Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Capri Summer Children's Matinees All Seats Only $1

I don't know about you, but I remember going to the Capri Summer Children's Matinees when I was a kid. I think that is where I saw Charlotte's Web for the first time.

The special deal continues this summer on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am and 1pm, all seats are only $1!

June 2 & 3 Charlotte's Web (G)
June 9 & 10 How To Train Your Dragon (PG)
June 16 & 17 Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit (G)
June 23 & 24 Despicable Me (PG)
July 7 & 8 Megamind (PG)
July 14 & 15 Kung Fu Panda (PG)
July 21 & 22 Shrek Forever After (PG)
July 28 & 29 Rugrats Movie (G)

2011 Summer Reading Program at E.L. Lowder Library (Bell Rd.)

Special programs for the Summer Reading program at E.L. Lowder Library on Bell Road in Montgomery. You can sign your child up for the reading program at any libary and get their reading log and instructions for the program. It looks like different libraries will be having events all summer long leading up to the big final event at Juliette Hampton Morgan on July 22. If you want to see what is going on at other branches, check the calendar here.

June 8, 2011~ 10 am
Come meet Big Mo and have your picture made with him.

June 15, 2011~ 10 am
Susan Parker from Abrakadoodle will teach painting basics.

June 22, 2011~ 10 am
Kate Gray (From AUM) will bring "One World, Many Stories!" to life with her special presentation of Art.

July 13, 2011~10 am
Let's Paint a Word of Fun! Free Spirit

July 22, 2011~ 10 am to 4 pm

If you haven't already, check out the Montgomery Libary's new website. Lots of good info.

Also, the Food For Fines has been extended until June 30, 2011.
Bring in one can (13 oz. minimum) of food with overdue book---they will then clear your overdue record. (You must return the overdue book at the same time)

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour at Montgomery Motor Sports Park 6/6/11

If you have a car fanatic in your family, you won't want to miss this FREE event. (Mucho Gracias to Tiffany for posting this tip on our River Region Family Facebook wall.)

Montgomery Motorsports Park will host the third stop for 2011 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour® presented by GM Performance Division on Monday, June 6th. Admission is free to spectators who will crowd Montgomery Motorsports Park from noon until 6:30 pm to see the endless variety of high-end hot rods, street rods, custom trucks, muscle cars, and street machines on display.

It's going to be hot walking around looking at all those cars. Don't forget your suncreen!

Friday, May 27, 2011

River Region Free Weekend Activities Roundup Memorial Day Edition

(Note: There will be no Downtown Farmers Market today.)

6:30 pm Family Dinner & A Movie Under The Stars FREE
7:00 pm Jubilee Pops Concert FREE


7 am to Noon East Chase Farmers Market Grand Opening FREE

10 am Lowes Build and Grow Clinic-Kids can build a Biplane FREE

Bass Pro Shops Summer Kickoff Event FREE


Bass Pro Shops Summer Kickoff Event FREE

Jubilee Pops Concert FREE Tonight 5/27

Jubilee Pops Concert
Kick off the MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND on Friday, May 27th, with a FREE evening of music performed by the Montgomery Symphony.

The 7:00 pm concert will be presented from the steps of the Alabama Archives and History Building 9624 Washington Avenue, Downtown.) 
It will pay tribute to Alabama's best homegrown music and musicians from the four corners of the state. Featured guest artists will be the internationally acclaimed African-American gospel group, The Birmingham Sunlights.
Come early, bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers, and enjoy this family-oriented evening sponsored by the J.K. Lowder Family Foundation.
Rain date May 28 at 7pm.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Montgomery Shopper

File this under “learn something new every day.”

My parents have been getting a paper in their yard for about a year now on Wednesdays. It’s pretty much all ads and includes the weekly grocery store circulars. We had just thought it was random, sort of like those ads and coupons that come in the mail. I had never thought to call and try to find more about it until this week.

