Community & Church Events

Guidelines for Submitting your Church/Community Announcements
These are free as long as there are no personal messages and the event is not being charged for (love offerings do not count). Please keep the announcement to one paragraph with who is presenting the event, what the event is, date, time, where it will be held and contact information. Email them to [email protected]. The front office is closed due to COVID-19. We can not take anything over the phone due to company policy.

2024 Upcoming Holiday deadlines: SCRJ will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 and has a late deadline for Tues., May 28. SCRJ will be closed for the 4th of July Thursday, July 4 & Friday, July 5th. SCRJ will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2 and has a late deadline for Tues., Sept. 3 before noon. SCRJ will be closed for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11 and has a late deadline for Tues., Nov. 12 before noon. Deadline for Thanksgiving is Friday, Nov. 22. SCRJ will be closed for Thanksgiving week and will reopen Monday, Dec. 2. Santa Letters deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. Deadline for the Christmas ads for the Christmas/Santa Letter Edition 12-18-24 is Friday, Dec. 13. These are special editions that must be sent in early to the printers. New Year’s Edition 12-26-24 & 1-2-25 is Friday, Dec. 19. We have to submit both papers early due to the printing company being closed for the holidays.

The annual Women’s Day Program will be at Grants Chapel C. M. E. Church on Sunday. Everyone is invited. Rev. Dr. Linda Delaine will be the speaker. Rev. Izea Blanks, Jr., is church pastor.

Eastern Star Baptist Church will honor their pastor and wife, Rev. Robert and Veronica Pearce, Jr., on his 2nd Year Pastorial Anniversary. Everyone is invited.

Spring Fest and Fundraiser 2024
Annual Spring Fest and Fundraiser 2024 will be on Saturday April 13, at the Townsend Mission Community Park, 1327 Ward, at 10 a.m. – until. Come and Fellowship with us! Fun for the whole family. There will be games, food, vendors and more. For more information contact Pastor Joyce McCoy, (205) 609-8369. Rev. Joyce McCoy, church pastor.

Dog Street Raising Money for BlackBelt Regional Child Advocacy Center It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Dog Street will be showing our support with our Dog Street Trivia night at 7 p.m. on Thurs., April 18. A share of the proceeds will go to support the work of the BlackBelt Regional Child Advocacy Center. You can help out by just being there!

April’s Grow More, Give More Harvest of the Month is Sweet Peas Find growing instructions as well as yummy recipes that use sweet peas at

ADPH Celebrates Peacan Month Happy National Pecan Month! Try out Fruits & Veggies—Have A Plant’s delicious spinach, strawberry, and pecan salad to celebrate:

Harvest Ministries
Harvest Ministries, Cromwell, will be open on Wed., April 17, 8 a.m. -1p.m. Free clothes, children clothes, shoes, household items, and much more.
Youth Explosion
Join the Soul Awakening Project for Youth Explosion April 20 at 4:30 p.m., doors open at 4 p.m. at UWA Math and Science Auditorium. Admission is a non-perishable food item. Featuring the Ridge Praise Team, Voices of West, F. A.V.O.R, Kayla Finch, God’s Creation, Sacred Dance Ministry, Rosie Tolliver, Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church Mime Team, and more. Guest speakers Janet Moore Rice Soulee Health and Healing LLC, “Rooted” Cornerstone Full Gospel Baptist Church, Adonis Williams Praise and Worship Leader.

National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer for the Sumter County area will take place Thurs., May 2 at noon for one hour at the Bored Well next to the Courthouse Square in Livingston. We are asking all residents, businesses, local leaders, pastors, governmental and city officials to join us as we commemorate 73 years of praying for America and 6 years of prayer going forth here in Livingston. We are asking all to come out and support this event as we pray fervently over these seven mountains of influence.

