News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007

Wendy N. McDougal

Charity League to meet Monday

Wendy’s word

“That’s the perfect picture of what you always say, Mom.” Those sweet words came out of nowhere while driving home from a recent trip. “Picture of what?” I asked.

“You always say it’s beautiful to be different, and those trees are a great example,” my 10-year-old explained. I glanced alongside I-65. “That beautiful purple tree is perfect in the middle of all those green ones,” she pointed out.

Wow! This tree was different and making quite an impact on a gorgeous spring day. Embrace what makes you unique today, and let your special light shine for all to see.

Now let’s see what the “chatter” is for today ...

Charity League

Decatur Charity League is extending an invitation for membership to anyone who loves working with children and the community. An informational brunch will be Monday at Dana Bishop’s house at 10:30 a.m.

Charity League, with a primary objective of helping PACT raise awareness of child abuse in Morgan County, helps support educational programs, as well as visits with moms of newborns. Two big events involve helping with Family Fun Day, coming up April 28, and putting on the annual Festival of Trees.

Meetings are held the first Monday of every month at the PACT office with no meetings during the summer. The group also offers working and non-working member status so everyone has an opportunity to be involved through these options.

Charity League’s annual new member luncheon will be May 14 at the Oden House in Hartselle. All new members should arrive at 9 a.m. for pictures.

For more information on Charity League or any of the events mentioned above, call Robin Lemmons at 773-4791, Vickie Allaway at 350-7538 or any DCL member.

Jazz at the Princess

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Check out rising jazz star Rachael Price at Decatur’s historic Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The 20-year-old from Nashville appears on the Professional Series with her jazz trio. She will join Princess Theatre donors at a reception following the performance.

The concert is made possible by the Sexton Family Foundation, WLRH FM and the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reserved tickets are available online at princess or at the Princess Theatre box office at 340-1778. Ticket prices range from $25 to $35 with a special discount for students and teachers of $25. Senior discounts and group rates are available.

For more information, visit or or contact Lindy Ashwander at 350-1745 or lindy@princesstheatre

New Year’s celebration

A New Year’s party was recently held even though it’s well past Jan. 1. That’s right, because this was the Chinese New Year celebrated by Decatur Families with Chinese Children. The Golden Phoenix Restaurant welcomed the group with traditional New Year candies and a special item on the buffet.

More than 12 families attended including Bobby and Allison Akins with daughters Anna and Lauren; Brandon and Paige Betterton with daughter Grace; Dale and Kathie Borths with children Meg, Benjamin and Nikolas; Gregg and Lynne Cauthen with daughters Greer and Quinn; David and Mitzi Dunaway with children Shelby, Jacob, Caleb and Bryleigh; Kevin and Denna Hardin with daughters Courtney and Brooke; Jeff and Sonya Hodge with children Drew, Ben and Katie Lin; Jeremy and Alicia Nails with daughter Addie Lu; Greg and Mary Louise Ogle with son Greg and friend Xia Chao; Ned and Beth Patterson with daughters Sarah, Rose and Emma; Rick and Rita Throneberry with daughter Mulan; Neal and Angie Wilson with daughter Anna; and Russ and Lisa Wulfekuhl.

As guests arrived they were met by Cindy Blankenship, event planner, and Hodge, Decatur FCC coordinator, who presented everyone with Chinese New Year trinkets. Upon leaving, the children were each given a red envelope with two quarters inside, a Chinese tradition. For more information on this tradition visit www.fengshuicrazy

The group remains open for membership for families who have adopted from or who are in the process of adopting from China. A spring gathering featuring kite flying at Point Mallard will be hosted by the Throneberry family.

For more information, visit
/DecaturFCC or call the Hodges at 353-3505.

Sub Deb sale

Decatur High’s Sub Deb Sorority will host a fundraising garage sale Saturday at Central United Methodist Church, 7 a.m. until noon.

It is sure to be a beautiful spring day, so get out and support this worthwhile cause. You are sure to find many treasures to take home.

For more information, call Lannette Spencer, sponsor, at 476-1096.

Idol party

Fox’s hit show “American Idol” continues to be a reality television craze, and there’s one group of friends who join in the fun each week, share in the excitement and vote for their favorites.

Every Tuesday night the home of Anita Skinner is tuned in to hear Ryan Seacrest say those well-known words, “This is American Idol.” Those taking part in the evening include Kathy Winton, Trilby McCullar, Jennifer Yates, Kay Wadsworth, Pati Hammon and Nikki Mason.

Of course, you can’t have a party without food, so each week there is a food-centered theme. Most recently, it was potluck where everyone brought a favorite dish.

“I go all out,” Skinner said. “Every week I have handouts with the latest Idol news and tidbits. I even give away door prizes the last Tuesday of the month.”

Rest assured, however, this group does not support Sanjaya Malakar!

“We just get together laughing, sharing our stories for the week, and have lots of fun, fun, fun,” she said.

As each week passes, this group of dedicated Idol supporters makes plans for the two-night grand finale celebration in May.

“We can’t wait to see who wins, and don’t worry, we will have lots and lots of food there,” Skinner said.

That’s all for now. It’s been great “chattin” with ya!

Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. If it’s special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. Just e-mail me at, or call me at 350-5730. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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