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Huntsville Parks & Rec After School Program enrollments are open
The City of Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation Department is bringing back last year’s hugely successful after-school program. The program begins Monday, August 8th and will continue throughout the academic year at select community and recreation centers in Huntsville.
The program, which runs Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., includes homework time, art, snacks, physical activities and more for students in grades 1 through 6 attending Huntsville City Schools. Trained staff will direct all programming.
The fee to attend the after-school program is $20 per week per student or $10 per week for siblings. Payments can be made weekly. The first payment must be received prior to the child’s entry date.
Online registration begins Monday, July 25 at 8 a.m. at HuntsvilleAL.gov/afterschool and will continue through Monday, August 15. Places are limited so families wishing to register are urged to do so as soon as possible. Applicants can also print the online form and drop it off at their chosen recreation center. A registration form must be filled out for each participating child.
The program is offered at the following facilities:
- Brahan Spring recreation center
- Cavalry Hill Community Center
- dr Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center
- dr Robert Shurney Legacy Center
- Fern Bell Recreation Center
- Recreation Center Mark Russell
Friends of the Library 25 cent book sale
Friends of the Library is hosting a 25¢ book sale at the Madison and Downtown Huntsville Libraries on Saturday, July 22 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Limestone County Christmas Theme Vote
This year you can choose from:
- The Music of Christmas
- A Christmas tradition
- Christmas in Candyland
- Christmas now & then
- Dreaming of a white Christmas
Voting in Round 1 will begin at 12 noon on Monday, July 18, 2022 and end at midnight on Saturday, July 23, 2022. If you are interested in voting, you can vote here.
The top 3 will then advance to Round 2. Round 2 begins on Monday 25 July 2022 at 12 noon and ends on Saturday 30 July 2022 at midnight. The topic will be announced on August 1, 2022.
Brooke Pettus, Athens-Limestone County Chamber Programs and Events Manager, is excited to start this voting period.
“I encourage the community to vote for their favorite topic and get excited for the holiday season,” said Pettus. “The Chamber and our community partners are preparing for an exciting Christmas celebration in Limestone County.”
This is SO Art Craft Corner
If you’re feeling smart this summer, there’s a place to stop by downtown Athens. The owner, Sara Ogles, has just started a new initiative called the Craft Corner, where you can come and get free art supplies or donate art supplies you no longer need. “I really hope it will bring all the artists of Athens together because some of us are up here in the square and I think we can do so much more together if we get together to make something cool rather than in to keep our own isolated pods. So I really hope it will just be a nice little union for all of us.
Ogles says this was inspired by a TikTok trend and the traditional “pick up a book” and “leave a book” idea, but with art supplies instead. She hopes to have this craft corner up and running by the end of July and welcomes donations during her opening hours every Friday from 10am to 5pm.
How to vote for Madison Google Doodle finalist Sophia Ewing
The polls are now open to help a Madison City student win the national Doodle for Google contest and get her creation displayed on Google for millions of viewers.
Sophia Ewing, an aspiring fifth grader at Heritage Elementary, was the state winner and is now one of five national finalists.
You can access the public vote on the Doodle for Google website
(https://doodles.google.com/d4g/) from noon today (July 7) local time to Wednesday, July 13, 2 a.m. local time.
Anyone can vote, but only once. A finalist will be selected from five K-12 grade groups. Sophia is in the grades 4-5 group. Scholarship funds and a technology package for the school go to the winner.
Free prostate cancer screening
On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the Urology Health Foundation will be hosting a free prostate cancer screening for men age 40 and older in Huntsville, Alabama from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Madison County Health Department at 301 Max Luther Drive, NW . Face masks are required. No appointments are required.
Huntsville Hospital Toy Drive
Christmas is in July! The Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children Child Life team needs toys for pediatric patients ages 0-19. You can share joy when you give away a toy through our online toy promotion.
All you have to do is shop from the online wish list and your purchase will be shipped directly to the hospital. Start at bit.ly/HHregistry.
OneGenAway Backpack and Grocery Box Giveaway
One Generation Away and the City of Huntsville Youth Program are working together to help Huntsville families prepare for school as the summer draws to a close.
OneGenAway will be bringing its mobile pantry to Calhoun Community College on Saturday, July 16, where individuals and families will have the opportunity not only to receive a load of groceries, but also a backpack and school supplies, thanks to Community Awareness For Youth (CAFY). .
