Community Focus

June 10: Helen Keller Birthplace

In an on-location interview at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, AL, Mary Eubanks, Tour Guide and Hostess at the Helen Keller Birthplace and Home, talks about the life of Helen Keller, who inspired the world with her achievements as a person who was deaf and blind. Mary discusses the impact of Helen’s visually impaired teacher, Annie Sullivan. The Helen Keller Birthplace and Home is open for tours Mon. – Sat. at 300 North Commons St., West. The Miracle Worker, the play about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, is presented Fri. and Sat. evenings through July 13. 256-383-4066. www.helenkellerbirthplace.org.

June 11: Aviation Council of Alabama

Dr. Bill Hutto, Board member of the Aviation Council of Alabama and Airport Director of the Auburn University Regional Airport, and Johnny Lawrence, Lee County Commissioner, talk about the role of airports in attracting new industry to Alabama communities. The guests tell the behind-the-scenes story of how the Lee County Commission, the Cities of Auburn and Opelika, and Auburn University used a solution-oriented community approach and worked with the FAA to bring about the Auburn University Regional Airport. www.auoairport.com. www.aviationcouncilofalabama.org.

June 12: Alabama Shakespeare Festival - Behind the Curtain

Paul Hebron, New York-based actor and former Resident Company member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Dr. Susan Willis, ASF Resident Dramaturg; and Katy Swann, ASF Production Assistant specializing in Stage Management, discuss the theater “ behind the curtain” – how actors memorize lines and make decisions about character portrayal , how a dramaturg does research for a production, how actors handle dialects, and how stage management works. The next ASF play is Ring of Fire, featuring the music of Johnny Cash, July 11-Aug. 4. 800-841-4273. www.asf.net.

June 13: East Alabama Arts

Philip Preston, Director of the Arts Association of East Alabama , a Kennedy Center partner, previews the upcoming season of performances at the Opelika Performing Arts Center. 334-749-8105. www.eastalabamaarts.org. E-mail info@eastalabamaarts.org.

June 14: Flag Day

Lt. Col. Bill Stewart (USAF Ret.), whose essay, I Am Your Flag, has been presented to the Exchange Clubs of North America, the Alabama Legislature, and numerous groups across the U.S., discusses Flag Etiquette and ways that citizens can show respect to the Flag of the United States. He presents his six-minute composition, I Am Your Flag. If groups would like to request a presentation on the Flag by Lt. Col. Stewart, contact the Montgomery radio studio at 334-241-9574. He travels at his own expense to present flag talks without charge, as a patriotic service.

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