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AROUND THE WIREGRASS

Around the Wiregrass

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Around the Wiregrass

JULY 28

The Disabled American Veterans Wiregrass Chapter 99, located in New Brockton, will meet Thursday, July 28, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the New Brockton Senior Center and will include elections for chapter officers for the upcoming year. All members that can attend are asked to attend. For more information, contact Charles Lobdell at 334-718-5707 or Mike Doran at 334-406-6700.

The Entrepreneurship Council will hold a seminar Thursday, July 28, at the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Topic will be “Financing Opportunities for Small Business,” with Jeff Williams of SmartBank, Brent McMahan of SBA, Beau Strong of Southern Development, and Rachel Armstrong of Southeast Alabama Regional Planning. Open to everyone; $10 donation. The council is a 501©(3) organization. Sign up at entrepreneurshipcouncil.org.

JULY 29

Watermelon Spittin’ & Eatin’ Contest will be held July 29 at 5 p.m. during the Headland Farmers Market on the square in Headland.

Esperanto-Klubo will meet Friday, July 29, at Mural City Coffee Company, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Attendees will talk and share in Esperanto. Ekzercu la esperantan kun la plej bonaj kafo kaj teo en la urbo. Sercu la flagon de Universitato Troy. Senpaga, malfermita al ciuj. Kontakto: vossr@troy.edu.

JULY 30

Grimes Gospel Lighthouse, 1512 County Road 25, Grimes, will host David Frost of Ozark on July 30; Billy Gene Dickerson of Ashford, Aug. 6; Southern Harmony of Panama City, Aug. 13; local talent on Aug. 20 with 6 p.m. dinner; and Walter Wilson of Dothan, Aug. 27. Music starts at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken. Call 334-983-4654 or 334-714-4658 for more information.

AUG. 5

Club de Español will meet Friday, Aug. 5, at Mural City Coffee Company, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Participants will practice Spanish through talk and games. Practiquen español con el mejor café y té de la ciudad. Busquen la bandera de la Universidad de Troy. Gratis, abierto a todos. Contacto: vossr@troy.edu.

AUG. 9

A free question and answer seminar for veterans seeking answers about benefits will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan at 1231 Fortner St. The seminar is for veterans who are having difficulty filing VA claims, for those seeking answers about dependent eligibility for spouse or widow, or those wanting to know if they have a disability eligible for a VA claim. Other subjects may be open for discussion. Any active duty or veterans are welcome and there is no charge. For more information, contact CW4 (Retired) Michael Hipwell at 334-790-8344.

AUG. 12

Hoobler Music and the Enterprise Music Club presents “Beautiful Noise, The Album” concert on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at Hoobler Music. The four-piece band features local musicians. The concert includes other music of Neil Diamond as well. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 334-390-1009.

Club Français will meet Friday, Aug. 12, at Mural City Coffee Company, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Participants will practice French through talk and games. Pratiquez français avec le meilleur café et thé en ville. Cherchez la bannière de l’Université de Troy. Gratuit, ouvert à tous. Contact: vossr@troy.edu.

AUG. 13

Yard Party for Art will be held at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in downtown Dothan on Saturday, Aug. 13. The annual fundraiser features art, live music, interactive tech components, yard games, and food and drinks. The musical line-up includes Lady Dan at 6:30 p.m.; Symone French at 7:15 p.m.; Tedious & Brief at 7:45 p.m.; Erthling at 8:30 p.m.; and Mike Mains & The Branches at 9:15 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 each until Aug. 10 and $25 at the gate. Lawn chairs or blankets for seating are encouraged. VIP tickets for admission and access to the event’s Oasis Tent are $100 each and on sale until Aug. 10. The Oasis Tent is a cooled tent with a VIP bar and lounge seating close to the stage, gourmet handheld bites, and tastings of a new signature cocktail. Visit yardpartyforart.com for more details and to buy tickets online.

St. Paul AME Church Lay Organization of Ozark will hold a Men and Women Conference on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $20. The Conference will be held at All of God’s Children Inc. at 912 Andrews Ave. in Ozark. For more information, call Sandra Edwards at 334-828-3149.

AUG. 14

Friendship African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church will observe its 138th anniversary and homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited but especially former members and those from sister churches and with ties to the Klondyke community. Theme: “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Guest speaker is Presiding Elder Willie E. Marshall, Ozark-Troy District. Alvin L. Flowers will be the master of ceremony. Dinner will be served after the program. The church is located in Ozark on Dale County Road 30. For more information, call 334-299-0030.

