Thursday, October 20, 2011

Shoals Ghost Walk 2011

By: Laura Ivie
Staff Writer
October 20, 2011

Calling all ghost busters!
Starting Friday, October 21 Debra Johnston Glass will delight those brave enough to join her on the Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk with local ghost stories. Glass is a local tour guide and has also written several books about the haunted past of the Shoals, including Skeletons in the Closet and Skeletons on Campus.
The walk, sponsored by Applebee's, will begin at the Handy Statue in Wilson Park at 7:30 p.m. and is $10/adults & $8/students; tours will run nightly through October 31st. For more information go to Shoals Ghost Walk or call 256-757-7506.
For you brave souls who come out, Applebee's will be rewarding each adult with a voucher for a free appetizer and each child with an A for Applebee's coupon good for a free kid's meal.

Happy chills....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Continuing Education at UNA

By: Laura Ivie
Staff Writer
August 18, 2011

In yesterday's blog I wrote about language classes offered through UNA's Office of Continuing Studies and Outreach and wanted to briefly expand on that today.
This office is a great resource for not only those in the professional word, but to retiree's, empty nesters, and just about anyone within the community who has a desire to learn something new. Those currently in the workforce will be interested to know that they offer numerous certificate programs, such as Alabama Planning Institute, GIS, Public Safety & Leadership and Paralegal. There are also courses in MBA prerequisites, law enforcement training, and professional development. UNA is now an official testing center for the Microsoft Office Specialist exams and they offer courses that help to prepare for these exams.
Personal enrichment classes are also offered through this office and include Beginning Guitar, East Coast Swing, Basics of Interior Design & Decorating I, and Yoga I, among many others.
If you are interested in any of these or would like more information, I encourage you to call their office at 256-765-4862.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Language classes at UNA: Continuing Ed

By: Laura Ivie
Staff Writer
August 17, 2011

Have you ever thought about learning a second, or even third, language? Well, now is the time and UNA is here to help, through their Continuing Studies and Outreach program. Beginning August 24 they will offer several language classes in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Languages, such as French, German, Spanish. They will also offer more critical languages, like Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese.
These courses will be held at various times on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or on Tuesday and Thursday, depending on the class. The cost is $249 per class and workbooks are required, which can be purchased from the UNA bookstore at an additional cost. The classes will conclude on December 16, 2011.
If you are interested, please call 256--765-4289 for more information or to register.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wild about art: Todd Reed

By: Laura Ivie
Staff Writer
August 16, 2011

The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts has a new exhibit starting Thursday, August 18 featuring wildlife artist Todd Reed, and it's one you won't want to miss. Reed grew up in Shelbyville, Tennessee where drawing and painting the various wildlife he encountered was his passion. The medium he uses include gouache, acrylic, graphite and watercolor.

Reed attended the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, graduating with a BA in graphic design and currently is the Art Director for an ad agency in Chattanooga, though at heart he considers himself a wildlife artist. He has won numerous awards at such events as the Arts Alive Festival, the Southern Wildlife Festival, and the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Wildlife Art Expo.

Being an avid outdoorsman, Reed's inspiration for his art work comes from his own observations in the field. He keeps a camera and sketchpad at the ready, just in case an opportunity presents itself.

The exhibit runs through September 27th and can be seen Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and there is no charge. The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located in Downtown Florence at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street and they may be reached at 256-760-6379.