May Events: Legacy Museum Trip and Three Ways You Can Help Make Your Community a Better Place

Dear MPA Members,

This month, in lieu of our monthly meeting, we are taking a trip down to Montgomery to visit the EJI Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice on Sunday May 19.  Anyone who wishes to carpool/caravan should meet in the parking lot behind UMOM (Valley St near the intersection of Middle St, behind the Citgo) at 10:45 for an 11AM departure. We are asking everyone to purchase their own tickets (https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/visit#tickets). As the visit will include both the museum and memorial, folks should purchase a combo ticket for museum entry at 12:30 (the memorial ticket is not timed). At the recommendation of EJI, the group will visit the museum first, followed by the memorial, which we can either drive or walk to. It is estimated that the group will spend about 4-5 hours total between the two locations.

There is free parking in downtown Montgomery on weekends, and if anyone arrives early, there is a Starbucks and bookstore where folks can spend time before museum entry.

City Board and Commission Vacancies: MPA has been asked to encourage our membership to consider filling some of the vacancies on the City of Montevallo’s boards.  Amy prepared a document with information for us (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OJGkSBX9g128W12-RUJBP1FLy8rL5Jxf), and the City confirmed that the Historical Commission and Park Board are both in need of members.  If you are interested, email montevalloprogressives@gmail.com and we will help you take the necessary steps!

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday May 7 from 4-5:30: the Boys and Girls Club of Montevallo will have an open house to showcase all the great things they are doing.  The kids practice and conduct a 15 minute tour, so if you can stop by to support them, please do!  (You don’t need to have a kid who goes there to stop in).

Thursday May 30 from 6-8: The City of Montevallo is partnering with the Dave Mathews Center to host a forum on the state of recycling in our city.  Because of contamination, curbside bins are going to the landfill.  Items recycled at our city recycle center (Overland and Spring Creek Rd) are still being recycled because the city sorts it and bales it apart from the municipal facility.  If this is a problem that you want to be a part of the solution, consider attending!

MPA Steering Committee
Andrea Eckelman
Cheryl Patton
Jen Rickel
Amy Feger
Scott Turner

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