Leeds Happenings this Week!
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As we wind up March, we find ourselves right in the middle of Spring Break. You might be at the beach or you might just find yourself right here at home in Leeds, Alabama looking for something to do. Everyone Leeds has compiled this news blast to give you a glimpse of all of the wonderful things happening in our City. We always have lots of information, news and upcoming events to share with you so...be sure to grab a cup of coffee to enjoy and check out this week's Leeds Happenings.
Just to give you an idea of what's going on...Food Truck Mondays are back, the Daddy-Daughter Western Party is this Saturday, there are Spring Break specials galore, no shortage of live music and entertainment, the Spring Carnival is only a couple of weeks away, Governor Kay Ivey will pay a visit to Leeds this month and upcoming festivals are right around the corner with Grand Riverfest, Creek Bank Festival and Cruising the Creek Bank Charity Car Show. There are also a number of fundraisers going on around town and Easter is almost here!
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Shop Leeds. Shop Local.
Tri County Civitan Club Annual Fundraiser
Let us order yours NOW - freshly harvested Georgia grown large Vidalia Onions. They keep well, if stored properly and you don’t eat them all up quickly,
they are so good. Get a couple of bags.
They come in 10-pound bags and cost $11 per bag.
All orders are prepaid by April 22nd. Delivery will be about May 5, 2022.
Email us at TriCountyCivitan3127@gmail.com or call 205-999-2118 to order.
Here are a few projects that your donations go toward: Leeds Library Summer Reading Program, Leeds Outreach Children’s Christmas, wheelchair ramps, many other community projects. Support local Civitan projects buy a bag today.
Workout Anytime Leeds Re-Grand Opening And Ribbon Cutting
Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce & City of Leeds along with the Workout Anytime Leeds Team cut the ribbon March 28 at their re-grand opening in celebration of their new mega-facility located in the Leeds Commons Shopping Center, Suite 100 at 7480 Parkway Drive.
National Library Week | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
National Library Week is April 3rd-9th. Stop by the library to fill out a heart or comment below and tell us why you love your library! As the hearts are filled out we will add them to our windows for everyone to enjoy!
For more information, please visit www.leedslibrary.com or visit their Facebook page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Grand River Drive In Spring Schedule
Are you still adjusting to the time change?
OUR SPRING SCHEDULE STARTS 3/25/22!!!
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.
More Info: https://www.grandriverdrive-in.com/
WORKOUT ANYTIME LEEDS
Spring Break Fit Camp starts Monday, March 28th!! 💪
Join our coaches for outdoor classes! This week only these classes will be FREE for ALL members! Make sure to enroll for class online at www.myiclubonline.com
🔺 Beginners Yoga: Mon. & Wed. @ 11 AM | Thur. @ 6 PM
🔺 Full Body Pump: Mon. & Wed. @ 6 PM | Tues & Thurs @ 12:45 PM | Thurs. @ 5 PM | 🔺 CORE: Tues. & Thur. @ 10:30 AM
Make sure to bring a towel, sunglasses, water, and motivation
More Info: https://workoutanytime.com/leeds/
Thursday, March 31
Open Paint at MERCH Boutique | March 31 | 6-8 pm
Let’s paint!!!! Bring your desired refreshments!!!
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS Monday March 21 | To find what you’d like to do you’ll need to go to the Awake My Soul Studio fb page and click on photos…you’ll see open paint door hanger choices there or you can go to open paint canvas choices. Once you’ve found your project, message the page with your choice. Payment through the ticket link will need to be made when your choice is sent. Or you can message me to pay through Venmo, PayPal or Cash App. . Door hangers are $40 and canvases are $35. ALL projects are pre sketched. EVERYTHING is supplied! You just need to bring the fun!!! Limited seating! Call your friends!!!
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/awakemysoulstudio
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 1
Erica Ryleigh Live at the Rail | Rails & Ales
Live music with Erica Ryleigh 7-11 pm. The Recipe food truck 6-9 pm.
