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There was no shortage of fall festival and Halloween events for all ages this year. It was a wonderful week of festivities with many opening their doors to make it a memorable time and build community. Numerous events were held all around Halloween including our annual Downtown Trick or Treat, American Legion Post 107 fall festival, FBC Leeds fall festival, Cedar Grove Baptist Church block parties in different neighborhoods, there were signs around town like Rockhampton who posted "Trick or Treaters Welcome Here", Halloween parties and costume contests galore like at Rails & Ales, Van's Bar and Workout Anytime, the Great Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Contest at the library and so many more opportunities for people to plug in...not to mention the chamber member appreciation cookout, the JSU-Chamber partnership event, the Monster Mash Dash, the Cruising for Toys fundraiser and the grand opening of the new Fitness Court®! Whew! What a week!!!
We're already in November and looking forward to the kick-off of the holiday shopping and time with family and friends around Thanksgiving as we reflect on how thankful we are with all of God's blessings.
There are so many wonderful events and shopping opportunities so please check out all of the information that we have gathered here for you this week.
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Leeds Elementary News
Leeds Girl Scouts Create S.T.E.M. Project for Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
Two girl scouts from the Leeds Girl Scout Troup 30234, under the leadership of Troup Leader Liz Johnson, made a presentation to the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library last Thursday. Girl Scouts Emma Cox and Katelyn Finn took on a project to help them receive the Bronze Award which is the highest award achievable at their level of Juniors in the Girl Scout program. They chose a S.T.E.M. project for the library. S.T.E.M. stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In the presentation to the library board of directors, Katelyn shared, "My name is Katelyn Finn and this is Emma Cox and we would like to present six Tinker Boxes. I am happy to advise that this project has helped us complete and earn the highest award possible to our level of Juniors in the Girl Scout Program which is the Bronze Award. There are several steps to receiving this award including providing a sustainable, meaningful lasting project for a recipient in the community. We were required to complete at least 20 hours each to go into the project including choosing the project, doing the research required to develop the project, creating the plan, implementing the plan and presenting the final project to the recipient to complete the requirements for the award..."
"We are presenting four Tinker Boxes today which contain assorted hand tools such as screw drivers both standard and ratcheting, assorted types of wrenches, ratchets and assorted types of screws, bolts, nuts, anchors and washers. These tools will be used with these wooden stands that we created to allow the user to learn how these different types of screws and bolts. We created two each of these types of Tinker Boxes including step-by-step instructions on how to use the kits..." Emma shared.
Read full article and scout presentation at: https://bit.ly/3h8divI
Congratulations, Katelyn and Emma on your accomplishments and to the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library for being the recipient of this wonderful project!
Chamber Member Appreciation Cookout
Last Thursday was the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Member Appreciation Cookout. This has become an annual event as just one way the Chamber shows appreciation to its membership. ServPro of Birmingham cooked up plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs and the Chamber served a free lunch to over 130 Members and staff that made reservations. "It was a fun, relaxed come and go lunch where some came to eat and hang out while others took “to-go” box lunches back to their offices," said Dona Bonnett, chamber executive board member and owner of adr Business & Marketing Strategies. The Chamber would like to again thank ServPro of Birmingham, Red Diamond SweetRide, First United Methodist Church, their Board of Directors, Ambassadors and all volunteers who made this event possible.
For more information about Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce and how you can become a Member, please contact Sandra McGuire, Executive Director, at 205.965.9392 and visit www.LeedsAreaChamber.com.
Leeds Area Chamber Signs Partnership with Jacksonville State
The Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Jacksonville State University to provide educational opportunities to its members. Beginning this spring, the university will offer a 20 percent corporate tuition scholarship per semester to full-time and part-time workers employed by member organizations of the chamber. The application fee has also been waived.
"Whether a member wants to gain an additional credential or go to college for the first time, we want to help them attain their goals," said President Don C. Killingsworth, Jr. "It's our role to be a good community partner and we are excited to be part of this."
