• Children’s story time, 10 a.m., every Tuesday.
• Free Zumba classes, 10 a.m., Thursday, also Feb. 28.
• Book signing with William Zinn, author of ‘In the Shadow of the Mountain,’ 2 p.m., Thursday.
• Make a craft day, all day, Feb. 27, children’s department.
• Calhoun County student art exhibit, all month, Ayers room.
International family nights will be held 5:30-7 p.m. each Monday in February at the Hobson City Public Library, 610 Martin Luther King Drive. Students from the Jacksonville State University International House will present information, songs, stories and dances from their countries.
Visit France/Netherlands, Monday and Palestine and the Arab world, Feb. 25. (Countries are subject to change without notice.) Call 256-831-7069 for more information.
The theme for Black History Month 2013 is “At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality” at the Hobson City Public Library. Events begin at 2 p.m. There will be a video and discussion of “No Easy Walk” featuring the March on Washington on Feb. 23. A trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum will talk place Monday. Call Donna Ross at 256-831-7069 for more information.
The Thyroid, Head & Neck Cancer Foundation Valentine’s ball night-out event will be 6-11 p.m. Saturday at Peerless Grille in the upstairs area, corner of Noble and 10th Streets. Must be 21 or older with I.D. Dress attire will be formal/casual. No gym shoes, jogging suites or T-shirts. This is the foundations first fundraising event for the year. Call 251-458-0649 or 256-225-2863 for more information.
A new art class will be held 10 a.m.-noon Monday at the Friendship Community Center, Oxford. Beginners are welcome. The four-week course will be led by Jack Hadder. Call 256-488-5510 to pre-register.
Registration deadline is Thursday for the Girl Scouts “aMAZE! Journey” and “Power Up!” programs to be held 6 p.m. March 1 to 11 a.m. March 2 at Camp Cottaquilla for girls in grades 6-8. The programs work together to help girls learn that doing nothing is not an option when it comes to bullying. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Register online at girlscoutsnca.org/program-registration.
A free disaster preparedness training for local businesses will be held 8:30-11 a.m. Friday at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. The training will include topics such as: Business continuity, preparing a plan, insurance and cyber security. Call 256-237-3536 to register or for more information.
The McClellan Bookworms will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at the McClellan Center conference room. The book of the month is Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Levenn. Call 256-549-9352 or 8548 for more information.
Registration deadline is Feb. 23 for the free U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified media awareness course that provides valuable insight into helping to understand how the media works and how best to work with available media outlets. The “AWR 209 Dealing with the Media: A short course for rural first responders” will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9 at Calhoun County EMA, 507 Francis St. W, Jacksonville. Visit http://www.ruraltraining.org/training/delivery/18549 to register.
Donations, for the annual Honduras medical mission yard sale, are being accepted 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 25-28 at First Baptist Church, 230 7th St. N.E., Jacksonville. The fundraiser yard sale is planned for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 at the church. Call 256-435-7263 for more information.
An AARP driver’s safety class will be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Parker Memorial Baptist Church, 1205 Quintard Ave. Upon completion of the class you may qualify for up to a 10 percent discount on your auto insurance. Call 256-419-2120 or 256-294-2301 for registration or for more information.
The Oxford Arts Council presents the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra concert/dance at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Oxford Civic Center. The tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the Oxford Civic Center, Noble banks, BB&T banks and Cheaha banks. Call 256-832-0000 for more information.
A free camellia workshop will be held 2-4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Northeast Alabama Community Center in Etowah County. The workshop will be presented by Hayes Jackson, Alabama Cooperative Regional Extension agent. Call 256-237-1621 to pre-register or for more information.
Jacksonville State University will host its 13th annual Emerging Leaders’ Day Feb. 28. The event will give high school juniors from more than 120 schools in 16 counties in Alabama and Georgia the opportunity to hear from a nationally-recognized motivational speaker, participate in leadership activities, and speak with JSU student leaders about college life. Carl “Energizer” Olson is the motivational speaker for the event. Call 256-782-8294 or email Kayla McCay at email@example.com for more information.
Calhoun County RSVP volunteers will provide free tax counseling and assistance through April 15 at the following locations and times:
• Anniston, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday, United Way Building, 1505 Wilmer Ave., suite B.
• Jacksonville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, Jacksonville Train Depot, 650 Mountain St., N.W.
• Oxford, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Oxford Public Library basement, 110 E. 6th St.
• Weaver, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Weaver City Hall, 406 Anniston St.
Taxpayers must bring the following items to have their tax returns prepared:
• Photo I.D.
• Social Security car for the taxpayer, their spouse and dependents, if applicable.
• Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return.
• Current year’s tax package if they received one.
• Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers.
• Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099).
• A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns, if applicable.
• Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
• Other relevant information about income and expenses (total amount paid for day care, day care providers identifying number).
• To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
Free tax preparation is a service of the Calhoun County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
February is “Parent Visitation Month” and Anniston High School invites all parents to visit with teachers during this time. Call the school early, at 256-231-5010, to set up your conference.
The Boy Scouts American Values luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 6 at the Anniston City Meeting Center. Gene Stallings is the guest speaker. Honorees will be Dick Anderson, Juliette Doster and Maj. Gen. Gerald Watson. Contact Joe Serviss at 256-235-0849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The AOD Federal Credit Union’s scholarship fund will award 15 scholarships to high school graduating seniors who have been AOD Federal Credit Union members for at least one year. Application packets are available at www.aodfcu.com. The completed applications must be mailed no later than March 31 to AOD Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 608, Bynum, AL 36253.
A spring tour to San Antonio, Texas is planned for April 28-May 4 leaving from Gadsden. The trip will include the Riverwalk District, Alamo, LBJ Ranch, Mexican market and more. Deadline to register is Thursday. Call Regina Talton at 256-492-8505 for more information.