Weekend full of chances to go, see, do

Friday, August 26, 2011
This beautiful 1950 Ford was on show at a recent Cruise-In.

There's plenty of fun for all ages in Lewisburg on Saturday, as well as opportunities to help out two great causes.

Start with a good breakfast at Russell's at the Warehouse (at the corner of 3rd Avenue North and Water Street). From 6-11 a.m. they'll be serving pancakes, sausage and drinks. It's a fundraiser by Alex's Warriors for St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis.

Two-year-old Alex Denton of Muscle Shoals, Ala., was diagnosed with AML-7, a rare form of leukemia, on July 3, 2008. He spent the next 14 months at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fighting for his life. He lost his battle on Sept. 11, 2009, after a bone marrow transplant, stem cell transplant, and countless rounds of chemotherapy. Since Alex's passing, his family -- including John Denton, who teaches Language Arts at Cornersville Middle School - has continued the fight he so bravely fought by forming "Alex's Warriors." The group is committed to raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, helping them continue the search for a cure for this and other catastrophic diseases.

Check out Alex's Warriors on Facebook, or go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/denton.

After breakfast, it's time to make your way to Rock Creek Park for the annual fundraiser for Cops for Kids, the Lewisburg Police Department's annual Christmas gift to local children. The police work with the counselors at the three Lewisburg elementary schools to select kids who wouldn't have much of a Christmas without help. Last December, the police took 135 children shopping, with each child given $100 to spend on presents for themselves and their families. This year they hope to equal or exceed that number.

At Rock Creek Park on Saturday, for one small admission charge, children get a sack lunch and unlimited play on an inflatable playground and a climbing wall and -- new this year -- a bungee jump. Parents and grandparents can check out the silent and live auctions, which include items donated by local businesses, and autographed sports memorabilia.

Also new this year, local hairdressers will be putting in feathers and colored hair extensions.

If your vehicle is dirty, take a break and go over to Advance Auto Parts on the bypass (North Ellington Parkway) where the Sub Deb Sorority is raising funds with a Car Wash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Finally, make your way back to the square for one of the last Cruise-Ins of the season. It officially starts at 4 p.m., but cars will be arriving earlier. It's free, and there will be food and live music, as well as spectacular cars and trucks to admire and talk about with their proud owners.

The forecast calls for a sunny day with a high of 90 degrees - perfect weather for a day of family fun in Lewisburg.