“I attended JSU and marched with the Southerners," said Sandra McGuire, executive director of the chamber. "I met my husband at JSU, and that’s what brought me to Leeds. We are very excited about this partnership and what it will mean to our chamber members and their employees. I think it’s going to be a great program for us!”
The Spring 2023 semester will begin at JSU on Jan. 9. Read full press release at www.leedsareachamber.com.
Leeds Cruising for Toys - A Cruise-In with a Cause
The Leeds 2nd Annual Cruising for Toys event on Saturday was a huge success. This was a joint effort between C & C Motor Company, Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Leeds as a fundraiser to raise money and collect toys for needy children and teens at Christmas. Chris & Christy McCombs donated $500 cash to the cause and organized the event to encourage people to cruise-in and drop in to bring their donations to downtown Leeds. More than 100 special cars, trucks and bikes cruised in, brought their donations and gathered on the street to enjoy a beautiful afternoon up and down Parkway Drive. The winner of the cash drawing made a donation to the cause bringing the total to over $900 in monetary donations and over a thousand toys and bicycles. These donations will go to Leeds Outreach to distribute to needy families to make a difference in the lives of these children.
“We had a great turnout today in Leeds. We would like to thank everyone who came & help make this show successful!! There were so many toys & some money donations. We also want to thank our friends & family for all your help. We appreciate you all.” said Christy McCombs
The chamber of commerce would like to thank Chris & Christy McCombs and their team, chamber and community volunteers, city workers, police department, Leeds Outreach and everyone who participated in this fundraiser. Thank you!
No Shortage of Kids & Fun with Downtown Trick or Treat
The weather was perfect and local businesses were prepared with plenty of candy for Leeds Downtown Trick or Treat on Monday. Business were scattered all up and down Parkway Drive from Sonic to City Hall with many in costume to add to the fun for the kids and their families. Thousands of adults, teens and children lined the streets in their Halloween attire to travel throughout the perimeter for safe trick or treating. People love this event that is always held on Halloween from 3-5 pm unless the holiday falls on a weekend hosted by Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Leeds. This is one way that our business community gives back and build relationships. We would like to thank the chamber, the city, the volunteers and everyone who came out to make this a successful event!
Congratulations to the Great Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Contest Winners
We would like to congratulate all of the winners of the Great Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Contest at the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library. This event was planned in conjunction with Leeds Downtown Trick or Treat. Crafty folks dropped off their pumpkins for judging which took place at the close of the downtown event. Let’s give BIG Congratulations to the Winners of our 1st Annual Library Great Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest!
Julia & Victoria Davis- Duncan Donuts !!
way to trick us into thinking these mini pumpkins were actually donuts!!
Kimberly Hogland - with her pumpkin carving of Edgar Allan Poe, “There is no exquisite beauty without some strongness in the proportions.”—Ligeia 1838.
Kevin Phillips- “Superhero Dog Man! So cool, he’s funny with his cape and nun-chunks - he will save the day!”
Jordyn Stiles - “Kirby”
Leeds Fitness Court® Grand Opening Ceremony
The Leeds Fitness Court® Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting and Fitness Challenges brought a large crowd this week to celebrate the new outdoor fitness court at Leeds Memorial Park. We would like to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield and the City of Leeds for making this possible. Thank you to Jeh Jeh Pruitt for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be the event Emcee, to the Police and Fire Departments for the fitness challenge, to Workout Anytime with Rachel and Jalil for organizing and conducting the fitness demonstrations as well as conducting the fitness class at the end of the program. Thank you to each of our new Fitness Ambassadors, our Leeds High School students and our Chamber High School Diplomats for your participation. Thank you to Sophie Martin and all of the BCBS and National Fitness Campaign representatives who came out to celebrate as well as our city officials. Thank you, Red Diamond SweetRide for providing plenty of delicious tea and coffee products at this event. It was a great day! We look forward to how this Fitness Court® will enhance our community and help with overall fitness, health and well-being for our residents.
This event was hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, City of Leeds & Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce.
More info: www.LeedsAreaChamber.com
Going to the Playoffs!
