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Paddling starts up on lake for summer season

Published 11:17am Friday, April 19, 2013

Focus on getting active. Bathing suit season is here! Paddle Lake Martin is gearing up, so pull out your calendar.

Paddle Lake Martin invites everyone who paddles, (paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, etc.) to come join the fun this summer. Several group paddles are scheduled for around the lake.

May 18 paddlers meet at Church in the Pines; June 1 they will meet at Wind Creek; June 29 people can meet at Stillwater’s (this is the Freedom Paddle – dress up in patriotic gear); and July 27 the meet-up is at Jodi and David McGuirt’s.

All paddles leave at 9 a.m. For more information check out or call 334-799-0529 or 256-307-4061.

John and I hang out with Paddle Lake Martin whenever we can, and I can assure you this is a cool group of folks. If you do not have something to paddle, look in to that. It is a great investment. Get involved, get in shape and get tan. … I sound like I am on Jersey Shore.

Register for Paddle for a Purpose today to ensure you get a T-shirt! This paddle board race will be held May 11, and it consists of 3-mile and 1-mile races that will benefit Children’s Harbor. S

ponsored by Lake Martin Dock Company and Children’s Harbor, entry fee for the race is $40, and you can register online at

Trophies and door prizes will be awarded for the Top 3 finishers in each category. Pre-race meeting will be 8:30 a.m., and the race will begin around 9 a.m. There will be a post race lunch and award ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Contact Sharon Johnston (334-799-0529) or Tammy Jackson (334-857-2021) for more info.

Leadership Lake Martin is wrapping up, and we still need your help! Help Blue Team finish strong! 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 has been pushing a musical instrument drive as well as monetary donations.

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.

The 280 Boogie will be held this Saturday at the Standard Deluxe in Waverly. 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: Adevnture the Great, Teacup and the Monster, Megan Jean & The KFB, Sam Doores + Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds, Fire Mountain and Great Peacock.

I love the Boogie so much.

Taste of the Town is happening April 30 at Emporium Wine. This wine tasting is put on by the Chamber ambassadors and benefits Relay for Life.

Jamie Browne is performing live, and your ticket covers food and wine. Tickets are $20, and the event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Help us Stomp Out Cancer!

Also – just to tease you – I have eaten Kowaliga’s new hushpuppies and onion rings. They are everything you can ask for in fried food. Get ready for April 24 and show your support at Kowaliga’s Grand Opening – Summer 2013 on Lake Martin is going be one for the books.

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.