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Creek Bank Festival and Car Show This Weekend!

Come out and Join us this weekend!  Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce has an exciting weekend planned that packs plenty of fun for you and the kiddos with the 28th Annual Creek Bank Festival at Leeds Memorial Park this Saturday, May 20 (rain date: May 27). Stage entertainment will include Lennox Poe, Evan Riley, Erica Ryleigh, Kutzu, Eric Watters, Avery Ford and Elvis Tribute Artist, Terry Padgett. Plan to enjoy every minute with hula hoop contests, balloon artist, face painting with more than 175 arts, crafts, specialty vendors from all over the southeast, food trucks, Cruising the Creek Bank Charity Car Show and much more! Remember to bring Fido to compete in the Creek Bark Dog Pageant. More information and entertainment schedule may be found at www.CreekBankFestival.com.

Event sponsors: Kinetic by Windstream – Stage Sponsor, Scott Cantrell State Farm & WinSouth Credit Union - Entertainment Sponsors, Mills Pharmacies – Balloon Artist, The Outlet Shops of Grand River – Face Painting, Crossroads Animal Hospital – Creek Bark Dog Pageant, Heights Title - Hula Hoop Contest, adr Business & Marketing Strategies – photography/video and Cruising the Creek Bank Car Show sponsored by C & C Motor Company.

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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)
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Workout in the Park | CrossFit Righteous Leeds

The workout at the park had a great turnout, we’re excited for the next one!

CrossFit Righteous

A Great Day at My Small Town Leeds with The Leeds Jane Culbreth Library!

Some photos from My Small-Town Leeds End-of-School Celebration and Summer Reading Program Launch party! The day was beautiful, and the kids found shade in the kid-sized tents. Everyone who signed up for the summer reading program were given a FREE scoop of ice cream from the Frozen Rooster and Kona Ice gave the first 50 people their order FREE!
We had lots of people sponsor a Library Duck for the Duck Race at the Creek Bank Festival next Saturday and sponsors could decorate a blank duck to take home.
The YA Taste Test Tent had a wide assortment of odd, flavored Peeps to try and a Peep Habitat to design and construct to take home.
There were BINGO cards with icons stickers to collect from each kids tent and a I LOVE READING grab bag for visiting all the tents filling out the card.
Carl, the Balloon Animal Guy was busy creating all sorts of balloon sculptures and had a nice line that formed in the shade.
The new mural was a beautiful backdrop and My Small Town Leeds fit perfectly underneath.
There were many who had a great time and requested we make this an annual event.
We love supporting the community of Leeds and thank everyone for attending!!
A big THANK YOU to the businesses and The City of Leeds for making this possible and a wonderfully Fun day!

To view more photos, click link: My Small Town Leeds... - Leeds Jane Culbreth Library

Leeds Police Department Memorial & Awards Ceremony

Under the direction of Leeds Police Chief Paul Irwin, the 2023 Leeds Police Department Memorial & Awards Ceremony was held at Leeds City Annex on Monday. A number of officers were recognized in memory from all around the state. Citizen’s Awards were presented to Mr. David Bell, Mr. Isaac Burchfield, Mr. Barend Craukamp, Mr. Sean Oglesby, Mr. Stephen Kelly, Mr. Dewayne McFarlin, Mrs. Paezile Ariel Wilbanks and Mr. Topaer “Toper” Oastenstad.  Service Awards were presented to Lieutenant Jacob Scott - 15 Years of Service, Detective Brian Chalian - 15 Years of Service, Sergeant Richard Waldrop - 10 Years of Service and Officer Michael R. Weirich - 5 Years of Service.

Officer of the Year for the Leeds Police Department was presented to Officer Harley Hamer. Investigator of the Year was presented to James Butterbrodt. Life Saving Medal was presented to Leeds Police Department Officer Jacob Turnbloom. Leeds Police Department Distinguished Service Medals were presented to Detective James Butterbrodt and Detective Michael Phillips.