NAMI Family-to-Family Program
NEW Announcement: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Alabama is providing a virtual family education program (on zoom) beginning May 9th, 2024, from 6-8:30pm. The NAMI Family- to-Family Program is a free 8-week educational program for families and significant others of people with a mental health condition. The program is peer lead by individuals who have been through similar situations, provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love. Registration is required. Please email [email protected] or call 205-267-2986 for more information.

Something To Crow About: Rooster Day Demopolis
Rooster Day is a jam-packed, family-friendly, fun day on Public Square, one of Alabama’s oldest city parks, in downtown Demopolis. Join the Marengo County Historical Society in commemorating a unique event in Alabama’s history at Rooster Day, April 13. Start the morning with the Cock’s Crow 5K or 1K Fun Run. The first 50 registered runners receive a souvenir t-shirt. After the race, shop the Rooster Fair in Public Square, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring artists, crafters, and makers from around the southeast. What sets Rooster Day apart is that all items are handmade. You’ll find truly one-of-a-kind pieces from photography, folk art, pottery, woodworking, leather goods, paintings, bird houses, music boxes, crocheted items, jewelry, to baked goods and so much more! Between stops you’ll need to refuel at our food court that showcases area favorites including Colonel Rusty’s Rooster Legs, (also known as turkey on any other day of the year). Relax on the square as you enjoy live entertainment, and let the kids be kids at the Coop Games – inflatables, petting zoo, balloon art, face painting, crafts, games, and touch-a-truck! In 1919, Demopolis hosted the great Rooster Auction to raise funds to build a bridge over the Tombigbee River connecting Marengo and Sumter counties, the last link in the Dixie Overland Highway. Thus was erected the infamous Rooster Bridge through funds raised by auctioning roosters! The Marengo County Historical Society created Rooster Day as a fund raiser that celebrates our unique heritage, talented artists and makers, great local food, and community spirit! Funds raised are used for the continued historic preservation efforts of MCHS. For more information please visit, RoosterDayDemopolis on Facebook, or call 334.289.9644.

Hightower Memorial Library Celebrates National Library Week
National Library Week 2024: “Ready, Set, Library!”

By Edna Williams, HML
York, Alabama – “Ready, set, library!” National Library Week is April 7–13, 2024, and Hightower Memorial Library encourages everyone in the community to visit the library to take part in the festivities and explore all the library has to offer.
Libraries give us a green light to experience something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and pursue our passions through book clubs, story times, movies, crafting classes, lectures, and more. Hightower Memorial Library offers a wide array of programs, classes and resources, including: Summer Reading Program, Book Club, Book Talks, Author Talks, Hot Spots, Community Gardening and….Partnering with Coleman Center for Arts, York West End School, York Housing Authority and other community partners.
The library plays a pivotal role in economic development by providing resources and support for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Hightower Memorial Library supports the York and surrounding communities with many services and programs.
No matter where you find yourself on the roadmap through life’s journey—preparing for a new career, launching a business, raising a family, or settling into retirement—Hightower Memorial Library offers the resources and support you need and an inclusive and supportive community where you will feel welcome.
So, get ready to explore, become inspired, and connect with others this National Library Week. Hightower Memorial Library is here for you, all the way to the finish line.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.
The theme for National Library Week 2024 (April 7-13) is “Ready, Set, Library!”
 Libraries connect our communities and enrich our lives in ways we do not realize, and one of the greatest pleasures is discovering the unexpected and beautiful things libraries offer. From book groups to lending sports equipment to providing a safe after-school hangout space and so much more, libraries play a big part in wherever we find ourselves on the roadmap through life’s journey. Join us at the Hightower Memorial Library in celebrating the gift of libraries everywhere and the adventures and opportunities they unlock for us every day. “Ready, Set, Library!” We are also gearing up for our Summer Reading Program June 01-27, 2024. Its theme is “Adventure at our library.” We will be offering an array of reading and art activities and presenters. Please come on down and sign your children up!
Visit your library.
National Library Week is the perfect time to visit your library. Bring the kids or invite your friends. Meet the librarians. Check out books or other great items in your library’s collection or attend a program. Take time to learn all your library has to offer! Sign up for a library card.
Tell us how “you” library for a chance to win
Hey library lovers, it’s that time of year again—National Library Week! We need your help spreading some library love by sharing what you appreciate most about the services and resources your library provides.
Do you love getting lost in the stories of the library’s summer reading program, story time, or book club? When you walk through the library’s doors, are you looking for a quiet space to study or a makerspace to harness your creativity? What’s your favorite thing to check out—books, movies, hot spots, magazines? Do you attend programs to enrich your mind, meet local authors, or find support from your community?
We want to know how “YOU” library!
Snap a pic or shoot a video showcasing your favorite thing about your library.
And don’t forget to tag your library to let them know how much they are appreciated! (Hightower Memorial Facebook Page}
We have solar eclipse glasses. Join us Monday for the ECLIPSE.

