• The House of Refuse will sponsor Backyard Bible School on June 22 at 4 p.m. at the home of Pearl Williams on 5th Avenue SE. The theme for this summer’s programs is Building a Firm Foundation. The first lesson will be “Being Selfless” and guest speaker will be Viki Floyd, a teacher at Anniston High School. Some of the activities will be kickball, volleyball, sack race, sidewalk art and Frisbees. “My goal is to bring children into a casual atmosphere for a Bible lesson,” Williams said. “There will be food and drinks. It is a wonderful concept and has been successful in the past.” For more information call Pearl Williams at 256-435-4881.

Knit and Crochet Night is every 1st and 3rd Thursday at Yarns by HPF, 402 Pelham Road N, Jacksonville (near Subway).  Come join us, relax and enjoy the lighter side of life.

• The Farmers Market, in the pocket park behind Roma’s, is now open from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays until Nov. 1. On June 2, it will be open from 4-6 p.m. on Mondays until Sept. 1. The market accepts EBT, debit and credit cards and SFMNP food vouchers.

Mount Cheaha VOCAL (VICTIMS OF CRIME AND LENIENCY) will be meeting July 7th (Monday), 6 p..m. at Oxford Civic Center, Room 216 (next to Oxford Lake). We bring together victims of violent crime and concerned citizens who share many of the same feelings in support of one another and to work together to improve our criminal justice system. This meeting we will educate the public by having Deputy Jon Garlic, Mental Health Officer of Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department to explain how his specialized position assists the community during times of crisis. Afterwards there will be opportunity for victims to share their stories they desire to do so. Concerned citizens are invited to learn how they can assist this under served part of our community. If you plan to attend please call 256.238.1077(also Lackey Inc.) and let Tristen know so we can have enough chairs set up.

Dementia and Alzheimers’ Support Group will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Jacksonville Senior Center from 2:30-4 p.m. A counselor will facilitate the meetings. For more information call Andrea Morris at 256-435-9199

   • An eating healthy workshop developed by the U. S. Department of Health and Services and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will be presented at the Cane Creek Community Garden and Education Center, 77 Justice Ave. The workshop is designed for individuals and families to come together in a fun and interactive setting to learn about eating healthier and putting more activity into their everyday life. The workshop will be May 20 from 1-2 p.m. It is “Physical Activity Is Key to Living Well.” Call Sharon Haynes at 256-975-0089 for more information.  

       • A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners will be held from noon - 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens, McClellan. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.

The following programs are scheduled:

•June 25: Hayes Jackson, ACES, “Sensational Salvias”

•July 23: Dani Carroll, ACES, “Creating a Bee Friendly Garden”

•Aug. 27: Jason Powell, Petals from the Past, “Tough Plants for Southern Gardens.”

•Sept. 24: Hayes Jackson, ACES, “Easy Plants for Difficult Places.”

The White Plains Alumni Association is having a membership drive. Those eligible are graduates of White Plains, attendees who may not have graduated, and persons who may not have attended White Plains but desires to support the schools and students. The White Plains Alumni Association awarded four $1,000 college scholarships to deserving White Plains seniors last year. Donations pay for these annual scholarships. For more information call Alvin Robertson at 256-236-8780, Bill Ward at 256-236-3629, Brenda Morgan at 256-435-3725 or Norman Parker at 256-447-7563.