Officer of Valor Awards for 2023 Firearms, Fitness and Driving were presented to Sergeant Jordan Palmer, Officer Patrick Smith, Officer Bryan Parsons, Officer Zack Harrison, Officer James White, Officer Ronald Thompson, Officer Evan Kavli, Officer Michael Phillips, Officer Justin Wilson and Officer Randy Angle.

Office of the First Quarter 2023 chosen was Officer Garrett Mays. To read full article and view additional photos, visit LeedsAlabama.org

Leeds Police Department Participated in Torch Run

A great day for the ceremonial torch run for the Leeds Alabama Police Department running through downtown Leeds! Photos courtesy of Leeds Main Street.

Drive Out ALS Cruise-In a Huge Success


I just don’t think I can say thank you enough for everyone’s support of the Drive Out ALS Cruise In yesterday! It blew me away seeing how many people came either wanting to know more about ALS or those who had a direct connection to the disease. Whatever your reason was, I’m grateful you came to support my Drive Out ALS Cruise In.
A huge thank you to The Outlet Shops of Grand River for partnering with me on this event and making it possible! I could not do this without their support and dedication!
We were very fortunate to have Kerry Goode join us! Mr. Kerry is a former Alabama and NFL player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2015. Please check out his book, Goode and Faithful Servant, to learn more about his story! He never fails to inspire me. Thank you to Mr. Kerry, his family, and their sweet friend for attending!

Emma Terry

Sweet Home Spirits Distillery Ribbon Cutting

The City of Leeds and Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Sweet Home Distillery in downtown Leeds. Mayor Miller cut the ribbon in celebration of their grand opening. Let’s welcome this business to Leeds!! Sweet Home Spirits | Facebook

Grand River Drive-In

screen 2: 8:00 pm - Fast X / No Second Showing
screen 3: 8:00 pm - Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 3 / 10:44 pm - Dungeons & Dragons
screen 4: 8:00 pm - Super Mario Brothers / 9:47 pm - Champions
SNACK SHACK: OPEN - - Tickets Live On Grandriverdrive-In.com

Thursday, May 18

Happy Hearts | Cedar Grove Baptist Church

All senior adults (60+) are invited to come for food and fellowship every 3rd Thursday from September through May.

Date: May 18, 2023 - 11 am - 12:30 pm

Location: 2001 Cedar Grove Rd, Leeds

Phone: 205-699-8446

Cedar Grove Baptist Church | Facebook


Leeds Area Chamber Luncheon - NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce chamber luncheon at 11:45 a.m. today - Thursday, May 18 at ST. THERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH PARISH LIFE CENTER - 8101 3rd Avenue, Leeds with Guest Speaker: Bethany Dowling – Therapist and PACT Coordinator (Professionals Against Childhood Trauma).  Also, Teacher of the Year Award will be presented.

Great opportunity to meet and develop relationships with other Leeds area business professionals, hear a great speaker and enjoy a great lunch. Bring door prizes to advertise your business.

Lunch is $15 and RSVP with Sandra McGuire, Executive Director, at (205) 965.9392 or Sandra@LeedsAreaChamber.com.

For more information about the chamber, this event and speaker bio, please visit www.LeedsAreaChamber.com.


Jeeps & Jams 🎶 | The Backyard Leeds

We love our third Thursday of the month crowd 😋

The Backyard | Facebook

Leeds Farmers Market

Come on out every Thursday 3p-7p to enjoy live music, food trucks at Leeds Farmers Market. Shop for you fresh veggies and unique crafts! We have jams and jellies and fresh baked breads.

Leeds Farmers Market | Facebook

Blazin Beatz Music Bingo | Rails and Ales

Come out Thursday for music and fun with @blazinbeatzbingo at 7. Delivery, door dash and takeout welcome! More information: Rails and Ales | Leeds AL | Facebook

Friday, May 19

MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama - Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park
May 19-21, 2023

Friday 8 am - 6 pm, Saturday 8 am - 6 pm, Sunday 8 am -3 pm

Tickets: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama - Barber Motorsports Park


BINGO This Friday_Post

Bingo for Charity | Leeds Civic Center

BINGO returns Friday, May 19th at Leeds Civic Center. Doors open at 5 pm. Games start at 6 pm. Stadium food available for moderate prices. A 100% smoke free and alcohol-free facility. Must be 19 and older! This event is hosted by Knights of Columbus Leeds Council 5597 and enables this organization to help others through their charity projects.

