Leeds Happenings this Week!

The Place to Go to Be in the Know

Check Out this Week's Leeds Happenings

Well, we're winding up the month of April and May is arriving.  Our schools are busy with end of the school year activities and plans.  The Indy is a sold out crowd with everyone anticipating a fabulous weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.  Their charity event and garage meet-up begins on Friday.

The City-Wide Prayer Breakfast is this morning at Leeds First Baptist.  This is a city-wide, multi-church community event. We are privileged to have such wonderful community leaders to organize this type of event to pray for our city.

Everyone Leeds is getting traction and people are talking about us.  We are becoming your local Leeds news source and we appreciate your support of our efforts to bring you Leeds Happenings each week.  Our goal is to shout out the great things about Leeds, Alabama, bring you plenty of upcoming events to plug into right here in Leeds and build community.

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.

Archery Banquet apr 2022 01_600
Archery Banquet apr 2022 02_600
Archery Banquet apr 2022 06_600

Leeds City School Archery Banquet

Leeds City School Archery teams held their end of the season banquet on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Leeds First Baptist Church. Coach Larry Caffee (Leeds High Coach) and Coach Carlie Swindle (Leeds Middle Coach) gave all archers a certificate of completion and recognized Emma Stidam for being top Elementary Archer at Regionals which was held in Prattville, AL on March18, 2022. The Coaches also recognized the 2022 seniors: Ashlyn Kay, Juan Diaz-Torres, and Kamelia Lewis. Ken Harrell was announced as the newest Elementary Volunteer Coach for fourth and fifth graders.

The banquet was organized by Pam and Eddie Saunier. Other archer parents that volunteered to help were: Randi Funderburg, Jamie Stidham, Ken and Lacey Harrell, Amanda and Justin Kontzen, Angela Bryant, and Bre Ford. Food was prepared by Mr. Rusty Stark. Flowers were donated by Dori Luca Designs.

Any Leeds City School Student grades 4-12 who are interested in joining can contact Coach Caffee (lcaffee@leedsk12.org) or Coach Swindle (cswindle@leedsk12.org) for more information. There will be an Archery Camp during the summer. More information will be announced later.

"This season has been awesome. Each student improved more and more each week. I'm beyond thankful for each archer and parents who have entrusted Coach Caffee and myself with their students. We are looking forward to next year and making more and more progress. Roll Greenwave!!!"- Coach Swindle

Archery Banquet apr 2022 03_600
Archery Banquet apr 2022 04_600
Archery Banquet apr 2022 05_600
Archery Banquet apr 2022 07_600

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

The Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce was so honored to host our Alabama State Governor Kay Ivey to speak at their April chamber luncheon to talk about projects our state government is working on to continue to improve our quality of life here from our schools to jobs, low unemployment and more. The Governor attended the luncheon at the invitation of State Representative Dickie Drake who serves the Leeds area and she received a warm welcome with approximately 200 attending. Read article at:  www.LeedsAreaChamber.com

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 29-May 5th

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)
More Info: https://www.grandriverdrive-in.com/

Thursday, April 28

"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

“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

Book Sale Leeds Jane Culbreth Library

We are so excited for our Friends of the Leeds Library Book Sale! You don't want to miss this!

Book Prices
New Hardbacks & Signed Copies: $2.00 Hardbacks: $1.00
Soft Covers $0.50  -  Children's Books: $0.50  -  Paperbacks: $0.25
Audiobooks & DVDs: $1.00

8104 Parkway Drive Leeds, AL 35094
205-699-5962 | www.leedslibrary.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 29

Barber Motorsports Park 
April 29th - May 1st

*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!

racing for the cure barbers april 29

Racing To Cure Childhood Cancer | Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

The INDY 5K presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama | 5:30-7pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run the race track at the world-renowned Barber Motorsports Park? Well now you can!
Experience the 17-turn road course like never before at The INDY 5K presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, April 29th at the Barber Motorsports Park.
Race participation includes Friday Grounds Admission to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst.
For more information on the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, visit indyalabama.com

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! We can't wait to see you there!

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/BarberMotorsportsPark


A Midsummer Night's Dream | Leeds Art Council

Acting students of director Victoria Boyce perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy. General admission seating $5.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/329253675965996/

Daniel Logsdon Live at the Rail | Rails & Ales

Music with Daniel Logsdon 7-11 pm. + food with Food with The Recipe 6-9 pm.

More Info: https://railsandales.beer/events

Saturday, April 30

Women's Empowerment | Be Set Free 

Gathering to encourage and motivate women, who are experiencing challenging times in their lives. Fellowshipping, door prizes, and empowerment.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173761306761283/

Mills Pharmacy

Drop-off your EXPIRED or USED MEDICATIONS & PRESCRIPTIONS. This Saturday, April 30th 10am - 2pm at Mills Pharmacy.
Enter to win a FREE Insignia 50" TV!


#FordTough Cornhole Benefit at Rails and Ales 12pm-6pm

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/

A Midsummer Night's Dream | Leeds Art Council

Acting students of director Victoria Boyce perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy. General admission seating $5.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/329253675965996/

Ben Moseley Live at the Rail | Rails & Ales

Live music with Ben Moseley 7-11 pm. Food Truck TBD 6-9 pm.

More Info: https://railsandales.beer/events

Sunday, May 1


Senior Art Exhibit | Leeds Art Council

Check out the art created by our very own Leeds Senior Citizens.  More Info: https://www.leedsalabama.org/

A Midsummer Night's Dream | Leeds Art Council

Acting students of director Victoria Boyce perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy. General admission seating $5.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/329253675965996/

Monday, May 2

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.

CALL TODAY for more information (205) 702-6204.

