Community calendar beginning August 6
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• Michelle Lowry-Combs, local author, will be at Jacksonville Public Library Thursday, August 8, 5 p.m., to speak about and sign copies of her exciting first YA novel Heir to the Lamp, the introduction to the Genie Chronicles trilogy published by World Weaver Press. The book has received great reviews by both young adult and adult readers. Michelle is an award winning writer and lives in Jacksonville.

• The General John H. Forney Chapter in Jacksonville will have a reorganization meeting on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library. This is for anyone interested in learning about or joining the the United Daughters of the Confederacy. For more information call 256-435-6420.

• AARP Driver Safety class, open to the public, 9 AM – 3:30 PM, on Wednesday, August 14, at Jacksonville Community Center. Certificate of completion, good for 3 years, may qualify drivers age 55 or older for insurance discounts. All classroom; no tests. $14; $12 with current AARP member number at the beginning of the class. To register, call (256) 435-5091. For other information call toll-free 1-888-227-7669 or go to http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchDspLocations.action.

• Free GED classes will be held at Jacksonville State University’s Self Hall, Room 173, from 8 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m. For more information or to sign-up call 256-782-5660.

• Coping With Grief – Even if Nobody Died. Grief is a natural response to loss or losing. Even subtle losses or changes can bring on negative stress and grief. A more thorough explanation, discussion, and coping/treatment recommendations will be held on Aug. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Please call the church office at 256-345-6021 for more information and to reserve a seat. There is no charge for the class.

• Hatcher Avenue Baptist Church will be having Homecoming on Aug. 11 starting at 10:30 a.m. with no Sunday School. Hope’s Journey will be the guest singers with lunch served around noon. For more information call Donna Mize at 256-435-6214.

• Hatcher Avenue Baptist Church will be having revival Aug. 12-14 beginning at 7 p.m. each night. Brother Marc Curlee will preach. For more information call Donna Mize at 256-435-6214.

• The Over-The-Hill Gang is having its annual summer golf classic on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Cane Creek Golf Course. The group would like to give area businesses and individuals an opportunity to sponsor a hole. The proceeds go back to children who have special needs in the White Plains area. For more information call 256-310-7216 or 256-310-4000.

• Bradford Health Services has a free family support meeting Monday night from 5 to 6 p.m. at 1701 B South Pelham Road Suite D ( Brookstone Building next to RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for any person who is experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one, has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problems, needs help coping with 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 every Saturday from 7–11 a.m. now through Nov. 23rd. There is a Monday evening market from 4–7 p.m. now through Aug. 12th. The market is located in the pocket park behind Roma’s on the Square. VISA/MC/Debit/EBT and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Vouchers are now accepted.

• The Jacksonville Farmers Market presents “Growing in the Garden”, for children ages 2-17 years old. Kids learn, with hands-on teaching, how to grow plants in a garden all the way from preparing the land to harvesting. Parents must accompany children.

• Trade Day and Farmers Market at Nances Creek Community Center is the first Saturday of each month through October, starting at 7 a.m. There is no set up fee.

• EVERYONE IS INVITED TO LUNCH & LEARN, a series of free gardening programs sponsored by Calhoun County Master Gardeners and Calhoun County Commission the fourth Wednesday of each month from noon-1 p.m. at the Cane Creek Community Garden at McClellan. Attendees can bring a lunch if they wish. Speakers and topics are to change. Contact the Extension Office at 237 1621 to confirm. The schedule is:

•Aug. 28, “Getting to Know the Talladega National Forest: Part 2” with Jonathan Stober, district biologist;

•Sept. 25, “Gardening for Dry Places” with Hayes Jackson, ACES.

• Knit “and Crochet” Night at Yarns by HPF is 5-7 p.m. 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.

• Applications for Head Start are now being taken. Come visit a Head Start/Early Head Start Center in your community and talk with center coordinators or family advocates. For additional information in Calhoun and Cleburne counties call Gayle McClellan at 237-8628. Head Start Centers located in Calhoun County are Norwood, Piedmont, Ayers, Constantine and Hobson City. Children must be three years old by Sept. 1.

• Yoshukai Karate of Jacksonville offers classes at the community center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Call 282-5425.

• 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, Jacksonville. Visit www.momtomomjacksonville.org. Supper and childcare provided.

• The Jacksonville Aspiring Writers Group meets from 4:30 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 782-2881 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.

• A senior dance for those 55 years and older will be at the Senior Center from 6:30-9:30 p.m. the second Friday night of each month, featuring music, fun, friends and food. The Fun Tyme Band will be there to provide the music. $5 per couple, $3 for single.

• 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 256-435-7263 or 225-2492.

• Ladies, come pray on the square at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each month to pray for the city, churches, pastors, schools, children, officials and businesses. Call Polly Angelette at 435-7016 for more information.

• 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, 256- 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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