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.

Karaoke Night | Rails and Ales

Karaoke night 7 pm - 11 pm + Food with Battle Axes Feast 6 pm - 9 pm.

More information: Rails and Ales | Leeds AL | Facebook

Sheriff Live | Van's Bar Leeds

See Sheriff this Friday, May 19th, 9 PM, at VAN'S in Leeds ...

Van's Bar | Leeds AL | Facebook

Saturday, May 20

MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama - Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park
May 19-21, 2023

Friday 8 am - 6 pm, Saturday 8 am - 6 pm, Sunday 8 am -3 pm

Tickets: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama - Barber Motorsports Park


Register Your Pooch for Creek Bark Dog Pageant

Register your favorite pooch now for the 2023 Creek Bark Dog Pageant scheduled on Saturday, May 20 at this year's Creek Bank Festival - Leeds Memorial Park. This year's dog pageant is sponsored by Crossroads Animal Hospital. More information and Register at CreekBankFestival.com.

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Rubber Ducky Race | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library

Coming up.... a Rubber Ducky Race to benefit the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library. Ducky adoptions help us provide fun activities, adopt a duck in advance for just $5 at the library then join us at the FREE TO THE PUBLIC - 28th Annual Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce's Creek Bank Festival on May 20th from 10am - 4pm at Leeds Memorial Park off Hwy 119. More info: 205-699-5962 or LeedsLibrary.comLeeds Jane Culbreth Library | Facebook

Music with Berritt Haynes from The Voice | Rails and Ales

Live music with Berritt Haynes, who appeared on The Voice.

Saturday, May 20, 2023, AT 3 pm – 6 pm

More information: Rails and Ales | Leeds AL | Facebook

DJ Dance Mix & Karaoke | Van’s Bar Leeds

Join us to sing and dance all night long for DJ Dance Mix & Karaoke at VAN'S in Leeds, AL, on Saturday, May 20 at 7 PM.
$3 cover | 21+ show

Van's Bar | Leeds AL | Facebook

Sunday, May 21

MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama - Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park
May 19-21, 2023

Friday 8 am - 6 pm, Saturday 8 am - 6 pm, Sunday 8 am -3 pm

Tickets: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama - Barber Motorsports Park


Senior Recognition Sunday | Cedar Grove Baptist Church

Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our 2023 graduating class this Sunday, May 21st! We invite you to "card" our students with brief notes of encouragement or advice for their future. A list of students is available in the church office and a collection basket will be placed at the front of the sanctuary this week.

Cedar Grove Baptist Church | Facebook


Graduation Sunday | First Baptist Church Leeds

THIS Sunday!
Join us at 10:45 AM as we honor our graduates!

First Baptist Church Leeds | Facebook

Equipped for Impact: Licensing Service of Ministers | Tower of Prayer Church

These vessels have said YES to the call “to go ye therefore to all the world, preaching and teaching the Gospel!”
Equipped for Impact: Licensing Service of Ministers
You’re welcome to join us in person and/or online at 11:30 A.M CST
Be advised, early arrival is encouraged!

The Tower of Prayer Church | Facebook

Girl Boss Boot Camp | Miss Leeds Area 2023

Join Miss Leeds Area 2023 Emma Wright for Girl Boss Bootcamp on Sunday, May 21 from 2-4 pm at the Historical Depot in Leeds. Emma and other Miss Alabama candidates have a fun afternoon planned including activities promoting Style, Scholarship, Service, Success, and Sisterhood, pillars and foundation of Miss Alabama and Miss America Opportunity.
Open to girls ages 6 - 12 years of age. For more information or to register, visit www.missleedsarea.net/events.

