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Around the Wiregrass

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Around the Wiregrass

SEPT. 16

The Dothan/Houston County Teacher Retirees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Wiregrass Rehab Center in Dothan. Meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with a buffet luncheon at a cost of $14. Money for the lunch should be mailed with the $10 membership fee to Nellwyn Peters by Sept. 3. If you did not receive a membership form, call Karol Tyler at 334-794-6205. Attendees are asked to support the group’s statewide project, Help Feed Alabama, by bringing a food donation to each meeting.

Mark Lowry will be live at the Ozark Civic Center on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. The Ozark Civic Center is located at 320 E. College St. Tickets are $15. The Voices of Mobile will open the night followed by Lowry and Endless Highway. Call 334-774-2618 for more information.

A tent revival will be held at the Tops Empowerment Center, 805 N. Lena St., in Dothan on Sept. 16-18 with services at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will Dr. Buford Smith on Thursday, Sister Freida Smith on Friday and Sister Roberta Thomas on Saturday. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 334-693-5199.

A book sale hosted by the Friends of the Library for the Dothan Houston County Library System will be held Sept. 16-25 at the Westgate Branch Library, 535 Recreation Road, in Dothan. A preview sale will be held Sept. 16 from 4-6 p.m. for current members of Friends of the Library. Anyone is welcome to join the Friends of the Library at the door with a minimum $5 membership. The sale is open to the public Sept. 17-25 during regular library hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. New and gently-used fiction and nonfiction books on a variety of subjects available with hardback books $2 each and paperback books $1 each. All children’s books are 50 cents each. Vintage books and vinyl records are individually priced. DVDs, CDs, and some non-book items are also available. Customers can stuff a provided large brown grocery sack full of books for $20. All items will be half price on Sept. 22 and 23; 25 cents on Sept. 24 and 25; and free on Sept. 28. Proceeds from the sale help support the Dothan Houston County Library System. For more information, contact or 334-796-1594.

SEPT. 18

Grimes Gospel Lighthouse, 1512 County Road 25, Grimes, will host Allen Sanders from Warrior, Sept. 18; and a local sing will be held Sept. 25. Music starts at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken. Call 334-983-4654 or 334-714-4658 for more information.

Aglow International will host a meeting on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at Christ Community Church located at 1303 E. Park Ave. in Enterprise. Guest speaker will be Terry Tripp, known for his ministry as well as for his time traveling and singing with his ministry family, the Laverne Tripp Family. For more information, call 334-406-9683.

SEPT. 19

Johns Chapel AME Church, 605 Geneva Highway, Enterprise, will host an appreciation service for Pastor Willie White Jr. and Patricia White on Sunday, Sept. 19. During the 10:45 a.m. service, the message will be delivered by White’s longtime friend, the Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Sherrod, presiding elder of the Dothan-Eufaula AME District. At 3 p.m., the Rev. LaKenya Anderson, pastor of New Mount Zion AME Church in Eufaula, will deliver the message during a special celebration service when the honorees will be showered with expressions of appreciation by members and friends. The public is invited. All COVID-19 health directives will be in place. Please see the church’s website for more info,, or call Nikki Mills at 334-389-6427, Marge Simmons at 334-477-1962 or Pastor White at 334-701-5853.

SEPT. 20 The Dale County Republican Party will meet Monday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at Hoppergrass restaurant in Ozark. Guest speakers will be Secretary of State John Merrill; Rep. Wes Allen, candidate for Secretary of State; Senate candidate Lynda Blanchard; and candidate for state auditor Andrew Sorrell. The public is invited to attend.

SEPT. 22

Wallace Community College will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinics Sept. 22 at both its Dothan and Eufaula campus. The clinics are open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dothan clinic will be held in the Community Enrichment Center, and the Eufaula clinic at the Sparks campus will be held in the Bevill Center. The clinics are held in partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health and will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Visit for more information.

SEPT. 23

The Wiregrass-Enterprise Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its monthly Lunch Program at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sep. 23, at the Enterprise Country Club. Because this is a new location for the NARFE Lunch Program, reservations are not necessary but are strongly recommended. Please make your reservation by email to or text to 334-447-8092. Guest speaker will be Debbie Grimes, facilitator of Grief Share, who will talk on this subject. Grief Share is a ministry that helps individuals cope after experiencing a death in the family or of a loved one. All federal employees, current or retired, are invited to attend any Enterprise NARFE Lunch Program regularly scheduled at 11 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Enterprise Country Club. For more information, contact the chapter’s president Frank Zerbinos by email at or text 334-447-8092. You may also visit