This week, it happens to have an Oaktree store coupon in it for a dozen eggs for 50 cents. That’s a great deal! My curiosity was finally peaked, so I called the Montgomery Advertiser subscription line. I found out that The Montgomery Shopper is FREE. (I can‘t find a thing about it online. Trust me, I looked.)

To sign up to receive The Montgomery Shopper, just call the Montgomery Advertiser subscription line at 877-424-0007, speak to a representative and tell them you would like to be subscribed to The Montgomery Shopper.

I am pretty excited, because now I won’t have to wait to get the sale papers on Wednesday, they will be delivered to me! Supposedly, The Montgomery Shopper is also available in a rack in Oaktree and maybe other stores. I have never notice it there. Have you seen this paper anywhere?

Edited: I looked in Oaktree and didn't see a rack for the Montgomery Shopper.

Oaktree Foods Weekly Ad 5/25 to 5/31

Good deals this week at Oaktree on Coliseum Boulevard. You can view the entire ad here.
Oaktree Doubles manufacturer’s coupons up to 0.50
They even take internet printed coupons as long as the coupon scans.
I find that I get really good deals on produce and meat there more than anything else. Let me know if you see something else that’s a good deal.

Meat Department:
Fresh Whole Boston Butt Pork Roast 1.48 lb
Fresh Ground Chuck 2.58 lb
Leg quarters 10 lb bag .58/lb

Red Ripe Watermelons 3.98 ea
Athena Melons 1.98 ea
Yellow or Zucchini squash 1.18 lb
Vidalia Onions .48/lb
Idaho Potatoes 5 lb bag 2.28
Gold Delicious, Red Delicious or Fuji Apples 3 lb bag 2.98
California Red Ripe Strawberries 2.48 lb

Tombstone Pizza 12”  2.98

Earth Fare: Kids Eat Free Tonight PLUS Free Chicken, Ground Chuck & Lip Balm

Today is Thursday, which means kids eat FREE with a $5 adult dinner purchase.

Plus you can also get these great deals. First check your emails for a link to print a coupon to get your first pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts FREE with $10 purchase (expires 5/29/11). This coupon is only valid for certain stores, so it's only in your email.

Then sign in to your Earth Fare Welcome Home account to print a coupon to get your first pound of ground beef FREE with a $10 purchase (expires 5/29/11).

*Notice the note to stop by the meat counter and ask for a coupon for $2 off Steaks!

While you are logged in, click on What You Eat, then click on Boot Challenge, to take the quiz and print a coupon for free lip balm when you trade in your lip balm with artificial ingredients.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

River Region Staycation: Free & Cheap Things To Do In Montgomery, Prattville and Wetumpka

Are you planning a Staycation in the River Region this summer? If so, here are some ideas for free or cheap things to do.

Free or Cheap Things To Do In Montgomery, Alabama
Let the kids explore the Artworks gallery at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. (FREE)
Take the kids to play in the Hands On Gallery at the Alabama Department of Archives and History Museum (FREE) and then go across the street to the Alabama Cattleman's Mooseum (FREE)

Take a walk down the Riverwalk and then cool off at the Amphitheater Splash Pad (FREE)
Take a walk around Blount Cultural Park's walking trails and the Shakespeare Garden & Amphitheater. Then feed the ducks and have a picnic in the park.  (FREE)

Tour the First White House of The Confederacy and Alabama State Capital (FREE)
Explore history in Old Alabama Town. (Adults $10, Ages 6-18 $5, 5 and younger Free)
Go to a Biscuits Baseball Game. (Lawn seats are only $8.)
Go ice skating at the Eastdale Mall Ice Palace. ($8 per person.)
Catch a show at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium. ($4, Under 5 Free)

Free or Cheap Things To Do In Wetumpka, Alabama
Walk along the nature trails and then have a picnic in Gold Star Park overlooking the Coosa River. (FREE)
Tour Jasmine Hill Gardens (Adults $7, ages 6-12 $5, Under 6 Free)
Explore Fort Toulouse. (Adults $2, Children 6+ $1, Under 5 Free)

