Busy weekend offers something for everyone

Published 10:45 pm Thursday, April 7, 2016

From festivals and art shows to community service and walking tours, this weekend will offer many family-friendly activities.

Keep It Clean, Selma will meet bright and early Saturday morning for its monthly clean up. This month, volunteers will meet at Cedar Park Elementary, located at 1101 Woodrow Avenue, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Hardee’s breakfast will be provided.

At 10 a.m. the same morning, April Walking Tours will resume. Organized by the Alabama Tourism Department, Selma and 25 other cities will be participating in the annual walking tours to enjoy the outdoors and to learn more about local history. Selma is one of the few cities offering the tours each Saturday during the month. The tours begin at 10 a.m. at the Selma Public Library. Highlights of the walk will include downtown churches, the Chamber of Commerce Building, the Bienville Monument, the Edmund Pettus Bridge and others.

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“There are all kinds of interesting fact finders for those that are interested,” said Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce executive director Sheryl Smedley.

Tours are free and open to the public.

Beginning at noon, the Selma Lions Club will be hosting its second annual Crawfish Festival at the Selma Lions Club Fair Park.

General admission is $5 for guests ages 5 and up.

The evening will include cooked crawfish, children’s games, a variety of vendors and entertainment from Shelby Brown, Marcus Frazier and Anthony Orio.

On Sunday, The Selma Art Guild will be opening its newest exhibition, “Evolution of an artist,” a retrospective show of the guild’s co-president Joanna Nichols.

“You’ll see how much I’ve changed and what I’ve started with,” Nichols said.

The reception will be from 2 – 4 p.m. at the guild gallery, located at 508 Selma Avenue, and will include a brief lecture from the artist.

More than 20 works will be shown and will include works made as early as the late 1950s to present day.

Nichols is a resident of Selma and is known for her watercolor paintings of flowers and still-lives. The show will be a treat for those who are familiar with her work because it will include paintings and drawings never shown before. The show is free and open to the public. It will be available for viewing at the gallery until the end of the month.