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New women’s book club kicks off with Life of Pi

Published 11:59am Friday, April 5, 2013

Southern Chicks Reading for Kicks is a hip women’s book club that is uniting a new wave of Alex City women.

The club met at the beautiful home of Jill Dark last Thursday evening to discuss Life of Pi by Yann Martel over Asian inspired fare. Life of Pi is somewhat difficult to get into at first, but once readers are invested in the plight of the young boy and the tiger lost at sea, they cannot put it down.

The religious thread makes for interesting debate.

At the end of the day … what do we choose to believe?

Fellowship, wine, gossip and thought-provoking discussion are what make a successful book club.

For April, the club switched gears and chose a thriller, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

SPOTTED: Jill Dark, Natalie Dark, Erin Fletcher, Emily McDaniel, Jessica Sanford, Lacey Howell, Carrie Wilder, and Nicki Dozier. 

Jamie Browne played Café 128 last Friday evening to yet another large crowd. The vibe was mellow and BR Cohn was in many glasses. Support downtown.

The Alex City Schools Education Foundation Art Exhibit will be on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Do make plans to attend. Support the arts.

Lake Martin Home Health is selling $20 tickets for their 2013 Relay for Life Duck Run that will be held on May 4 at 11 a.m. at the Sportplex pond.

1,000 ducks will be dropped in the pond!

There will be cash prizes: $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.

$10,000 will be going to Relay for Life!

Call 256-397-1440 or 256-825-7050 for tickets. You do not have to present to win.

Contact me with any Relay fundraising events. I am happy to help promote!

The Outlook will be doing a special Remembering the Oaks commemorative section on April 20.

Submit your favorite memories and pictures at no cost today.

As an Auburn grad, I have my own favorite Toomer’s memory that involves a late night photo shoot wrapped up in the toilet paper. It felt right at the time.

Paddle Lake Martin is the perfect group for anyone who loves the water and being active. They are getting geared up for warm weather!

Group Paddle dates are April 13, May 18, June 1, June 29 and July 27.

Follow the group on Facebook. Locations to be announced.

Paddle for a Purpose will be held on May 11.

The 3- and 1-mile standup paddleboard race will be held at Children’s Harbor beginning at 8:30 a.m.

There is a $40 entry fee and the event is sponsored by Lake Martin Dock Co. and Children’s Harbor. 

All proceeds will benefit Children’s Harbor. Contact Sharon Johnston (334) 799-0529 or Tammy Jackson (334) 857-2021 for further information or visit the site at

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.