Free or Cheap Things To Do In Prattville, Alabama
See the fountain in Heritage Park. (FREE)
Take the family (including the dog) for a picnic at Cooter's Pond Park and Dog Park. (FREE)
Play on the playground, take a walk, then have at picnic at Pratt Park or Overlook Park. (FREE)
Take at swim at the Pratt Pool. ($2 per person, Under 3 Free)

Wind Creek Beach
If you have to have some sand between your toes and the coast isn't in your budget, head to Wind Creek State Park where you can enjoy fishing, swimming and picnicing on the "beach". Less than an hour away from Montgomery. (Ages 12+ $3, Ages 6-11 $1, Under 6 Free)

Remember to keep checking River Region Family for updates on all the fun free things to do this summer!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Alex City Jazz Festival 6/10 & 6/11 Free

The 21st Annual Alexander City Jazz Festival is scheduled for June 10th and 11th. The free two-day event will be held at Strand Park downtown Alexander City on Friday night and Lake Martin Amphitheater on Saturday.

Friday, Strand Park downtown Alex City
6:00 Davin McCoy
7:30 Deep Fried Five
9:00 Wet Willie

Saturday, Lake Martin Amphitheater
6:30 Yon Rico Scott Band
8:00 Randall Bramblett and Geoff Achison
9:45 J.J. Gray and MOFRO

For more information, visit the event website at www.alexcityjazzfest.com.

Might make for a good date night or night out without the kids since it runs so late. I haven't ever been. Have any of you ever been? Would you say it's family-friendly?

(Thanks, Tiffany for posting!)

Free Family Dinner and a Movie 5/27

Is Friday night your movie night? It is for us. This Friday, kick off summer at Lakeview Baptist Church with a free family dinner and a movie. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with hamburgers and hot dogs! The movie (Toy Story 3!) will be projected on a big screen outside and starts at sundown. Popcorn will be served during the movie.

Photo from IMDb

Bring blankets or chairs (and maybe bug repellant-because this IS Alabama!) I am sure it will be a good time.

2011 Summer Reading Program at Juliette Hampton Morgan Library

The theme for the summer reading program at Juliette Hampton Morgan Library is “One World, Many Stories.”
This free reading program for grades K-5th, kicks off on June 9th at 10:30 a.m. with a visit from Big Mo and a Biscuits baseball player reading an American classic, Casey at Bat. There will be time for photos, autographs, and a baseball treat. 
After that there will be a program every week on Wednesday at 1 pm in the auditorium. 
June 15th- Trickster Tales
Mr. J.D. Trimble will be sharing trickster tales from Africa about Anansi the Spider and kids will make a craft. 
June 22nd- Blue Bell Ice Cream and Art Project: World Stories Chairs
Kids will learn how ice cream is made then they will listen to stories from around the world and pick some to cover the chairs with this year. 
June 29th- Australia 
Andy the Armadillo from Texas Road House Grill will visit. Kids will hear stories about armadillos and the outback. (Even though Australia only has armadillos in zoo, Texas has a lot of them.) There will be time for pictures and a craft. 
July 6th- Ireland
Mr. Terry Phillips will share stories of leprechauns and fairies from the green island of Ireland. Then there will be a craft. 
July 13th-Germany (Turn in your reading logs!)
Jonathan Conner will bring to life stories from the Brothers Grimm from Germany. Kids will make a craft. 
July 20th- If you turned in your reading logs, come pick your reward for reading 5, 10 or 15 or more books. 

The program will conclude with International Fun Day on Friday July 22, 2011 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
More information to come, but the day will include fun, games, food, face paint, henna tattoos and more!

