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Sep 26, 2015 10am-6pm

Houston County Farm Center, Dothan
The 4th annual Oktoberfest and barbecue competition, PorktoberQue, will again be held the last weekend of September at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan. The event features BBQ teams competing for $7700.00 in prize money under KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) sanctioning and also promotes a German-style Oktoberfest. There are two stages featuring both polka music and contemporary music, an indoor biergarten, a "man cave" with TV’s for watching your favorite football games, a cornhole tournament, free bounce houses for the kids to play on, shopping with vendors and many food-related activities.

For more information please visit our website or call (334) 699-1475.

City of Headland Holiday Open House

Headland, Ala.
Headland will have a city-wide Holiday Open House to launch the holiday season on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, Nov 20, 3:00-8:00pm.

Merchants will stay open late with special sales and holiday treats for people to shop after normal business hours. More businesses will also have customer appreciation/open house activities.

Lighted luminaries will designate participating businesses during the event. Those participating include Polka Dots & Lace, The Old Ice House, Daylight Invites, Diann’s Florist & Gifts, The Gilded Lily, Quilted Creations, K-Time Sports and Apparel, Ashley Parr Photography & Courtly Couture, Peoples South Bank, Headland Insurance, HNB First Bank and WRMZ Radio. The City of Headland Municipal Complex and the Judicial Building will also have open house for the public to tour the newly renovated facilities.

The tree-lighting at the square will be at 6:00pm followed by Headland Elementary School’s Kindergarten’s Holiday Sing at the gazebo.

Santa will arrive in his red sleigh on Grove Street on the downtown square at 3:30pm to visit with children and then will move to Diann’s Florist at 4:30 until 5:30. Strolling carolers will also entertain with Christmas music in front of businesses during the evening.

Another Sundown Cinema at the Square is set for the following night, Friday, Nov. 21 at 6:00pm. “The Polar Express” will be the featured presentation. Popcorn, hot cocoa and drinks will be available. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this holiday event. This free outdoor movie is sponsored by the City of Headland, Headland Area Chamber of Commerce and Renaissance Headland.

Headland’s Annual Christmas Parade will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6:00pm. The theme for this year’s parade is “A Caroling Christmas Parade” and the Parade Marshall is Carol Bedsole. Parade entry forms are available on line at Entry fee is $10. For more information, contact the Headland Area Chamber of Commerce at 334-693-3303 or

Serve Alabama to Host Free Non-Profit Capacity Building /AmeriCorps Funding Information Workshops in Dothan

Wallace Community College in Rane-Hall Wellness Auditorium
Non-profit and faith-based organization leaders and staff, along with the general
public are invited to attend free workshops hosted by Serve Alabama. The workshops will focus
on non-profit sustainability and an overview of the AmeriCorps application process. The workshop
will be held on December 2, 2014. The workshops will be held Wallace Community College in Rane-
Hall Wellness Auditorium at 1141 Wallace Drive Dothan, AL 36303.
The interactive grant workshop will provide participants with basic skills needed to prepare a professional
persuasive viable grant proposals written to benefit an organization. Participants will also have
the chance to learn more about AmeriCorps. The sessions will be conducted to share the requirements
for submitting an AmeriCorps grant and the benefits of this resource for the state of Alabama.
Anyone interesting in attending these workshops should go to or contact
our office at
Please see the following page for dates and locations. If you have any questions email Ashley Whittle
Tiedt at or call 334-328-5971. To learn more about Serve Alabama,
please visit

Chili Vibrations Reggae Festival

Aaron Bessant Amphitheater at Pier Park.
Panama City Beach Fl, - November 14th, 15th, 16th 2014, Beach Arts Coali-tion’s highly anticipated event Chili Vibrations Reggae Festival will take place at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater at Pier Park.
This Festival will boast Headliners: Julian Marley & The Uprising, Iration, Dirty Heads and Matisyahu complimented by Junior Marvin & Force One, Rootz Underground, Heritage, Natty Vibes and Hor!zen. A Chili Cook Off Sanc-tioned by the International Chili Society will take place on Saturday the 15th featuring local chefs and amateurs alike. A variety of cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the participants. Additionally, the winner of the Red Chili Competition will qualify for the World Championships in 2015. The three day festival will also host a variety of food, beverage and merchandise vendors for your enjoyment.
Tickets are available at, and locally at Little Village in Panama City as well as Frimet to Z Auto in Panama City Beach. In addition to the presold weekend passes, single day passes went on sale Nov.1st. Tickets will also be available at the Gate
We will be hosting media on festival grounds both Thursday, Friday and Satur-day prior to Gate Opening Times We appreciate your support thus far and would love to welcome you out to the site for interviews.
Additional information on this event can be obtained at

Inter-Faith Prayer Service in the Taizé Tradition

St. Columba Chapel, 2700 W. Main Street in Dothan
An inter-faith prayer service in the Taizé tradition will be held on Sunday, November 16, at 7 pm in the St. Columba Chapel, 2700 W. Main Street in Dothan. Modeled on the prayers for world peace held in Taizé, France, the service consists of simple, repetitive melodies, Scripture reading and silent prayer in a candlelit atmosphere. All are invited.

