East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Area Agency on Aging Prescription Drug Plan enrollment assistance events will be:
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, also Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 19, 26 and Dec. 3; Friday, also Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16 and Dec. 7 at East Alabama Regional Planning and Development
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 7 at Jacksonville Senior Center
Calhoun County elected official will partner with EARPDC to help Medicare recipients compare prescription drug plans.
To help develop a plan comparison, Medicare recipients will need to bring their Medicare card, along with a complete list of the medications they are taking and the dosages. Volunteers will guide them through the selection process and help them get information on the cost of each plan.
People interested in getting a plan comparison will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each counseling session will last about 40 minutes. There may be a wait time for assistance. Contact East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission at 800-243-5463, ext. 150 with any questions.
The Upward Bound program at Talladega College is recruiting students to participate in the program. Students who are in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade may apply. The program provides activities that help student’s complete high school and achieve their career goals. Upward Bound office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call Carolyn S. Morris at 256-761-6327 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Fort McClellan Golden Belles will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sandbagin’ Restaurant, Cane Creek Golf Course at McClellan. All fort McClellan and other federal agencies retired ladies are invited to attend. Call 256-435-3846 or 256-236-7088 for more information.
A free pageant clinic for all girls, newborn to 23 years of age who are registered or who will register at the clinic, will be Thursday. The Harvest Queen pageant will be held Nov. 10 at Jacksonville High School. Call 256-283-8885 or visit www.HarvestQueenPageant.com for more information.
The Freedom Riders Park Organization plan to break ground on the new Freedom Riders Park with a two-day event starting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the future park’s location on Alabama 202. Music, presentations and guests speakers will be at 10 a.m. The second event will be 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville State University McClellan Center with guest speakers and a performance by basso profundo, opera sensation K.B. Solomon. Call 256-499-6726 or 256-782-8010 for more information.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System of Calhoun County “fall fest” will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27 at Cane Creek Community Garden at McClellan. Live music by Kelly Johnson and Friends, arts/crafts, hayrides and more will be featured during the event. Call 256-237-1621 for more information.
October events at the Hobson City Library, 610 Martin Luther King Drive, include:
• Monday, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registration deadline is Thursday 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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. Wednesday 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. today 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.
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; Tuesday, Eye Love stories; Oct. 23, Fall into story time; Oct. 30, Halloween Howls
• Today, 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
• Today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friends of the Library book sale, Friends members get half off price
• Thursday, 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.