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* BJHS football season tickets * Shakespeare classes * Madison Gazebo concerts * BJHS Gold Cards * 'Librpalooza' event for teens * BJHS Band yard sale * BJHS 10-year reunion * Dance, cheer clinic * Divers safety day * Swim team tryouts * Keel-Whitaker family reunion
All month BJHS football season tickets now on sale Bob Jones High School Touchdown Club is selling season tickets for the 2003 football season. Tickets are $40 each and include a reserved seat near mid-field for all non-playoff home varsity, junior varsity and freshman games. Free parking is also included.  For more information, contact Wendy Babcock at 772-3877.
Shakespeare classes Creative Learning Connection will offer a series of Shakespeare classes for students ages 12 and up. A play will be introduced, parts will be assigned and the students will read the play. Cost per play is $10 and includes a copy of the play. Classes will be held at Creative Learning Connection, 200 Main Street in Madison. Pre-registration is required. Contact Cathy Jaime at 325-3305 for more information or to register. The tragedy "King Lear" is scheduled for Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, from 1:30-1:30 p.m. The comedy "Twelfth Night" is scheduled for Aug. 19 and Aug. 26, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Madison Gazebo concert schedule * Aug. 4: Olde Towne Brass (Civil War Era Music) * Aug. 11: Purple Ravens (Oldies, Rock-N-Roll) * Aug. 18: Brass Belles (Women's Brass Ensemble) * Aug. 25: Cover 2 Cover (Oldies, Rock-N-Roll) All concerts begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call the Madison Arts Council at 885-1813.
July 31-Aug. 9 BJHS Gold Cards on sale The Bob Jones High School Touch Down Club, along with football players and their parents, will be selling BJHS Patriots Gold Cards July 31-Aug 9. For just $10, a gold card can be purchased and it is good for a year. In return, cardholders can cash in on discounts offered by Madison merchants and restaurants. If you don't know a BJHS football player, contact Will Rasely at 772-3426 to purchase a gold card.
August 2 Madison Public Library to host 'Librpalooza' party Librpalooza (lee-bray-pa-loo'-sa): 1.) An extraordinary or unusual literary thing or event. 2.) An exceptional example of a good book. 3.) A gathering of local young adults celebrating the end of summer with live music and pizza at the Madison Public Library.
The library will host an end of summer celebration for teens that includes three local student bands. The celebration acknowledges this summer's Teen Read Awards, a program that rewards young adults for reading during the summer school break.
The event is held in honor of the library's 45 summer student volunteers, all of whom have contributed more than 500 hours of community service to the library since June.
Musical guests are punk rockers "Degenerate," classic rockers "Just Trouble" and alternative rockers "Yaba Rock." Domino's Pizza and All-Needz Rental are event sponsors providing refreshments and equipment. Librpalooza is free and open to young adults ages 13-18. For more information contact Stephenie Walker at 426-8300 or via email at swalker@hpl.lib.al.us.
BJHS Band yard sale to be held The Bob Jones High School Band will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. to support the marching band, color guard and dance team performing expenses for the coming year. There will be 170 families contributing to this sale. Items will include: clothing, household items, books, videos, music cds, furniture, toys and more. The BJHS Band performs at football games, marching competitions at Jacksonville State, Hartselle and Hoover. The band also will participate in two parades this fall. For more information, call Dianna at 721-1711.
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.
Aug. 16 Dance and cheer clinic to be held at Dublin Park The Huntsville Flight will conduct a dance and cheer clinic on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Dublin Park. Kids ages 5-15 are invited to attend and the cost is $35.
The clinic includes instruction in cheers, stunts and dancing from Team Turbulence members, the official Interactive Squad of the Flight. There will also be an appearance by the team's mascot, Cosmo. Each clinic attendee will receive an official Turbo kids T-shirt and will be able to perform a halftime routine during one of the Flight's 2003-04 home games. Four tickets will be provided to that game. For more information or to sign up for the clinic, call the Huntsville Flight office at 429-1000.
Divers safety day planned Rock Divers, Inc. will host a diver safety day on Saturday, Aug. 16, beginning at 9 a.m. A basic skills course will be offered and help from instructors and dive master will be available. The cost is $25 per diver for the day, $5 of which will be donated to Divers Alert Network. The first 50 divers to register will receive a free t-shirt. Rock Divers, Inc. and Southeastern Divers, Inc. are cosponsoring the event.
Aug. 18-19 Swim team tryouts scheduled The Madison Swim Association will hold tryouts for its USA swim teams, the Madison Titans and Madison Spartans, August 18-19, 4-6 p.m. each day, at the Dublin Park indoor pool. Those persons whose last names begin with A-L will tryout on Monday, Aug. 18 and those whose last names begin with M-Z will tryout on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Minimum requirements include the ability to swim all four strokes at beginning level and the ability to practice for at least one hour, swimming 25-yard laps, on and off during most of the practice session. For more information about the teams and tryouts, visit the website: www.youthsports.com/members/madison1 or call 216-9494. Those selected for the team will be posted on the website and at the Dublin Park indoor pool on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The first meeting of the new season for parents, new and former swimmers will be held on August 26 at First Baptist Church of Madison in the fellowship hall, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration will occur at that meeting and team handbooks will be distributed.
Aug. 31 Keel-Whitaker family reunion to be held The Keel-Whitaker family reunion will be held at the Keel Mountain Fire Hall on Keel Mountain beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. Please bring your favorite dish to share. For more information, call P.B. Keel at 772-9716.
Civic Meetings Redstone Toastmasters The Redstone Toastmasters meet every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Piccadilly Cafeteria at Madison Square Mall in Huntsville. For more information, call Kenneth Stephens at 726-8705.
Madison African-American Alliance Group (MAAG) MAAG meets every first Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Madison Municipal Complex, Conference Room130. The main goals of the MAAG organization are to raise community awareness of neighborhood revitalization and historic preservation, and to promote inclusiveness and diversity within our communities and neighborhoods. For more information, call 430-5790.
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 n 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 on the fourth Thursday each month at 7 p.m. at the Roundhouse in downtown Madison. 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 mcyrf@gopcentral.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 the Madison Holiday Inn, on the second Saturday of each month, from 7 a.m. until 9 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 6 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.

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