SEPT. 25

Landmark Park’s Peanut Boil will be Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m. Bring your picnic and lawn chairs for an after-hours peanut boil. Watch as peanuts are stacked the old fashioned way and listen to bluegrass music. Admission includes one free cup of boiled peanuts and costs $5 for adults, $4 for kids, free for park members and children 2 and under. Landmark Park is located at 430 Landmark Drive three miles north of Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle. For more information, call 334-794-3452 or visit

A beginning beekeeper course will begin Sept. 25 in Landmark Park’s Interpretive Center Auditorium. Additional classes will be held Oct. 2, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16. All four classes meet at 10 a.m. This course is designed to supply a novice beekeeper with all the information needed to take a colony from its inception through its first year. The fee for the course is $35, for which you will get all the handouts, a copy of “First Lessons in Beekeeping” and a year’s membership in the Wiregrass Beekeepers Association. Classes run for about two hours. A field session, held in October, will start at 1 p.m. at the bee yard at Landmark Park. Call Bill Miller at 334-794-8362 or email for more information.

SEPT. 30

The German Coffee Club will meet on Thursday, Sept. 30, at The Landing on Fort Rucker at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Marianne Owens at 334-389-1607or Chris Williams at 334-475-6388

An animal food and supply drive, hosted by 2021 International Girl Tiny Miss Annabelle Ingram, will be held through Sept. 30 with donated to benefit the Wiregrass Humane Society. The Tiny Miss winner has partnered with The Flour Sack Bakery as the drop-off site for donations. The Flour Sack is located at 286 Westgate Parkway and is open Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. For every donation dropped off at the bakery, your name will go into a drawing to win a $25 gift card to The Flour Sack Bakery. A nonprofit organization, the Wiregrass Humane Society is in constant need of both soft and hard pet food for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies as well as treats for both cats and dogs. Toys, collars, bowls and leashes are also in need as is laundry detergent, Clorox and Dawn dish soap. Other needed items include new or used towels, blankets, sheets and rags, paper towels, apple cider vinegar, tall trash bags and potty pads.

OCT. 1

Scarecrows in the Gardens will open on Oct. 1 at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens. The display, now in its 17th year, will be open to the public for the month of October. Scarecrows created by local businesses, schools, clubs and organizations will line the asphalt walk trails at the gardens, located off Headland Avenue. The botanical gardens are currently open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults with free admission to garden members and kids age 15 and younger. Annual garden memberships can be purchased in the Botanical Center or online at All visitors to the Gardens will enter through the Botanical Center. While masks are not required on the Garden grounds, visitors will need to wear a mask to enter the building. This year’s theme is “Every Day is a Holiday.” For more information, call 334-793-3224.

OCT. 1-4

The Wiregrass Master Gardeners Association will host a Fall Plant Sale starting Friday, Oct. 1, through Monday, Oct. 4. Times will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday. The sale will be located at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, 5130 Headland Ave. in0 Dothan. Admission is free. Fall is the time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs; all of these plants and more will be available at the sale.

OCT. 2

The 30th Claybank 5K Run, Walk and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, on the trail at Ed Lisenby Lake in Ozark. A Dothan Runners Club Grand Prix Race, all funds raised benefit the scholarship fund at Vivian B. Adams School. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the run. Entry fee is $20 if registered before Sept. 24 and $25 on race day. Checks can be mailed to Vivian B. Adams School, 2047 Stuart Tarter Road, Ozark, AL 36360. For race applications or sponsorship information, contact Susan Owens, Resource Coordinator, at 334-618-5189 or

Halloween Fun Fest and Zombie Run will be held at Landmark Park on Oct. 2, 4-8 p.m., and will feature a 5K Zombie Run plus kids’ activities, a corn maze, tractor treat, music, food and more. Preregistration required for the Zombie Run; call David at 334-794-3452 to register. Run registration includes entry to the Halloween Fun Fest. Landmark Park is located at 430 Landmark Drive three miles north of Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle. For more information, call 334-794-3452 or visit Regular daily admission is $4 for adults, $3 for kids and free for park members and children 2 and under.

OCT. 15-17

Landmark Park Quilt Show will be held Oct. 15-17 in conjunction with the park’s annual Fall Farm Day. This quilt show features over 100 antique and contemporary quilts displayed inside the Stokes Activity Barn. The juried show includes exhibits, door prizes, speakers and more. Open for viewing on Friday 1-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday 1-4 p.m. The park’s Fall Farm Day will be held Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., offering attendees the chance to see how peanuts were harvested in the Wiregrass nearly 100 years ago. Along with the quilt show, Fall Farm Day includes music, antique tractors, cane grinding, syrup making, butter churning, soap making and wagon rides. Landmark Park is located at 430 Landmark Drive three miles north of Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle. For more information, call 334-794-3452 or visit Regular daily admission is $4 for adults, $3 for kids and free for park members and children 2 and under.

