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This past Saturday, March 4, was the monthly “First Saturday” for the Equality Volunteer Fire Department. They had grilled hamburger and hot dog plates available, a bake sale and a rummage sale.
While I know I put this in every week, we need our fire department. It is a great benefit to the community, and it will LOWER your homeowner’s insurance rates. The Equality Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) is dependent upon community involvement just as much as the community is dependent upon the EVFD should you ever find yourself in an emergency situation and needing assistance.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any of their first and third Monday training meetings, even if only to watch the firefighters do their training. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is also welcome, and encouraged, to attend next month’s “First Saturday” fundraiser on April 1 – NO JOKING!
The Equality Neighborhood Watch meetings are regularly scheduled on the fourth Thursday of every month, making the next meeting March 23.
Tonight, March 10, is “Open Mic Night” at EPAC. “Open Mic” means that anyone who has any talent whatsoever, regardless of age or skill level, can get up on stage and do whatever it is that they do well and share their talent with an audience.
Even if you have no talent, or no desire to perform, an audience is every bit as appreciated as the performers are. This is FREE to whomever wishes to come. While not mandatory, you are invited to bring a dish of shareable food. The EPAC will provide coffee, iced tea and water to drink.
Enjoy an evening of family-friendly fun. Responsible adults may BYOB if they have a designated driver. Did we mention that this is FREE?
March 17 is “Karaoke Night” at EPAC. Anyone who has any singing talent whatsoever, regardless of their age or skill level, can get up on stage and sing to their heart’s content with the lyrics up on the big-screen TV and the music coming out of speakers in every corner of the building.
This is FREE to whomever wishes to come, and again, while not mandatory, you are invited to bring a dish of shareable food. Enjoy a family-friendly evening of fun and food.
On March 24 Michael Saunders will sing and play guitar at the EPAC. Michael is a talented singer, musician and songwriter. This is also FREE to whomever wishes to come.
On March 31, the fifth Friday of this month, the EPAC will host a very special guest appearance by “The Wildwoods,” a very, very, VERY talented folk trio out of Lincoln, Nebraska, as stop number 21 of their 35 performances scheduled all across most of the U.S.A. this spring. They are an amazing group and can be found on YouTube, Facebook and at their homepage at www.thewildwoodsband.com.
Like everything else at the EPAC, this is FREE to whomever wishes to come, and you are invited to bring a dish of food.
For all of these aforementioned events, guests are welcome to bring a dish of shareable food, and EPAC will provide coffee, tea and water to drink. Responsible adults may BYOB if they have a designated driver.
Hopefully Rodger’s Shrubbery will be opening back up soon with spring plants, but business has been far too slow at Jenny’s General. If business continues to remain slow, Jenny’s may just have to close her doors.
As proprietor, I have invested my time, and my money, to provide several services for our community, and yet it seems that most would rather drive right by as they go 20 (plus or minus) miles into Alexander City or Wetumpka to do their shopping.
Jenny’s General Store is the fulcrum that supports both the Rodgers Shrubbery garden center and the EPAC (Equality Performing Arts Center). If any one of them fails, they all will cease to exist. It is my hope that my prayers for a better future will prevent our demise.
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