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Battle of the Bartenders was huge success for United Way

Published 12:03pm Friday, October 12, 2012

Battle of the Bartenders, held Wednesday night at the Overlook Lounge above Uncle Nick’s BBQ, proved to be a huge success and raised a total of $3,035 in tips for the Lake Martin Area United Way. Sherri Wilson, Kristine Dobbs, Michael Carter, and Beth Simmons did an amazing job bartending and catering to more than 100 people.

The 32nd annual Alexander City Oktoberfest will be held tomorrow at the Sportplex from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone needs to get out and enjoy this crisp fall weather!

Tickets are on sale now for the ultimate Fashion Show Event to be held Nov. 8 at Jake’s. The event will kick off with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by the fashion show, and it is sponsored by Cloud 9 and Little Black Dress. Tickets are $30 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, plus wine and beer. They can be purchased at both store locations. All proceeds will benefit the Alex City Schools Education Foundation.

Mark your calendars for Jake’s upcoming Halloween Party to be held on the evening of Oct. 20. It will be $5 to enter, plus the contribution of a canned good. The event will support local food banks and charities. Costumes are highly encouraged (why would you not dress up?), and there will be prizes for the winning costumes!  More information to follow.

The Alexander City Methodist Church is getting a jump-start on its Relay for Life fundraising. You may have spotted the Alabama and Auburn themed cows in the lawns of neighbors and businesses.  I know I spotted one at Derrick Blythe’s office and over on Dobbs Circle this week!  If one ends up in your yard, you must “pay” to get it out and send it to its next location!  Members have also been given “pill boxes” that they must fill with quarters and return to church.  Way to go ACMC! We Relay all year long.

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I run the Susan G. Komen 5K in Birmingham every year. This will be my third year to do so in honor of my mother, local Century 21 realtor Linda Shaffer (check her out on the Southern Style today!), who is a breast cancer survivor. Please visit my Facebook page if you are interested in donating to a worthy cause.

Speaking of running, I want to touch on driving etiquette in regards to runners. I have been running through town a lot and I have encountered plenty of drivers who are less than respectful. For safety’s sake, as a runner you should always run against traffic so you can see what is coming towards you. Runners should wear bright clothing and some sort of reflective gear if it is early in the morning or in the evening. Drivers, I urge you to slow down and give a runner, cyclist, or pedestrian at least a 4-foot wide berth. This is especially important when you are on a road that does not have sidewalks. For that matter, most of the main roads (other than downtown) and neighborhoods in town do not have sidewalks.

Your consideration is much appreciated!

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. Contact Howell at to keep her In the Loop of events.

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