A 40th anniversary celebration of “Speedy” Cannon will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Jacksonville Community Center, 501 Alexandria Road S.W., Jacksonville. Special speakers, music and visual presentations will be featured. Everyone is invited to attend.
New afternoon activities at the Oxford Senior Center, 424 Main St., Oxford, will include “Elder Exercise” at 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. The class will be beneficial for those with arthritis. A grieving spouse support group will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Call the center at 256-831-5900 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for more information.
The 2012 Alabama Treasure Forest Association conference will be Oct. 5 at the Gadsden State Community College arena in Centre. There will be a luncheon, banquet, sessions and a live auction. The association tour will be Oct. 6 at the Chattokee Lodge Treasure Forest in Cherokee County where you will see how timber and wildlife are managed for economic income. Call ATFA at 888-240-4694 or visit www.atfa.net to register or for more information.
An all breed dog show, sponsored by the Anniston Kennel Club, will be 8 a.m. today and Sunday at the Cane 9 Creek RV Park, Heflin exit 205 off I-20, two miles north on the left. Approximately 650 dogs are entered for both days. There is no entry fee for the show, but there is a $5 parking fee. Local vendors will be on the premises for cold drinks and food. Call 256-354-2803 for more information.
The Writers of Calhoun County will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 711 Keith Ave. Nationally known speaker Lilly Ledbetter will discuss her new book, Grace and Grit, and the process she went through to get a writer to tell her story regarding President Obama’s signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. Call 256-453-3808 for more information.
The Weaver Heritage Day celebration will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 29 at Elwell Park in Weaver. There will be contests, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and demonstrations featured. Call Aletha Young at 256-820-0854 or visit Weaver Heritage Day on Facebook for more information.
A walk-in flu clinic will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and also Oct. 2 and 17 at the Calhoun County Health Department community room. The cost is $15 each or Medicare, Blue Advantage and All Kids will be accepted. Call 256-240-6671 for more information.
The First Presbyterian Church and community fall festival fundraiser will begin with a yard sale at 7 a.m. and the festival at 8 a.m. Oct. 13 at 1701 Henry Road. A yard sale, games for children, music, bake sale, food and a German lunch will be featured. Call 256-237-5458 for more information.
The annual Zack and Mary Emily Benefield reunion will be Sunday at John Tanner State Park in Carrollton, Ga. Meal will be at noon. Bring a covered dish to share. Call Roy Benefield at 770-562-3543 for more information.
NAMI Jacksonville offers a free 12-week program, Family to Family, for families and caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday’s at First Presbyterian Church, 1701 Henry Road. Registration is required. Call 256-435-4236 for more information or to register.
The Animal Medical Center PetFest will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Zinn Park. There will be contests of best trick, costume parade and waggliest tail. There will also be an adoptable pet parade, pet art and a petting zoo. A rabies clinic will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is $10 per vaccine. Proceeds will benefit participating rescue groups and shelters. Call 256-236-8387 or visit www.amcvets.com for more information.
Christmas registration for Christmas Clearing House, The Salvation Army and toys for Tots will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 1-5 and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Salvation Army fellowship hall at 15 W. 4th St. Bring photo I.D., proof of children’s age, proof of income and expenses or food stamp approval, clothing and shoe sizes for children age 10 and under. Call 256-236-5643 for more information.
The annual Florida Branch of the Second (Indianhead) Division Association reunion, for 2nd Infantry Division Veterans, will be Oct. 12-14 in Titusville, Fla., at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn. Call 321-269-9100 to make reservations and let them know you are with the Second Division. Call Donald Calnan at 561-742-5379 or email email@example.com for more information.
A “Jazz it Up for Education” event, of live music, food and more, will be 6-11 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Public Education Foundation, 318, 326 E. 7th St. Proceeds are to benefit the foundation. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Road Masters of New Orleans, La., are featured guests. Tickets are available at the Public Education Foundation of Anniston, Golden Springs Pharmacy, First Educators Credit Union and the Chamber of Commerce. Call 256-237-0053 for more information.
