The Place to Go to Be in the Know
Check Out this Week's Leeds Happenings
Wow, what a line-up for this week. Grand RiverFest is this Saturday with a huge event is planned throughout the entire Grand River complex with the Outlet Shops of Grand River, The Backyard and Grand River Drive-In. Saturday's events all over the city lend plenty of things to do! You will not want to miss the City-Wide Prayer Breakfast on the 28th. Our Governor will be speaking today at the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Be sure to check out the entire calendar with all of our local establishments for the next week and beyond. Also, take advantage of shopping opportunities, deals, fundraisers and more. Always, remember to think Leeds first!
Shop Leeds. Dine Leeds. Entertain Leeds.
Grand River Drive In
Weather is warm outside, time to grab a friend and come to the movies.
Box Office Opens: 6:00pm // Movies Begin: 8:00pm
Order your tickets by visiting our site or purchasing at the box office when you arrive.
April 22nd - 28th
Only Talladega Nights Showing (Apr. 23rd)
Screen 1: Closed for Maintenance
Screen 2: 8:00pm - Bad Guys (PG) / 10:05pm - Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG-13)
Screen 3: 8:00pm - Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore (PG-13) / 10:35pm - Morbius (PG-13)
Screen 4: 8:00pm - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (PG) / 10:17 Pm - The Lost City (PG-13)
4/23 Crawfish Boil, Talladega Nights (PG-13) - 8:00pm
More Info: https://www.grandriverdrive-in.com/
Thursday, April 21
Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce April Chamber Luncheon | April 21
Join the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce for our April Chamber Luncheon with special guest speaker, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. Meeting is scheduled for 11:45 am at Leeds First United Methodist Church Family Life Center located at 1189 6th Street. Lunch is $15 payable at the door and RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Tuesday, April 19.
More info: www.LeedsAreaChamber.com
Pop Culture Trivia | Rails & Ales
Pop Culture Trivia Challenge brings the fun to Rails and Ales every Thursday at 7 pm. Your team will have fun trying to answer fun questions about tv, music, movies, The Office, cartoons and more! Rock out to your favorite 80s, 90s and todays party music while your team has fun answering questions. Prizes to the winning teams!
More info: www.railsandales.beer
Friday, April 22
Knights of Columbus Charity Bingo Night | April 22
Mark your calendars for Bingo Night! Leeds Knights of Columbus Council 5597 announces a Charity Bingo night at Leeds Civic Center scheduled for Friday, April 22. Doors open at 5 pm and Bingo begins at 6 pm. This is a fundraiser for charity projects in the greater Leeds area.
Leeds Civic Center is located at 1000 Park Drive. For more information about this event, please call 205.542.0671 and leave a message for Don Tice.
Saturday, April 23
It's Grand RiverFest Time This Saturday!
Grand RiverFest One Day Festival Marketplace
Admission is absolutely free. Enjoy incredible family fun this Saturday, April 23 (rain date: April 30) at Grand RiverFest 2022. This one-day festival marketplace at The Outlet Shops of Grand River will host arts, crafts, food, balloon art, face painting, bounce houses, fashion, DJ and so much more!
This spring event is expected to host more than 50 pop-up vendors. Grand RiverFest is one of the largest area festivals and this year’s event is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the front parking lot. Bring your family for a day of fun.
Plenty of Food and Fun with a Crawfish Boil and Entertainment
While you are enjoying the festival, there will be plenty of food and fun with a crawfish boil and live entertainment at The Backyard. Listen to live music, enjoy original brews from Neighbors Brew & Pies and get access to all you can eat crawfish from Red Mountain Crawfish. There will be a spicy crawfish eating contest, mini golf and other fun activities for the kids to enjoy throughout the day. You will not want to miss this amazing day in Leeds, Alabama.
Shop, Stay & Play
The Outlet Shops of Grand River is Alabama’s favorite outlet destination where customers can come to shop at more than 70 stores and then stay to play.
The Shops offer a wide variety of dining options as well as several entertainment venues. The center is located in historic Leeds, AL off I-20 at Exit 140, 6200 Grand River Boulevard East.
For more information about this event or The Outlet Shops of Grand River, please visit www.shopsofgrandriver.com.
We need your help to make this crawfish boil the biggest Leeds has ever seen! Check out what’s to come!!! UPDATE: JKO will now be playing in the Kolby Mala time slot. More Info: https://www.facebook.com/thebackyardleeds
Leeds Outreach 4th Saturday Collections & Cleaning
We will be cleaning our facility and collecting 4th Saturday Donations every month . Drop off items 9AM-noon on the 4th Sat or any Monday or Tuesday.
