The first annual yard beautification award contest is held now through July for the best well-groomed yards of Choccolocco area residents. The prizes will be presented at the annual October Fest held Oct. 12. The winners must be present at the festival to receive their prize. The event is sponsored by the Choccolocco Heritage Society. Call Christy Claes at 256-454-6347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-236-2497 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Oxford Parks and Recreation Department is in need of certified aerobics, exercise or Zumba instructors for night classes. Call Pam Harris at 256-835-1292 or 256-831-2660 for more information.
A public demonstration of emergency communications, provided by the Turkey Heaver Mountain Repeater Association of Amateur Radio operators, will be held from 1 p.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. Sunday at the Ranburne Fire Department, East Main Street, Ranburne. The public is invited to see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get an FCC radio license. Visit www.emergency-radio.org for more information.
Lunch and Learn, a free gardening series, will be held at noon Wednesday at Cane Creek Community Gardens at McClellan. The guest speaker, Hayes Jackson, will discuss a simple water feature for the garden. The program is free. Bring your own lunch. The event is sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners. Call 256-237-1621 for more information.
A free garden class “recognizing tomato disease and insert problems” will be held Thursday at the Living Springs Retreat Training Center, 1768 County Road 628 in Roanoke. The guest speaker will be Stan Roark, former regional extension agent. Call 256-448-3638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A “Spring into Summer” festival will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29 in downtown Piedmont. Arts/crafts, food, games, live music and more will be featured. The event is sponsored by Lover’s by Glover. Call 256-792-9063 or email email@example.com for more information.
The summer reading program is taking place at Hobson City Library. Upcoming special events (all at 5:30 p.m.) include:
• Monday, live music and coffeehouse.
Daily activities at the library include:
• Mondays, Club H.C., 2 p.m.
• Tuesdays, Westing Game Book Club, 2 p.m.; Frindle Book Club, 2:30 p.m.; Old Yeller Book Club, 3 p.m.
• Wednesdays, Art Attack, 2 p.m.
• Thursdays, Story time and craft, 2 p.m.
• Fridays, kids movie and popcorn, 2 p.m.
Parents should plan to attend with their children. Individual summer bridge activities are available for children attending the summer reading program. Call Donna at 256-831-7069 for more information.
June events, at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County, include:
• The summer reading program, through July 20.
• Monday, tortoise show and tell storytime, 10 a.m.
• Tuesdays, story time, 10 a.m.
• Wednesdays, make and take Craft Day.
• Thursdays, kids’ movie, 2 p.m.
• June 28, animals underground, 11 a.m.
Extreme couponing will be held 2 p.m. July 16. Call 256-237-8501 for more information.
A Red Cross blood drive will be held 1-30-6:30 p.m. July 3 at Anytime Fireworks, 8806 U.S. 431, Alexandria. Free fireworks will be given to every donor. Call 256-847-3969 for more information.
The annual Fort McClellan Chapter of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Regimental Association meet/greet social event will begin with cocktails from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the Anniston Army Depot’s Desoto Pastime Center. The deadline to order tickets is July 1. Call Mike Lanphere at 256-453-3553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A free food preservation class will be held 1-4 p.m. July 17 at the Alabama Cooperative Extension Office, 1702 Noble St., suite 108. The canning of fruits and vegetables will be covered. Pressure-canning will be demonstrated. Call Patti West at 334-844-8090 for more information.
Asthma education for teachers, guardians and parents of elementary and junior high school students, will be provided through Aug. 15 by the Pediatric Care Centers of Northeast Alabama Children’s Environmental Health Clinic. The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control from a grant signed May 31 by Gov. Bentley to the Alabama Asthma Coalition and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Children who reside in the city of Anniston will serve as the target population. Call 256-237-1184 for more information.
Trips with Doris Haan include Branson, Mo., Aug. 4-10 and Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Oct. 2-5. Reservations are being accepted now. Call 256-492-3465 for more information.
Reservations are being taken for a bus tour to St. Augustine, Fla., Amelia Island and Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 7-11. Call Regina at 256-393-9055 or 256-492-8505 for more information.