Community Chorus Spring Concert | Leeds Arts Council

The Leeds Community Chorus Spring Concert at the Leeds Arts Center, May 21st at 3:00 pm.
Tickets $10
Leeds Arts Center
8140 Parkway Drive

For Reservations: leedsartscouncil.org

Open Mic Night Competition | Leeds Arts Council 

The LAC along with musician and host Mandi Rae Trott will be presenting an Open Mic Night in a competition format. 5$ for both performers and spectators. The winner each month will receive 50% of the door money as a cash prize based on a vote at the show’s end.
The open mic will be May 21st from 7 pm – 9 pm – sign up in person beginning at 6:30 or email mandiraemusic@gmail.com to get on the list. If your act or band has more than two people – please let us know ahead of time so we can set up for you.
Tell your friends! The more people who show up to perform or watch is more money you can win! This will be recurring on the 3rd Sunday of every month. This is a great chance to get stage experience if you are new to performing.

Leeds Arts Council | Leeds AL | Facebook

Monday, May 22

Men’s Weekly Small Groups | Cedar Grove Baptist Church

Monday’s at 6 am in the Banquet Hall and Wednesday’s at 5:15 am at McDonald’s in Leeds. All men are invited to attend.

Cedar Grove Baptist Church | Facebook

Food Truck Monday

Leeds Food Truck Mondays are hosted by Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce in historic downtown Leeds at corner of 9th & Parkway Drive available from 11 am until 2 pm each Monday.

Get weekly Food Truck Line-up & more information:  www.LeedsAreaChamber.com

Sit & Knit | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library

Join the Sit & Knit Monday Drop-in Group at 4:30pm-6:00pm at the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library. The leader, Candace can teach knitting and crocheting to people who favor their left or right hand. She brings different pattern books to look through and lots of yarn to create your next project. Come take a minute for yourself and meet this new local group who likes to Crochet and Knit.

Leeds Jane Culbreth Library | Facebook

Tuesday, May 23

Community Open Jam | The Backyard

Mark your calendar for 4th Tuesday of each month…
Community Open Jam 5pm and “Angela & The Foxcars” 6pm🎶🎸
Come get some good food and brews and stick around for the tunes!

The Backyard | Facebook

Wednesday, May 24

vans open micnight & pool tournament

Open Mic Night | Van's Bar Leeds

Open Mic Night tonight at VAN'S in Leeds starting at 7:00 PM. Come out to sing or play with us. You never know who you might see or hear!

Pool Tournaments Tuesday's & Wednesday's.

Van's Bar | Leeds AL | Facebook

Upcoming Events


Do You Have a Food Truck?  If you have a food truck and are Interested in coming to downtown Leeds, please contact Sandra McGuire as soon as possible to schedule at 205-699-5001(W) 205-365-9392(C)

Bass House Open | Leeds Historical Society

May 28th

Come and explore the rich history of Leeds.

Click link for Tickets. Bass House Open | Leeds Historical Soc


Mark Your Calendars for Leeds Downtown Summer Movie Nights

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce, Leeds Redevelopment Authority, along with Leeds Jane Culbreth Library will launch First Friday Outdoor Family Movie Nights again this year for the summer with three dates scheduled. The movie lineup will be: June 2 – Toy Story 4; July 7 – Beauty & the Beast; and August 4 – Minions: The Rise of GRU. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the concrete parking lot on the corner of Parkway Drive and 6th Street to enjoy these free outdoor community events.
Food trucks, including shaved ice, will be on-site, along with pre-movie yard games beginning at 6 p.m. The outdoor movie will begin around dusk which will be approximately 8 p.m.

Steak Night | The American Legion Post 107

Saturday June 3rd from 5 - 8 pm.

The American Legion Post 107 | Facebook

Crawfish Boil | Van's Bar Leeds

Save the date! The Crawfish Boil is June 3rd featuring LIVE MUSIC by Deputy 5.