We are excited that Leeds High School Football Team is going to the playoffs with a 9-0 undefeated season. Way to go, Greenies!!! Go Greenwave! #RGR
Grand River Drive In
Good times roll here at the drive-in !!! Here is your new movie lineup this week!
MOVIE LINEUP FRIDAY 11/4 & SATURDAY 11/5
Gates open at 6:00pm / Movies begin at 7:30
screen 1: closed for maintenance
screen 2: 7:30pm - TICKET TO PARADISE / 9:30pm - DON’T WORRY, DARLING
screen 3: 7:30pm - HALLOWEEN ENDS / 9:25pm - SMILE
screen 4: (11/4) 7:30 pm - LYLE, LYLE CROCODILE / 9:30 pm - BLACK ADAM
screen 4: (11/5) 7:30 pm - BLACK ADAM / 9:50 pm - LYLE, LYLE CROCODILE
Visit Us Online to View the Movies and Pre-order Tickets Quick and Easy - www.grandriverdrive-in.com/
Thursday, November 3
K-5th Grade LEGO CLUB | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
Thursday, November 3 at 4:00 pm - Lego Club meets the 1st Monday of each month at Leeds Jane Culbreth Library. For More Information, call (205) 699-6259 or visit our website: www.leedslibrary.com.
Upward Basketball & Cheer Registration | First Baptist Leeds
Miss Upward registration? NO WORRIES!
We’ve added one extra night for Upward basketball and cheerleading registration.
Thursday night, Nov. 3rd, 6-8 PM!
More info: www.facebook.com/firstbaptistleeds
Live Music | The Backyard Leeds
Thursday - Pepper Brooks (6-9p)
Friday, November 4
Short Stories & Long Lunches | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library | 10:30 AM - 12 PM
Looking for a little something to read and an excuse to have lunch with your friends?
Join Short Stories & Long Lunches! Meet your friends in the Short Story Section of the Leeds Library and gather a new short story favorite; then, head to the Three Earred Rabbit and discuss your stories and your day with your friends over lunch. This is a great way to catch up with your friends (both books & people) in the Leeds downtown community.
*Be sure to show the library check out receipt to your server. For More Information, call (205) 699-6259 or visit our website: www.leedslibrary.com.
Lights Out | Atrox Factory
What is lights out?
You get a glow stick!
We turn out the lights…
♦️Lights Out has all the intense Scares of Atrox Factory® with one slight difference, you going through mostly in the DARK…
♦️Get ready for the most shocking night of your life... But be warned the creatures within Atrox will attempt to take your glow stick.
♦️So protect your glow stick, so you're not left alone in the dark.
♦️This attraction is intense and mostly total darkness. We do not recommend Lights Out for anyone under the age of 16.
Grab your tickets before they disappear
Live Music | The Backyard Leeds
Friday - Greg Tolbert (6-9p)
Saturday, November 5
Chess Club | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
Saturday, November 5 from 10 am - 12 pm. Chess Club meets the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at Leeds Jane Culbreth Library. For More Information, call (205) 699-6259 or visit our website: www.leedslibrary.com.
Workout In The Park | Crossfit Righteous
Join us Saturday, November 5th at 10:30am for a FREE family friendly workout at the Leeds Memorial Park for a Workout in the Leeds Memorial Park - Crossfit! All ages and ability levels welcome!
Leeds Youth Football Championship Game | SCCHS
The Leeds Youth League 130 lb. football team has had an undefeated season this year under head coach Philemon Cason! They will play in the championship game at 4:00 pm this Saturday, November 5, at St. Clair County High School. Good luck, boys!
Steak Night | The American Legion 107
Live Music | The Backyard Leeds
Saturday - Cody Barrett (1-4p)
Alabama vs LSU Game | Van's Bar Leeds
Join us for the Alabama/LSU game on the big screens starting at 6 PM. Bar opens at 12 PM. Great wings and cold beer!
After the game, stay to sing and dance for VAN'S DJ Dance Mix & Karaoke!
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/VansBarLeeds
Sunday, November 6
Take time to reflect, celebrate in the church of your choice and enjoy your day!
