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Musician Jimmy Heath will perfomr at the Huntsville Museum of Art on Saturday.
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Musician Jimmy Heath will perfomr at the Huntsville Museum of Art on Saturday.


Auction fundraiser

Go for the food and fun Thursday, and you might take home some interesting gift items and trips.

You’ll help the American Business Women’s Association raise money for scholarships for young women in Morgan County, too.

The ABWA silent auction will be from 5 to 7:30 Thursday in the fellowship hall of Decatur’s Central United Methodist Church.

State Rep. Bill Dukes, D-Decatur, will be guest auctioneer for the live portion starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and include teriyaki skewers, pizza, sandwiches, fruits, cheese and desserts.

Along with door prizes, you’ll get to bid on a two-night lakeside stay at Covenant Lodge on Lake Guntersville, a camping package at Guntersville State Park, a camping and activities pass to Point Mallard, golf at three Robert Trent Jones courses, nights at resorts and restaurant certificates.

Passes to fun at Sci-Quest, Early Works, Constitution Village, Cathedral Caverns in Gulf Shores will be available, along with decorative items, gift baskets, a vintage hand-painted table, urns, art, lamps, magnetic decorator board and antique-look photo album.

Get advance tickets for $10 at the Decatur Convention and Visitors Bureau or Tammy Eddy Antiques. For information, call president Sandra Rost, 565-2523.

Friday garden concert

The Concert at the Columns series at the Huntsville Botanical Garden continues Friday with the well-known party band “Juice” from 6 to 8 p.m.

This is the second concert in the series this year; all are held in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater at the garden. “Juice” specializes in rock, pop, funk and old-fashioned party music.

Advance tickets to the concert are available at the Botanical Garden and are $8 for garden members and $10 for non-members ($4 for children 5 and under). All tickets are $10 at the door.

Box dinners will be available from Clementine’s in the Garden; beverages will also be available. Those attending may bring in picnic dinners, but no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed in the garden. Call 830-4447, ext. 241.

Bake sale for playground

The Hartselle Wal-Mart store and Hartselle civic clubs will hold a bake sale Saturday to benefit the Morgan County Special Needs Accessible Playground. Look for homemade cookies, cakes, fudge, brownies and other treats at both entrances to the Hartselle Wal-Mart from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jazz-n-June Festival

The Tennessee Valley Jazz Society is sponsoring its 21st annual Jazz-n-June Festival this weekend.

On Friday at 8 p.m., the group “Jaspects” will perform at the Earnest Knight Center at Alabama A&M University.

Artist Jimmy Heath will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Big Spring Park. He worked with all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, including Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.

Jazz on the patio of the museum is planned from noon to 5 Saturday, and 1 to 6 Sunday.

For tickets and other information, call The Arts Council, 519-2787, or check the Web site

Garden tour

Huntsville Botanical Garden and Bennett Nurseries will sponsor a garden tour this weekend titled “Outdoor Rooms with a View.”

Nine downtown Huntsville gardens that extend indoor living spaces outside will be open Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Formal gardens, cozy outdoor rooms and striking architectural features can be viewed, along with outdoor vignettes set up in the Botanical Garden, which is included in the tour price.

Tickets and maps to the gardens are available at the Huntsville Botanical Garden gift shop, The Greenery, Southern Classics, and Bennett Nurseries. Tickets are $15 for non-garden members and $13 for members. Call 430-3572, ext. 241, or check the Web site,

- Patrice Stewart

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