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Hale County Animal Shelter Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Bean, all 3.5 pounds of him. He will be available for adoption on December 15. Cute little mixed breed.
We have several cats and kittens available too.
Shelter hours are Monday 10-12 and Saturday 10-2.
Please spay and neuter your pets!

Submitted by Laurie Nevin, Hale County Animal Shelter, 334-352-2000.

Church & Community Events

VFW Post 5377 Christmas Party
Attention all members of VFW Post 5377 and all veterans who are eligible for membership in our organization, this announcement is to inform you that our next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Dec. 11, starting 6 p.m. We will however be dispensing with our usual business and will instead have our annual Christmas Party. The event will be held at the Red Barn in Demopolis. We will start at 6 p.m. and will last as long as you can hold out. This is a Dutch treat event and we encourage you bring your spouse or significant other for this evening of celebration. Not a member of the VFW? Well this would be an ideal time for you to join then wouldn’t it. All Veterans who served this great nation during times of war in a combat zone are eligible for membership in the oldest American Veterans organization, so bring a copy of your DD Form 214 with you when you attend, and your membership fee and we can sign you up on the spot. Remember “no one does more for Veterans than we do.” We need you, your energy and ideas as we continue to serve this great nation, our community and our fellow Americans.

33rd Juried Show for West Alabama
The Arts Council’s 33rd Juried Show for West Alabama artists will be displayed in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Dec. 7-21. A public opening reception honoring the winners will be held on Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday. West Alabama artists were allowed to submit up to three works for judging including two and three dimensional pieces. Twenty-eight submissions were chosen representing artists in Jefferson, Pickens, Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties. Jason Guynes, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Professor of Art and Painting at the University of Alabama, served as the adjudicator.

Red Cross: Urgent Need For Blood And Platelet Donations Now
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive. Tuscaloosa: 12/17:: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., University Mall, 1701 McFarland Blvd E.

School Events

SSCC Fall Commencement
Shelton State Community College will host fall commencement events on Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14. All events will be held in the Martin Campus Gymnasium. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4 p.m. Health Information Technology and Respiratory Therapy Pinning Ceremony; Friday, December 14, 2018, 10 a.m. Fall Graduation.The College will be closed Dec. 24 -Jan. 1 for holiday break. Normal hours of operation will resume on Jan. 2. Spring classes will begin on Jan. 9 with all online classes beginning Jan. 16. For more information, visit sheltonstate.edu.

UA Awarded Grant To Test Dementia Caregiver App
A national healthcare agency has funded a joint project between UA and Florida International University to test the efficacy of “CareHeroes,” a web and mobile application designed for dementia caregivers. The app is designed to improve communication between physicians providing dementia care and caergivers. The app also aims to decrease caregiver burden and depression symptoms, which they often experience because of the stress of caregiving. The $300,000 grant will allow researchers to test the app with more than 60 participants. For more information, contact David Miller, UA Strategic Communications, at 205-348-0825 or david.c.miller@ua.edu.

Even When Performing Well, Women Ceos More Likely To Be Fired
Women CEOs are much more likely than male CEOs to be dismissed, even when the women are performing well, according to research from UA. The findings are detailed in the paper “You’re Fired! Gender Disparities in CEO Dismissal,” which is accepted for publication in the Journal of Management. Female CEOs are about 45 percent more likely than male CEOs to be dismissed from their firms. The UA researchers, Drs. Sandra Mortal and Vishal Gupta, are available at scmortal@cba.ua.edu and vkgupta@cba.ua.edu, respectively. For assistance, contact Zach Thomas, director of marking and communications, UA Culverhouse College of Business, at 205-348-8318 or zthomas@cba.ua.edu or UA communications, 205-348-5320.

UA To Hold Commencement Exercises Dec. 15
UA has more than 2,700 degree candidates who will participate in two commencement ceremonies, Saturday, Dec. 15, at Coleman Coliseum. For more information, contact David Miller, UA Strategic Communications, at 205-348-0825 or david.c.miller@ua.edu.

Music Therapy For Seniors With Memory Loss
Students in UA’s School of Music will perform for senior citizens with Alzheimer’s and dementia at Capstone Village Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9:15 a.m. People with Alzheimer’s and dementia may forget people and events in their lives, but music is something they often enjoy. Music taps into people’s memories and generally brings positive and comforting emotions. The students, who are playing for the memory care senior citizens, receive both a class grade and an opportunity to bring joy to the residents. For more information, contact Jamon Smith, UA Strategic Communications, at 205-348-4956.

State’s Job Numbers Exceed Pre-Recession High
Alabama has more jobs now than before the Great Recession, according to the latest economic indicators from UA’s Center for Business and Economic Research. With a 12-month job increase of 1.3 percent, the tally of nonfarm jobs finally exceeds the previous high of jobs last seen in December 2007. Nearly all areas of the state saw job growth, according to the report. Huntsville was the big winner with 7,800 jobs. For interviews, contact Dr. Ahmad Ijaz, CBER executive director and director of economic forecasting, at 205-348-2955 or aijaz@culverhouse.ua.edu. For assistance, contact Zach Thomas, director of marketing and communications, UA Culverhouse College of Business, at 205-348-8318 or zthomas@cba.ua.edu or UA communications, 205-348-5320.