Monday, November 7
Hustle & Grind Coffee Mondays | 6a-11a
at the corner of 9th Street & Parkway!
Serving your coffee favorites and more!
Masterpiece Monday's at Leeds Theatre & Arts Center | 9a-Noon
Did you know we are open on Mondays from 9-12? Come on down to the #leedsartscouncil to view the art of the @trussvillephotographyclub and to have a coffee from Hustle & Grind truck!
More Info: www.LeedsArtsCouncil.org
Ratatouille - Monday Lunchtime Movie | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
Ratatouille is a charming tale about Remy, the rat who dreams of being a chef. This feels especially appropriate for Thanksgiving time. Join the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library for Monday Lunchtime Movies. For more information, CALL: 205-699-5962 or VISIT: www.LeedsLibrary.com
Tuesday, November 8
Free Business Workshop - Business Credit
Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
Tuesday, November 8th — My Story Town @10:30am
On the 2nd Tuesday of every month My Story Town is held a different locations in
Leeds. The November My Story Town will be hosted by the Leeds Historical Society at the Leeds Train Depot. My Story Town starts at 10:30am and is for children and their caregivers. Come hear stories, take a tour and learn about historic Leeds. All children will receive a sticker for their My Story Town Passports and a button to collect and wear. My Story Town is a community project of the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library to share information about our city, our people and our places!
Tuesday, November 8th — National STEM Day (All day drop in)
We are celebrating National STEM day all day at the library! Thanksgiving falls on the regular STEM Lab Club day so come get a STEM challenge packet to tryout at home.
For more information CALL: 205-699-5962 or VISIT: www.LeedsLibrary.com
Blazin Beats Music Bingo | Rails & 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 bring the fun to Rails and Ales every Tuesday at 7 pm. More Information: Rails & Ales
Line Dancing & Pool Tournament | Van's Bar
Wednesday, November 9
Introduction to Genealogy Event & Lunch Presented by the Friends of the Leeds Library | Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
Have you ever wanted to do genealogy research but didn't know how to get started? The Friends of the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library will sponsor the program "Introduction to Genealogy" on Wednesday, November 9th, at 11am in the library meeting room.
For more information: Call 205-699-5962 - Visit: www.LeedsLibrary.com
Free Billiards | The Backyard Leeds
Open Mic Night & Weekly Pool Tournaments | Van's Bar
Veterans Day Service | Knights Of Columbus
The Patriotic Assembly of the Leeds Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Veterans Day Service at the Leeds Memorial Park on November 11, 2022 at noon.
The Program will include:
Laying of a wreath
All are welcome! Any individual, group or organization who may wish to lay a wreath or flowers, please contact: Bill Watkins - email@example.com or 205-919-0090 to obtain an order of presentation number.
Main Street Music Fest Fundraiser | Rails & Ales
Join us for the first annual Main Street Music Fest on Saturday, November 12, benefiting Leeds Main Street! Enjoy live music from local artists and other activities! The football games will be on so you cannot use that as an excuse! If you love Leeds, you’ll be there.
Community Thanksgiving Service | Cedar Grove Baptist Church Leeds
As for the Community Thanksgiving service, we are glad to be hosting it this year! It will be held in our sanctuary on Monday evening, Nov. 14th, from 6:30-7:45 pm and followed by a dessert reception in our Banquet Hall. The participating churches so far are FBC Leeds, Valley View Baptist, Little Rock Missionary Baptist, Leeds First United Methodist, Epiphany Episcopal, Mosaic Chapel and Tower of Prayer.
LMS Christmas Concert | LMS Gym
SAVE THE DATE - LMS Band Parents,
The LMS Band Christmas Concert will be taking place Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 PM in the LMS gym. Students will need to report to the Band Room at 6:00 PM. 6th, 7th, & 8th grade bands will all be performing. Students will need to stay for the duration of the entire concert. Please share the flyer on social media & help get the word out!
Shopping, Deals & More
The Backyard Leeds | The Outlet Shops of Grand River
Did you know?
