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Large crowd turns out for Lazybirds at Cafe 128

Published 11:08am Friday, March 29, 2013

Last Friday evening at Café 128 was a smashing good time. Standing room only!

The Lazybirds entertained more than 50 people with their folk rockabilly blues sound. The wine was flowing and feet were tapping.

“I’m 24, and good music and good company on a Friday night does not get much better. I hope this becomes a weekly trend,” Alexander City native Daniel Goslin said.

Tonight Jamie Browne of the Lazybirds will take the stage with his guitar yet again, and you do not want to miss it! It is fabulous that live music is available downtown. Support local. Support the arts.

Make note that Emporium Wine is now selling Strawberry Abita beer. Everyone must try it. It is seasonal, and last fall I tried to buy several cases of it in a Publix. John was not supportive of this idea.

Temperatures are rising so the timing is perfect to begin practicing for the May 11 3-mile and 1-mile Standup Paddleboard Race that will be held at Children’s Harbor. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. There is a $40 entry fee and the event is sponsored by Lake Martin Dock Company and Children’s Harbor. All proceeds will benefit Children’s Harbor.

Contact Sharon Johnston at 334-799-0529 or Tammy Jackson at 334-857-2021 for further information.

Speaking of Children’s Harbor, if you have not been to the Children’s Harbor Thrift Store, put that on your calendar. Spring cleaning is happening, and I guarantee you there are some gems down there! I love to go thrifting.

Bette’s Garden Center is up and running! I went by there yesterday after the beautiful array of colorful flowers caught my eye. Bette also has a fabulous shelf of romance novels for trade.

Playhouse Cinema will be showing a matinee today at 3 p.m.!  The sales team will be there (kidding, K. Boone).

Daniel Yates and Lynn Patterson are keeping Buck’s Dairy Quik alive. As an Indian Hills child, I cannot express how many ice cream cones and fish sandwiches I feasted on there. My father buys Dilly Bars in bulk and keeps them in the freezer.


The Annual Art Exhibit benefiting the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation is right around the corner! ACSEF is excited to support the arts while benefiting the technology projects that the foundation funds. The focus of the foundation is currently to supply iPads to students.

Art will be received for ONE DAY ONLY on April 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at city hall.

There will be adult, young adult (age 13-18), and children (5-12) categories with a limit of two entries per artists (one entry limit for children). It is $20 for the first entry and $15 for the second entry. Children’s entries are $5.

There will be a wide array of categories, including oil, watercolor, pastels and acrylic. Camera-happy folks can enter photography, digital art and graphic art. Sketchers can show off their drawing, pencil and charcoal. You can expect the unexpected from Mixed Medium (including collage) and 3-dimensional art (sculpture, pottery, stained class, etc).

The reception and awards will be held April 8 at 5:30 p.m., and the art will be on display at city hall April 9-12.

If you are not artistic, then please open your wallets and donate to this wonderful cause!

Leadership Lake Martin projects are in full force, and we need your help.

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.

Many children cannot participate due to financial issues. I think everyone loves music.

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. If you can’t make music, feel free to make out a check! 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.

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.

Boogie, boogie, boogie down! 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.

It’s Friday yall! I hope the Easter Bunny visits each and every one of you!

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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