OneGenAway will bring enough groceries to feed over 300 families, and CAFY will provide 750 backpacks of back-to-school essentials for those in need.
The mobile pantry and backpack giveaway will be held in the college parking lot at 102 Wynn Drive Northwest in Huntsville from 9am to 10:30am or while supplies last. Volunteers start sorting and organizing groceries and backpacks at 7:30am. No registration is required for acceptance or volunteering.
The Suicide Awareness Walk is taking place this Friday (July 8) at Swann Creek Park in Athens, Alabama. The walk is organized by a local family who lost a beloved family memory through suicide. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide and to help foster a culture where people can find comfort and support in each other to remove the stigma that suicide can have. Please note the press release and the attached flyer.
Location: Swan Creek Park, 101 Hwy 31 S, Athens, AL..
Date: Friday 8 July 2022
Time: 4-8 p.m. The hike starts at 7:00 p.m.
Huntsville Police Family Fun Night
The Huntsville (HPD) North Precinct Police Department is hosting a fun family night. There will be bouncy castles, kickball and outdoor games, and a live DJ. Come by and enjoy complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and more.
WHO: Huntsville Police
WHAT: Family Fun Night
IF: Thursday, July 7, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
WHERE: dr Robert Shurney Legacy Center, 3011 Sparkman Dr. NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
Huntsville Police Dept. Back to School Supply Drive
The Huntsville Police Department (HPD) hosts their annual Back-to-School Supply Drive in July. The department is seeking donations of backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, notebooks, cleaning supplies and toiletries. HPD is also sourcing coats for students during the winter months. Materials will be donated to Huntsville City Schools and distributed to teachers and students throughout the year.
Donations can be made at the following locations until Friday, July 29:
Public Safety Complex: 815 Wheeler Ave., Huntsville, AL
North County: 4014 N. Memorial Pkwy, Huntsville, AL
South District: 7900 Bailey Cove Road, Huntsville, AL West District: 2110 Clinton Ave., Huntsville, AL
City Hall: 308 Fountain Circle, Huntsville, AL
Drake State STEM summer camps
Middle and high school students can learn new technological skills to design and build robots at Drake State Community and Technical College this summer.
Meta Middle School Robotics Summer Camp
Thanks to Drake State’s 2022 Meta Community Action Grant, aspiring 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will spend a week building and programming solar robots.
When: July 11 – July 14 Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Drake State (3421 Meridian St.) Application Deadline: extended to July 7
MUREP Robotics Bootcamp for high school students
High school students can register for the Robotics Bootcamp through NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). This boot camp teaches students the basics of robotics and allows them to take part in a design challenge to build a simple radio controlled robot chassis. There are only a few places available.
When: July 9 Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm Where: Drake State (3421 Meridian St.)
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Crawfish Festival at Toyota Field
The Rocket City Trash Pandas are excited to announce all the details for the 2022 Crawfish Festival, which kicks off Saturday, July 2nd, Independence Day weekend at Toyota Field
Toyota Field gates will open at 4pm for the Crawfish Festival. Advance tickets, available through June 25, are $30 and include a crawfish platter. Advance tickets, which include festival admission only, are $10. Tickets on the day of the event are $15, and crawfish are sold at the ballpark. On the day of the event, guests can purchase crawfish at J&J Seafood and Bubba Luke’s for $20. Tickets are available now and can be purchased HERE.
There will be competitions for fans to participate in, including crayfish-eating, hot-dog-eating, watermelon-eating, sack races, and a hula-hoop contest.
Activities and bouncy castles are open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. B. A 30ft Radical Obstacle Course, Rocket Combo Bounce House, Excalibur Bounce House, Front Loader Combo Bounce House. Activities for fans of all ages include Putt Putt, Cornhole, Volleyball, Top Toss, Kan-Jam, Giant Kick Croquet, Shuffle Board, the Main Event Kids Zone, and a Mojo Speed Pitching Machine.
A wide variety of food trucks will be available to fans including Hippea Camper, Mac N Snacks, Thai Food Truck, Forever Grateful, Nomads Road Dogs, Kona Ice and Bill’s Lemonade. Live entertainment features a performance by the Zydeco Band from 4:30pm to 6:30pm followed by the Pat Jammar Band from 7pm to 9pm
At 9:00 p.m., an incredible fireworks display will light up the sky of Rocket City to end the night’s celebrations.
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