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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 27 (rescheduled from last week). 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 plenty of 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.

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Teacher of the Year Award

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Teacher of the Year Award 2023 to Meg Brantley

Meg Brantley was chosen as the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year at the May Chamber Luncheon.  Leeds City School Superintendent and Chamber Board Member presented the award. Here are excerpts from letters submitted for Mrs. Brantley's nomination:

"Mrs. Brantley is an excellent teacher to her students and exemplifies excellent in treating all with equality and meets their needs where they are academically.  She is a kind-hearted and knowledgeable co-worker and always willing to share her teaching experience with others.  She never backs away from anything and accepts changes and challenges with confidence."

"Mrs. Brantley is a wonderful example of a wonderful teacher.  She comes to school every day with a wonderful "can-do" attitude.  Her students feel loved, important and capable.  She lights up any room and is always there for her students and teachers."

"As a former student teacher, along with many others that Meg has mentored, she encouraged me and helped shape who I am today as a teacher. Meg always has a smile on her face and is passionate about what she does every day. Her students love coming to school each and every day.  She is a team player and willing to help anyone with questions."

Mrs. Brantley has been a teacher in the Leeds City School system for 30 years.  Congratulations, Mrs. Brantley, on your award and recognition!


Photo L-R: Leeds Elementary School Principal Rachel Haley, Teacher of the Year 2023 Meg Brantley and Leeds City School Superintendent John Moore.

Also, Bethany Dowling, Therapist and PACT Coordinator (Professionals Against Childhood Trauma), was the guest speaker at the luncheon.

Pictured L-R: Chamber President Tiffiany Ward, Bethany Dowling and Chamber Executive Director Sandra McGuire.

Photos courtesy of Dona Bonnett.

WoodmenLife Makes Presentation to Leeds Fire Department

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Sandra McGuire, on behalf of WoodmenLife, delivered gift cards to Leeds Fire Department for every staff member. This is just another small way that this organization shows appreciation to our community and our first responders. WoodmenLife is a not-for-profit insurance company that has been helping people reach financial goals for over 130 years. Photo courtesy of Dona Bonnett.

Leeds Fire & Rescue News

Chief Parsons is in our nation's capital with other fire service leaders from around the region. They are there to discuss federal funding of grants and represent our Alabama firefighters.

Leeds Fire & Rescue | Leeds AL | Facebook

Amfirst KidsFirst Club

Have you heard of our KidsFirst Club account?
Learn More: www.amfirst.org/accounts/saving/kids-first-club/

Backpack Buddies News

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Thank you so much Processors Choice for supporting local students with food insecurity! Your generous donation each month helps so much🥰

Backpack Buddies | Facebook

Leeds High School Football News

California SuperBike School - Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park May 26 – 31.


On Track Coaching | The Levels | Single Day Schools | Two-Day Camps | Why Go to School

Lock in your spot. Register Now! More information: California SuperBike School



Leeds Splash Pad Grand Opening for 2023 Season


Monday, May 29 | 10-6
Free to City of Leeds Residents
Weekly Schedule:
Closed Monday
10-6 | Tues-Sat
1-6 | Sunday
804 Park Drive
Must Show Proof of Residency
Remember children who are not potty trained MUST wear swim diapers!
More Info: LeedsAlabama.org

Fundraiser for LHS Cheer & FCCLA

Stratford Real Estate, together with Scott A. Pellowski-State Farm Agent, Millennial Bank, and Barnes & Barnes Law Firm, P.C., covered the expenses of this spirit sign fundraiser for LHS Cheer & FCCLA.
What exactly does that mean? Every penny goes directly to these students to help with their supplies and travel expenses! And after only two days, 63 signs have been sold totaling $1,260 in funds!
They hope for a total sellout before the next school year even starts!
If you have a yard or a window and you “Roll with the Leeds GreenWave," you can order yours here!👇

Track Liban at Leeds Jane Culbreth Library

Happening Now---Get ready for some fun things to happen over in the library's reference area. Yes, you read that correctly. Our reference area is where the atlases and maps are located. Join our efforts in tracking a Giraffe, a Sea Turtle, and a Penguin. We will receive the tracking information from the App called Faglo, then we will share it with you.

Leeds Jane Culbreth Library

www.LeedsLibrary.com - 205.699.5962

Grand River Drive-In Alabama is NOW OPEN 4 DAYS A WEEK!

Stop by Thursday-Sunday to watch your favorite new releases.