Direct Sales/Home Business Expo and Shopping Event

Saint Andrews Market and District downtown Dothan
Direct Sales/Home business expo and shopping event. It will be held from 10-4 that Saturday and is free to the public. Vendor spots are $20 for the day. If interested contact 334-618-0738.

Dothan Police: "Its Ok to Report a Crime"

Andrew Belle Community Center 1270 Lake St. Dothan, Ala.
Dothan Police hosts "Its Ok to Report a Crime"

Bay Area Food Bank to Distribute Food to Residents of Holmes County

Bonifay First United Methodist Church
In partnership with the Holmes County Ministerial Association, Bay Area Food Bank will be distributing between 8,000-10,000 pounds of food to residents of Holmes County on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; or until the food runs out. The distribution will take place at Bonifay First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, located at 202 North Oklahoma Street, Bonifay, FL 32425.

Mammography Unit at the Dothan Belks October 24-25

Dothan Belks
The women do not have to have insurance but their are some stipulations with age, you have to have a physician to send the results to and women cannot have any known Breast issues. This could be a huge win for the community. Belk is picking up the cost for women to get screened. The event is 10/24-10/25. Please help us get word out to the community.

Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Eufaula Chapter 2014 Regional Gathering.

The Eufaula Police Department is proud to assist the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club as the Eufaula Chapter hosts their 2014 regional gathering. The Buffalo Soldiers use motorcycle safety and education to promote the history and legacy of the 9th and 10th Calvary Regiments known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Their goal is to be a positive presence in the community that develops today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. The organization also raises money for various charities such as the American Cancer Society and local Boys and Girls Clubs.

An expected 300 or more Buffalo Soldiers motorcyclists will ride in formation through Eufaula on Saturday, October 18th. The Eufaula Police and Barbour County Sheriff’s Office will be escorting them. We encourage everyone to come out and cheer or waive an American flag as they ride by. If you’ve never seen hundreds of motorcycles ride in formation, you don’t want to miss this! The club celebrates a significant American military heritage of multiple Medal of Honor recipients and the defense and building of our nation since 1866. Many of today’s riders are former and active military, law enforcement or public service personnel. Much more information about the Buffalo Soldiers is available on their web site at

The ride will start at and exit Lakepoint State Park at 10:00AM on Saturday morning and head north out of town. The riders will re-enter Eufaula across the causeway from Georgia on US Hwy 82 between 11:00 and 11:30AM. The best place to view and cheer will be as they continue west on Hwy 82 (E. Barbour St.) and then turn north on US Hwy 431 (N. Eufaula Ave.) and continue back towards Lakepoint State Park where the ride will end. Traffic restrictions will be minimal and only long enough to permit the motorcycle formation to safely travel through town.

Community Recycling Event

Houston County Farm Center Parking Lot
On Saturday, October 18, WRC’s Assured Data Destruction, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and WTVY TV 4 will offer residents the opportunity to have their unused outdated electronics (excluding glass-screen TVs and computer monitors), paper records and data storage materials shredded and recycled during a FREE Community Recycling Event. Drop off your items to be recycled or shredded at the Houston County Farm Center Parking Lot from 8:00-11:00 a.m. This free event aims to raise public awareness of the need to securely destroy confidential material in order to prevent identify theft and fraud, as well as to encourage people to recycle more.
The drop-off event is free and open to the public. Assured Data Destruction is AAA NAID (National Association for Information Destruction), the highest certification available for the secure document destruction business. For additional information and for a list of accepted items during the Community Recycling Day, please contact Cynthia Green at WRC’s Assured Data Destruction at 334.792.0022, Ext. 308, email or visit

"Hallelujah Harvest Festival"

Memphis Baptist Church, 4595 Eddins Road,
Memphis Baptist Church, 4595 Eddins Road, will host a "Hallelujah Harvest Festival" 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. Children may wear their favorite costume, no scary ones, and enjoy a safe, fun, Christ-centered alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating. There will be games, face painting, a cake walk, a hay ride, free chili dog supper, and a festive photo opportunity. Admission is free. Please bring a food donation for the Columbia Baptist Association Food Pantry. Call 334-677-5387 for details.

