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Around the Wiregrass

JULY 6

Erin Brewer will speak at the Little Vine Primitive Baptist Church, 1558 Honeysuckle Road, in Dothan on July 6 at 6 p.m. Brewer will discuss being transgender as a kid and the implications for youth as well as how issues intersect with Critical Race Theory. Hosted by the Eagle Forum, the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Sharman Ramsey at sharmanramsey@gmail.com or Barbara Moore at bmooreusa@yahoo.com.

JULY 8

The Music by Moonlight series at Landmark Park will feature free concerts under the stars. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with Smoke and Steel on July 8 and Mama Try’d on July 22. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. No pets or alcohol. Drugstore and Country Store will be open selling ice cream and drinks.

JULY 11

The Hawk-Houston Youth Enrichment Center Board of Directors will hold its 2021 annual meeting and recognition ceremony banquet on Sunday, July 11, 2-4 p.m. at 329 Chickasaw St. in Dothan. The event will recognize and honor the 2020 donors (monetary and in-kind), volunteers, grantors and partnerships. The event will be live-streamed via facebook@hawk.houston.7. For more information, call 334-792-4618.

JULY 12-15

Enterprise State Community College will sponsor vaccination clinics along with the Alabama Department of Public Health on July 12 and July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Enterprise campus located at 600 Plaza Drive and July 13-14 at the Ozark campus on U.S. 231 from 12-5 p.m. All vaccinations are free of charge. The clinics are open to the general public and will offer both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to all eligible recipients 18 and older. For those children between the ages of 12 and 17, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized and this vaccine can be obtained at some hospitals and local pharmacies through the federal retail pharmacy program. For a list of local providers of the Pfizer vaccine please visit vaccines.gov.

JULY 13

The Dothan Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will meet July 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Mill Restaurant located at the junction of U.S. 231 North and Murphy Mill Road in Dothan. Katie Holland, Director Care Respite Ministry at First United Methodist Church, will be the guest speaker and provide a briefing on the signs, symptoms and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Call Dr. Angela Allgood, chapter president, at 334-803-0405 for more information.

JULY 17

The Enterprise Aglow Community Lighthouse meeting will be held Saturday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at Po Folks Restaurant. Guest speaker will be Margaret Gibbs from Wicksburg. For more information, call 334-406-9683.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 373 (Fort Rucker) will meet on July 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ozark Veterans Lodge 411 on Williams Drive in Ozark, Home of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 94. DAV Chapter 94 will have its monthly meeting and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and has invited VVA chapter members to attend the breakfast. If you desire to eat breakfast, please rsvp to email at bob.bcooper@gmail.com no later than July 8.

JULY 19

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The Coffee County Farmers Federation will hold its annual meeting on Monday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Extension office complex in New Brockton. There will only be one registration per membership for door prizes. All members are encouraged to attend.

JULY 25

The Ridgecrest Baptist Church Fitness Center will host the Payne Stewart Golf Camp Aug. 2-6 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 4-9. Cost of the camp is $100 per participant. The camp is faith-based and focuses on an introduction to golf skills wrapped around Biblically-centered life lessons. All registration is online so please email Recreation Minister Lance Griffin at lgriffin@rbcdothan.org for more details. Contact Lance if interested in volunteering. No prior golf experience is required.

AUG. 7

St. Paul A.M.E Church Lay Organization in Ozark will host a 2021 Men and Women Conference on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Perry Recreation Center, 223 Community Drive, Ozark. The theme is “Breaking Down Barriers.” Guest speakers will be: Sister Pertrenna Jackson of Liberty Christian Church, Dothan; Pastor Sam Jackson III of Liberty Christian Church; and Pastor Grandville Anderson of Pleasant Hill AME Church in Salem. Pre-registration fee is $20 and is due by: Saturday, July 31; on-site registration fee will be $25. To register or get more information, contact Sandra Edwards, president of the St. Paul AME Church Lay Organization at 334-828-3149, or Tonita Williams at 813-966-9232.

ONGOING

The Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camps hosted by Dothan Leisure Services need volunteers for the summer. These camps benefit intellectually challenged children and adults. Volunteers assist with arts and crafts, music, recreational games, cooking, swimming, life skills, and many other fun activities. Camp will be held July 12-22 (no camp on July 16) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A sports camp will be held July 26-Aug. 5 (no camp on July 30) from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Camps will take place at the Doug Tew Therapeutic Recreation Center, located at 300 Garland St. in Dothan. To volunteer, contact Lorena Guttowsky at 334-615-4751. To register your child for camp, visit the Doug Tew Center.

Free scarecrow-building workshops for beginners will be held Mondays and Wednesdays in July at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens in preparation for the 17th annual “Scarecrows in the Gardens” event in October. These workshops are offered to provide first-timers valuable tips for building a successful scarecrow that will withstand the elements for the month-long display. The hour-long workshops begin at 9 a.m. under the picnic pavilion and will be conducted by board member Larry Dykes. Although the workshops are free, participants are asked to call the Garden office to reserve a space. There is a $20 entry fee to enter a scarecrow in the annual contest. The entry fee is waived for schools. Cash prizes will be awarded in several categories. For more information about “Scarecrows in the Gardens” or attending a scarecrow-building workshop, contact the Gardens office at 334-793-3224 or visit www.dabg.com.

The Troy University Dothan Community Band has resumed weekly practice on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at the building located behind the Cultural Arts Center on South St. Andrews Street in Dothan. All former members and new members are welcome.

Headland Farmers Market will be held on the square in downtown Headland every Friday through July 30 from 3-7 p.m.

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.

The Friends of the Library are hosting ongoing mini book sales Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dothan Houston County Library System’s three locations: Main Library at 445 N. Oates St. in Dothan; the Westgate Library at 535 Recreation Rd. in Dothan; and the Ashford Library at 305 Sixth Ave. The sales are open to the public and include new and gently-used fiction and nonfiction books on a variety of subjects. Hardback books are $2 each and paperback books are $1 each. All children’s books are 50 cents each. Vintage books and vinyl records are individually priced. DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, book sets and surprise bags are also available. New titles are added several times a week. All proceeds support the Friends and the Dothan Houston County Library System. For more information, contact friends@dhcls.org or 334-796-1594.

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 www.dothannewcomers.com, or Facebook @DothanNewcomers, or contact Elaine Brackin, president, via email at dncpresident3@gmail.com. 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 ceya.minder@gmail.com.

A telephone prayer line is hosted Monday-Friday at 12:15 p.m. by Dothan Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Dothan and Living Waters Church of God in Christ in Hartford. The public is invited to join the prayer line. Call 712-451-0464 and punch in the code 568383#. Participants should mute phones after successfully connecting.

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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