More Info: https://leedsoutreach.godaddysites.com/
Watercolor Classes with Gayle Jones | Artist Incorporated Gallery
The dates have been set for Gayle Jones next Watercolor Classes at Artists Incorporated Gallery. As you probably know her classes are extremely popular and fill up quickly so register now.
Rick Carter: Sing, Sign, Storytelling Book Tour
April 23rd, 7pm // $21
We are so proud to announce a stop at in Leeds by Rick Carter, on his “Fables and Stories-Tales From An Alabama Troubadour” book tour. Don’t miss this night with an Alabama music legend.
Sunday, April 24
Family Sunday First Baptist Church Leeds
Join us for ONE SERVICE this Sunday at 10:45 AM!
Men bring your favorite meat dish, everyone else bring the sides!
You’re all invited to stay and enjoy a great lunch together!
Monday, April 25
Be Set Free Grief Counseling
Be Set Free is offering Adult Group Grief Counseling every Monday at 11am. Be Set Free is located in Leeds at 1628 9th Street NE, Leeds, AL. 35094
CALL TODAY for more information (205) 702-6204.
Food Truck Monday with Berries by Crystal
Leeds Food Truck Monday April 25 hosted by Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce - Berries by Crystal. This food truck will be available approximately 11-2. Look for them in downtown Leeds on the corner of Parkway Drive and 9th.
Food Truck Mondays are being scheduled for the spring, summer and fall. If you have a food truck and are interested in scheduling during the lunch hours in historic downtown leeds at the Gazebo on the corner of Parkway Drive and 9th Street, please contact Sandra McGuire at 205.699.5001 or 205.965.9392.
More info: www.LeedsAreaChamber.com
Tuesday, April 26
Shakespeare Acting Classes
Victoria Boyce teaches weekly acting classes at Leeds Theater and Arts Center on Tuesdays. Spring theme is Shakespeare, with showcase on April 29-30. Call 205-285-7635 to reserve your spot in class. Students 7-19 years old will learn how to read and perform Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies along with how to perform a monologue and how to sword fight, all in a family friendly environment. More Info: http://www.leedsartscouncil.org/
Wednesday, April 27
Leeds Area Chamber Retail Development Meeting | April 27
Leeds Area Chamber Retail Development meeting is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8 am at the chamber office. If you are a local retailer or restaurant and would like to be involved, you are invited to attend.
More Info: https://leedsareachamber.com/
Upcoming Events to Put on Your Calendar (and Remember to Register, if Required)
“A Time of Prayer to Change Your City!”
Come to the City-Wide Prayer Breakfast
*April 28th at 6:45am – 8:00am
*First Baptist Church Leeds
Deluxe Hot Breakfast $5
Guest Speaker Police Chief Paul Irwin
Tickets Available at Mills Pharmacy
More Info: 205.699-6141
Barber Motorsports Park Leeds | Tim Tebow Grand Marshall
In case you missed it, Tim Tebow will kick off the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and wave the green flag! We are proud to have the Heisman Trophy winner as our Grand Marshall! Mark your calendars for April 29th - May 1st and join us at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama! We can't wait to see you there!
Barber Motorsports Park
April 29th - May 1st
FREE GARAGE FRIDAY!
*Thanks to Kamtek, you can get up close to the drivers & cars in the garage for FREE on Friday, April 29th
*Grab your cameras & Autograph pens and don't miss a minute of the action!
***Children 15 & Under admitted Free Courtesy of Alabama Power!
#FordTough Cornhole Benefit at Rails and Ales
Come on out to the 2nd Annual FordTough Corn Hole & Shrimp Boil on April 30th at Rails & Ales.
Funds raised will benefit the Jason Ford Memorial Scholarship (trade school scholarships at LHS) and the American Cancer Society.
We are looking for door prizes and auction items if your business would like to donate!
Feel free to contact Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce so we can arrange for donation pick-up or drop by the chamber office!
$500 Giveaway at The Outlet Shops of Grand River
See it. Love it. Get it.
Find your style for spring. Enter to win a $500 Gift Card.
Your closet is calling for new spring looks. We’ve got just the thing. Enter to win a $500 gift card! Drawing will be held on April 30, 2022.
Enter at: https://shopsofgrandriver.com/getit/
Leeds Area Chamber Creek Bank Festival & Cruising The Creek Bank Car Show
We already have over 100 vendors so be sure to mark your calendars for an incredible festival this year! We are so excited about our entertainment line-up. You will not want to miss a moment of the 27th Annual Creek Bank Festival and 6th Annual Cruising the Creek Bank Car Show! More info: www.CreekBankFestival.com
Creek Bank Stage Entertainment, Street Vendors, Food Trucks & Plenty of Activities!