Most Popular Fall Items on The Backyard Menu:
- Pork and Greens (Saw's BBQ)
- Grand River Pie (Neighbors)
- Neighbors Nachos
- Pork Rinds (Saw's BBQ)
- Oktoberfest (Neighbors Brewing)
Thanksgiving Catering | Rusty's Bar-B-Q
Thanksgiving is in a few weeks! Let us take the stress out of your meal! Whether you need a full dinner, a casserole to take to a gathering, a dessert to add the final touch, or just a couple of individual plates, we’ve got you covered. Click the link below to fill out your order form. View form
Three Earred Rabbit Leeds
Now taking cake and casserole orders for Thanksgiving.
Don't be a turkey - get on the books
New this year - strawberry pretzel salad
Visit their Facebook page for daily specials.
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Business Sales Consultant
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8372 1st Ave SE Leeds, AL 35094
La Salon & Boutique
Unique gifts, apparel & tanning.
Drop in to browse, shop and register for weekly drawings between now and Christmas for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Be sure to check out our fall merchandise!
LA Salon Boutique
on Livery Square
1601 9th Street, Leeds
Mum & Me Mercantile - Holiday Pottery Workshop!
So my good buddy, Leeds potter Susan Moore, is having her holiday pottery workshop at Mum & Me on Nov. 10th from 5-7. So last year we made the Holy Family, Angel and crèche. This year, you can add a camel, donkey and Shepherd. Also, Wise Men, if you didn’t make them. So, come start an heirloom for your family or finish the one you started. Class is limited to 8!! Call 205-702-6677 to hold your place!!! It is always such a fun night! See how happy and fun we are!
Christmas Open House | The Outlet Shops Of Grand River | Nov 4 - Nov 6
CHANCE TO WIN $500 GIFT CARD!!!
With Christmas just around the corner, the deals are just beginning at The Outlet Shops of Grand River with a CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE scheduled for this Friday-Sunday, November 4-6, featuring University Pickers and The Local Collection stores. Christmas kickoff to shopping has never been this much fun and you will not want to miss the chance to win a $500 gift card to The Shops with the Christmas Passport! Pick up your Christmas Passport at University Pickers in Suite 672 to kick off your shopping. Visit The Local Collection stores to get a stamp and enjoy treats, deals, and giveaways. Once your Christmas Passport is completed, return it to Guest Services for a chance to win a $500 gift card to The Outlet Shops of Grand River.
For more information: https://shopsofgrandriver.com/open-house/
The Rug Bug Design | The Outlet Shops of Grand River
With the Holidays around the corner, give your home a quick fresh look!!!
These gorgeous Afghan Oushak rugs make a great statement in any room. Shop our collection of hand-knotted wool #whitewash #oushak
More Info: www.facebook.com/therugbugdesign
Christmas open House & 1 Year Anniversary | The Wooden Anchor
Come to The Wooden Anchor -8149 Parkway Drive Leeds, AL 35094 -for Christmas Open House & One Year Anniversary from 10:00am-5:00pm on November 5th! The festivities include Swag Bags to the first 25 customers which includes a discount scratch off, Magic City Mini Bar serving, free apple cider & hot chocolate 10:00-12:00, and Santa visiting from 2:30-4:30. More Information: facebook.com/rutbunchwoodenanchor
Tri-B Floors | For your Carpet Cleaning Needs & More
Providing on-site carpet cleaning, hard floor surface cleaning and upholstery cleaning.
We're located right here in Leeds so call us today!
A new Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Member
Season Of The Savior Stockings | Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus
Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus is partnering with Birmingham Metro Mission Association for the Season of the Savior stockings. These efforts kicked off October 2 and goes through December 4. Fill a stocking...fill a need.
Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus is in Leeds on Hwy 78 just past The Outlet Shops of Grand River.
For more information about this mission project, please contact Lois Love at 205.577.7690.
Pet Food Drive | Leeds Outreach
Green Up Garden Shop is helping collect pet food for the clients of Leeds Outreach.
Green Up Garden Shop
8275 Farley Ave. Leeds, AL. 35094
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