National Night Out for Covington County Drug Task Force

100 Block of Church St. in Andalusia
Oct. 7th National night out program that the Covington County Drug Task Force will be doing the Take Back Prescription pill program that night. This program is set up so that anyone with unused medications can bring those pills to us so that they can be disposed of properly. There will be no questions asked of anyone that brings medicines in.

Blood Donations

Rite-Aid of Andalusia
Rite-Aid of Andalusia
Wed, October 1st
Every donor will receive a
$5 Gift Card from Rite Aid

Martial Arts for Salvation Army

Wiregrass Commons Mall Burlington Court
Step 1: Stop by our Dothan Martial Arts Academy located on
1451 Westgate Parkway, Dothan, AL 36303 and register to get involved
and receive an envelope!

Step 2: Set a challenging goal. Ask yourself the question “How much
money can I raise?” “What would be a challenging goal for myself?”
Step 3: Get Sponsors. Ask friends, relatives, neighbors, and local
businesses to sponsor you.

Step 4: Collect Donations. Any and all donations in cash or check are
welcome. The checks should be made out to Salvation Army.
Step 5: Return the Sponsor Form Envelope along with ALL of the
donations to Dothan Martial Arts Academy by October 3, 2014.

When: October 4, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Where: Wiregrass Commons Mall Burlington Court

Calling All Teens! Creative Writing Workshops with Local Author

Sep 8, 2014 Sept. 8th at 4:00 p.m- 5:00 pm. Afterwards ever 1st Monday of each month

Dothan-Houston County Library's Board Room 445 North Oates Street, Dothan, AL 36303
Join local author Danielle Wallace at the Dothan-Houston County Library for fun, inspirational creative writing workshops. Teens will be able to express themselves using different genres of writing, ranging from poetry to fiction. These workshops are free, so grab your pen, notepad, and your imagination to make a difference in the world around you. If you know a teen that would love to attend, share this information with them.

Place: Dothan-Houston County Library's Board Room

Date: Begins September 8, 2014. Afterwards every 1st Monday
of each month

Time: 4:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m

Contact Danielle Wallace at if you have any questions.

Animal Adventures

Landmark Park
(DOTHAN--) Landmark Park will present the next “Animal Adventures” on Friday June 27 at 10 a.m. These special, one-hour educational programs provide unique opportunities to learn about our natural world. Children ages 5 and older are encouraged to come with their youth groups and families to see the wonder of native and exotic animals.

Homing pigeons are incredible birds that have an innate homing ability which allows them to return from incredible distances to their nesting area. These birds have been used throughout history in several ways including army messengers and to deliver medical information. Join John Ross Helms, member of the Wiregrass Racing Pigeon Club as he shares his 30 years worth of experience raising and racing these spectacular birds. Mr. Helms will have several birds available for guests to see up close and then he will release the birds to return to their home.

Programs begin at 10 a.m. in the Interpretive Center at Landmark Park. A noon program may be available if the morning session fills. Admission is free with paid admission to the park ($4 for adults, $3 for children 3-12, free for members and children 2 and under). Reservations are required, plus a 50 percent deposit for groups of 15 or more.

Landmark Park, home of the Alabama Agricultural Museum, is a 135-acre historical and natural science park located on U.S. Highway 431 North in Dothan, Ala. For more information and to register for a program, contact the park at 334-794-3452.

National Night Out “Shining a Light on Crime”

Dothan Civic Center
National Night Out “Shining a Light on Crime”

August 9th – Dothan Civic Center – 3:00 PM till 8:00 PM

For questions contact the Dothan Police Department (334) 793-0290

Henry Cho – The Funny but Clean Comedian

Dothan Opera House
Henry Cho – The Funny but Clean Comedian

July 19th – Dothan Opera House – 7:30 PM

Advanced Reserved Tickets: $41 VIP Floor Left, Center & Right Rows A – B;

$34 Floor Left, Center & Right Rows C-G; $26 Floor Left, Center & Right

Rows H – M and all Balcony Seating.

Day of Show Reserved Tickets: $45 VIP Floor Left, Center & Right Rows A – B;

$38 Floor Left, Center & Right Rows C-G; $30 Floor Left, Center & Right

Rows H – M and all Balcony Seating.

Tickets can be purchased at the Dothan Civic Center Box

Office, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM till 4:30 PM or by

Calling (334) 615-3175. Tickets can also be purchased

online at or