Some people, “low-lives”, may have nothing better to do than to break into old school buildings and steal random items just because they can. Jim Cleaver called to let me know that the Lo Gap Schoolhouse had been broken into sometime between Wednesday, Sept. 27 to Wednesday, Oct. 4, and for some unfathomable reason, the trespasser felt it necessary to steal a pieced-together king-sized “trip-around-the-world” quilt that was in the process of being made. The quilt was “only a quarter of the way finished” and had been worked on for two days in the past few weeks by Jim’s wife and her friend. If you have any information or if you are the guilty party, please do what you can to return the unfinished patchwork quilt so that these two special ladies can have the joy of finishing what they started.

The Alread Fall Festival will be this Saturday, from 2 p.m. until about dark, at the Alread F.U.N. Park. There will be food for everyone, including (but not limited to) chicken strips, hot dogs, and s’mores, and several games and activities: a spook house, a cake walk, face painting, bean bag toss, sack races, and much more. There is no admission fee, though a few things, mainly the cakewalk and the spook house, will cost a little bit of money to help the organizations that are sponsoring the event.

Also this Saturday, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church is having its annual Hobo Dinner and Chili Cook-off. It starts at 4 p.m. and will last until about 9 p.m., with great food and fellowship, and music.

Alread is having its first Annual Trunk or Treat at the Alread F.U.N. Park and parking lot on Halloween this year. We’ll start at 6 p.m. and there will be a costume contest. Everyone is encouraged to decorate their vehicles for Halloween and we’ll have a contest for that as well, though it’s not required that you do so. Come park, bring your candy, and kids from the community can come and trick or treat all in one place in a safe and family-friendly environment. We are really looking forward to starting this tradition this year!

The Alread EH Club’s membership is down, and needs people who are willing to take an active role in the club and in the community. Men and women are both welcome. If you’re interested, please come to the monthly meetings, they’re held at the Alread EH Clubhouse on the second Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m. The Alread EH Club’s exercise program, Get Fit, meets in the EH Club building every MWF from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Admission is free. A weekly quilting circle meets every Thursday from 9 to about 1 p.m. You may come to participate at any time during those four hours; you don’t have to be there the entire time.

ACRDC’s annual meeting is coming up soon; it’ll be on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Alread EH building. There will be a chili supper at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. If you are a member or if you would like to become a member, please try to make it.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Alread Fire Department, please contact the chief, Elias Watson: 501-253-1869. If you have any community news that you would like featured here, please contact Lindsay McDonald: 501-242-3879.