Best Bets Aug. 26-Sept. 2
by Deirdre Long
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Knox Concert Series is hosting auditions today for children for the annual production of “The Nutcracker” by the Alabama Ballet Dec. 2. The available roles are for children 7 and older with at least one year of dance experience. Chosen dancers must be able to attend weekly rehearsals. Auditions are at 2:30 p.m. at The Donoho School upper school cafetorium. For more information, call Missy Beverly at 256-282-6216 or


Due to the upcoming holiday weekend, two movies open Wednesday:

“Lawless” (R ): Set in Depression-era Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits. With Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce.

“Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure” (G): In this children’s film, the Oogieloves set out on a quest to find magical balloons in time to save their friend’s party. With the voices of Cloris Leachman, Carey Elwes, Toni Braxton, Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly.


Get ready for some football (and all the other school sports, too) at the All Sports Pep Rally from 8-9 p.m. at Burgess-Snow Field on the Jacksonville State University campus. JSU, as well as teams from surrounding high schools will be in attendance as well. For more information, contact

Yardsale season is almost over, so go out with a bang by visiting the Mountain Trails 50-Mile Yard Sale starting Thursday and continuing through Monday. From Section to Bryant, travel through eight communities on Highways 71 and 73 on Sand Mountain where just about everything will be on sale. For more information, text or Call Wanda Wilson at 334-312-0286 or call Mary Adams at 256-632-2340 or email her at


“The Possession” (PG-13): A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. With Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick.


Take advantage of the long weekend and head to Luverne (about 50 miles south of Montgomery), for their Peanut Boil Festival. The festival includes music, children’s activities, beauty pageant, 5K run and car show. The festival is Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In conjunction with the festival is the World’s Largest Peanut Boil, where more than 17 tons of peanuts will be cooked over the Labor Day weekend. Call 334-335-4468 or visit for more information

Sept. 2

And if you’re not too stuffed on peanuts, head up north to check out the 16th Annual Sweet Tater festival at Dowling Memorial Park in Crane Hill, about 20 miles southwest of Cullman. For just $3, you can experience sweet potatoes cooked in every conceivable form, from chips to fries to baked and in pies. More than 4,000 people attended the last festival, which also features door prizes, arts and crafts, live entertainment and a free hot dog with your paid admission. The festival runs Sept. 2 from 1-4 p.m. and Sept. 3 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call Tony Leonardi at 256-747-8635.
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