There will be plenty of Creek Bank Stage entertainment, a huge number of street vendors, food trucks, Creek Bark Dog Pageant, Hula Hoop Contest, Face Painting, Balloon Artist and a day full of fun for the entire family. (May 14 with rain date of May 21)
Be sure to get out your antique car or other favorite vehicle to enter the car show for two great causes: Leeds Outreach and Backpack Buddies. Creek Bank Festival 2022 plans plenty of fun for the entire family so help us get the word out and we'll see you there!
Summer Student Theatre Workshop
Leeds Arts Council is pleased to announce that Matilda the Musical Jr. is the show chosen for the Summer Student Theater Workshop for students in grades 2-12. The workshop will be held June 6-19 at the Leeds Theater and Arts Center, in downtown Leeds. The workshop is a two-week workshop, with students attending 8 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday. There will be four performances: Friday June 17 at 7 pm, Saturday June 18 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday June 19 at 2 pm. The director is Michael Bridges, award-winning drama director at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School.
Summer Student Music Camp
ANNUAL JAM CAMP | The Music Room
THE MUSIC ROOM'S ANNUAL JAM CAMP July 18th-22nd (9am- 12pm) Ages 6-12 $40/day Ease the summer blues with a fun and enriching week filled with music exploration! Our five day camp program is designed to offer your child the opportunity to explore different instruments, have an introduction to aspects of music theory, learn to play music in a group, and to participate in music-themed games and craft activities. To secure your spot, visit www.themusicroomleeds.com/camps
Tri County Civitan Club Annual Fundraiser
Last week to order - freshly harvested Georgia grown large Vidalia Onions.
The 10-pound bags are $11 per bag. All orders prepaid by April 22. Delivery will be about May 5, 2022.
Email us at TriCountyCivitan3127@gmail.com or call 205-999-2118 to order.
Shopping, Deals & More
The Wooden Anchor
New door hangers by @livelifelouddesigns - and don’t forget we have handmade baby items by @curly_arts - Plus great gift ideas for Mom & Dad: double cosmetic bags, shaving bags, wallets, key chains, sports towels, and huge totes! Come see us at The Wooden Anchor- 10:00-6:00 today! 8149 Parkway Drive Leeds
Think Outside the Trash
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle
Please utilize our recycling center during business hours at 1440 9th Street.
Monday thru Thursday 6AM until 2:30PM
Friday 6AM until 12:30PM
Lunch 11:00AM until 11:30AM Daily
NO DUMPING & NO LEAVING RECYCLABLE MATERIALS AFTER BUSINESS HOURS.
This Week's Recipe
Oven Bakes Salmon
Keep this recipe in your back pocket for nights it seems you don't have time to cook dinner. It takes just 20 minutes from start to finish.
Recipe from Food Network: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/oven-baked-salmon-recipe-1911951
EVERYONE LEEDS WANTS YOUR VIDEOS!
Everyone Leeds need your help! We want your videos! We want to know why you love leeds and the best way to communicate that is through a short selfie video. All you have to do is to record your video on your iPhone or Android and send it to us. Don't worry about messing up! You can record as many takes as you want until you get it like you want it to be - just 30-60 seconds of you sharing why you love our wonderful City of Leeds. We know that Everyone Loves Leeds, but we want to know why YOU LOVE LEEDS! You may email your video to us at email@example.com or share it with us on Google Drive. Your video will be shared on our Everyone Leeds website (www.EveryoneLeeds.com) and our social media. We look forward to hearing why you love Leeds! #ILoveLeeds
Don't worry! If you're camera shy, you can still get in the news. We'll be happy to accept your written blurb!
Let Everyone Leeds Share Your News!
Community is important so that's why we want your news. Whether you have a heart-warming story about the people of Leeds, a local business, an upcoming event or a bit of history that you would like to share, we're all ears here at Everyone Leeds. Everyone Leeds is a positive platform to help you get your news out so please send us your news and happenings each week!
Would your business like to be featured here?
If you are a member of the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce and have a business or an upcoming event in Leeds, Alabama, you could be featured on this weekly e-blast. Please submit your upcoming event(s) or special offering and we will be happy to include it!
LOOKING FOR A LOCAL VENDOR?
Are you looking for certain product or service from a local vendor? Check out the Business Directory at Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce and choose a chamber member.
If you are a local business and not a chamber member, maybe it's time! For more information, visit www.LeedsAreaChamber.com.
KEEP UP WITH LEEDS HAPPENINGS WITH US
To keep up with what's happening in Leeds, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to get this weekly e-blast direct to your inbox and visit our website often!
#everyoneleeds #leedshappenings #happeningleeds #historicleeds #leedsalabama #dineleeds #shopleeds #entertainleeds #visitleeds #thingstodo #events #minutesfrombham #buildingcommunity