Downtown Commerce will be busy Saturday, with the Commerce Fire Department’s annual chickenque, the Downtown Development Authority’s Spring Cleanup, the spring plant swap at the Commerce Public Library and a car, truck and motorcycle show to benefit Jackson Creative — plus a firearms safety class.
Commerce firemen will begin well before dawn cooking 3,000 chicken plates at the J. Nolan Spear Public Safety Complex on South Elm Street. Tickets are $7 and are available from any fireman. Pickup is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. via two drive-through lanes at the public safety complex.
Plates comprise a half a chicken, bread, beans, chips and cole slaw. Corn on the cob is optional for $1 an ear.
Proceeds will go toward the department’s new “smart detector” program to place smoke detectors in the residences of qualified senior citizens.
If the chickenque generates the most vehicle traffic, the DDA’s cleanup day should result in the most visible change in the downtown as some 40-50 volunteers will plant and weed 28 flower beds, clean five parking lots, power wash sidewalks, remove litter throughout the downtown and install plants and remove weeds at Spencer Park.
Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the park to be assigned various projects.
Plant Swap At City Library
The Friends of the Commerce Public Library will hold their annual spring plant swap from 10 a.m. to noon at the library, located on South Broad Street.
The public is invited to bring plants in to swap for other plants, and the Friends will also have plants for sale, with proceeds going to benefit the library.
Car, Truck And Motorcycle Show
Also on Saturday, Advocates for People with Developmental Disabilities and Friends of Advantage will hold their second annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show from noon to 4 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Lanier Technical College, South Elm Street.
For the full story, see the April 17 issue of The Commerce News.