The Golden Saw, a free music hall, will play country music from 6:30-9 p.m. every Friday night at 5196 Pleasant Valley Road, Jacksonville. All ages are welcome. A donation jar is set up if you’d like to donate but is not necessary.

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The Alexandria Civitan Club/Calhoun County special education annual peanut sale has begun, with support of the Calhoun County Fair, to sell two-pounds of shelled, jumbo Alabama grown peanuts for $5. Participating businesses include MetLife Home and Auto Insurance, Alexandria Foodland, Downey Drugs-Alexandria store, BB&T Bank-Alexandria branch, Cheaha Bank-Alexandria branch, Amy’s Design Studio, Downey Eye Care, Food Outlet-Alexandria and Edwards Grocery of Jacksonville. Proceeds from the sale go to special education classes at Alexandria.

The Alexandria Civitan Club will also be setup at the Calhoun County Fair planned for Oct. 9-13 at the County Barn, Bynum-Leatherwood Road.

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The Original Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday behind the Calhoun County Administration Building.

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Phi Mu Alpha is hosting a music instrument drive Saturday at Jacksonville State University to help local music programs by accepting any used or unwanted instruments and donating them to the Gift of Music Foundation. The foundation also supports young musicians and band programs with grants, educational resources and fundraising.

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Gadsden State Community College Veterans Upward Bound program will host Tech Tuesday BYOD: Learn to use iPad/iPod Touch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center and Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus. This workshop is customized to offer assistance in using the latest technology devices.

A Résumé/Interview Skills workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 25 at the Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center. The workshop will assist veterans in refreshing their résumé and preparing for upcoming interviews. Please RSVP to 256-549-8204 to attend the workshops.

Military veterans residing in Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair or Talladega counties are invited to take advantage of the free services offered through VUB—a TRiO program funded 100 percent by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Enrollment at Gadsden State or any other college or university is not mandatory in order to participate. For more information or to see if you are eligible call 256-549-8286/8328 or email vub@gadsdenstate.edu.

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An art show will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 8 at Thai One On, Noble Street. The exhibitors include Virna Settle and Barbara Adams of Pell City area.

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Jacksonville McDonald’s will unveil its new look and showcase its new technological upgrades Wednesday at 312 Pelham Road South in Jacksonville. David and Merry Neisler purchased the Jacksonville location in 2003 and have been residents of the Jacksonville community for 15 years.

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Gadsden State Community College diagnostic medical sonography program will hold three mandatory informational meetings for anyone interested in enrolling in the fall 2019 program. Visit http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/health/diagnostic-medical-sonography and click the register now link to attend on of the required meetings to be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at Helderman Hall on the Wallace Drive Campus.

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The Weaver Station Heritage Day will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the park in Weaver. Free admission.

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The North East Anniston Orchid Society will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Berman Museum. The meetings are held the second Sunday each month.

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Fall Senior Adult Day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and program at 9 p.m. Sept. 10 at Oxford Civic Center. The Ryan Robertson band will perform. No need to pre-register for this free event. Call 256-831-2660 for more information.

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New art classes will begin at Friendship Community Center on Sept. 10. Instructor will be Jack Hadder. For more information (cost/supply list), call 256-831-2679.

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The first meeting of the year for the Calhoun County Historical Society will begin with a hospitality mixer at 5 p.m. and the formal meeting at 5:20 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Ayers room at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County. The guest speaker is Clay Calkins, training specialist, CDP. His topic will be “How the CDP has impacted Calhoun County since 9/11.” The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. Call Judy Draper at 256-237-5657 for more information.

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The 9/11 commemoration service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at Centennial Memorial Park, 17th Street and Quintard Avenue. Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill are guest speakers. A dedication of the “official” Alabama firefighter Memorial will be held. The public is invited to attend.

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The Anniston PCB SITE Community Advisory group for the Consent Decree will hold a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Carver Community Center, 720 W. 14th St. Light refreshments will be served. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Call 256-741-1429 for more information.

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Traditional style belly dancing classes will be offered 6-8 p.m. beginning Sept. 11 at the Jacksonville Community Center and held each Tuesday night. The advance class will be from 6-7 p.m. and the beginners class will be 7-8 p.m. The new contact email is Southernsafekh@gmail.com. Be sure to send email if you wish to continue to receive the newsletter.

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Calhoun County Extension Office fall fest 2018 will be 9 a.m-2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Cane Creek Community Gardens, 77 Justice Ave. at McClellan. Hay rides, pony rides, wild animal shows, vendors, chick chain and much more will be featured. There is a $1 gate fee and free for anyone under 12. Call 256-237-1621 for more information. Proceeds benefit Cane Creek Community Gardens.

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Good Shepherd Kindergarten is accepting registration for the 2018/2019 school year. It offers phonics, math, Spanish, music, chapel, field trips and more. Please call 256-237-2429 and leave a message.

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Doris’ Friends is hosting a trip to Branson, Mo., Nov. 26-Dec. 1 for six days and five nights which will include seven shows. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 19. Call 256-831-7069 for more information or to register.

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The #JSUStrong tornado relief concert benefiting Jacksonville State University will be held rain or shine at 6 p.m., Sept. 26, at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU stadium. Tickets start at $25 and are available at ticketfly.com.

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Cable One customers will have the opportunity to win $2,500 for the charitable organization of their choice this fall as part of the Cable One “Greatest Town on Earth” social media campaign. Residents in communities throughout the 21 states Cable One serves can enter to win simply by sharing what they love about their town via photo, video and written entries. Four winners will be able to select a charitable organization in their community to receive a $2,500 price. Entries are accepted not through Oct. 16 at cableone.net/contest or by visiting Cable One’s Facebook page. Winning entries, and the organizations selected to receive the donations, will be highlighted on Cable One social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram, in late October.

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Suicide awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders program will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Jacksonville State University McClellan Center, room 2107, 100 gamecock Drive. Instructor is Ted Embry.

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An ACT prep course for the college bound will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and Dec. 1 at Jacksonville State University at the McClellan Center. The fee is $85. Visit www.coned.edu or call 256-782-5918 for more information.

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The 2018 annual St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church yard sale will be 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6 at 308 Seventh St. N.E., Jacksonville. Call 256-435-3238 for more information. Traditionally held in August, the yard sale benefits parish activities and local charitable programs.

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The “Dinner of Hope 2018” Sav-A-Life’s annual fundraising event will be held Oct. 25, at Oxford Civic Center. Call 256-452-0670 to reserve your table today. Visit Sav-A-Life HOPE on Facebook for more information.

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Registration is open for the “Rebuilding Jacksonville One Brick at a Time” Merry Christmas Jacksonville parade to be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Registration forms need to be turned in by Nov. 23. Groups may line up as early at 4 p.m. in the Pelham Plaza parking lot. Call Rita C. Edwards at 256-225-0816 to obtain a form or for more information.

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Piedmont high school seniors who graduate in 2019 may be eligible for an AMEA scholarship (Alabama Municipal Electric Authority) if a student’s parent and/or legal guardian receive electric service from an AMEA Member utility, and the student must attend a four-year college/university, community college, and/or vocational/trade school within the state of Alabama. Applications are available from school counselors or you may visit www.amea.com. Application deadline is Feb. 11, 2019. Call program coordinator at 334-387-3504, 800-239-2632, ext. 110, or pam@amea.com.

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