Around Madison items appear in the Madison County Record each Wednesday, as space is available. If you have an item to place in Around Madison, you may fax it to 772-6655 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call us at 772-6677 or bring it to our offices at 151-B Hughes Road.
Beautify your landscape The City of Madison Beautification Board is looking to judge your landscaping to determine if it measures up for inclusion on the beautification honor roll. The board takes business landscaping as well as subdivision entrances into consideration. Landscape design and maintenance are the key elements, according to board spokesperson Jeanne Steadman. If you would like to participate, call 461-8938. Deadline in mid May and judging will take place during June. There will be an awards luncheon in August.
May 1 National Day of Prayer The National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 1. A Madison community gathering will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Gazebo in historic downtown Madison. Everyone is welcome to attend the event.
Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity of Madison County and the Huntsville Art League (HAL) are teaming up to celebrate and share an entirely new way of expressing the beauty and love of Habitat. Artists from Hal have taken old windows from the Habitat Restore and transformed them into wonderful works of art. Join us May 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the HAL offices where these treasures will be auctioned off. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and are available at Habitat and HAL. Call 533-2282 for more information.
National Space Society The Alabama Chapter of the National Space Society will sponsor "Spaceship One: Huntsville's Connection to First Private Manned Space Program" by Timothy L. Pickens, propulsion system developer for scaled composites, on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library auditorium. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call 721-1083 or email HAL5@hiwaay.net.
May 3 WalkAmerica WalkAmerica, a 5-K fun run and 6.2-mile walk fund raising event for the March of Dimes, will occur on Saturday, May 3. The fun begins at 9 a.m. at Heritage Plantation on County Line Road. There will be prizes, refreshments, a SuperSlide, face painting, a rubber ducky race, dancing and music. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There is a $15 minimum donation per entrant. Checks should be made payable to March of Dimes WalkAmerica. For more information, call 532-0500
Kentucky Derby Party Fundraiser The Providence Women's Club of Madison will have its annual Kentucky Derby Party Fundraiser on Saturday, May 3, at the Heritage Plantation Clubhouse on County Line Road. Proceeds will benefit the Madison Public Library and the Madison Fire Department. Corporate sponsorship is being sought now. The party will have celebrity horse races, a silent auction, door prizes, and refreshments. Tickets for the event will be available through club members. For more information, call 890-0798.
May 5 Rediscover Our Historic Neighborhoods The Madison African-American Alliance Group (MAAG) will join thousands of individuals around the country in a nationwide celebration of the 32nd annual National Historic Week, May 5 -12. In Madison, an all-day community event entitled "Restore, Rebuild, Rediscover Our Historic Neighborhoods and Communities" will be held on Monday, May 5, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Madison Municipal Complex. Refreshments will be provided. The event will promote an awareness and understanding of African-American history and heritage, the importance of preserving African-American historic neighborhoods and communities, and educate local citizens about the community benefits of historic preservation. If you or your organization would like to be involved, call (256) 430-5790.
May 9 Golf tournament Asbury United Methodist Church will host the Asbury Missions Golf Tournament on May 9 at Sunset Landing Golf Course on James Record Road at the Huntsville International Airport. Lunch and registration will at 12 p.m. and tee off will be at 1 p.m. The tournament will be a four-person scramble, $300 per team or $75 per individual, which includes fees and cart. For more information, call Larry Donelson at 722-5252.
May 10 Mooresville Walking Tour The Mooresville Walking Tour and Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 rain or shine from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be nineteenth century crafts and vendors, activities for children, home and garden tours, historic building tours, character actors, story telling, music and food. Admission for adults is $5, children under six free. Discounts are available for bus and tour groups. Proceeds go toward town restoration and preservation. For more information, call Kathryn Price at 353-4406 or via email at email@example.com.
May 12 Madison Dolphins The Madison Dolphins Swim Team is preparing for another winning season. The Dolphins have compiled an unsurpassed record of excellence in age group swimming in Alabama. Along with the coaching staff, which helps swimmers gain strength and endurance, the team members take pride in their community and have a lot of fun throughout the summer. Tryouts for swimmers new to the team will be held at Dublin pool as follows: Last name beginning with letters A-M on Monday, May 12 at 4-6 p.m.; and last name beginning with letters N-Z on Tuesday, May 13 at 4-6 p.m. For more information, call 772-1518 or visit www.madisondolphins.com.
May 17 Cougar Chase 5K Run The third annual Cougar Chase 5K Run will be held Saturday, May 17 at Sparkman Middle School. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The fee to enter is $10 on or before May 3 and $12 after May 3. Participants will receive a race jacket, t-shirt and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit the Sparkman Middle School Parents, Teachers and Students Association. For more information, call Nancy Carson at 852-2880.
Dublin Tennis Center grand opening The Dublin Tennis Center grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at Dublin Park in Madison, 8:30-10:30 a.m. There will be a free tennis carnival, which entails clinics and exhibitions, for ages three and up, Little Tennis for ages 3-5, Junior Clinic for ages 6-18 and Adult/Senior Clinic for ages 19 and up. Also, there will be Fast Serve contests for ages 10 and up, and Hit for Prizes for all ages. The event is sponsored by the City of Madison, SportsMed, S&V Sports, State Farm Insurance, YDA, Buffalo Rock-Pepsi, Publix, GTA, ProCourt Construction and USPTA. For more information, call 772-9300. In the event of rain, the grand opening will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
May 27 Valley Futbol Club Tryouts for the Valley Futbol Club will be held May 27-June 1 at Palmer Park. Tryouts are for ages 9-18 for the 2003-2004 season. A makeup date will be held June 4. For more information, call 461-0964 or 464-3652.
June 9-13 Dyslexia program training session Greengate School will host a one-week dyslexia program training session on June 9-13 at Greengate School located at 6600 Old Madison Pike behind Sherwood Baptist Church. Orton-Gillingham trainer Cathy Rommell will teach from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on these dates. For more information about this training session and costs, call Marcia Ramsey at 337-1889 or send e-mail to Marcia@greengateschool.org.
Aug. 9 BJHS 10-year reunion The Bob Jones High School Class of 1993 is planning its 10-year reunion. It is tentatively planned for Aug. 9 at the Huntsville Hilton Hotel. For more information, call Julie Clift at (256) 837-8292 or at BobJonesReunion@hotmail.com.
Kiwanis Club The Kiwanis Club meets for lunch every Wednesday of the month at Dublin Park at noon. The Madison Kiwanis Club is involved in the community with Madison City Schools, Madison Chamber of Commerce, Madison D.O.N.T. and several other national programs. For more information, contact Jeanne Miller at 772-7170 or Bob Wagner at 837-6168.
Madison Rotary Club The Madison Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. each Thursday of the month at the Radisson Inn on Madison Blvd. For more information about this service, whose motto is: "Service Above Self", call John Allen at 922-0092 or Pat Cross at 830-5105.
Providence Women's Club of Madison The Providence Women's Club of Madison meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Heritage Plantation Clubhouse on County Line Road. For more information, call 461-8746. The club, chartered in 2001, is a member of the General Federal of Women's Clubs and is dedicated to community service with interests in arts, education, conservation, international and public affairs, and home life.
Madison Art League The Madison Art League meets on the third Monday every month at 7 p.m. at the Clay House Museum on Main Street. The Madison Art League is a group of local artist dedicated to the promotion and education of creative and original work. Everyone is invited to come and network. For more information, call Sandra Starkey at 461-8326. For directions to the museum, call Robin Brewer at 325-1018.
Optimist Club The Optimist Club is dedicated to supporting the youth of Madison. Activities include Safety Optimist Style (SOS), which promotes safety to young citizens, oratorical and essay contests, bicycle safety rodeo and scholarship programs. Meetings are the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Bruno's Community Room on U.S. Highway 72 – in the Bruno's grocery store at the corner of Highway 72 and Wall-Triana Highway. For more information, call Bill Oetjen at 772-3343.
Madison Station Historical Preservation Society The Madison Station Historical Preservation Society meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Roundhouse in historic downtown Madison at The Village Green. Madison residents are welcome to join. For more information, call Percy Keel at 772-9716.
Madison Morning Homemakers If you are interested in joining the Madison Morning Homemakers and would like to know more information about the meetings, call Kathryn Wolff at 464-0260.
Wings of WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) The support group of Wings of WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in Room 013 in the Hope Building of Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison. For more information, call Michelle Hagan at 325-0809.
Madison County Young Republicans The Madison County Young Republicans meet the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Logan's Roadhouse restaurant on Balmoral Drive in Huntsville. For more information, call Joel Jaqubino at 539-9584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Leche League La Leche League helps mothers worldwide to breast feed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement and information to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of baby and mother. The night group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church, 1413 McClung Ave. in Huntsville. The day group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in Room FO13 in the basement of the Faith building at Asbury United Methodist Church – 980 Hughes Road in Madison. For more information, call 430-1803 or 536-2070.
Madison Senior Citizen Center swimming Madison seniors can swim at the Madison Senior Citizen Center at 1282 Hughes Road. The pool is open from 9 to 10 a.m., Monday through Thursday. A water aerobics class is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 to 10 a.m. For more information, contact the Madison Senior Citizen Center at 830-1576.
Madison Garden Club The Madison Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Two main goals of the club are to promote the beauty of nature and to protect the environment. For additional information, call Diane at 461-8219 or Betty at 721-0382.
AARP Madison Chapter The AARP Madison Chapter #5083 meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Senior Center next to Discovery Middle School. For more information, call Larry Frazier at 837-6067.
Madison Women's Club The Madison Women's Club meets on the third Thursday of the month. For more information, call Jeanne Steadman at 461-8938.
Madison American Post 229 Madison America Post 229 is looking for names and other information on veterans buried in cemeteries throughout Madison that do not have veteran's markers. Please call Percy Keel at 772-9716.
Area Homemakers Clubs The Rainbow Mountain Homemakers meet every second Thursday of the month. For more information, call Tricia Pitts at 772-7314. The Madison Morning Homemakers Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in member's homes. For more information, call 464-0260. Both clubs are affiliated with the Madison County Homemakers and the Alabama Association for Family and Community Education.
Tennessee Valley Republican Club The Tennessee Valley Republican Club meets at Old South Buffet at 7 a.m. For more information, call Jim at 464-7072.
Republican Women The Greater Madison Republican Women meet every third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Inn on Madison Blvd. For more information, call Carol at 830-8011.
Republican Men The Madison County Republican Men's Club meets on the third Saturday of the month with a social at 7 a.m. and breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Senior Center on 2200 Drake Avenue in Huntsville. The cost is $5. For more information, call Elbert Peters at 859-3186.
Libertarian Party of Madison Meetings of the Libertarian Party of Madison are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Locations alternate between Madison and West Huntsville. Huntsville Area Libertarians meet at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at Piccadilly Cafeteria at Madison Square Mall. For more information, call Steve Dow at 772-0888.
Beautification Board The Madison Beautification Board meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 130 at Madison City Hall. For more information, call 772-5600.
Madison City Council Madison City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Madison City Hall at for more information, call 772-5600.
Industrial Development Board The Industrial Development Board meets the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in Conference Room 130 at Madison City Hall. For more information, call 772-5600.
Adjustment and Appeals Board The Adjustment and Appeals Board meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 130 at Madison City Hall. For more information, call 772-5600.
Architectural Review Board The Architecture Review Board (Historical District) meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room 130 at Madison City Hall. For more information, call 772-5600.
Planning and Zoning Board The Planning and Zoning Board meets every third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Madison City Hall. For more information, call 772-5600.
Technical Review Board The Technical Review Board meets on the first Wednesday every month at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 130 at Madison City Hall. For more information, call 772-5600.
Recreation Advisory Board The Recreation Advisory Board meets on the first Monday every month at 6:30 p.m. at Dublin Park. For more information, call 772-6677.
Water and Wastewater Board The Water and Wastewater Board meets on the first and third Monday every month at 7 p.m. at 285 Palmer Road.
ABWA Club The ABWA Club meets on the third Tuesday every month at 5:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn on Madison Blvd. For more information, call 772-9719.
American Legion The American Legion meets on the second Thursday of every month with fellowship at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. at the Madison Senior Center. For more information, call Debra 772-3074.
Action Team The Action Team meets on the fourth Sunday every month at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 130 at Madison City Hall. For more information, call 464-7001.
MOMS Club The MOMS Club meets on the second Tuesday every month at 9:30 a.m. at Hope Church in Madison. For more information, call 864-0312.
Sons of America Club The Sons of American Club meets on the second Monday every month at 11 a.m. at Holiday Inn on Madison Blvd. For more information, call 772-5600.
Ladies Volleyball Night A small group of ladies gather every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Dublin Park gym to play volleyball. There is also an area set aside for men's basketball. The cost is $2 each Wednesday night. For more information, call Kim at 461-1295.
Madison Station Historical Society The Madison Station Historical Society meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Roundhouse in downtown Madison. For more info call 325-3565 or 461-8938.