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United Way Day of Action

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Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
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A community party based on the theme of "Pirates, Princesses, and Buried Treasure". It will feature a performance by the HMCPL Puppet Troupe, crafts and activities for Pirates and Princesses, free food and drinks, a free book to every child that attends, and the ribbon cutting on the new Mill Creek Greenway Wonder Walk. Read more about United Way Day of Action

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Tom Sawyer Day at Cathedral Caverns

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Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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The Big Read comes to Cathedral Caverns. Family fun for all ages. Bring a picnic and enjoy the caves, stories, exhibits, music, and children's activities. Read more about Tom Sawyer Day at Cathedral Caverns

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Movie: 'Mark Twain' - A Film Directed by Ken Burns

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Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
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The Bailey Cove Branch Library will show the film "Mark Twain- A Film directed by Ken Burns." The first half of the showing will be from 10-12 and the second half will be from 2-4pm. Read more about Movie: 'Mark Twain' - A Film Directed by Ken Burns

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Huntsville Ghost Tour

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Friday, April 9, 2010 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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The Huntsville Ghost Walk will offer a special tour in conjunction with the Huntsville Public Library's Big Read on Friday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person, $6 for kids 12 and under,and may be purchased on the night of the event in front of Harrison Brothers Hardware Store. Our special tour will take visitors through the Old Town Historic District which features the ghosts of children singing a tune from the 1918 flu epidemic, the angry spirit of a man lynched for a cold-blooded murder, a World War I casualty in the bloody Meuse-Argonne Battle, and many more chilling tales. We will highlight, in honor of the Big Read, the ghost of Mark Twain's cousin, Huntsville resident Jeremiah Clemens, who resides in the home built by his father which now serves as a law office. Mr. Clemens was an opinionated man in his day, and so he remains in death! Bring your cameras and take plenty of photographs. Perhaps you may find that someone, or something, is watching you too! Read more about Huntsville Ghost Tour

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UAH Sigma Tau Delta Lecture with Dr. Laurel Bollinger

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Friday, April 9, 2010 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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UAH faculty member, Dr. Laurel Bollinger will be leading a discussion of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the Union Grove Gallery on the UAH campus on April 9th from 1:00-3:00PM. The Union Grove Gallery and Meeting Hall was donated to the University by the Franklin Bendall family. Moved to its current site and restored by art professor Jeffery Bayer and student volunteers in 1973, the 30 by 50 foot Greek revival style building is dated to the 1820's and thought to be among the oldest of its kind in Alabama. Originally built as a chapel it now serves as an exhibition space for students, visiting artists and special events.The gallery is located between the University Center and Morton Hall. Read more about UAH Sigma Tau Delta Lecture with Dr. Laurel Bollinger

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Main Library Film Screening of "Tom and Huck" (1995)

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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The Main Library will show the film "Tom and Huck" (1995). Read more about Main Library Film Screening of "Tom and Huck" (1995)

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Showers Center-Becky Thatcher Tea Party

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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The Becky Thatcher Tea Party is for ages 5-8 and will generate excitement for the characters in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Attendees will enjoy a real tea service with an etiquette coach to provide tips on the proper behavior at the table. Space is limited--please contact the Showers Center at 256-851-7492 for more information. Read more about Showers Center-Becky Thatcher Tea Party

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The Big Read Keynote Lecture with Dr. Christopher Metress

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Dr. Christopher Metress, English Professor and Director of the University Fellows Program at Samford University, will present a lecture on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. After receiving his Doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1991, Dr. Metress taught at Wake Forest University for three years before coming to Samford in 1993. In the English Department, he teaches courses in American literature, film noir, and southern literature, and he frequently offers courses on British Literature at Samford's Daniel House in London, where he was professor-in-residence in the Fall of 1997. From 2003 to 2006, he directed Samford's participation in a national curricular project designed to promote innovative teaching of the liberal arts, a project which helped to seed the development of the University Fellows Program. Read more about The Big Read Keynote Lecture with Dr. Christopher Metress

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Madison Public Library - Becky Thatcher Tea Party

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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The Becky Thatcher Tea Party is for ages 5-8 and will generate excitement for the characters in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Attendees will enjoy a real tea service with an etiquette coach to provide tips on the proper behavior at the table. Space is limited--tickets will be available a week prior to the event. Contact Madison at 256-461-0046 for more information. Read more about Madison Public Library - Becky Thatcher Tea Party

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Movie:"Mark Twain Tonight!" featuring Hal Holbrook (1967)

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Monday, April 5, 2010 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Madison Public Library will show the film "Mark Twain Tonight!" featuring Hal Holbrook (1967). Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided! Read more about Movie:"Mark Twain Tonight!" featuring Hal Holbrook (1967)

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