Screen 2: 8:00 pm - The Little Mermaid (2023) / 10:30 pm - Rally Road Racers
Screen 3: 8:00 pm - Fast X / 10:36 pm - Super Mario Brothers
Screen 4: 8:00 pm - Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 3 / 10:44 pm - Dungeons & Dragons
SNACK SHACK: OPEN - Tickets and lineups can be purchased and viewed on Grandriverdrive-In.com

Thursday, May 25

Leeds Farmers Market

Come on out every Thursday from 3 pm - 7 pm to enjoy live music, and food trucks at Leeds Farmers Market. Shop for your fresh veggies and unique crafts! We have jams and jellies and fresh baked loaves of bread. Don’t forget to sign up for our Market Basket give away the first Thursday of the month! Sign up at Kennedy Farms at the Chelsea Tent and at Grace Farms Tent!

Leeds Farmers Market | Facebook

Love Rat | Leeds Farmers Market

This week’s Leeds Farmers Market music entertainment is by Love Rat. They just released their first album ‘Howl at the Moon’ so come see them while it’s still free! They will go on around 5 pm.

Leeds Farmers Market | Facebook

Live Music 🎶 This Weekend | The Backyard Leeds

Music - Thursday - Sunday
5/25 - Cody Barrett (6-9 PM)
5/26 - Eric Watters (6-9 PM)
5/27 - Cheyloe Martin Duo (2-5 PM)
5/28 - Brian Dunnagan (2-5 PM)

The Backyard | 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 26

Live Music 🎶 This Weekend | The Backyard Leeds

Music - Friday
5/26 - Eric Watters (6-9 PM)

The Backyard | Facebook

Steel City Jug Slammers | Leeds Arts Council

Steel City Jug Slammers are an American jug band from Birmingham, AL. Birmingham’s Steel City Jug Slammers provide audiences with a one-of-a-kind experience. From the moment that they take the stage, spectators will immediately take a step back in time.

For more information or Reservations: leedsartscouncil.org

Leeds Arts Council Presents: Steel City Jug Slammers | Facebook

Stephen Wheeler Live | Rails and Ales

Live music with Stephen Wheeler 7 - 11 pm. The Lil' Bougie Foodie 6 - 9 pm.

More information: Rails and Ales | Leeds AL | Facebook

DJ Dance & Karaoke weekend | Van's Bar Leeds

Karaoke weekend at VAN'S in Leeds, AL ... Come out and party with us all holiday weekend!

$3 cover | 21+ show

Van's Bar | Leeds AL | Facebook

Saturday, May 27

Mental Health Awareness Event

May 27 from 10 am - 12 pm.

This is a mental health workshop sponsored by Be Set Free Counseling & Coaching Services. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Therefore, topics such as grief, depression, stress, anger, suicide, PTSD, and substance abuse will be addressed.

Mental Health Awareness | Be Set Free Counseling


Historic Bass House Open | Leeds Historical Society

May 27th & May 28th

Come and explore the rich history of Leeds.

Leeds Historical Society | Facebook

Casey Parsons Guild Mortgage

🎨🟣🟡🟢 Here is a hint of the fun we will be providing Saturday at the Leeds Creek Bank Festival 2023. Come on out for some fun!!!!🟢🟡🟣🎨
We can’t wait to see you!
***FREE • Only 1 item per person • NO outside items please ***
☎️ (205)209-2795
📧 cparsons@guildmortgage.net
💻 www.guildmortgage.com/caseyparsons

Rubber Ducky Race | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library

This Saturday...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 27th from 10am - 4pm at Leeds Memorial Park off Hwy 119. More info: 205-699-5962 or LeedsLibrary.comLeeds Jane Culbreth Library | Facebook

VA Home Birthday Visitation | Cedar Grove Baptist Church

Join us every 4th Saturday at the Col. Robert Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City to wish our veterans a Happy Birthday! Next Visit May 27, 1 pm - 3 pm.

Phone: 205-699-8446

More information @ Cedar Grove Events

Cedar Grove Baptist Church | Facebook

Live Music 🎶 This Weekend | The Backyard Leeds

Music - Saturday
5/27 - Cheyloe Martin Duo (2-5 PM)

The Backyard | Facebook

Ben Moseley Live at the Rail | Rails and Ales

Live music with Ben Moseley 7-11 pm.

More information: Rails and Ales | Leeds AL | Facebook

DJ Dance Mix & Karaoke Weekend | Van's Bar Leeds

Karaoke weekend at VAN'S in Leeds, AL ... Come out and party with us all holiday weekend!