More Info: https://railsandales.beer/events
Saturday, April 2
Daddy & Daughter Western Party | April 2
1st annual Daddy & Daughter Western Party at The Livery Center in Leeds on Saturday, April 2 from 6-8p. Bring your dad, grandfather, uncle or any special male figure in your life.
Plenty of fun and a stompin' good time is planned with Line Dancing, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Refreshments, Photo Booth for Selfies and more.
To purchase tickets, go to leedsareachamber.com or call 205-965-9392
Evan Kennedy Live at the Rail | Rails & Ales
Live music with Evan Kennedy 7-11. Food with Battle Axes Feast 6-9 pm.
More Info: https://railsandales.beer/events
Sunday, April 3
Art Gallery Reception: Trey Carmon | Leeds Art Council
Trey Carmon was born in Florence, Al on October 27, 1977; signs of creativity were seen at an early age. After winning an art competition at Samford University his freshman year, he decided it was time to pursue Graphic Design at Auburn University where he received his Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in visual communication in 2001. Trey's visceral process of creating abstract canvases that interact with each other and change ways to view the whole piece has been his passion for the last 20+ years. Trey has shown his art at the Daniel Day Gallery, Birmingham Art Crawl, ArtPlay at Work Play, and various other venues around the Greater Birmingham Area. Along with his wife Jessica and daughter Ophelia, Trey moved to Leeds in 2020. More Info: https://www.leedsartscouncil.org/event/art-gallery-reception-trey-carmon/
Monday, April 4
Food Truck Mondays are Back
More info: leedsareachamber.com or call 205-965-9392.
Ladies 1st Monday Monthly Meeting | Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus | 6-8 pm
The Ladies at the River Campus meet monthly to plan, discuss and set in motion Out Reach and In Reach. We welcome all women to get involved! Our mission is to serve our church and community for Christ! More Info: http://www.edenwestside.org/.
Tuesday, April 5
Blazin' Beats Bingo | Rails and Ales
Pop Culture Trivia Challenge is adding to the fun we bring with Blazin'Beats Bingo. This is a fast paced music bingo game where our hosts will play part of songs while you listen and mark them off on your bingo card. This ain't your grandma's bingo! Get ready to hear great music, win prizes and hopefully be the first to yell BINGO!!! We will kick off the fun on April 5 at 7pm at Rails and Ales. More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/785179319540425/
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 6
First Wednesday Worship | April 6 | 7-8:30 pm
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! More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/604140490640053
Upcoming Events to Put on Your Calendar (and Remember to Register, if Required)
Knights of Columbus Charity Bingo Night | April 8 & 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 1. 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.
Leeds Jane Culbreth Library April Children's Department
Check out what's happening in our Children's Department for April!
More Info: http://www.leedslibrary.com/
Grand River Art Walk | Artist Incorporated Gallery
Artists Incorporated Gallery has put together a great line up for our Grand River Art Walk on Saturday, April 9th from 11am until 4pm. Our exhibiting artists include acrylic, oil, and watercolor painters, sculptural ceramics, pottery, jewelry and woodwork. Come see us at the Shops of Grand River and stop by the gallery at Suite 114 to see all the beautiful art currently available. More Info: https://www.artistsincorporated.com/
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Save the Date to remove all the hazardous waste from your home on April 9, 2022. This is the perfect opportunity to clean out your old household hazardous products.
FREE Photo with the Easter Bunny | Bass Pro Shops Leeds | April 9
Easter isn’t complete without seeing the Easter bunny! We can’t wait to see you in store for a FREE photo!
Reserve your spot for your visit with the Easter bunny!
Start booking your appointments as early as 4/2/2022.
Get all the details at Basspro.com/Easter
Three On A String | Leeds Art Council
April 9th, 7pm // $21
Four entertaining guys who have learned their craft and enjoy sharing their talents with each new audience. As TOAS puts it, “Let’s have some fun!”
