Guidelines for Best Bets

Best Bets may be submitted through e-mail at bestbets@itemonline.com. Items must be received by 1 p.m. to run the following day. Your Best Bets entry may not appear more than five days in advance of the event because of space constraints.

Questions regarding Best Bets should be directed to Lindsey Vaculin at (936) 295-5407 Ext. 3052.

Ongoing

Huntsville Hornet Tickets

Season Tickets for the Huntsville Hornet and Lady Hornet Varsity Basketball District Home games will be available in the Business Office located in the Hawkins Administration Building  until Friday, Dec. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for Hornet boys and Hornet girls seven-game basketball season are $25 each. Season tickets for both Hornet and Lady Hornet basketball season, including all 14 games, will be $45. For more information, contact Sherry Odom at (936) 293-2562.

YMCA Itty Bitty Sports Program

The Huntsville YMCA will be conducting an introduction to basketball and soccer skills class beginning in January 2011. The program is offered to kids who turned 2 or 3 as of the beginning of September of this year. The program will feature two basketball clinics and one game and two indoor soccer clinics and one game over six Saturday sessions.

The  YMCA basketball season will run from Jan. 8 through Feb. 8. Registration fee for this program is $50, with scholarships available through the NMS & J2 Memorial Scholarship Fund to introduce this program to the community in memory of Jason Tyrell Stewart II in honor of his love for the YMCA sports programs. For more information, contact the YMCA at (936) 295-8009.

Christmas Tree Sale

Boy Scout Troop 98 is selling live Christmas trees through Sunday, Dec. 19, or until all trees are sold. The trees will be sold at Brookshire Brothers on 11th Street and Normal Park, Monday through Saturday until 8:30 p.m. and on Sundays from noon  to 7 p.m. Trees are selling for prices ranging from $20 to $85, with all proceeds going towards sending they boys to camp, buying and replacing needed equipment and funding awards given to the Scouts throughout the year. For more information, contact Larry Miller at (936) 662-1726.

Pictures with Santa

Treasured Memories Photography will be taking Santa Pictures every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for this Christmas from noon until 5 p.m at the corner of 11th Street and University Avenue. For more information, contact the photographer, Trisha Morrell, at (936) 291-6100 or Peggy Morrell at (936) 291-1211.

HCT seeking directors

Huntsville Community Theatre is seeking directors for its 2011-12 Production Season. Experience is required to direct. Submissions are requested by Jan. 15. While submissions will be accepted beyond this date, priority will be given to those submitted by Jan. 15, if your proposal fulfills the vision and needs for our season. If you are interested in proposing a play for 2011-2012 Season, please call (936) 291-7933 or visit HCT’s website at: www.HuntsvilleCommunityTheatre.org to download the required “Play Submission Form.”

Today

‘Songs of the Season’ matinee

Huntsville Community Theatre will offer a matinee presentation of its annual Songs of the Season holiday fundraiser concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Old Town Theatre. The concert will feature performances by the Huntsville Community Senior Adult Choir, the Huntsville Men’s Choir and the Belle Chanson Women’s Choir, as well as featured solos by Melanie Holliday and Dani Gathright. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military and $8 for students and children. For more information, call (936) 291-7933 or visit www.huntsvillecommunitytheatre.org.

Monday

Historical Commission

The Walker County Historical Commission will meet on Monday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gibbs-Powell Home Museum, 1228 11th St. All are welcome to attend. Christmas refreshments will be served after the business meeting.

Tuesday

An Evening of Christmas Music

The Belle Chanson Women’s Choir will present “An Evening of Christmas Music” on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville. The concert will benefit the SAAFE House. There is a reception following the concert.

Wednesday

HMH Blood Drive

Huntsville Memorial Hospital is hosting a community blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in its Education department. All blood types are needed. Donors must provide identification, such as drivers license or student ID card. For more information, call  (936)291-4552.

Waste Pick Up

The City of Huntsville Solid Waste Division will not be collecting heavy trash on Wednesday, Dec. 22. The next pickup will be Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Thursday

Preschool Story Hour

The Huntsville Public Library hosts Story Hour every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Due to library construction, all story time programs will be moved to the council chambers at Huntsville City Hall until further notice. The theme for Dec. 23 will be “Reindeer Reading.” For more information, visit the library’s website at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or call the library at (936) 291-5472.

Friday

Covenant Fellowship Christmas Eve Service

Covenant Fellowship church will have a Christmas Eve service on Friday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. at Alpha Omega Academy, 3891 highway 30 West (near Walker County Fairgrounds) in Huntsville. For more information, call (936) 435-0993.

Save The Date

January

Autery retirement party

A retirement party for outgoing Pct. 2 Commissioner Robert E. Autery will be from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the precinct office at 123 Booker Road.

Baseball Booster Club

The Huntsville Hornet Baseball Booster Club meeting will be held at the HHS Joe Clements Field House beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 4. For more information or questions, please send an e-mail to huntsvillehornetbaseball@gmail.com.

HCT Auditions

Huntsville Community Theatre will be holding open auditions for three upcoming productions: “Love Letters” (one performance) and “Hate Mail” (six performances), both productions have a: one male and one female adult cast and will share auditions: Jan 10 and 11,  6-8 p.m., both February performances. Call (936) 291-7933 for more information. The third production is the musical: “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (six performances), auditions: Jan 17 and 18, 6-8 p.m., with May perform-ances. Adults and children 8 years and older are encouraged to audition. For more audition information for “Cinderella” only, call Marjean Creager at (936) 291-0085 or Cindy Rohe (936) 295-4809. All auditions will be held at Old Town Theatre, 1023 12th St. Visit: www.HuntsvilleCommunityTheatre.org for more info.

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