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Laura Phillips, left, Dena Nagel in 'Steel Magnolias.'
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Laura Phillips, left, Dena Nagel in "Steel Magnolias."


Last weekend to see ‘Steel Magnolias’

“Steel Magnolias” will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center.

The College Street Players will show Robert Harling’s characters sharing their joys and sorrows in a Louisiana beauty shop.

Laura Phillips of Decatur plays beauty shop owner Truvy Jones, and Allison Good of Hartselle is her assistant. Kelley Gillikin of Decatur and Dena Nagel of Hartselle play the mother and daughter who battle diabetes and each other. Ann Hill of Hartselle and Jane Burrell of Decatur bring laughs as this Louisiana town’s grand dame and eccentric but loveable character.

Tickets for the play, which is staged in the old Burleson School building on College Street, are $10 each, or $5 for groups of 10 or more. They are available at the door, or call 355-5994 and leave the name and number of tickets to hold for payment at the door.

Mockabee to perform in Hartselle

Rudy Mockabee, one of the original Drifters, will perform Saturday in Hartselle at Steele’s Karaoke and Event Center.

The center, which is located in the Hartselle Plaza Shopping Center on U.S. 31, is open from 7:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Admission is $5.

Mockabee, who signed with Atlantic Records in 1968, has appeared with country artist Jack Green and opened for Otis Redding and James Brown.

He has been performing in Huntsville the past 26 years. Thirteen of those years have been five nights per week at the Holiday Inn.

For additional information, call 773-1188.

Shetland sheepdog show in Decatur

The annual Shetland sheepdog show goes through Sunday at T.C. Almon Recreation Center at Point Mallard Park in Decatur.

The show is presented by the Shetland Sheepdog Club of North Alabama, along with sheepdog clubs from Memphis and Georgia. Judges score the dogs on their performing agility, obedience during trials and physical form. The show attracts between 50 and 70 dogs per day.

Admission is free. A parking fee will be charged daily. Visit for more info.

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