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Relay for Life meeting Thursday

Relay for Life for Decatur will meet Thursday to start organizing teams for the 2008 event and recognize the achievements of last yearís goal-surpassing campaign for the American Cancer Society.

The meeting is open to anyone seeking more information about how to build a fundraising team or improve his teamís fundraising skills. It also will tell how people can volunteer without being on a team.

Last yearís campaign surpassed its $203,500 goal, and Nucor became the first team in Alabama to raise more than $50,000.

The meeting will occur in the Camp Bluebird Room at Decatur General Hospital at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Beth Tutwiler at 318-0590.

Paul Huggins

Family Volunteer Day is Saturday

The Volunteer Center of Morgan County seeks moms, dads, brothers and sisters for Family Volunteer Day.

The designated day is Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, Volunteer Center National Network and Walt Disney Co.

To learn about the volunteering opportunities suited for families and to register, call the Volunteer Center at 355-8628.

Paul Huggins

Holiday Open House is Nov. 18

ATHENS — Get into the holiday spirit by heading to downtown Athens on Nov. 18.

The Spirit of Athens Committee is hosting the Holiday Open House from 1-5 p.m.

Father Christmas will be at Bennettís Clothing Store, and there will be entertainment on the south side of the square.

Hobbs Jewelers will have a drawing for a diamond pendant at 5 p.m.

This is a separate event from the annual Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Open House. That event will be Dec. 1 and will include a tree lighting ceremony on the square.

Holly Hollman

Operation Santa Claus seeks help

Operation Santa Claus seeks community help to provide Christmas gifts for adults served by the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama and patients at North Alabama Regional Hospital.

Last year more than 290 people received gifts valued at about $9,500. The community can get involved in the following ways:

  • Call the MHA office for the name and wish list of a person, and shop for that person, spending about $35.

  • Give a tax-deductible donation of about $35 to sponsor one person. Make the check payable to the Mental Health Association and mail it to P.O. Box 1502, Decatur, AL 35602. Designate for Operation Santa Claus.

  • Buy a gift or make a donation of any amount. Call the MHA office for suggested items. All gifts need to be new, unwrapped and delivered to the MHA office at 207 Commerce Circle S.W. by Dec. 6.

  • Make a dessert for the MHA Christmas party occurring Dec. 12.

    For more information, call 353-1160.

    Paul Huggins

    King holiday seeks volunteers, ideas

    ATHENS — You can help plan how the community will celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January.

    The Athens-Limestone Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Planning Committee will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Limestone County Commission office on Washington Street. Those interested in volunteering can call Benard Simelton at 426-6406, the mayorís office at 233-8730 or the commission office at 233-6400.

    Holly Hollman

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