More Info: https://www.leedsartscouncil.org/event/three-on-a-string-3/
High School Musical Auditions | Leeds Art Council | April 11 & April 12
Due to large interest in auditions for High School Musical, we are asking auditioners to sign up via the SignUp link below. Please reach out to Leeds Arts Council if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! More Info: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49a9ad29a4f5c52-auditions
Leeds Spring Carnival
You are invited to the annual Leeds Spring Carnival! See you there!
What: Leeds Spring Carnival
When: Wednesday, April 13th - Saturday, April 16th.
Where: Downtown Leeds Across from Windstream & Lehigh
Times & Ticket Information Available at: www.LeedsAreaChamber.com
FAITH Riders 10th Annual LYLA RIDE
10th Annual Lyla Ride hosted by Cedar Grove Baptist Church FAITH Riders. All proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama.
Registration begins at 7:00 AM Kickstands up at 9:00 AM. The ride will end back at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with a Complimentary Lunch and Door Prizes.
Entry Fee is $25 per Rider or $30 for Rider & Passenger.
Easter @ First Baptist Leeds!
Easter is a time of celebration and new beginnings!
Join us Sunday morning, April 17st at 8:30 or 10:45 AM as a celebrate the RISEN Jesus and the new life He brings to the world!
Join us as we give God glory for the resurrection of Jesus and remember that His victory over death gives us great hope for our lives and futures.
Dress as you want, the parking team will help you find that perfect stop, and we have a place for everyone in the family, so bring the kids!
Everyone is welcome at Easter @ FBC Leeds!
More Info: http://www.fbcleeds.org/
Leeds Area Chamber Corporate Ambassador Luncheon | April 20
Corporate Ambassadors for the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce meet at Noon on the third Wednesday of each month at the chamber office upstairs, unless otherwise specified. Lunch is $10 and an RSVP is required. In addition to covering Chamber business and assignments at each meeting, business building information is shared and each attendee is given a few moments to share information about themselves and their company.
More Info: https://leedsareachamber.com/
Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce April Camber Luncheon | April 21
Join the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce for our April Chamber Luncheon. We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. Our meeting is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. on April 21, 2022 at Leeds First United Methodist Church Family Life Center located at 1189 6th Street. Lunch is $15 payable at the door (Reminder: Due to the cost of food and catering, our luncheon is now $15). Please make your reservations by Tuesday, April 19.
More info: www.LeedsAreaChamber.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.
The Backyard Crawfish Boil April 23
The Backyard and Red Mountain Crawfish Co. are brewing and boiling up a big crawfish event on April 23rd! 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
April 23 | 11am-5pm (rain date is April 30th)
Location: Front parking lot behind LOFT and COACH
One day festival Marketplace. Fashion, arts/crafts, DJ, food, face painting, balloon art + more
Family Fun. Free admission.
Vendor Rules: Grand RiverFest 2022 Spring Vendor Rules
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.
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.
More Info: https://leedsareachamber.com/
Barber Motorsports Park Leeds | Take Me To Indy Contest
Have you heard the news?! AmFirst Birmingham is having a Take Me To Indy contest starting April5th!🏁 Link in bio on how to enter!
Get ready to start your engines!
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, proudly presented by AmFirst, is returning to Barber Motorsports Park from April 29 – May 1.
To celebrate, AmFirst is giving away tickets and perks to this event that’s sure to be fun for the whole family!
Click here for more details on how you could win: https://bit.ly/3Nk0ygZ
#FordTough Cornhole Benefit at Rails and Ales
Saturday, April 30th 12pm - 2pm
Proceeds will go to the Jason Ford Memorial Scholarship Fund and American Cancer Society - Alabama
Leeds Area Chamber Creek Bank Festival & Cruising The Creek Bank Car Show
We are Accepting Applications for festival Vendors right now and be sure to mark your calendars for an incredible festival this year! We are so excited about our entertainment line-up and we already have a large number of vendors registered so this year's festival is sure to please. More info: www.CreekBankFestival.com
We are excited that The WingNuts will be on the Creek Bank stage this year back by popular demand!!! The WingNuts are vintage rock ‘n roll specialists performing covers of hits from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. You will not want to miss their performance along with other awesome entertainers lined up for that day on the Creek Bank stage! (May 14 with rain date of May 21)
The Cruising the Creek Bank Car Show plans are coming right along, also. 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.
