The Choccolocco Heritage Society will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Choccolocco Community Center. Plans will be discussed for annual fall festival to be held Oct. 20 at the Quad Cities volunteer fire department. Call 256-236-2497 or 256-237-2136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October events at the Hobson City Library, 610 Martin Luther King Drive, include:
• Wednesday at 4 p.m., weird science and potentially potent potions
• Oct. 15, 6 p.m., “coffin party” calling all zombies, vampires and ghouls featuring Anniston author, Susan Abel Sullivan, reading excerpts from her new YA novel, The Simon Sylvestri School for the Supernaturally Challenged, costumes preferred
• Oct. 24, 3-5 p.m., Kids craft, make your own Halloween mask, materials provided
• Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m., tiny-tot story time, Halloween theme
• Oct. 27, 2 p.m., movie, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, wear your costume for a treat
Operating hours for the library are 2-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday; 1-4 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday.
The fall employment fair, sponsored by Gadsden State Community College, will be 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center. Call 256-549-8635 for more information.
A Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by Gadsden State Community College, will be 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at McClellan Center in room 1209. Call 256-549-8329 for more information.
A free belly dance lesson will be held 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jacksonville Community Center. Door prizes will be available. The event is open to all ladies 17 years of age and up.
A Hanvey family reunion will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at Pinetucky Baptist Church fellowship hall in Micaville.
A breast cancer awareness health fair will be 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 23 at Talladega Regional Family Life Center, 405 Battle St. W., Talladega. Call Tabitha Royal at 256-761-3740 or email email@example.com for more information.
Registration deadline is Oct. 18 for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama “Mini cupcake war.” The event will be held 9 a.m.-noon, for K-5th grade; 1:30-4:30 p.m., for grades 6-12, Nov. 3 at Camp Cottaquilla. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
World Weaver Press recently announced Anniston author, Susan Abel Sullivan, will have an early digital release Tuesday of her latest book, The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama, (A Cleo Tidwell paranormal mystery) with the paperback available Oct. 30. Visit www.susanabelsullivan.weebly.com or twitter @susan_abel for more information.
Third annual “Bark in the Park” will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the duck pond at McClellan. Admission will be $5. Featured events will include pet contests, silent auction, pet parade, CGC and TDI testing, food, vendors and more. Proceeds will go to support local dog rescue groups and the animal shelter.
The White Plains Alumni Association’s annual membership drive is on-going through the rest of the year. Those eligible for membership include: graduates of White Plains High School, any year; former students of White Plains Schools, any year, but did not graduate, or graduated elsewhere; interested person(s) who did not attend White Plains Schools but desire to support the school system and students. Sign-up booths will be set up at White Plains High School football and basketball games and at the lower grade schools during Halloween festival and/or other school events where parents are involved. The yearly dues are $5 per person. Contact Alvin Robertson at 256-236-8780, Brenda Morgan at 256-435-3725, Billy Ward at 256-236-3629 or Norman Parker at 256-447-7563 for more information.
A free heath and wellness seminar will be 2 p.m. today (and every Saturday for eight weeks) at the Anniston Seventh Day Adventist Church. The non-denominational program will cover topics from mental, emotional and spiritual, nutritional and physical well-being. There is a text book offered for $30 but it is not necessary for the program, but is a good resource for home-study. Contact Heather Williamson at 229-400-3918 or email email@example.com for more information.
Visit Anniston High School during October to be a part of Bridging the Gap: Building a healthy relationship between family and school. The event is part of “Alabama Statewide Parent Visitation” month. Fun activities, state and local education program information will be featured.
A 40th anniversary celebration of “Speedy” Cannon will be at 3 p.m. Sunday 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.
A walk-in flu clinic will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Events at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County include:
• Monday movies at noon
• Story time at 10 a.m. Tuesday, firefighter stories, visit the smoke house, learn fire safety and meet a fireman; Oct. 16, Eye Love stories; Oct. 23, Fall into story time; Oct. 30, Halloween Howls
• Oct. 13, all day event, Lego League, make the ‘project of the day’ or make your own Lego creation. Different Lego sizes will be available for all ages
• Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friends of the Library book sale, Friends members get half off price
• Oct. 18, 2 p.m., Sacred Harp presented by Rene Greene, discover the history, sound and the method of American Sacred Harp music
• Oct. 23, 2 p.m., music and life of Jim Nabors presented by Chris Phillips accompanied by Robin Lewis Waldrop
• Oct. 25, 4 p.m., free teen cake pop workshop
• Oct. 30, 4 p.m., deliciously spooky stories costume party costumes with Rene Morrison for spooky stories and treats, costumes are welcome
• Oct. 31, all day Kids’ crafts
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.