Blockbuster Express Free One Night Rental 5/23

Gotta love how Blockbuster Express makes Monday better by giving us a code to use for one free $1 rental. Today's code is GOMONDAY. Expires at midnight. Remember you can use it once per card. Don't forget to return the movie before nine tomorrow or you will be charged for the next night. You can find a kiosk near you here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

River Region Weekend Activities Roundup 5/21

Friday 5/20/11

Superior Bank Community Day FREE

Jubilee Cityfest Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Saturday 5/21/11

Bass Pro Shops Summer Kickoff Event FREE

$10 Rabies Clinic

Gigantic Flea Market Prattville Doster Community Center 6 a.m. to Noon

Touch A Truck Prattville Creekwalk 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE

Jubilee CityFest KidsFest 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Admission $5 for everyone

Sunday 5/22/11

Bass Pro Shops Summer Kickoff Event FREE

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rave Free Family Film Festival 2011

Yay! It's time for the Rave Motion Pictures Free Family Film Festival! Free movies all summer long. At our Rave in Montgomery at Festival Plaza the film festival begins May 31 and runs every Tuesday and Wednesday for 8 weeks. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the show starts at 10 a.m. Free admission for everyone. The first show is Megamind! I can't wait!

Edited 5/25/11: Looks like they changed their website and I can't find the link for the free movies on there anymore, but it's still on the Rave Facebook page.

According to the person that I spoke with at the Rave-Festival Plaza, the movies will be shown in the order on the above picture:

May 31 & June 1 - Megamind
June 7 & 8 - Yogi Bear
June 14 & 15 - Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
June 21 & 22 - Marmaduke
June 28 & 29 - Ramona & Beezus
July 5 & 6 - Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
July 12 & 13 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
July 19 & 20 - Gulliver's Travels

During the Family Film Festival, Rave is offering the Movie Meal for a discounted price of $4!

Superior Bank Community Day 5/20

Heard this on the radio:
Friday is Community Appreciation Day at Superior Bank (6836 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, Al) from 10-4. John Norris from WVRV FM The River will be there from 10-Noon. There will be free food from 11-2. Register to win giveaways including passes to Atlanta Fest in Georgia.
They will also be accepting donations for tornado relief.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Oaktree Foods Weekly Ad 5/18-5/24

These are the best deals at Oaktree Foods 5/18-5/24.
The entire ad can be viewed here.
Oaktree accepts manufacturer coupons (even internet printed-as long as the coupon scans.)
Oaktree also doubles manufacturer coupons up to 50 cents. (Coupons for more than 50 cents are accepted at face value.)
Senior citizens get a 5% discount on Wednesdays.

Iceberg Lettuce .78 each
Apples 5lb bag (Washington St, Jonagold, Granny Smith or Red Delicous) 4.98
Strawberries 1.98 lb
Cucumbers .58
Large Green Peppers .58
Idaho Potatoes 8lb bag 3.28
Vidalia Onions 3lb bag 1.58
Florida Juice Oranges 4lb bag 2.48
Collard or Turnip greens 1.98 lb

Quarter Loin Pork Chops 1.78 lb Limit 2 packages
Fresh Whole Fryers  .88/lb
Bottom Round Roast 2.58 lb
New York Strip Steak 7.98 lb
Pork Loin Ribs 1.98 lb
Bottom Round Steak 2.78 lb
Drumsticks or Thighs Family Pack .98 lb
Bar –S Jumbo Franks 1lb regular and bun size .98
Bar- S Bologna 1 lb regular and thick  .98

Freshland Large Eggs 1.50

McKenzie’s Vegetable 16-20 ounce bag (excluding lima beans) 1.00

Gain Detergent 45-50 oz Liquid or powder 4.98
-.25/1 Gain Detergent, RP 4/17
Pepsi Products 2 liter .98

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Free Class: Food Preservation Elmore Co. Extension Office

If you are like me and have been wanting to learn how to can vegetables and fruit, then this is for you! The Elmore County Extension Office is presenting a class on the basic introduction to food preservation. The class is May 24th from 2 to 4 pm. at the Elmore County Extension Office. The class is free, but you must call to register- 567-6301.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bass Pro Shops: Free Family Photo, Crafts, Games, Workshops and More!

Free Summer Kickoff Event at Bass Pro Shops! May 21 & 22 and May 28 & 29

Free Family Photo!

