in Professional Office Building 2. Certified diabetes educators Lisa Ellard, CRNP, CDE and Kim Addison, M.Ed. RD, CDE will lead the group. For more information, call 256-737-2025.


April 25

East Highland Baptist Church is hosting its 16th annual East Highland Baptist Youth Missions Trip Golf Tournament April 25 at 8 a.m. at Chesley Oaks Course in Cullman. Mulligans and power drives are available. Proceeds go toward the youth missions trip June 28. Entry fees are $55 per player and $270 per team, including game, cart, lunch and prizes. For more information, contact East Highland at 256-773-4157 or Sam at 256-221-0809.


May 1

The annual Somerville Celebration Festival will be Fri., May 1. There will be food, a 5k and one-mile fun run, antique car show and fireworks. Live music will be provided by Wayne Abbott as Willie Nelson, Garrett and Briana Dean and the Fellowship Quartet. Vendors set up by 3 p.m., the music and 5k start at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Parking is free and there is no entry fee. All proceeds will benefit the renovation of the historic Somerville Courthouse. Vendor space is available and race sign-ups are ongoing. For more information, call Town Hall at 256-778-8282.


May 2-3

The Morgan County Master Gardeners Association will host a plant sale Sat., May 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., May 3 from 1-4 p.m. at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, behind the Home Depot in Decatur. This annual sale will feature unusual plants, houseplants, succulents, annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, wildflowers and mixed containers. There will also be hanging baskets and containers ready for gift-giving. Vendors will have specialty plants and items for the home and yard.


May 9

Hartselle Junior High School’s IMPACT program will host the Jennifer Burks Memorial Run 5k and one-mile fun run Sat., May 9. Registration is going on now, and entry fees are $20 and $10 for the 5k and one-mile fun run, respectively. The race will begin at HJHS. Late registration and packet pickup will be $5 more Fri., May 8, at the Pettey Center from 4-7 p.m. and Sat., May 9 from 6:45-7:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the IMPACT Wellness Initiative.


May 14

The Morgan County Board of Education will meet May 14 at 5:30 p.m.


May 16

The Pilot Club of Decatur will host its 11th annual Charity Golf Tournament May 16 at Point Mallard Golf Course. The four-man scramble will have a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Lunch will be at noon. Driving range practice will start at 7 a.m. The $300 ($75 per person) entry fee is due May 11. Prizes will be given to the top three teams in each flight. Awards will also be given for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Players could win a car with a hole-in-one for a specific par three. Proceeds will go to Camp ASCCA, BrainMinders, Wii FIT Program, Project Lifesaver and other charities. For more information, call BJ, Sonja or Roxie at 256-686-3306.


May 19

The Hartselle Board of Education will have its regular meeting May 19 at 6 p.m. at the central office.


June 15

The Hartselle Board of Education will have its regular meeting June 15 at 6 p.m. at the central office.


July 13

The Hartselle Board of Education will have its regular meeting July 13 at 6 p.m. at the central office.


All month

Water Aerobics classes will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:50 to 7:50 a.m. beginning June 2 at the Hartselle Aquatic Center. The fee is $25 per month or $5 per visit.


Morgan County Humane Society, located at 86 Gum Springs Cut Off Road, is a no-kill animal shelter. It meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the shelter. For more information, call 256-773-7222.


Volunteer entertainment is needed at Columbia Cottage in Hartselle. Gospel or country singers, instrumentalists, comedians, speakers, home schoolers, children or youth groups are welcome. Contact Penny Vest at 751-4809 or 502-1491.


A cancer support group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Place building. Any person with any type of cancer is invited to attend. For more information, call 784-5694.


Hartselle’s New Beginnings Quilt Guild meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Farm Service Agency office on Alabama 36 west of downtown Hartselle. It is open to all who are interested in quilt making, The guild is focused on beginning quilt makers to help them learn how to make a new block each month and new techniques used to make them. For more information, call 482-3971.


Weight Watchers classes meet on Mondays at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at Sparkman Civic Center with weigh-ins beginning 30 minutes prior to each meeting. Call 1-800-651-6000 for more information.