OCT. 23

“Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Adventure” will bring the loveable, cheeky little piggy to live audiences at the Dothan Civic Center on Oct. 23 for a 60-minute live musical experience. For tickets and more information, including VIP Meet & Greet packages, visit

OCT. 28

Low Country Boil at Landmark Park will be Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. Shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and a blend of spices will simmer in a 60-gallon kettle for a mouthwatering dish. Advance tickets are required. The event also features music, a silent auction and hot dogs for the kids. For more info or to purchase tickets, call 334-794-3452. Tickets are $50 per person; $500 for a reserved table of 8; $5 for kids. Landmark Park is located at 430 Landmark Drive three miles north of Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle. For more information, call 334-794-3452 or visit

OCT. 30

CHARM Inc. will host Pawsfest 2021 on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the square in Headland. The event, a fundraiser to provide for the needs and medical care of the dogs at the Headland Animal Shelter, will include a pet pageant, vendors and a prize drawing. Visit for more details.

DEC. 11-12

The Wiregrass Steel Wheels Annual Model Railroad Show has been rescheduled for Dec. 11-12. The event, originally set for Sept. 18-19, will be held at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds on U.S. 231 South in Dothan.


The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens will offer special hands-on children’s programs in the garden’s Demonstration Garden on the second Saturday of October and November. Led by members of the Wiregrass Master Gardeners Association, the programs are designed for kids ages 7-11 and will feature activities such as picking peppers, digging potatoes, planting seeds, leaf rubbings and more. Programs will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. and participants will gather in the picnic pavilion. Cost of each program is $5 per person and registration must be in advance by visiting or by calling the garden office at 334-793-3224. All visitors to the Gardens will enter through the Botanical Center. While masks are not required on the Garden grounds, visitors will need to wear a mask to enter the building.

The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens and the Azalea-Dogwood Festival are hosting an online native azalea sale in September. The sale will feature approximately one dozen different species of native azalea, and proceeds will benefit the two organizations. Online sales end on Sept. 20 with pickup to be held at the Gardens on Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The pick-up will be held in conjunction with the Wiregrass Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale at DABG Oct 1-4. To view the selection or to place an order, visit The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens is located at 5130 Headland Ave. in Dothan. For more information, call 334-793-3224.

The Southeast Alabama Camellia Society will meet the first Tuesday of the month from 3-5 p.m. in the Farmhouse at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, 5130 Headland Ave. Meetings will be held from September through May. For more information, contact Linda or Bill Nichols at 334-677-3333.

Land of Cotton Smocking Guild meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at Piney Grove Assembly of God Church, 206 County Road 9 in Newton. The guild, created at the first of year, has begun a Wee Care Project, creating preemie gowns, garments for infants in NICU, and bereavement pouches. For more information, contact Carol Ann Pileggi at 850-516-9960 or Joann Carpenter at 334-790-8328.

The DAV van service for local veterans will make runs to Montgomery and Tuskegee on Mondays and Fridays. The van will leave from the Hardee’s restaurant on Rucker Boulevard in Enterprise at 5 a.m. and from the Dothan Civic Center at 5:30 a.m. Due to COVID restrictions, there is only space for four riders each trip. Veterans who need rides to VA hospitals in Montgomery or Tuskegee can call 334-308-2480 to reserve a seat on the Enterprise van or 334-446-0866 for the Dothan van.

Square Dancing will be held every Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Enterprise YMCA, located on Highway 27 across from Hobby Lobby in Enterprise. Singles and couples welcomed. Never danced? They’ll teach you. For more information, call 334-237-0466 or 334-347-4513.

Dothan Newcomers Club, a social organization, meets the first Thursday of the month in the Cultural Arts Center, 909 S. St. Andrews St., in Dothan. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. The group is open to individuals who have moved into Dothan or the Wiregrass within the past five years or who have faced a change in status (retirement, death of a spouse, divorce) within the past five years. For more information, visit, or Facebook @DothanNewcomers, or contact Elaine Brackin, president, via email at Due to COVID-19, masks are required to be worn, and social distancing is observed.

The Gen. William C. Oates Chapter No. 1342 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the second Thursday from September through May. Women ages 18 and older who have ancestors who fought in the Civil War are eligible for membership, and help will be provided to prove your first Confederate ancestor’s lineage. For meeting locations and information, call Ceya Minder at 334-794-7480 or email

The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Dothan Unit #87 will meet every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Harvest Church, located at 2727 Fortner St. in Dothan. The group will meet in the Main Café located in the church’s Building A. Call 334-596-9610 for more information.



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