Magnolia Festival set for April 19 at Civic Center

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the annual Magnolia Festival at the Gardendale Civic Center. Come for live entertainment, featuring bluegrass, pop, Christian music; classic car show, carnival rides, pony rides and inflatables for the kids, arts and crafts booths, business expo, great food including barbeque, ice cream, funnel cakes, etc. For more information visit Sponsorships spots are still available until the end of February. Anyone interested in volunteering for the festival can e-mail Kathleen Phillips at kphillips1313


Relay for Life in need of teams, team captains

Relay still needs teams and team captains. Team captain meetings will be held on April 10 at the Alabama Power office on Main Street in Gardendale, next to the Western super market. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call Stephanie Crabtree at 930-8896.


Riley receives high marks for pre-K program

Alabama and North Carolina share the nation’s top ranking for overall quality of their pre-kindergarten programs, according to a report released this week by the National Institute for Early Education Research. This is the second year the two states tied for having the nation’s highest quality pre-K programs by NIEER. Gov. Bob Riley, who has proposed a budget that expands access to Alabama’s top-rated pre-K program, said he hopes the report will help generate support in the Legislature. “We have the highest quality pre-K in the entire country, but too few children benefit from it. Our proposal will maintain that quality and expand access so more of Alabama’s children will benefit from the nation’s best pre-K program,” Riley said.

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