With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, remember to celebrate your dad. Sometimes, it’s hard to decide about the right gift for Father’s Day or the right way to celebrate. There’s nothing more special to a dad than spending time together. The older we get, the busier we are and the less time we have to spend with those we love. Think about spending some quality time this Father’s Day weekend with your dad. Put your cell phone down. Look your dad in the eye and talk to him. Ask about things he is interested in. Get to know him. Tell him he is appreciated. Most fathers spend a number of years taking care of their families, making sure each family member has what he or she needs and many times, fathers get the left overs. I wish each of you dads, a very Happy Father’s Day!

Tiara Pennington from the University of Alabama was named Miss Alabama 2019. Several Leeds area girls participated in the scholarship pageant held this past week at Samford University, including our current Miss Leeds Area Braidyn Lazenby, former Miss Leeds Areas Reagan Handley and Brooklyn Holt along with Miss Northeast Alabama Charity Bowden, who recently performed at a Leeds First Thursday event. Braidyn and Reagan were in the Top 12 finalists. Brooklyn was named 4th Runner Up and Charity was named 1st Runner Up. Congratulations to each of these girls on their hard work and accomplishments!

Congratulations to Amy Shorter who has been promoted to full-time Library Assistant for Circulation and Children’s Department at Leeds Jane Culbreth Library. Amy took Debbie Bennett’s place who recently retired. Also, congratulations to Children’s Director, Ginny Edwards, who was honored by Leeds JCCEO Head Start for providing resources and monthly story time programs for their students. The library has many events and programs that you can utilize each month so plan to visit soon!

Moody Area Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today, June 13 at Moody City Hall. Guest speaker will be Agent Robert Holloway of the Secret Service. Lunch is $12 for members with RSVP and $15 for non-members and no reservation. RSVP to Andrea Machen at 205-640-6262.

The Sick Saturday Night Car Meet is hosted by Rusty’s Bar-B-Q this Saturday, June 15 from 5:45 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Bring your ride and your appetite. All cars are welcome. If you appreciate cars and builds, show up, take a look and enjoy some good food and cool people.

Leeds City Council is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at Leeds Civic Center Meeting Room.

Moody Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at White’s Chapel.

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Corporate Ambassadors will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at Leeds First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. This is a great opportunity to get connected with the business community by volunteering on Chamber of Commerce and community projects. Lunch is $10 and RSVP to Sandra McGuire at 205-699-5001 or sandra@LeedsAreaChamber.com.

Summer Read “A Universe of Stories” begins the month of June at the Doris Stanley Memorial Library. Wednesday dates remaining are June 19 and 26 with programs starting at 10 a.m. at Moody Civic Center. This year’s performers will be a magician, juggler, circus show and a galaxy of animals. Children are required to read five books to receive weekly prizes. Parents should pre-register children preschool to 13 years of age. Library is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 205-640-2517 with any questions.

Breakfast for the Brave will be served at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 20 at Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus. This is a free breakfast for all Leeds area first responders including police, fire, EMT and city officials. No reservation required.

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 20 at Leeds First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Barsanti with Southern Museum of Flight. Food will be catered by Rusty’s BBQ. Lunch is $12 with RSVP and $15 with no reservation. Please RSVP to Sandra McGuire at 205-699-5001 or sandra@LeedsAreaChamber.com.

Miss Leeds Area and Outstanding Teen Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Leeds High School Auditorium. Miss Leeds Area is celebrating 40 years of fabulous and is an official preliminary to the Miss Alabama Scholarship Competition and the Miss America 2.0 competition. For more information, please visit www.missleedsarea.net.

Wellspring Worship Center will host a prayer group for individuals and families affected by addiction that meets at 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights. All are welcome and the name of the group is Wellspring Breakout. The church is located in Leeds at 1433 Vivian Street.

Thought for the week: “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” ~Jim DeMint

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