Van's Bar | Leeds AL | Facebook

VBS | FBC Leeds

VBS @ FBC Leeds! June 4th-8th
Click on the link below for details!

First Baptist Church Leeds | Facebook

Small Bore | Barbers Sports Park

Just in case you needed a reason to attend @barbersmallbore besides the backwoods trail riding, race competitions and pig roast, here's your chance to take home $1000 CASH. In addition to our professional stunt shows, this year we've added an amateur stunt show and the winner takes home $1000! For details on all the weekend's events and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.barbermuseum.org/barber-small-bore/competitions/

It's Time to register for Vacation Bible School at Cedar Grove Baptist Church!

VBS 2023 July 10 - 14 from 6 pm - 8:30 pm.

For kids who've completed 4k - 5th grade.

Volunteers & Kids: Visit cedargroveleeds.org/vbs

Cedar Grove Baptist Church | Facebook

Shopping, Deals & More

The Backyard Buzz | The Backyard Leeds

Welcome to The Backyard Buzz! Know exactly 🍻 What’s Brewing 🍻
here each week by following the QR Code to our Drive-In site and signing up under the Newsletter tab! Be the first to see our new movie lineups, specials, music lineup, and fun events we have planned!

The Backyard | Facebook


Between the Tracks Produce Market

Green Plums are in!

Between the Tracks Produce Market!! 8133 Jackson Avenue Leeds. Open Daily. Accept all cards and EBT!!

Memorial Day Catering | Rusty's Bar-B-Q

Memorial Day is TWO WEEKS away! Go ahead and place your orders for slabs of ribs, pounds of meat, pints and gallons of sides, and whole desserts! We can even do gallons of sweet or unsweetened tea, and lemonade! Call 205-699-4766, or order online www.rustysbarbq.com

Rusty's Bar-B-Q | Leeds AL | Facebook

Go Outdoors Event & Sale | Bass Pro Shops Leeds

Our Go Outdoors Event and Sale starts today. Stop by in-store or shop online to gear up for your next adventure!
Click here to shop now: 👉 👉 https://www.basspro.com/c/go-outdoors-sale

L.A. Salon & Boutique

These cuties are style rolling out! Come get one before they are gone @L.A. Salon & Boutique

L.A. Salon & Boutique Merchandise Page | Facebook

Leeds shirts | Wooden Anchor

The shirts made it!

The Wooden Anchor | Leeds AL | Facebook

Workout Anytime

💪Excuse us while we FLEX on our state-of-the-art equipment, but if you’re ready for your summer tone-up we’ve got everything you need. And, it’s here for you 24/7.
Become a #WorkoutAnytime Premium Member for as low as $1 a day.🤑

Workout Anytime Leeds | Facebook

Job Opportunities

Worksmart Staffing

Let us find the job for you! With so many to choose from, we’re excited to find you just what you’re looking for. Apply now: jobs.worksmartstaffing.com 

Helping Others

This Week's Most Needed Items | Leeds Outreach

You may drop off items at @ MortgageRight Leeds on Parkway Drive, Mills Pharmacy or Patterson Pharmacy. We want to thank the churches, neighborhoods, businesses, schools and others for their continued support of Leeds Outreach. You can go to our web page and donate money and our shoppers will make the most needed purchases. THANK YOU!

Leeds Outreach | Facebook

Ponies and Pencils | The Red Barn

Ponies and Pencils focuses on kids with sloppy handwriting. Activities with the horse focus on timing and spacing. These skills are then transferred to letters and words while writing about our adventures with the ponies. This program is designed for children who have a basic concept of forming letters but are struggling with legibility.

The Red Barn | Leeds AL | Facebook

This Week's Recipe

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole | My Incredible Recipes

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole is not only Low Carb and also Keto friendly- but its insanely delicious! Its filled with shredded chicken, stuffed Jalapeño peppers with cream cheese, seasonings then topped with bacon!

For more amazing recipes go to: myincrediblerecipes.com - Click this link for Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole Recipe


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