February activities at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County include:
• Friends of the Library book sale Saturday.
• Children’s story time, 10 a.m., every Tuesday.
• Free Zumba classes, 10 a.m., Thursday, also Feb. 14, 21 and 28.
• Lego League, all day, Feb. 9, children’s department. Use building blocks to create the project of the day or create your own masterpiece.
• Ballet basics, adult education class in partnership with Knox Concert Series focusing on attending a ballet, 2 p.m., Feb. 12.
• Book signing with William Zinn, author of ‘In the Shadow of the Mountain,’ 2 p.m., Feb. 21.
• Make a craft day, all day, Feb. 27, children’s department.
• Calhoun County student art exhibit, all month, Ayers room.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Anniston High School parent meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday at Gaines Chapel AME Church,, 404 A St. The topic of discussion will be the “Plan 2020” that deals with academic standards, assessment tools, benchmarks, testing and more. Call 256-231-5010 for more information.
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 Germany/Austria, Monday; Turkmenistan, Feb. 11; France/Netherlands, Feb. 18; and Palestine and the Arab world, Feb. 25. (Countries are subject to change without notice.) Call 256-831-7069 for more information.
Square dancing lessons will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday at Bynum Community Center, 200 Victory Drive, Eastaboga. The classes are presented by Swinging Stars. Call 256-236-4135, 256-492-4749 or 256-835-5060 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. A video and discussion of “The Fight for Freedom” featuring the Emancipation Proclamation will be held Feb. 9; “No Easy Walk” featuring the March on Washington, Feb. 23. A trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum will talk place Feb. 18. Call Donna Ross at 256-831-7069 for more information.
The 13th annual celebration of Black History month “Rooted in the past, growing toward the future” will be 2-4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Jacksonville Community Center. The guest speaker will be retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Gilbert Taylor. Door prizes, food and entertainment will be featured. The event is free. Call 256-435-7611 or 256-435-3560 for more information.
The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association meeting/social event will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at The Anniston Star, 4305 McClellan Blvd., in the conference room. Chris Kehmeier, project manager for IMBA, is the guest speaker and will give an update on the Coldwater trails. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public. Email Barry Nicholls at email@example.com for more information.
A Valentine’s Day dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Classic on Noble. The Walls will be performing on the main floor at 6:30 p.m. Call 256-237-5388 or visit www.classiconnoble.com for more information
The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 99 annual spaghetti supper will be held 4-8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Lozahatchee Masonic Lodge No. 97, 380 U.S. 278 Bypass, Piedmont.
The Thyroid, Head & Neck Cancer Foundation Valentine’s ball night-out event will be 6-11 p.m. Feb. 16 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.
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.
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.
Gentiva Hospice of Oxford is in need of volunteers to serve in a variety of areas from administrative help to offering support to a hospice patient through visits or weekly phone calls. Volunteers are thoroughly trained and provided ongoing education. Call Andrea Reaves at 256-831-2964 for more information.
Anniston High School class of 1988 is planning an alumni cruise for November. All AHS class of 1988 and other Anniston High School alumni interested should contact Tamara Reed Christopher at 256-310-7118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Chris Hill of Anniston is a volunteer “ambassador” for Dogs for the Deaf, a non-profit organization in Oregon that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges and needs. Hill is available to make presentations for the organization and its program. Call 256-835-6918 or email email@example.com for more information.
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 Feb. 21. Call Regina Talton at 256-492-8505 for more information.