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Multiple community events approach as summer heats up

Published 10:26am Friday, May 3, 2013

Summer is right around the corner, the lake is full, white pedicures are all the rage, and The Lazybirds will be performing live at Emporium Wine tonight beginning at 6 p.m!

Tickets are $10 each. There is limited seating, so purchase tickets on your lunch break to ensure your spot. There is nothing better than breaking free on a Friday and having a first class glass of vino while jamming to some authentic Americana tunes.

Saturday will consist of Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Alternate drinking margaritas and mint juleps? Seersucker pants plus a sombrero? Yolo.

Make a note that Carlos’s Mexican Grill will be streaming the Mayweather v. Guerrero boxing fight live Saturday night. Go see my man Ceasar and order a cheese dip for me.

Alex City Parks and Rec has organized Color Me Downtown, a 5K Fun Run to be held on June 1 in downtown Alexander City.

I will remind you of the gist. Racers/walkers rock completely white gear. You can form teams if you so choose. You can also dress funky fresh (in tutus and wigs), which is encouraged.

As you run, you will pass color stations where volunteers pelt you with color packets that explode on you, thus you find yourself drenched in rainbow paint.

I know, it sounds amazing! Jennifer Baker at Parks and Rec said this race is designed to be fun. It is designed to promote good health, and it is something everyone can do.

I want to reiterate that all of our downtown merchants should plan promos and sales that will coincide with this event and take advantage of the influx of people we will have downtown that morning.

Registration is online at and costs $25. Children ages five and younger participate for free. You receive a T-shirt and a color packet to throw. There will be a post race Color Blast Party where everyone continues to throw color.

If you do not want to actively participate, Parks and Rec is looking for volunteers to work the color and water stations.

Next Friday is Relay for Life. Celebrating life, honoring those who valiantly fought cancer, jamming out to Rexton Lee and Cheri Edwards and catching sparkly exploding monster fireworks. Why would you not come out?

The following Saturday morning, one week from tomorrow, May 11, is Paddle for a Purpose down at Children’s Harbor. This standup paddleboard race is not to be missed. I will be out there trying not to fall in because I like the lake to feel like bath water. It doesn’t at the moment.

The three-mile and one-mile races will benefit Children’s Harbor. Sponsored by Lake Martin Dock Company and Children’s Harbor, the entry fee is $40, and you can register online at Contact Sharon Johnston (334-799-0529) or Tammy Jackson (334-857-2021) for more info.

On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone who has listened (or endured) my typical 20-minute explanation regarding my living situation throughout the past year and half. It even got me out of a speeding ticket two weeks ago when I struggled to explain I had no physical address and the trooper was unable to use my PO Box.

I am happy to report that John and I finally sold our Birmingham house and purchased a quaint lakeside cabin! #lakemartinliving.

This would not have been possible without boomer-ranging back into our parents’ homes in our late twenties for an extended amount of time. To the Shaffers and Howells: thank you! We owe you guys a few meals and a lot more than that.

Stay tuned for many house misadventures to come! I predict there are going to be many that involve geese. Not to mention the fact there is paint in my hair.

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.