Scale Back Alabama statewide contest is open for registration. The Calhoun County Extension Office will be a public weigh-in site. The date and times for weigh-in are as follows:

• Jan. 13, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Jan. 17, 8 a.m.-noon.

• Jan. 18, 8 a.m.-noon.

You may call 256-237-1621 to make an appointment to weigh-in. Visit www.scalebackalabama.com for more information.

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Free Zumba classes, Biggest Loser challenge and more Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. through Feb. 9 at Carver Community Center, 720 W. 14th St. Instructor is Jeniffer Whyte of Bilingual Kids, Inc. Visit West Anniston Foundation We Can program on Facebook.

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The PCB SITE Community Advisory Group for the Consent Decree (CAG-CD) will hold a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford. Light refreshments will be served. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Call 256-741-1429 for more information.

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The Third Thursday in the Gardens program will feature “winter swag for your landscape” from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766 to make the required reservation. The cost is $5 per person or free to members. Payment is to be made at time of registration and may be made by cash, check (payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational program) or charge card in person or by phone.

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A workshop for those wanting to write screenplays will be held 6-9 p.m. Jan. 20 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Longleaf Studios, 1 O’Connell Ave., Jacksonville, adjacent to Jacksonville State University. The seminar will teach participants how to turn a story into a movie, documentary, play or other format suitable for film. Those attending should bring story ideas. The cost is $199. Email thescriptguy@gmail.com to register. Call 256-365-1650 or visit www.longleafstudios.com for more information about the Studio.

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A “different kind of pruning lecture” by Fred Spicer will be held 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at Longleaf Botanical Gardens. The pruning topic will include techniques, outcomes and design influences. Spicer is a garden designer and garden professional, the former CEO of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766 to make the required reservation. The cost is $25 per person and $20 for members. Payment is to be made at time of registration and may be made by cash, check (payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational program) or charge card in person or by phone.

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The Calhoun County Extension Campus of Birmingham Theological Seminary is currently accepting registrations for its spring 2017 semester. The spring semester is from January 23-May 5. Course offerings and locations are available online at www.birminghamseminary.org. You may also send an email to calhouncounty@birminghamseminary.org or contact Dennis Bradford at 202-821-7409.

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Gadsden State’s Tech Tuesday Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) learn how to use iPad/iPod Touch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 24 at Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus. The workshop is free to eligible military veterans and will offer assistance in learning to use the latest technology devices. Please call 256-549-8204 to register.

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The East Central Alabama Young Marines is accepting enrollment for recruit training at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Jacksonville Community Center, 501A Alexandria Road, Jacksonville. The recruitment is for 8-years-old through completion of high school. A physical exam will be needed before first meeting date. School physical exams are acceptable. Forms may be found at www.youngmarines.com go to find a unit and look for East Central Alabama. Bring forms with you to the sign-up meeting. Contact Dan Long at danlong@netzero.com or call 256-310-6481 for more information.

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Free income tax service for Calhoun County, sponsored by United Way of East Central Alabama, All sites will open Feb. 1 through April 18 as follows:

• United Way, 1505-B Wilmer Ave., Anniston, Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

•  Oxford Public Library (basement), Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Weaver Senior Center (next to city hall), Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Picture ID, Social Security cards or documentation with Social Security number, all important tax documents and last year tax return is required. First come, first serve with priority to seniors and low income. Call 256-236-8229 for more information.

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Grow and Tell: A Celebration of Houseplants, a Sunday afternoon coffee, will be held 2-4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Longleaf Botanical Gardens, 920 Museum Drive. Bring your plants. They will be tagged with their identification and the owner’s name. There will also be plants for sale. Susan gibbins, master gardener, Longleaf Botanical Gardens board member, and plant enthusiast will facilitate this event.

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The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama announced scholarship funds held with CFNEA will award $80,000 to area students. Applications must be completed online through the Community Foundation’s website at www.yourcommunityfirst.org. Applications must be completed by March 1. Call Mitch Rogers at 256-231-5160, ext. 17, or email mrogers@yourcommunityfirst.org for more information.

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Upcoming trips with Doris Hann include Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg and historic Norfolk planned for May 7-13 also The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum planned for June 12-16. Call 256-492-3465 early to make a reservation or for more information.