Getting to Know Opelika’s Neighborhoods: Northside Historic District

We love Opelika and at OpelikaLife we are focused on showcasing all the city has to offer. Most folks that live in Opelika are familiar with the neighborhoods and where they are, but for folks moving to town or thinking about moving to Opelika, we thought we’d explore different neighborhoods and talk about how each are unique and contribute to Opelika being a great place to live and raise a family. First up on our regular feature is the Northside Historic District. This neighborhood, just north of downtown, is one…

Summer Swing

Join us at Monkey Park this summer for our Summer Swing Concert Series. Free train rides and concession sales begin at 6:15 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. Visit www.opelikaparks.com for more information! May 7: OHS Symphonic, Concert and Jazz BandsMay 14: Lee-Scott Academy Jazz BandMay 21: East Alabama Community BandMay 28: CrossroadsJune 4: Kidd BlueJune 11: Bill J. Brooks- Elvis Lives!June 18: MuseJune 25: Route 66July 2: FedorasJuly 9: Martha’s TroubleJuly 16: Conner Lorre- Neil Diamond & FriendsJuly 23: James Brown TrioJuly 30: Back to School Bash

Weekend Roundup: Thank you Easter Bunny, Bok Bok

Opelika Weekend Events

Wednesday Opelika’s Songwriters Night is presented by The Sound Wall and John Emerald Distillery featuring local song writers. Thursday Grab your friends and join The Sound Wall for supper prepared by Executive Chef, Chris Wilton. Third and fifth graders are invited to participate in an egg hunt in the dark at Moore Stadium. Bring a flashlight and basket to grab the most eggs! Show Me Your Chords will be held again, upstairs at the Corner Bar. A full band experience will be playing classic hits variety at Wild Wing Cafe.…

The 7th Annual Taste of the Town

The 7th annual Taste of the Town will provide an entertaining evening at the Museum of East Alabama featuring food from area restaurants and assorted beverages on Tuesday, April 23, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. From appetizers to desserts, local chefs will showcase a tasting of their best dishes, while a silent auction will feature a variety of items and packages. The event is more than a chance to sample great food, it is also the only fundraiser the museum has each year. It’s a great chance to support…

The King and I comes to Opelika

The East Alabama Arts brings one of our favorite musicals of all time, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I to the Opelika Performing Arts Center on April 22. The King and I first premiered on Broadway in 1951 and has enthralled audiences with beautiful costumes, dance and music in a love story for the ages. Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I…

5 Tips To Know Before You Buy a Home

This content is sponsored by one of our partners 5 Tips Before Buying a Home Know Your Budget It is important to know your budget before you start looking for a home. This helps set expectations for the type of house you’ll be looking at and the location. It will also save time when you start your search in earnest. Your realtor will only show you houses that fit within your budget and can focus your search within that budget. It is also important to be “Pre Approved” by a…

Weekend Roundup: April 12-14

Friday Grab your significant other and head down to Monkey Park to watch Crazy Rich Asians. Must be 18 years or older to go. The Great Affairs at Eighth & Rail The Pine Hill Haints are performing at Irish Bred Pub Saturday Record Store Day at 10,000 Hz Records. There will be limited release vinyl and giveaways all day. Hopping The Rails with Pride on the Plains Bar Crawl. (Meet at Mama Mocha’s at 7 pm) Drag Show at The Corner Bar (Irish Bred Pub) Sunday Enjoy a benefit concert…

Opelika’s Library: More Than Books

Opelika’s Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library opened in 1976 with the latest in library technology and amenities. Over forty years later, the library is continuing to grow and embrace its mission as a hub of education and research for the community.  Rosanna McGinnis, library director, took over in 2016 and implemented a plan to improve the library and modernize the collection and programs for the city. Cooper Library recently received a Gold Award from the Public Libraries Division of the Alabama Library Association. This is the highest honor for libraries…

Opelika Schools Embrace Technology

Opelika City Schools are making big investments in technology for K-12 students. This year, all Opelika City Schools students in grades 3-12 receive in classroom Google Chromebooks. Exposing students to technology at a young age sets the stage for expanding education opportunities beyond the classroom and preparing students for college and real world experience with a deeper understanding of how to use technology. Just four years ago, Opelika launched the program with one Google Expedition Kit at a cost of $10,000. Since then, the district has purchased a total of…