The Decatur IAAP Chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month at Decatur Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are required. Administrative/clerical professionals and students are invited. For more information, call Cindy Anders at 351-1623 or email


Baton classes meet Mondays at 5 p.m. at the Sparkman Civic Center. The class is for age 6 and older. The fee is $40 per month.


Youth tumbling classes meet Mondays at 4 p.m. at Sparkman Civic Center. The class is for ages 3-12. The fee is $40 per month.


Priceville Palace hosts a big band swing dance with the Sophisticated Swingers on the first Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Every Saturday night Glenn Wood and the Crosscut Band is featured. A free couples dance class is held on the first and third Saturdays from 6 to 7 p.m. You do not have to have a partner to participate. For more information, call 256-353-4362.


All mothers of active duty reserve or honorably discharged military service members are invited to attend monthly meetings of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. The Morgan County Chapter meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church in Hartselle.


The Hartselle Chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Mondays at 8 p.m.; Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at noon and 8 p.m.; Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.; Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m. The Friday meeting is a smoking meeting. The meetings take place at 527 South Sparkman Street. Call 773-3031 for information.


A “North Alabama Board Gamers” group is forming. You can join the group or just get more information online at


TOPS – Interested in learning how to lose weight? Join Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS.) every Monday at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, Hartselle. For more information, contact Doris Chapman 773-9358


The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 2214 hosts a dance every Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. at 112 Veterans Drive in Cullman with the “Always Country Band” featuring Jerrold Burns from Country Boy Eddie’s Band. Admission is $4. For information, call 796-9111.


Hartselle Kiwanis Club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at noon at Sedona Steak House.


Hartselle’s Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Freight House Restaurant.


Sparkman Civic Center offers birthday bash celebrations. Cost is $100. It includes party room at Sparkman Civic Center, themed invitations, themed decorations, plates, cups, napkins, eating utensils, party favors, games, activities and two party coordinators. All you need to supply is cake and refreshments. Space is limited, so register early. Party days are Monday through Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 256-773-2581.


Women’s yoga classes will meet on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. at Sparkman civic center. The fee is $25 per month.


The Hartselle Hope AL-Anon Family Group, located at 527 Sparkman St. in Hartselle, meets Mondays at 8 p.m., Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at noon and 8 p.m., Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m. The Ala-Teen Family Group meets Fridays at 7 p.m. For more information, call 1-888-425-0775.


AARP Chapter 1831 meets the first Tuesday of every month except July, at the Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, located 721 Pickens St. SW in Hartselle, at 10 a.m.


Falkville VFW, located at 784 Culver Road, hosts bingo every Tuesday and Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 256-784 5747.


Dale Serrano Dance Studio meets Monday nights at Sparkman Civic Center. For more information, call 205-822-6378.


Weight Watchers meets on Monday nights with weigh-in at 5 p.m. followed by a meeting at 5:30 p.m. The fee is $13 per week. For more information, call Weight Watcher at 1-800-651-6000.


Women’s aerobics classes meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at Sparkman Civic Center. The fee is $25 per month.


Senior Nutrition Center, also known as the Hartselle Senior Center is the place for friendly visiting, serious Rook and Canasta, a loud game of Texas spinner dominoes, sing-a-longs, informative chats and so much more. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Groups also participate in evening supper bus trips. Registered participants are welcome to stay for lunch provided by the Commission on Aging. For more information or for transportation, call Dan Price at 256-773-0786.


Hartselle Civitan Club meets the first and third Monday at 6 p.m. in Sparkman Civic Center Room 10. The club works with Civitan International to support and work with people in our community with mental and physical disabilities and support the Civitan International Research Center in Birmingham. Civitan is the only civic club with a research center. Hartselle Civitan Club was responsible for starting the Special Needs Accessible Playground located directly behind the Sparkman Civic Center. Along with Woodmen of the World, they also do the Avenue of Flags along U.S. 31 in Hartselle. For more information, contact secretary Rita Sims at 256-773-5904.




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At a Glance

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Morgan EMA receives grant for weather radios

At a Glance

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8th annual 9/11 vigil to be held at Hartselle Tabernacle


Local author holds book signing  


Randolph aims to grow FFA at Hartselle High  


Falkville High School celebrates 100 years 


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