Ironically, America’s two most maligned wine varietals — chardonnay and merlot — remain among America’s most popular. Despite overwhelming negativity in some wine circles to chardonnay especially, it remains America’s No. 1 bestselling varietal wine.

Kara Silvers freely admits to being a fashionista. “It all started with my first Barbie doll,” she said. “I bought different outfits and loved dressing her up for all kinds of occasions.”

Many of you enjoy live music. Live art, too can be just as exciting. Events that highlight both forms are scheduled this week, with a worship musical tonight at Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston and interactive art demonstrations at Talladega’s Heritage Hall Museum this month from M…

Lynda Newman and Edward Gibson announce their wedding will be 7 p.m. Sept. 15,  2018, at Hotel Finial, Anniston. The Rev. Jack Ledbetter, brother of the bride-elect, will perform the ceremony. A reception will follow.

Sudz arrived at the shelter as a stray. Found on Noble Street at a factory. He earned his name because he needed a bath in the worst way. He is about 2 years old, neutered now and up to date on shots. Also has a great personality.

Wilco is a handsome adult terrier mix. He is food motivated and friendly to all people. His $100 fee covers neuter and all shots. Anniston Animal Shelter, 1201 Parkwood Drive, open noon-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and noon-3 p.m. on Saturday. Visit AL75.petfinder.com or emai…

Milo is a laid back 2 year old heeler mix. He is super sweet and loves to chill with his favorite person. He is good with kids and other animals and is ready to be adopted. The $100 fee covers neuter, all shots and microchip. Cheaha Regional Humane Society, 3605 Morrisville Road; open 10 a.m…

Jordan Blankenship of Alexandria was awarded a scholarship by Thompson Tractor to pursue an associates degree as a Caterpillar Dealer service technician at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga. He has been accepted in the College’s Southeastern Caterpillar Dealers College of Techn…

The Toys for Tots golf tournament will be held at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at Indian Oaks Golf Club. The cost is $50 per person and two per team. There will be door prizes and more. Call 256-590-5938 for  more information.

A grand opening celebration for Encore Enrichment Center for Shelter Dogs will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today and Saturday at 301 E. Darden Drive (formerly United Cerebral Palsy Building). A dog adoption event will be held at the same time, with dogs available for immediate adoption from the C…

“Making Alabama,” a bicentennial traveling exhibit, will stop at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County this month, with a grand opening reception at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The exhibit closes on Aug. 28. Admission is free.

It’s not every day I’m invited to a wedding at a brewery, so of course I had to go. Not that I’m a big fan of breweries. My go-to beer is Michelob Ultra, but still, a wedding in a brewery! That’s a first for me.