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Hale County Animal Shelter Adoptable Pet of the Week

proximately 18 months old. Loves people. Charlie prefers to be your only dog. No cats! Charlie is a real sweetheart!
Shelter hours are Monday 10-12 and Saturday 10-2. Come by and see our residents!
Please do your part to help end pet overpopulation by always spaying and neutering your pets!
🎄🎄🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎄🎄 from all of us at the shelter to all of you. May 2020 be a blessing to you and your families.

Church & Community Events

United Methodist Gathering
United Methodists from around the southeast will gather at Clearbranch United Methodist on Jan. 25 from 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. The theme of the day is, “Why the Best Days of Methodism are Ahead of Us!” This gathering of traditionally orthodox United Methodist will feature Dr. Chris Ritter as the day’s speaker, as well as a panel of Annual Conference delegates from around the southeast. You can register for the event at this link or by going to the “Events” link on the Clearbranch home page. For more information, contact Vaughn Stafford (334-549-9338), Lead Pastor of Clearbranch UMC; or Paul Lawler (205-306-1133), Lead Pastor of Christ Church UMC.

 

 

Red Cross
Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Tuscaloosa: 1/22 1 – 6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2015 Academy Dr.; 1/28 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UA Ferguson Center, 751 Campus Dr. 1/30 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UA Nursing School, 650 University Blvd E., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UA Ferguson Center, 751 Campus Dr.; 1/29: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAFerguson Center, 751 Campus D., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UA College of Ed., 102 Graves Hall; 1/30: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UA Nursing School, 650 University Blvd. E., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UA Ferguson Center, 751 Campus Dr.

Slices of Life Student Art Exhibition
Shelton State Community College’s Visual Arts Department will run its Slices of Life Student Art Exhibition in the Martin Campus Cadence Bank Art Gallery through Feb. 23 and is free and open to the public.

MLK Day Of Service – Sponsored by OES Beautiful Star #586A

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities! Beautiful Star is asking all who participate to  come to Salem Baptist Church, 1136 Baptist Hill Rd, Greensboro, on Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m., and bring with them a donation of one of the following items: hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, or paper towels to this event. All donations will be made to The Boys and Girls Club – Greensboro Unit!  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host Community Arts Conversations and the second annual exhibit in recognition of Black History Month at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Taking place on First Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, the exhibit reception will be open from 5-8 p.m. and Community Arts Conversations will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, numerous groups from Tuscaloosa County will be featured in an expo style presentation at tables during Community Arts Conversations from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall. Established by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa in 2012, the goal of the event is to introduce local cultural organizations to the public and provide information about the groups and their staff on a personal level. Ticket giveaways for upcoming events and other promotional initiatives will also take place. Also on First Friday, the opening of a juried exhibit in recognition of Black History Month will take place from 5-8 p.m. in The Arts Council Gallery. Artists were invited to submit up to three works of any theme or subject matter for judging. Only original two- and three-dimensional works by artists living in Bibb, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Perry, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties were eligible. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28. The featured caterer for First Friday will be Taziki’s Mediterranean. Visit www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com for a complete list of First Friday participants and their exhibits. The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should follow and like “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and also Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

Meet Your Legislators Night

A “Meet Your Legislators Night” highlighting proposed actions of the 2020 legislative session is planned for Jan. 21, Tues., Jan. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. on the UA Campus in the Rast Room of the Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W. Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa.and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa. Co-sponsors are the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the University of Alabama Retirees Association (TUARA). The public is invited to attend. Each legislator will be given a chance to present what he thinks the key issues will be for the upcoming 2020 legislative session. Afterward, the LWV moderator will ask each candidate prepared questions. Written questions from the audience will be taken if time permits. The following West Alabama legislators have been invited to attend the “Meet your Legislators Night”: Sen. Gerald Allen of Dist. 21; Rep. Christopher England of Dist. 70; Rep. A.J. McCampbell of Dist.71; Rep. Bill Poole of Dist.63; Rep. Rodney Sullivan of Dist. 61; Sen. Greg Reed of Dist. 5; Rep. Rich Wingo of Dist.62; Sen. Bobby Singleton of Dist. 24 and Rep. Kyle South of Dist. 16. The League of Women Voters, founded in 1920, is a nonpartisan organization committed to the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Open to both men and women, the LWV does not support political parties or candidates. This forum is funded in part by a grant from the League of Women Voters of Alabama Education Fund. OLLI and TUARA are also nonpartisan organizations. For further information about “Meet Your Legislators Night,” contact Kim Bailey at 205- 331-9799 or kabailey07@gmail.com.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: The HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

During January, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) wants to remind Alabamians that cervical cancer is over 90 percent preventable. With improved education, access to gynecologic care, and most importantly – vaccination, cervical cancer can join other eradicated diseases of the past. When found early, cervical cancer is highly treatable and associated with high survival rates.

