At last week’s Jacksonville Exchange Club meeting at the Community Center, members heard about two events coming up in Jacksonville.

The first is the Week of Heroes which leads up to Jaxfest. This will be the fifth year the event has been held and is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department.

It begins June 30 with Bark in the Park. 

“We will have events like the best trick, the cutest puppy, the ugliest dog and the best dressed,” PARD director Janis Burns said. Cost to enter the contest is a can of dog food. Signup is at 5:30 p.m. with competition beginning at 6 at the soccer fields.

On Tuesday, July 1, there will be the toddler challenge.

“This is probably the cutest event to watch,” Burns said. “We have Olympic style events which includes the shot put, 20-foot dash, obstacle course and long jump.” Entry fee is $3 per child for ages two through five. It will also be held at the soccer fields with registration at 5:30 and competition starting at 6. In case of rain, events will be held inside the community center.

On Wednesday, July 2, there will be a pool party at the Community Center between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Games begin at 5 p.m.

The big event is Jaxfest on July 3 at the Jacksonville High School stadium. Gates open at 4, activities start at 5. There will be a teen challenge and games such as tug of war. The Calhoun County Community Band will perform. It will end at 9 p.m. with fireworks. In case of rain, the event will be held Saturday, July 5.

The second event is My JSU Day which has evolved from Spirit on Mountain Street that started as Taste of Jacksonville in 2006. Last year’s event raised $12,500 for Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center.

This year’s My JSU Day will benefit two charities – Project 58 which packs and ships hundreds of thousands of meals per year around the world to help fight hunger and Spirit on Mountain Street, which helps JCOC.

My JSU Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 at JSU Stadium with gates opening at 1 p.m.

The event will feature Jacksonville “Taste of the Town” with live music and tents featuring local restaurants and a kids carnival. In addition, Jacksonville State’s football team will hold its final scrimmage before opening the season against Michigan State.

There will be a live concert featuring Sam Hunt following the scrimmage.

Tickets will be $20 per person.

“We are trying to get schools from the surrounding five counties to participate. There will be a Spirit Award and band and cheerleader competition for high schools. For middle schools and youth leagues, there will be a punt, pass and kick competition and cheerleading competition.

Businesses can set up a booth at the event for $100. For more information visit Spiritonmountainstreet on facebook or call David Glass at 256-435-2242.