Registration must be received online or by mail by 12 noon on Friday May 20. Online registrations can be paid by credit card; checks are to be made out to Leeds Arts Council and returned with the mailed registration. The maximum number of participants will be 35; if this number of registrations is reached before May 20, registration will be cut off at that point. Please complete the registration form and return it as soon as possible. (I believe we will have online registration through the LAC website, but it is not active yet.) We are looking forward to a great workshop!
For more information, contact Debbie Landry or the Leeds Arts Council office.
Debbie Landry LAC office
More Info: https://www.leedsartscouncil.org/theatre/summer-student-theatre-workshop/
Summer Student Music Camp
Music Camps For Children | The Music Room
Amplify your music experience by enrolling in one of our summer day camps! We’re currently offering our Summer Jam Camp and a “Stranger Things” Choir Camp. Our camps fill up quickly; be sure to register now and reserve your spot!
More Info: https://www.themusicroomleeds.com/camps
Shopping, Deals & More
Mum & Me Mercantile
ATTENTION Spring Breakers 😎 Spring break is right around the corner and you can’t take a vacay without proper attire… Stop by Mum & Me Mercantile and get your spring break clothes now!
Our clothes are soft, light, and super cute! Start your spring break now with some new bags and Cobian Sandals ☀️ 💛
Pants Store Leeds
The sleeves on this top 😍
Tap to shop on Instagram + Shop online at pantsstore.com & at all five of our locations ✨
Race your way to your next reward with the Whataburger app! Order online, earn rewards, and more.
Since 1950, we’ve been serving hot, made-to-order burgers and more with a smile. So come on over. We’re cooking up breakfast, lunch and dinner—from burgers and chicken sandwiches to biscuits and pancakes—to satisfy the heartiest appetites in Leeds, AL. Visit our dining area at our Ashville Rd & Hwy 20 at 1824 Ashville Rd.
Build your community and enjoy a life at Lehigh Hanson.
Our locations span 500 cities across 31 United States and 6 Canadian provinces. We offer jobs in rural, suburban, or urban settings. Our team is made of people from around the world because our business serves is a universal need. To supply the ingredients that sustain modern life – cement, aggregates, concrete, and asphalt.
Discover the impact you can make in your career, community and – most importantly – with your family.
Apply Here: https://careers.lehighhanson.com/jobs/
Sonic (Leeds) America's Drive In
Not to put the cherry in our own Limeade, but SONIC has a great reputation for growing careers. Seriously, next time you’re at your local SONIC, ask the Manager how she or he started – we’re willing to bet it was as a Cook or a Carhop. Whatever your goals, there’s a place for you here, and plenty of opportunities for you to grow with our brand. Take a look at the possible SONIC career progression.*
Apply Here: https://careers.sonicdrivein.com/us/en/search-results
Walker Backflow & Fire Protection Services - Help Wanted
Walker Backflow and Fire Protection Services is growing! We have full time positions available for pipe fitters and helpers who will be responsible for installing fire sprinkler systems in commercial buildings in central Alabama. We will also consider college students who want to work over the summer and learn a new trade. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested, please call Travis Walker at 205-283-1606.
We are now scheduling Food Truck Mondays
The Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce is now scheduling Food Truck Mondays for dates beginning April 4, 2022. If you have a food truck and are interested in scheduling your truck during the lunch hours in historic downtown leeds at the Gazebo located on the corner of Parkway Drive and 9th Street, please contact Sandra McGuire at 205.699.5001 or 205.965.9392.
Food Truck Mondays were very successful last year so we are looking for an even bigger season this year!
This Week's Recipe
Onion Pan-Fried Pork Chops
Recipe from allrecipes.com
Onion soup mix is blended into the flour that coats these golden brown pork chops. To make coating even easier, mix everything in a large plastic bag, then add in the chops, and shake to coat.
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