• Marie Hickman

Where did summer vacation go???

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

I don’t have school-aged children at home so I didn’t realize that school starts back TOMORROW in Athens. Not only that, kids will now have classes for only 4 days each week. I suppose what Heraclitus said is true – “Change is the only constant in life.” I remember starting school after Labor Day and attending only from 8am until 3pm. Then, there was the period in Texas history when year-round school was actually considered. It all hurts my head. Next thing you know, we’ll be talking about the metric system mess again.

Kids, I’m sorry your summer vacation gets shorter and shorter. Let’s hope that having event-filled 3-day weekends will make up for it! In the meantime, for those of us who aren’t in school, here are the local events we’ve been alerted to for the week of August 4 – 10, 2019:


Aug. 4 21 Days of Prayer

Host: Thrive Community Church Athens

VICTORY is the theme over this time 21 days of prayer. Join us as we humble ourselves and PRAY and SEEK for God's favor over our CITY, HOMES and CHURCH.

Aug. 4 Small Group Hangout

Host: Sand Springs Baptist Church

The Spring has it's newest Small Group. They will meet at The Boathouse on Lake Athens after the 9:30 service.

Aug. 5 There is HOPE Recovery Weekly Meeting

Host: Sand Springs Baptist Church

A 12-step program for any addiction, recovery is available. We will be putting GOD FIRST so that he can change us from the Inside - Out. No matter what you are dealing with in life, There Is HOPE.

Aug. 6 Athens Kiwanis Club Weekly Meeting

Host: Athens Kiwanis

Athens Kiwanis is a group of dedicated hard working individuals who raise funds to support youth projects and programs in Athens.

Aug. 6 Carter Bloodcare Blood Drive

Hosts: Walmart Athens - E Tyler St and Carter Bloodcare

Help to ensure that blood is available to those patients who need it most. Stop by the Carter Bloodcare Blood Mobile every other Tuesday at the Walmart Supercenter in Athens to make your regular donation!!

Aug. 6 Athens Masonic Lodge #165 Weekly Meeting

Host: Athens Masonic Lodge #165

The Athens Masonic Lodge meets every Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a monthly business meeting occurring on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Aug. 6 Square Dance Lessons

Host: Pea Pickers & Single Peas Square Dance

For just $4.00/lesson, you can learn to Square Dance! Learn how to square dance then join in the fun at all Pea Pickers Square Dance nights. PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change! To confirm or to request additional information, contact Betty Gore at 903-675-2120 Harry Zaiontz at 903-677-6050, or Barbara Neighbors at 903-675-7661.

Aug. 7 Wonderful Wednesdays Senior Day Camp

Hosts: Alzheimer's Coalition of Henderson County and First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Texas

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, the Alzheimer's Coalition of Henderson County offers an opportunity for respite to those who are caring for a loved one with Dementia. If you are a primary caregiver, you need a break! Let us help. Contact Aubry Gregory at 03-651-1502 or inquire thru email to wonderfulwednesdaysathens@gmail.com. It's a safe and engaging environment where friends are made and attention is paid. At no cost to you! Check into it and see better days!

Aug. 7 Encounter Nights

Host: Thrive Community Church Athens

A night you don't want to miss!

We want to see Middle School, High School, and College students thriving in an authentic relationship with God, and connected to the local church. Our goal is to help take students on a spiritual journey as they follow Christ. We accomplish this by helping them Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Making a Difference.

Aug. 8 Rotary International Weekly Meeting

Host: The Rotary Club Of Athens, Texas

The heart of Rotary is our members, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Rotary members share ideas, make plans, hear from the community, and catch up with friends during club programs that fuel the impact we make.

Aug. 8 Family Movie Night

Host: Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library

Visit the Library every Thursday evening for a fun-filled family movie night! Festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. Movie and popcorn are provided FREE of charge for all ages!

For additional information, please contact the Library directly at 903-677-7296.

Aug. 8 The Bulb Hunter

Host: Henderson County Master Gardener

As part of the Henderson County Master Gardeners’ Summer Series, Chris Wiesinger will be presenting “The Bulb Hunter” on Thursday, August 8, at 6:00 pm at the Senior Citizens Center, 3344 TX Hwy 31, Athens. Chris is the owner of Southern Bulb Company near Tyler, Tx, where he farms and sells bulbs, most of which he has collected throughout the South. He travels nationally as a frequent speaker to nursery groups, garden clubs, cemetery preservation organizations, and small business associations. He and his company have been featured in the New York Times, Southern Living, and House and Garden. Wiesinger is coauthor (with Cherie Foster Colburn) of “Heirloom Bulbs for Today”. Chris will be giving his presentation about bulbs. He will also be selling his book, “ The Bulb Hunter” and will also be selling his bulbs. For more information, please call 903-675-6130, send an email to hendersoncmga@gmail.com, or visit our website: txmg.org/hendersonmg.

Aug. 8 Free to Focus

Host: Thrive Community Church Athens

Most people think productivity is about finding or saving time. But it's not. It's about making our time work for us. Just imagine having FREE time again and being able to be FREE to focus. Let us help YOU redefine your goals, evaluate what's working, cut out the nonessentials, focus on the most important tasks, manage your time and energy, and build momentum for a lifetime of success. REGISTER HERE:


Aug. 10 Calvary Baptist Church’s Men’s Breakfast

Host: Calvary Baptist Church

Eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy served with a big heapin' helpin' of fellowship.

Aug. 10 Keep Athens Beautiful Shoot-Out

Host: Keep Athens Beautiful

Keep Athens Beautiful Shoot Out sponsored by Argon Medical Devices will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the 5H Shooting Sports in Frankston, TX. The Shoot Out is a target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clay Course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of game birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots. Individual Shooter - $100.00; Team of 4 - $350.00. Call 903-675-7961 for information on being a sponsor and to sign up a team.


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