St. Peter Catholic Church 190th Anniversary
St. Peter Catholic Church celebrates its 190th Anniversary on Sun., April 28, at a 10:30 a.m. Mass with the Most Rev. Thomas J. Rodi as celebrant, along with the Rev. Father Thomas LaPointe, homilist, begins the anniversary celebration. Following Mass, a Eucharistic Procession with clergy, parishioners, and visitors will travel around the city block beginning and ending at the church’s entrance at Adams Avenue. A reception in Cusack Hall concludes the celebration.

Tombigbee RC&D Council’s 2025 Grant Cycle
Tombigbee RC&D Council’s 2025 grant cycle will being on April 1-June 30! To submit applications, please access the Grant Application and Information tab at This year, we are excited to introduce our new grant funding software, Foundant! Organizations eligible for consideration must be registered as 501C2 not-for-profit entities, units, or sub-units of government. Projects must take place in one or more of the eight counties served by the Tombigbee RC&D Council: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter, or Tuscaloosa. Detailed grant guidelines from the Tombigbee RC&D Council can also be found on our website. It is important to note that all grants awarded operate on a reimbursement-only basis; funds are disbursed upon project completion.

Free Prostate Cancer Screening
Free prostate cancer screening in Livingston on April 13 at Sumter County Health Dept., 1121 N. Washington St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of male cancer related death in the U. S. African American men are at special risk for the disease, with the highest death rate for prostate cancer of any racial or ethnic group in the U. S. It’s now more important than ever for those at highest risk of developing prostate cancer to be screened if they have delayed being screened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sucarnochee Folklife Festival
Sucarnochee Folklife Festival will be Sat., April 20 in Livingston at the Courthouse Square, 9 a.m. – 3p.m. Step into the art and culture of the Black Belt. 5K run, pottery, live music, food, metal work, woodcarcing, games, quilting, poetry reading, basket weaving, homesteading, homemade soaps, plants and more. For more information call the UWA’s Center for the Studey of the Black belt at 205-652-3828 or email [email protected].

CCA Earth Day Extravaganza
It’s an Earth Day Extravaganza! Hello, my name is Gloria, I go by Trippie G. I’m a textile artist and sustainable designer here in York Alabama. I’d like to invite you to come out and celebrate Earth Day with me. This event will start on Fri., April 19. and we will bring it to a close, with the Main Event on Mon., April 22, which is Earth Day! Each day will be filled with fun and engaging eco friendly and eco conscious activities. Here take a look: April 19 – Community Garden Spotlight. Did you know there’s a community garden in York? Have you been? Come out and get some hands on learning with the Mama Yawah. Located at the Coleman Center for the Arts Headquarters. April 20 – Community Spotlight Tour. Learn a little history as we stroll around our city and get more acquainted with the local businesses downtown. April 21 – Textile Art Workshop. Meet me in the Hightower Library’s Classroom to learn about textile art and how to make your own using recycled materials. All supplies are provided and only $5 to participate. April 22 – The Main Event. A fashion show that will showcase fashion, the arts as well as local and small businesses. Located at Pop Start Community Space. For more information see Coleman Arts Center Facebook page @CcaYork

CCA Community Garden Volunteers Needed
Volunteers take home free garden delights! Contact Yawah at [email protected] to sign up. We welcome school, church, and community groups to volunteer in the garden!

