Jacksonville community calendar beginning November 26, 2013
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• Christmas in Jacksonville The city will open the Christmas season on Dec. 2 with events on the square and at Jacksonville State University. JSU in Lights will open at 5 p.m. when Christmas lights will be turned on. The ceremony will continue with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. at the president’s home on campus. Everyone is asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a boy or girl ages 5-10. That night at 6, there will be a tree lighting ceremony on the square, with performances by the Kitty Stone Singers and Band and the Community Choir and Band. The Christmas parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Winn-Dixie parking lot.

• The J.O.Y. Quilt Guild will meet Thursday, December 5 at 9.30 a.m. in the FMC of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Visitors are welcome.

• Chief Ladiga Half Marathon: The Chief Ladiga Half Marathon (13.1 miles, from Piedmont to Jacksonville) will be at 8 a.m. Dec. 7. Pre-registration is $20 on or before Nov. 27 and $25 after Nov. 27. Registration fee is $18 for members of the Anniston Runners Club. Registration forms can be picked up at the community center or visit the center’s website at www.jacksonvillerecreation.com

• The Calhoun County Community Band meets every Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Jacksonville High School band room.

• Free GED classes will be held from 8 a.m.-noon and 5-8 p.m. in Room 173, Self Hall, Jacksonville State University. Call 256-782-5660 for more information.

• Bradford Health Services has free family support meetings from 5-6 Monday nights at 1701 B Pelham Rd., S., Suite D (Brookstone Building next to RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for anyone experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one, has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problems, needs help coping with a loved one’s drug or alcohol problems or needs help making decision on how to help a family member of any age. A counselor will facilitate the meetings.

• Venecia Benefield Butler’s book, “I Have to Get Some Things Off My Chest,” can be purchased for $15 (including tax) by mailing a check to P. O. Box 572, Piedmont 36262, or take money or check to Butler’s sister, Randa Carroll, at the office of Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome, Ave., Piedmont. Proceeds will go to the V Foundation, founded by Butler, to purchase gift bags for patients going through chemo treatments. The bags will include items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick, gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, search-a-word, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks.

• The Jacksonville Farmers Market is open. Buy Fresh, Buy Local. The seasonal market draws in farmers, bakers, artisans and local producers of everything from honey and fresh vegetables to home canned goods, artisan breads, herbs, goat soap, kefir products and even home churned ice cream. Hours are from 7-11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 23. The market is in the pocket park behind Roma’s on the square. VISA/MC/Debit/EBT and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Vouchers are accepted.

• Knit “and Crochet” Night at Yarns by HPF is from 5-7 the first and third Thursday at the shop, 402 Pelham Rd., N., by Subway.

• Classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes at Pete Mathews Coliseum are at 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday for senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes and 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu.edu for more information.

• The Alabama Shutterbugs, a new club for all skill level of photographers, meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Peerless Grill, 13 West 10th St., Anniston. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to attend. Call 236-8488 for more information.

• Mom to Mom, a group for moms of all ages with children of all ages, meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Monday every month at EaglePoint Church. Visit www.momtomomjacksonville.org. Supper and childcare provided.

• The Jacksonville Aspiring Writers Group meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the public library. Anyone interested in the creative writing process is welcome. Bring samples of original writing to share. The group offers support, critique and information about writing and possible publishing venues. Call 256-499-2182 for more information.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon each Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 400 Chinabee Ave., just off the square. Call 847-0909.

• A Narcotics Anonymous group meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First United Methodist Church behind McDonald’s. For more information, call Pearl Williams at 435-4881.

• The Friday Night Opry Show is presented from 6:30-9:30 Friday nights at the Golden Saw Music Hall in the Williams community. Call 435-4696.

• Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program, meets every Friday night at First Baptist Church. Dinner is served at 5:30. Large group meetings with worship and praise bands and guest speakers begin at 6:30. Small share/support groups meet after that at 7:30 p.m., followed with cake and fellowship. Call 435-7263 or 225-2492.

• The Calhoun County Stamp Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays in Room 327 Stone Center, Jacksonville State University, corner of Church Avenue and Eleventh Street. Visitors and new members are welcome. Call 782-8044, 782-5604 or 435-7491.

• Jacksonville Fire Department is looking for information and items relating to the history of the department. If you have anything to share, call David Bell at 310-8961.

• The Public Library Board of Trustees meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the library annex. Anyone needing accommodations is asked to contact librarian Barbara Rowell at 435-6332.
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