Hale County Animal Shelter Adoptable Pet of the Week

This cutie is Thelma., a 6-9 month old lab/hound mix who is a very playful girl. Come by and meet her and her sister! Hours are Mon. 10-12 and Sat. 10-2. Please remember the animals at the shelter and that they love Christmas gifts to! Call us for a list of needs!. Submitted by Laurie Nevin, Hale County Animal Shelter, 334-624-8120

Church & Community Events

Hale County Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting
The Hale County Soil and Water Conservation District Board will hold a regular meeting on Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Hale County College and Career Academy.

Porches and Parlors 2019: Alabama Bicentennial Celebration
Porches and Parlors 2019: Becentennial Celebration will be Dec.8, 1-5 p.m. Come tour several of the finest private homes and two museum homes. Tour begins at the Hale County Library and features: Hale County Library, Magnolia Grove House Museum, Noel-Ramsey House Museum (Refreshements offered for all ticket holders), The Greensboro Depot, First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Manse (private residence open only for Porches and Parlors), Oakhampton (private residence open only for Porches and Parlors), Sunset Hill (private residence open only for Porches and Parlors), VIP Tickets get to tour all houses as well as a bonus house that will have refreshments and a hot chocolate/coffee bar. This year the VIP House is The Oaks, an 1845 Greek Revival House Featured in the March issue of Southern Living Magazine. For ticket information visit facebook.com/events

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: 12/5: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Randall-Reilly, 3200 Rice Mine Rd., N.E.; 12/9: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., University Mall, 1701 McFarland Blvd. E.; 12/27: 1 – 7 p.m., University Mall, 1701 McFarland Blvd E.; 12/28: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., University Mall, 1701 McFarland Blvd E.; 1/2/2020: 1 – 6 p.m., Best Buy, 1800 McFarland Blvd E.

Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Landmarks Unveiled Dec. 13
The yearlong celebration of Tuscaloosa’s bicentennial will culminate with the unveiling of three landmarks celebrating the city’s past, present and future on Tuscaloosa’s 200th birthday. A sculpture depicting Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategy; a timeline of monumental dates in the city’s history; and a time capsule will be dedicated during a 10 a.m. Dec. 13 ceremony at Manderson Landing. The event is open to the public. Watch for an upcoming news release with more details. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne in UA communications at 205-348-8325 or Bryant.welbourne@ua.edu.

Christ Church Choir Will Present Advent Lessons & Carols
On Sunday, December 8, the Christ Episcopal Church Adult Choir will celebrate the beginning of the Advent season by presenting the Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The Advent season is a time for prayer and preparation for the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas Day. For 100 years this English tradition has ushered in the season, which is marked by the decoration of the church with winter greenery and the lighting of the Advent wreath. The service will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public. A nursery will be provided.

VFW Christmas Dinner
Greetings Fellow Veterans: VFW Post 5377 will not be having our normal business meeting on Dec. 10. We are instead going to have our annual VFW Christmas dinner at the Simple Delicious Resturant, off of Hwy. 80 West, inside the Walmart Parking lot, at 6 p.m. We are asking everyone to call in their menu request to myself, no later than Dec. 6 at 334-327-2491 and I will give you the prices. Just a reminder that this is a dutch treat event. We will not be conducting any business, so just come out for fun, laughter, and a great meal, with our post members and their guests.

School Events

Greensboro Middle School Presents
The 4th Annual Miss Raider Scholarship Pageant Sat., Feb. 1, 2020. Participation Eligibility: females; walkers to 12th grade. School age participants must attend Greensboro Area Schools. $1,000 college scholarship (full-time enrollment) to winner of Miss Senior Division (11th or 12th grader.) Other division winners: 1st place $50; 2nd place $30; 3rd place $20. Detailed information, along with registration forms, will be available Wed., Dec. 11. Entry Fee: $25. Entry deadline: Jan. 14, 2020

Governor Ivey Announces Alabama’s Participation in the 2020 Girls Go CyberStart Challenge
Governor Kay Ivey announced that Alabama will participate in the 2020 Girls Go CyberStart Challenge. The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge is a skills-based competition designed to encourage girls to pursue cyber-based learning and career opportunities. The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge is an online game that consists of a series of challenges that places students in the role of a cyber protection agent charged with solving realistic problems and puzzles. The program is open to girls in grades nine through 12. Registration opens Dec. 2, with online gaming commencing on Jan. 13, 2020. Additional details and preregistration can be found at www.girlsgocyberstart.org. Teacher information and student practice programs are available now and can be found at https://medium.com/girls-go-cyberstart/mrsgcyberstarttips/home. To see the types of challenges the students will face, please visit https://go.joincyberstart.com.

Online Applications Now Available for Students in all Mediacom Areas
Mediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program is in its 19th consecutive year and Mediacom’s investment will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Scholarship recipients are given the flexibility to use the financial award to support post-secondary college costs or vocational training from any accredited institution starting in the fall of 2020. Award selection is based on academic achievement and leadership. Applications for Mediacom’s World Class Scholarships are available online at: www.mediacomworldclass.com. All high schools in Mediacom-served communities were sent informational cards asking school officials to make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage submission of applications on or before the Feb. 15, 2020 deadline. Applicants do not have to be Mediacom customers but must live in areas where Mediacom provides broadband, video, phone and other digital communication services. Recipients will be selected from the 21 states where Mediacom provides service. A complete list of communities in Mediacom service areas is included with the online application. Inquiries may be sent to: scholarship@mediacomcc.com.