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common virus that 80 percent of women will be exposed to at some point in their lifetime. HPV is passed person-to-person through sexual contact. Because HPV usually does not exhibit any symptoms, it is possible to have HPV without knowing it, and to unknowingly spread the virus to others. Although men are not at risk for cervical cancer, they are at risk for other types of HPV-related cancers, including penile and oropharyngeal cancers of the neck, mouth and throat.

The risk of developing cervical cancer and other types of HPV-related cancers can be drastically reduced with a series of safe and effective vaccines that will protect women and men against the most common types of HPV and their related health problems. HPV vaccination could prevent more than 90 percent of cancers caused by HPV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that the ideal age to vaccinate is 11 and 12. ACIP also recommends HPV vaccination to include the “catch-up” age for both men and women age 18 – 26.

Recently the ACIP voted to expand the recommendation to also include older adults up to age 45 who had not been adequately vaccinated. Research has shown that older adults can still benefit by gaining protection against the HPV types to which a person has not been exposed.  

Cervical cancer causes the death of about 4,000 U.S. women each year. According to data collected by the CDC, there are more deaths from cervical cancer in Alabama than in any other state in the nation. The average age of diagnosis tends to occur in women between the ages of 35 and 44. Many older women do not realize that the risk of developing cervical cancer is still present as they age; in fact, all women are at risk for cervical cancer.

To help prevent cervical cancer, the ADPH urges women to: get vaccinated, practice safe sex, be smoke-free, have routine Pap screenings, ask for an HPV test with Pap smear for ages 30 and over, watch for abnormal vaginal discharge and bleeding and seek immediate medical attention.

Every January the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute partners with several organizations, including ADPH, to launch the “Go Teal and White” statewide campaign in an effort to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention and its impact on the state of Alabama.

The RSA Towers, along with other buildings throughout the state, will be lit in teal and white on January 17. Show your support for cervical cancer awareness by wearing teal and white on that same day.

The Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP) provides free cervical cancer screenings for women who meet eligibility guidelines. Through the Title X program, cervical cancer screening is also available in 83 county health departments across the state, as well as Jefferson and Mobile County Health Departments. For more information about free screenings, contact ABCCEDP toll-free at 1-877-252-3324 or contact your local county health department.

Visit these resources below for more information: alabamapublichealth.gov/cancer, alabamapublichealth.gov/bandc, usahealthsystem.com.

School Events

Free Programs at UWA to learn how to become a Certified Automotive Tech or Certified Nursing Assistant
Become qualified to work as a CNA, PCA, Home Health Aide or Automotive Technician. Must be between the ages of 18-24. For information call (205) 652-5494 or email jmahaffey@uwa.edu. This project is funded 100% with Federal Funds made available to the State of Alabama Department of Commerce by the U. S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration as the Grantor.

Alabama 4-H Foundation to Award $35,000 in Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted via 4HOnline at www.4honline.com. Completed applications are due online by March 1.  As part of the application process, students must submit a resume, letter of recommendation and their 4-H story titled How Alabama 4-H Has Changed My Life. These requirements must meet the following guidelines: Limit the 4-H story to 500 words or less. Also, double space the text, use Arial or Times New Roman 12–point font and have one-inch margins. Limit a resume to one page. A letter of recommendation should be from a non-family member such as, 4-H staff members, school administrators, teachers or coaches. Save all documents as PDFs and upload them into 4HOnline. Scholarship winners can expect notifications by April 15.

MLK Day Of Service – Sponsored by OES Beautiful Star #586A
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities! Beautiful Star is asking all who participate to come to Salem Baptist Church, 1136 Baptist Hill Rd, Greensboro, on Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m., and bring with them a donation of one of the following items: hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, or paper towels to this event. All donations will be made to The Boys and Girls Club – Greensboro Unit! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Applications Now Available for Mercedes-Benz Scholarships
Applications are now available for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Scholarship Program. MBUSI established the program in 2003 to assist Alabama high school seniors and dependent children of MBUSI Team Members who plan to continue their education in college or vocational-technical school programs. Since the program’s inception, MBUSI has offered more than $200,000 to 170 students through the program. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a one-time scholarship. Up to ten (10) $2,000 awards will be granted each year, with half of the scholarships going to students from high schools in Tuscaloosa County or Jefferson County and the other half to children of MBUSI Team Members. Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete official transcript of grades to: “Scholarship America”, which manages the program for MBUSI. Applications can be found on the MBUSI website www.mbusi.com/scholar2020. The deadline to apply is March 16.

Double Exposure Statewide Photography Competition
An exhibit featuring the entrants in the 2020 Double Exposure Statewide Photography Competition for Juniors will take place at the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery Jan. 27-Feb. 9. The event was open to photographers ages 12-17 from the state of Alabama only. Artists were allowed to enter up to three works and any photographic media was accepted. Winners will be announced at a later date. The exhibit will end with a closing reception and awards ceremony on Feb. 9 from 2-3 p.m. The Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and also during Bama Theatre events. Enter through the PARA Building, located adjacent to the theatre, during daytime hours. The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more