$3 cover | 21+ show

Van's Bar | Leeds AL | Facebook

Sunday, May 28

Masterpiece Monday's - Leeds Arts Council

Visit Leeds Arts Council on Monday from 9a-12n to view this month's art display.

More info:  LeedsArtsCouncil.org


Sunday Worship | Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus

9:35 AM - 10:45 AM (LIFE Discovery Small Groups)
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM (Worship)

RIVER CAMPUS - 1441 W. Riverview Road, Leeds

Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus | Facebook


Visit Ruach Ministries Leeds

Ruach Ministries is located at 7636 Henry Ellen Road, Leeds. More Info: (659) 223-1137

Live Music 🎶 This Weekend | The Backyard Leeds

Music - Sunday
5/28 - Brian Dunnagan (2-5 PM)

The Backyard | Facebook

Historic 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

Monday, May 29

California SuperBike School - Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park May 26 – 31.


Lock in your spot. Register Now! California SuperBike School



Happy Memorial Day | Food Truck Monday

No Food Truck this week! Happy Memorial Day!

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

Tuesday, May 30

California SuperBike School - Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park May 26 – 31.


Lock in your spot. Register Now! California SuperBike School



Free Line Dance Lessons | Van's Bar Leeds

Free line dance lessons every Tuesday night with NTA-certified teacher Becca Salamone of Becca's Barn Dance. A variety of dance levels and music genres. Beginners are always welcome! Come out to meet some new friends and have a blast at VAN'S in Leeds! The fun starts at 6 PM with open dancing, then lessons at 7 PM ...

Pool Tournaments Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Van's Bar | Leeds AL | Facebook

Wednesday, May 31

California SuperBike School - Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park May 26 – 31.


Lock in your spot. Register Now! California SuperBike School



Pool Night | The Backyard Leeds

Pool night starts at 5 pm! 🎱
Rack em for free with a minimum purchase of $10 at Neighbors or Saw’s.

The Backyard | 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)


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

30 Days of Prayer | Leeds Worship Center

Join us on this daily prayer adventure as we seek to get closer to God.
We will be praying for our Country, families, and individual needs.
You may submit your requests to leedsworshipcenter@gmail.com and we will be honored to pray for you.

Leeds Worship Center - 7315 Parkway Drive - 205.699.8636 - LeedsWorshipCenter.com

VBS | FBC Leeds

VBS @ FBC Leeds is less than TWO WEEKS away!
June 4th-8th
Click on the link below to register your child today!

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/

Parade Lap Tickets | Barbers Vintage Motorsports Museum

Headed to Barber Small Bore? Don't miss your chance to drive on the track! Tickets for Parade Laps will be available Friday and Saturday of Small Bore Weekend at the merch trailer. First come, first serve, with only 120 tickets available per day.
Still need your Small-Bore tickets, merch, or camping? Head to https://linktr.ee/barbermuseum for it all.

Barber Motorsports Museum | Largest Motorcycle Collection

2nd Annual Main Street Music Fest

June 10th

Join us for our 2nd Annual Main Street Music Fest Fundraiser! We will also be celebrating our one-year anniversary as an organization!
All door, auction, tips, and merch proceeds will go to Leeds Main Street.
Tickets will also go on sale soon!

2nd Annual Main Street Music Fest Fundraiser | Facebook

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

The Outlet Shops of Grand River Welcomes Teen Specialty Retailer Journeys

The Grand Opening of our newest retailer, Journeys, is scheduled for June 10 at 11:00 a.m. Journeys joins 3 new retailers who recently opened at The Shops that include Francesca’s, Windsor and Leggings Park.  PUMA will also open in June.

Read press release with more information at https://everyoneleeds.com/grand-river-welcomes-retailer-journeys/

2023 MEGA Sports Camp | Leeds First Methodist Church

Join us for 2023 MEGA Sports Camp, JULY 10-14, 6-8:30 pm at Leeds First Methodist Church.
Kids who attend choose one of these sports as a focus for the week:
Mega Sports Camp is open to kids entering Kindergarten thru 5th Grade (2023-2024 school year).
Priority registration deadline is JUNE 19, 2023.
Register at: https://leedsfirst.churchcenter.com/people/forms/545256
P.S. This valuable training is offered free of charge to you. In fact, every interested child may register for our MEGA Sports Camp. So, you are welcome to share this link with friends. See you there!