Applications Open for “The 7th Project” Congressional Internship Program
The 7th Project announced today the opening of the application process for the 2020 Congressional Summer Internship Program. The program gives college students who are residents of Alabama’s 7th District with high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need the opportunity to participate in a four-week Congressional internship in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Terri Sewell. The 7th Project provides housing on a college campus in Washington, D.C. and a stipend for living and travel expenses. Internships in District offices are available as well. Program alumni have gone on to start careers on Capitol Hill and work with organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the NAACP, Human Rights Campaign, and Teach for America. These students are making powerful investments in their communities and across the 7th District. Interested students should visit www.The7thProject.com for more information and to apply for the 2020 Congressional Internship Program. Any undergraduate or graduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher who is from Alabama’s 7th Congressional District is eligible to apply for the Congressional Internship Program. Applications may be completed online and must be received by March 13, 2020.

Moundville Elementary Angel Tree
The angels are here. ’Tis the season to be giving. These precious angels are ready to be adopted. Just in time for Black Friday. We have approximately 30 angels that will be blessed this holiday season. If you’d like to bless one of these babies…please come by the school and sign the adoption papers. All gifts need to be wrapped with the angel number and returned by Dec. 17. If you need more information, please call Mrs. Harland, the school counselor for more details.

Nominations Open for the West Alabama Young Leaders Awards
United Way of West Alabama (UWWA)’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) has opened nominations for the West Alabama Young Leaders of the Year Awards (WAYLAs) through Dec. 6. The awards honor individuals ages 21-45 who are improving West Alabama through volunteerism, community service, corporate stewardship and government advocacy. There are multiple United in Service Awards awarded and one David Reynolds Inspiration Award given each year. To submit a nomination, complete the form available at https://uwwa.org/waylas-west-alabama-young-leaders-awards/. Nominations should be submitted to United Way of West Alabama, c/o WAYLA Awards Nomination, 2720 6th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. For more information, contact Julie Mann at 205-345-6640 or julie@uwwa.org.

Free Programs at UWA to learn how to become a Certified Automotive Technitian 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.

GIFTS FOR AGING LOVED ONES NOT AS COMPLICATED AS YOU MAY THINK – Christmas arrives again, bringing both joy and stress. Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa are getting older, and ideas for gifts are running thin. What could they possibly want? Christina Pierpaoli-Parker, a UA student pursuing her doctorate in clinical geropsychology, has conducted research that provides some answers. “In general, they don’t want stuff,” she said. “They want you. They want to spend time with their children, their grandchildren, and savor those experiences.” For assistance, contact Jamon Smith in UA communication at jamon.smith@ua.edu or 205-348-4956.

COMBATTING OPIOID OVERDOSES: TEAM TO BEGIN TRAINING RURAL EMS PERSONNEL – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded UA’s School of Social Work a $3.2 million grant to study the occupational stress of first responders and train them to better deal with opioid overdoses. The hope is that, through specific training relative to the dynamics and resources of 14 rural counties in Alabama, the state can lower its number of opioid overdose deaths, a number that more than doubled from 2012 to 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2017, the state recorded 422 opioid overdose deaths. Watch for a news release with more details. For more information, contact David Miller, communications specialist, UA School of Social Work, at 205-348-3942 or David.c.miller@ua.edu.

Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Landmarks Unveiled Dec. 13
The yearlong celebration of Tuscaloosa’s bicentennial will culminate with the unveiling of three landmarks celebrating the city’s past, present and future on Tuscaloosa’s 200th birthday. A sculpture depicting Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategy; a timeline of monumental dates in the city’s history; and a time capsule will be dedicated during a 10 a.m. Dec. 13 ceremony at Manderson Landing. The event is open to the public. Watch for an upcoming news release with more details. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne in UA communications at 205-348-8325 or Bryant.welbourne@ua.edu.

SSCC Holiday Events and Commencement
Now in its ninth year, Here Comes Santa Claus is sponsored by the Shelton State Ambassadors and allows students, faculty, staff, and community members to offer assistance to those in need. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 6. To learn how to help, contact Forrest Smith at fsmith@sheltonstate.edu. Shelton State’s Music Department will present its annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Campus Atrium. Featuring the Shelton Singers and the Shelton State Jazz Ensemble, the concert is free and open to the public. Shelton State Community College will host fall commencement events on Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13, 2019. All events will be held in the Martin Campus Gymnasium. Theatre Tuscaloosa’s The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 will begin its run on Dec. 6 and close on Dec. 15. Times and prices vary. Visit theatretusc.com for additional information. The College will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23 – Jan. 1. Regular hours of operation will resume on Jan. 2. For more information, contact SSCC Media and Communication at mediacom@sheltonstate.edu.

Why Join Hale County 4-H Club?

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

The Alabama 4-H Foundation is helping advance the education of 35 high school seniors. The foundation will be awarding $1,000 scholarships to 35 high school seniors of the 2020 graduating class. The scholarships can be used for any post-secondary education, whether that is attending community college, trade school or a university. Payment for tuition and fees will be made from the Alabama 4-H Foundation directly to the student’s post-secondary institution to be used in the 2020-21 academic year. Applications are now being accepted via 4HOnline at www.4honline.com. Completed applications are due online by March 1. Scholarship winners can expect notifications by April 15.

If you have questions regarding the scholarship application process, contact Nancy Alexander at 4henrollment@aces.edu. If you have any questions or would like to join 4-H Club please contact your Hale county Extension Office 334-624-8710. We also need 4-H Adult Volunteers!! Please help us show our youth the 4-H Way!