Free Games and Activities: Noon to 5 pm- Sleeping Bag Rollup, Yard Bolo Challenge

Free Crafts:
   May 21 & 28 1-4pm Make an ID Tag
   May 22 & 29 1-4 pm Make your own foil craft!

Free Kids Workshops:

May 21 & 28 1 & 3 pm
Direct me to the Compass-Make a compass to taek home and learn how to use it correctly (While Supplies last.)
At the Campsite-Overview of choosing a campsite, setting up a tent, rolling a sleeping bag and safe practices to use when building a campfire.

May 22 & 29 1 & 3 pm
Choosing and Marking Nature Trails-Learn about choosing and amrking nature trails and what to watch for when hiking.
Trees Around Us-Learn to identify local trees by leaves and bark. Kids will do a leaf rubbing activity at the end of the workshop.

While you are there be sure to check out these seminars and events for grownups, too!
GPS Basics May 20 & 22 3 pm
Kayak Fishing Basics May 21 & 22 2pm
Tent Setup May 21 & 22 2-5 pm
Fish Frying Demo w/free samples May 28 & 29 Noon-3pm
Fly Casting 101 may 28 & 29 2pm
Hiking Footwear Basics May 38 & 29 3 pm
(Appearances subject to change)

Blockbuster Express Free One Night Rental 5/16

Thanks to Blockbuster Express for making Mondays less Mondayish! Here's another free rental from Blockbuster Express! Today's code is MONDAYFUN. That's good for one night free $1 rental at a Blockbuster Expresss kiosk. You can use this once per card. Don't forget about the other codes that are good until 6/30, if you haven't already used them.

Friday, May 13, 2011

$10 Rabies Shot Clinics Montgomery

The $10 annual rabies clinics are this weekend and next weekend.

"I have to get a what?"
May I suggest you get their early. When I went last year (at the Head Elementary one) there was a really long line, but it moved pretty fast considering they have to fill out paperwork and give your dog or cat a vaccination.

May 14, 2011
Carver High School 9am-11am
Chisholm Elementary 12pm-2pm
Macon East Academy  3pm-5pm

May 21, 2011
Head Elementary 9am-11am
Dunbar-Ramer Elementary 12pm-2pm
Jeff Davis High School 3pm-5pm

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Two New Blockbuster Express Codes exp. 6/30

Yay! There are two new Blockbuster Express codes available to use until 6/30.
(These are for a one night DVD rental and you can't use them on the "hot movies" that are $2.99)
For Publix kiosks: GOPUBLIX
For Rite Aid kiosks: GORITEAID
Remember, you can use each of these once per credit card!

I tested out the Rite Aid code today and it worked, unlike the past few weeks' codes.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Earth Fare: Free South of France Bar Soap with $5 purchase exp. 5/10!

Sign in to your Earth Fare Welcome Home account and click on Quimby the dog to print your coupon for Free South of France bar soap with a $5 purchase. Hurry, coupon is only good through tomorrow (5/10)!

Blockbuster Express: Free One Night Rental 5/9

Blockbuster Express has released a new code for a free one night $1 movie rental. The code is: MONDAYFUNDAY and it's good until midnight.
I have to say this: I used to get these free rentals all the time on Mondays, but for some reason I haven't been able to get the codes to work the last two weeks. The code comes out on Blockbuster's Facebook page and lots of people post that they have used it. However some, like me, have posted that it didn't work for them. Today if I have to go out, I will try this code, but I'm just not holding my breath. Since gas has gone up, I can't afford to just drive to a Blockbuster Kiosk if the code MIGHT work. I have to have a reason to go to the store, too. I will post if it worked for me.

Friday, May 6, 2011

River Region Weekend Activities Roundup 5/7/11 Mother's Day Edition

Friday 5/6/11

Michael's The Knack Clay Pot Event Make It and Take It. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. With purchase of clay pot. Create something handy for mom to hold her jewelry. Make a clay pot jewelry holder for Mother's Day. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up.

Prattville CityFest 7 p.m.
2011 Opening Ceremonies and Street Dance with Tip Tops. Free Admission Friday Night..

