News from the Tennessee Valley Diversions

Coming Up In February

FEB. 6

Remembering veterans

Veterans will be admitted free Tuesday evening when Austin High School drama students present the one-act play “We Will Remember: A Tribute to Veterans.” General admission is $3 at the door for others. The 45-minute show will begin at 7 in the Austin High auditorium.

FEB. 8

Black History Month art

Thomas Colvin, featured artist during the Black History Month observance at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, will be honored at a reception Thursday at noon. His art will be on display through Feb. 23 in the University Center Gallery and Exhibit Hall.

FEB. 8

Go Red for Women

If you think heart disease affects only you, think again. That’s the theme of the “Go Red for Women” Heart Month program Decatur General Hospital will sponsor Thursday at the Princess Theatre. Refreshments will be served in the lobby before the 7 p.m. program. Registered nurse Patty Bowen’s story will make you think about how your lifestyle choices affect those you love, and Dr. Anita Arnold of Decatur Heart and Vascular will share how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, how to respond and how to reduce your risk factors. Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of women. There is no charge, but register by calling 341-2111 or online at

FEB. 9

Art for Heart

You can add artwork to your home or office and help a good cause at the same time at Art for Heart on Friday at 7 p.m. at Burningtree Country Club. Tickets are $50, with the art auction and hors d’oeuvres benefiting the American Heart Association. Jimmy and Barbara Smith will be honored this year. Preview the art at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center; for information, call Sissy Graves, 351-0424.

FEB. 9-10

Neil Simon comedy

A new community theater group in Hartselle is planning its first full-length comedy next weekend. The College Street Players will perform Neil Simon’s “The Star-Spangled Girl” in the old Burleson school building on College Street, called Hartselle Fine Arts Center. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 in advance (318-1995 or 318-8009) or $10 at the door.

FEB. 10

Homegrown talent search

Here’s your chance to be a North Alabama “Idol.” Preliminaries in a “Homegrown Talent Contest” are scheduled in Huntsville, Decatur and Florence for contestants to show their abilities in music, drama and dance. The second preliminary round is scheduled for Colonial Mall, Decatur, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Finals will be April 29 on the Showcase Stage in Huntsville’s Big Spring International Park during the Panoply arts festival. For application forms, call 519-2787, ext. 205, or visit

Compiled by Patrice Stewart

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