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Make a difference; donate new or used instrument

Published 12:32pm Friday, March 15, 2013

Leadership Lake Martin projects are in full swing, and our entire class is working hard.

I am on the Blue Team, along with Marie McCall, Jak Korte, Harlan Parrish, Emily Brown and Jeremy Spears. Our project is Alexander City Music for Children. 

Emily Brown has had children go through the band program and expressed a strong need for continuous support for the arts.

We could not agree more.

I was in band while at ACMS and played the trumpet. It was fun!

I do remember being jealous of Kaci Water’s shiny silver trumpet.

Of course, Kaci went on to play at BRHS and become a majorette.

My parents knew I was a bit fair weathered in my hobbies (John will never let me live down the knitting kit I came home with). However, I was given the opportunity to explore band.

Many children cannot because of financial issues. Music is a beautiful thing, and it can be many kids’ ticket to college.

All that being said, our group will be holding a musical instrument drive March 12 through April 12.

Please help us make a difference in the lives of our youth by donating pre-owned or new instruments or by making financial contributions to be used for the purchase or repair of instruments.

Instruments may be dropped off at Catherine’s Market, Aliant Bank, Total Fitness at RMC, The Outlook, the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, the Alexander City Board of Education and the Alexander City Fire Department.

All contributions and donations are tax deductible, and financial contributions should be made out to Alexander City Music for Children and can be mailed or delivered to Aliant Bank, 200 Aliant Pkwy, Alexander City, AL 35010.

Relay for Life is kicking off and the Lake Martin Area Rodeo will be tonight and Saturday night.

Events include barrel racing, steer wrestling, saddle riding, bareback riding, breakaway roping, team roping, bull riding and calf roping.

Tickets will be $10 and $5 at the gate for adults and children respectively. Pull on your boots and tip your hat because nothing is more American than a rodeo.

Unload your old laptops and other electronics at the Ecovery LLC and Middle Tallapoosa River Basin Clean Water Partnership sponsored Electronics Recycling event that will be Friday at the Sportplex. The event will run 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Only one TV per vehicle will be accepted.

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Masquerade Social at The Shoppes of Queen’s Attic at 7 p.m. Saturday night. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and a mask contest will be enjoyed by all.

The cost is $35 for non-members, $20 for chamber members and $50 a piece for non-chamber couples (discount for a date)! Everyone support our chamber and all of the fun new events coming up.

Everyone that has a green thumb and especially those who do not need to attend the Smart Yards Lawn Care Workshop Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Stables. For more info visit www.aces.edu/Tallapoosa.

John and I are pumped about growing tomatoes because I am planning to enter the Tomato Showdown in Waverly at the Standard Deluxe this summer.

The 280 Boogie will be held April 20 at the Standard Deluxe in Waverly. Buy your tickets now! Gates open at 10:30 a.m.

The lineup: CHARLES BRADLEY and his Extraordinaires, PINE HILL HAINTS, HURRAY for the RIFF RAFF, The DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, The LARRY MITCHELL BAND, The POLLIES and the BANDITOS.

On the Porch Stage: ADVENTURE the GREAT, TEACUP and the MONSTER, MEGAN JEAN & The KFB, SAM DOORES + RILEY DOWNING & the TUMBLEWEEDS, FIRE MOUNTAIN and GREAT PEACOCK.

The lake is almost at full pool … I sure am ready for boat rides, a tan and the opening of the new Kowaliga!

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

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