The Tuskegee University Alumni Chapter will meet at 11 a.m. today at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1030 Parkwood Drive. The Rev. Ross Reed Jr. is pastor. All Tuskegeans are urged to attend for the meet and greet and important business.
A senior citizen trip to Ellijay, Ga., for the annual Apple Festival, will depart from Oxford Civic Center at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 20. The cost is $55 each and includes the motor coach bus transportation, admission to festival, visit to Apple Warehouse and a barbecue dinner. Payment is due in cash by Oct. 1. Seating is limited for this one-day trip. Call Pam Harris at the Oxford PARD at 256-831-2660 for more information or registration.
The Alabama Country & Gospel Music Association is holding its 16th annual talent search auditions at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today at the North Shelby Baptist church, 4100 Belcher Drive, Birmingham. Enter the downstairs entrance in the back of the church. Only a limited number of auditions will be accepted and the schedule will be on a first-come basis. Call 256-996-1591, 256-634-4064 (nights); or 256-845-5398 (days) or visit the Facebook page of Jo Anne Johnson or Alabama Country Gospel Music Association to print the audition/membership form.
Kids First Childcare, 1710 Hillyer Robinson Industrial Parkway, is accepting applications for fall enrollment. Enroll during September and pay only half of registration fee. Call 256-831-8881 for more information.
Beginner belly dance classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday’s at the Jacksonville Community Center. Call 256-435-8115 for more information.
A composting workshop will begin with registration at 9 a.m.; brunch at 9:30 a.m. and program 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Cane Creek Community Gardens at McClellan. The speaker will be William Cureton, “Captain Compost”. The cost is $15 per person paid in advance. Pre-registration is required. Call 256-237-1621 or visit the Calhoun County Extension Office at 1702 Noble St., Suite 108.
The McClellan Bookworms will meet at 10 a.m. Friday in the McClellan Center conference room. Call 256-549-9352 or 256-549-8548 for more information.
Anniston author, Brenda Wilson, will hold a book signing of her newly published book of inspirational poems, Organic Restoration for Malnourished Souls, 2-6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Anniston City Meeting Center. Visit www.wingsofaneaglebookstore.blogspot.com for more information.
The Emma Mitchell benefit concert will begin with a pre-jam at 3 p.m. and concert at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the old Munford High School football field. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for Emma. A silent auction, raffles, concessions, a kid’s zone and music will be featured. All profit and proceeds will go to Emma and her family. Visit www.facebook.com/teamegmitchell for more information.
Lunch & Learn, a free gardening program sponsored by Calhoun County Master Gardeners and the Calhoun County Commission, will be noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Cane Creek Community Garden at McClellan. Bring your own lunch. Hayes Jackson, ACES, will present a program on “native plants”. Call 256-237-1621 for more information.
A Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by Advanced Orthodontics, will be 1-6 p.m. Wednesday at 1677 Golden Springs Road. The first 25 donors will receive a kit of professional strength whitening strips. Door prizes and snacks will be available. Call 256-831-7515 for more information.
September events at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County include:
• Monday movies at noon
• Story time at 10 a.m. Tuesdays
• Teen movie, 4 p.m., Tuesday
• Kid’s craft day, all day, Wednesday
• Hillside Cemetery, 3 p.m., Wednesday, virtual walk-through by Tom Mullins
Free classes for familiarization with the Hispanic culture and the Spanish language, sponsored by the Calhoun County Hispanic American Association, will be 9-11 a.m. today (Saturdays through March 31, 2013) at The Anniston Star, 4305 McClellan Blvd. All instructors are expected to attend. The first and third Saturday will focus on English to Spanish; second and fourth Saturday will focus on Spanish to English. Call Gladys Denizard at 256-225-0109 for more information.
Fall trips planned by Jane Flannigan will include a Chattanooga Riverboat cruise Oct. 13 and a visit to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Nov. 26-28. Register early by calling 256-665-5803.
A preschooler story-time program, “The Lovely Library”, will be 10 a.m. Thursday and “Absolutely Apples”, Oct. 4. at the Jacksonville Public Library annex. Call 256-435-6332 for more information.