Saturday 5/7/11
Home Depot Kids Workshop 9 a.m. to Noon
Kids can build a Tullip Planter for Mom. Free.

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic at 10 a.m.
Kids can build a heart flower vase for Mom. Free.

Michael's Paper Event Free Make It And Take It. 10 a.m. to Noon. Create a custom scrapbook page for Mother's Day. Ages 14 and up. Free.

Herb Day at Old Alabama Town 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Free.

National Astronomy Day at W.A. Gayle Planetarium. Doors open at 5 p.m. Free.

Prattville CityFest 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Admisssion $2, Military $1, Under 5 Free. Arts and Crafts, Entertainment, Kid's Activities-inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo and more. 

Montgomery Museuam of Fine Arts Flimp Festival  10 a.m to 2 p.m.  Admission $5 for adults, $3 for kids, Free for Active Military.  Festivities include art making projects, artist demonstrations, music, food and a lot of FUN!

Mayfest at the Montgomery Zoo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission charged. Join Booker T. Washington School and The Montgomery Zoo for a day of fun filled activities, live entertainment, Food, games, gift items, and 40 acres of Zoo Wildlife

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Shoppes at Eastchase Farmers Market Grand Opening 5/28

The Farmers Market will be back at the Shoppes at EastChase this year every Saturday from May 28th to August 27th from 7am to Noon.

Grand Opening Day (May 28) festivities will include live entertainment from Southern Gentlemen, cooking demonstrations by Williams-Sonoma featuring Alabama-grown produce, Whinnie the miniature horse, and balloons for children. The Shoppes at EastChase teen board, Ecrew, will be handing out EastChase Market reusable shopping bags while MIX 103 will be onsite with contests and giveaways.

(Thanks to WSFA for the info!)

How I Use Rite Aid +Up Rewards To Get Things I Need For Cheap

First of all, let me say that I am no expert on coupons, but I can follow along enough on Southern Savers or Hip2Save to get some pretty sweet deals.

Here is how I got a whole bunch of useful things including diapers for less than the price of generic diapers at Wal-mart.

I started out with a $3 Rite Aid Single Check Rebate from something that I bought last month. I could have started with a +Up Reward or used cash and my total out of pocket would have been slightly higher. These transactions were done at 3 different locations on two different days, because some of the stores were out of things that I wanted. Luckily, I have several Rite Aid locations very close to my house. Check out Southern Savers post for the details on this week's sale and the location of the coupons.

Transaction #1
2- Dawn dish liquid .99 ea
Revlon Nail Files 1.47
Revlon Nail Clippers 1.31
Coupons used:
(2) Dawn .50- 1.00
1.00 Rite Aid $1 off any purchase coupon
Total with tax: 3.14
Paid with the $3 rebate check and 14 cents.
Got back $4 +Up Rewards

Transaction #2
Crest Pro Health Toothpaste 2.99
Crest Pro Health Toothpaste 2.99
Revlon Tweezer 1.47
Revlon Tweezer 1.47
Coupons Used:
$1 off total purchase Rite Aid Coupon
$1.50 off Crest Pro Health
$1 off any Crest
$4 +Up Reward from Transaction #1
Total including tax: 2.21
Got back $4, $2, $2 + Rewards

Transaction #3
Gallon Milk 3.39 (Which is actually a pretty good price for milk, since it was 3.83 at Walmart last time I was there. Free Tip: Drugstores tend to have better prices on milk for some reason.)
Dawn .99
Dawn .99
Coupons Used:
.50 Dawn
$4 +up reward from Transaction #2
Total out of pocket including tax: 1.41
(Didn't get anything back.)

