Tomorrow marks the first day of summer. We’ve had plenty of sunshine already and then we’ve had some rainy days. One thing we need to watch out for is lightning. Sunday afternoon, we were all sitting around celebrating Father’s Day when a huge clap of thunder came out of nowhere that shook the ground. The lightning must have hit a transformer or something. It knocked out our DirecTV boxes, a power supply and two HDMI ports on two different televisions. It hit the 220 power at two houses around us and then, thunder and lightning continued along with some steady rain for about an hour. With that first earth shattering strike, we were very fortunate that the damage was not any worse than it was. Our dog gets petrified during these types of storms, so we had to hold him close.

Statistics say that most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors, but it not unheard of when people are indoors. Also, lightning can strike many miles from the thunderstorm. Some tips to protect yourself include taking shelter inside and stay away from windows and doors. Avoid using the telephone or electrical appliances and do not take a bath or shower. Stay away from anything that could be a lightning conductor and remember you can be struck by lightning if you can hear thunder. These safety tips were taken from a Lightning Safety guide that may be downloaded at

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at 11:45 a.m. today, 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

Chick-fil-A Leeds has partnered by Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Zoe’ Champion to bring you a Magic Carpet themed Princess and Pirate Night from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21. This event will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Tickets are $5 per family and will include crafts, princess, pirate meet and greet plus IceDream Sundae Bar. Dinner may be purchased separately. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales and 10% of food sales (include catering sales) during this time will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Miss Leeds Area and Outstanding Teen Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. this 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

Cottonmouth Creek will be performing at 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 22 at Leeds Arts Council. This group, one of the Premier Bluegrass Bands of the Southeast, is a folksy, yet distinctly edge little ole Bluegrass/Americana band that can burn a breakdown or croon a ballad and most everything in between. Original music and covers of everything from Bill Monroe to the Rolling Stones. Admission is $15. Also, Three on a Strong will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $20.

Moody City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 24 at Moody City Hall.

Leeds First United Methodist Church will host VBS July 21-25. Sunday night will be family night from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and dinner will be served. Monday through Wednesday will be hosted from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. (no dinner). This event is for four-year-old through rising 5th graders. Call 205-699-8575 for information.

Eden Westside Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School July 22-26 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at their Leeds River Campus for 4-year-old through 8th grade. The VBS theme is The Incredible Race where kids will explore God’s love for the nations as they travel around the world, uncover fun clues, attempt fascinating challenges and discover how the events that happened before, during and after the tower of Babel have impacted the human race today. Register your child online now at

Thought for the week: “The happiest people in the world are the givers, not the takers.”

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