AUG. 19

Deutscher Club will meet Friday, Aug. 19, at Mural City Coffee Company, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Participants will practice German through talk and games. Trainieren Sie Deutsch mit dem besten Kaffee und Tee der Stadt! Beim Troy-Universitätsbanner. Kostenlos, für alle zugänglich. Kontakt: vossr@troy.edu.

AUG. 20-21

The Dothan Houston County Library System (DHCLS) will host the inaugural Library Mini Golf Classic, a two-day event that will transform the DHCLS Main Library in downtown Dothan into an 18-hole miniature golf course. Funds raised through this event will support the library’s collections, early literacy programs, and community outreach activities. On Saturday, Aug. 20, from 6:30-10 p.m., the main library will hold the Library Mini Golf Classic for adults ages 21 and older. Admission is $50 per person, which includes two drink tickets, heavy appetizers from KBC, a silent auction, and the opportunity to play 18 holes of indoor miniature golf throughout the library. On Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the main library will host the Library Mini Golf Family Fun Day, an all-ages event for children, teens, and their favorite grown-ups to play golf throughout the library. The event will also include door prizes, and food trucks. Admission for the Family Fun Day is $5 per person. Visit www.dhcls.org for more information and links to register through the library’s event calendar.

AUG. 25

The Entrepreneurship Council will hold a seminar Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Topic will be “Hiring Employees” with Anne Marie Carr of Southeast AlabamaWorks and Robert May of Dothan Career Center. Open to everyone, $10 donation. The Council is a 501©(3) organization. Sign up at entrepreneurshipcouncil.org.

AUG. 26

Club Italiano will meet Friday, Aug. 26, at Mural City Coffee Company, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Participants will practice Italian through talk and games. Esercitate l’italiano con il miglior caffè e tè della città. Cercate la bandiera dell’Università di Troy. Gratuito, aperto a tutti. Contatto: vossr@troy.edu.

SEPT. 10

Landmark Park Bluegrass Festival will be held Sept. 10 featuring live bluegrass music all day. Gates open at 9 a.m. with live music from noon to 9 p.m. Attendees can bring their law chairs, outdoor tents and canopies, and even their instruments for jam sessions. There will be demonstrations, food trucks, kids’ activities, historical interpretations, antique tractors, wagon rides, and arts and crafts vendors. Admission includes a wristband for re-entry and is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and military; $4 for kids; free for park members and children 2 and under. Visit landmarkparkdothan.com/park-events/ for a link for more information. Landmark Park is located off U.S. 431 about three miles from Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle.

SEPT. 24

Landmark Park in Dothan will hold a Peanut Boil on Sept. 24, 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: $6 for adults, $5 for kids, free for park members and children 2 and under. Landmark Park is located off U.S. 431 about three miles from Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle. Visit landmarkparkdothan.com/park-events/ for more information.

ONGOING

Kiwanis Club of Dothan hosts a monthly gathering on the last Tuesday of every month at The Thirsty Pig, 257 S. St. Andrews St., Dothan, from 6-7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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 Wicksburg. The guild is involved in 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.

Enterprise Military Support Group will not meet in June and July. If anyone needs to talk, call Dr. Granger at 334-447-2252 or John Logsdon at 334-806-2636.

The Kiwanis Club of Dothan meets every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. at the Dothan Country Club, located at 200 S. Cherokee Ave. in Dothan. Anyone may attend as a guest of the Kiwanis. If you plan to attend, contact the club via kiwanisdothan.com or call 334-355-6877.

The Columbia Historical Society meets every third Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Train Depot on Highway 52. All guests are welcome.

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.

Dothan Newcomers Club, a social organization, meets the first Thursday of the month in the fellowship hall of First Christian Church, 1401 N. Cherokee Ave. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. The club is open to individuals who have moved into the Dothan or Wiregrass area 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 www.dothannewcomers.com, or Facebook @DothanNewcomers, or contact Elaine Brackin, president, via email at dncpresident3@gmail.com.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds regular meetings in the Wiregrass including Ashford, Dothan, Eufaula, and Headland under the organization’s District 10 (www.aadothan.org) meeting locations and Andalusia, Daleville, Enterprise, Level Plains, Opp, Ozark, and Troy under the organization’s District 11 (www.district11aa.com) meeting locations. Visit www.aaarea1.org for a complete list of districts for Alabama and Northwest Florida.

A Disabled American Veterans chapter service officer will be located at the New Brockton Town Hall every Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. Any veteran needing help with a VA claim is welcome. This is on a walk-in basis; no appointment is needed. For more information, contact Mike Doran at 334-406-6700.

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 to 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.

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 ceya.minder@gmail.com.

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