Transaction #4
Revlon Nail File 1.47
Revlon Nail Clippers .87
Oral B Toothbrush 2.99
Oral B Toothbrush 2.99
Coupons used:
1.50 Oral B Toothbrush
1.50 Oral B Toothbrush
$4 + Up Reward from Tranaction #2
Total out of pocket including taxes: 2.15
Got back $4, $2, $2 +Up Rewards

Transaction #5
Pampers 9.99
Coupons used:
$1.50 Pampers
$2, $2, $4 +Up Rewards
Total out of pocket including tax: 1.49
Got back $2 +Up Reward

Total out of pocket over all: $7.40 ($3.54 of that is tax!)
For $37.36 worth of stuff. (and that's the sale prices)
And I still have a $2 +Up Reward to use.

Do you use coupons? What good deals have you gotten lately?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Herb Day at Old Alabama Town 5/7/11

Herb Day is Saturday May 7th, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Old Alabama Town.

Giddy-Up Horseradish is the "Herb of the Year" for the Old Alabama Town Herb Society.
Admission is FREE! 
Enjoy demonstrations, expert gardeners, garden tours, children's activities (starting at 10:30) and the Baldwin Arts Magnet Banjo Band (10am-11am)
9:30 "Herbs for Health" - Elsie Hilton, Herbalist
11:00 "ContainerScapes" - Jane McCarthy, horticulturist & Landscape Designer
12:30 Herbs: Flavor & Fragrance - Chef Daniel Dobbs of Earth Fare
We have been for the past several years and always enjoy it. There are many vendors, fun activities for the kids and the master gardeners always have plants for sale at really great prices!


National Astronomy Day at W.A. Gayle Planetarium 5/7/2011

National Astronomy Day (night) at W.A. Gayle Planetarium located in Oak Park in Montgomery.
Saturday May 7, 2011. Doors open at 5pm.
Come early to view the sun through their Solarscope and then see a show, take a tour of the night sky and listen to some interesting guest Speakers.

At sundown, go outside to view the nightsky through the telescopes provided by the Auburn Astronomical Society.
According to their Facebook page, there will be activities for the kids! My boy is pretty excited about this! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blockbuster Express: Free One Night Rental 5/2

Use code HAPPYMONDAY for one night free $1 rental at a Blockbuster Express kiosk. This won't work on the new $2.99 hot rentals.
Remember to return it before 9 tomorrow or you will be charged for the next night.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

How You Can Help Elmore County Tornado Victims

Many families in the Elmore county area were affected by the storms last Wednesday. You can help in several ways.
1. Donate Items
Lakeview Baptist Church at 9225 Atlanta Highway in Montgomery is collecting items to take to First Baptist Church Eclectic which is serving as a distribution point in that area.

The needed items are as follows:
  • Individually wrapped snacks-think things that won't melt in the heat such as granola bars, cracker packs.
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries and hygiene supplies
  • Bottled water
  • Large Ziploc bags
  • First aid supplies
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Hand sanitizing wipes
  • Batteries C and D size
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns
(As a couponer, I would like to point out here that you can check out sites like Southern Savers to find out good deals on many of the needed items. You can really stretch your dollar if you use sales and coupons to purchase items to donate.)

New items that are useful:
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Kitchen towels
  • Blankets
(They have requested no used clothing until further notice. There is also a need for really large tarps- like roofers use- to cover the damaged homes to prevent further damage from coming rains.)

2. Donate Money
There are many ways you can donate- The Red Cross or the Alabama Baptist Convention State Board of Missions. You can also send a check to Lakeview Baptist Church at P.O. Box 241738, Montgomery, AL 36124-1824. Just mark Disaster Relief in the memo line of the check. The money will be used to buy needed supplies to take to the families and workers in Elmore county disaster area. 

3. Donate Time
Workers are needed for clearing debris, sorting supplies, passing out food and many other areas. Check Lakeview's Facebook page for more info on trips that our group is taking to the area this coming week. Or call any local church that is collecting items and offer to help sort the donated items.
4. Pray
Pray for the families that were affected, for the volunteers, for God's glory to be made known  in this tragedy. Pray that God will show you a way that you can be involved. He is faithful to answer our prayers.

Debris in Eclectic 4/29/11
He comforts us when we are in trouble, so that we can share that same comfort with others in trouble.
-2 Corinthians 1:4