Food Truck Monday with Renae’s Kitchen LLC

Leeds Food Truck Monday May 2 hosted by Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce – Renae’s Kitchen LLC. This food truck will be available approximately 11-2. Look for them in downtown Leeds on the corner of Parkway Drive and 9th. More info: please contact Sandra McGuire at 205.699.5001 or 205.965.9392. We’re having great Food Truck Mondays…

More info:  www.LeedsAreaChamber.com

Tuesday, May 3

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, May 4

First Wednesday Worship | The Tower Of Prayer | 7-8:30pm

Our First Wednesday Service is in full effect! Join us in the sanctuary and online for this life-changing worship experience with Apostle C. Shaemun Webster as he ministers on his 34th birthday!

Upcoming Events to Put on Your Calendar (and Remember to Register, if Required)

Leeds Farmers Market Is Back

May 5th Farmers Market in Leeds from 3-6pm at the corner of Parkway and 6th Street.

BINGO May 2022_600

Knights of Columbus Charity Bingo Night | MAY 6 & MAY 20

Mark your calendars for Bingo Night! Leeds Knights of Columbus Council 5597 announces a Charity Bingo night at Leeds Civic Center scheduled for Friday, May 6. 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.

Book Signing @ The Wooden Anchor - May 7 

For the blast this week: We are so excited to be having our first book signing at The Wooden Anchor. Paul & Harriet Lawrence will be with us May 7, 11:00-2:00 autographing and selling their book Going to School in Gaza. Paul was born and raised in Leeds and attended Samford University as well as UAB for further degrees. Harriet is from the Birmingham area and attended Auburn University. In 1985, they moved with their two young children to the Gaza Strip in response to God’s call on their lives and lived there 30 years. In their book, Going to School in Gaza, they share some of their stories and what they learned.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/rutbunchwoodenanchor

Watercolor Classes with  Gayle Jones | Artist Incorporated Gallery 

Gayle Jones has announced additional dates for May Watercolor Classes at Artists Incorporated Gallery. She will be teaching this beautiful painting in a one day class on Friday May 20th or Saturday May 21st. She also has a previously announced 2 day class on May 5th and 6th. Sign up now at artistsincorpora@bellsouth.net

Leeds Area Chamber Creek Bank Festival & Cruising The Creek Bank Car Show

Only 2 weeks away!  We have plenty of fun planned and 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

Erica Ryleigh will perform on the Creek Bank Stage! We are excited that Erica Ryleigh will be on the Creek Bank stage this year back by popular demand!!!  Erica is a country artist with a twist who performed at our First Thursday Street Fests as well as being on the Creek Bank stage.  Erica is a Leeds native who has been playing her guitar and singing almost a decade. You will not want to miss her performance along with other awesome entertainers lined up for that day on the Creek Bank stage!  (May 14 with rain date of May 21)
Evan Riley 2_600
eric watters_600
Version 2
Roy Mac_600

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)

leeds area chamber creekbank festival may 14
leeds area chamber creekbank festival may 14 cruise in

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.

More Info:  https://www.leedsartscouncil.org/theatre/summer-student-theatre-workshop/

Summer Student Music Camp

jam camp music room

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

Shopping, Deals & More

Bass Pro Shops Leeds, AL

Don’t forget to see us for race weekend!! 🏎

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/bassproshopsleedsal

Welcome New Members Beverly's Dance Unlimited!

7480 Parkway Drive
Leeds, Alabama. 35094
(205) 681-1955 to Register
Facebook & Instagram @BeverlysDance
Register Now for Beverly's Dance of Leeds Summer Dance Camps: *Tumble & TWIRL Princess Camp, Baton Camp, Encanto Dance Experience, Intensives scheduled for June 13-16. For more information, please contact Carla Leslie at (205) 681-1955 or beverlysdanceunlimited@yahoo.com.

Farmers Furniture Recliner Giveaway

Recliner Sale at *Farmers Furniture!
Go to FarmersHomeFurniture.com for more information!

L.A. Salon & Boutique has Tanning!!!

Come see us here @ LA Salon & Boutique in Leeds!

Mum & Me Mercantile

Our new Soruka bags are in!!! These bags are made only from recycled leather that was damaging the environment. They are so cute and we have a large variety of styles.

Come by and get your new favorite bag now 😊

More Info: http://mumandmeleeds.com/

Pants Store Leeds

Select shorts are marked down to $29.99, take an additional 20% off!🤩

​Tap to shop on Instagram + Shop online at pantsstore.com & at all five of our locations✨

The Wooden Anchor

Teachers’ Appreciation Week is next week, May 2-6, and we can’t wait to celebrate! Also, don’t forget to shop for Mom! We have our soap and lotion 10% off, and there are so many other great gifts in the store for Mom and for teachers! Come see us 10:00-6:00 today. More Info: https://www.facebook.com/rutbunchwoodenanchor


Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2nd- 6th. Teachers who show their school ID will be able to receive a FREE breakfast item between 5am-9am from any Whataburger! They can choose between a BOB, a Taquito or a Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. We’re also offering a special discount code for 25% off our entire Whatastore.

workout anytime logo 2022


Whatever you find uplifting - own it. 💪♟️💪

Schedule your free tour online today!! 🤩

More Info:  https://workoutanytime.com/leeds/

We want you to give us your food truck request!

Tell us what kind of food you are craving and we will invite them to downtown Leeds!

Contact Sandra McGuire at 205.965.9392.

This Week's Recipe


Yes, it IS it possible to enjoy tasty nachos on the keto diet! Simply replace the high-carb tortilla chips with crunchy pork rinds.

Recipe from Healthy Recipes: https://healthyrecipesblogs.com/low-carb-nachos/#recipe


Want Your Videos_600

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 everyoneleeds@gmail.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!


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.


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

Leeds Happenings 01_square