The Jacksonville Photography Club is being formed as part of the Jacksonville Public Library programs, with its first meeting planned for September. If you are interested in learning about the meetings, contact John Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your contact information.
A free food preservation class will be held 1-4 p.m. Wednesday 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.
A F.O.C.U.S. (Freshmen Opportunities for College and Unlimited Success) session, for all freshmen students entering Gadsden State Community College in the fall, will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday at the McClellan Center. Call 256-549-8307 or visit www.gadsdenstate.edu for more information.
The second annual Music Fest will be held at 7 p.m. July 20 in Zinn Park and is free to the public. The event is part of the 130th birthday celebration for the City of Anniston. The band, Midnight Star, will be the concert headliner and comedic star, Jimmy “JJ” Evans, will be the master of ceremonies. Call 256-238-7713 or visit www.visitcalhouncounty.com for more information.
Talladega Regional Center Broadband training will be held 10-11:30 a.m. July 23 at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind E.H. Gentry Facility, Talladega. The event is sponsored by ConnectingAlabama, a joint initiative with Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and Auburn University’s Community & Economic Development Institute and AIDB. Call 256-493-3360 or 256-761-3470 or email email@example.com to register or for more information.
McClellan Bookworms will be at noon July 25 at the McClellan Center Library. Call Melinda Harvey at 256-549-9352 or 8548 for more information.
Fiction write Beth Duke will speak at the Writers of Calhoun County meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 25 in the Christian Life Center of Parker Memorial Baptist Church, Patio room. New members and visitors are welcome. Light snacks will be served. Call 256-453-3808 for more information.
Chris Hill of Anniston, a volunteer “ambassador” for Dogs for the Deaf, is available to make presentations to civic and community organizations, school PTOs, interested parents or other individuals. Dogs for the Deaf, located in Oregon, is a non-profit organization that for 30 years has rescued dogs from animal shelters and trained them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges and needs. Call 256-835-6918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange for a presentation.
Gentiva Hospice is looking for new volunteers to serve in a variety of areas from administrative help to offering support to hospice patients through visits or weekly phone calls. Volunteers are thoroughly trained and provided ongoing education. To learn more about volunteering with Gentiva Hospice or to inquire about hospice services, call Andrea Turner at 256-831-2964 or email Andrea.Reaves@gentiva.com.
Trips with Doris Haan include Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas Oct. 2-5 and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Smoky Mountain show trip for Dec. 2-4. 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 Talton at 256-393-9055 or 256-492-8505 for more information.
A “Knit your Bit” project is an opportunity for you to knit or crochet a hat for troops stationed in Afghanistan. The project is sponsored by Yarns by HomePlace Farm in Jacksonville. The store has a free hat pattern you may use at https://www.facebook.com/YarnsbyHPF. Knitting Fever and Berroco Yarns have donated yarn for the cause. If you don’t knit or crochet, other ideas are posted on how you can help fill the care packages. Drop off or mail your 100 percent wool hat in any camouflage color by Aug. 1 to: Yarns by HPF, 402 Pelham Rd. N., Suite 4, Jacksonville, AL 36265. Visit www.yarnsbyhpf.com for more information.
Lunch Crunch classes, 12:15-12:45 p.m., Monday-Thursday with lap swim on Fridays, YMCA of Calhoun County, membership is $30 per month, with access to YMCA 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday only.