Austin High Homecoming Parade
Cheer on the Austin High football team, cheerleaders, marching band and court during the homecoming parade today at 5:30 p.m. The parade will start at Banks-Caddell Elementary, travel north on Second Avenue and down Bank Street. A pep rally at the Daikin Amphitheater on Church Street will follow the parade. For the “TP the Panthers” themed homecoming game, Austin Ambassadors will collect unopened rolls of toilet paper to donate to the Committee on Church Cooperation. Friday’s homecoming game against the Huntsville Panthers will start at 7 p.m. at Austin High.
Singer songwriters Emily Daniel and Leith Loftin will share the stories behind their songs tonight at the Princess Theatre’s Listening Lounge. The intimate concert, which will begin at 7 p.m., will feature the classic country sound of Daniel and the honky tonk stylings of Leith. Tickets cost $35 for reserved seating, $25 for preferred seating, $15 for standing room. Princesstheatre.org.
Back to the Moon
In celebration of past and future NASA lunar missions, the Decatur Public Library will host a “Back to the Moon” program presented by Kevin Alspaugh, the astronomy education program manager at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Tonight’s program will explore the Apollo 11 mission, when man first stepped on the moon, and NASA’s anticipated 2024 moon mission. After the 7 p.m. presentation, people will have the opportunity to view past and future landing sites on the moon using a telescope, weather permitting. Admission is free.
River Clay Student Artist Reception
Celebrate the young award-winning artists from River Clay Fine Arts Festival tonight at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church St. N.E. The free reception, held from 5 to 7 p.m., will include refreshments. The students’ art will remain on display in the center’s downstairs gallery through Saturday. The Carnegie is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free with donations accepted.
'Love, Loss, and What I Wore'
Weaving together women’s memories, experiences and wardrobes, the cast of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” will share the stories of their lives. The Bank Street Players will present the play Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church St. N.E. Tickets cost $15 with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at UAB. For tickets, call 256-318-3265. Seating is limited to 50 per show.
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Open House
Explore the nature of North Alabama during Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge’s open house on Saturday. Featured events include a corn maze, scavenger hunt, mobile freshwater aquarium, archery and more. Fishing at the catfish pond will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. Raptor programs will take place at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Decatur Fall Festival
The Decatur Fall Fest at Point Mallard Park on Saturday will spotlight pets, pumpkins, peppers and more. The event will feature a pet parade and costume contest at 1:30 p.m., a pumpkin-carving contest, a selfie scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and a “Don’t Fear the Reaper” challenge, which dares participants to eat a Carolina Reaper and abstain from eating or drinking for 10 minutes. Cost is $5 to participate in the pet parade, which benefits PAWS 52 Rescue, $20 for the Carolina Reaper challenge, $10 for the selfie scavenger hunt and $10 for the pumpkin carving contest, which benefits Feeding Families.
Falkville Fall Festival
A tractor show, 5K color run, children’s activities and music will entertain visitors to the Falkville Fall Festival on Saturday. Festivities will kick off with a 5K Color Me Downtown run at 8 a.m. and continue with a car show, inflatables, arts and crafts and more. Country singer-songwriter Eric Paslay, a Grammy Award-winning artist who co-wrote Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean night” and Eli Young Band’s “Even if it Breaks Your Heart” and recorded “Song About a Girl,” “She Don’t Love You” and “Friday Night,” will headline the event. Admission is free.
Family Farm Fun Day
A Family Farm Fun Day at a Limestone County goat farm will offer tours and samples of goat cheese, cow cheese, nuts and desserts. The Sunday event at Humble Heart Farms, 25235 Mooresville Road in Elkmont, will open at 11 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Participants can tour the farm and the milking barn. Admission is free.
Day in the Park
Coinciding with Decatur City Schools’ Fall Break, Day in the Park, organized by Decatur Public Library and Decatur Parks and Recreation, will take place Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon, at Austinville Park, 905 Lamar St. SE. Festivities include games, activities and story time at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.
— Catherine Godbey