Community Prayer
Community Prayer for the Sumter County area will be held every 1st Thursday of each month at noon for one hour at the Bored Well, the Courthouse Square, Livingston. We’re asking all residents, businesses, local leaders, pastors, governmental and city officials to join us as we come together as a community to pray. Submitted by Min. Leola Washington, Volunteer Coordinator for NDPTF, Sumter County.

School Events

$50K in Scholarships Up for Grabs History will be made in June as the Alabama State Games awards a combined $50,000 in scholarships as part of the Opening Ceremony on June 7. The $50,000 scholarship announcement is another piece added to the puzzle of what is shaping up to be the largest event since the Alabama State Games’ inception in 1982. The 41st Alabama State Games are once again being hosted by the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County June 7-9 and have 23 sports on offer hosted by venues in Birmingham, Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Gardendale, Homewood, and Pelham. Hotel, event and registration information can be found at Two of the $5,000 scholarships will be given in memory of Fred and Rheta Skelton. Two more $5,000 scholarships have been added to the academic offering and will be awarded as well as several $1,000 academic awards. An added benefit to the scholarship initiative for the 41st Alabama State Games is a first-time partnership with Jacksonville State University. Jax State has generously agreed to match the scholarship award given to any current, soon-to-be or future member of Gamecock Nation. From there it’s the luck of the draw. The Alabama State Games was founded in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee. Since 1982 the Games have grown into the state’s largest annual multi-sport competition with nearly 5,000 athletes competing in 20+ sports for gold, silver, and bronze medals and opportunities to be awarded academic scholarships. Fostering a culture of academic success, a scholarship initiative was created and has to date awarded $363,000 in academic scholarships to any 2-year, 4-year college, university or trade school. In 2024, $50,000 will be awarded. The Alabama State Games’ core beliefs are academic excellence, healthy lifestyles, and good citizenship.

Perkins Scholarship Shelton State Community College has reopened a scholarship for students pursuing careers in gender nontraditional fields. Applications for the Perkins Scholarship will be accepted through April 19. Applicants must complete the Perkins Scholarship and the College’s admission applications (if not already admitted or enrolled) and plan to enroll in a gender-nontraditional program of study. The term “gender nontraditional” refers to occupations or work areas, including careers in computer science, technology, and other emerging high-skill occupations in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that occupation or field. Female nontraditional careers are occupations in which less than 25 percent of individuals employed are female. Male nontraditional careers are occupations where less than 25 percent of employed individuals are male. Many current and former Shelton State Community College students have found enrolling in a nontraditional gender program to be a rewarding and life-changing experience. You can view the success stories of some of these nontraditional students on the Shelton State Scholarships page under Perkins Scholarship. The scholarship-eligible programs of study are viewable by gender on the Shelton State Perkins Scholarship application. To view the gender nontraditional scholarship eligible programs and to apply for the scholarship, please visit Shelton State Perkins Scholarship or

B.O.E. Expo
B.O.E. Expo is an awesome event showcasing local businesses, entrepreneurs, kid and teen entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and all other business minded individuals. Join us April 27, 1-5 p.m. West Alabama Coalition for Community Development SCHS gymnasium, 902 4th Ave., York! Free to public. For more information text BOE to 205-377-2498.

2024 Congressional Art Competition for Alabama’s 7th Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) announced that her office is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to high school students from both public and private schools throughout Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, as well as home-schooled high school students. The winner will receive free round-trip airfare for two to Washington D.C. to attend an official reception honoring the winners from congressional districts across the nation. The winner’s artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol for one year. This year’s theme is “Alabama Story Makers: The Historic People and Places of the Cotton State.” To enter the contest, students must fill out and submit a Student Information and Release Form with their artwork by Fri., April 26. Students should deliver their submission to one of Rep. Sewell’s district offices located in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa. Students can also bring their submissions to school and call (334) 262-1919 for pick up. Artwork may be up to 26” high X 26” wide X 4” deep. For more information, contact Rep. Sewell’s Montgomery Office at (334) 262-1919 or visit her official website at

UWA’s new Global Scholars Community Scholarship
When Dr. Mark Davis took the helm of International Programs at the University of West Alabama in 2014, he wanted to bring the world to UWA and offer the world to the students. That’s why he is excited about UWA’s new Global Scholars Community Scholarship, an exclusive program designed to elevate students’ academic experience and shape a more interconnected future. These new scholarship opportunities are aimed at incoming high school seniors and for current UWA freshmen. To be considered for this prestigious scholarship, applications must be submitted by April 15, 2024. Learn more at

King-Ferris Athletic Fund Golf Tournament
The King-Ferris Athletic Fund Golf Tournament will be April 27 at 1 p.m. at the Livingston Country Club. Continuing to honor the legacy and impact of Coach Jim King. Mr. Sandy King, and Patric Ferris. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go towards naming the updated UWA Football team room in their honor as part of the UWA Football Locker room expansion. Ways to support: donate to the event/athletic fund, be a hole sponsor and have your name or organization poster at the event, or play as a three man golf team in the tournament. For more information contact Dee Outlaw at [email protected] for  golf, Sam McCorcle for sponsorship at 205-657-3788, and Brett Gilliland at [email protected] to fund the project. Register, sponsor or donate online at

UA Preview: This Week at The University of AlabamaGoldwater Scholars
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program selected University of Alabama students Jackson Maxwell, Lena Seyfarth and Michael Zengel as Goldwater Scholars for 2024-2025. 
Why This Matters: By providing scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly qualified professionals the nation needs in these critical fields. 
Graduate School Centennial 
The UA Graduate School and Graduate Council are celebrating 100 years at the Capstone. 
Why This Matters: The UA Graduate School provides transformational advanced education opportunities with enrollments continuing to grow in recent years, alongside the growth in research and UA’s relatively new Research-1 status. 
RISE Center Fundraisers 
The UA RISE Center will host women’s and mixed doubles tennis tournaments April 11 and 13, and the RISE Tournament of Champions April 18-19 to support fundraising efforts to help provide transformational opportunities to its students.  
Why This Matters: There are six RISE programs across the country and RISE Tuscaloosa is the only program that does not charge tuition to families with children who have special needs. Fundraisers like the golf and tennis tournaments are crucial to the school’s success. 
Transformative Dyslexia Education 
UA hosted Sen. Katie Britt of Alabama, Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Dr. Laura Cassidy, a Dyslexia Resource Center board member, for a roundtable with UA Certified Academic Language Therapist program participants. 
Why This Matters: The roundtable featured K-12 educators from around Alabama in the CALT program and gave them an opportunity to speak about their experiences supporting students with dyslexia in their respective schools and positive outcomes they’ve had as a result of the CALT program. 

Billions of Cicadas Ready to Emerge  
Dr. John Abbott is an entomology expert who can talk about the billions of 13-year and 17-year cycle cicadas that will emerge this spring and summer.  

An Evening with Paul Beatty 
April 9; Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center 
Symphonic Band Concert 
April 10; Moody Music Building Concert Hall 
UA Concert and University Band 
April 12; Moody Music Building Concert Hall 
Afro American Gospel Choir’s Anniversary Concert 
April 14; UA Student Center Ballroom 
Yunte Huang Lecture, Book Signing and Discussion 
April 15-16; Gorgas Library Yellowhammer Room