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Sunday, April 21

• The Etowah Youth Orchestra will be featured in a free concert at 3 p.m. at the Monteith Amphitheater at McClellan. The concert is being presented through the Longleaf Arts Council via contributions from Greg and Cheryl Potts.

Bring family and friends, lawn chairs or blankets, coolers (no pets please) and enjoy a wonderful spring afternoon from this talented group of string, woodwind, brass and percussion players in seventh-12th grades.

• Jacksonville Opera Theatre presents “Baby Shower,” a chamber opera about the hilarities of a baby shower within a dysfunctional family. You’ll see an ancient grandmother who has had a bit too much medication and perhaps vodka, a bachelorette party cake that’s brought by mistake, and party games that bring out the worst in the guests. The final show is at 7:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Performance Center on the third floor. Tickets are $3-$9. For more information call 800-838-3006.

April 22

• Monday Movie — Bring your lunch and enjoy a feature film at noon in the Ayers Room at the Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library. Popcorn and drinks available for 50 cents each. The library is prohibited from advertising the name of the movie, but it is a PG flick that’s title is what the letters PG actually stands for. Call 256-237-8501 for the title.

April 23

• It’s the last day to register for the Whirlwind of Color 5K in Jacksonville, a celebration of storm recovery benefiting the Calhoun County Organizations of the United Way. The April 27 race begins at Jacksonville Community Center and ends at the Jacksonville Community soccer fields. Runners are splashed with colored powdered paint every half mile. It’s not a timed event, so participants can walk, stroll, run or jog.

Registration is $25 and can be done at www.active.com or by downloading the form at www.calhounchamber.com. For more information, contact Emily Duncan at emilyd@calhounchamber.com or 256-237-3536.

April 24

• Join the Calhoun County Master Gardeners for their first class in this year’s Lunch and Learn Series, a series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Master Gardeners and the Calhoun County Commission. April’s topic is “Batty for Bats” presented by Vicky Beckham Smith of A-Z Animals. The class begins at noon at Cane Creek Community Gardens on McClellan. Bring a bag lunch.

April 25

• Artist, activist and urban-planner Theaster Gates will perform with The Black Monks of Mississippi, an ensemble of musicians who employ a variety of musical traditions, which range from spirituals, blues, gospel and Buddhist and Zen chants at the Birmingham Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m. The performance uses as inspiration media coverage of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, as well as archival materials of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. Visit www.artsbma.org or call 205-254-2565 for more information.

April 26

• Stop by the Anniston Fire Department on 17th Street between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to donate to their blood drive. Photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card is required. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

• Head to the food court in Quintard Mall in Oxford for Fourth Friday Family Fun beginning at 6 p.m. Kids can enjoy a free jump in the bounce house (provided by Play Place) as well as a special activity.

April 28

• Did Noble Street Festival get you in the mood to bike? Join Patrick Wigley, owner of Wig’s Wheels in Anniston and a Trek bikes at the trailhead of the Coldwater Mountain trail from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to test out the latest mountain bikes. Trek will have about 30 men’s and women’s bikes to demo. Participants should bring ID, a helmet and a credit card (rides are free, credit card is needed for collateral). Local blues-grass band Gypsy Begonias will perform if electricity is available, and Wig’s Wheels grill opens at noon. For more information, call 256-237-9447.
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