Mark Your Calendars – We Don’t Want You To Miss A Thing!

By: Lynne Hart
Spring is right around the corner! What does that mean here at KALB? It means we are busy, busy, BUSY working on opportunities for you!

Leigh and I look forward to spring and all the KALB-sponsored events that are about to happen. All of these activities will amount to nothing without you, our fellow Athenians and Limestone Countians. Here is a list of upcoming events. Mark your calendars. Sign up. Just get involved in some way. There is something for everyone!

Watch for more details about each of these events on the Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Facebook page or our website at

Earth Day T-Shirt Design Contest
KALB invites all students from 5th grade through 12th grade to enter this contest to design the 2018 Earth Day t-shirts to be sold at our Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO on April 28.

WOW! Is sponsoring some terrific prizes that include the following:
GRAND PRIZE: Design selected to be on Earth Day t-shirts, framed t-shirt, and $100 in art supplies for winning student’s teacher.

Contest Categories:
Grades 5-6; grades 7-8; and grades 9-12

Awards in Each Category: 1st Place: 6 art lessons at High Cotton Arts ($180 value); 2nd Place: 4 art lessons at High Cotton Arts ($120 value); and 3rd Place: 2 art lessons at High Cotton Arts. Winners may choose from a variety of art lessons.
Entry Deadline: All entries must be submitted in good condition no later than March 16, 2018. No entries will be accepted electronically.
For a complete list of guidelines, visit

Elk River Cleanup – March 10
KALB invites you to join other volunteers in an effort to clean up in and around the Elk River in Limestone County. We will gather at 8:00 a.m. at the Hatchery Rd. boat ramp in West Limestone for registration, distribution of supplies, and a group photo. Groups will then disburse to various areas around the river. Thanks to TVA sponsorship, lunch and prize drawings will take place at noon.

Please let us know you are coming, if you can, so we will have adequate supplies for the cleanup and lunch.

Marbut Bend Guided Trail Walk – April 28

Damien Simbeck, TVA Natural Resource Management, will lead this walk. Damien is a birding expert with knowledge of the area’s history and the wildlife that call it home. Meet at the trailhead at 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them and insect repellent, and wear comfortable walking shoes. You will not be disappointed. Damien assures us that you will be finished in time to get to the Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO by 10!

The Marbut Bend Walking Trail is located in West Limestone on Hwy. 99 about a mile past the Elk River bridge on the left heading west, and is handicapped accessible.

Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO – April 28

Thanks to WOW!, our newest sponsor, this year’s Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO will be even more exciting! Teachers, parents, kids, and grandparents have told us how much they look forward to attending each year.

Wings To Soar will be returning with their beautiful raptors that they will free-fly over the heads of spectators. Free hot dogs and Pepsi will be available while supplies last, and a free door prize ticket will be given to everyone who attends. This year, you will not have to be in attendance to win!

This is a family-friendly event that will keep the entire family busy! Bring the kids and grandma and grandpa, too! We are never too old to learn something new from our exhibitors, and everyone loves to shop with our vendors.

KALB is currently accepting space registrations for exhibitors and vendors who would like to share information about our environment, earth-friendly products and services, health and wellness, or to sell quality crafts and wares.

Visit and click the EVENTS tab to find links to these events. Watch the Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Facebook page, email us, or give us a call. We would love to talk with you about these or any of our activities and programs.
By: Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful