Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful eNewsletter

KALB remains very busy with gardening, planning, and fundraising.  Please take a few minutes to look over this newsletter.  We hope you'll complete the simple survey we've included regarding use of the Recycling Center.  It will be very helpful to us.


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Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator


"A Race to Protect the Environment"

There has been a change in the Duck & Run this year due to an unexpected conflict involving the Athens Police Department.
Please Note:
  • The 5K Race will begin at 7:00 a.m.
  • Race Day registration will begin at 6:00 a.m.
  • The Fun Run is cancelled for this year only.

This race has been in Athens since 2004 and is a great one!  No gimmicks, just a good, clean, well-organized race.


CASH PRIZES of $50 each will be awarded to the Overall Male and Female winners and Overall Masters Male and Female winners. 




Check out the link below for more information or to register to participate.

Sparky and Talking Tree
Impacting Young Students
Teaching some of the youngest students about the world in which they live is one of KALB's favorite things to do.  We have programs for every age group; however, taking Sparky to meet the little ones is so much fun.
We also know that helping these children develop an understanding of the natural world and the role humans play is an investment in the health of this community.
Sparky, our big yellow mascot, is a hands-down favorite with the kids.  Sparky doesn't talk, but he makes sure the children understand how much he hates litter!  Sparky always has an adult with him to tell the children with words why litter is so dangerous to our environment.
When the task is to teach children about the wonder of trees, it's time for the Talking Tree to make a visit.  Miss Tree shares all of the amazing things that trees provide for us:  oxygen to breathe, fruit and nuts to eat, shelter for animals, roots to hold soil in place, shade, wood for building things, pollution control, and so much more! 
These children might be young, but they understand the lessons.  Parents and teachers frequently tell us about students that talk about these visits and the lessons they've learned, even after months have gone by!
KALB has programs geared toward any age group from pre-school to adult.  If you would like Sparky, the Talking Tree, or any other presentation, please send us a message or give us a call - 256-233-8000.
 Community Garden
Continues to Provide Produce to LCCI
Tomatoes, peppers, okra, squash, zucchini, and eggplant, oh my!
Thanks to the many volunteers that have helped to keep the gardens watered through the sweltering temperatures, produce is being harvested and taken to the LCCI food pantry.  All produce makes its way to our neighbors finding themselves in need of help.
KALB continues to seek volunteers willing to adopt the gardens for one week during the rest of July and all of August.   
Volunteers would agree to give the gardens a deep watering 2-3 times through the week (depending on rain amounts).
All hoses and other equipment are provided.  Sprinklers can be set up and turned on while other areas are watered using spray nozzles.  Volunteers may also set up the sprinklers and leave, then return and move the sprinklers to other locations.  That way volunteers won't have to stay at the gardens for long periods of time.
If you are interested in volunteering for the task of watering the gardens for one week (or more) over the summer, you may sign up through the following link. 
 KALB staff will be available to answer any questions and to give you the information you needs to obtain the equipment.

Prizes and Sponsorships Sought 

KALB is gearing up for our fundraising season.  The Duck & Run 5K and the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby are our biggest and most important fundraisers outside of memberships.


KALB is very pleased to announce that this year's DIAMOND DUCK SPONSOR for the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby is the Limestone Farmer's Cooperative!



As a non-profit, we are charged with raising a large portion of our funds through various fundraisers.  The Duck & Run 5K Race and the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby are KALB's two most important.  We count on community participation through duck

Duck and Run 5K
2014 Duck & Run 5K

adoptions and 5K participation; however, we could not put on these events without the generous support of local businesses and individuals.


There are still prize sponsorships available for the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby with a suggested value of $50 to $100 or more.  These donations will be prizes for Derby winners.


KALB is so very grateful to all of our current and

previous sponsors!  We understand that local businesses are tugged at from every direction. 


2014 Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby


We also know that the work we do in this community benefits everyone now and into the



If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, call us at 256-233-8000 soon so you can benefit from advertising. 


We are on a race to the finish line for the future of our local environment. 

July 2015




If you use our
Recycling Center,
then you can help us!
Please click on the link below to answer 6 questions about your use of our recycling center.  The data we collect will help us in many ways.


Video of the Month



Please Dispose of Fishing Line Properly


Turtle rescued from drowning due to entanglement in fishing line.




Jul 31   Tanner Championship Tractor and Truck Pull
Tanner High School.  Southeast's premier pulling event at 7 p.m.  Tickets at the gate.  Adult: $15  Children 7 & up: $10, 6 and under free.
Aug 1   Cruise-In
RESCHEDULED for August 14th to coincide with Fridays After Five.
Aug 1   Elkmont Saturday Market
Antique, vintage, up-cycled, repurposed, artisan made goods.  Also, locally grown produce, tools, and quality home goods.  Information: or 256-627-3139.
Aug 1   Athens Saturday Market
409 West Green Street, Athens, AL.  Local artisans, farmers and small businesses will offer their wares from 8 a.m. to noon.  Information:
Aug 6   10th Annual Cruz-In
Ardmore Sonic Drive-In.  Join the Ardmore Boys and Girls Club from 6-8 p.m.  Bring your collectible car or truck.  No fee.  No judging.  Donations appreciated.
Aug 7   2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Clay Shoot
Limestone County Hunting Preserve and Sports Clays, 28775 Coggins Rd., Ardmore, AL.  4-man teams $550, includes lunch and 100 clays per person.  8:30-11:30 a.m.  Information:  256-232-2600
Aug 7-8   Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo
John Barnes Park, Ardmore Ridge Road, Ardmore, TN. Bronco busting, roping and more. Information:
Aug 7-8   23rd Annual Piney Chapel American Heritage Days
Farm Heritage Grounds, 20147 Elkton Rd., Athens, AL.  See equipment in action:  gasoline engines, steam engines, antique tractors, cars, trucks, horse drawn equipment and more.  Camping available - no hook-ups.  For admission and other information:  256-431-6226 or 256-431-0619.
Aug 13   Foundation Annual Luncheon
Limestone County Event Center, 114 West Pryor St., Athens, AL.  Lunch at 11:45 a.m., program at noon.  Tickets $25 and tables of 10 $250. 
Aug 14   Singing in the Park
Big Spring Memorial Park at intersection of Beaty and Market Streets in Athens, AL.  Rain Location:  Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1917 US Hwy 72.  Enjoy 2 hours of music by Athens State Community Band.  Information:  256-232-2600.
Aug 14   Friday After Five
Downtown Athens, AL.  Enjoy music, dining, art, and shopping from 5-9 p.m.  Activities for family.  Cruise-In on Washington and Jefferson Streets.  Information:
Aug 15   Family Fun Day in the Park
Big Spring Memorial Park, 106 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL.  Join the Family Resource Center for the kick off of their new program Baby Talk from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Games, music, face painting and prizes.
Aug 21   Athens-Limestone County Homebuilders Clay Shoot
Limestone Hunting Preserve, 28775 Coggins Rd., Ardmore, AL  Details to be announced.



 All TV's and Batteries

Accepted Once Again!


 Electronics recycling   


The Athens-Limestone Recycling Center is once again able to accept ALL types of TVs and batteries.
The center has struck an agreement with a company that will accept old CRT and flat screen televisions and rechargeable and regular household batteries.
A $10 charge will still be required for all TVs accepted for recycling.  All other electronics and other materials are accepted
free of charge.


FOG Collection Jugs


Don't forget to recycle your






Pick up a FOG Container at the

Recycling Center, KALB Office,

or Athens Utilities Building on Wilkinson Dr. 

Fill it up, return, and take an empty.


It's just that easy!



"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."   
Founder of Earth Day

About Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful 

  • We are your connection to environmental information.
  • We are your link to community action and volunteer opportunities.
  • We are litter control, beautification, and recycling.
  • We are your resource for speakers on environmental topics for any age group.

125 East Street

Athens, Alabama 35612

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful