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April 12

Artist’s gallery talk

Decatur artist Matt Welch will give a gallery talk at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence on Thursday at 7 p.m.

His landscapes and architectural paintings are on exhibit through May 3 at the center, 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. Welch will talk about his technique and inspiration for paintings in this exhibit, “Stops Along the Way.”

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and admission is free. Call 760-6379 for more information.

April 12-14

Van Cliburn Festival

The Huntsville Chamber Music Guild will sponsor its celebrity series and Van Cliburn Festival featuring award-winning musicians Thursday through Saturday at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall.

These performers are scheduled: Yakov Kasman, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Sa Chen, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Joyce Yang at 3 p.m. and Alexander Kobrin at 7:30 p.m.

Individual tickets are $30, or $25 for seniors and $20 for students; the package price for all four concerts is $49.99. Call 824-6540.

Also, the Guild will sponsor Grammy nominee Robert McDuffie on violin and Margery McDuffie Whatley on piano April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

April 14

Barbershop harmony

For a trip down memory lane, plan to attend the “Golden Memories” concert Saturday, sponsored by the Rocket City Chorus, which is celebrating 50 years of barbershop singing in Huntsville.

The Huntsville Metropolitan Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will sing, along with the 2006 Dixie District champions.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Grissom High School’s auditorium. Tickets are $13 and $10 in advance and $15 and $12 day of show; call 881-3762 or visit

April 14-15

Burritt’s Spring Farm Days

Burritt on the Mountain in Huntsville plans its Spring Farm Days Festival this weekend.

You’ll see sheep being sheared and wool fiber going through carding and weaving to become a woven shawl on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The living history farm will show what spring cleaning houses was like in earlier times, along with tilling the soil and planting the vegetable garden.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military and $5 for children and students, with those under 2 and annual members free. Call 536-2882 or visit

April 25

Gift box fundraiser for Red Cross

The American Red Cross office in Decatur is taking orders for spring gift boxes suitable for Office Professionals’ Day on April 25, as well as Mother’s Day and other spring occasions.

Each gift box includes a silver-plated candle snuffer from Jimmy Smith Jewelers, almond-coconut scented bath scrub and shower wash, sisal and terry scrubbing pad, glass vase, garden bug magnet, votive and candle, cheese straws and other goodies.

Order the $32 gifts for pickup in Decatur or Moulton on April 19-25 ($16 is tax-deductible for supporting Red Cross services) by calling the Red Cross, 353-4891.

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