Shopping, Deals & More

Memorial Day Catering | The Backyard Leeds

Get your Memorial Day weekend catering order in ASAP at The Backyard!

Create the ultimate spread for your Memorial Weekend gatherings!
Contact us today to place an order.

The Backyard | Facebook


Between the Tracks Produce Market

Tomatoes & watermelons and lots of other veggies are here!

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

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

Don’t forget to get your Memorial Day orders in this week! Let us do all the work in the kitchen and on the pit this weekend- whether you need pounds of pork or chicken, slabs of ribs, savory sides, homemade pies, or all of the above! Call us at 205-699-4766, or order online at: www.rustysbarbq.com

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

Barbers Vintage Motorsports Museum

Where else in the world can you see 1000+ mint-condition motorcycles on exhibit at one time? Nowhere. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest motorcycle collection.

Monday–Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm | Sunday: Noon – 6 pm | Closed Memorial Day

Barber Motorsports Museum | Largest Motorcycle Collection

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

We just wanted to share- We got a 100 health dept. score!!!👏 You matter, that is what’s up!

L.A. Salon & Boutique Merchandise Page | Facebook

Merch Boutique

Come see us today!! Tues - Thurs  (2 pm - 6 pm) Friday (11 am - 6 pm) or Saturday (11 am - 3 pm). Everything is on sale!! We have to make room for new styles/collections.

Merch Boutique | Leeds AL | Facebook

MortgageRight Leeds Team

Our #local MortgageRight Leeds team!
They are always available and ready to help you with all your #mortgage needs!
Reach out to them anytime!
Kristi Graham Scott, Loan Officer NMLS 1734162 Caleb Busby, Loan Officer NMLS 2013844 Brad Chambers, Loan Officer NMLS 1942061 Jennifer Harris Bevis

MortgageRight Leeds Alabama | Facebook


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Last Week of ANNIVERSARY SALE!! | Overstock Mattress & Beds

Overstock Mattress is celebrating during the month of May! It is our 5th anniversary, and we are having a sale for the entire month. Best prices of the year! Overstock Mattress & Beds - Downtown Leeds - 8105 Parkway Dr - 205.597.4994


Memorial Day Collection | Pants Store

Memorial Day ready, perfect outfits for a cookout!❤️🤍💙
Tap to shop on Instagram + Shop in stores & online at pantsstore.com✨

The Rug Bug Design

Look at this piece of art!!
An Indo erased wool and silk, just absolutely gorgeous.
8.10x12 | Shipping available | PM for more details

The Rug Bug Design | Leeds AL | Facebook


Memorial Weekend Sale | The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Fri, May 26 – Mon, May 29

The Outlet Shops of Grand River - Leeds, Birmingham, AL

The Wooden Anchor

Come see our new items and new-looking store today! 😃 And- check out our Father’s Day items! Plus, more items were added to the 60% off area. We’re open 10 am - 6 pm.

The Wooden Anchor | Leeds AL | Facebook

CrossFit Righteous & Workout Anytime Leeds present: Memorial Day MURPH! 🇺🇸

🌟Murph is a popular workout created by CrossFit in memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy who died in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. Known as a Hero WOD (WOD = workout of the day), Murph was first posted on August 18, 2005, and is completed every year on Memorial Day by many fitness enthusiasts.

For more information: Memorial Day Murph - CrossFit Righteous & Workout Anytime Leeds...

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

Sponsor a Child | Leeds Outreach

Can you help Leeds Outreach by sponsoring a child? 2023\2024 School Supplies.

Leeds Outreach | Facebook

The Red Barn

Horse Highlight: Mazie is a 16-year-old rescue. After a dear friend rescued Mazie, whose full name is Amazing Grace, was a lesson horse before finding her way to be a lesson horse here at The Red Barn! Her favorite way to cool off is to take a dip in the pond. Mazie has a blue eye and a pink nose, so she has to wear a fly mask and sunscreen to protect her eyes and nose from the sun.

The Red Barn | Leeds AL | Facebook

This Week's Recipe


Creamy cucumber salad is a delicious and nutritious side dish that is perfect for summer barbecues or as an accompaniment to grilled meats. The combination of crunchy cucumbers and sweet onions paired with the creamy dressing makes this salad irresistible. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be prepared in just minutes. So, if you’re looking for a tasty side dish to add to your next meal, try this creamy cucumber salad!

For more amazing recipes go to: Healthy Diet – Keto Low Carb and Vegan - Click this link for CREAMY CUCUMBER SALAD


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